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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
I read the updated, international version. It took me several months to plough through this tome, if only because it annoyed me so much. I could only ...more
May 20, 2013
May 21, 2013
God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World
I read this book because I heard an interview with one of its authors on Radio New Zealand (with Kim Hill). It was a really interesting interview.

So a
Nov 11, 2010
Oct 30, 2010
The Time Traveler's Wife
Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Freud’s Mistress, The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress, Hitler’s Niece, Rameau’s Niece, Job’s Niece, The Case of the Sleepwalker’s ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville #1)
I read this to my six year old daughter thinking it would probably be a bit too old for her. I think a lot of it must have gone over her head, but she ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life
I'm not sure how to go about reading this series of books by Grayling -- do I sit down and read a number of these short essays in one sitting, or do I ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
I'm worried that I'm not going to finish this year's reading challenge of a book a week, so am turning now to audiobooks. I'll forever associate this ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
Invisible Man
By the time I realised how much I despised this book I had waded so far through it that I though I may as well finish, so that I might have an informe ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
I was in my mid-teens when this came out so never read it as an adolescent. Now that it's been made into a movie I felt I should read the book.

This is
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
The Island
**spoiler alert** If this were made into a movie it might look a bit like Titanic, with its book-ends structure, and the old woman relaying a sad tale ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
A while ago I watched the pilot of the TV series based on this series of books -- that was after listening to an interview with the author. I expected ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
I don't give five stars to many fictional books because they have to move me emotionally in some way.

I enjoyed The Slap, as well as the TV adaptation,
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Visible Panty Line
If you're anything like me, you think 1999 happened ten years ago. That's when this book was published. I'm old enough to get the cultural references, ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
Some years ago, just after my daughter was born, I went along to a local playgroup and found that on my very own street there lived a woman who had al ...more
Jun 06, 2014
May 22, 2014
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
This is a wonderfully transgressive book, where boys don't do 'boy' stuff and girl don't do 'girly' stuff, and that's what's so great about it. This l ...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
A Pack of Lies
For an example of a kidlit author who doesn't 'write down' for a younger audience, Geraldine McCaughrean is a wonderful example.

MCC is such an engagin
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense
As always seems to happen with short story collections, I loved some of these while others didn't speak to me at all. Overall, though, there are some ...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
I had the most wonderful movie/book experience because I hadn't realised I'd seen the movie adaptation (or that there even was a movie adaptation) unt ...more
May 22, 2014
May 03, 2014
How I Live Now
The narrator certainly has an interesting voice. The problem with interesting voices is that they usually annoy at least a few readers, and I found th ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults
I love The Narrative Breakdown podcast, and even though I find narrative theory pretty much on a par with MATHS when it comes to getting confuzzled an ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner
The thing I love about this book is that the author's illustrations are very appealing. So often when I plough through a digital art tutorial on the w ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Bill Bryson has a talent for finding the most bizarre, ironic and ridiculous facts from history and presenting them in a snigger-inducing read, and th ...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Comparative Children's Literature
I didn't expect to find this book especially riveting -- I intended only to read the first chapter and learn what 'comparative literature' is about. I ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
I hear it took Franzen 10 years to write this brick and I feared it'd take me another 10 to read it. In reality, it consumed 3 weeks, and I may not ha ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
I bought this because I have a seven-year-old daughter who has been in love with the Spider-man franchise for the last several years. I thought she co ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Jun 10, 2015
The Dark Road
I’ve had to read this book one chapter at a time – the subject material and the setting is just too upsetting, and I’ve learnt my lesson from reading ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Amazing things happen in the world, and every now and then you encounter a human being who manages to rise above it somehow. It's all extremely depres ...more
Jun 25, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
Bruno's Dream
This is the first Iris Murdoch novel I've read. My history with Iris Murdoch involves watching the film Iris at least twice, and watching my year 13 E ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Jun 14, 2015
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
I listened to this as an audiobook. This was a huge pain because it expired before I'd finished, then I had to order it again and wait for it to becom ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
The Reason Of Things
Although I agree in general on almost all of Grayling's points, I did find myself disagreeing on minor issues throughout.

I suppose the day I agree 100
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
How Picturebooks Work (Children's Literature and Culture)
Awesome, awesome book. I got a lot out of it. I'd been looking for a long time for a comprehensive work which would help me to understand why I admire ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 10, 2012