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The Amber Room
3.83
did not like it
Oh Amber Room, how did I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

- Every German says "und" (instead of "and") even as they're speaking English.

- Women say
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Jun 2008
May 08, 2008
 
Wolf Hollow
4.28
it was amazing
Wow, I came to Wolf Hollow with a fair amount of indifference, but it was stunning in so many ways! It affected me so much that I couldn't sleep becau ...more
Sep 16, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
 
The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd : The Truth About an American Crime Legend Revealed at Last
3.77
really liked it
As a Phoenix area native, I can't remember a time when I wasn't fascinated by the Trunk Murderess, and even spent one Halloween night trying to find t ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Feb 14, 2016
 
The Secret Keeper
4.13
it was amazing
Historical fiction, especially World War II historical fiction, often feels shallow and vapid to me (and there's too much of it!), so I was totally ca ...more
Jun 05, 2016
Jun 08, 2012
 
The Muralist
3.74
really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

I was so thrilled when I heard about this to find an art history novel that isn't about the Impre
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Dec 03, 2015
Nov 29, 2015
 
The Shadow Land
3.70
really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

I've been waiting SO LONG for a new Elizabeth Kostova, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm not sure ho
...more
Mar 19, 2017
Feb 08, 2017
 
Midwinterblood
3.71
it was amazing
When I found out that this book was inspired by the Carl Larsson painting Midvinterblot, I chewed out my Printz book club for their failure to alert m ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
 
The Little Stranger
3.51
it was amazing
I can only describe the experience of reading this as delicious. Sarah Waters beautifully captures details of post-war life in the UK, including both ...more
Oct 20, 2015
Jul 15, 2009
 
Salt to the Sea
4.37
really liked it
My favorite thing about historical fiction is how it shines light on little-known parts of history and makes me want to find out more. The story of th ...more
Jun 22, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
 
The Archivist
3.41
liked it
This was one of the books I bought in the Great Amazon Listmania Frenzy of 2000 (also known as "Ann learns about credit card debt"), and it's a great ...more
Jun 27, 2016
Jun 22, 2016
 
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED reading this! I have to confess that I usually dismiss World War II books pretty quickly because there are so so so many of them, ...more
Mar 16, 2015
Jan 29, 2013
 
The Song of Hartgrove Hall
3.80
liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

This really deserves 3.5 stars, but try as I might, I can't seem to round up like I usually do. N
...more
Jan 25, 2016
Dec 10, 2015
 
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
4.26
really liked it
Sadly, I'd never heard of the White Rose movement before! My loss, because this book was fascinating. The author tells their story clearly and thought ...more
Oct 19, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
 
The Book Thief
4.36
liked it
**spoiler alert** ...I had very mixed feelings about this book, and disliked it more than I liked it. I personally found the relationship between Lies ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Jun 02, 2008
 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
3.89
liked it
I had decided that this was a five star book before I'd read it because it sounded so insanely perfect for me. When I browsed through it, the pictures ...more
Mar 08, 2014
May 04, 2011
 
Briar Rose: A Novel of the Fairy Tale Series
3.79
liked it
I expected to love this book since I typically love fairy tale retellings so much, but I did not. The main character, Becca, was completely frustratin ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
The Alphabet House
3.61
really liked it
The premise of the book is completely enthralling, but Jussi Adler-Olsen includes way more detail in both halves of the story than I cared about. For ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Feb 23, 2015
 
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
4.08
really liked it
This chapter of the Chronicles of Narnia always seems different to me than the other books (or at least, the ones that I read - I never finished the e ...more
Jan 10, 2011
Dec 15, 2010
 
Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson
3.85
really liked it
Peter Kurth's book on Anna Anderson is considered one of the most important in a field that is full of books, most of which seem to be rehashing of th ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
 
America Eats!: On the Road with the WPA - the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chitlin Feasts That Define Real American Food
3.37
really liked it
I heard about this book in conjunction with Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land, and was completely intrigued with the idea of the WPA papers ...more
Aug 05, 2009
May 27, 2009
 
Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
3.96
really liked it
I haven't read Prince Caspian since I was little - as obsessed as I was with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I don't remember very much about t ...more
May 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Those Who Save Us
4.12
liked it
There are a lot of good things going on in this book, and a lot of interesting relationships and difficult questions addressed, and I thought it was i ...more
Jun 15, 2013
May 28, 2013
 
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
3.92
really liked it
I find it pretty impossible to not love Julia Child. I knew the basics of her life from her autobiography, but I hadn't known as much about her life a ...more
Dec 11, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
 
Elizabeth Is Missing
3.70
really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

The two mysteries of the book were a little weak in their resolutions, in my opinion, but the cho
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Apr 04, 2015
Apr 01, 2014
 
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
3.48
it was ok
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

Ehhhhhh...yeah. I've really enjoyed other Frances Mayes books, and I think she's a talented write
...more
Jan 04, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
 
Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden
3.98
liked it
On one had, I loved reading this because it feels SOOOOOO much like a walk through the South of Broad area in Charleston. There are women of Mrs. Whal ...more
Nov 28, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
 
Erika's Story
4.36
it was amazing
Everything about this book is amazing: the story, the illustrations, the message. I was brought to it by the gorgeous realistic paintings of Rothenbur ...more
Apr 29, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
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