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The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
I read Bernard Lewis' The Crisis of Islam as part of a seasonal challenge at the College Students group on Goodreads. I have never embraced Lewis' app...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Olive Kitteridge
**spoiler alert** Olive Kitteridge was a completely different book than I imagined. I suppose I expected it to be a little bit more light-hearted, a l...more
Jun 27, 2009
May 12, 2009
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
I just finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It's never been one of my favorites of the Harry Potter series—in fact, it's typically...more
Apr 16, 2010
Apr 30, 2009
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
I unexpectedly loved this book. While I knew I wanted to read it for the College Students Spring/Summer Challenge this year, when I actually picked it...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
I had high expectations for this book, because the premise sounded unusual and fascinating. I was pretty disappointed with the book overall, though, f...more
Jul 22, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano, #11)
This is the first book I've ever read by Camilleri; I saw it in the new mystery section at the library and thought I would give it a shot. My first im...more
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
I finally, finally got around to finishing The Autobiography of Malcolm X. What a fantastic book. Though the early years weren't as interesting to me,...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Prior to reading this book, I had read Gretchen Rubin's blog (also titled The Happiness Project) and read many of her peers' work online. I was fascin...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
**spoiler alert** I read this book in a day, because I couldn't put it down. I'm not someone who usually stands up and declares herself a feminist, bu...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
I love food memoirs. I admit to it, even though they are rarely different and often times merge together in my head, swimming so that I can hardly kee...more
Jun 18, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
This Man's Army
Though I had to read this for a class—and am also using for the College Students Spring/Summer Challenge this year—I really enjoyed this book. I've be...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
Water for Elephants
I hate circuses. I hate everything they entail—over-the-top dramatization, a focus on "freaks," mistreatment and housing of animals (I also hate zoos...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
I was surprised at how intriguing and captivating this anthology was. I recently finished my first Dave Eggers' book, Zeitoun, a few weeks ago; I foun...more
Dec 2009
Nov 29, 2009
52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust
NB: I have adapted the below review for my book blog, Spine Creases. You can read the full review here.

This book definitely makes me want to get back...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
The Night Counter
I loved this book. But what made it different from most books, for me at least, is the way in which I read it. It was not a book that consumed me, tha...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
The Saturday Morning Murder (Michael Ohayon, #1)
This is the first Batya Gur book I've read. Psychoanalysis doesn't appeal to me very strongly, so that element of the plot wasn't as exciting as the s...more
May 25, 2010
May 18, 2010
The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams
I'm a lucky longtime reader of Trent's blog who responded quickly enough to his ARC opportunity. I'll be applying a chapter of my choosing to my life,...more
May 11, 2010
May 04, 2010
Journeys Into Justice: Religious Collaboratives Working for Social Transformation
**spoiler alert** I received this book to review from the publisher.

Journeys into Justice analyzes the role of Protestant Christianity in social justi...more
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Aug 05, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I really enjoyed this book! I found Larsson's writing to be engaging and interesting despite the length of this book, and the complexity of family sag...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Like many other runners, I was drawn to Born to Run because it captured the tale of the fascinating Tarahumara Indians—a community of cultural ultrama...more
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
Greetings from Somewhere Else
**spoiler alert** I actually liked this book a lot. It threw me at first that the author - and the main character - are Australian, not Irish-American...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War
This book was an absolutely stunning memoir. Stacks has an unbelievable way with prose, and offering some of the most vivid "showing" I've read in any...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly
Wow! I haven't read a collection of short stories this good in a very long time. I found the writing to be straightforward but deceptively complex. Th...more
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
Leaving Tangier
**spoiler alert** This book ended up being a quicker read than I thought. Though since Egypt, I've been avoiding literature about North Africa, the Mi...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Katniss Everdeen is every modern girl's hero. Tough and wizened by life's hard times, she also has weaknesses, self-doubt, and even a hint of romance...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
Ricks' book is a stunning critique of the United States' invasion of Iraq that is explanatory and engaging, and not as dry or fact-dense as many books...more
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Gone to the Dogs
This book seems to follow a number of recent animal-focused books, like Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain and Spencer Quinn's Dog on It.

I wa...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery #1)
I loved this book! My mom recommended it to me, so I was a little skeptical. We tend to like very different books, and the cover and plot sounded kind...more
May 22, 2010
May 22, 2010
The English American
**spoiler alert** I picked up this book on a recommendation from Heather Armstrong's blog and then, upon bringing it home from the library, decided no...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 02, 2010
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
I've been reading Ree Drummond's blog for a few months now—ever since I saw a recipe on her off-shoot Web site, Tasty Kitchen, for slow-cooker chicken...more
May 30, 2010
May 30, 2010
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