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The Flight of the Silvers
3.97
This book was what lightreads calls a grudgeread. I knew it was bad at 20% but I kept on reading just to prove it was as bad as I thought. Ha ha! It w ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
 
Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, #1)
3.70
Note: I believe I am the only person on the face of the earth who hated this book. If you liked it, this review will annoy you. Also, be advised that ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 04, 2007
 
Bridge to Terabithia
3.95
This is one of the books that taught me that Books Can Hurt. It was part of what I now consider to be my fourth grade teacher's reign of terror - she ...more
Jan 1984
Jun 04, 2007
 
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
2.93
Three years after reading this, I'm still pissed off about it. It was educational, but not about not shopping or our consumer culture; rather, it perf ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2009
 
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel, #2)
4.13
First, know that I am deeply biased when it comes to this book: it's got time travel, which I love with a love that is more than love, and it's got Cy ...more
Jan 1998
Jun 04, 2007
 
Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
4.42
This is my favorite of all the Vorkosigan books (although, oh my god, don't start here; you have to read all the ones that came before it to appreciat ...more
Jan 1997
Jun 04, 2007
 
Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13)
4.06
Dear Janet Evanovich,

I stopped reading you a while back, when it seemed like you were floundering and had no clue what to do with your series and it w
...more
May 04, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats
3.29
The idea here is fascinating - a close look at the way our highly-processed food is made. Unfortunately, the concept is way better than the execution. ...more
May 2008
May 05, 2008
 
Written in Red (The Others, #1)
4.34
Okay, first, a warning: if you ever engaged in self-harm, if you have ever been tempted to engage in self-harm, don't read this book. Don't go near th ...more
Dec 2014
Jan 07, 2015
 
Holidays on Ice
3.96
Okay. Let it be said: "Santaland Diaries," the first essay of this book, is wonderful. But the rest of the book is basically filler; this was before S ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2007
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.99
Come, let us be honest with each other - or, okay, let me be honest with you. I read this book once, at full-tilt, couldn't-put-it-down, pry-it-from-m ...more
Jan 1988
Jun 04, 2007
 
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal
3.86
I admit it. I picked this up only and solely because it was available for free on the Kindle from Amazon. And this probably biased me pretty heavily - ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
Curly Girl
4.09
This is without doubt the most unintentionally humorous book I read in 2006; it's about care for curly hair (the author calls it Curly Girl because ap ...more
Dec 2006
Jun 04, 2007
 
New Amsterdam (New Amsterdam, #1)
3.55
I really wanted to like this. I *still* want to like it. In fact, I suspect it's actually a two-star book for me and I gave it an extra one because it ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.09
While I was reading this book, I texted a friend *multiple times* to rant about it. And I still read it compulsively quickly, really enjoyed it, and w ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Jan 07, 2015
 
The Road To Ruin (Dortmunder, #11)
3.74
This book feels like half a Dortmunder novel. But half a Dortmunder novel is still a decent read.

This is by no means my least favorite novel in this
...more
Jan 04, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Anubis Gates
4.00
Tim Powers is at his best with wacked-out time travel stories, and that's precisely what this is. He basically took the entire collection of English-l ...more
Jan 1994
Aug 30, 2007
 
Spin State
3.75
Oh my yes. Oh MY yes.

Some years ago, I made a conscious effort to switch my home genre from hard SF to fantasy. Fantasy had more women writing in it,
...more
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab
3.35
Someone needs to write a book called How to Turn Your Blog into a Real Book, because a lot of the people who get blog-to-book contracts just...can't. ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
 
Wolf Star (Tour of the Merrimack, #2)
3.88
Whyyyyyyyyy is this series so addictive? I read the first one and immediately ordered two more and twitched until they arrived. Then I got one on my K ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
The Ridiculous Race
3.75
Here's what I learned from this book: those who can, do. Those who can't, write for television. Seriously, this is a book about the most incompetent t ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
 
Indigo Springs (Astrid Lethewood, #1)
3.63
This book deserves more stars than I can give it. There's nothing wrong with it, but most of it was just not a good fit for me. Still, I enjoyed it en ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
 
We Are All Completely Fine
3.82
This book is about what happens after the horror movie. When the Final Girl or Boy staggers off the screen and returns to normal life, what does that ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
 
Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange and Menacing World of Antarctica
3.78
I've been hearing about a friend's experiences working in Antarctica for more than a year now. The things she's said have made me cringe at the introd ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
The True Meaning of Smekday
4.12
Oh, Smekday, my forever girl. I love this book. I adore it. I'm always an obnoxious book proselytizer (mention a book and watch me rec! forever!), but ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 07, 2015
 
Ysabel
3.60
This book is compelling - and it's a YA book, by the way; I don't care what the publisher says - with characters I liked, an unusual approach to the u ...more
May 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together
4.06
Ty Burr definitely has the knack of making movies sound appealing; we read this book out loud, and when we were finished, we had added 100 movies to o ...more
Jun 2007
Aug 31, 2007
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
4.02
I wanted to like this book. I expected to like this book. And I did like it. I liked about a third of it, to be exact.

In this book, Barbara Kingsolver
...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
 
I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies)
3.98
I bought this one on the strength of The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death. Sadly, it's not as good as that one - and Flaming Tantrum I got ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
 
Grasshopper Jungle
3.72
Grasshopper Jungle is a story without an ending, in the sense of an actual resolution, and it makes no sense. But, hey, there's an engaging narrative ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 07, 2015
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