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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1: A Student-To-Student Guide
4.32
it was amazing
Ok, I'm not recommending any of you read this book, but I spent ~12 hours/day, 7 days/week for 6 weeks memorizing it, so I felt it deserved a shout ou ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
3.74
it was amazing
This is some of the best writing I've read on the sentence/paragraph level. I wasn't particularly concerned with where things were going plotwise at f ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
The Four Loves
4.16
really liked it
I hadn't read any CS Lewis in years, and I remember not being especially impressed the first time I read this book; it didn't seem to have a cohesive ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
 
The First Patient
3.71
really liked it
I've been flying so much lately that I've had an unusually large amount of time to read. But, traveling a lot also means less time to stay organized a ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
really liked it
Many have already reviewed this book, and I don't have much to add. Most of it was great, and it can't be overstated how bad the ending is. I listened ...more
not set
Apr 03, 2017
 
Yes Please
3.80
really liked it
I love Amy Poehler -- as Leslie Knope, for being an awesome feminist and a positive role model/leader for young women and just a hilarious comedian. T ...more
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May 28, 2015
 
You'll Grow Out of It
3.83
really liked it
I listened to this on CD. Jessi Klein read it herself. I feel conflicted about these female comedian books I've read/heard lately (Yes Please by Amy P ...more
not set
Nov 28, 2016
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
it was ok
I listened to this on audiobook. It felt like no one looked at it at all after it was written, they just printed out a bazillion copies, and here we a ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2017
 
A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration
4.20
liked it
This book was pleasant, sweet, funny, easy to read. I liked her emphasis on the marriage, and not just the wedding, and etiquette as consideration rat ...more
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Mar 26, 2017
 
Give Us Your Best and Brightest: The Global Hunt for Talent and Its Impact on the Developing World
3.33
liked it
I read most of this for a weekly discussion group/class, but probably won't finish it. Everyone has stories and theories about brain drain, but there' ...more
not set
Apr 06, 2009
 
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
3.83
This book is infuriating me. Bryson is being a jerk toward Iowa and pretty much everywhere else in the US, as far as I can tell. He's relating the sto ...more
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Jun 25, 2011
 
Modern Romance
3.85
really liked it
I listened to this on audiobook as read by the author, and it was so funny. A nice summary of the frustrations & challenges of today's dating scen ...more
not set
Dec 25, 2016
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
really liked it
Really 4.5 stars. Very interesting to think about WWII from different perspectives than those I've traditionally read, namely that of a teenager recru ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2017
 
Every Secret Thing
3.46
really liked it
Whenever I am shopping through used books, I pick up any Laura Lippmans I come across - she is a Baltimore favorite. Often I end up with a few copies ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2016
 
Remember Me?
3.76
really liked it
I grabbed this from an airport bookshop prior to a poorly planned trip from Baltimore to Nebraska, and it was perfect. I've never read any of the Shop ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.52
liked it
This is the least action packed of the first three Twilight books (haven't read the 4th yet)-- as in Bella mopes around being sad throughout most of i ...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
 
Through Rushing Water
3.91
it was amazing
WOW. I loved this book so much! This is a story for historians, advocates, everyday people making the world more just, one student or construction pro ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 23, 2012
 
Emperor of the Air
4.04
it was ok
Variety among short stories seems difficult to come by in anthologies like this one, which puzzles me, since I assumed part of the reason you'd write ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
liked it
I'd heard that the writing in these books was dreadful, so I hadn't rushed out to read them. But after having a copy practically forced on me by a fri ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
 
Bossypants
3.94
it was amazing
Tina Fey is great.
not set
May 28, 2015
 
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
4.02
liked it
Gawande presents examples of how straightforward checklists can prevent errors and improve outcomes in various fields (medicine, aviation, finance). T ...more
Jun 02, 2013
May 19, 2013
 
Baltimore Noir
3.57
really liked it
Good set of short mystery stories centered around Baltimore and written by local authors. I think Baltimore, with its murder rate, and of course, bein ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
really liked it
I loved all the medical stuff in this book -- clearly written by a doctor. Verghese fictionalizes several medical developments; it's interesting to th ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2011
 
Bel Canto
3.92
liked it
I probably just missed the point, but I was underwhelmed by this book. The writing was good, I have absolutely no complaints about it, but it also was ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Dec 09, 2008
 
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan #1)
3.51
really liked it
I really like the Laura Lippman (author) Tess Monaghan (protagonist) stories. I think this is at least 40% because she writes them about Baltimore, an ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
 
A Walk in the Woods
4.05
it was amazing
Not as hilarious as I'm a Stranger Here Myself but still funny, equally difficult to put down, and more educational. Self-deprecating, first-person, n ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
 
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
3.77
liked it
Pls see my review of You'll Grow Out of It, which I listened to right after I listened to this, also on CD, both read by their authors. I love Amy Sch ...more
not set
Nov 28, 2016
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.97
I actually listened to this as book on CD, read by Bradbury himself, and I hadn't ever read it before, shockingly! A simple and timeless message about ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 23, 2012
 
The Lovely Bones
3.77
did not like it
I’m going to write this review in the style of the A.V. Club’s "Tolerability Index: A Guide to What We’re Barely Putting Up with in this Novel."

TOLERA
...more
Mar 08, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
3.68
really liked it
I had a long drive a few weeks ago and grabbed a stack of books on CD from the library-- I've really been enjoying my time in the car ever since! This ...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
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