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Every once in a while, something in the news reminds me that the rule of law is tenuous. It's so easy to take peace for granted. It's unsettling, and ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Oct 02, 2013
Night Film
I can't remember the last time I felt fear, honest-to-goodness, throat-clenching fear, while reading a book. Actually cringing away from the page, or ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
The Westing Game
As a child, I probably read this book as many times as I watched the movie "Clue" (brilliance), and that is a lot! I loved (and still love) anything w ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2007
The Girl on the Train
I am admittedly a bit of a Pollyanna, so it is nice when a book has at least one character who is "good" or who is striving to be "good." This book fe ...more
Feb 02, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
The Martian
This is the dudest dude book I've read in a while, and I loved every minute of it. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. And seriously, I need to g ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
This book must be so satisfying for any novelist who has ever been asked, "So what was truth and what was fiction?" Kris Jansma is clearly having so m ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
Gone Girl
Reading this book put me in a cranky mood. Don't get me wrong: The storytelling is top notch, and the characters are fascinating. It's a best-seller f ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
I felt so gleeful as I began this. The book's premise and genre intrigued me in a way The Casual Vacancy did not (I suppose I'll read TCV...someday), ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
550 pages of prison escapes. Exciting, but wow, so many failed attempts. I figure if Papillon lived through 14 years of horror, the least I can do is ...more
Apr 06, 2015
Sep 22, 2014
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Dystopian heroines sure have it rough. Katniss and Tris should form a support group.
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
The Power of One (The Power of One, #1)
I thoroughly enjoyed many elements of this book, and I learned a tremendous amount about boxing and the history of South Africa, through a child's eye ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Sep 08, 2008
Interpreter of Maladies
I read this very slowly. After finishing each story, I never had the impulse to immediately continue and read the next. I could only absorb one per si ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Guide to Troubled Birds

Picked this up on a whim. Perfect for anyone who has ever felt unnerved by a flock of birds. Are they watching me? Will they kill me? The answer is ap
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
Station Eleven
Quiet melancholy.
Apr 19, 2015
Aug 22, 2014
The Big Sleep
I'm a bit torn on this rating of a classic. Marlowe is an enjoyably grumpy gus, but the mystery itself didn't grab me. If Raymond Chandler is more abo ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
The questions posed by this book have gotten under my fingernails. Atwood's eerie "could this really happen?" imagining of a not-too-distance future i ...more
May 30, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Fun fact #1: Larsson envisioned Lisbeth Salander as a grown-up Pippi Longstocking.

Fun fact #2: The book's original title is Män som hatar kvinnor or M
Apr 24, 2010
Sep 14, 2008
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
My childhood copy is tattered, practically coverless, and very well loved.
not set
Aug 15, 2008
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
So happy J.K. Rowling Robert Galbraith exists. Keep writing, Mystic Bob.
Jul 13, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
The Robber Bride
This book has become comfort reading me -- there's no telling how many times I've read it. Atwood has a remarkable skill for revealing how her charact ...more
Jan 1999
Nov 05, 2007
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Fans are up in arms over the ending of this book. I don't want to spill spoilers, but I felt the ending was within the bounds of the world Roth had cr ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 13, 2012
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
I wish I had discovered this one at the appropriate age. I still found it engaging, but the ending was extremely unsatisfying.
Dec 15, 2011
Nov 01, 2008
Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
Impulse re-read of my favorite Anne book. A throwback to the good old days when "New Adult" was know...fiction.
Apr 12, 2015
Jan 03, 2008
Wuthering Heights
So happy to turn the last page and put these people out of their misery.
Jun 08, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Excellent. The first chapter seized me immediately.
Dec 24, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5)
Pretty gosh darn great!
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
The Name of the Rose
Forget The DaVinci Code, Umberto Eco did it first. This murder mystery set within the arcane world of monks living in 1327 is densely layered with Chr ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 05, 2007
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
Very enjoyable read. Loved the footnotes, which are half interesting medical fact and half pure snark.
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
I experienced many contradictions while reading this book. The prose is uninspired and some of the opening plot points painfully obvious, and yet I pl ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Snow Crash
Hmmm, has the time come for me to create a cyperpunk shelf?

I'd like to give this 3.5 stars (although I have no wish to incur the wrath of Otis and Mic
Sep 29, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
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