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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
My “recommended for” list is too long for its field: for all passionate and competent people who would like to create another site similar to the best ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
I was resistant to reading this book because I’m not an omnivore, and also I thought that Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire was brilliant and I suspe ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
The Book Thief
I admit that I am perplexed about why this is considered a young adult novel and not an adult novel that could be read by those 12 and up. The title c ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Jun 07, 2007
Eating Animals
I was torn how to rate this book. It isn’t perfect (I noted many flaws in its comprehensiveness) but it’s amazing enough, so 5 stars it is.

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Nov 09, 2009
Nov 05, 2008
The Phantom Tollbooth
My mother got this for us when I was 8 and it was first published in 1961. I still own that original edtion and it is not in great shape due to multip ...more
Aug 1961
May 12, 2007
The Book of Lost Things
Part fairy tale and part psychological study, I found this to be an engrossing and powerful book. Recommend to everybody, particularly those who have ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
Orange Is the New Black
This book was remarkably enjoyable to read. The writing is light and breezy, and it’s very well written, though not beautifully written; it’s a very s ...more
Jun 26, 2012
May 02, 2010
Reading this book contained and gave me absolutely everything I love about reading. It encompasses everything I love about the reading process. I love ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Dec 14, 2007
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
This book got me out of my very long reading slump. It was such an easy book to read, yet it was wonderfully complex. I sank into it as I hadn’t sunk ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
I ended up enjoying this book because it was so beautifully written and it took me deep into a world so unlike my own; thank goodness for that! This s ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
When You Reach Me
First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old, and I’ve never been able t ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Jun 21, 2009
The Casual Vacancy
4 ½ stars

I was expecting a cozy mystery and this is not a cozy; it’s not even a mystery. It’s a social commentary novel, and it was really interesting
Oct 18, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
This is a thoroughly delightful and brilliant book. I chuckled and chortled all the way through this book; it’s hilarious. There are many interesting ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Oct 22, 2007
Sarah's Key
I wasn’t sure how the back and forth chapters between one girl in 1942 and a different woman in 2002 were going to work for me, but this story is so w ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
City of Women
4 ½ stars

I’m struggling because I want to do this book justice but I am not in the mood to write a review. I want to get something down though when ev
Feb 10, 2013
Aug 23, 2012
Notes from a Small Island
It took me forever to read this because I was constantly picking it up and putting it down, not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because it’s one of ...more
Apr 08, 2009
Jul 29, 2007
This book was absolutely mesmerizing! I was completely engrossed and I really enjoyed it. This book gets five stars and not four from me, despite a co ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Into the Forest
This became one of my favorite books as soon as I read it; I was totally immersed while reading and continue to dwell on this book. I almost gave it 4 ...more
Jan 1999
May 12, 2007
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I really loved reading this quirky and hilarious book. It’s a hoot, and I found it so entertaining.

I spent much of the time chortling along, and foun
Jul 31, 2013
Aug 19, 2012
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Some asides before the review: Ugh. One of my pet peeves is when books don’t start on page 1 and I think that this book starts farther ahead of page 1 ...more
Mar 19, 2009
Sep 27, 2008
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
I first read this in 1966 when I was 13 and in the 8th grade and it became my favorite book and remained my favorite book throughout high school. I re ...more
Nov 1966
May 19, 2007
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I really loved this book. I think it’s geared for 8-12 year olds but this is one of those books that the more you know about the world the more you li ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Dec 08, 2007
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)

I loved this quirky book.

The amateur sleuth and chemistry enthusiast Flavia de Luce is a very unusual 11 year old, but I’ve known many 11
Apr 19, 2010
Mar 12, 2009
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
Well, for some reason I thought that this was going to be more like a thorough vegan Joy of Cooking type book but it isn’t quite so comprehensive. How ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
Every Last One
I recommend reading this book knowing very little about it. I always read the cover and inside covers first and what I learn usually whets my appetite ...more
Apr 22, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
Wonderful! Fabulous! So special! Very clever!

I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even more
Oct 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
I knew a little about this case, and before I read the book, I was certain I’d feel infuriated with the Hmong family and feel nothing but disrespect f ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
As I read this book, I vacillated between saying to myself “well, duh!” and then thinking it was an exceptional book, one where this subject has never ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
The Blood of Flowers
I will never again look at Persian/Iranian carpets in the same way. This book makes me want to view many examples of such carpets so that I can now fu ...more
Aug 20, 2008
May 08, 2008
The Fault in Our Stars
First I have to say: Thank you John Green for not letting me down. I was so afraid the end, or even the middle, would greatly disappoint me, but it wa ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
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