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Look Homeward, Angel
This book is my nemesis.

No, seriously: I've been trying to read it for almost six years. I've tried to read it in the spring, the summer, the fall, th...more
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Aug 25, 2007
The Bermudez Triangle
This is the book I wanted to read from Maureen Johnson; it's the story of Nina and her two best friends, Mel and Avery -- when Nina spends the summer...more
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
I don't even know what to write in a review of this -- anything I could say about how much it moved me, how utterly perfect it was, would give away th...more
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War #4)
This would have been four stars, except that whenever I read about the War of the Roses I get really mad and spend a lot of time hollering about how i...more
Aug 19, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
French Women Don't Get Fat
All the advice she gives is spot-on (drink more water, eat smaller portions, eat more fruit) but Giuliano was so damn smug that I spent most of this b...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3)
Honestly, I don't know why I keep reading Holly Black, because even while I enjoyed this -- and it was enjoyable; if you liked Tithe or Valiant, you'l...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Empress of the World (Battle Hall Davies, #1)
As with pretty much everything I read, I found the ending to this a little unsatisfying, a little too contrived in too short a space, but the path to...more
Jun 2003
Aug 24, 2007
The Pinhoe Egg  (Chrestomanci, #6)
So it works like this: I think the Chrestomanci books that are about Chrestomanci (Charmed Life, The Nine Lives of Christopher Chant) are better books...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Bones To Ashes
Devoured this in a day; since this novel and Margaret Maron's Hard Row are two of the books I've most looked forward to this year, it's unsurprising....more
Sep 2007
Aug 22, 2007
Hard Love
I love Wittlinger's books for their realistic endings; no happy ever after for her, but real teenage problems and real teenage angst. She also writes...more
Feb 2001
Aug 24, 2007
Pretty Things
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this one when I started, but it turned out to be a real page-turner for me. Four British teenagers working on a sum...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
This was enjoyable -- she's a great writer, in terms of ear for language -- but I found it far more complex than her first two novels, and consequentl...more
Apr 04, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Stealing Athena
I did not like anyone in this book, but it was a great read.
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
A Civil War: Army vs. Navy - A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry
I have a life goal, dear readers. It's not a very realistic life goal, but it's a life goal all the same: some day I'd love to read a book by John Fei...more
Oct 2007
Jul 16, 2007
Is This a Great Game, or What?: From A-Rod's Heart to Zim's Head--My 25 Years in Baseball
This book is simultaneously pointless and incredibly wonderful; I mean, it's mostly 275 pages of Kurkjian telling baseball stories, which is, ultimate...more
Aug 2007
Aug 17, 2007
I've read a lot of YA novels; I've read a lot of YA novels written for a teenaged sports-obsessed male population. A LOT. And this was objectively one...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux, #16)
It feels redundant to say that this was a brutal and angry book, because most of Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels are -- but this one was particularly b...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Heart on My Sleeve
I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed Hard Love, mostly because I felt the epistolary style of it (and Chloe's hippie-dippy folk music crap) was so...more
Nov 2004
Aug 24, 2007
Katwalk (Kat Colorado, #1)
If it isn't already clear from the books I have listed here, I'm a sucker for a good mystery series with female protagonists; I picked the first Kat C...more
Aug 2007
Aug 03, 2007
War for the Oaks
Borrowed this from Keri -- I think I might have read it before but I don't really remember it, so it was almost entirely new to me, and it was a delig...more
Sep 2007
Sep 10, 2007
Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey
This book was written for me: a travel book about BEER. Not for everybody, but definitely for me.
Mar 2009
Mar 09, 2009
Blood Roses
T. brought this back to me in an ARC from ALA Midwinter, and I burned through it pedaling to Belgium on the exercise bike this afternoon. I've always...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1)
This one was a little thing, and a little preachy -- I suppose that I should season all my YA reviews with "I am not the target audience", but for thi...more
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
Can I Keep My Jersey?: Eleven Teams, Six Years, Five Countries, and My So-called Career as a Professional Basketball Player
In theory, this should have been a great book: journeyman pro basketball player details a four year period of his life, bouncing between the CBA, the...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes (Kudzu Debutantes, #1)
Her characters are caricatures, she writes the South like someone who's not entirely comfortable there -- her least cartoonish character was the trans...more
Jul 2007
Jul 14, 2007
Lessons from a Dead Girl
Fascinating subject material -- children abusing children -- that was, for the most part, handled really well; the book's got an interesting flashback...more
Jan 2008
Sep 08, 2007
Jesus Out to Sea
I find Burke to be really hit-or-miss in his novels; I love the way he writes and I love Dave Robicheaux as a character, but I'm not always engaged by...more
Aug 2007
Aug 05, 2007
Opening Moves (Patrick Bowers Files, Prequel)
**spoiler alert** Kind of disappointed by this, actually? Not because of the writing, Steven James is a great writer, but it's a prequel to the rest o...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
Girl at Sea
I really dig Johnson's writing style -- she's great with the turn of phrase -- but both of the books of hers I've read have felt a little too light; l...more
Jul 2007
Sep 05, 2007
What the Dead Know
Darker and more complex than Lippman's Tess Monaghan mysteries, which I enjoyed about it -- I could really see Lippman stretching her mystery muscles...more
Mar 2008
Jan 24, 2008
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