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The House of the Spirits
I have a really hard time getting into magic realism, I'm more of a realism-realism kind of gal myself, so I was surprised when I started semi getting ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
The Fermata
This is the super juiciest book I've ever read. It's still dripping down my leg. A total page turner, but you totally have to put all feminism aside. ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 17, 2007
Bird Box
I made the mistake of looking at the back flap at the picture of the author when I started reading. He's wearing a newsboy cap and a leather jacket, w ...more
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Jul 31, 2014
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
I feel bad, but the best thing about this book is the cover. It's my favorite book cover of all time. I get pleasure just looking at it. The book itse ...more
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Jun 01, 2014
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
This book was poorly written, to say the least. It pretty much read like a teen scream gossip rag. Biskind doesn't even feel obligated to use complete ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder
I'm surprised by all the very positive reviews of this book. To be fair, I'll bet this book is heaps better if you didn't obsessively watch the trial. ...more
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Dec 28, 2013
Rosemary's Baby
Last night when I finished reading this book, I probably would have given it 3 stars. It was a definite page turner for me; I read it in less than two ...more
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Jul 19, 2011
To the Lighthouse
I think reading Mrs. Dalloway helped prepare me for Wolff's writing style. She hops from character to character without much warning, but this time ar ...more
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Oct 27, 2009
The Circle
I couldn't stop reading this book, yet I thought it was only okay. It was no What is the What. The Circle was so heavy-handed! The preachiness got in ...more
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Mar 18, 2014
Western Attitudes toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present
This was actually a series of lectures the dude gave in France or something like that. This makes for strange format, but a pretty simple and interest ...more
Feb 2007
Aug 17, 2007
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
Gillies doesn't know the first thing about writing. She doesn't seem to care or acknowledge the beauty of language, and her dialogue was totally stiff ...more
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May 21, 2009
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
There are two chapters almost worth reading in this book: one which informs about proper cookware and one that divulges the best (and worst) days to e ...more
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Jun 04, 2009
A Violent Act
I was a little afraid that this book would focus a little too much on graphic violence, kind of like Helter Skelter, but it didn't. While it does go i ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
The Bill from My Father: A Memoir
Really brilliant/vivid writing, like comparing sleeping pills to being hit over the head with a velvet sledgehammer. It's this kind of writing that ma ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals
This book is well-written, but it doesn't go in to much detail because the writer has busied himself with compiling a vast expanse of anecdotes about ...more
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Apr 23, 2012
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
I just picked this book up again after leaving it on my cookbook shelf for the past year or so. I forgot about the fun children's game ideas. This mor ...more
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Aug 17, 2007
Little Girl Lost
I knew this book would be crap, but I was captivated by the idea that these girls were raised in Roseville and Placerville, and the murder took place ...more
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Mar 19, 2010
Cougar Attacks: Encounters of the Worst Kind
Yes, yes I'm reading this AGAIN. It's not because I have an obsession with being stalked and then killed by a mountain lion. I'm writing an essay abou ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Jul 13, 2009
Trance Formation of America: Trance
3.84, uh....there is a youtube video or a googleplus video of her mutilated vagina, and it does indeed look like a face has been ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
The Basic Kafka
I don't care if it's cliche: A Hunger Artist, the Metamorphosis and Josephine the Singer have changed my life, artistically, that is.
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Dec 14, 2008
Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
I love Jon Ronson, and I loved his essays in this but wish he had written more about each one. They end sort of abruptly.
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Oct 10, 2014
The Fifth Child
Don't read this book expecting to be scared or anything. The cover is misleading. The first time I read this I was reading way too fast, trying to ski ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 17, 2007
Then Again, Maybe I Won't
I picked this up at Barnes and Noble last night and purchased it on a whim. I went home and read about 1/4 of it in the bathtub. This was just as good ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 26, 2008
Beautifully written, but I'll be damned if I understood anything near the end.
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Nov 07, 2009
Richard Yates
I thought this would be 100% gimmick. Loved it though.
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Oct 25, 2010
No One Belongs Here More Than You
Okay, I started reading this book last night and finished it this morning. I think I'm going to read it again before I return it to the library. Needl ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 18, 2008
Oh, Camille. What have you gotten me into?
May 07, 2010
May 05, 2010
Me and the BF read matching copies of this book for our sad little book club a couple of summers ago. Neither one of us finished it after BF picked up ...more
Jun 2006
Aug 29, 2008
Birds of America
This book inspired me to keep writing my own short stories, which is ironic because it is the one thing--besides my parents--that constantly reminds m ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 17, 2008
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Completely amazing. The story is engaging, and the writer is thoughtful and reflective which really adds another layer to an already captivating story ...more
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Nov 27, 2011
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