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A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
**spoiler alert** I pretty much hated this book. I feel guilty for saying this, especially as it's nonfiction, and I have enough Catholic guilt to wor ...more
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Feb 24, 2010
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
**spoiler alert** I was very hesitant to read this because I usually really don't care for science fiction and also almost always really really hate m ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
To the End of the Land
**spoiler alert** This isn't a book that I loved while reading. In fact, I found some parts pretty darn tedious. The more I think about it, though, th ...more
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Dec 15, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I was so thrilled when I talked my book club into reading this one! I'd wanted to read it for a long time. I kept going to the book store, picking it ...more
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Mar 12, 2010
Winter's Bone
**spoiler alert** I really really wish I hadn't seen the movie first, because I think this was one of the rare cases that the movie was just as good. ...more
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Oct 04, 2010
The White Tiger
**spoiler alert** This was one of those books that I liked more after finishing it and thinking about it for a few days. It raised some interesting qu ...more
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Aug 11, 2010
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
I only read non-fiction grudgingly, but sometimes I am quite pleasantly surprised. I enjoy reading books on topics I know nothing about. I had never h ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
This book really improved my understanding of the life of the soldier. Before, I just couldn't understand how the average young man in some horrible o ...more
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Sep 28, 2010
The Cat's Table
This was one of those books that I liked more once we discussed it in book club. I liked it about the same as The English patient, but not as much as ...more
Mar 2012
Apr 18, 2012
Mystic River
First, I have to admit that buying a book from the Mystery/Thriller section of the books store was a little hard for this snob to handle (are you less ...more
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Jun 22, 2010
Messenger (The Giver, #3)
I don't really remember why I disliked Gathering Blue--I think it mostly had to do with Matty's dialog, which felt to strained and conceit-y. In Messe ...more
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Dec 12, 2012
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
I will admit that I absolutely hate running. I wish this were not the case, but there's no denying it. I read this for book club, and was truly not an ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
As I told my book group, I am absolutely not a prude. However, I found her word choices a little crass. I am all about profanity in dialogue. Apparent ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
Between 2.5 and 3 stars, really. I was reluctant to read this, because I quit (to my great shame) Balthazar's Odyssey a few years ago (yikes, six year ...more
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Sep 28, 2010
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
I was exhausted during the few days it took me to read this, and I kept falling asleep. I'm not sure if that's because certain parts were boring, or i ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
Tipping the Velvet
I think it should go without saying that I was outvoted in my book club when it came to this one, but I'll say it anyway. I don't know if I had extra ...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
I liked this, but I have one major complaint. I understand that Krakauer used the Lafferty murders to highlight the idea that fundamentalism leads to ...more
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Apr 12, 2010
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
Meh. Some parts (the relationship stuff and the brain stuff) were totally engrossing. I am once fascinated and totally freaked out by the idea (fact?) ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
This isn't a book I would choose to read on my own, but still, it was interesting. It's clear that E.B. Sledge was an excellent man. One complaint I h ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
I liked this, but I didn't love it. It had a few genuine surprises, but was also pretty predictable (Joy's father, for example). I truly hated May. Sh ...more
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Jun 08, 2010
**spoiler alert** I really liked this at first--I guess I have a weakness for cranky Englishmen. I thought it raised quite a few challenging questions ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
I liked the parts that were more based in reality, and I actually enjoyed keeping track of the nine million characters. There were parts that got a li ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
Man's Search for Meaning
People rave about this, but I was unimpressed (and yes, I feel like a real ass saying that about a Holocaust survivor's book). Some of it may have bee ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
The Leftovers
I really enjoy Tom Perrotta. I love how he brings characters in, just to let them drift away again. I'd wanted to read The Leftovers forever, and my b ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
I mostly really liked this. I think it raises some really good points about the hazards of charity. I found her experiences in Rwanda --both before an ...more
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Aug 11, 2010
Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961
I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn't make myself care. In all fairness to the author, this is also right around the time that I was hospi ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
This book builds a great case for being grateful for what you have. The personal stories were very interesting to me, but I was more fascinated by the ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
The Help
I liked this. I don't know that it was the ground-breaking work some people made it out to be, but the characters were fleshed out. I don't know that ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
I REALLY put off reading this book (because I much prefer fiction), but I can't say I've ever read a better book about thieves, scumbags, slime balls, ...more
May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
Norwegian Wood
I am just not a Murakami fan. I didn't really care for the female characters, and I know this took place in Japan, but Reiko's involvement in Naoko's ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
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