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The Graveyard Book
4.09
This is how it usually goes with me and Neil Gaiman books:

Scene: at the library.
Picks up Stardust and reads back flap... thinks, "hey, this looks like...more
Oct 2008
Aug 08, 2008
 
The Cat in the Hat
4.13
I like that at the end of this book, when the mother comes home and the text reads:

Should we tell her about it?
Now, what SHOULD we do?
Well...
What woul...more
not set
Mar 05, 2008
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
When I tried to write a review of this book, it came out sounding like this:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a beautifully written, complexly woven book...more
Aug 2008
Jun 19, 2008
 
Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter companion novel)
4.15
Fantasy Lover is a book rooted solidly in ancient Greek history. I quote:

Blessed by Aphrodite's divine touch, he [Julian of Macedon:] grew into such a...more
Aug 2008
Aug 13, 2008
 
Embroideries
3.76
Reading this graphic novel was like being invited to tea with a group of Iranian women, except that the talk turned (interestingly enough) to arranged...more
Jan 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.72
**spoiler alert** I have so much yet so little to say about this book... where to start?

I guess the first thing I'd like to say is that I'm so tired o...more
Aug 2008
Apr 26, 2008
 
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
3.96
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is Sonya Sones' third book written in verse. I actually read What My Mother Doesn't Know and What My...more
Feb 2008
Feb 06, 2008
 
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
3.97
I think that Kitchen Confidential would have packed more punch for me if I had read it when it was first published (in 2000). Much of what Bourdain wa...more
Jul 2008
Mar 30, 2008
 
A Light in the Attic
4.33
Recently, I started re-reading A Light in the Attic with my younger daughter, who's four-and-a-half. I think when I first read it I must have been abo...more
not set
Oct 25, 2007
 
Eat This Not That! for Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block!
3.82
When I first saw this book - Eat This, Not That! For Kids! - the thing that I was most struck by was the fact that the cover the book was pointing tow...more
Aug 2008
Aug 18, 2008
 
Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot
4.17
When I first started reading this book, it reminded me of what it felt like to be ten again, riding my bike over a home-made jump with five friends ly...more
Sep 2008
Sep 14, 2008
 
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl
3.47
"Ugly Girl" is a high school student (aka Ursula Riggs) who has built up walls around herself. Walls that protect her from the insensitivity of others...more
Oct 2008
Nov 07, 2007
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.01
When I first started reading this book, I found myself disappointedly thinking that it was just more of the same from David Sedaris - stories that eit...more
Aug 2008
Apr 26, 2008
 
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1)
3.82
The Diary of Adrian Mole is like a snarky one-liner that continues for 135 pages. Adrian is a self-centered, irreverent British 14-year-old whose diar...more
Apr 22, 2008
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.20
At first I was a little put off by Charlie, the main character in this novel. Written in letter form (to an unknown person), we learn many of the inti...more
Apr 2008
Jan 21, 2008
 
The Super Antioxidant Diet and Nutrition Guide: A Health Plan for the Body, Mind, and Spirit
3.50
I'm trying to learn more about diet and nutrition, so I put a bunch of books on my holds request list at the library. The Super Antioxidant Diet and N...more
Sep 2008
Sep 14, 2008
 
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
4.23
I just finished reading Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace. What I'm left with is an absolute amazement at the immense amounts of knowledge...more
Oct 2008
Sep 14, 2008
 
The 13 Clocks
4.09
**spoiler alert** In The Thirteen Clocks, a prince (disguised as a minstrel) attempts to win the hand of Saralinda, the niece of an evil Duke who keep...more
Oct 2008
Sep 21, 2008
 
The Double Bind
3.59
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and had no idea that there was a surprise twist at the end. As a mystery, I didn't feel it was ver...more
Dec 2007
Dec 02, 2007
 
Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World
4.03
The bad news about this book is that it looks like it was made on a copy machine (and not a very good one). I'm sure that was supposed to be part of t...more
Aug 2008
Aug 18, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
Bleak. Stark. Desolate. Burned.

These are words that describe the world that the man and his son travel through every murky, grey day in search of simp...more
Apr 2008
Mar 21, 2008
 
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
3.83
I first picked this book up when I was browsing at the library because I loved the cover design. I loved the simplicity of Jonathan Bean's illustratio...more
Nov 2008
Nov 24, 2008
 
Tender Morsels
3.55
At first, Tender Morsels drew me in, but the middle kind of lost me (it seemed a little tedious to me).

Lately, I've been hearing "If you don't like a...more
Jan 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Aya (Aya #1)
3.67
Aya is a book about a teen-aged African girl living in the Ivory Coast during the seventies (a relative boom time). It's billed as being a graphic nov...more
not set
Mar 17, 2009
 
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
3.86
I started reading Heat without any prior knowledge of Mario Batali. I'd never cooked from any of his cookbooks, or seen his show. That said, the book...more
May 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8)
4.02
From Dead to Worse is the eighth book in Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. After not liking the last installment overmuch (All Together Dead...more
May 2008
Jan 10, 2008
 
In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot
4.23
I first saw this book at the gift shop when we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and when we got home I checked it out from the libra...more
Jul 2008
Jul 07, 2008
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.70
At first, this book reminded me of a hipper, cooler, Irish version of Law and Order: there's a feisty female detective who's as sharp as a pin, and a...more
Sep 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
Eat This, Not That!: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
3.75
I came to this book by way of Eat This Not That! for Kids: Raise a Lean, Healthy, Happy Child!. I was pretty riveted by that book, mainly because the...more
Sep 2008
Aug 21, 2008
 
Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
3.91
Kind of cute; got old quickly.

And for all you wise-crackers out there - that's my review of the book, not my own six-word memoir.

Smith magazine, inspi...more
May 2008
Feb 15, 2008
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