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The Patron Saint of Liars
it was ok
Oh, Ann, this was really sub-par. I was initially interested in the set-up, but your lack of deeper exploration into the implications of it made me bo ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Mar 08, 2012
The Magician's Assistant
it was ok
I found this to be a quick, somewhat compelling read, but it really fell flat for me when there was no good resolution. I expected the ending to be mu ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 06, 2008
Perfect Match
liked it
Oh, Jodi...So bad, yet so good. So good, yet so bad. My favorite not-actually-good...but-somehow-still-good author...This was an entertaining hot mess ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Dec 22, 2011
The Firm
it was ok
This is the stupidest book I've ever actually wanted to finish reading. The suspense was fun, but the plot was just ridiculous. It was just completely ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Jun 29, 2011
Fahrenheit 451
really liked it
I really liked this book. A recent pet peeve of mine has been books about books, but this was really great (maybe b/c it was the original book about b ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
The End of Your Life Book Club
really liked it
The more/longer I read this book, the more I liked it. It wasn't the best-written or most fascinating book ever, but I just really fell in love with t ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 06, 2012
Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
it was ok
This was between 2 stars and 3 stars for me, but I'm rounding down b/c I think she was dishonest, or at least lacking in insight. I agree w/Bridget th ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Oct 25, 2008
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
it was ok
This is a book for people who don't normally read or like books. If you actually read, this will be terrible.

It was weird to check "adult" on my books
May 13, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Bell Jar
it was amazing
The plot was nothing special (the point was her emotional experiences, not her life experiences, in my opinion), and I felt like it lost its way a bit ...more
May 26, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
A Man Called Ove
it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK. It's witty, adorable, poignant, and just about perfect. It's not suspenseful, it's more about the characters, so I took my time get ...more
Apr 24, 2017
Dec 13, 2016
Gone Girl
really liked it
So refreshing to read a really good book again! Even though I was enjoying those Coben mysteries, they don't really count. So I feel like it's been aw ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
Ape House
liked it
I would like to thank Bridget for helping me enjoy this book. Bridget, you read this expecting quality literature, or at least a good/touching story, ...more
May 20, 2011
Sep 08, 2010
The Casual Vacancy
really liked it
I really debated with myself what rating to give this book, and what I thought about it in general.

I found the beginning difficult to get into and som
Jan 03, 2013
Jul 31, 2012
And the Mountains Echoed
liked it
This was a low 3 stars for me and I feel like I'm giving it in part based on Hosseini's previous works (in that I am giving him more credit than he's ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Mar 08, 2013
Route 66:The People-The Places-The Dream
it was amazing
I'm a bit biased because my dad is the author, but this really is a great book! I read it thinking I wouldn't be interested in the content, but I LOVE ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Life of Pi
liked it
Well, I'm not sure quite what to make of this book. I really liked the first half - I found it very compelling, even once the main character essential ...more
Oct 07, 2010
Nov 15, 2007
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
it was ok
I found this so disappointing after Snow Flower and Peony! I just found the writing/narrator to be so stilted. Is that the right word? - It was forced ...more
Feb 11, 2012
May 31, 2009
The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam
liked it
I read this partly b/c the author is my undergrad advisor, and partially b/c I work w/veterans and wanted to gain more perspective on their experience ...more
Jul 07, 2008
Nov 08, 2007
The Invention of Wings
it was ok
This was a terrible, cliche way of making points about slavery. I didn't think the writing was good at all which was disappointing because I don't rem ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Apr 27, 2014
Water for Elephants
really liked it
If I could I'd give this a 3.5. The end (the last 30-50 pgs or so) was great and I really liked the way it all came together at the end. The rest was ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Nov 24, 2008
The Goldfinch
liked it
I didn't log/review this promptly so it's not super fresh in my mind, but I would give this a high 3. It was definitely compelling and it felt quick e ...more
Nov 11, 2014
Dec 25, 2013
Burial Rites
did not like it
This is a harsh rating, but I feel like if I've given fairly entertaining but dumb Grisham books 2 stars, then this one deserves 1. I found it to be i ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
really liked it
Really good but made obsolete by the Supercharged edition that came out 5 years later. I bought both books at the same time b/c I didn't know the diff ...more
Sep 2012
Oct 09, 2012
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
liked it
This was almost the exact opposite of Blindness, which I finished directly before this - while that book was relatively profound but my reading proces ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
Before I Go to Sleep
really liked it
I read this in one approximately-three hour sitting yesterday. It was a fast, fun, page-turner. Now that I'm finished, I can look back and see a few f ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Jul 16, 2011
What Alice Forgot
really liked it
I liked this much more than I expected to. In fact, I really liked it. I almost loved it. If it hadn't been for the unnecessary Epilogue I might have ...more
Jun 14, 2015
Jun 04, 2015
The Confession
really liked it
This was lying around the house (assumed Mike had read it b/c it wasn't mine, but apparently he has never read Grisham, so it's presence is mysterious ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
The Good Girl
liked it
For the most part I found this to be really predictable and the character exploration to be very shallow. It kept my attention but I was not enthralle ...more
Feb 22, 2017
May 04, 2015
Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000
it was amazing
I have no idea what I would think of this book if I read it now, but it changed my life in college - this book-and the class I took that I read it for ...more
Nov 1998
Feb 08, 2011
A Time to Kill
liked it
This was really quite decent, but for some reason I had trouble getting into it. It was just a little too much meandering and a little too little susp ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
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