Alone in Berlin
it was amazing
If I could have given this six stars, I would have.

Maybe it was because I read it in a day, or maybe because it was based on a true story, I know I w
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Jessie Hearts NYC (Hearts Series, #1)
it was amazing
I thought this would be a perfect book for my 16 year old to take on holiday. We both loved Keris' first novel Della says OMG so I thought it would be ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Nov 03, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
liked it
I'm rubbish with best seller, over-hyped books. They have too much to live up to usually.

I think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fell into this categ
Jan 19, 2012
May 07, 2011
Can Any Mother Help Me?
it was amazing
You know a book has really touched you when you start telling people you have only just met about it. I found myself doing just this with Can Any Moth ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
The Book Thief
it was amazing
I can count on one hand the number of books I've read more than once. I just don't do it. I've got a TBR pile the height of the house, and so little t ...more
Jul 09, 2011
not set
Jan 22, 2011
Elizabeth is Missing
it was amazing
I haven't been as moved by a novel for a long time. As difficult as this was to read, the character Maud gave such insight into somebody living with d ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
it was ok
Not a great read for me. Wanted to love it but I didn't like the repetitiveness of it, nor the references to brands, people or places.
Jun 17, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Child 44 (Leo Demidov,  #1)
really liked it
Here is a great example of why going to a reading group is worth while. It means that you read books that never in a million years would you have pick ...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
it was amazing
I fell in love with Juliet from the first few pages. A Jewish lady who had become an aguna when her husband disappears on her birthday. Leaving her as ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
it was amazing
Quite often when a book is written as a series of letters, it just doesn't hold together enough. This was the exception. The letters were often quirky ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Feb 06, 2010
After You
really liked it
Ellie drops everything & jumps on a plane after receiving the devastating news that her best friend has been murdered. She travels across the Atla ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
The Glass Room
really liked it
This book was the reading group choice for July. I had taken it on holiday, and felt I had a duty to read for the group rather than a desire to, from ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
The Hand That First Held Mine
it was amazing
It's not often I give a 5* review, but I did really love this. From it's opening, set in a leafy Devon back water, swiftly moving Lexie from her quain ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband
liked it
I picked this book up from the library after hearing an interview with the author on Claudia's Culture Show on Radio 2. They had a hilarious exchange, ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
How to Be a Woman
liked it
I had a really mixed reading experience with this book. Some bits I really loved and could relate too, other parts made me cringe a bit. There were LO ...more
Apr 04, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
A Kind of Intimacy
really liked it
I've had this book on my shelf for a while. It was gifted to me, so obviously recommended, but I have to admit the cover did put me off.

During the Wo
May 02, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
it was amazing
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was just a perfect glum January pick me up. It is split across two eras. The early era covering the early ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Secrets Between Us
really liked it
Sarah is on holiday in Sicily with her sister, convalescing after the sad stillbirth of her baby and the breakdown of her relationship with her partne ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
The Snowman (Oslo Sequence 5)
liked it
Edit: I think this would easily be a 3.5, but not quite a 4 for me. I find I quickly forget thrillers/crime novels so tend to score low.

I started read
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
it was amazing
Loved it! Completely bonkers, in a good way. Felt like I've read 10 books in one.
Aug 14, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
The Beauty Chorus
it was amazing
I first heard about this book via an interview with the author Kate Lord Brown over at Caroline Smailes blog. I was immediately intrigued with the sto ...more
May 28, 2011
May 20, 2011
Brother of the More Famous Jack
it was amazing
This was recommended to me a while ago on Twitter after saying how much I liked Anne Tyler. A comparison was made with Barbara Trapido and Clare Chamb ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Black Swan Rising (Black Swan Rising #1)
liked it
It's probably difficult to believe, but from the blurb I didn't pick up that this was going to be a vampire book.

This is why sometimes it is good not
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
Sometimes It Happens
it was amazing
This is the first book I've read in electronic format, I'm not anti e-readers, I just never thought I could give up real books. It was a perfect intro ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Sandalwood Tree
really liked it
I loved this book. A clever intertwining of two different stories set 90 years apart, with many parallels.

Set in India, in both the 1850's and 1940's
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
Seven Days One Summer
really liked it
So much more than just a frothy summer read.

As the title suggests the story is played out over a week one hot summer, when eight friends have a reunio
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Songs of Willow Frost
really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Jamie Ford's first book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I was swept away by it and recommended it to many friends.

I wasn't
Aug 21, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
Noah's Compass
really liked it
I think Anne Tyler is my 'go to' author. The one you know won't disappoint.

I really enjoyed Noah's Compass. It is a discovery of 60 year old Liam's l
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
Winter in Madrid
really liked it
I am in awe of authors who can change from one distinct genre to another and do both a great service. I have read one of CJ Sansom's Shardlake series ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals
really liked it
A gentle, solemn meander through unspoken misunderstandings. What a gem of a first novel, loved it.
Feb 2014
Jan 21, 2014
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