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If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
3.69
did not like it
I wanted to like this book. As I read it, though, the word that overwhelmed everything else was smug. "We're better than everyone else, because we liv ...more
Jun 24, 2010
May 02, 2010
 
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
3.72
did not like it
This should have been called speculative fiction. Almost everything is based on "this is hypothetical" or "this is speculative" or "maybe this happene ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
 
The Bughouse Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon, #1)
3.19
it was ok
I was really disappointed in this book. I love the Sharon McCone series, and I've read a couple of the Nameless Detective books by Pronzini and liked ...more
Feb 2013
Dec 09, 2012
 
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
3.77
it was ok
It was okay, but nothing special. I'm glad I checked it out of the library and didn't waste my money on it.

The advice was pretty obvious - you'll have
...more
Dec 20, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
 
How to Stop Time
3.93
really liked it
I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This was a compelling read.

I liked the basic premise
...more
Jan 18, 2018
May 31, 2017
 
Thirteen Ways of Looking
3.99
it was amazing
I was entranced by this book. The writing is just beautiful, and the stories, particularly the title story and the last story, Treaty, were compelling ...more
Dec 24, 2015
Dec 02, 2015
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.05
did not like it
A "feel good" book for anyone who chooses to call him or herself an introvert.

My first difficulty in taking the book seriously is the fact that the au
...more
Mar 16, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
 
I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners Into Impolite Society
3.33
it was ok
I wondered while I read this - how much rudeness is justified when your excuse is that you're trying to make other people not act in a way that you co ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
it was amazing
Wow!

This book started slow - I had a little trouble getting into it, but decided to give it awhile, since the reviews I had read were so good.

Once I g
...more
Jun 28, 2010
May 30, 2010
 
The Girls in the Picture
3.65
it was amazing
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin.

I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This was a most enjoyable r
...more
Dec 18, 2017
Dec 13, 2017
 
Americanah
4.28
it was amazing
Terrific book.

It had an interesting story line - I was always interested in both what was happening at the time, and in what would develop. Characters
...more
Sep 05, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
 
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It may not be profound, although it did get me thinking about what is reality, and what happens in a society where a v ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
The Tiger's Wife
3.37
it was ok
My general disinterest in this book may be because of my own criteria for a "good read." The book must either have interesting characters (preferably ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
 
At the Water's Edge
3.65
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.

At first, I wasn't so sure - the 3 focus characters at the beginning were just awful people. But, I always think that if a
...more
Apr 11, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
 
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
3.31
really liked it
I enjoyed the book. I didn't come into it with the presumption that it was "an earlier draft" of To Kill a Mockingbird - it's a different story, about ...more
Nov 07, 2015
Jul 01, 2015
 
The Alice Network
4.26
it was amazing
This was one of those "just one more chapter" books that kept me up WAY too late. I was simply sucked in by the story, and just didn't want to stop re ...more
Dec 02, 2017
Nov 15, 2017
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4.24
it was amazing
I was completely sucked in by this book - didn't want to stop reading. Fascinating account of 20th century China. The part about the Cultural Revoluti ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Sep 07, 2012
 
Life After Life
3.75
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It took a little while to get the hang of what was going on - even after reading the description, I had to get into the bo ...more
Apr 26, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.05
it was amazing
Fascinating book. I'm not a science kind of person, but I was even interested in the science parts, although more drawn to the personal stories of the ...more
Sep 03, 2010
May 16, 2010
 
Moloka'i (Moloka'i #1)
4.16
it was amazing
I am not sure why, but this book sucked me in from the very beginning and it was a "can't put it down" read. I would never have thought I'd be so enth ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 30, 2010
 
Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker
3.62
This was a book I won through the GR giveaway, and which I am WAY late in rviewing. The problem is that I found it almost unreadable - tried once or t ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2010
 
The Deepest Grave (Fiona Griffiths ,#6)
4.47
it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author, in return for an honest review.

The Deepest Grave is the 6th book in the Fiona Griffiths series, and the series just
...more
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 15, 2017
 
Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare)
3.48
it was amazing
Thanks to netgalley for an advance copy of this book, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book was enthralling. Macbeth was one of my favori
...more
Mar 21, 2018
Dec 12, 2017
 
Plan Your Escape, Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home
3.50
it was ok
A lot of the "advice" in this book was just common sense - for instance, suggesting that you'll be safer if you don't walk in dark alleys in bad parts ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Nov 15, 2014
 
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know about Getting and Spending
3.48
it was ok
The book wasn't bad - I like the idea of spending your money in the way that makes YOU happy, rather than the way that "they" think you should spend y ...more
Jun 07, 2012
May 19, 2012
 
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)
4.01
it was ok
I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I've enjoyed all the previous books in this series, and I enjoyed this o
...more
Dec 26, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
 
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
4.13
really liked it
To begin with, I am NOT a science kind of person - I worked very hard (and successfully!)in high school and college to avoid science classes. However, ...more
Jan 23, 2018
Jan 21, 2018
 
Need to Know
3.90
it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in return for a fair and honest review. Thanks, NetGalley!

It is very difficult to write a review of this book with many
...more
Sep 17, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
 
Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
3.83
it was ok
I gave this book 2 * rather than 1*, because I did pick up a few tips along the way – and I did get some laughs from the (probably unintentional) humo ...more
Feb 08, 2018
Dec 21, 2017
 
Long Walk to Freedom
4.32
it was amazing
I blame Mr. Mandela for my getting far too little sleep the last few days.........every night, I would say, "just one more chapter, then I'll go to sl ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 16, 2015
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