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The Book Thief
**spoiler alert**
UPDATE: FEB 17, 2014: I wrote this review 4 years ago on a foreign keyboad, so I'm well aware that I spelled Chekhov's name wrong. I...more
May 12, 2010
Jul 24, 2008
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Well, I don't mean to be a hater, but ... let's get on with it, shall we?

I only mention Eat, Pray, Love because Committed picks up where that story le...more
Feb 21, 2010
Nov 08, 2009
Gone Girl
You know those books that are a complete chore to read? The ones you'll do anything -- playing Words with Friends, cleaning the house, scrubbing toile...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
The Kite Runner
After pondering long and hard, I'm going to try now to articulate just what it was about this book that sucked so much, why it has offended me so grea...more
May 11, 2008
May 11, 2008
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
**spoiler alert** Reading this book made me want to gouge my own eyes out with knitting needles. My throat got sore from all of the groaning I did pag...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
**Dude, I just watched the Swedish film "När mörkret faller" (When Darkness Falls), a crappy movie about violence in Stockholm. But it made me think b...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
****Update: 25/3/2012: The massive thread that follows just totally reaffirms every point I made in the review. All of this from a writer whose work a...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
In all practical theory, this book should be on my 'Sucked' shelf. It's a tale of the Middle Ages, the gross injustices of the time, and it truly amou...more
Sep 18, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

Let's be honest here.

No one likes Julie Powell.

We all bought her first book because of the lovable giant that is Julia Child and the story of...more
May 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Heart-Shaped Box
The cover of this book promises that you will be "haunted" and "startled," and that the book will even "visit you in your dreams."

Funny, as I read th...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This book is boring, predictable, and pointless. Maybe the kind of thing that charms the sentimental. It's a series of letters in post WWII England be...more
Dec 09, 2008
Sep 28, 2008
Tipping the Velvet
It's not often that I like a book, so listen up and listen well.

If someone had given me the bare bones outline of Tipping the Velvet and suggest I rea...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Author Julia Powell is a mix of many people. From page one when she tells us she sold her own eggs to pay off credit debt, she is much like the dreade...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

I downloaded this because of the New York Times article claiming that this erotic novel "electrified women across the country." I just had to see what...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Room has been called "remarkable," and "sensational." It was not only shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but it was also chosen as a Favorite Book of 2...more
not set
Jan 18, 2011
The Professor
Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented. After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
I am Charlotte Simmons

771 pages. Talking about college. How college is shocking for sheltered girls. How college (shocker) isn't really about academia, but sports, bee...more
Aug 31, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle
So, let's talk about this book.

First, a little background about the story: it is the memoir of Ingrid Betancourt, a Colombian senator who was running...more
Nov 08, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)
I normally never buy NY Times bestsellers, as it's usually the morons of America that cause the shittiest books ever written to end up on this list. T...more
Jul 07, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
Selected Stories
I'm not a literary critic, obviously. My description of books as sucky/trite/trash, etc kind of make me wonder how I ever even majored in English Lit...more
Oct 2002
Jul 04, 2008
Honestly, what the FUCK?

I wonder how much money Palahniuk made on sales of this piece of shit from fools like me who wanted to give the author one mor...more
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Apr 27, 2010
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked
James Lasdun's memoir is his account of being cyber-harassed by "Nasreen," a former student in one of his creative writing classes. This book is sheer...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
Look. I don't want to sound too much like Tipper Gore in the 80's, or too much like Maude Flanders of The Simpsons, tearing out my hair and screeching...more
Sep 26, 2008
Sep 23, 2008
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
**spoiler alert** UPDATE: I do have to admit that going through the first trimester of pregnancy did have me thinking back to the main character in th...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

With Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, something unprecedented has happened in the publishing industry:...more
Mar 27, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon is perfect for a specific group of people: job-seekers.

If you're currently looking for work, pi...more
Dec 11, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
I wanted a biography of Pat Tillman, not a scathing critique of the Bush administration. While the actions of George W. Bush and his staff regarding t...more
Mar 15, 2010
Sep 22, 2009
The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls had the kind of parents that make even the freakiest families on Wife Swap look like saints.

These are the kind of people who let their...more
May 27, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Yes, Chef
Is it bad that I'm waiting with baited breath for Marcus Samuelsson to fly just a little too close to the sun? You can bet I'll be there to kick him w...more
Jun 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)
Well, well, well. Now here's a thriller with a nice twist: a serial killer is on the loose in Stalinist Russia. Except that in Stalinist Russia there...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
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