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Rating: Mediocre

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

  • On a scale of 1 to 5: I’d give it a 3.
  • My reaction, in a nutshell: It was pretty good. A couple of things bugged me. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was fine.
  • Would I recommend it? Depends. If it appeals to you, go for it. Otherwise I’d probably say don’t bother.

Desirable Daughters was recommended to me years ago by a bookstore coworker. I finally got around to reading it. Tara Chatterjee is happy enough in her current life. She and her teenage son, Rabi, live in San Francisco, where they moved after Tara’s divorce from the man her father choose for her. Her ex-husband, known… [keep reading]

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan came to me through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Sometime in the unspecified future, the seas of Earth have risen. Great cities are now completely under water, and all that remains of the land are tiny islands scattered throughout the vast oceans. Earth's population has sorted itself into damplings (who live… [keep reading]

The Martian Chronciles was recommended to me by a bookstore coworker several years ago, and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since -- a perfect candidate for the TBR Pile Challenge. I enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 when I listened to it a while back, so I was looking forward to wandering into Bradbury's world again. The… [keep reading]

I can't remember where I heard about Sovay by Celia Rees, but when I saw the audiobook version at my library, the title jumped out at me as familiar, and I decided to give this YA novel a try. Our first introduction to Sovay Middleton, the fiery daughter of an English aristocrat, is when she… [keep reading]

I received a copy of Going Somewhere by Brian Benson for review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Going Somewhere is mostly about a cross-country bike trip Brian Benson, the author, took with his girlfriend, Rachel. After meeting in South America and then returning to their respective homes in Wisconsin (Brian) and Oregon (Rachel), the two… [keep reading]