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Rating: Excellent

Here’s how I feel about each book listed here:

  • On a scale of 1 to 5: I’d give it a 5.
  • My reaction, in a nutshell: I loved it. I have no complaints; it just didn’t quite hit the level of amazing.
  • Would I recommend it? Oh yes. I’d recommend it to anyone interested.

I bought myself a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo many years ago. I have no idea why I did so. (Turns out it was one of those sneaky abridged versions that doesn’t state anywhere obvious that half the book has been cut out, but that is beside the point.) As I clearly haven't… [keep reading]

Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer crossed my path at a library sale. I finally took it off my shelf because, after reading several books that I found merely ok, I wanted to sink myself into something bound to be good. The setting: Zebulon County, in the mountains of Appalachia. Three characters are living out their lives, determinedly walking… [keep reading]

I realize I’m late to the Rainbow Rowell fan club, having only just listened to Eleanor & Park this past spring. But I really enjoyed that one, so now I’m making my way through her others! Fangirl was available on audio from my library (without the waiting list Landline has), so I listened to it next… [keep reading]

After reading One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni a few years ago, I’ve been stockpiling Divakaruni's books when I come across them. I picked up The Palace of Illusions on a trip to India and have been meaning to read it since. I’m so glad I finally put it on my TBR Pile Challenge list… [keep reading]

W. Somerset Maugham is an author I quite enjoy, so I’ve been collecting his books as I’ve come across them. The Painted Veil is the fifth book I’ve read from my TBR Pile Challenge list. Kitty may not be clever or deep, but she is beautiful and well bred. In her prime, she was the… [keep reading]