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The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
it was amazing
This is one of the most horrifying, most important books I have ever read.

Atwood paints a picture of a world that might feel alien to first-world read
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Feb 16, 2016
Oct 07, 2015
 
The Practice of the Presence of God
4.32
really liked it
I feel strange giving a review of a classic text. Things become timeless because they stood the test of reviews, especially negative ones, so what I s ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Feb 22, 2011
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
it was amazing
Excellent book. Really digs into the meaning(lessness) of life, and the place of religion therein. Ends on quite the down note, but does so in an absu ...more
Sep 11, 2016
Sep 08, 2016
 
The Prince
3.77
liked it
I've been meaning to read this for some time now, and I'm glad I bought this at a garage sale and took the time to do so. Considered to be the first p ...more
May 03, 2016
Apr 17, 2016
 
Into the Wild
3.94
really liked it
I've read this book six times since I first bought it in 2010,, once a year since then. It's funny how much I've grown since that first time, and how ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 03, 2016
 
God Is Unconscious: Psychoanalysis and Theology
4.62
really liked it
A fascinating and often startling look at the overlap between theology and Lacanian psychoanalysis, Tad DeLay has done an excellent job bringing Lacan ...more
Aug 19, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
 
Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth
4.54
liked it
I don't think that many congregants listen much to the prayers of their pastor, nor students to the prayers of their teachers. Perhaps that's because ...more
May 08, 2016
Jan 26, 2016
 
In the Name of Sanity
3.09
liked it
Really fascinating look at the postwar climate surrounding the atomic bomb and what to do in the wake of its use on Japan. Some of the ideas strike me ...more
Jan 20, 2017
Jan 19, 2017
 
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
3.63
it was amazing
This is a hilarious book, especially on audiobook! Nick Offerman narrates, and it's like he's right there next to you telling you hilarious stories an ...more
Jul 23, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
 
The Bell Jar
3.98
really liked it
A dark, honest look not just at mental health, but at the position of women in society and the directions in which they are pushed. Though times have ...more
Apr 24, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
 
H Is for Hawk
3.74
it was amazing
This book is really hard to describe. It's about falconry, grieving the loss of a loved one, TH White, an so, so much more. There isn't a single sente ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2017
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
3.52
really liked it
...people hated this? Why!?
not set
Jun 11, 2015
 
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
4.08
liked it
I actually received this book from Rachel herself at a speaking event in Lancaster, PA. It was great getting to hear her read passages from the book a ...more
May 14, 2015
Nov 20, 2015
 
The Cross and the Lynching Tree
4.40
it was amazing
I began to read James H. Cone at the end of last year when I decided to take up a project to better understand my position of privilege as a white mal ...more
Apr 24, 2014
Mar 10, 2016
 
The Word Exchange
3.33
it was amazing
One of the best dystopias I've read in a long, long time. Super nerdy and exciting and challenging. Definitely plan to read it again, because there's ...more
Aug 20, 2015
Aug 02, 2015
 
No Exit
4.13
really liked it
It's three people sharing a room in Hell and annoying each other. It's actually pretty great.

**UPDATE**

OK, so I wrote the above review at 5 in the mor
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Mar 13, 2016
Mar 11, 2016
 
Blade Runner
4.08
liked it
I'm beginning to discover a certain ambivalence I have about reading science fiction, at least pre 80's, I'd say. It doesn't so much bother me that th ...more
Mar 09, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
 
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
4.04
liked it
This is going to sound bad, but I've learned to expect certain things when reading the Dresden series. Every chapter's end is a cliffhanger, and Harry ...more
Oct 19, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
 
The Name of the Rose
4.11
it was amazing
Took me long enough to finish, but what a payoff! An excellent work of historical fiction, almost like Sherlock Holmes set in a 14th century monastery ...more
Jun 27, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
 
Life Along the Shermans (Perry Heritage Collection Book 3)
3.00
liked it
Being from Perry County, the content of this book made me want to get in my car and drive through my home again. Hearing about the history of location ...more
Oct 31, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
 
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
4.26
really liked it
I've heard much in the last couple years about mindfulness meditation, its benefits, and how easy it is to practice. Most of the meditation practices ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
3.76
it was amazing
The first time I read this, I found it boring. Much of the content was over my head, and anyone who doesn't know much about philosophy will have some ...more
May 23, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
 
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
4.25
really liked it
I can see now why DFW comes with the legacy that he does in writing, particularly in nonfiction. I found the majority of these essays to be riveting a ...more
Nov 26, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
 
The Tao of Pooh
4.01
really liked it
I've read Taoist writings in the past and found them to be refreshing, but only a little bit enlightening. There's a tendency toward pithy statements ...more
Jan 14, 2016
Jan 12, 2016
 
The Te of Piglet
3.81
it was ok
Just skip this one and stick with the Tao of Pooh. Found this to be very redundant and rather shallow.
Feb 11, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
3.97
liked it
I went into this book thinking it was an extension of Amanda Palmer's TED talk. It's really nothing like that. The talk comes up in conversation, and ...more
Aug 23, 2015
Aug 04, 2015
 
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
3.93
really liked it
This is an interesting time we live in. It feels as if everything is changing around us, even though change has remained constant since, well, forever ...more
Feb 20, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion
4.36
it was amazing
I am completely floored after reading this book. Heschel, a Jewish theologian, communicates in a way that very few, if any, Christian theologians toda ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Oct 09, 2011
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran
3.57
really liked it
It is fascinating to read about classic literature from the perspective of those who live under oppressive theocracies. There's a greater appreciation ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Dec 17, 2015
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
really liked it
Paintings are both beautiful and frustrating. When the artist paints, they are showing you what they see. That's it. There's not an explanation, not a ...more
Aug 22, 2015
Aug 03, 2015
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