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Fahrenheit 451
did not like it
I don't even know what to say ... How did this become a classic? Fahrenheit 451 is about the worst book I have read this year, and that would be in ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
did not like it
I read Backman's first book, A Man Called Ove, and found it a short and delightful read. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry only has ...more
May 12, 2016
May 10, 2016
Circling the Sun
did not like it
If you are thinking of picking up this book, make sure you fall within one of the following categories:

1) People who love horses
2) People who love
Nov 12, 2015
Sep 06, 2015
Dark Places
did not like it
Wow, I am flabbergasted! Is this what people are reading in the name of 'mystery' these days? A boring book, with unpleasant and unrealistic ...more
Jul 06, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
As Time Goes By (Alvirah and Willy, #10)
did not like it
Where is the woman who wrote classics such as Where are the Children? and You Belong to Me? This book lacks any suspense at all and is about as dull ...more
May 30, 2016
May 23, 2016
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
it was amazing
When people were running away from destruction in 79 AD, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, they had no idea that 2000 years later they would be ...more
Jun 18, 2017
Mar 06, 2017
West with the Night
really liked it
What a wonderful and eventful life! Whether Beryl herself wrote the memoir or not, it hardly makes a dent in the kind of pride I have in her as a ...more
Jul 06, 2016
Jun 24, 2016
Secrets of a Charmed Life
did not like it
American authors should really just stick to American fiction. This story reads like a modern American teenager throwing hussy fits when nothing goes ...more
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 16, 2016
Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
it was amazing
This one was very enjoyable. Poirot is on holiday (poor chap - never took a holiday that didn't turn into work for him!) and he comes across a ...more
Feb 21, 2019
Feb 19, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
it was amazing
If you read only one book about twentieth century China, let this be the one. A mish-mash of personal memoir, family saga, history, feminist ...more
Feb 26, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
Cry of the Kalahari
it was amazing
Oh, to be Mark and Delia and lie under the clear sky with only lions for company. That is the stuff of dreams for an animal lover. I feel privileged ...more
Sep 20, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
Travels in West Africa
did not like it
That was an excruciating read! I can't imagine why other reviewers are so enamoured of this book! Admittedly, Kingsley was a remarkable woman for her ...more
Mar 08, 2019
not set
Feb 03, 2019
Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1)
did not like it
What a complete and utter mess of a book! I had been informed by many reliable sources (including Lucy Worsley in her documentary A Very British ...more
Jan 05, 2016
Dec 21, 2015
Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction
it was amazing
This is one of the best books that I have read this year so far. Steven Martin is an enthusiast of the Chinese opium subculture, which leads him to ...more
Sep 08, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
The Case of Mary Bell: A Portrait of a Child Who Murdered
really liked it
In the summer of 1968, the murders of two toddlers shocked Newcastle in England. But they were in for a bigger shock very soon. The murderer was a ...more
May 27, 2019
May 25, 2019
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
it was amazing
There has been rarely a fictional work of such complexity when the focal point is colonisation. Most books are either firmly convinced that the ...more
Sep 14, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
it was ok
I basically started this book so I would have a background before I read the newly released sequel. This is one of those books which are socially ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 27, 2015
A Case of Exploding Mangoes
did not like it
I am not sure what this book was all about. General Zia-ul-Haq dies in the end (which is not a spoiler, btw) and someone killed him. The story is ...more
Sep 11, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
What the Day Owes the Night
it was ok
What the Day Owes the Night is a strong criticism of the French colonisation of Algeria. Seen through the eyes of a young boy called Younes, we travel ...more
Jul 19, 2017
Jun 20, 2017
The Revenant
it was amazing
I can't believe I actually enjoyed this book. It was all about fighting and hunting and living in the rough, and not a single woman in the 250 pages. ...more
Jul 20, 2016
Jul 18, 2016
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women
liked it
Take an interesting story, do impeccable research, then ruin it all with extravagant prose and over-emotional drama – that’s The Tin Ticket. Nothing ...more
Jun 04, 2013
May 24, 2013
The Silent Sister (Riley MacPherson, #1)
it was ok
Riley goes back home after her father's death to clear out his house. While there, she gets sucked into the secret past of their family. She discovers ...more
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 08, 2016
Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
it was amazing
Everyone knows all about Mma Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. It's delightful, set in Botswana, and filled with the local flavours. In ...more
Aug 17, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
Everything I Never Told You
did not like it
Some books should come with a warning on the cover: excruciatingly boring. In Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng makes a case for how racism and ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
Arrow of God (The African Trilogy, #3)
it was amazing
Once more, Achebe has succeeded in writing a story that had me living in a very different world for a while. Arrow of God is not about the delightful ...more
May 08, 2017
May 04, 2017
City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
really liked it
I already knew a lot about Dadaab, since I had been fascinated by the idea of a refugee camp where people lived for generations and lived, worked, and ...more
Jan 16, 2017
Oct 22, 2016
Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich
it was ok
It was a really wonderful idea for bringing out the hidden stories of ordinary German women during the Nazi years and the war. But this should have ...more
Apr 2016
Mar 24, 2016
Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak
liked it
In 1897, the Germans conquered Rwanda. They brought their burgeoning racial discrimination theories to the country and started applying them to the ...more
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 04, 2018
Out of Africa
really liked it
Karen Blixen wrote this book under the male pseudonym of Isak Dinesen. Despite having travelled to another continent and managed a farm all on her ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Apr 23, 2016
2019 on Goodreads
liked it
It's a bit too early for a year-end review, but I have finished my target and won't be reviewing more as I will be too busy to devote much time to ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2019
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