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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
One of the best books I have read in a long while. This is a story you can really sink your teeth into. Rothfuss has a way with words and crafts a won...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
The Goldfinch
Um, I just finished the book, and I didn't love it. I don't hate it either. I just feel kind of meh about the whole endeavor -- like why did I just sp...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I wish I could carry a real live miniature David Sedaris in my pocket so that he could entertain me whenever I was bored, or in need of a story. I lov...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
I really enjoyed this little character-driven novel ... so much so that I couldn't put it down, and found myself up late two nights in a row. The char...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
This Is How You Lose Her
I am not a big fan of collections short stories. I am not sure what it is about them as I love short form writing, but I think it has to do with the f...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
I loved this book! I've never been into fan fiction myself (I think I was too old when it came into being to be totally swept up in the phenomena), bu...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park is not your typical YA novel. It explores very real characters, and manages to take me right back to being that age in that era. I...more
Jul 21, 2013
May 30, 2013
Woven on the Wind: Women Write about Friendship in the Sagebrush West
Like it's sister book, LEANING INTO THE WIND, this book really spoke to me. It's a collection of writing that explores ideas of the various ways frien...more
Feb 19, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
The Art of Fielding
I really, really enjoyed this book. It's one of the best books I have read in a long time. The character development reminded me of John Irving at his...more
May 2012
Jul 06, 2012
I didn't love this book as much as I wanted to, but I did have fun reading it. On some level it reminded me of Catch-22 -- a book that I remember lovi...more
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years
I really like memoirs. I've lived in NYC. All things that made me think I would like this book, but I didn't. I tried to get through it for months, an...more
not set
Aug 04, 2010
The Interestings
Wolitzer has written quite a tale -- I love the temporal shifts she takes in revealing some of the story at a time. I saw pieces of myself in all of t...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
The World Is a Kitchen: True Stories of Cooking Your Way Through Culture
So far I am loving this book! The setup, anecdotal essays about specific cooking experiences accompanied by specific recipes, makes it more like a nov...more
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
I was on a business trip recently and looking for a book to pass plane rides with. Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union wasn't doing it for me, so I pic...more
Aug 15, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
I really enjoy Justin Cronin's writing style. He drew me in with the passage, and I couldn't wait to continue the story with The Twelve. This book did...more
Nov 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2013
The Language of Flowers
I was engrossed in this book. I read it in a few days, and couldn't put it down ... the story was great, and I loved the idea of communicating through...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
A Drive into the Gap
I'm a big fan of baseball, Field Notes, and Kevin Guilfoile's writing ... this little book did not let me down! It was a perfect distraction for the n...more
not set
Aug 24, 2012
How Should a Person Be?
I couldn't get into this book, but finished it anyway. It's not my style of book. I found the characters annoying, whiny, and not terribly interesting...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime, #2)
I love the wacky worlds Jasper Fforde creates as he weaves together characters from nursery rhymes, literature and his own creation. THE FOURTH BEAR w...more
Dec 2007
Oct 04, 2007
Life After Life
I found the premise captivating, and loved the way Atkinson managed to pick up, discard, and change the storyline along the way. I was completely enam...more
Jun 24, 2013
May 23, 2013
Sweet and Sour July
I decided to read this book because I was traveling for two weeks in China and looking for books about that sort of experience. There were a few posit...more
Jan 2008
Jan 19, 2008
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
I love Heather Armstrong's wit and sense of humor. I've been reading her blog religiously for years, and was very excited to finally pick up this book...more
Nov 02, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
I had fun reading this book, but I didn't love it. It's a well-written account of the life of a child pop-star. I really enjoyed some of the character...more
May 22, 2013
May 23, 2013
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Yet another one that I had to return before I finished ... I couldn't justify the $3+ dollars it had already cost me, but I will pick it up again soon...more
Dec 02, 2013
Jan 08, 2014
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I started this in August and was enjoying it, but it wasn't what I was looking for at the time. I picked it up again last week and plowed through the...more
Dec 03, 2008
Dec 01, 2008
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
I hated the main character, but I suppose that's kind of the point ... I just got more and more annoyed with her actions. (And the actions of everyone...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I read this book on the recommendation of a good book friend. I don't really read science fiction, but recently decided to expand my literary horizons...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I loved this story. It made me laugh and cry. It's a story about life, love and dogs. It's a story about the middle of the country and the characters...more
Dec 23, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Blue Shoe
I'd actually give this 3.5 stars. I do love everything Anne Lamott writes, but this book didn't hit me as much as some of her others have. It started...more
Jan 2008
Oct 04, 2007
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
I hated this book when I first read it in high school. I remember writing a scathing book report about how McCarthy's style was all wrong. His non-use...more
Jan 1993
Oct 04, 2007
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