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Forbidden Colors
3.90
I picked this one up because the Borders was having a closing sale, the author was Japanese, and one of the protagonists is gay. Part of the reason I...more
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Dec 21, 2010
 
Elizabeth Costello
3.37
I'm not sure what to think of this book, which is both good and bad. Technically it's great (of course, Coetzee), but it's very obviously a novel with...more
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Jan 19, 2010
 
Slow Man
3.40
Coetzee has, at this point, established a solid tendency to make me think. This book, like Elizabeth Costello, had a story with a ton of implication b...more
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Apr 13, 2010
 
Flight Behavior
3.71
A seriously enjoyable book. It felt like a long, pensive soak in the bath.

It's a story about a woman in a world where she doesn't feel she fits, and h...more
Apr 03, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
 
The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life
4.25
First, a note on style: I really hate when authors 1) don't number their notes and 2) obscure sources behind phrases like "according to a contemporary...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
Call Me by Your Name
4.04
This was another book I grabbed for the title . . . aaaand for the cover. C'mon, admit it--they make an intriguing combination. It was, as I suspected...more
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Apr 13, 2010
 
The God Delusion
3.89
I would give it half a star more if I could. There's a lot of really great stuff in here-- discussions about science and the limits of what can be kno...more
Jun 09, 2013
May 23, 2013
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.87
This was an interesting, quick read. It almost felt popcorny, it was so light. In the edition I got from the library, a lot of the book's bulk was tak...more
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Jun 10, 2010
 
House of Leaves
4.15
The book was an experience. The typography was bold and inventive, sometimes requiring me to turn the book sideways or upside down, and the white spac...more
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Aug 25, 2009
 
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
4.26
Reading this book was like looking at a time capsule. Its essays were all written during the sixties, which was essentially a million years before I w...more
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Mar 16, 2010
 
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
4.24
Loving the series. Not much to make me think, but superbly entertaining. There are a few plot threads that either weren't tied off appropriately or th...more
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Sep 20, 2010
 
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
4.12
People are pretty spot-on when they compare Dune to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I don't appreciate either of them.

Four things irritated me about t...more
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Sep 14, 2009
 
Brave New World
3.92
Glade suggested this book ages ago, but I didn't see an available copy until I was in Goodwill some time ago. The author is talented, skilled, and dec...more
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Jun 23, 2010
 
East of Eden
4.31
This book is to Middlemarch what 65 million dollars is to 70 million dollars; both are extremely awesome, but one is definitely awesomer.

Granted, it t...more
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Mar 04, 2010
 
The Hours
3.87
After watching and loving the movie, I was on the lookout for this book. Like the movie, the book dug inside my skull and laid on my brain. it was rea...more
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Jun 23, 2010
 
The Road
3.94
For the first thirty pages or so, I the writing felt irritatingly over dramatic. I guess I got used to it as the story went on, but the world he drew...more
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Nov 27, 2009
 
The Master Butchers Singing Club
4.01
Erdrich has a thing for telling lives instead of stories. MBSC follows some people around and talks about what they think about things and shows how t...more
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Sep 16, 2010
 
The Selfish Gene
4.12
This one was interesting. It proposes that organisms exist because individual genes are concerned solely with their own reproduction, and then it exam...more
May 23, 2013
May 16, 2013
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
4.02
Kurt raved about this series on his blog so I picked it up at a bookstore in Port Angeles. I was pleased, despite some self consciousness in the prose...more
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Jun 23, 2010
 
House of Sand and Fog
3.77
I kept reading and reading and reading, even though it was hard, because the beginning was promising. The end was not what I would have liked it to be...more
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Sep 16, 2010
 
The Shadow Thieves (Cronus Chronicles, #1)
3.79
Mostly I was very bored, reading this. It dragged on for a hundred and fifty pages longer than necessary, and I'll admit to skimming that fat.

Plot-wis...more
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Dec 05, 2009
 
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
4.12
Pleasing, with a current that pulled me along until two in the morning. The beginning had me worried--not only does it have a bodice-ripper cover, but...more
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Sep 16, 2010
 
Dry
3.98
I was surprised I even picked this guy up after the Running With Scissors mess. In fact, if I hadn't gotten these two books in the same library load,...more
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Mar 12, 2010
 
Diary of a Bad Year
3.60
This is the second full Coetzee I've read, and I'm a fan. Like Elizabeth Costello, this book made me think, and there are parts of it I want to come b...more
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Jan 23, 2010
 
Disgrace
3.82
I was so disappointed. Coetzee's least impressive work, so far. Not thought provoking, not innovative, just odd and distasteful. Almost interesting, b...more
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Dec 21, 2010
 
Tuesdays with Morrie
3.98
I'd been avoiding this book for years because it's not my kind of story and because it was just too big--I didn't want to be a bandwagon jumper on-er....more
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Sep 20, 2009
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02
It was good, but it came highly recommended from four or five friends as well as The Internet, and I was underwhelmed. I think the layering style was...more
Feb 2013
Feb 24, 2013
 
Every Day (Every Day #1)
4.00
To be honest, this book broke me. It was too beautiful, too real, and too painful. I know not everyone reacted so strongly, but still.

The main charact...more
Dec 2012
Mar 24, 2013
 
A Brief History of Time
4.06
It's hard to believe this book is as old as I am--the concepts he told about have yet to trickle down into common knowledge.

There were a couple of sec...more
May 31, 2013
May 30, 2013
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Enveloping because Collins is wonderful with chapter endings, but hard to take seriously. This is how the revolution works out? Really? Please. The la...more
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Sep 16, 2010
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