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Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head
liked it
Jen Larsen used to weigh over 300lbs. One day, she decided that weight loss surgery was the only way she was going to lose weight and start living her ...more
Mar 23, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
Before We Met
it was ok
Before We Met is billed as a psychological thriller. Hannah and Mark have been married all of 5 months after a 3 month courtship (as it were) and amaz ...more
Apr 14, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
Until I Met Her
did not like it
Full disclosure: I skimmed the last third of this book because it was so awful. And by awful I mean self-published (I assume), two-dimensional and fla ...more
Dec 14, 2016
Dec 13, 2016
The Returned
really liked it
The basic concept behind The Returned is that the dead are suddenly coming back to life, decades after they died. The Hargraves have been fine for the ...more
Feb 2014
Jan 31, 2014
really liked it
Americanah is an absolutely fascinating look into a different world, the world of the outsider, no matter where they are. At it's heart, it's the stor ...more
Jul 28, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
really liked it
Okay, I fold. I initially abandoned this book last year when I tried to read it. It was silly and ridiculous and a waste of time, I thought. So when i ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Jun 30, 2013
The Girls' Guide to Homemaking
did not like it
This is so terribly written and so cliched that I groaned all throughout reading it. I hated it. If I could have given it 0 stars, I would have. The o ...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Girl Before
liked it
I'm conflicted by this book. Because I loved the narration - this is a great one for an audiobook - and I found myself listening as much as I could. B ...more
Feb 23, 2017
Jan 24, 2017
The Red Book
it was ok
At first, I thought 'Ooh, I quite liked this' but the more it sat with me, the angrier I got about it. A strange reaction perhaps, but I felt disappoi ...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 05, 2013
The Lies You Told Me
it was ok
The Lies You Told Me is an interesting premise - Klara has been brought up to believe her mother left her and her father to move to the US for her mod ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1)
did not like it
I fear that this title was one of those submitted by the members of The Rejected Writers' Club and only published by mistake. Or perhaps Ms Kelman too ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Apr 12, 2016
Be Frank With Me
it was ok
The characters in Be Frank With Me are kooky. Perhaps kooky for the sake of being kooky. There's Mimi, a reclusive author who is a bit of a bitch with ...more
Jul 11, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
The Goldfinch
liked it
What I can say about The Goldfinch that hasn't already been said? It's long. Very long. Extremely long. It is filled with every word known to the Engl ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Mar 12, 2014
The Patient in Room Nine Says He's God
did not like it
Sigh. Someone once told Louis Profeta that he should write a book and he took them seriously. I enjoyed some of the stories of the patients he dealt w ...more
Jan 03, 2017
Jan 02, 2017
True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
liked it
I wasn't sure about this one. I started the book not really liking Mr Renner (sorry about that!) and thought I'd end up wanting to slap him silly exce ...more
Sep 13, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
A Tale for the Time Being
it was amazing
This is an incredible book. Intertwining the stories of Ruth, a Canadian woman living on a remote island off the coast of Canada and Nao, a Japanese t ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Magpie Murders
it was amazing
I loved this. Yes, there are issues - Susan is quite dim as an editor who's supposed to have been working on 8 books in a series and yet hasn't notice ...more
Nov 02, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Life After Coffee
really liked it
I didn't expect to enjoy this book (hey, just being honest). I thought it was going to be silly and I'd roll my eye so hard.
BUT I really liked it! The
Dec 21, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
My Memories of a Future Life
really liked it
My Memories of a Future Life was originally released in serial form and although it has now been consolidated into a complete novel, evidence of the ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
it was amazing
This book is for anyone who's struggled to make friends as they've gotten older or moved away from their old friends. After moving to Chicago for love ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I was so excited about this book - the cover blurb drew me in and I feel as if it was a bit of 'bait and switch' in some ways.
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Keep Your Friends Close
did not like it
What a stupid book. Inane unlikeable characters, pointless details (why we need to know that the Detective wants to have a breast reduction is beyond ...more
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
The Widow
really liked it
The Widow tells the story of Jean Taylor, the widow of Glenn Taylor who was accused of a terrible crime. Told through 4 (and a bit) narrators, we lear ...more
May 30, 2016
May 23, 2016
Taking Control: My Journey to Reverse Autoimmune Disease
A friend's self-published book on her journey to reverse autoimmune disease through various diet and lifestyle changes, including Paleo and others.
Dec 14, 2016
Dec 13, 2016
The Man from Primrose Lane
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this but I think it's something I'll need to read again to really appreciate the bonkers-ness of the story. It starts out so 'normal' ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
Me, Myself & Prague: An Unreliable Guide to Bohemia
it was ok
Author Rachael Weiss decided to give her life a shake up and live in Prague for a year in her father's apartment. With grand plans to write The Great ...more
May 02, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
The Post-birthday World
liked it
The Post-birthday world follows the lives of Irina, Lawrence, and Ramsey. Irina and Lawrence have been together for almost 10 years and their relation ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
it was ok
In The Examined Life psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz writes about life and loss through various case studies of some former patients. There are some lovel ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
Five Days
liked it
**spoiler alert** Five Days tells the story of Laura, who's married to Dan, and the five days in which everything changes for her.

I thought Kennedy wr
Jul 14, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Big Brother
did not like it
Lionel Shriver holds some rather strong opinions about the obesity crisis and boy, is she keen to let you know EXACTLY what she thinks. As a result, t ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
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