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Fahrenheit 451
3.99
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 co ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
 
Dark Places
3.93
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 character ...more
Jul 06, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
 
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
4.05
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 sli ...more
May 12, 2016
May 10, 2016
 
Circling the Sun
3.93
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 rea
...more
Nov 12, 2015
Sep 06, 2015
 
As Time Goes By (Alvirah and Willy, #10)
3.73
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 a ...more
May 30, 2016
May 23, 2016
 
Cry of the Kalahari
4.29
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 t ...more
Sep 20, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
 
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
4.09
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 fa ...more
Jun 18, 2017
Mar 06, 2017
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4.24
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 literatur ...more
Feb 26, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
 
Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
3.96
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 vivacio ...more
Feb 21, 2019
Feb 19, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
 
Secrets of a Charmed Life
4.19
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
 
West with the Night
4.12
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 woma ...more
Jul 06, 2016
Jun 24, 2016
 
Travels in West Africa
3.76
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)
3.88
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 Murde ...more
Jan 05, 2016
Dec 21, 2015
 
Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction
3.99
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 st ...more
Sep 08, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
 
The Naughtiest Girl in the School (The Naughtiest Girl, #1)
4.05
liked it
Forget 1984 and Animal Farm - if you thought that was scary, you should read The Naughtiest Girl in the School. In this Stalinisque exposé of life und ...more
May 21, 2015
May 21, 2015
 
A Case of Exploding Mangoes
3.75
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 abou ...more
Sep 11, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
 
The Silent Sister (Riley MacPherson, #1)
3.95
it was ok
*Mild spoilers ahead*

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
...more
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 08, 2016
 
The Case of Mary Bell: A Portrait of a Child Who Murdered
3.94
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 lit ...more
May 27, 2019
May 25, 2019
 
Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
3.98
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
 
Memories of Silk and Straw: A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan
4.32
it was amazing
What a gorgeous look at Japan! I love learning about Japanese culture and history, current and past. It has a certain unique quality that both fascina ...more
Sep 05, 2020
Jun 06, 2020
 
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
4.28
really liked it
I think The Hobbit is Tolkein's finest effort. We are introduced to Bilbo Baggins of the Baggins and Took clans. His Baggins side makes him complacent ...more
Sep 09, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.28
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 rele ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 27, 2015
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.86
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
 
The Sari Shop
3.45
it was amazing
I am really amazed at how good this book was! I wasn't expecting anything even close to this. The Sari Shop brought forth subtly and effortlessly the ...more
Dec 14, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
 
What the Day Owes the Night
4.19
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
 
In Patagonia
3.71
it was ok
I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn more about Argentina and Argentinians. After all, that's the country where this book is set and travel memoir ...more
Jul 31, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.70
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 tradit ...more
Sep 14, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
 
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
3.93
really liked it
As someone who grew up in the 90s in Mumbai, I lived in my middle class bubble, broken only by the riots and the rampant street sexual harassment. I w ...more
Aug 08, 2017
Sep 26, 2016
 
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women
3.64
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 s ...more
Jun 04, 2013
May 24, 2013
 
Rebel Queen
4.00
did not like it
Rebel Queen is purportedly about Rani Laxmibai, Queen of Jhansi. But the queen doesn't get much screen presence at all. In fact, the queen doesn't eve ...more
Mar 31, 2020
Mar 22, 2020
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