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The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
4.18
Is it possible to feel nostalgia for a place in the future? The crowded, multi-factioned, multi-leveled city of Shanghai and nearby Pudong made me mis ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Dec 06, 2009
 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
3.82
I knew this was written by a kindred spirit when the author started talking about the feelings of inanimate objects. As one who feels pity for the lon ...more
Dec 2014
Oct 25, 2014
 
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
4.25
You know that feeling you get when you finish a really great book and you want to shout about it from the highest mountain and tell everyone you know ...more
Jun 04, 2012
May 29, 2012
 
You
3.23
An account of making video games at a fictional video game company. This sounds right up my alley, right? Unfortunately, it fell short of my high expe ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
 
Ready Player One
4.31
You must read this book RIGHT NOW. I mean RIGHT NOW because Ready Player One is very much a book of this time. It's full of current pop culture refere ...more
May 30, 2011
May 19, 2011
 
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
3.58
Chances are, if you're Chinese American, or even Asian American, you've probably heard about the uproar Amy Chua's article in the Wall Street Journal ...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)
4.33
When I got to the ending of the first book, I was like this:
At first I was like this.

Then I finished this second book in the series and I was like this:
And then I was like this

More of the same as t
...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
 
California
3.22
Disclaimer: I know the author.

When I read the description that this was a post-apocalyptic book, I was immediately attracted to it. Taking place in a
...more
May 13, 2014
Oct 02, 2013
 
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
4.18
3.5 Stars

I like the can-do attitude Vance took with hounding Musk and wearing him down till he agreed to cooperate with this biography. I also appreci
...more
Jun 09, 2015
May 18, 2015
 
Rework
3.93
Rework is quick and easy to read, which speaks to the philosophy the book is shilling: get things done -- which coincidentally speaks to me.

Nothing in
...more
Dec 15, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Eating Animals
4.15
What could have been an informative, decent book on animal welfare and the environmental impact of our current factory farming system is marred by the ...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
 
Tenth of December
3.93
2.5 stars

Maybe I would have liked this book more if it hadn't been over-hyped all over the place. I'll admit that George Saunders is a decent writer,
...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
 
What the Buddha Taught. With Texts from Suttas & Dhammapada
4.18
Everyone should read this at least once if they're even remotely interested in Buddhism. The first few chapters contain a straightforward introduction ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
3.85
(I received a galley of this from the publisher)

After reading the piece Ron Lieber did on the times about this very subject (here), I was intrigued ab
...more
Feb 05, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
Italian Food
4.28
Maybe I was Italian in a past, past life. Reading this book made me yearn for those magical few days in Italy, eating outside, drinking cheap wine, an ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Aug 29, 2011
 
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
4.43
Don't be scared away by the hippy-dippiness of this book. I'm glad I wasn't. I read this book with a caveat: read the second section first, then the f ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
 
Dust (Jacob's Ladder, #1)
3.62
I sped through the last quarter of this book not because I wanted to know what happened, but because the story was trash and I just wanted to get it o ...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
 
Us
3.66
3.5 stars

If I had read this at an earlier age, I probably wouldn't have liked it, but considering I'm 1.) married and 2.) have a child with my husband
...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.31
I was curious to see what was up with this book since it seems to be one of the more popular YA books to come out this year. At first, I was annoyed b ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
It reads like fan-fiction written by a 12 year old. I don't think Bella gives girls a positive role model at all. And Edward? Talk about stalkerish! T ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2009
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.76
This is one case where the title of the novel tells you pretty much everything about the book.

This novel was predictable, but still managed to surpris
...more
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
 
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
3.86
There's a phrase in Chinese, chi ku (eat bitterness), which Lisa See's Shanghai Girls exemplifies perfectly. From one end of the book to the other, th ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)
4.09
(4.5 stars)

Leviathan Wakes has everything to make it a Hollywood blockbuster. The classic battle of good versus evil, incredibly tense space fights, n
...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
4.40
Do you ever feel like stopping everyone you see on the street and telling them about the exciting book you just read? Well, that's how I felt after fi ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
3.98
When I was in first or second grade, one of my homework assignments was to write about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Since the my previous goal ...more
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
 
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
4.23
Will suggested I read this after I made fun of him for checking out a Fannie Flagg book from the library. Wanting to back up my poking fun at him, I c ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
Wow, that was a long book. I could have skipped some parts like all the chapters about politics, the oncoming war, and the elections. I was more inter ...more
Nov 23, 2012
Apr 20, 2010
 
POP: 50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-Section
3.70
Disclaimer: I got an ARC of this from NetGalley for free.

No. Just, no. I was originally going to give this book 2 stars, but knocked 1 star off for us
...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
 
Love in a Fallen City
3.97
Eileen Chang connects this collection of short stories together by the common theme of troubled relationships. The turmoil of the relationships in the ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2009
 
Open
4.13
I'm not one to read sports memoirs, but wow, did this one blow me away. My fellow Goodreaders really spoke highly of this book, and it's ghostwritten ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
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