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Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Let me give you an idea of how much my opinion of this book changed at different stages of reading. When I was about a third of the way through, I was...more
Jul 2007
Jun 19, 2007
Remember Me?
This would usually be the time when I would ask the largely rhetorical and semi-pathetic question, “Why do I keep reading Sophie Kinsella books?” Well...more
Apr 30, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
Specials (Uglies, #3)
This disappointed me so much. I really loved Uglies and there was a lot to admire about Pretties, but I found this to be a highly unsatisfactory con...more
Feb 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
**spoiler alert** Sigh. I tried to give this a fair chance, I really did. I went into it hopeful, despite some other negative reviews that I’ve read,...more
not set
Sep 04, 2008
One Day
**spoiler alert** Let's talk about death. Not death which is inevitably part of life, but death in fiction, where it is not inevitable at all. Death i...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Jitterbug Perfume
Well, I officially don’t get Tom Robbins. People have recommended him on the basis of comparisons to Douglas Adams, but Adams is, you know, funny. He...more
Oct 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic, #5)
Ahh, how times have changed. I used to consider these books a good guilty pleasure; now I find there's a lot less pleasure and a lot more guilt. Kinse...more
Apr 2007
Jun 03, 2007
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (A Flavia de Luce Mystery, #1)
A historical mystery, set in England, narrated by a precocious 11-year-old girl. I feel like I should have loved this, but mostly it just bored me. Fl...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
Sherlock Holmes pastiche/continuation/fanfic in which Holmes, retired to beekeeping in Sussex, is so impressed by the intelligence of 15-year-old femi...more
Jun 2007
Jun 05, 2007
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
**spoiler alert** What This Book Is Being Marketed As: Fluffy retelling of the Cinderella story from the godmother’s point of view! She was kicked out...more
Feb 08, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
A few weeks ago, a woman came into the store and we started chatting about YA fiction. She expressed a dislike of Twilight and boredom with the heaps...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
American Nerd: The Story of My People
This book should really be titled Male American Nerd. Female nerds (or geeks or dorks or what have you—but let’s stick with Nugent’s terminology) are...more
not set
Aug 05, 2008
At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays
So, last week I went out for sushi with my parents. I had just read the essay from this collection where Fadiman talks about being a night owl; my mom...more
Sep 2007
Sep 13, 2007
Nineteen Seventy Four
Okay, so. I'm fucking sick of it.

I'm sick of thrillers that burn through female characters like the author is keeping score. None of these women have...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
Bad Monkeys
One of those books that starts out great and then totally falls apart. It opens with Jane Charlotte having been arrested for murder in Las Vegas; when...more
Sep 2007
Sep 08, 2007
Seducing Mr. Darcy
Why, self, why? :(

In a way, I really do only have myself to blame here. There’s no logical reason that I would start reading a book like this actually...more
Oct 2008
Sep 27, 2008
You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice
Reading this book was sort of like eating a doughnut. Do you ever have that moment halfway through a Krispy Kreme or those old-fashioneds they sell fo...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
Teenage Jenna wakes up after an accident with no memory of who she is—though she knows all of Thoreau’s Walden by heart. As quickly becomes apparent...more
not set
Sep 14, 2008
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
The first 100 pages or so of this book are absolutely fantastic. The Colonial Defense Forces recruit citizens of Earth on their 75th birthdays to figh...more
Feb 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian
Supposedly a memoir about Douglas’ work as a public librarian, this book is actually about how Douglas is smart and sane, while everyone else who work...more
not set
Aug 25, 2008
The End of Mr. Y
Like Thomas' PopCo, I found this both fascinating and frustrating. Thomas definitely achieves something really special with her ability to make her w...more
Mar 2007
Jun 03, 2007
Palo Alto
Wow, people really seem to hate this. I'm guessing that's about 50 percent because it's a collection of short stories focusing on fucked-up teenagers...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
The House Next Door
Another book where I really dug the first third and then became progressively more and more annoyed. Narrated by a woman with the improbable name of C...more
Oct 2007
Oct 02, 2007
One Night at the Call Center
Like a Douglas Coupland book set in India, this novel follows a group of six people working the night shift at a failing call center on Thanksgiving D...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
Oh, stab me in the heart some more, Kate. Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels (the trilogy that begins with Case Histories) just get more and more depre...more
Sep 2008
Sep 25, 2008
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Stylistically incredible if relentlessly depressing short stories. I read this because Haruki Murakami counts Carver as an influence, and I can see th...more
Jan 22, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
The Imperfectionists
So Christoper Buckley wrote this review in The New York Times which was basically, “OMG! BEST BOOK EVER! TOM PLEASE RESPOND POSITIVELY TO MY FACEBOOK...more
May 30, 2010
May 29, 2010
The Dark Is Rising (Dark is Rising, #2)
Reread. I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie—and more importantly, I saw Darcy's furious reaction to the trailer for the upcoming movie, and I rea...more
Aug 2007
Aug 14, 2007
Heart-Shaped Box
**spoiler alert** Aging rock star Judas Coyne (surprise twist! not his real name), a collector of strange and macabre items, learns about a ghost up f...more
Aug 2007
Aug 21, 2007
**spoiler alert** Yeah, I just read a Chuck Palahniuk book; I feel like I’m back in high school and should begin loudly listening to Garbage CDs and w...more
May 02, 2008
May 02, 2008
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