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I've never been a huge goth/horror fan. I suppose werewolves and undead and all that are okay, as long as the heroes get to smack them good before the ...more
Aug 2005
Jun 18, 2007
The Lorax
So, I understand that this book was written a long time ago, before this kind of environmental fairy tale was popularized, and perhaps when it was nee ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 27, 2007
Cupcake Girl
Note: The author is a friend of mine and let me read an early review copy.

First, this is not really my kind of book. I usually like romance with a lot
Sep 16, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (With the Light, #3)
Sachiko is my hero. She doesn't have superpowers, she doesn't kick butt or have witty insults or defy the system. She doesn't spend a lot of time "fin ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
The Catcher in the Rye
This is one of those books that most everyone reads in high school but I'd somehow never read. I decided to read it for two reasons -- it was recommen ...more
Jul 2005
Jun 18, 2007
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
It's the first in a trilogy, and in many fantasy books that first book is a little bit arduous as the world is setup. Not so in this book, where Thing ...more
Nov 2006
Jun 19, 2007
Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays
They seemed like they were written by English professors who were mad that people were reading books that weren't "the classics" or edgy abstract nove ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2007
Codex Seraphinianus
If we intercepted Wikipedia entries from another planet they would look something like this. Good for evoking a sense of alien-ness and incomprehensib ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter
It always bugs me when people say things like, "Oh, you're becoming a mom? They say you lose 25% of your brain matter with each child! Ha ha ha!" Firs ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 18, 2007
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
This work includes (minor spoilers, but not really):

* Practical Battle Magic, ala Battle School
* Clever Tricks With Invisibility Cloaks and Time Turne
Apr 2015
Oct 05, 2014
Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present
I picked this book up at a bookstore's going-out-of-business sale because it was cheap and it sounded interesting. I was a little afraid that it would ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2007
Snow Crash
While cliches like "fast-paced techno-thriller" might apply to this book, unlike most books with phrases like that on the cover, this book deserves it ...more
Apr 2005
Jun 18, 2007
The Salaryman's Wife (Rei Shimura #1)
I thought it might be fun to read a mystery novel -- I haven't read any in a while, and I used to be a big fan (though mainly classics like Agatha Chr ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2007
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
You know how there's some series where the end just isn't very satisfying? You go through this great process where you uncover all sorts of cool plot, ...more
Nov 06, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
The Princess in Black
Why not be a princess AND a superhero?! This early chapter book is a simple adventure that doesn't preach pink or black for princesses, just has a fun ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
Every Day (Every Day #1)
I'll admit, I'm a skeptic when it comes to teen love stories. Romeo and Juliet? Not a love story; just people being stupid. When the characters say "t ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Feb 15, 2013
The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)
There's several places in this book where I found myself seriously wondering, "Wait, so is this character a good guy or a bad guy?". And that's awesom ...more
Mar 02, 2015
Nov 04, 2013
The Fly
All my kids thought this book was really funny. Not the most factual, but definitely fun to read and appreciate these little creatures.
not set
Jan 25, 2015
My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student
This was a really interesting look at freshman life, especially since it seemed pretty different from my college experience (I never stayed in the dor ...more
Dec 2007
Jul 19, 2007
Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild
Not only is it incredibly interesting, reading about what different animals know from instinct and what they learn, and how they learn it, but at time ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2007
The Host (The Host, #1)
Though a little long in some parts, this novel was more exciting and suspenseful for me than the Twilight series. I also enjoyed the romance as an ele ...more
May 2008
May 17, 2008
The Bishop's Wife
If you've ever wished for a mystery heroine who uncovers clues by baking people bread and organizing funerals and babysitting, this may be the book fo ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
Toilet Training in Less Than a Day
While the writing style and presentation of ideas in this book are outdated and arrogant, the actual method is the best I've seen. We sort of haphazar ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
A Lawyer Presents The Case For The Afterlife / Advokat Tonkogo Mira. Yurist Dokazyvaet: Zhizn' Posle Smerti Suschestvuet!
While the author's condescending attitude and stereotyping of other groups ("religionists" is a pretty broad group to even try to make statements abou ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure
I remember reading Hamlet in high school; I couldn't stand any of the characters. Hamlet's a moping do-nothing, Ophelia's a codependent pushover, and ...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
A Bride's Story, Vol. 2
Nothing quite makes you think about culture as much as marriage norms. Is it OK for a twenty-year-old and a twelve-year-old to be married, and if so, ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Downloaded from the author's website,

It is so refreshing to read a near sci-fi book that gets the tech absolu
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
I think low-carb or gluten-free diets have their place, and may work for some people with various problems where many doctors may not consider diet. B ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories, #3)
Another fun adventure with Jane and Vincent! I love their dynamics as a couple. Vincent is one of the most realistic, interesting male lead characters ...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
I would have loved this even more as a Holmes fan teenager. It's still fun, now, though, to find clues and romp all over London and the English countr ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Feb 24, 2008
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