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The Scarlet Letter
If Nathaniel Hawthorne were alive today, I would attend one of his readings and say, "Nathaniel Hawthorne, go fuck thyself."

According to the Centre fo
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
The Other Side of the Story

Mildly entertaining, but I HATED the characters.

1. Gemma. GET OVER IT. Yes, your best friend "stole" your boyfriend (not EVEN), but it happened TH
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
In a manner more eloquent than I could ever manage, this book expresses everything I feel about modern feminism and why it's still very much a necessi ...more
Jun 26, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
Check out this review on my blog, Textual Orientation.

Cunt provokes. Cunt is hard to swallow. Cunt requires an open mind.

The marketing language is tru
Jan 13, 2010
Jun 24, 2009
Be Good
I have a secret.

This book is about me.

I could have written this book (if I could write like Stacey May Fowles). Being twenty-five, I've just emerged f
Feb 06, 2010
Apr 15, 2009
Great House
Great House is a deeply psychological read. Its style is very similar to Krauss' previous novel The History of Love in that it explores the lives of v ...more
Sep 30, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I wish I hadn't read reviews for Twilight before I started the book; I also wish I didn't know that Stephenie Meyer belongs to the Mormon faith. I
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
The Boys in the Trees

Okay, so maybe that's not the most productive way to start a review. But that basically sums up how I feel about The Boys in the Trees, a book I h
Nov 24, 2008
Oct 17, 2008
Advice for Italian Boys
Sometimes I wish the GoodReads' rating system were a little more complex. Two stars for "it was OK" sort of describes how I felt about parts of this b ...more
Jun 04, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Before I Wake
**spoiler alert** I vacillated when reading this book, between loving the story for what it was and thinking the book was an excuse to push dogma. In ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Sep 21, 2008
The Book Thief
When I visited my local independent bookstore to buy this book, I wasn't aware it would be in the Young Adult section. But when I couldn't find it in ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Nov 16, 2008
Excuse the pun, but this was, quite simply, a wonderful read. I've never read anything like it before. It makes me proud to know there are some truly ...more
not set
Sep 21, 2008
Not Being on a Boat
This book didn't review well with Canadian media, and I'm attributing that to lazy reading. A bold statement, but it's one I'm prepared to stick with. ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile
So I've got some bad news.

You're not meant to be happy.

Daniel Nettle's Happiness outlines some harsh truths: We're not meant to be happy, we're meant
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
Good to a Fault
What an original theme, exploring what it is to be good. I don't think I've heard of a book that touches on this particular concept, at least not in c ...more
Dec 08, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame
I'm not even finished with this book, but I have to write my review now before I explode.

For reasons I cannot disclose, I know exactly when Colin That
Feb 02, 2010
Apr 30, 2009
The Steve Machine
If this book was real life and I had met Hoolboom's version of Steve Reinke, I would think he was a cult leader wannabe, a whack job with questionable ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days
Nothing much happens in Nathan Whitlock's debut novel of a snapshot week in the life of average people in a slightly below average town, but I enjoyed ...more
Jan 16, 2009
Sep 21, 2008
Goldengrove begins with a conversation between two sisters: Margaret, the beautiful singer who just graduated high school, and thirteen-year-old Nico, ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
When I bought this book two days ago from Type Books here in Toronto, the woman who sold it to me was hella pumped that I was buying it. "Please promi ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
The Girl in Saskatoon: A meditation on Friendship, Memory, and Murder
Butala is a person who will dig, dig, dig until she is satisfied with the level of detail in her narrative. This kind of detail is irritating at first ...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
The Stone Carvers
**spoiler alert** The last 120 pages of this book captivated me, but everything before this fell flat. Besides a select few mesmerizing scenes (Eamon' ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
A Reliable Wife
At the end of his book, Goolrick writes: "The blaze in my heart and brain was caused by the first reading of Micheal Lesy's brilliant book Wisconsin D ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 26, 2009
The Buddha of Suburbia
Loved most things about this book, but one massive thing kept nagging at me through its entirety--hence the three stars.

I loved the book's characters:
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
The Wars
I struggled to appreciate this book in the beginning because I found no beauty in the writing. It was straightforward, simplistic, even a little patro ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
The History of the Siege of Lisbon
I included this book on my "history" shelf. Oh, how funny I am!

I'm funny because The History of the Siege of Lisbon exposes the subjectivity of histor
May 17, 2010
May 09, 2010
Jitterbug Perfume
What can I say about Tom Robbins? The man's a freaking rock star.

Jitterbug Perfume is an epic. It's about immortality, religion, individuality, pleasu
Jun 03, 2009
May 26, 2009
Still Alice
I haven't read a book this heartbreaking in a long time. At times, Alice's slow descent into Alzheimer's made me feel like I was going mad, and I coul ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
The Orange Trees of Baghdad - In Search of My Lost Family
There is so much to discover within the pages of this book. Although it is a more personal account of Iraq's history and culture, I feel there is a lo ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
Inés of My Soul
Inés of my Soul is a fictional account of the true life of Inés Suarez, conquistadora of Chile during the sixteenth century. Allende is "making up" fo ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
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