"I saw this advertised on Shelfari. It sounded interesting and it really is a gripping tale. Set in Sweden, you read a lot of names of people and places that remind me of IKEA, however once past that, it was a difficult book to put down. A good one for lovers of crime-fiction."
"If it's written by Candace Bushnell, then it's bound to be entertaining. This one sure is and it sucked me right into all the characters. Her books, however, have a way of making me feel poor and un-fabulous."
"M-I-L also lent me Looking for Peyton Place, so thought with this book, I should read the original Peyton Place. I had to keep reminding myself that this was written way back when and set even further back. Some things never change."
"After reading Lust For Life, I wanted to see more of Van Gogh's work. This book is physically large and full of color reproductions. Love IT! Oh, and David Sedaris' cover of When You Are Engulfed in Flames? It's a Van Gogh."
"My Mother-in-Law lent this to me to read. I would not have picked up this book myself otherwise. I didn't read the book that goes before this, but it wasn't necessary. A quick and enjoyable read, but not exactly too substantive."
"This book is AMAZING, especially if you love art. I love Van Gogh and once did a research paper on his famous "Starry Night". His letters to his brother Theo are the basis of this book and is great insight into his life. One small annoyance - there were French phrases peppered throughout the book, without any English translation. I wish there were some footnotes with translations."
"Can't help but get excited about David Sedaris' newest release. I think this is his best yet. I laughed out loud in a few places, and I was reading it on a quiet train. He did save the best story for last, however."
"I'm a David Sidaris fan, but I'm not really enjoying the "stories" section of this book, as they're not his personal stories. His rich is life enough, he doesn't really need to be writing fiction. The "essays" section is much better. Overall, this isn't my favorite of his books."
"Whatever you might think about James Frey as a person, he can still weave quite a story. Making me not really want to visit LA though. I do want to hear about the regular, middle class family, but he didn't have a character fitting that bill. Not extreme enough, I suppose. A bittersweet tale."
"I got engrossed into this story right away. It was fascinating to read about the lives of women in China during this time. However, I just don't understand why these women do not say what they mean more clearly."
"Another memoir from Augusten Burroughs centered more on his father. As disturbing as it is reading, Burroughs weaves quite the story with exquisite detail. It's amazing that he turned out a success. I just want to meet him and give him a hug."
"I love Jennifer Weiner and will pretty much read whatever she puts out there. Love the idea about continuing Cannie's story, but in between "Good in Bed" and this book, she changed a lot. An addictive story, but not one of my favorites."
"This was recommended to me. I was told that this book is a life-changer and difficult to put down. Indeed, it's a very engaging read. It's not very long, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing. It will speak to a lot of people and the message is really positive."
"Can't get away with not reading Sophie Kinsella's latest. I really loved this one. The main character is smart, realistic, and someone I can relate to. And the story was enjoyable, too. Hard to put down."
"I started this book years ago, when Oprah included it in her book club. I am interested in books set in Germany, having studied German myself. However, the book was long and didn't grasp me then. Now, a little older and wiser and with more time, I attempted it again. And I'm really glad I did. Though it started slow, it turned out to be a worthwhile read."
"A collection of articles written by the author, reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Warm and fuzzy reading in a short story format. I love his voice, though not that many dog stories as the title might suggest."
"A classic book that I never had to read in all my school years, though I do remember some friends having to read it. Kinda scary, yet some aspects are very true in some communist countries today. Looking at it from the perspective of an adult, I am not sure what I would think had I read it as a teen."
"Very interesting, funny, and easy to read. Think that waitstaff have it easy? They work their butts off. So tip your servers! Love the little "tips" that ends each chapter. One thing that bothered me, however, was that she harps on herself about saying "down-home country" to a diner in reference to chocolate truffles. The fact that she repeated her lamenting turned her into a food snob in my eyes."
"The sequel to Wicked, which I read last year. Since Wicked was so long, it took me a while to get ready to read this. The flow of the book, I thought, was much quicker and easier to read. I really enjoyed it, but thought the ending was a little abrupt."
"I have a resolution to eat more veggies this year. I heard the author talk about the recipes on NPR. It will help me eat more veggies. I love the illustrations, though it would be nice to have actual photographs."
"I'll pretty much read everything by Grisham. Easy to read. Though a little annoyed that he went back to Italy with the novel since The Broker was based mostly in Italy, and well, it seemed like Grisham put more effort into describing Italy like a travel book than into the plot of the book. But anyway, a quick read that's a nice departure from his more serious novels."