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The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
I started The Book Thief about a year ago but stopped when I realized the narrator was Death. I hate Death and all its wretched associations. But the ...more
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Apr 19, 2015
 
Spicy Christmas Kisses 2
4.30
really liked it
If you are a fan of movies like Dear Santa, you will love this book. With the hostility of elections and general vitriol in our society, it is refresh ...more
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Oct 23, 2016
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.39
it was amazing
On my own, I wouldn't have read Unbroken. I've had enough of World War II stories and movies, but this was a book club choice, so I dove in. I just wa ...more
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May 21, 2015
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
it was amazing
This book shook me to my core and revealed the underbelly of medicine. I finished it nearly two weeks ago, but I was too emotional to write a review. ...more
Mar 07, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
really liked it
Set around World War II, this gem of a book was my book club's choice for April. I read it in three days. It's a work of poetry, oscillating between G ...more
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Apr 19, 2015
 
Aluta
3.61
really liked it
Having lived in Ghana through the revolution, I was excited to receive an ARC of Aluta, a young adult novel set in the political turmoil. The story op ...more
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Aug 27, 2016
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)
4.23
really liked it
“In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
 
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)
4.29
it was amazing
When Ken Follet decided to write The Pillars of the Earth, his publishers were worried, and with good reason too, I imagine. Everyone knew him as a wr ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 21, 2010
 
Spartan
3.67
really liked it
Another wonderful piece by Manfredi, though not quite as riveting as the Alexander trilogy. Valerio captures the conflict among the various Greek citi ...more
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Sep 21, 2012
 
The Tender Bar
3.94
it was amazing
I can't find the words to describe this marvelous book. I thought Angela's Ashes was my absolute favorite memoir until I read The Tender Bar. It's wit ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
 
Bad Feminist
3.91
really liked it
The wonderful thing about a collection of essays is that you can read one and, for a while, let it marinate in your brain before reading another. It i ...more
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Jun 24, 2015
 
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
4.27
it was amazing
God. I woke up at 7 a.m. today, determined to write from 8 to 1 p.m. Then I picked up Me Before You. Its 12:54 p.m. I finished it. I didn't answer my ...more
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Oct 28, 2016
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
it was amazing
I put off reading this book for a long time. Now I know why. I didn't want to love it and...lose it. Fortunately I got to love it longer. As soon as I ...more
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Mar 06, 2013
 
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
3.63
really liked it
When I started reading Kabul Beauty School, I was initially put off by the conversational style, the rambling and initial confusing sequence. The begi ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.95
liked it
I loved the Poisonwood Bible, but the Bean Trees? Kingsolver's writing was good, and she makes no appologies for her politics. Indeed, she wants to us ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)
4.24
it was amazing
World Without End takes us on a journey quite different from The Pillars of the Earth. This is because the story unfolds two centuries later, and if I ...more
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
The Bookseller of Kabul
3.76
it was amazing
This is a brilliant, close look at the bookseller's family. Sultan loves books and persists on selling them even under the Taliban. Now the Taliban is ...more
Apr 21, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
Brilliant! McCourt's voice is so believable, so touching, funny and observant. I had no idea a memoir could be so enjoyable. I held off reading this f ...more
Aug 2008
Feb 18, 2010
 
White Oleander
3.94
really liked it
I recently finished re-reading White Oleander. Wow. What poetry. What daring. Powerful writing can draw you into a story that horrifies you, that make ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Nobody's Fool
4.11
it was ok
Yikes. I really hate doing this to a writer, but I know people loved this book, so I don't feel too bad. Russo is a very successful writer. I'm sorry, ...more
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Jul 18, 2015
 
The Lacuna
3.76
it was ok
Okay. I think I may have to give the wonderful Ms Kingsolver a break. I was unable to finish this. I cringe writing this, because I know that one day ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
My Sister's Keeper
4.06
it was amazing
I absolutely loved it. As a mother and odd sibling, I could relate on so many levels. I loved the multiple povs which allowed the author to delve into ...more
Sep 2009
Feb 18, 2010
 
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4.26
really liked it
Loved it. Except for the battles, not because Follet did a mediocre job, au contraire. It's a matter of personal taste. Follet stays true to history a ...more
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Jun 03, 2014
 
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
4.30
liked it
Though not as enjoyable for me as Fall of the Giants, Winter of the World was none the less absorbing and informative.
not set
Sep 13, 2014
 
Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)
4.06
it was amazing

I expected Akata Witch to be well-written. Nnedi Okorafor is, after all, an award-winning author. I didn't expect to love it. This is because I'm gett
...more
May 15, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.68
really liked it
Loved it. Somewhere in the middle I got lost a bit. But in all, I loved the raw honesty with which Eggers wrote.
not set
Jan 11, 2011
 
The Day of the Jackal/The Dogs of War
4.13
liked it
Mixed feelings. I've always loved Forsyth's documentary novels but I don't believe this was his best.
not set
Feb 06, 2011
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
it was amazing
I absolutely love it. Couldn't put it down once I started. The movie isn't bad either.
not set
Feb 06, 2011
 
The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography
3.69
liked it
At last, I have finished The Measure of a Man. It was intriguing learning about Poitier's extraordinary rise from his charming, idyllic root to the mo ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
 
The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
3.40
really liked it
Hilarious, witty, written by two intelligent college kids. Loved it.
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Feb 06, 2011
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