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People of the Book
4.01
liked it
I try to avoid all things popular (e.g., I’ve never seen Star Wars or Titanic) because I know, after all the hype, I can only be disappointed. When it ...more
Feb 05, 2008
Feb 06, 2008
 
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
3.69
liked it
I succumbed and read Eclipse. I swear this is the last time I will ever write about Stephenie Meyer. I really am sick and tired of her books. Fortunat ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
 
Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)
4.04
liked it
I’ve developed a really bad habit: book cheating.

Until recently, I’ve had impeccable reading etiquette. I never flip to the end of the book. I don’t c
...more
Dec 2007
Dec 13, 2007
 
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
3.91
liked it
A neighbor recommended Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs as one of the best books she’s read. The book cover boasts quotes from The New York Times (“ ...more
Mar 08, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
3.82
liked it
I am a daydreamer—I think most readers are. As a freshman in high school, I had a recurring fantasy about being a spy. At the time, I was taking Russi ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.52
liked it
I am totally insane. Even though I totally dissed Twilight in this blog, I have an obsession with series and read New Moon.

Why do I intentionally put
...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
 
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict, #1)
3.18
it was ok
I have stacks of books just waiting to be read, but instead I wasted the last two days reading Laura Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addic ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 13, 2008
 
The Almost Moon
2.68
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I mentioned a few weeks ago that Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones is a disappointing and overrated book. Imagine my pleasure and deli ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 31, 2007
 
North and South
4.13
really liked it
I love this book.

The writing is nineteenth century and may not be accessible for all readers, but I find this style soothing and rhythmic. More than a
...more
Sep 2007
Sep 16, 2007
 
American Born Chinese
3.88
liked it
I’ve been hearing about Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese for months. The book won the Printz Award, was a National Book Award fina ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 19, 2007
 
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
4.13
liked it
**spoiler alert** I read Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy's prequel—I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You—last July at my mother's recom ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
The Woman in Black
3.69
liked it
I was perusing the Amazon bestseller list when I first stumbled on Susan Hill’s mystery The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story. Why the book, originally pu ...more
Feb 11, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
3.98
really liked it
I’ve been muddling through a few “serious” books for the last several days, so I finally picked up an old friend instead: Elizabeth George Speare’s Th ...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
 
Wreck This Journal
4.18
really liked it
Technically, Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal isn’t exactly a book, but I wanted to write a review of it anyway.

This week, I gave the “journal” to my n
...more
Sep 03, 2008
Sep 05, 2008
 
My Enemy's Cradle
4.05
liked it
I picked up Sara Young’s My Enemy’s Cradle after reading a review in USA Today a few weeks ago. The book centers around the German Lebensborn, and I w ...more
Feb 16, 2008
Feb 16, 2008
 
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
4.01
really liked it
Several years ago, I listened to Rob Gifford’s series "On the Road in China" on NPR. Three of my siblings (or siblings-in-law) have lived in Asia, and ...more
Feb 28, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
 
The Thirteenth Tale
3.95
liked it
Occasionally, I peruse the New York Times and Amazon.com’s bestsellers lists to see what the kids are reading. Diane Setterfield’s novel The Thirteent ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
4.15
liked it
I walked past Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader at the library and immediately turned around. Without reading the dust jacket, ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo
3.72
really liked it
Zlata’s Diary is literally Zlata’s diary. Zlata lives in Sarajevo and starts keeping a diary in September 1991, not long before her 11th birthday. She ...more
Jun 2007
Sep 03, 2007
 
Unaccustomed Earth
4.12
really liked it
After weeks of waiting anxiously, of reading about how good the book is, I finally got my hands on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth.

The beauty of La
...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
 
The China Garden
4.08
it was ok
I need to stop reading worthless books. I wasted a whole day with Liz Berry’s The China Garden and will make this review short because I don’t want to ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 14, 2007
 
Bliss
3.91
really liked it
Three characters cross paths in O. Z. Livaneli’s Bliss: a professor facing a mid-life crisis; an ex-soldier experiencing PTSD; a young woman condemned ...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
The Lazarus Project
3.56
really liked it
In 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, an immigrant from Eastern Europe, is shot dead by the Chicago Chief of Police. Almost a century later, fictional Vladimir B ...more
Jun 03, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
3.90
really liked it
Robert Alexander’s The Kitchen Boy is a fictionalized account of the Romanovs’ last days. Several historical records mention a kitchen boy working for ...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.62
liked it

My eyes are bleary, my head aches, and I’m a bit of a grump. The culprit? Harry Potter. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing Harry
...more
Jul 2007
Sep 01, 2007
 
The Kitchen Madonna
4.26
liked it
Today I read The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden. It is one of those books that has been languishing in my “to read” pile.

Initially, I picked up Shopa
...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
 
After the Dancing Days
3.87
liked it
I was a little reluctant when I picked up After the Dancing Days today. I have memories of loving this book, memories of sobbing at the end. Clearly, ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.06
really liked it
In anticipation of Masterpiece’s adaptation on Sunday, I reread Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I hadn’t read the book in over ten years and had ...more
Apr 04, 2008
Sep 02, 2007
 
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
3.79
liked it
Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty is a young-adult-novel-slash-Victorian-romance-slash-magical-fantasy; it wants to be many things, but I’m not ...more
Apr 30, 2008
May 03, 2008
 
Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History
3.86
liked it
I read Cathy Caruth’s book Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History for a research project I’m working on. The author is well known for he ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
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