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Stones for Ibarra
really liked it
I struggled with the rating for this book, because it probably deserves 5 stars. However, I as the reader had a little difficulty putting everything t ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 21, 2008
The Children Act
really liked it
I received this book in a GR giveaway in exchange for an unbiased review.

I find McEwan's writing to be exceptional, and over time, his writing has evo
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Love Walked In
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book, because it was beautifully written, and the story was a unique one. I was a touch disappointed by the en ...more
Aug 21, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
it was amazing
I loved this book from first page to last. The story was well-written, interesting and satisfying. Franklin gives an excellent portrait of life in 198 ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Everything I Never Told You
it was amazing
What a heartbreaking story. The book is spot on, on so many levels. It's about how people handle their own issues and the impact their experiences hav ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
Out Stealing Horses
really liked it
I enjoyed reading this quiet, little book. The story is about a 67 year old man who looks back upon certain events in his childhood and what they mean ...more
Jan 11, 2017
Jan 03, 2017
Lion and the Puppy and Other Stories for Children
it was amazing
My 5-year old daughter took this one out of her school library. Many of the stories are depressing to the point where I was concerned that the subject ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
Little Deaths
liked it
Interesting who done it based upon a true story from the 1960s. It's very noir with everything from dirty cops to the hot mom whom people believe murd ...more
Apr 10, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
it was amazing
What an amazing book! Backman writes what appears to be a simple tale about a hockey team in a small town surrounded by forest where both the jobs and ...more
Jul 24, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
it was amazing
This book provides an often harrowing account of Russian life under Stalin up through a few years ago. The stories are told by many different individu ...more
Jul 22, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
really liked it
I can see why readers of this series felt bogged down by the weight of this book. There's no Daenarys, Jon Snow or Tyrion in the mix. Martin addresses ...more
Mar 19, 2017
Feb 27, 2017
All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing
Wow, what an outstanding book. The writing and storytelling reminded me of Les Misérables, except that Doerr is extremely concise in his writing, whil ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
it was amazing
Moss does a nice job describing in laymen's terms how the food companies in the US use science to learn how they can manipulate the human brain to cra ...more
Aug 29, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting
really liked it
This book is tough to review. When I started it, I almost put it back down for good, since the opening was all about how your kids are your equals and ...more
Jun 25, 2017
Jun 04, 2017
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
it was amazing
Fabulous book. As I was reading this, I kept thinking that Fowler wrote a story where the events could have actually happened that way. I read Fowler' ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Jude the Obscure
liked it
I have to be honest - I didn't love this Hardy book as I had his other books. It all became just a little too much for me. The back and forth among Ju ...more
Apr 24, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because it pieced together everything that I've felt was happening but couldn't explain myself. The book to a large extent is ...more
May 21, 2017
Feb 27, 2017
really liked it
This book presents an interesting look into the Harlem Renaissance and what it means to be black in 1920s NYC. The story is about two friends, one who ...more
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
it was amazing
Massie is clearly the master of all things Romanov. I hope that he continues to write these wonderful, comprehensive biographies of various members of ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
it was amazing
I hadn't read a King book in over 20 years, but 11/22/63 made it worth the long wait. For likely King, too, since he first started writing this book i ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
Pale Fire
really liked it
Hands down, Nabokov's writing kicks ass and his insight into human nature is keen. I think that he's clever and interesting and funny, and if you have ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Beautiful and Damned
it was amazing
I read two books by Fitz in college - The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night. Although they both looked to be right up my alley, I didn't enjoy eith ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
really liked it
Brook's book is based up Mr. March, the father in Little Women who is conspicuously absent from that book because he is off doing something or other i ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
really liked it
4.5 stars for me.

This book is about the survival of a boy soldier and how he was able to build a life for himself even though horrible things had happ
Jan 14, 2014
Nov 10, 2007
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this interesting tale about a boy who lives in a garden shed, AKA "Room", with his mother. The most amazing part of ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
it was ok
Has Follett's writing always been this bad, or is it a more recent phenomena? Or, am I just aware of what constitutes good writing?

This book is the se
Sep 28, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates   [OTHER WES MOORE 5D] [Compact Disc]
it was ok
How do two boys with the same name who live within the same community end up with lives on two completely different paths? After reading this book, my ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
it was amazing
This book provides a chronological background of Pakistan's history since it had gained independence from India in 1941. It is against this backdrop t ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
liked it
I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could. I really enjoyed this story, particularly since it was local to Sweden, but I don't really understand why ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Nov 28, 2009
Les Misérables
it was amazing
Absolutely stunning. Hugo was able to evoke an incredible amount of emotion from me as I read this book. A master storyteller, Hugo also provides trem ...more
Mar 18, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
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