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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

The Good Thief: A Novel

The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti What an unusual tale; a real page-turner written by a talented storyteller. Tinti's descriptions were so vivid, I swear I could smell the boys' room at Saint Anthony's. And how surprising to find myself rooting for Ren, a one-handed liar and thief who, by most standards, is not a "good" kid. Perhaps Tinti's best idea in The Good Thief was placing such a seemingly unlikeable protagonist into a world filled with flawed and unsavory characters - where the line between good and evil wasn't only blurred black and white, it was darn near invisible gray. That way, readers don't feel as guilty when we find ourselves hoping Ren, who just robbed someone, will catch a break with no bad luck attached in the next scene. Tinti was not shy at all about putting the "hero" at the mercy of con artists, thieves and murderers which made for a book full of tension and conflict. 4 stars.Recommended to all ages who enjoy tales about orphans and their quests for finding what they want most in life.