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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
3.75
really liked it
It's weird, and a little cheesy, to describe a book as affirming - of life, of relationships, of books, of technology, of friendship - but it's the be ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 22, 2012
 
The Sharp Time
3.40
really liked it
3.5, probably. Today I will round up, because I have an admitted weakness for the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Fair warning if you don't though - or even i ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 04, 2011
 
Great Granny Webster
3.77
liked it
So, I think I picked this up because it was on one of those, "if you like Downton Abbey" lists that are pretty much everywhere these days. And, even t ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1)
4.27
really liked it
Rather delightful - quite funny and I'll totally read the others and watch the PBS adaptation. But I'm glad Larry's books have fallen out of fashion, ...more
Nov 15, 2016
Nov 16, 2016
 
Station Eleven
4.01
it was amazing
Entirely worthy of the attention and praise that it's garnered. I super duper loved it.
May 15, 2015
May 15, 2015
 
Modern Lovers
3.45
it was ok
Hovering between 2 and 3 stars. Maybe I should sit on it longer before passing judgement? I should probably read The Vacationers (the book people I kn ...more
Jul 11, 2016
Jul 11, 2016
 
Ready Player One
4.31
it was amazing
I will admit, straight up, that I am completely target market for this book. Video games, comic books, teen movies. You had me at hello (no, I've neve ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.90
it was amazing
By nature, I am pretty suspicious of The Hype, but this very much lives up to it. I tore through the book and was frequently amused and surprised by i ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 22, 2012
 
We Were Liars
3.85
liked it
It's well-wrought and probably bears re-reading, but I feel hard-pressed to say that I "liked it" per se. Admired, not-quite liked. I wish that I'd fe ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 25, 2013
 
Gone Girl
4.03
really liked it
Terrible people, doing terrible things to one another.

That's sort of flippant, but also pretty much true. In a pretty delicious, compulsively readabl
...more
Jul 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Raising Demons
4.19
really liked it
I've been doling little bits of this out to myself each night, savoring it. As expressed elsewhere, my joy on finding that it was finally in print aga ...more
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 29, 2015
 
Donorboy
3.64
really liked it
quick, engaging and really quite lovely. i hate plot descriptions, so i will avoid one here, especially as it would make the book sound like the sort ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
Fates and Furies
3.56
liked it
Ugh, y'all. I don't even know. 3 1/2, I guess?

It's very finely crafted and I think that Lauren Groff is a pretty terrific writer who is trying to do
...more
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 27, 2015
 
Uneasy Money
4.02
really liked it
Last night, I couldn't figure out what to read and the feeling of reading ennui was great upon me. So I decided to be logical and unemotional about it ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 10, 2012
 
Norwood
3.88
it was amazing
The more I think about this, the more I like it. I'd never heard of it (I don't think?) until I saw it mentioned on some book list about a month ago a ...more
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
 
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
4.03
really liked it
This new collection of Jackson's work, compiled from archives and many of which are previously unpublished, really is a sort of random collection of b ...more
Oct 31, 2015
Nov 01, 2015
 
The Interestings
3.53
it was amazing
4 1/2, objectively, but anything that can make sitting on an airplane for almost eight hours tolerable, deserves to be rounded up. It provided a great ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery, #1)
3.66
liked it
I'm wavering between two and three stars, here(thus: 2 1/2). While I ultimately found this entertaining and spirited, and it certainly moves along qui ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 13, 2012
 
Diving Belles: And Other Stories
3.56
really liked it
A very beguiling collection of short stories that will sit very comfortably on a shelf with Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Angela Carter and the like. Bit ...more
Feb 24, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.27
really liked it
So, essentially I fell for this book, in spite of myself. I will admit, straight up, that I have Issues with John Green (both as an author and as a cu ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
Mr. Splitfoot
3.64
it was amazing
Weird and wonderful fever dream of a novel. Definitely not for everyone, but totally for me. In bits, it was evocative of a lot of classics (Twain, Fa ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 26, 2016
 
The Bolter
3.67
it was amazing
I've had this book for ages and really don't know what took me so long to read it. Well, I sort of know that I misplaced it for awhile, but that only ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
 
A Tangled Web
3.89
liked it
It's pretty easy to see why this is not one of L.M. Montgomery's most famous and well-loved - although the plethora of gushy four and five star review ...more
May 14, 2015
May 15, 2015
 
Mrs Tim Of The Regiment
3.98
liked it
Not nearly as fond of this one as I have been of Stevenson's other works, although fond enough that I wish that some of the other Mrs. Tim books will ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
 
Sad Desk Salad
2.98
it was ok
2 1/2. This was my lunch/break reading over the past week or so, which, if you read the book, you should find entirely fitting. In terms of its qualit ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 22, 2012
 
The Nest
3.45
liked it
Ugh, these people. Hype (and gigantic $$$) not entirely justified, but the writing is good and it does what it's doing pretty well.
May 14, 2016
May 14, 2016
 
Regency Buck (Alastair, #3)
3.87
liked it
Once you've read past your initial Heyer romance or two, the pleasure comes not so much from "what will happen" but "how is what I know is going to ha ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 08, 2012
 
The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
4.11
liked it
As I was reading this, Justin kept referring to it as "homework" and there were times when that felt fairly accurate. Like I'd signed up for a book on ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
Bellweather Rhapsody
3.78
really liked it
3 1/2? I love the set-up and the setting and lots of the inherent complications, but I also think it falls apart a little with the ending, which just ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
The Martian
4.39
it was amazing
I will lose some cred by confessing that, even though it made LibraryReads and countless people I know have read and loved it, The Martian barely regi ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 28, 2014
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