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The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
Ruiz Zafón has created a near-perfect novel: seductive and intriguing characters, a brilliant Spanish locale, and a lyrical style reminiscent of past ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2008
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2)
Profoundly brilliant. Had I not read this directly after reading Oryx and Crake, I would have missed so many things - little nuances, passing comments ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Sep 13, 2009
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
I have long suspected that wheat did not like me as much as I liked it - so, I decided to kick it to the curb for an experiment. This book was the fir ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Dec 24, 2011
Eat, Pray, Love
I read this book in 2008 when the hype was at the highest point, and while I did enjoy parts of it, I could not get past the author's tone. The
Feb 2008
Jul 02, 2008
The Gargoyle
Over the period of one day, I was completely immersed in the story... so many stories within one! Starting with a real shock of a near-fatal auto acci ...more
Sep 15, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
It's one of those books that you get so absorbed in and you learn all of these interesting facts that you want to share with people... for instance (I ...more
Dec 19, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
No book has ever come so close to my own story... it really left me in tears because I knew *exactly* what the author was writing about... if I could ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Apr 15, 2010
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
Seriously one of the best (life-altering) books I have ever read. Much like "Omnivore's Dilemma" in the way that I think this book will have a serious ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2)
I really enjoyed The Alienist, the first book by Caleb Carr about Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his "colleagues". When I finished that story, I was very cur ...more
Aug 2003
Jul 03, 2008
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
I knew next to nothing about Captain James Cook when i picked up this book... history books generally gloss over his voyages, even though he explored ...more
Aug 2003
Jul 03, 2008
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Compelling and fascinating pageturner that weaves the unique and groundbreaking story behind the HeLa cells that have revolutionized medical science i ...more
Oct 13, 2010
May 25, 2010
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
I was back and forth between 4 and 5 stars, and rounded up in the end.

Brazier is a professional athlete - he does IronMan triathlons and many other am
Aug 05, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Lullaby was my first book to read by Chuck Palahniuk. I was so very impressed with his writing style and his well-crafted story.

Assigned to investigat
Jan 2004
Jul 05, 2008
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #4)
The story of _Kalahari Typing School for Men_ was much like its immediate predecessor, _Morality for Beautiful Girls_. The novel focuses a great amoun ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2008
Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
Like so many other readers, I really enjoy McCall Smith's stories of Mma Ramotswe, and her Botswana detective service. Mma Ramotswe is a remarkable ch ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2008
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
One of the most profoundly moving books I have read in years - the only other one that comes to mind of this magnitude was As a Driven Leaf by Milton ...more
Aug 12, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
Station Eleven
It took a few chapters for me to get into it (I was jarred by the sudden time shift), but as the back story filled in, I really liked this one. I felt ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
I started reading this book in tandem with my viewing of the HBO documentary miniseries, The Weight of the Nation. The two dovetail nicely - covering ...more
May 24, 2012
May 08, 2009
The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
Book is simultaneously brilliant and insane. I have heard of Ferriss and his experimentation and "4-Hour" approach to life for years, but this was my ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
The White Mary
I read this book in anticipation for a lecture by the author at National Geographic later this month. I am familiar with Salak's nonfiction work about ...more
Sep 06, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9)
**spoiler alert** Hmmm... I felt disappointed with this one. The end was just wrapped up to quickly, and the treatment and tragic end to some characte ...more
May 09, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
Ready Player One
Cover to cover in one day. Glad I had the time to do it, or else I would have been obsessing about the book. Better to just go through gangbusters.

Nov 27, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Five stars because this was one of the most unique books I have ever come across... the story itself is a first-person narrative by T.S. Spivet (Tecum ...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Listened to the audiobook - not sure whether that had a true effect on my rating, although the narrator's voice annoyed me at times...

The story had a
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
The Tree
This book is profoundly beautiful. I bought my own copy of this in paperback after reading a library copy. That alone should tell you how much this bo ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
The Rights of the Reader
This book is a gem. Something that any reader will hold close to their heart. The essays are translated from the original French work by the educator ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
A story about an American family - particularly studied through the eyes of the father and the grown daughter - who were "thrust" into diplomatic serv ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
A Tale for the Time Being
A Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on a backwater beach in British Columbia - inside, a handwritten diary in Japanese, an old watch, and another handwri ...more
May 21, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Night Film
Masterful storytelling in this smart, modern mystery. I am curious how this story came together in Pessl's mind - whether it was the deep and mystical ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #8)
This book stands out for me because of the shake-up caused by one of the main characters in the series... but it seems like things were righted approp ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
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