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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
2/6/15: If I had read just the pure raw Laura Ingalls Wilder text of Pioneer Girl without any of the annotations, I'd probably have given it a three s ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Aug 25, 2014
Any Human Heart
When you start out, you'll think you might not like this book. The main character is arrogant and, well, young. Brash. But keep going through this fic ...more
Jan 2005
Sep 24, 2007
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
I mean, she has a lot of interesting things to say, and she says them in an entertaining, if sometimes exasperating, way. She's smart, she spends too ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
More like 3.5, but worth rounding up.

Madcap, clever use of fragmented documentation into narrative. Enjoyable novel with a few bumps along the way.
Dec 02, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
The Ten-Year Nap
I'm not much for recounting plot in a mini-review. You can read the backmatter and blurbs if you want to know what happens in this novel. Had I been a ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 21, 2008
Intrigue at the end of civilization. Complicated relationships and ambitions. Anxiety. The horror of having to eat beets.

All in all, an engaging nove
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I listened to the audiobook version, and it was nice because sometimes when I'm reading text I speed through. Instead, I was treated to the journey as ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 03, 2012
Wuthering Heights
Well, I wanted to give it a four star review, but I didn't "really like it." I recognize the power of its passion, but I was dragged kicking and screa ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
Let the Great World Spin
As I see the reviews and rating of my goodreads compatriots on various titles, I think I'm too easy, that I throw out stars like candy on a parade rou ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Nov 26, 2009
Oscar and Lucinda
3. What a wonderful novel. I'd forgotten all the story's intricate plot and about how Carey creates an Australian universe of characters with secret a ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Nov 07, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
I don't subscribe to the belief that everything happens for a reason. I hate it when people reflexively repeat pat aphorisms as a way to paper over th ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
The Haunting of Hill House
I want more Shirley Jackson in my life.
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 25, 2014
The Painter
This is the best book I've read this year. It's a novel about a grieving and impulsive artist, and while there are a lot of ideas about the nature of ...more
Jun 08, 2014
May 14, 2014
A Tale for the Time Being
Highly recommended if you like Japanese culture and literary fiction. This is a vibrant dual-narrator story about two women in different generations a ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
The Woman Upstairs
I've glanced through some of the goodreads reviews of this novel. Some people have complained that the protagonist, Nora, is whiny, that nothing happe ...more
Feb 15, 2014
May 04, 2013
The Post-Birthday World
The novelist is talented, but squanders her gift. The Post-Birthday World is maddening for many reasons, the first being that the conceit of the novel ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Four and a half.

I had some trouble with the chronology of this novel even with the year markers at the top of each chapter, but the beautiful writing
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
First and foremost a story about the love between siblings, juxtaposed by the struggle to find one's place in the family hierarchy. I'd call it a mora ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
This is an effective audiobook wherein Martin Short gives a detailed and unsparing accounting of his life and career. There is so much name-dropping a ...more
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
Love Life
This memoir is predictable in its depth-free stories of a rich and privileged Hollywood actor. I did enjoy Lowe's recounting of working on failing tel ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Life After Life
Just as good (or maybe better) the second time around. Looking forward to A God in Ruins.

Rereading in 2015 for bookclub.
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Feb 24, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
We read one story from this collection in my short story class and if there ever were a case for being so wowed by a story that it would almost make y ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
The Goldfinch
A full and rich reading experience. Tartt is good at building a scene and tying in themes. But I also think it could have been trimmed; some of it wen ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
The Dog Stars
Part of this book left me with big tear stains all over my reading glasses. In addition to the event that made me cry, I was also thinking about all t ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Nov 24, 2012
Married Love and Other Stories
Most of these stories are set in contemporary Britain, about people with normal lives. What separates them from the mundane is Tessa Hadley's ability ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
On Such a Full Sea
Gorgeous analysis of this novel at the New Yorker by Joanna Biggs: here is the link to the article

My review: Three and five-eighths.

Essentially a dys
Jun 27, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
Station Eleven
A favorite book of 2014.

This post-pandemic novel's plot is intricate and its characters come alive on the page.

I think of Station Eleven as a beloved
Oct 03, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
Atlas Shrugged
I read this book--for fun!--in the midst of taking three other English lit courses. I read every soap opera-ish philosophical dreg, including the ridi ...more
Jan 2000
Nov 15, 2008
Rough, tight, clear, regional, spanning decades, these stories about Nevada, the mix of glitz and staunch individualism, poverty, and class vary in to ...more
Dec 31, 2013
Aug 04, 2012
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
Three and a half. I liked how this started. But eventually, the technology started to feel dated, and the story wound around itself so many times that ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Mar 29, 2015
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