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The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1)
Read Awakening legally and for free here courtesy of the publisher. But please keep adequate amounts of brain bleach on hand.
What can I say? I read th
Dec 2009
Jan 10, 2010
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #1)
This is a review of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, volumes 1-7. I'd give the first few only 3 stars because they aren't as involved as the later on ...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Thief! (The Queen's Thief, #0.5)
I'll read anything by Megan Whalen Turner.
not set
Sep 09, 2011
Vialla und Romaro
I can only hope this will one day be translated into English. I thought Mimus by Lilli Thal was great and would love to read something else by her. Be ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2011
Secret Prison 7
Ah, anthologies! For the most part, this one was not my cup of tea. If you like this flavor of weird, I'd recommend Sam Alden's Wicked Chicken Queen. ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
This One Summer
I sought this out because of Skim, and find it even more ambitious. One of the most intriguing things about it is that it's printed using multiple sha ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
Battle Hymn: Farewell to the Golden Age
A very mixed bag, as far as I'm concerned. I like superheroes in general, and this seemed like an original assortment. However, the story felt really ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Starters (Starters, #1)
I was given the chapter sample of this book and was quite intrigued by it. What a concept! But the reality, at least in those first chapters, let me d ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
Dance Dance Dance
My first Murakami novel! (Aside from a couple bewildering short stories.) Only belatedly did I realize it might have been helpful to read A Wild Sheep ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
Betty Crocker's Good and easy cookbook
I came across a spiral-bound first edition of this cookbook and fell in love. Words cannot express how darling the 1950's blue and pink illustrations ...more
not set
Oct 21, 2011
Rose in Bloom
As a twenty-year-old who read Bridget Jones's Diary not too many months ago, Rose in Bloom contained some serious culture shock. It’s been ages since ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
The best book on muffins ever. Seriously, this is my muffin Bible. From the moment I met it, I knew I was in love. The apple streusel muffins? A smash ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2011
Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain
Josh Sundquist is kind of a ridiculous person. I don't think this memoir is for everyone, but I definitely got enough out of it to make it worthwhile ...more
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I think being warned that The Hunger Games only gets darker and more brutal with each volume did me a favor. Suspecting what I was in for enabled me t ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Boxers & Saints
Looked forward to this combo ever since reading American Born Chinese and hearing his next project was set in an intriguing historical context. More t ...more
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
Frontier #5: Sam Alden
How does Frontier #5 compare to Alden's It Never Happened Again: Two Stories?
- only one story
- better art--very cool use of two-color printing
- story
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
Saga, Volume 2 (Saga #7-12)
The whirlwind continues!
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
Howards End
After looking forward to reading Forster for some time, I decided to try this free recording by Elizabeth Klett.

It was somehow both more and less than
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
The Censors: A Bilingual Selection of Stories
Excellent! Wonderful stories in a number of styles. I particularly enjoyed how Curbstone Press made the edition bilingual: every left page has the ori ...more
not set
Dec 22, 2010
Present Age & Of the Difference Between a Genius & an Apostle
I was looking for a good introduction to Kierkegaard, and this slim volume didn't look too intimidating. But then I couldn't remember what "ressentime ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2013
A Coalition of Lions (The Lion Hunters, #2)
Despite my doubts when reading the synopsis, my determination to read everything by Elizabeth Wein ever still stands. Maybe "A Coalition of Lions" was ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
Apparently this short story was originally published in Extras section of The King of Attolia's paperback edition. I wonder if it can be found anywher ...more
not set
May 18, 2014
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
I finally got the chance to start Song of the Lioness. The title--and the rave reviews of many nostalgic friends--make me surprised it didn't happen s ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief #4)
I would love to read this! Too bad it can apparently only be found in the paperback edition of A Conspiracy of Kings...
not set
May 18, 2014
I Loved a Girl: A Private Correspondence
I was afraid it would be woefully outdated and racist, and while there are a few uncomfortable traces of the time and culture from which it came, it's ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Apr 22, 2011
Imago (Xenogenesis, #3)
I was disappointed with Fledgling, but after a friend tried Bloodchild and Other Stories at my recommendation and came back with rave reviews, I remem ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 11, 2012
The Complete Short Stories
I was crushing on Ambrose Bierce from a distance before, but then I read The Old Gringo. Now I want to join the ranks of the obsessed.
not set
Apr 27, 2013
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
This one came to me highly recommended specifically because of the "literary" writing, but I had a lot of trouble warming up the style. However, she's ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2013
Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness
Every bit as wonderful as you'd expect, and the art, while simple, lends a certain depth.
It's somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I love this trend of
Nov 14, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 (Fruits Basket, #1)
My all-time favorite manga series.
Why I love it:
*a huge assortment of colorful, many-layered characters
*deep emotions
*uplifting themes
*"D'awww!"s galo
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Jan 10, 2010
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