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The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
really liked it
Well. Snicket himself told me that no book can truly contain the end of a story, although it may describe the end of a person. I finished this book o ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 16, 2007
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
it was ok
I'm sorry to disappoint you guys, but I did not think this was a great book. I realize I'm just now reading a book you've all loved for years, so I fe ...more
Apr 03, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12)
it was amazing
Here's the point: The Penultimate Peril continues to tie it all together, and the return on your investment is shockingly huge. Lemony Snicket manage ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 16, 2007
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
it was ok
Reading Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking is like biting an apple and finding half a worm. It's like a pancake eating co ...more
May 16, 2013
May 12, 2013
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
really liked it
I'm really glad my wife and I read this book together. It's already been very helpful in getting us to look at the reason so many things never get don ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
The Empress's Tomb (Kiki Strike, #2)
really liked it
Ah, Kiki Strike. Another one of my guilty pleasures. Should a thirty-two year old dude be reading this? Probably not. But it's good. So good. I wish I ...more
May 31, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets
really liked it
I jumped into this book fresh off The Art of Racing in the Rain, as I'm sure many others have done. It's a great story with a lot of relationships tha ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language
it was amazing
Oh man, for a language fan like me this is like gardening (for people who love gardening). It's fascinating to trace my words, even these words, back ...more
Sep 16, 2008
Jan 30, 2009
The Golden Goblet (Newbery Library, Puffin)
really liked it
I really liked this book when I was 11, and I really liked this book twenty-one years later. Somehow Eloise Jarvis McGraw makes Ranofer, the main char ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jan 11, 2008
Is Marriage for White People?: How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone
really liked it
I picked this up last week in doing some research about poverty and education, knowing there's a strong correlation between growing up with two parent ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon
really liked it
I think Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an amazing person, and not just because we share a last name. His story is really one-of-a-kind. No one claims he's t ...more
Sep 29, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
Complete Portuguese: The Basics (Book and CD Set): Includes Coursebook, 4 Audio CDs, and Learner's Dictionary
really liked it
This is the third Living Language Complete Basic Course I've studied (German was really good but I couldn't get into Chinese). I really like how the f ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
The 4-Hour Workweek
really liked it
Hmmm. What an interesting book! I've seen tons of criticism about this book, mostly centered on the unrealistic tasks Ferriss challenges you with. Tha ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
How to Really Love Your Child
liked it
I don't typically enjoy child-rearing books, so the fact that I didn't have a great time reading this doesn't say much about the usefulness of the inf ...more
Oct 04, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
The Kite Runner
really liked it
Ay, but this was a sad book. There is, of course, redemption in the end, but still, some parts are unbearably sad. I found this an excellent introduct ...more
Jul 23, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
really liked it
I don't remember ever reading a book like this one. It's definitely a novel, but at times it reads like an informal history text and at times like a s ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
really liked it
I think everyone who actually reads this would agree that there's more to it than a paradoxical title. What makes this book a winner is the way each c ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
it was amazing
It's one thing to write an exciting novel; it's quite another to write nonfiction in a captivating way. From its conception to its execution, The Empe ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
liked it
I started reading this book because my wife and I are currently trying to figure out the best way to get our daughter to sleep (and get some sleep for ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
A Moveable Feast
really liked it
I keep forgetting how distinctive and loveable Ernest Hemingway's writing style is. It's not often you get to hear a writer reflect on the process. Yo ...more
May 05, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Always Running
liked it
I can see why this book is so popular among high school students: it provides a graphic, unflinching look at LA gang life in the 1960s, and it ends ha ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
really liked it
I've been a huge fan of Salman Khan and his Academy since I first heard of it several years ago. He's got some bold ideas here. I enjoyed reading abou ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
Kafka on the Shore
really liked it
Murakami is in a class of his own. The way he peels the wallpaper off reality to reveal a color you hadn't even imagined previously. The way he perfec ...more
Jul 28, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
it was ok
Oh, man, what a letdown from the flashbang ending of the second book! This was not what I was hoping for.

The biggest problem: there's no mystery.

If y
Aug 10, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
really liked it
Certainly not a happy fun-filled event, but I can't imagine a closer look at the experience of losing your daughter over the course of a year. The way ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
really liked it
This book is a great resource for teachers, whether new or veteran. There is not a lot of material here that is earth-shatteringly new. Rather, the ma ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
The Hound of the Baskervilles
really liked it
I'm kicking myself for waiting so many years to read my first Sherlock Holmes story. I really enjoyed the mystery, and the abundance of red herrings h ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
A Pale View of Hills
did not like it
Here's a note I wrote to myself partway through:
I've read four chapters and would love to put this book down for good. Everyone says Kazuo Ishiguro is
Oct 07, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
Parenting With Love and Logic
really liked it
This is the kind of book that really only matters if any of the advice is useful. I've read several parenting books, and they all seem to suffer from ...more
May 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
really liked it
This is a book that needs to be read. It's thick. It's heavy. But you can't emerge from this book unchanged. Steven Pinker's argument is really clear, ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 03, 2010
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