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The Highly Sensitive Person
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking was much better. If I hadn't read Quiet before reading this book, I may have given i ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
I don't normally read poetry: I don't really understand it, or most of what I've read has just been sub-par (or both). I wish we had more of Sappho's ...more
Jun 04, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods
This might have been better for a non-scientist, because it was pretty basic and only superficially covered the issues of GMOs. The argument was more ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Magic Study (Study, #2)
I'm disappointed. Poison Study was really good. The first half of this book was really good. Then, I don't know what happened. It just went downhill v ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
Eternal Pleasure (Gods of the Night, #1)
Felicia Day and Bonnie Burton, I love you and think you're wonderful people, but I don't think I can be part of your book club anymore. I know you sai ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Gabriel's Ghost (Dock Five Universe, #1)
**spoiler alert** I really liked the first half or so of this, but after awhile it started to feel very repetitive. Also (spoilers!), Sullivan got way ...more
May 18, 2012
May 16, 2012
The Bad Seed
**spoiler alert** I really like this book because its portrayal of a serial killer is so very, very different from the usual. Normally, murderers are ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)
Series, I shake my fist at you!

To get straight to the point, this book was pretty fucked up. It's probably one of the darkest things I've read, and I'
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
The Merchant's Daughter
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. As such, I feel like I should assist in the promotion by giving it a good review. I would, however, be l ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
I won this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. I should note that I have not read the first two books of the series.

The story takes place a
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
**spoiler alert** A good ending to the Newsflesh series. It's about as happy as it can be given the circumstances, which is really nice considering ev ...more
May 26, 2012
May 23, 2012
Introducing Proteomics: From Concepts to Sample Separation, Mass Spectrometry and Data Analysis
I got this book because I didn't know very much about proteomics aside from "do some 2D gels and some mass spec." This book is primarily an overview o ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture
This book was much more "big picture" than a lot of other agricultural books (which is probably evident from the title). Instead of focusing on tradit ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)
**spoiler alert** Ok. I just finished this, so I haven't had a lot of time to mull it over, but for a good portion of the book, all I could think of w ...more
May 24, 2012
May 18, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Wow. I'm really glad Rebecca Skloot decided to write this book, and to do it in such a way that the human factor, and especially Henrietta's family, i ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
In the Shadow of the Volcano: One Ex-Intelligence Official's Journey through Slums, Prisons, and Leper Colonies to the Heart of Latin America
I won this through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was interested in this book because for me, Latin America is completely nebulous in terms of wh ...more
May 16, 2012
May 08, 2012
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
This is a great overview of the state of food and eating in America. It covers the history of our food and eating habits, the introduction of nutritio ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
**spoiler alert** I really liked this book at first because Mina, the female lead, was independent and knew what she was about. Even when Rhys, the lo ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)
This book was recommended by a fellow GoodReadser. After reading Jennifer Armintrout's recaps of 50 Shades of Grey, I was annoyed by the bad portrayal ...more
Aug 07, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
I like that this was sort of a philosophical look about how people spend their time instead of a self-help type of "this is how you should manage your ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
Ready Player One
I listened to the audiobook as read by Wil Wheaton, which I think really made this book much better. I may or may not be biased.

The story was interest
Jun 05, 2012
May 21, 2012
In the Shadow of the Banyan
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was expecting a fictionalized memoir that would be mostly sad and a little uplifting at the e ...more
May 30, 2012
May 08, 2012
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
This book would have been much better if the first 300-400 pages were condensed. It was exceedingly difficult to get into, both because of the writing ...more
Jun 23, 2012
May 31, 2012
Last Light (Restoration, #1)
I gave this two stars solely for entertainment value.

Two disclaimers: I listened to the audiobook, which was thoroughly annoying. I am also not a Chri
Jun 15, 2012
May 22, 2012
Love in the Time of Cholera
**spoiler alert** This is probably more like 3.5 stars.

My main complaint is that the story dragged. It took a concerted effort for me to muddle throu
Dec 20, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
I've heard a lot about Joel Salatin, though this is the first book of his that I've read. I'm not sure it was a great choice, but I'm glad I read it a ...more
Aug 21, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
Easily my favorite John Green book so far. I could see some of the events coming from far enough away that I didn't feel like my emotions were being j ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)
Why was Sophie not in this more?? She was so delightful, but then she had so few lines it was sort of a let-down, even at the end :( I know she couldn ...more
Jan 2013
Dec 30, 2012
What really made this book for me was the narrator. I adore the narrator. She is wonderful and just a little bit ridiculous, but she knows when she is ...more
Feb 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The Poisonwood Bible
I decided to read this because of one particular quote used in a Virology lecture. At first it seemed like I would be disappointed -- that it would be ...more
Jun 02, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
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