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The Last Sin Eater
4.07
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I picked this book up based on the description before I realized it was by Francine Rivers. This book suffered from the same flaws t ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
3.75
liked it
This book won the 1993 Booker Prize. I tend to love Irish authors and books like this one, in which I can hear the brogue in the dialog. This book did ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 20, 2009
 
Imperfect Birds
3.27
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Anne Lamott does some things really well in this novel, but the story as a whole didn't feel complete enough and some aspects rang f ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
4.31
liked it
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Outlander series (at least the two I have read so far).

The plots are intensely interesting. The idea
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Aug 2012
Aug 23, 2012
 
My Best Friend's Girl
4.02
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, which I would categorize as "meaty" chick lit. The main character is flawed but entirely sympathetic and finds her heart t ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
The World Below
3.56
it was ok
I found myself not liking the main characters in this book very much and either didn't think the novel had much to say or didn't care for what it did ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2010
 
The Arms of God
3.41
liked it
I was really unsatisfied with the set-up for this book. It purports to be about a mother re-entering the life of the adult daughter she abandoned at a ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
Sisterchicks on the Loose (Sisterchicks, #1)
3.94
liked it
The thing I liked about this book was also the thing I most disliked: the characters were too normal. On the one hand, I could really relate to them a ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
Cold Mountain
3.84
really liked it
It took a while for me to get engaged in this long novel, but I was captivated by the time I was half-way through. (I have not seen the movie.)

The pro
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Sep 2009
Sep 18, 2009
 
South of Broad
3.79
liked it
I have mixed emotions about this one ... mostly because the novel itself was a mix of good, bad, and ugly for me.

First, the good: I love Pat Conroy's
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Mar 2010
Mar 05, 2010
 
On Chesil Beach
3.55
it was ok
I really enjoyed McEwan's novel Atonement and expected much more from this book. The premise of the book was interesting: it essentially suggested tha ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 07, 2009
 
Waiting
3.49
really liked it
What the book is about, according to amazon.com: "Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu." Lin Kong is a Chinese a ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
Mudbound
4.00
really liked it
This book was a grim but insightful exploration of racial tension (and, to a lesser extent, the role of women) in the Mississippi Delta soon after Wor ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
Prep
3.36
really liked it
If I could, I'd give this book slightly less than 4 stars (but certainly more than 3). I absolutely loved how the author portrayed the thought process ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 28, 2011
 
Winter Garden
4.14
really liked it
This book made me cry, which is always a good thing. The characters spoke to me and the "story within the story" added a level of suspense to the nove ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 16, 2010
 
The Signal
3.41
liked it
I listened to this novel as an audio book and was pleasantly surprised. It is more of a "guy" book than what I normally read (with a true modern-day c ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
Matters of Faith
3.47
really liked it
I enjoyed this well-written novel very much. The author effectively explored how people can go wrong in the name of faith/religion, how unscrupulous p ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 02, 2010
 
Redeeming Love
4.49
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I would consider this a "guilty pleasure" kind of book for me. I am generally not a fan of traditional romance novels, but read this ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
The Lace Reader (The Lace Reader, #1)
3.46
really liked it
Rather than read this book, I listened to a recorded version (a first-time experience). Once I got past the adjustment of listening to another reader ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 03, 2011
 
Blindness
4.09
it was ok
I loved the premise of this book and enjoyed the beginning. After that, it fell apart for me. The ending was very dissatisfying. The novel poses many ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
 
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
3.84
really liked it
This novel is very unique in style, tone, subject matter, and characters. I have never read anything like it and it scores big points for originality. ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.88
liked it
This was an interesting book for me. I was not bored with the characters, but I had trouble relating to them. The author did not include enough detail ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
 
Voices From The Moon
4.00
did not like it
I was disappointed with this book. It was more-or-less a short snapshot into the lives of the characters at a given moment in time. But I didn't think ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.24
it was amazing
What surprised me about this book is how it has stuck with me since I finished it. I find myself thinking and talking about it a lot. Part of the reas ...more
not set
Jan 03, 2015
 
When Madeline Was Young
3.17
it was ok
The premise of this book is interesting: Madeline is a newlywed woman who suffers a brain injury and is left with the mental capacity of a young child ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
Atonement
3.88
really liked it
I loved McEwan's writing style and character development and will definitely explore his other works. This book came close to earning 5 stars, but I w ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
The Inheritance of Loss
3.41
liked it
I struggled to get through this book. The plot moved almost unbearably slowly for me and I found it easy to put down until the last 30-50 pages.

On the
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Sep 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
Criminals
3.63
really liked it
I really liked this novel. At several points, I was very surprised by the plot twists (including in the very first chapter, when the main character di ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
Stones from the River
4.07
really liked it
This was a meaty book with compelling characters who made me think, but also made me care about them and want to keep turning the pages. The main char ...more
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
 
Station Eleven
4.02
really liked it
Gaah! This book left me so frustrated! I read it on my Kindle and failed to pay attention to what percentage of the book remained; I was too engrossed ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
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