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Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime
This book was interesting, mostly readable, but quite depressing, hence the skimmer aspect. The mores of a society/belief system that encourages "hono ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic
If there were a 2.5 stars, that's what I would have given this. I ended up skipping parts that were not strictly related to the survival aspects, alth ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement
I wavered between 2 & 3 stars for this one. The skimmer aspect was due to all the statistical graphs & tables charting the growth of narcissis ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival
Would have chosen 2.5 stars if available. Some parts were more compelling than others. His musings on the nature of survival were interesting to a poi ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2009
Under the Dome
**spoiler alert** A bit too long. Not a bad premise for a story, but it could have been shortened. I did experience some irritation with the resolutio ...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
House Rules
Would have given this 2.5 if the option was available. I liked it enough to finish it, but was bored by some portions and the endless descriptions of ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)
I liked the story because OSC is such an excellent storyteller and the characters were interesting, but I found the fantasy aspects & vocabulary a ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
The Two Kinds of Decay
Couldn't really get into this, so just tried to hit the "high points" . There were many low points for this young woman, but the book and writing did ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
Interesting, but I skipped over a few parts dealing with agency & task force formation. The best part of this for me was a refresher on the histor ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Some parts more interesting / readable than others. I guess I'm more interested in anecdotal accounts of canine behavior rather than dry scientific wh ...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
I Am Charlotte Simmons
A pathetic book for the most part. I'm so thankful my college experience was not like that, and yes, I, too, was a bright student from a mountain comm ...more
May 21, 2012
May 19, 2012
Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom
Very disturbing, but not surprising. A bit repetitious. Bawer definitely has his finger on a pulse that many are trying to ignore or appease.
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
The engineering descriptions in the book were not interesting to me, but the accounts of the population, their rise & declines and the reasons for ...more
Mar 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Alice I Have Been
There were parts of this I had to skim over. The parts I enjoyed the most were of Alice reminiscing about her childhood, but the actual narrative of h ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Did not flow as well as the two previous Ehrenreich books I enjoyed. Some insightful commentary, though.
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
The Life and Death of Trotsky
An interesting biography about a very influential person of the early 20th century. Some parts were a bit tedious and those were the ones I skimmed ov ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967
Book was very interesting, but I got bogged down with too many details of campaigns, etc, hence the skimmer shelf. I learned quite a bit about the int ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Do Dogs Dream? : Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
Some parts more interesting than other. Easy format & mostly entertaining.
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
Terminal Freeze
pretty pathetic book. I only finished it because I was reading it on the treadmill and mildly interested in the threat of the story. Not the best use ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
would have gotten more out of this if the author hadn't placed such a heavy emphasis on behaviorism and the cues/triggers for same. Still somewhat use ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
Interesting in parts, though the main focus was on single people living in urban/densely populated areas. Good food for thought on the aging alone iss ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
a book for historians who are serious scholars of the period.
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Balkans: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)
Interesting, but quite academic treatment of the history of this troubled region. Always good to learn more about the world we live in.
Jun 04, 2010
May 25, 2010
Caribou Island
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True
tedious & repetitious at times, but occasionally amusing.
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell
The first part of this book, dealing with Powell's early life and impetus to explore the West was by far the mosst engaging. The latter part dealing w ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
A mostly compelling account of a young man's experiences at West Point, as a Rhodes Scholar and as a platoon leader in Afghanistan. Made me understand ...more
May 2010
Mar 01, 2010
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
Sep 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
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