Gone Girl
3.93
I devoured this smart, savage thriller in less than 24 hours and found it to be completely satisfying.

Gillian Flynn crafted two relatable, empathetic...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
 
The Book of Jonas
3.68
I was looking at a display of books for sale, reading the back cover of "The Book of Jonas" when the author happened to walk by.

He stopped and said,...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
 
Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure
3.52
This book is told in alternating parts. First we have the story of the dashing British explorer Ewart Grogan, who sets off in 1898 to travel the lengt...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar
3.47
Definitely interesting and educational for wine lovers. Jay McInerney's strength is that he writes rich, opinionated descriptions that go beyond the t...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
The Keep
3.38
I need to learn how to trust Jennifer Egan.

When I begin her books, I am totally not with her. In fact, I usually spend the first half of the book say...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
 
Cutting for Stone
4.25
This book was extremely slow going, and I initially had to force myself through it. I probably wouldn't have stuck with it if this hadn't been my book...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
3.62
A fascinating and accessible look at the complex world of fetal research. The author consults a wide range of experts and covers topics like maternal...more
Apr 2014
Mar 25, 2014
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.72
When I cracked open this book, the only thing I knew about it was this: In 1962, a beautiful American actress who has been diagnosed with cancer inadv...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
 
Wave
3.70
This is memoir about the 2004 tsunami that destroyed Sonali Deraniyagala's entire family, killing her parents, husband and two young children. She was...more
May 02, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
 
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
3.66
This book makes me sad because it started with such promise, and I enjoyed the first 1/3 so much. Hamilton has a lovely writing style, and she writes...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
 
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
4.05
I already have many drag queens in my life, but this book makes me think there's always room for one more. Josh Kilmer-Purcell is just so damn likable...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
Love Me Anyway: A Novel
3.66
I almost wish this novel wasn't called "Love Me Anyway," because I don't want it to be dismissed as chick lit. While the book does examine the relatio...more
Jul 09, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.72
I can't stop thinking about this book, which possibly means I should give it five stars. Also when I look back on my Kindle copy, it looks like highli...more
Mar 12, 2013
Aug 20, 2012
 
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953
3.58
This book is an intense, focused look at the month Sylvia Plath spent in New York as a guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine. This time was a pivotal...more
Jun 29, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
I feel like the middle book in a trilogy is just like the middle child of my family: He has to work really hard to get some attention. And I think tha...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
 
Forgive Me
3.42
The story was ambitious, but unfortunately it never really came together.

Like the protagonist, I am a former newspaper journalist who spent time in S...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
 
When the Emperor Was Divine
3.65
Can you say that something is beautiful even when it's a meditation on something completely horrific? Because this was a gorgeous novel about Japanese...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Normal People Don't Live Like This
3.42
This is a collection of beautiful and hopelessly depressing related short stories. Some of the pieces are stronger than others, and sometimes I wasn't...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
How to Be Lost
3.50
I typically wouldn't read something about a missing child, because it's not a topic that really interests me, but this book went so far beyond the gir...more
not set
Jan 24, 2012
 
Crib Notes: A Random Reference for the Modern Parent
3.25
This is a collection of funny and random information about pregnancy, child-rearing and parenthood -- some whimsical, some practical. My favorite part...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
 
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
3.70
I don't read many detective or crime stories, so I can't really talk about how this fits into the genre at all. However, the mystery is almost seconda...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
 
The Night Circus
3.99
What a strange book. I've never turned the pages so fast during a story in which so little happens. I still don't know how to author managed to keep m...more
Oct 09, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
3.41
When I was a newspaper reporter, I used to receive letters from people that said, "I think we could be friends!" I thought those people were weird. No...more
Jul 06, 2013
Sep 10, 2011
 
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
3.90
I've never read a book like this before -- that is, one that marries paranormal romance with steampunk, mystery and drama -- but I have to say it was...more
Oct 10, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.81
Wow. This book went quickly. Or maybe it was just that good. I don't know much about Asperger's, so I'm not qualified to say how true to life this sto...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
 
Designs on You (The Working Girls Lunch Break Series #1)
4.00
I've been reading so many dreary books lately, I just wanted something with a happy ending -- and this contemporary romance absolutely delivered. It w...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
 
We the Animals
3.60
I put this book on my to-read list because it was suggested by Elizabeth Crane, a writer I love and respect, on a podcast called Literary Disco. I rea...more
not set
Mar 02, 2014
 
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
3.92
Many people recommended this book to me, saying it reminded them of my writing style. After reading the first several essays, I am happy with my decis...more
not set
Sep 11, 2012
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.58
Damn Dan Brown. He's a poor writer with a great formula for telling stories. Ultimately, the plot was not very compelling, but the structure of this b...more
not set
Apr 16, 2010
 
Autobiography of a Face
3.93
I liked the book, and it was well-written. However, there was an overall emotional detachment that distanced me from the story. I didn't completely un...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
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