The Haunting of Hill House
3.91
I was once so in love with Shirley Jackson that I declared I'd marry the man who could identify the source of this passage:

"Don't do it, Eleanor told...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense
4.06
Oh My God. Look at what's in here.

"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
"The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier
"Man From The South" by Roald Dahl
"Yours...more
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Nov 14, 2007
 
The Human Factor
3.88
Tom brought this back from the used book store. Given my field (Human Factors) the title gave me a chuckle. What surprised me is that I devoured three...more
Jan 25, 2008
Nov 26, 2007
 
American Psycho
3.80
I got over my love of shock-reads about the age Ellis wrote his first book, so I can't say I loved this book.

It does some things very well: details th...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Shawshank Redemption (Different Seasons)
4.31
If you look at by list of books, I clearly enjoy reading Stephen King. Even though he did not write me back when I requested an interview with him for...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.89
I'm on the third book right now. So far these are going in the "coulda' been great" pile. I shouldn't complain that they were written too much like ch...more
Mar 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
3.98
When we went to the Catskills for the first time last year, this book was all I was thinking about.

I read it back in 5th grade and, in combination wit...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.08
I read this book in the St. Paul's high school library as a 6th grader. I wasn't allowed to check out books from the "older" kids section, but no one...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Prince
3.72
What I LIKE about this book is how it took us another hundred or so years to do the psychology research that backs up his claims.

Is it better to be lo...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Martian Chronicles
4.09
You know what I like best about Ray Bradbury? You can't predict the next sentence that man is going to write.

I'd say he can't predict it either, but...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
3.86
The problem for girls is that all the great adventure books are for boys. Thank god for Harriet the Spy.

Still, this book did have me canvassing south...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)
3.97
I thought this was going to be an Oprah's book club kind of read, and it couldn't be farther from that. If you have any hangups about Atwood writing f...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
4.09
I've read few books harder to get into than this one. Even the title makes me roll my eyes.

If on a winter's night a traveler... a traveler what?! How...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
To Build a Fire and Other Stories
4.03
The only thing that pisses me off about Jack London is the lack of female characters. I'd like to go off and die in the cold looking for fortune, than...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
Trainspotting
4.04
This book apparently gets the honor of having the most upsetting and disgusting scene my husband has ever read. I kept looking for it as I read, but g...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Blind Assassin
3.92
You don't want this book to end. When it does, everything falls into place.

Some authors don't know how to end a many-layered novel (*cough* Neal Steph...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Island of Dr. Moreau
3.69
Two legs good, four legs bad!

I read this at girl scout camp, during cabin "quiet time." At Scoutshire woods, this quiet time seemed to extend through...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
White Fang
3.87
4th grade, Mrs. Turk's classroom, Mobile, AL.

Temperature: 90 degrees

Allowed reading time: 10 minutes

Typical book on the shelf: Judy Blume

Seeing throug...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
4.20
How many movies have ripped off the "Sound of Thunder" time-travel idea? You'll never know until you read it.

Incidentally, Bradbury's intro "Drunk and...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
David Copperfield
3.93
Love these far-ranging stories and the delightful level of creepy you find in old houses, old ladies, and their strange offspring.

3 stars because I h...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.08
See my review of The Golden Compass. I'll give him credit for some crazy kids material... (love the gay angels! evil parents! religion turned on its h...more
Mar 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)
4.07
Most of my life I thought this was written by E.B. White. My bad.

It's fantasy, it's Arthurian legend, but it's funny. Despite being the size and enjoy...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Day of the Triffids
3.97
I was a little surprised I'd never heard of this book when Maribeth gave it to me in college. Because of this, I assumed it was going to suck. It didn...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Jungle Books
3.97
Aggg the perfect triangle of Jack London, Mark Twain, and Rudyard Kipling! These three authors must be on your shelves, awaiting your children. Danger...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
I just re-bought this for a plane flight to Atlanta last weekend. Still spooky and great, though this time when I read it I had serious questions abou...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.96
There wasn't anything WRONG with this book, it just wasn't that great. Many times the decisions and feelings of the characters seemed to come out of n...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
I WANTED to be cool and love this book. But I'm not and I didn't.

I hate Ignatius J. Reilly and felt like I was wasting my time reading about everythi...more
not set
Nov 12, 2007
 
Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the Right
3.79
I'll admit I cheated a bit here... I got the audio version as a gift. At least one of those stars is due to listening to Al Franken read it, rather th...more
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Nov 12, 2007
 
The Epic of Gilgamesh
3.60
This makes it obvious we had our legends well before the Bible and other religious texts. Time to remove the self-centered blinders.
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Nov 12, 2007
 
Leaves of Grass
4.12
Yeah, I read it.

Yeah, I can see why it's important.

No, I didn't like it.

I'll save my barbaric yalp for the Modernists.
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Nov 12, 2007
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