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The Good House
it was amazing
My five star book for the year arrived early it seems, and in rather a roundabout way - the title came up on my library's newly acquired audio downloa ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
The Sunday Philosophy Club (Sunday Philosophy Club, #1)
it was ok
I was just telling a friend that I rarely leave two-star reviews, but this is one of them. I probably wouldn't have read the entire book (Davina Porte ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Life Without Limits
really liked it
If you have a choice, listen to the audio version: Nick has a good sense of humor ("Aren't you glad you got the audio, so you can hear me sing!"). I b ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
it was amazing
You know a book is outstanding when you feel sadder and sadder that each time you pick it up, there's less and less left to read: this was one of THOS ...more
Nov 14, 2015
Oct 21, 2015
Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island
really liked it
I read a lot of travel narrative, so it's high praise when I say that I hope Ben writes more of it! Sure, it was a bit ... juvenile at times (not too ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
it was ok
Well ... I made it through the book (OK, so I skimmed in places), though at around the 2/3 mark I was sorely tempted to bail! Two stars out of five re ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
The Mangle Street Murders
liked it
Bad news first: I loathed the Great Detective, Sidney Grice, who had all of Holmes and Poirot's pompousness and petulance, with nary a hint of their c ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
it was amazing
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that a memoir by a former editor should be so well written, but this one has exceptional pacing. We start with the ...more
Jul 04, 2015
Jun 30, 2015
The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty
it was ok
Historically accurate perhaps, though incredibly slanted.

Henry VIII was a bully/monster/tyrant. Period. End of Story. Most of the coverage of his reig
May 26, 2010
May 20, 2010
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
it was amazing
I'll start with a disclaimer: I never liked the Clintons from their arrival on the national scene in 1992 until Hillary's 2008 concession speech. I st ...more
May 09, 2017
Apr 30, 2017
really liked it
Holy Smokes - what a book to review! At least I don't have to worry about rehashing a plot as . . . well . . . I think I'd need to actually smoke some ...more
Jan 16, 2017
Jan 16, 2017
The Girl on the Train
it was ok
Dear Goodreads reader,

Are you familiar with the American expression "a hot mess"? Well, that pretty much sums up the stew of dysfunctionality in this
Apr 22, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Objects of My Affection
it was ok
I have given up on this book about halfway through ... here's the breaking point at which I decided enough was enough ...

Lucy, the protagonist, has a
May 22, 2012
May 20, 2012
Fatally Flaky (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, Book 15)
it was ok
“To Carolyn Marino – with deep gratitude for excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch”

I cannot vouch for Ms. Marino’s “kind
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
The Refugees
really liked it
Short review for such a highly rated book, but I read it in several sittings, so I'm concentrating on my impressions, rather than specific details.

not set
Apr 03, 2017
Apr 04, 2017
The Hummingbird
really liked it
Interesting premise of an immigrant policewoman in a homogenous nation like Finland. I felt the author did a great job with showing Finnish society an ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 05, 2017
Bookplate Special (A Booktown Mystery #3)
it was ok
I'm going to try to describe the problems I had with the book without revealing any (major) spoilers, so please bear with me if things get a bit awkwa ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Be Frank With Me
liked it
Thanks in advance for bearing with me here, as this book is quite difficult to review without spoilers. Also, I dislike re-hashing plots, so I'm assum ...more
Mar 15, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
it was amazing
I don't often give five stars, but this is a real breakthrough book on conditions in North Korea. Demick has done a terrific job of creating a grippin ...more
Apr 07, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)
it was amazing
I was skeptical at first, but it really is a brilliant book: the plotting, characters, and description all come together just right. I'm not going to ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
Bangkok Days
liked it
This is the second book I've read recently where one's impression may be swayed by gender. Having never been a woman, I'm not sure, but I think that O ...more
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places
really liked it
I'm a fan of Eric Weiner, recently tackling his latest work The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens ...more
Oct 31, 2016
Oct 23, 2016
The Art Forger
liked it
I'm going to start with a bit of a spoiler, because I just can't discuss the book without mentioning it: the "forgery" itself blows up in their faces; ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
really liked it
I wrote a longer review that was stolen by the Review Monster (a cousin of the Sock Thief), so here goes try number two ...

I knew Zevin could write as
Jul 09, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
Written in Dead Wax (The Vinyl Detective, #1)
really liked it
Really a 3.5 for the story itself, but rounded up for the excellent narration. Tough to review this one without spoilers, and I hate rehashing plots, ...more
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 07, 2017
Hotels of North America
really liked it
Overall, the book worked for me, but I'd be very hesitant in recommending it to my friends. Starts out in the vein of a cranky hotel reviewer, but tha ...more
Nov 16, 2015
Nov 13, 2015
The Way We Live Now
it was amazing
Timothy West did an excellent job narrating this book! The 32 hours flew by, with only one plotline that actually dragged the story a bit (Sir Felix - ...more
Mar 11, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
2016 on Goodreads
it was amazing
Best of the holiday season to my GR friends - old and new! As my "gift" I've compiled a Top Reads list in one place, with a brief note on each as to h ...more
Dec 24, 2016
Dec 24, 2016
The Book of Ruth
did not like it
We were assigned this book as part of a writing course, with the intention that the instructor would have us read a few chapters per week, for us to d ...more
Apr 2002
May 09, 2008
The Question of the Felonious Friend (An Asperger’s Mystery, #3)
really liked it
Although I gave up on the author's Haunted Guesthouse series, I remain a fan of this one. Fascinating that story is told from his Aspie point-of-view, ...more
Nov 29, 2016
Nov 22, 2016
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