This book has been on my to-read list for years. This year, I read a a very positive review of Juliet Stevenson's narration in Booklist and decided that the time was right...and I loved it!
Without a doubt, she is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to - ranking up there with Jim Dale, George Guidall and Scott Brick.
Plus, Middlemarch, which had been highly recommended to me by friends who knew I was a fan of Jane Austen, was wonderful. It's a big, big novel, but it really is a timeless classic, full of observations about people that still ring true today.
Give it a go...you won't regret it.
No heavy lifting here. Gabaldon's first book in the Outlander series was pure escapist fun.
Several people have told me that this novel is among their favorite books of all time. I can't quite say that, but this coming of age story about a poor Native American boy is funny and touching in a very unique way.
Funny, unconventional romance about an Australian professor of genetics' quest to find a "female life partner". And, by the way, he has Asperger's.
I've never been a Rob Lowe fan, but picked this up as a freebie somewhere along the way -- and much to my surprise, I've become a Rob Lowe fan as a result of this memoir. It was funny, self-deprecating, engaging and enjoyable. Highly recommended.
What constraints women lived under in 1905! Edith Wharton didn't take the easy way out in this chronicle of Lily Barth's rise and fall in society, and the horrible way her 'friends' and the men in her life treated her. It puts all those beautiful mansions in Newport and along the Hudson in perspective.
I really love Louise Penny's books about Armand Gamache, his detectives and the village of Three Pines. The 9th title in the series, it brought a lot of overarching stories to a close. It will be interesting to see where she takes the series next. You must read these in order!
Perhaps my expectations were too high. I just didn't find Jhumpa Lahiri's new book very engaging or compelling.
I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's new novel. While a little slow at first, once it caught hold of me, I couldn't put it down. In fact I bought both the ebook and the lovely audio version (narrated by one of my favorites, Juliet Stevenson) so that I could keep reading when I got out of the car. A bildungsroman that ranks with the best of John Irving or Charles Dickens.
Elizabeth George has done it again. She's written another multi-layered and engaging Inspector Lynley novel that explores Barbara Havers' relationship with Taymullah Azhar through the kidnapping of his daughter Hadiyyah. While this crime is solved about midway through the book, George is just getting started. This is one of the best Lynley books, and I can't help but suspect it might be due to her new editor. While long, (it weighs in at more than 700 pages) it's more tightly written than some of her recent books. A great read for ths series' readers (and they must be read in order!)
This series has been a little uneven for me; but Julia Spencer Fleming really hit her stride with her last novel, 'One Good Soldier', and she continues it with this one. A fast-moving, suspenseful plot (that sometimes goes a little over-the-top) and some satisfying exploration of my favorite relationships make for a real page-turner. Can't wait for the next one!
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