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Frangipani House
I ran across this book when I was unpacking other books I owned. I seem to have several from my undergrad days that I don't remember having read, so I ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
Okay, I'm going to break down and actually review this book. There were some great parts in it. Elna has a fun style of writing and sounds like a real ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
City of God
I had no idea what I was getting into when I began this book. It sometimes felt like it would never end, but it was a great experience. First, I disco ...more
Jun 15, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
I'm a big Kingsolver fan, and this is a great story - probably mostly because it's so original. You're not quite sure how to make out the main charact ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
The Moon and Sixpence
I thought this one should have ended about 100 pages before it did. I didn't feel the last portion of the book matched with the first portion. I love ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
The Cay (The Cay, #1)
**spoiler alert** This was another of those that sat on my childhood bookshelf. I loved the cover photo (which was of Timothy) but never read it until ...more
May 09, 2014
Nov 07, 2013
Anyone You Want Me to Be: A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet
I have a morbid fascination with forensics. This is the true story of a Kansas murderer and sex predator, John Robinson. He was actively involved in h ...more
Jan 2004
Jun 13, 2008
Riders of the Purple Sage
Unbelievably, painfully sappy and over-the-top melodramatic, some of which I hope was deliberate. I've never known a male to write such slushy romance ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
Confessions (World's Classics)
**spoiler alert** I changed my mind about this one several times throughout the book. At times, Rousseau seems an unbelievably diplomatic story-teller ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jun 06, 2008
The Autobiography of Mark Twain
I enjoyed this so much. It is a completely unconventional bio, and the introduction is extremely interesting and helpful in understanding the book's s ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
My Name Is Asher Lev
I liked The Chosen better, but this book had made me a wreck by the end, and I don't even care about art. (This is a book any art lover would have to ...more
Jun 21, 2008
Mar 23, 2008
The Cask of Amontillado
This one was certainly not my favorite, but it was masterfully written. There are wonderful tools of symbolism and foreshadowing. It's a pity I don't ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
Sonny Elephant
This book was read to me for the first time when I was in 2nd grade. I continued looking for it at every library, not realizing that it is a collector ...more
Jan 1987
Dec 11, 2008
Get the Guy: How to Find, Attract, and Keep Your Ideal Mate
Some really painful misspellings, but some solid ground advice. I didn't care for the advice on when to have sex with a guy, but other than that and a ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Stuart: A Life Backwards
**spoiler alert** The sewage of profanity was difficult to sludge through, but I managed only because I skipped reading it. The biographer himself is ...more
May 11, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
The Sacred Fount
I cannot believe I'm giving a Henry James 1*, but this was so unbelievably painful. I nearly quit it so many times. 200 pages, and nothing ever actual ...more
Sep 13, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
I think the prologue was my favorite part. I adore Toph, and from the sound of things it seems as though everyone else does as well. I really like thi ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Mar 27, 2008
Never Trust a Calm Dog, and Other Rules of Thumb
I can't believe how long I've been reading this one, so it was time just to sit down and finish it today so it stops hanging over my head. Some things ...more
Apr 24, 2014
Dec 11, 2013
Tom Jones
Very unimpressive other than its considerable length. I feel like this was hundreds of pages of drivel. The characters were utterly forgettable. I got ...more
Dec 11, 2012
Mar 30, 2010
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
This book is really 4.5*. There is so much food for thought in this read. It is packed with really fascinating and simultaneously useful information. ...more
Jun 12, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Frightful's Mountain (Mountain, #3)
It took me awhile longer to get into this one, because no people show up in it till about 60 pages in. Until then, it's told from the point of view of ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam
I have really mixed feelings about this one. While Heinemann is a decent writer, and while I appreciated the points he made in the book as well as his ...more
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
**spoiler alert** This was a really fun read for me, since I'm from Southern Oregon and know lots of the places she talked about She even mentions my ...more
Jul 25, 2014
Apr 29, 2013
The Story of My Experiments With Truth
I thought I would enjoy this a lot more than I did. It was a bit too repetitive for me. There were some wonderful quotable quotes, and Gandhi led a ve ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1)
There were a few parts of this book very well written, but over all, I felt like she borrowed way too much (or attempted to) from Conan Doyle. Since n ...more
Jun 16, 2009
May 25, 2009
Long Walk to Freedom
**spoiler alert** A few things about this autobiography struck me with a lot of force: 1) like the civil rights movement in my own country, the fight ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Jan 31, 2014
Charles De Gaulle
VERY slow going. It got really interesting just over half way through. I cannot imagine the amount of research that went into this painstaking writing ...more
Nov 12, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys
During the laundry rant, I was laughing so frequently on the metro, that the guy next to me wanted to know what I was reading. There are definitely so ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
The Satanic Verses
Finally! After a few weeks of painstaking reading! I am so glad it's finally over. This book is not composed in any kind of traditional sense. There i ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
Way too profanity-filled for my taste. He was mostly quoting; nevertheless, there it is. Piles of steaming...profanity. Also, there was way too much g ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
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