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This Booker Award nominee has all the makings of a favorite book for me-- a lonely man searching for his purpose in life. I love understated, quiet no ...more
Jan 2009
Aug 12, 2008
Beginner's Greek
It wasn't that I didn't like this book....its just that it wasn't what I was expecting. This book has been getting a TON of press. It is the author's ...more
May 2008
Jan 14, 2008
Shelter Me
Bah. I honestly have no idea what all the hype is about. I thought about giving it one star but realized that I finished it so there must have been so ...more
Mar 2010
Jan 04, 2010
The Monsters of Templeton
Bookmarks mentions this book as one of the best in 2008. I've also read about it in many magazines (including Glamour so it really has wide appeal) an ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Nov 24, 2008
When I read On Beauty, I said I'd give Smith another chance because I know her work is important. And I thought maybe there was some sort of racial bi ...more
Jul 13, 2015
Aug 29, 2012
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters
I'm the only person on Goodreads who didn't LOVE this collection. I admit, it was lovely. And lyrical. And poetic. I just don't enjoy Dillard like eve ...more
Nov 2008
Sep 09, 2008
Diary of a Bad Year
OK, I tried to get into this book. I was 100 pages in and still forcing myself to read it. So I decided to stop. Maybe I'll return to it. I just wasn' ...more
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Feb 19, 2008
A Fraction of the Whole
Talk about a fizzle...I could not put this book down when I started it. I was devouring it. Perhaps it was because I was coming off Indignation (Roth) ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 12, 2008
Never Let Me Go
I think a lot of people would love this book. It is well written and calls on the reader to let go of control. You wade into a complex story that rais ...more
May 2007
Jul 28, 2007
On Beauty
A great commentary on academe, marriage and lust. Unfortunately, I feel Smith's writing gets bogged down in a lot of unnecessary detail. And she devel ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 28, 2007
Great Expectations
Am I allowed to say that I didn't really like Dickens all that much? Because...I didn't really like Dickens all that much. His style just isn't really ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 04, 2007
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Thought I'd jump on this bandwagon...but then I gave up. The summer is too short to read things I'm not loving.

I might give it another shot sometime b
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Jul 13, 2009
Tree of Smoke
Tons of hype surrounding this book but I'm 100+ pages in and feel like I've struggled through every single page. I'm just not into it. Perhaps it is m ...more
not set
Oct 10, 2007
Geek Love
Just. Couldn't. Do. It.

I'm not sure why this book wasn't doing it for me. Very beautifully written. Lovely anecdotes about every character. I gave it
Nov 03, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
The Twenty-Seventh City
The biggest disappointment of the year. I love Franzen but this book gets bogged down with details and too many (complex) characters. It is an early w ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 29, 2007
Vanishing Point
I'm leaving this on my "to read" list but it just isn't my style. I don't know that I'll ever come back to it. I consider myself pretty "literary" but ...more
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Jan 07, 2008
How to Be Good
My least favoriate Hornby. I just found it incredibly sexist and simplistic. Other readers/reviews have implied you can actaully take advice from the ...more
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Aug 27, 2007
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A little too simplistic and redundant for me. I'm the only one alive who didn't enjoy this book. I found myself bored and not overly drawn into the st ...more
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Jul 29, 2007
Still Life with Woodpecker
Too fantastical for me. I want to like Robbins but he just doesn't resonate with me. Very sound technical book, though. I understand why people are su ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 27, 2007
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
So not my thing. I just couldn't help but think Sedaris was wasting himself on dribble. Parables and I just don't see eye to eye.....
Oct 2010
Sep 22, 2010
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
An important book but poorly written. I enjoyed the subject matter and the personal nature of the book but struggled to get through it.
Jan 2007
Jul 29, 2007
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
I'm the only "reader" who didn't like this book. I just didn't get it. I think I'm too pragmatic for it.
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Aug 27, 2007
Bark: Stories
this just wasn't for me--to scattered and disjointed
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Jan 11, 2014
Everything Is Illuminated
hated it. couldn't get through it.
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Jul 29, 2007
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Aug 27, 2007
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