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The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
did not like it
This is one of the few books that I hate. I'm a feminist and I love King Arthur stories and The Mists of Avalon makes me vaguely nauseous. I read the ...more
Jul 2003
Aug 05, 2008
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
it was ok
This one has been getting a lot of praise, but it didn't do much for me. Although I liked the premise––a strong heroine with a moral dilemma! danger a ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Melting Stones (Circle Reforged, #2)
it was ok
I fell in love with Tamora Pierce's books at the age of about 10 or 11 and because of this I still have a great deal of affection for her writing. I l ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (Dear America)
liked it
I read a lot of Dear America books during my childhood, so I was excited to learn that they were being brought back in print, and even more excited wh ...more
May 08, 2010
May 14, 2010
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
liked it
To me this reads rather like Diana Wynne Jones trying to write a book that would translate perfectly into a Hayao Miyazaki movie. This sets it apart f ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 07, 2008
it was amazing
A tangled wild wood of a book, written in a sort of low Jacobean style that I found mostly delightful but occasionally infuriating. It's a quest story ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Sep 17, 2008
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls
it was ok
I wanted this to be a better book than it was. The tracing of developments in the ways that girls' bodies in America have been socially regulated over ...more
Apr 12, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Explosionist
it was ok
I really wanted to like this; and in some ways I did. It's set in a very interesting alternate history, and the details about this alternate world's p ...more
Jun 26, 2009
May 29, 2009
The Diving Pool: Three Novellas
liked it
Eerie. Somehow Ogawa writes these quiet stories in which little threads tugged loose in the ordinary and everyday create huge ripples and intimations ...more
Sep 16, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
The Snow Fox
it was amazing
This is a strange and beautiful book. It's definitely not for everyone; I can see the slow pacing, the odd movement through time, and the deliberate s ...more
May 02, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Common Reader
really liked it
What strikes me in reading Virginia Woolf's nonfiction is how very much the context she's coming out of is strange to me. Her Common Reader, who might ...more
May 31, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
Literature and the Gods
liked it
I've tagged this as lit-crit ("criticism") but I'm not sure that's really the right way to describe this book. Criticism is usually more sober and thi ...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The Shadow Speaker
liked it
The world this book creates is fantastic. It brims over with creativity and ideas. Ultimately, however, I felt that the plot and characters fell a bit ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
The Winter Prince (The Lion Hunters, #1)
it was amazing
I don't just love this book; I am imprinted on it. I first read it, far too young to understand anything, when I was in about second grade, which must ...more
Jan 1995
May 04, 2008
The Floating World
liked it
Beautifully written, in an understatedly poetic way. Kadohata paints a portrait of a girl's growing-up in a Japanese-American family that moves from O ...more
May 20, 2009
May 22, 2009
The Golden Mean
really liked it
File this one under 'books that are as awesome as their awesome covers.' I loved this. I think Lyon is doing something that is, if not exactly radical ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1)
liked it
Swash, swash, buckle, buckle. This was certainly a fun read, although I'm actually glad it wasn't my first Dunnett. That likely says more about my per ...more
May 13, 2011
May 23, 2011
really liked it
I loved this book, although that love was overlaid with deep discomfort at times. It has fascinating, complicated characters, suspense and intrigue, a ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
Pierre et Jean
really liked it
I came to read this book in a peculiar way: I found it lying on a city sidewalk, late at night. As there was no one in sight who could have dropped it ...more
Oct 26, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
The Fall of the Towers
really liked it
Samuel R. Delany keeps blowing my mind, and all I've read so far is his early stuff--practically juvenilia. I can't wait to get my hands on some of th ...more
May 02, 2011
May 07, 2011
Arthur's Britain
really liked it
I loved this, but it's probably too dry and scholarly to be very readable for anyone without a prior interest in the field. However, as someone who is ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 01, 2010
Dirty Wings (Metamorphoses, #2)
really liked it
I am too old for this book, but I would probably have loved it to bits when I was 16, so.
Jul 08, 2015
Jul 09, 2015
it was amazing
This book was amazing, but I'm finding it hard to encapsulate why. It combines a lot of my favorite things--poetry, literature, people who are passion ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 30, 2007
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness, Patience
it was amazing
The rating is for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as I haven't (yet) read the others. Sir Gawain is classic, it is rich and strange, full of weird sym ...more
Nov 2006
May 04, 2008
Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia
really liked it
This is a very dense and academic read, but worth it. I had the weird sensation of for the first time reading something that was really about, as Joan ...more
Mar 2016
Mar 01, 2016
Face: A Time Code, The
liked it
This is a very short book, best read in one sitting. I guess it originated as a Kindle single, at least going by the Goodreads information, so that ma ...more
May 03, 2016
May 14, 2016
From Ritual to Romance
liked it
Possibly the best thing that finally caving in to acquiring a smartphone in the year 2015 has enabled me to do to date is downloading this book off Pr ...more
Aug 27, 2015
Aug 27, 2015
The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands
liked it
Ever since falling hard for A Time of Gifts last year, I've been working my way through the rest of Patrick Leigh Fermor's oeuvre, but I had some trep ...more
Jul 02, 2016
Jul 09, 2016
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
liked it
I'm not going to write anything approaching a proper review of this book right now, because doing so would require a lot of time, would result in a fe ...more
May 25, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music
liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. As a member of the generation that was too young for riot grrrl or other 90s 'angry women' musicians at th ...more
Mar 09, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
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