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Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV
I've been going back and forth on my rating for this. 3 feels too low, 4 is a bit too high. I guess it's really a 3.5, which is, of course, not an opt ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Oct 22, 2010
I had heard good things about Bell, and I excitedly requested all of her work offered by my library. I settled down with "Lucky", in anticipation. I g ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew
Minus one star for the poor and confusing set-up of the book - instead of including information (materials used, methods, et cetera) about each projec ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
The Big Feminist BUT: Comics about Women, Men, and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism
I picked it up last night, got to "both sexes" on the first page of the introduction, and put it back down again. Feminism's 4th (and further) wave ha ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2014
Un Lun Dun
My beloved gave this to me for my birthday, and it was a wonderful gift. LOVED IT. Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it.
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
Be Mine
It wasn't erotic, and it wasn't much of a thriller (despite being billed as both). Nobody in this book is even remotely likeable...or, really, particu ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
My Body Is a Book of Rules
Searingly honest. Brutally open. Beautifully written.

True story: Sherman Alexie picked this book out for me. This book was a Christmas gift from my pa
Mar 17, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
Whedonistas!: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them
Okay, I skipped a couple of pages in this one. Specifically, Teresa Jusino's essay "Why Joss Is More Important Than His 'Verse". I read the first page ...more
May 24, 2012
May 17, 2012
Cloud Atlas
Just as fantastic as everyone said it would be. I just finished it and I already want to read it again.

Update: It's been almost 8 months since I read
Oct 23, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
The Buried Giant
3.5 stars, really. I liked it, but I didn't love it, mostly because it made me sad. It's beautifully written, and I think of Never Let Me Go and The R ...more
Apr 10, 2015
Mar 26, 2015
Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery
I wish I could give it no stars. Or negative stars. As with all other Lileks books, the pictures are fantastic and the commentary is grating, juvenile ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Bite Me (A Love Story, #3)
Moore is funny, clever, inventive, and not lacking in flair. This could have been a 3- or even 4-star review, but for one thing: his insistence on usi ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
So good. Intriguing, confusing, compelling, intricately wrought, stylistic, superb. One of my favorite Murakami books so far. Absolutely worth the tim ...more
Jan 26, 2012
Dec 25, 2011
Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music
This is where I nitpick: Meltzer's constant abuse of the definite article drove me batty. "The guitarist Donna R..."; "the Olympia riot-grrrl groups H ...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan
I'm about 50 pages in and already wondering if I'm going to finish this one. I firmly reject two of the binaries the author laid out in the introducti ...more
May 16, 2012
May 03, 2012
The Beginner's Goodbye
I never thought the day would come when I gave an Anne Tyler book 2 stars, but this one did absolutely nothing for me. I didn't care for or about any ...more
May 2012
Apr 28, 2012
Fashionable Food: Seven Decades of Food Fads
Interesting, especially if you like this sort of reading (I do). Focuses almost exclusively on the foods consumed by middle- and upper-class white peo ...more
May 26, 2012
May 16, 2012
Interesting Times: The Play
I can't believe I'm giving a Pratchett book only 2 stars, and wondering if that's not actually one star too many. This book overflows with sour notes. ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38; Tiffany Aching, #4)
The Tiffany Aching books are my favorite Pratchett - and picking a favorite Pratchett is like picking a favorite Beatles song: damn near impossible. T ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
Wishful Drinking
Surprisingly short; I finished it in two hours. I'd be peeved if I'd paid for it instead of checking it out from the library.

I know this book was adap
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
Why We Broke Up
I was so ready to love love love this book, but it just never really got me. Maybe it was because all the characters' voices sounded the same? Or beca ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Help
I couldn't get past 50 pages. A modern white woman writing in the voices of early 1960s Black women? Really? One of whom is described as being both fa ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
C'est la Vie: An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris and--Voila!--Becomes Almost French
Eh. I like Paris. I like reading about Paris. I did not really like this woman at all. I'm not sure who her target audience is, but I don't care about ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
Before I Fall
**spoiler alert** When I finished the book, flush with emotion, I thought, "Oh, 4 stars, definitely; that was sad and beautiful." But then I sat and t ...more
May 17, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion
I'm only one essay in, but so far, this needed better editing. Slamming on "breaks" instead of "brakes"? Come on. And don't fear the comma! It's neces ...more
May 25, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
Instead of a review, I'm just going to share all the Facebook posts I made about this book.

"Y'ALL. 'The Fault in Our Stars.' I don't even. Every sylla
Jul 30, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Last Hero (Discworld, #27; Rincewind #7)
3-4 stars for the story, 5 stars for the art. Beautiful. And, for a Rincewind book, blessedly low on Rincewind. He does get tiresome, but not in this ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
The Great Gatsby
3 stars? 4 stars? 3 stars? 4 stars? I can't decide. Curse this lack of half-stars! I'll probably change my mind 58 times.

I did not read this in high s
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
The God of Small Things
Arundhati Roy amazed me with her talent and skill. The feelings of foreboding, the inevitability and certainty of the heartbreaking, tragic outcomes - ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)
I got as far as "darkie", then I closed it up and took it back to the library.

P.S. Somehow neither the author nor anyone involved in editing this book
May 30, 2014
May 29, 2014
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