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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.

Long ago, when I first started blogging about books, I read A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. It was cute enough, so when I came across another of her novels, Strawberry Fields, I picked it up. Clever, ambitious, opinionated, but slightly naive Irina is the newest recruit to the strawberry-picking operation in… [keep reading]

Despite the fact that I didn’t much care for Thrity Umrigar's later novel, The Weight of Heaven, and put her memoir, First Darling of the Morning, aside after just a couple of chapters, I’d heard enough good things about The Space Between Us that I decided to give Umrigar one more chance. Bhima has worked for the Dubash… [keep reading]

I received a copy of The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. It’s short and illustrated, which made it a perfect read for the late hours of last month’s readathon! Perry’s parents keep her busy. She has piano lessons and clarinet lessons and Music and Movement class and… [keep reading]

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje is one of those books that's been on my shelf for years. In my efforts to read what I own, and because my library had it on audio, I finally picked it up. Set near the end of World War II, The English Patient tells the story of four… [keep reading]

Louis "Lucy" Lynch has loved his small-town life for the whole 60-year span he's been living it. He's been married to Sarah, his high school sweetheart, for two thirds of it. They're about to take a trip to Italy when the book begins, leaving their small collection of convenience stores in the capable hands of… [keep reading]