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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
it was ok
Thank you to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

I shouldn't have read this. A book marketed as "heartwarming" is never for me. But I read it an
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
Into the Water
it was ok
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

I'm one of the few people who thought The Girl on the Train was underwhelming, but I still gasped
Mar 26, 2017
Mar 19, 2017
Out of My Mind
it was ok
I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much, especially since I think that it's an important book and ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship
did not like it
I'm reading this purely because my sister DESPISED it and I have to know why.

Oh. My. Gosh. I rarely read books that I can't understand how they were p
Sep 2011
Mar 17, 2010
Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit
liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

Let me start by saying that the food writing is fantastic. The author is incredibly talented at d
Nov 2015
Oct 18, 2015
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** perfection. When my book club read this last month on my suggestion, not everyone adored it as much as I did, but everyo ...more
Oct 16, 2016
Jun 22, 2009
The Amber Room
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
Jun 2008
May 08, 2008
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)
it was ok
Don't be fooled by the cover: this book is a romance novel pretending to be historical fiction. I was completely shocked when the first sex scene star ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Apr 17, 2008
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** ...I REALLY wanted to like this book. The plot sounded so good, and it seemed perfect anyone who loves to read and who loves books t ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 04, 2008
Wife 22
it was ok
**spoiler alert** ***SPOILERS***

Sometimes you read a book and wonder if it was calculated to annoy you. How did the author of Wife 22 know all the tri
May 21, 2013
May 04, 2013
did not like it



Oh my gosh, what the crap was that? Did that just happen??? Friends, this book ma
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
The Martian
it was amazing
Has Hell frozen over? Am I giving a sci-fi book five stars? Yes, because it is THAT enjoyable. Andy Weir manages to pack the book with science while a ...more
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
Norse Mythology
really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

I was soooo excited for this book, and even though it was a satisfying read, I was expecting some
Dec 25, 2016
Dec 18, 2016
Wolf Hollow
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
Little Beach Street Bakery
really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

I really need to evaluate my traditional dislike of chick-lit since I realized I'm basing most of
Apr 04, 2015
Mar 29, 2015
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing
I'm fairly certain this is a five-star book so I'm going to give it that rating, but because I listened to it, I don't think I made all the connection ...more
Feb 06, 2017
Jan 29, 2017
Village School (Fairacre, #1)
really liked it
*Read for S524: Adult Readers' Advisory* I'm COMPLETELY shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. There was a time when my mother's Mitford b ...more
Nov 17, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
The Female of the Species
it was amazing
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this novel since I finished it weeks ago. It's a brutal, difficult read, but it works on so many levels and ...more
Dec 2016
Nov 27, 2016
Why Not Me?
really liked it
I adore pretty much everything Mindy Kaling has done (minus when she almost ran The Mindy Project into the ground by moving her character to Stanford) ...more
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 22, 2015
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
it was amazing
I have to give this five stars because the reading experience for me was just so. dang. enjoyable! I certainly didn't think the book was perfect (I kn ...more
Sep 11, 2016
Apr 27, 2015
The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian
it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

When I was a kid, I was very very very obsessed with the Titanic, but in a sort of unhealthy way.
May 20, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
The Girl on the Train
liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

Why did I sort of love that Library Journal gave this a bad review? Since it's been widely called
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
it was amazing
Oh my word, what an insanely awesome book! I was legitimately creeped out reading it at night. I kept looking over the top of the book to make sure th ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Sep 11, 2012
The Upside of Unrequited
really liked it
This book reminded me of why I love YA: it's compulsively readable and makes you feel all the things! It's a little more sex-focused than I typically ...more
Jul 13, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
it was amazing
There are so many elements in this book that are usually red flags of bad women's lit (quirky heroine, off-beat romance, impending tragedy), but it ma ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 27, 2013
Their Eyes Were Watching God
really liked it
Gorgeously written and moving. I hadn't realized that this was so much about womanhood and identity, and I really should have read it years ago.

Jan 18, 2016
Aug 08, 2011
A Gentleman Never Tells (Essex Sisters, #4.5)
liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

Oh feminist romance writers, you are so fun to discover at this point in my life. Even though the
May 28, 2016
May 25, 2016
Dear Committee Members
really liked it
This is a deliciously bitter little novel, in the best way possible. I don't know why angry people who feel they've been wronged by the world are so f ...more
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
The Book with No Pictures
it was amazing
My nieces and nephews begged me to read this to them on Thanksgiving, and giggled like maniacs through the whole thing. They tricked me! You know it's ...more
Nov 25, 2014
Dec 01, 2014
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
it was ok
I tried to read this for an "out of my comfort zone" episode of my podcast, and I made it through a miserable 80 pages before I quit. I went into it h ...more
Jan 05, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
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