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Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
it was amazing
Hands down the best relationship book I have ever read. A paradigm changer--it felt intuitively right from the first chapter, yet I also see the world ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
Still Procrastinating: The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done
it was ok
I just read this book and Sapadin's It's About Time.

Ferrari cites a TON of studies on the subject, but the whole book just ends up being one long reas
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
The Forest for the Trees
it was amazing
One of the best books about writing I've read, though it's not a how-to. Lerner was an editor for 15 years at a few houses, and is now an agent (she w ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
it was amazing
What I took away from this book, what I loved about it, was that it finally helped me understand the modern arts. Throughout the book he shows how soc ...more
not set
Apr 08, 2012
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
liked it
Bit of an odd one. I finally read it when I read that Carriger's a Wodehouse fan, and I did indeed enjoy the heroine's silliness. I liked her inner vo ...more
Apr 09, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
Put Me Back Together
it was amazing
A quick read, sort of a Twilight tone but without the supernatural. It's a sweet romance, but the book's strength lies in the suspense created by the ...more
not set
Nov 17, 2013
Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery, #1)
it was ok
I really wanted to love this book--I love Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, and the author was inspired by both, so I've had my eye on it since it came ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
Writing the Romantic Comedy: From "Cute Meet" to "Joyous Defeat": How To Write Screenplays That Sell
it was amazing
If you write romantic comedy, even novels, this is a great book on dialogue, sex scenes, pacing etc. His chapter on theme was the best I've read from ...more
May 22, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
The Tibetan Book of Yoga: Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
it was amazing
I wanted a book that explained the spiritual practise behind yoga, so I could use it in tandem with meditation. This book explains the meaning behind ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 03, 2012
The Best Laid Plans
it was ok
My short review: I liked the characters, I was interested in the politics, it was a pleasant read, but man it was badly written.

My long review: I don'
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America
really liked it
Most reviews say this book is either super interesting, or way too detailed. It's both. Demos takes a story that could be covered a long magazine arti ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Bidding for Love
liked it
Things I liked:
- the heroine and her cats
- mostly no sex scenes (not a prude, just sick of them)
- only told from the heroine's POV
- no trauma in anyon
Apr 11, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
really liked it
Not perfect, but I read it in three days so I think that merits four stars. I like that Donaldson writes a Regency England that feels authentic. And t ...more
Apr 30, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister, #2)
liked it
3.5 - I definitely recommend reading it. But I did do some skimming, cause I've become an impatient reader in My Aulde Age.

What I liked best, and why
Jun 02, 2015
Aug 05, 2013
Snuff (Discworld, #39; City Watch #8)
it was amazing
First read as an audio book while driving; but it really stuck with me, and I felt I'd missed bits, so I read the book-book. Loved it. So much. Some f ...more
Feb 22, 2015
not set
May 24, 2013
Welcome to Tranquility, Vol. 1
liked it
Hm, gosh, I wanted to love it. I lurv Top 10 and the premise is similar so it was like a chance to revisit that fun concept. Unfortunately, Top 10 sor ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
it was amazing
This was always my second fave Austen after (of course) P&P, but I hadn't re-read it in years. As ever it's a lovely romance, and Anne is a sweet ...more
Sep 24, 2011
not set
not set
Sep 25, 2011
Salaam, Paris
it was ok
I picked up Salaam, Paris by Kavita Daswani as a sale book, so I didn't have big expectations. It's about Tanaya, a young Muslim Indian woman who's al ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
All Clear (All Clear, #2)
really liked it
This is a tough one. The two books were almost unputdownable, but at the same time they were badly in need of an edit. Willis does this thing where sh ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
liked it
I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book because I enjoyed each new mystery introduced. Yes, the information was often withheld for a stupid reason--"You'r ...more
Jul 23, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
Belle journée pour tomber en amour--: roman
it was ok
D'une part, j'ai vraiment aimé les personnages dans ce livre, alors je l'ai apprécié et je l'ai fini. Mais c'était très mélodramatique. Elle l'a conçu ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Writing the Breakout Novel
liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. The classic advice we give to students writing papers is "say what you're going to say, say it, summarize what y ...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
What I Did for Love (Wynette, Texas #4)
liked it
It's not Phillips' best book. I never really chemistry between the protagonists, there were side characters who could have been cut, and it could have ...more
Mar 14, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells (Jeeves, #16)
liked it
If you like audio books then I recommend it. Wodehouse wrote almost 100 books so there's no real need to read someone a substitute; but it was fun and ...more
Feb 04, 2016
Jan 29, 2016
really liked it
Listened to the audio, which was well read. I hadn't read this one in decades, and enjoyed it more than I remembered/did the first time. But what real ...more
Jan 19, 2016
Jan 16, 2016
Morgan's Run
really liked it
It's no literary tour de force, but I really enjoyed it--especially once the hero got shipped off to Australia. Her description of the passage was hor ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2012
Writing the Other
it was amazing
I would recommend this book to every writer. A little bit more to writers of sci fi/fantasy, but really everyone. Though it specifically focuses on pe ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Talk Sweetly to Me (Brothers Sinister, #4.5)
liked it
Nice story, nice characters, unusual setting. Milan's a very good writer. Personally I would have preferred no sex scenes cause they leach the tension ...more
Jun 06, 2015
Jun 04, 2015
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
really liked it
Autobiographical graphic novels are my favorite kind, and this one is excellent. Bechdel flashes through her youth, exploring her confused relationshi ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Half of a Yellow Sun
really liked it
Interesting time/setting. I liked the characters. Lovely writing.

I was really into the first half and reading every chance I got, but I found the seco
Aug 29, 2016
Apr 01, 2012
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