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Life Itself
I am impossibly fond of this person.
not set
Sep 21, 2011
Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers
I think a lot of readers of this book will have the same initial feeling I did once I held it in my hands, which is "...Oh." This is a slim volume, a...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I don't even know how many stars. I loved reading this and never felt like it dragged, and it's the first fantasy novel I've maybe ever read and I was...more
Nov 24, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
Blue Nights
I don't want to review this. Joan Didion knows exactly what the ding dang she's doing. She's still Joan Didion, still somewhat distant and removed fro...more
Nov 06, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
I don't know what I expected and I don't REALLY know what I got, but either way, here goes my five-star review of a book about, weeeeeeell, a pedophil...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
What can I say? Hope Larson's graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time wasn't successful for me, but I can't think of what could possibly make a gra...more
Jan 12, 2013
Oct 03, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars
Do Hazel and Augustus and Isaac talk like believable teenagers? No. Do I care? Nooot really. Did I think I had this story figured out in the first thi...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
An Untamed State
not set
Feb 18, 2014
Let the Right One In
Same eerie, smart and lovely concept as the film but with a much more raw edge, and obviously more intricate too. Really compelling plot, TERRIFYING a...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
Eleanor & Park
What a deft, sweet book. I don't think I've ever read a novel that captured that crazy feeling of being in love as a teenager as well as Rowell does h...more
Dec 07, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
Saga, Volume 1
ohhh my god. i got this from a guest who talked about indie comics on you big dumb idiot. he said saga is his favorite comic being released right now....more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
Salvage the Bones
i loved every word. it's a beautiful rich story heavy with heartache and language and blood and dirt and family and i will likely re-read it many time...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Book Thief
As close to a perfect book as I've read in a long time. A hard sell, I know - whoopie, a novel set in Nazi Germany narrated by Death! - but the narrat...more
Jan 09, 2014
Dec 07, 2013
The Round House
**spoiler alert** I just think this book is nearly perfect in every way. Each event seems inevitable, the dialogue is familiar and sweet, and the voic...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Richard Yates
I didn't expect to like this much at all, let alone love it as much as I did.

A topic that's revisited a lot in discussions at school is whether or no...more
Aug 2010
Sep 06, 2010
The Empathy Exams: Essays
Brilliantly done. My earlier "complaint" about the book being inaccessible at points is a minor one in the end, and one that reflects more on my frust...more
Jul 14, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
The Bell Jar
I'm so sick of rating books, incidentally...

I read The Bell Jar for the first time when I was probably thirteen or fourteen, still living most of my l...more
Apr 30, 2013
May 01, 2013
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
**spoiler alert** Granted, Stephen King includes an epilogue in which he basically says: "Hey, reader - you're probably not going to feel the same abo...more
Jan 04, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
For the first 90 pages or so of this account, I struggled hard. I can't even sit through an an action movie without the threat of a panic attack, and...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
Play It as It Lays
Joan Didion and her cool intelligence and ear for defining landscapes both physical and personal...I loved this.

I also loved Maria Wyeth, in the same...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 03, 2010
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
This was really really really wonderful. David Lipsky is the only annoying thing about it.

It was of great interest to me as someone who:

--writes ficti...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 03, 2010
The Virgins
I've been trying to figure out how to compare this to The Virgin Suicides (which changed my LIFE when I read it at 16 or so) without being insulting--...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Confessions of Edward Day
My grad school adviser recommended this book to me after reading a short story I wrote about community theatre actors. I liked the story itself, but I...more
Jan 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Well... okay.

First of all--there's no denying, for me, the incredible world that this series creates and perpetuates. In the end, though, I don't thi...more
Dec 17, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
OK I need to synthesize my thoughts on this later (mooostly so I can write about it for school), but I really liked these stories and I wonder if I wo...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
One Hundred Demons
what i learned from this book is that i've been a fool for many years for thinking i wouldn't like lynda barry, for whatever reason. i don't think i t...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Robot Dreams
Another one Kevin loaned to me; I sat on the bathroom floor (uh gross I know but a bored receptionist's gotta do what a bored receptionist's gotta do,...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Flight Behavior
Never sure how to rate or review Kingsolver's writing. She's a superior writer by so many standards, so when the facts get too expository or the narra...more
not set
May 21, 2013
New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994
break my heart, then rebuild it right back up. i wrote a research paper on stephen dunn in college and haven't REALLY revisited his work since then (u...more
not set
Aug 14, 2012
The House on Mango Street
Vignettes of prose so vibrant and evocative that they could pass for poetry, with a narrative voice tender enough that it still stands the chance of b...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
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