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War and Peace
I am no longer afraid of the big ass Russian novel.* Who knew it would be so readable? The most difficult thing about it was keeping all of the charac...more
Apr 30, 2011
Jul 28, 2009
Oliver Twist
I swear Dickens named one of his characters Master Bates on purpose.
Oct 04, 2011
Jul 27, 2009
The Third Policeman
According to the "Atomic Theory", I am 80% couch.
Aug 10, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Cancer fucking sucks.
Feb 22, 2011
Nov 14, 2010
A Moveable Feast
It's official. I'm a gossip whore. Try as I might to deny it, I love hearing the dirt on other people. It should come as no surprise then that my favo...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
The Count of Monte Cristo
Over 3,000 people rated this book 1 star?! What... why... how...? To them I repeat what was once so eloquently stated in the timeless classic film Bil...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jun 05, 2009
Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
I am one of only 10 or so people - worldwide, it seems - who thought The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sucked. I'm ok with that. The world would be a bo...more
Dec 08, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
The Instructions
A song so appropriate it was referenced in the book: You And Whose Army

I don't think that I will ever be able to properly review this book. I'm defini...more
May 27, 2012
Aug 30, 2010
The Catcher in the Rye
What a disappointment. Maybe I'd feel differently if I'd read it back in high school, but this crumby book just annoyed the hell out of me. It really...more
May 12, 2009
Aug 13, 2008
Night Film

You know, I can't properly review this book without spoiling something. What I can tell you is that:

1. I had high expectations going in (years of anti...more
Jul 27, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)

No, Boxall and Co., this is not one of the books that I had to read before I die. For me, this is on par with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -...more
Jun 27, 2013
Mar 25, 2011
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories
Reading this for the second time! March, 2011
So. I'm done - still love it, still one of my favorites. But I noticed this time around that reading thes...more
Apr 21, 2011
May 15, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
August 1, 2013 - third read - Like meeting up with an old friend.

May 27, 2011 - I first read this in 8th grade. Nearly 20 years (and numerous books) l...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 12, 2008
The Hapless Child
This is the perfect book to read to your child when they are going through one of their whiney "It's not faaaaaaaaair" phases. Really? You want to see...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
This excellent review (and the subsequent dog pile of comments made by the author's overzealous followers) are the reasons why.
not set
Mar 26, 2012
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Shit. Nicely written shit, but still shit.
Jan 17, 2014
Apr 21, 2010
The Silent Land
3.5 stars

I might have even given this 4 stars had I read it in winter. Does that sound weird? Some books are just seasonal to me, and this is definite...more
Jul 11, 2011
May 25, 2011
A Briefer History of Time
There's nothing like the contemplation of the universe for making one feel simultaneously awe struck and incredibly insignificant.

Kind of random, but...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
The Virgin Suicides
This was my first book by Eugenides and one of the best books I've read all year. It was haunting and heartbreaking. Normally I get annoyed when I rea...more
Dec 03, 2011
Aug 18, 2008
Duma Key
I have had a week of non-stop packing and moving from one house to another. Not only does this make me feel like I have the lower back of an 80 year o...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 26, 2009
Paper Towns
It's official. I adore John Green.
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
The Killer Inside Me
Wow. Just... holy shit.

Oct 30, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
I'm disappointed. And I'm disappointed that I'm disappointed. I so wanted to love this. The photographs are incredible and the general idea of the sto...more
Oct 03, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
We, the Drowned
My library finally got this book in. This is how it begins:

"Many years ago there lived a man called Laurids Madsen, who went up to Heaven and came dow...more
not set
Aug 30, 2010
Ready Player One
I'll miss you, Wil Wheaton and nostalgic 80's pop culture references. It's been fun.
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
Summer of Night
Cut out half the pages, the author's maddening overuse of the verb 'scrabble', and the saccharine ending, and this would be a pretty good book.
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
Veronika Decides to Die
Who the heck decided that this book - out of the hundreds of millions of books out there - belonged on the 1001 books to read before you die list? Ser...more
Sep 27, 2010
Apr 12, 2009
The Book of Awesome
This was such a warm and fuzzy reading experience. Some of the entries brought with them a heavy dose of nostalgia, while others provoked the surprise...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Mary Roach is a non-fiction writer for fiction lovers. She takes material that might otherwise be dry and academic and transforms it into amusing anec...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
My husband and I listened to this audiobook during the 2400 miles of traveling we did this past weekend. It almost made being in the car for hours on...more
Jul 07, 2013
Nov 14, 2011
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