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Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir
I received this book as a "First Reads" and as soon as I started reading it, I was hooked. Crews's narrative is straightforward, honest, and familiar....more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Louise: Amended
(I got this as a First Reads book.)

As much as I admired the content of the memoir and the author's strength and perseverance, I didn't really like how...more
May 13, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
I especially liked the characterization of the heroine, and how both her strengths and flaws were respectively admirable and relatable. And the romanc...more
May 24, 2013
May 24, 2013
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now
Don't expect to be changed by this book, but there are some jams (you'll get the reference) to consider once Meg Jay lay them out for you to consider....more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life
I appreciated the effort, but as much as this book was informative, it wasn't grossly readable. I would hope that such important information on psychi...more
Sep 06, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The pace was good, and there didn't seem to be any dull moment. I liked how the parents' relationship were involved in the story through a "show, don'...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
A Land More Kind Than Home
[I got this book through a First Reads giveaway.]

I wanted to like this book more because the plot had great potential, but I didn't like how the chara...more
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
The Blue Blueprint
I'd give it 3 and a half stars to be more precise.

I got this book through a First Reads giveaway.

All in all, Dodds is very good at showing and not tel...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
A Doll's House
Nora actually reminds me of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina a bit, especially when it comes down to not loving her husband though "he's been kind to her," and...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
For a relatively short book, it did a good job to showcase three "education superpowers" in contrast to the current American education system and cult...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
The Devotion of Suspect X
[I received this book through a First Reads giveaway.]

I'd give this book 3 and a half stars to be precise. What stops me from rating it 4 stars would...more
Mar 2012
Feb 08, 2012
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, #4)
I love this series! Waited a whole year for this installment and it didn't let me down. Really liked how all the characters had their moments to shine...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
Clawback (Silas Cade #1)
(I'd rate this book 2 and a half stars to be exact.)

I got this book through a First Reads giveaway.

The plot summary and start of the book were very pr...more
Mar 10, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
It is interesting enough that this was written at a time when the slave trade was still very prominent. One can definitely blame Behn's tendency to at...more
Feb 06, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
In the "Acknowledgements," David Brooks writes that this book is "an attempt to integrate science and psychology with sociology, politics, cultural co...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
(I would actually rate this three and a half stars.)

I received this book as a First Reads book.

I really liked the pace of the story--how the story di...more
May 09, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
The Hunger Angel
**spoiler alert** [I received this book as First Reads giveaway.]

As much as I wanted to like the book, I found it dry. Even as I'm trying to write thi...more
Jun 04, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
Monarch Beach
(I would actually give this three and a half stars.)

I received this book as a First Reads book.

The best part about this book was how Amanda didn't qui...more
May 11, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
Why We Broke Up
I'm being generous with the 3 stars because it was a very readable book, but all in all, the plot and characterizations were not original. And all the...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Not as radically enlightening as I was hoping it to be. A lot of the examples and justifications used in this book were ideas and facts that I have ac...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
The intensions of this collection of praise from tens of writers on their favorite independent bookstores are commendable, but I am sad to say it wasn...more
Aug 21, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Every Day (Every Day #1)
The ending packed an emotional punch that I didn't see coming, but 3 stars is being generous. I like David Levithan's writing style, but this novel's...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
Platt is blunt about God and what is expected of us, those who say we believe in God, and what Christ has done for us and taught us.

This book meets me...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)
(An extra half star for the ending. Maybe.) The plot is straightforward and unremarkable. Not much character development. I shouldn't compare this to...more
Apr 02, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
Running with Scissors
As much as I appreciated the complete honesty of Augusten Burroughs, I wish there were more moments of introspection. He was mostly telling and not sh...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
Almost 4 stars.

St. Clair is divine. (He quotes Pablo Neruda! And has an English accent? Ugh.)

The plot was predictable, and Anna's narration got a tin...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
The First Phone Call from Heaven
As predictable as the plot is, the storytelling is effortlessly done. This becomes my second favorite work of fiction by Mitch Albom (behind "The Five...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Reading Lolita in Tehran
This book will especially be interesting if you've read the Western novels that are primarily used for the premise. An insider's viewpoint of how it w...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Anna Karenina
Yes, took me a year and a half to finish this book, but just when I got to the last section (after Anna's death), I wanted more! Sure, Levin's unanswe...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jan 21, 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The first half of the book got me questioning the plot and character development, because everything seemed too cliche. Then the second half of the bo...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
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