Books I've Read Since Easter 2008 Part 4 (5/10 = 'average')

A Listmania! list by Ms. A. Rowse "arowsel" (Nottingham, UK)
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Boy Gets Girl: A Play
1.  Boy Gets Girl: A Play by Rebecca Gilman
The list author says:
  "5/10 I stayed interested throughout this play which discusses sexism and stalking. A little forced in parts but it kept my attention."
8.87   Used & New from: 0.41

Promise Me
2.  Promise Me by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "1.5/10 I enjoyed The Woods by Coben but this had flimsy characters and plot. It was so unrealistic and silly that I couldn't enjoy it."
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Rabbit, Run (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  Rabbit, Run (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Updike
The list author says:
  "4/10 Rabbit is a very interesting character but the page-long+ paragraphs and slow-moving plot bored me a bit. In short, I can understand that this has literary merit but I didn't enjoy it much."
6.99   Used & New from: 0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Commencement
4.  Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
The list author says:
  "6/10 One thread of the plot was too unbelievable, but overall, I looked forward to reading this and it does explore feminism's relevance in the 21st century."
14.53   Used & New from: 0.53
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Cardturner
5.  The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
The list author says:
  "7/10 I really enjoyed this. It made me want to play bridge and I loved the passion pouring out of the pages for the game. And the plot was great too."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Notes From A Small Island
6.  Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "6.5/10 Laughed out loud on several occasions and made me ashamed and proud of Britain in equal measures. A bit repetitive/formulaic."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

Moab Is My Washpot
7.  Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
The list author says:
  "8/10 I couldn't put this down. Funny and intelligent."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

Juliet, Naked
8.  Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
The list author says:
  "4/10 Loved About a Boy and High Fidelity but this was disappointing. The characters/plot weren't believable enough for me. It was an okay read, though."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

The Days of Judy B
9.  The Days of Judy B by Rose Heiney
The list author says:
  "7/10 This book was not at all what I expected from the title/blurb. It's a funny and disturbing read, and very well-written."
8.85   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man (Dover Thrift Editions)
10.  The Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man (Dover Thrift Editions) by James Weldon Johnson
The list author says:
  "5/10 I read this for my America module but cannot remember much of it, except that it was fairly enjoyable at the time and it has an interesting look at 'passing'."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Rubyfruit Jungle
11.  Rubyfruit Jungle by R BROWN
The list author says:
  "8/10 This is a re-read but I enjoyed it just as much. Very funny coming-of-age story which is an interesting look at 50s/60s/70s America and sexuality."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America
12.  Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America by Bakari Kitwana
The list author says:
  "5.5/10 Accessible academic book looking at race relations in the US through the lens of hip hop."
8.98   Used & New from: 0.05

Bitter Sweets
13.  Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki
The list author says:
  "6.5/10 Lost the book before I could finish it (had a couple of chapters left) but what I read was very good. Great family saga."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920
14.  The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920 by Perry Duis
The list author says:
  "?/10 Does not really make sense to rate this one but was very helpful towards my essay.and was interesting without dragging too much."
25.25   Used & New from: 22.27

Faces Along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingman's Saloon, 1870-1920 (Historical Studies of Urban America)
15.  Faces Along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingman's Saloon, 1870-1920 (Historical Studies of Urban America) by M Powers
The list author says:
  "?/10 Also does not make sense to rate. Interesting and accessible."
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Ana Historic
16.  Ana Historic by Daphne Marlatt
The list author says:
  "1.5/10 Some bits of word play were interesting but overall the alternative writing decisions hurt my head. I didn't get along with this at all."
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Desert Of The Heart (VMC)
17.  Desert Of The Heart (VMC) by Jane Rule
The list author says:
  "5.5/10 I appreciate that it is historic as the first positive portrayal of lesbianism. Very readable although a little slow."
8.62   Used & New from: 2.70
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Light In August (Vintage Classics)
18.  Light In August (Vintage Classics) by William Faulkner
The list author says:
  "5/10 I find Faulkner very difficult but with the help of sparknotes, I could manage this one. Interesting story but very hard. Much better than As I Lay Dying."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Reading the "L Word" (Reading Contemporary Television)
19.  Reading the "L Word" (Reading Contemporary Television) by Kim Akass
The list author says:
  "6/10 Interesting collection of essays on The L Word and so far the only academic text on the show. Offers some interesting material on themes related to the show but only covers the first 2 seasons."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid
20.  The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "7.5/10 Really enjoyed this book. As someone interested in American history, I loved the background information and parts of this book made me laugh out loud. A little too exaggerated in parts."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories
21.  Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories by Shyam Selvadurai
The list author says:
  "8/10 Beautifully written and fascinating story. I learnt a lot and enjoyed it. Realistic protagonist and interesting themes. Very sad."
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Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
22.  Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
The list author says:
  "6/10 This book made me uncomfortable because it made me rethink things I had never questioned before. Love certain sections and the play, other parts were dull or repetitive."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
23.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "8/10 Slow beginning and end, but gripping middle with a fantastic female protagonist and a much better than average thriller."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,864 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

Kiss of the Fur Queen: A Novel (American Indian Literature & Critical Studies)
24.  Kiss of the Fur Queen: A Novel (American Indian Literature & Critical Studies) by Tomson Highway
The list author says:
  "5/10 I learnt a lot about the Cree people in Canada (Native Canadians) which was fascinating. Overall, well written and interesting main characters. However, found it very difficult to follow."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Fry Chronicles
25.  The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
The list author says:
  "6/10 Enjoyable. Not as good as Fry's first autobiography and I look forward to his next one (which will address his drug addiction) but overall an interesting sequel to Moab."
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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