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it was amazing
Reading this book contained and gave me absolutely everything I love about reading. It encompasses everything I love about the reading process. I love ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Dec 14, 2007
The Book Thief
it was amazing
I admit that I am perplexed about why this is considered a young adult novel and not an adult novel that could be read by those 12 and up. The title c ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Jun 07, 2007
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing

This is an exceptionally fine novel.

It hooked me from the start. It’s a beautifully and brilliantly crafted and engrossing story. It’s a great st
Jun 14, 2017
Aug 02, 2016
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
it was amazing
I knew a little about this case, and before I read the book, I was certain I’d feel infuriated with the Hmong family and feel nothing but disrespect f ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
really liked it
I ended up enjoying this book because it was so beautifully written and it took me deep into a world so unlike my own; thank goodness for that! This s ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
City of Women
really liked it
4 stars

I’m struggling because I want to do this book justice but I am not in the mood to write a review. I want to get something down though when eve
Feb 10, 2013
Aug 23, 2012
The Hate U Give
it was amazing
4-1/2 stars

I wasn’t that enthusiastic about reading this book as I wasn’t really in the mood for it, but it was a selection for my real world book clu
Nov 2017
Oct 08, 2017
The Goldfinch
it was amazing
I had 3 weeks to read an almost 800 page book and I was worried, but I did it, with a few days to spare. I’m so grateful to my book club for getting ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Oct 25, 2013
The Blood of Flowers
really liked it
I will never again look at Persian/Iranian carpets in the same way. This book makes me want to view many examples of such carpets so that I can now fu ...more
Aug 20, 2008
May 08, 2008
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
it was amazing
I read this author’s A Thread of Grace with my real world book club and I really enjoyed it and this looked interesting so I put this book on my to-re ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Apr 08, 2008
it was amazing
I loved this book. A slow reader, I zoomed through an over 850 page book (including the extra materials in the back) in 2 weeks. A book half that len ...more
May 13, 2016
Jan 05, 2012
The Handmaid's Tale
it was amazing
I was just going to skim this to remind myself of what I might have forgotten because my book club is reading it, but I immediately got so engrossed a ...more
Jan 1987
Sep 17, 2007
People of the Book
it was amazing
This is a marvelous book. I really enjoyed this author’s Year of Wonders and I think I liked this book at least as much. This is skillful and enthrall ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jan 11, 2008
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
liked it
I read this because it was a book selected for my book club. I wasn’t too happy when I found out that it was book 1 in a trilogy. Even though I can’t ...more
Aug 04, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
The Queen's Gambit
it was amazing
I love this book. It’s feeling really challenging to try to start my next (any) book because I doubt I’ll enjoy it as much as I liked this one. I have ...more
Feb 15, 2017
Nov 13, 2016
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
liked it
I’d wanted to read this book since it was first published (I first learned of it, and Gilkey, from one of my local independent bookstores), and so I w ...more
May 11, 2013
Jun 14, 2009
Station Eleven
it was amazing
I read this for my real world book club January meeting. I’m really glad that a fellow member suggested it. It had been on my to read shelf but so are ...more
Dec 27, 2015
May 01, 2015
The Man in the High Castle
it was ok
This was so disappointing. I loved the premise but the execution was dismal.

My book club normally reads a variety of books but this is our second alt
May 24, 2016
Nov 11, 2012
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
really liked it
This is a tough book for me to rate. At a time when I’m finding it difficult to get through most books, it completely held my attention and I thorough ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Aug 22, 2012
Half of a Yellow Sun
really liked it
I really liked this book, but even though the writing is superb and the author crafts a good story, I did not love it. The main reason is that I usual ...more
Mar 10, 2008
Oct 28, 2007
The Language of Flowers
it was amazing
4 stars

I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars for this book, but despite not being happy with everything about it, I think the story and its memorable ch
Feb 28, 2013
Jul 12, 2011
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
it was amazing
This is a book I’d love to own; it’s one I’d probably reread, and I’d love to be able to review all the wonderful literary and other quotes. It’s not ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
The Catcher in the Rye
it was amazing
I’m always shocked by how many readers detest this book and its main charcter.

I reread this book over & over when I was 14 & 15. Maybe it take
Jan 1968
May 12, 2007
Cloud Atlas
really liked it
This book takes a very dim view of human history and of human beings, although in each story challenges to this viewpoint do happen.

This book consists
Oct 10, 2009
Jun 18, 2007
The Hummingbird's Daughter
liked it
I really slogged through this. I’m not sure why I had such a difficult time reading it. I’m glad that I did. I ended up enjoying it but I wasn’t wild ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
A Prayer for Owen Meany
did not like it
I zoomed through this, whenever I was willing to pick it up at all, because I just didn’t like it and didn’t want to have to spend too much time readi ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
it was amazing
Oh help! I was so eager to read this book in advance, and thanks to a fellow Goodreads member, I received and read a hardcover edition more than two m ...more
Jul 25, 2008
May 14, 2008
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
it was amazing
I really loved this book. I thought Oskar’s voice and Foer’s writing style were engaging and compelling.

There were so many times when simultaneously I
Jan 28, 2010
Oct 10, 2007
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health
liked it
I have to say that I was not in the mood to read this book. In fact, I’d decided I wasn’t interested in reading it at all. When it first was published ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Jun 29, 2007
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. The daughter of Clifton Fadiman can write! These are wonderful essays about life, family, and most importantly, abou ...more
Jan 1998
May 21, 2007
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