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The Lovely Bones
it was ok
**spoiler alert** This wasn't necessarily satisfying, but I am glad I took the time to read it. I don't think I'd ever deem it "literary" but Sebold c ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)
it was ok
This was a pretty disappointing, unsurprising book compared to the others. There were no real shocks, no real twists. I'm glad some questions have bee ...more
May 16, 2011
May 13, 2011
Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina
it was amazing
Indispensable guide to trails, waterfalls, and cascades of the Upstate! There are county maps, photos, directions to trail heads, directions for along ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2010
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
it was ok
Womp womp. I probably would have loved this at age fourteen; and as a two-hundred page way to remind teenagers that they aren't crazy, high school and ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Dec 26, 2009
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers, #2)
really liked it
This sequel picks up the pace with development and story line. Its charming and fast paced, and does a sweet job of making us see the bittersweet in P ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
really liked it
Maybe not as allegorical as The Alchemist, but still very haunting and spiritual. Pilar must learn to break away from her doubts and stagnant day to d ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
liked it
I thought this was pretty slow moving and disappointing. It had none of the thrill of book two; it was an anti-climactic chore to read. The two times ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
really liked it
A lovelier story of the power of friendship couldn't have been! Writer Juliet Ashton finds herself swept up in post-WWII Guernsey, and finding her tru ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
A Grief Observed
really liked it
Certainly a more intelligent rumination on faith and loss then any sermon you'll hear at whatever funeral you attend. Lewis is so honest it hurts, wit ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Through the Pale Door
it was amazing
I passed this book up at Fiction Addiction, but the notice about a meet&greet signing with the young author kept this novel fresh in my head as a ...more
Sep 14, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #4.1, #4.3, #5.1, #7.1, #8.1)
it was ok
I'm definitely a fan of the series, but quite frankly, these choppy little blurbs feel more like missing chapters than independent, self-standing stor ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
really liked it
Much better! The background and politics are fleshed out, you feel like characters are looking at the overall picture here. It keeps you far more inte ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
it was amazing
A book hasn't affected me like this since I read Eugenides' Middlesex. Maybe it's because of the truth of immigration; you leave something behind, you ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Nov 06, 2008
Wonder Boys
it was amazing
A jaunt so precisely described, so effortlessly kinetic, that you assume you can catch a ride down to your favorite university hangout and find these ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)
really liked it
Absolutely charming the entire way through! Anne is the best description of a young woman growing up I have ever read, with faults and anecdotes that ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
really liked it
Diaz forces the reader into the experience of his immigrant subjects, sparing no feelings in the harshness of the drugs, the sex, the poverty, and mos ...more
Aug 11, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
it was amazing
Eggers should stick to this sort of writing from now on. I loved how complete of an understanding of this family (history, interests, culture) he gave ...more
Dec 2009
Jul 23, 2009
The Stone Diaries
really liked it
This novel was so beautifully written... the characters were amazing, and the depth of description for all of her family members really added more sad ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
So Big
it was amazing
What an amazing novel. I jokingly suggested to a friend that Edna Ferber writes like the greatest combination of Edith Wharton and Willa Cather... res ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
House of Leaves
really liked it
I don't know if it was the borderline schizophrenic rants from Truant or the actual Navidson Record, but I was on the edge of my seat for so much of t ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
That Old Cape Magic
it was ok
I think the fall is jinxed for books, because this was disappointing, too. Russo's newest did not grab me at all; actually, I only really read it beca ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
it was amazing
I highly enjoyed this book! I loved the way it was written (coming off of a rather intense Ann Radcliffe high, I was nervous about my opinion of whate ...more
not set
Nov 01, 2008
McSweeney's #38
really liked it
This was a very satisfying edition. Steven Millhauser's contributions are slowly redeeming him from my post-Martin Dressler feelings; that makes me ha ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
The Gardening Year
liked it
A helpful compilation of suggestions to add colour to your garden, no matter what the season; although, it's problems lie in that it is very obviously ...more
not set
May 23, 2010
Manhood for Amateurs
it was amazing
Chabon has always stood out as one of my favourites because of his cool command in writing what are, to me, unparalleled novels in literature. This au ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)
liked it
A simple plot for a simple concept... Very little character development, which is a shame. Also, I feel like Molly's strength of character overpowers ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
really liked it
Sapphire rips into you with the hard hitting prose of a young girl brutalized; and you should be prepared. The subject matter is incredibly violent, a ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
The Pursuit of Love
liked it
While this irreverent and silly novel was extra fluffy, I loved the way the era's colloquialisms were captured in Mitford's dialogue! I'm also excepti ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
The Reivers
it was ok
I was told you can't hate Faulkner and Hemingway both... so I'll take Faulkner. Keep in mind, I'm going to give A Fable a whirl soon... but The Reiver ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
it was amazing
This sequel moved worlds faster than the first, probably from the increase in dialogue... Not quite as epic in plot, but just as lovely a story as the ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
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