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The Martian
This book was totally engrossing. I couldn't get enough of it, and was actually a little sad when it ended, because I was enjoying it so much.
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
The Secret History
As a former Classics major and Latin teacher I really enjoyed this book because of the setting: small liberal arts college with a quirky Classics prof ...more
May 18, 2014
May 01, 2014
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
Another brilliant book from Nicholas Carr. He is subtle and discerning. He avoids extremes of either direction, and instead focuses on clear and essen ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
I didn't actually "read" this book cover to cover. I read some parts and skimmed the rest. But it was very good. It had me laughing and diligently not ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
The Romantics
Let me say this...the movie does NOT do justice to this book. I made the mistake of watching the movie first, and then reading the book. I would highl ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
This book seemed to drag a lot. There was a lot of unnecessary non-action in the middle that didn't seem to do much for the plot. Overall, it was enjo ...more
Jan 10, 2014
May 19, 2014
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter
This is a good book, and I think Gardner is right to draw our attention to these three central virtues at this point in history. He makes some insight ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
This is a great book, and was fascinating in many ways, but I think the story could have been told a little more succinctly. The prose is a little wan ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
The Fisherman's Testament
This is the summer reading book for our "Christian Scriptures" class at school. It's respectable. I relies mostly on the Gospel of Mark for its text. ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
This was pretty good. It's written at about an 8th or 9th grade reading level, so it's a quick read. The plot is a little slow at first, but once it g ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
I feel cheated that none of my teachers ever told me to read this book! It has changed the way I think about reading, and I doubt I'll ever read any b ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
The Sun Also Rises
I just re-read this book, and I forgot how much I loved it! Heminway is a genius: the selection of detail, the austerity of the dialogue, the way he d ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
We Were Liars
Loved every moment of this book. The writing style is spartan and brilliant. The character development is handled with great finesse. The story is com ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
On Chesil Beach
Reading this book was like watching a train wreck. The conflict was highly predictable, and the characters rather unbelievable. He writes brilliant de ...more
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Jun 20, 2010
The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Brilliant! I had never read Paul Theroux before, but this is a great introduction to him and his style. He's very readable and enjoyable. This book, b ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Strangers in the House
Excellent read! The translation is a little rough in a couple places, but the main character is so well written, and the plot is fantastic and tight. ...more
May 21, 2014
May 14, 2014
Player Piano
This is one of the best works of fiction I've read in the last couple years. The writing is outstanding, the plot and characters are great. The theme ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
The Professor's House
I love this book. The characters are SO vivid and the story is so well told. Willa Cather is probably my favorite female author of the 20th century.
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Jun 20, 2010
The Philosopher and the Druids: A Journey Among the Ancient Celts
Very good stuff! I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys learning about the classical world and Celtic culture.
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
600 Days:  A Motivational Adventure To 30 Countries
I liked the topics covered and the basic thrust of the book, but the writing/editing was horrible.
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Jun 20, 2010
Three Plays: Blithe Spirit / Hay Fever / Private Lives
I think Noel Coward is a brilliant playwright and comedian, and these three are my favorites!
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Jun 20, 2010
The Metalogicon of John of Salsibury: A Twelfth-Century Defense of the Verbal and Logical Arts of the Trivium
Probably the finest piece of educational philosophy ever written in Western civilization
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Jun 20, 2010
The Lost World (Professor Challenger, #1)
This is one of my favorite books of all time! I could read it over and over again!
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Jun 20, 2010
Long but brilliantly written! The plot is intricate and the characters have depth.
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Jun 20, 2010
Shadows on the Rock
It's a bit of a slow-starter, but the prose is brilliant, and all the build-up is made worth the wait in the ending.
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore
A good read; it's a collection of vignettes that Yeats collected from the countryside of Ireland.
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
This was better than I thought it was going to be.
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Jun 20, 2010
Abel's Island
This was my favorite book as a child.
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Jun 20, 2010
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
My favorite in the series
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Jun 20, 2010
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

I liked books 1, 3, and 5 much better than 2 and 4.
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
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