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Sea Room: An Island Life in the Hebrides
3.95
it was amazing
A disclaimer: I bought this book in a tiny bookstore/post office while on a trip to the Isle of Skye off the Northwest coast of Scotland, and read the ...more
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Jan 08, 2008
 
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
4.27
really liked it
I have read very few books in my lifetime that deal with ongoing chronic and life-altering illness in the honest, raw way that this one does. It's dif ...more
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Jan 25, 2013
 
Caleb's Crossing
3.81
it was amazing
A note to novices: You should NOT read Geraldine Brooks' books for their endings. I repeat - do not read her books looking toward the endings. You wil ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
The Buddha in the Attic
3.59
really liked it
The poignancy of the Japanese haiku poetry format is directly tied to the briefness of its structure. True haiku poets are able to compress an incredi ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics
4.08
really liked it
I am a confessed perfume junkie, so as soon as I saw this book advertised I snapped it up. The beauty of reading these reviews of the 100 classic perf ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1)
4.18
liked it
Well - a confession first. I read this book just after finishing three Geraldine Brooks novels, which was a HUGE mistake. Jennifer Donnelly is a good ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
March
3.73
really liked it
I read Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders and Caleb's Crossing just before launching into March (yes, I was on a binge). While Year of Wonders and Cale ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
3.67
liked it
It is unfortunate for the author of this book that the reader walks away with the distinct impression that Julie Powell is decidedly not as fascinatin ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
Year of Wonders
4.00
it was amazing
It must be admitted that I ordinarily eschew modern historical fiction as if it was contaminated by a flesh-eating virus. I grew up reading only class ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
Cleaning Nabokov's House
3.32
it was ok
This book was, for me, a disappointment. I read it basically blind (I just picked it up without reading much about it) but experienced a rush of enjoy ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
Summer at Tiffany
3.65
really liked it
This memoir-like account of two girls' summer as the first female pages at Tiffany and Co. in New York City is absolutely charming. Even though it's s ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
4.06
really liked it
There are very few lengthy accounts of life in North Korea, so finding one this vivid in its depiction of life in that isolated place is an unexpected ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
4.26
it was amazing
Since thousands of people have already reviewed this book (including the critic for the New York Times, who practically drooled all over his keyboard) ...more
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Jan 24, 2013
 
In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692
3.66
it was amazing
This book takes a completely new sort of look at the Salem/Essex County witch crisis of 1692. Instead of simply analyzing the various trials and accus ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
Beowulf
3.42
it was amazing
This is a really vivid translation - even better if you can find the audiobook with Heaney as narrator. I had previously found Beowulf difficult to sl ...more
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Jan 08, 2008
 
The Last Templar (Templar, #1)
3.57
liked it
I read this book on the flight back from Germany to the States, and it was the perfect "airplane read", with just enough suspense and storyline to kee ...more
May 2006
Mar 12, 2008
 
The Dante Club
3.38
it was amazing
This book fascinated me from the first moment, and it held my attention throughout. Pearl's weaving together of the narrative with Dante's Inferno is ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 08, 2008
 
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
4.23
it was amazing
This offers a fascinating new perspective on the text of the Old Testament through the eyes of the Ancient Near Eastern world. Walton avoids many of t ...more
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Mar 12, 2008
 
An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach
4.27
really liked it
Excellent and very recently written Theology of the OT. Not for the faint of heart, since Waltke is nothing if not verbose. In this book especially hi ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
3.91
really liked it
A very interesting analysis of the women in Louis' life. And since it's Antonia Fraser one can read it without worrying that it's badly written or ins ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Jan 08, 2008
 
Very Bad Poetry
4.06
it was amazing
If you like poetry and have any level of sense of humor, this is a book you cannot miss reading!
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Jan 08, 2008
 
All in the Timing
4.17
really liked it
The Death of Trotsky. 'Nuff said.
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Jan 08, 2008
 
Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor
3.88
really liked it
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Jan 24, 2013
 
Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks (Jesus Freaks, #1)
4.20
really liked it
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Jan 25, 2013
 
The Collected Stories
4.24
really liked it
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Jan 26, 2013
 
The Complete Poems
4.12
None
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Jan 25, 2013
 
The Golden Key
4.08
it was amazing
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Jan 26, 2013
 
Neverwhere
4.18
None
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Jan 25, 2013
 
Faust: First Part
3.93
liked it
None
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Jan 25, 2013
 
Daisy Miller and Washington Square
3.85
liked it
None
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Jan 25, 2013
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