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Wow, this one sure zips along at a breakneck pace. Read it in one sitting. The movie has probably become more iconic than the novel, but the latter's ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
And Then Things Fall Apart
It's always nice when one cursorily reads something nice about a book on a blog, then months later randomly sees it at the library and picks it up whi ...more
Dec 24, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
Ready Player One
I'm not going to deviate from most of the norm here - Ready Player One is a pretty fun read, even though many of the gaming references and a good port ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
So, this was the first novel written in verse I've ever read. I've never been a big poetry person, but I thought it might be interesting to check out. ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

After a chance meeting at a party, Lisa Napoli stumbles across the adventure of a li
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Past Perfect
Every so often when I'm reading novels, I'll stumble over 2 or 3 in near succession to each other that have thematic overlaps by total coincidence. Re ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
Hm, maybe it was the genre of this one? I've never been a big science fiction person, though I can enjoy well-written novels from any genre. This is c ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Heart of Deception
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

Following World War II, mystery man Leo Hoffman must become a spy to earn American c
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
The Future of Us
Unfortunately, I think this is strike two for me when it comes to Jay Asher's books (this is the first I've read by Mackler, though). While the concep ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

This is a bit out there in terms of writing style from the sort of thing I usually r
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Paper Covers Rock
I keep on waffling between deciding whether this should be 4 or 5 stars. It's one hell of a novel, incredibly written and dripping with subtext and de ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
In Chime, author Franny Billingsley builds a fantastical world in early 20th century England. Reeling from the death of her beloved Stepmother, Briony ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
The False Friend
This was a solid 4.5 star read for me and I'm quite shocked to see the overall low score for this novel as well as the glut of bad reviews on the firs ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Very interesting.

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Jul 04, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Learning to Swim (Troy Chance, #1)
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

What would you do while traveling on a ferry when you think you see a young child th
Feb 06, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me: And Other Stories I Shouldn't Share with Acquaintances, Coworkers, Taxi drivers, Assistants, Job Interviewers, Bikini Waxers, and Ex/Current/Future Boyfriends but Have
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

Does what it says on the tin - years after breaking up with her boyfriend, comedy wr
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)
It's a good thing the characters in this were interesting, because a big clue for the mystery's solution was given early on & totally something ou ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
I haven't read [Book: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight] so I don't know if it would give a better background for this book, but I feel that I was ab ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
Amplified (Amplified, #1)
2.5 Stars... Interesting concept for a YA novel and the writing feels authentic, Kelly does a convincing enough job with the indie industrial scene. H ...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 25, 2011
Practical Jean
Near the beginning of Trevor Cole's black comedic novel, the narrator describes Jean Vale Horemarsh during her younger years:

Her differentness bewild
Dec 13, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
Burned (Pretty Little Liars, #12)
And the series that will never end rolls's clearly running on fumes at this point, though I'm disappointed the really campy melodrama of the l ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10)
To be honest, 3 stars is a pretty overly generous rating. Looking at it more objectively, 1.5 or 2 or something would probably be more apt, but I can' ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
The GQ Candidate
2.5 stars

In "The GQ Candidate," author Keli Goff comes up with a great premise: the ups and downs of the black, Jewish governor of Michigan's presiden
Aug 14, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
True Believers
There's an old saying that goes something to the effect of "if you're not liberal when you're 20 you don't have a heart; if you're not conservative wh ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
The Kingdom of Childhood
Unfortunately, this is another one that falls on the pile of an intriguing premise, but with flaws in the execution that ultimately make it an unsucce ...more
Nov 05, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
I enjoyed this tour through Warren Littlefield's tenure at NBC through the 80s and 90s, but it's just a bit too superficial overall for me to really f ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Oct 18, 2011
The End of Everything
At the beginning, I thought Abbott's novel was going to turn into another competent-but-humdrum The Fates Will Find Their Way sort of affair, but as I ...more
Aug 02, 2011
May 21, 2011
Delirium (Delirium #1)
I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. Dystopian YA is starting to become dime-a-dozen, and the reviews here were average at best. Nevert ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Variant (Variant, #1)
2.5 stars

I'm not such a fan of this trend in YA trilogies where the first novel is treated as just part of the package instead of a suitable stand-alo
Dec 10, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
First off, Shine isn't really a mystery. The probable motive of Patrick's beating was evident to me early on and I was able to surmise his likely atta ...more
Jun 15, 2011
May 13, 2011
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