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Headhunters
3.78
it was ok
Okay, I did like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I love Kenneth Branaugh in PBS' Wallander, and I like shopping at IKEA, but that doesn't mean everything ...more
Jul 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Steal Across the Sky
3.45
it was ok
I wanted to love this book, because I highly value Nancy Kress' books on writing--I use them a lot. But based on this novel only (it's the only one of ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
 
Into the Darkest Corner
4.09
liked it
I loved the tension and compelling suspense of this debut novel; the tone of the writing and focused, detailed characterization were very well done. C ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
 
Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything--Fast
3.87
it was amazing
So far I've used this book to kickstart my job search and really do the tasks; help my mother-in-law articulate her real reasons for moving from her b ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
 
The Ivy Tree
3.90
it was amazing
Another one of those books I loved as a reader, years ago. These days I re-read this as a writer to see how Stewart pulls off a first-person narrativ ...more
Jan 1980
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Apr 03, 2012
 
Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan
3.85
it was amazing
I thoroughly liked this consistently fascinating and funny account of a smart, compassionate entrepreneur committed to starting a battery business in ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
 
The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)
4.18
it was amazing
This is the second Renault title I've read, and I might like it even better than the Mask of Apollo. I remembered only a few generalities about Alexan ...more
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.33
it was amazing
Not often enough, a writer comes across books she wishes she'd written. Her only recourse is to study such a book so as to steal, as invisibly as poss ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 29, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.04
it was amazing
I read this the same day it came out, having impatiently waited the requisite year after CATCHING FIRE. Immediately, I was bummed. This was depressing ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 29, 2012
 
You Are One of Them
3.48
it was ok
I was intrigued by the title and the recommendation from a review in the WSJ. Alas, I was less impressed than I'd hoped with the actual book. Ms. Holt ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 10, 2014
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.90
liked it
While I enjoyed the snappy writing and the send-up of high-achievers in Seattle (a city I know little about), it got a bit old as I realized I dislike ...more
Aug 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
Territory
3.77
liked it
I have liked other Emma Bull books, but this one disappointed. Same intriguing authorial voice, which is the ONLY thing that got me through the whole ...more
Dec 2015
Dec 30, 2015
 
Infidel
4.21
it was amazing
This is the most lucid, compelling, and flat-out readable account of why Islam is not a religion of peace that I can imagine, frankly. (Although there ...more
Sep 15, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
 
Alibi
3.52
really liked it
I just discovered Joseph Kanon's new book, Istanbul Passage, so now I'm reading his earlier books as well. Alibi did not disappoint. I adore books whe ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
 
Istanbul Passage
3.61
really liked it
American Leon Bauer is mourning his mad wife and the end of the war as he goes about his daily business as a tobacco rep in Istanbul in 1945. He's agr ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
4.07
it was amazing
I've re-read this one several times over the years. The best Smiley book and the best overall book by Le Carre, in my opinion. There's much here to en ...more
Jan 1990
Aug 16, 2012
 
Finder (Borderland, #6)
4.10
really liked it
It's hard to pin down why I like this book so much. Maybe the sense that I've walked into the 3rd or 4th book of a series, because the backstory and h ...more
May 09, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
4.23
liked it
Our book club chose this, and I delayed reading it till the last minute because I always feel manipulated--and bored--by "heartwarming" racial stories ...more
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Lucky Jim
3.77
really liked it
I read this a few years ago when our book club did it. It does feel a bit dated now, but once you get into it this story of academic jockeying in Engl ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 20, 2012
 
Cutting for Stone
4.29
liked it
This was a compelling and exotic read (can't remember the last book I read about Ethiopia!). The plot had plenty of melodrama, which is okay when it's ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
I read this out loud years ago to my children, who adored it (though I'm sure we mangled the Lapine pronunciation). Am re-reading it for a book group. ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
 
Havana Bay (Arkady Renko Series #4)
3.84
really liked it
Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko books do two things very well that I'm a sucker for: they give me fast-moving, intelligent and darkly humuorous myste ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
The Apostates: When Muslims Leave Islam
4.43
really liked it
I had to order this book from Amazon/UK, as it wasn't available in the States. And yet, reading about what ex-Muslims go through as they wrestle with ...more
Aug 21, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
 
The Help
4.47
really liked it
Normally I shy away from books about racism--too much emotional manipulation, unless they're VERY well-written--like, say, To Kill a Mockingbird. Now ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Mar 05, 2012
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.89
it was ok
I didn't finish this book--got 50 pages in, failed to find the enchantment so many other people have (including a good friend who highly recommended i ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To
3.43
really liked it
I was charmed by this book that by all rights should be YA--the main characters are 15, they act exactly like 15-year-olds do, it's set in and around ...more
Mar 2011
Dec 08, 2011
 
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
4.18
did not like it
The basic premise--that the United States would pass a law allowing parents to terminate their kids at a certain age, if that kid has proved unsatisfa ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2012
 
Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
4.32
really liked it
Vintage Wodehouse, and an excellent example of Bertie and Jeeves at their most characteristic and asinine (well, Bertie is). Escapism of the best kind ...more
Jan 1990
Aug 17, 2012
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.20
liked it
Ads called this the next Hunger Games, which it isn't--but I found it surprisingly good anyway. Liked: compelling story line, cool dystopia of Chicago ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 30, 2012
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.59
did not like it
Longest exercise in frustrated foreplay ever to masquerade as a novel. Hard to make sex boring, but Meyer manages it. Still, I had to know what all th ...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jun 07, 2011
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