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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
4.17
I'm glad to have read the entire Millenium series, and I thought this was a pretty good conclusion.

The first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was
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Dec 11, 2010
May 18, 2010
 
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
3.80
A great little book about how having more options actually makes it harder to decide, and by extension makes us less happy.

The book is filled with mus
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Nov 26, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.98
A fascinating explanation of why modern societies developed so differently in different parts of the world.

I really loved the premise of this book, as
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Sep 14, 2012
Jun 01, 2011
 
The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
4.48
This book was a really interesting look at all the difficulties George Lucas went through in creating Star Wars. It's strange to think about how diffe ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
 
Ready Player One
4.30
I came to this book expecting to hate it. I didn't know a lot of details, but I knew that it was overflowing with references to "all-things-geek" cult ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jun 23, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
A very enjoyable end to the series, full of twists and surprises. I liked The Hunger Games, but I thought that Catching Fire was not as interesting an ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
An Object of Beauty
3.50
A pleasant diversion with beautiful artwork, but nothing particularly compelling.

I'm a huge fan of Steve Martin as a performer and a writer. However,
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Apr 30, 2011
Dec 01, 2010
 
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
3.86
A really entertaining tour of Savannah, Georgia where the "true crime" aspect of the book takes a backseat to the much more interesting residents of t ...more
Jun 04, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
In Cold Blood
4.02
A beautifully written chronicle of two men and their seemingly senseless murder of a family in rural Kansas.

This is said to be one of the pioneering "
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Apr 09, 2013
May 04, 2009
 
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
4.21
This was a very interesting and entertaining read about a dynamic time in movie history.

The author believes the five films nominated for the 1968 Acad
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Jul 08, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
 
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1)
4.14
I have been hearing great things about this series for a long time, so I was thrilled to discover my library had the collected trade paperbacks. Each ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
 
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
3.75
Yet another Vampires-as-virus-take-over-the-world book, but at least this one was enjoyable. It took a little too long to get started, but I think tha ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Aug 21, 2009
 
Thunderstruck
3.61
Very enjoyable, but I didn't care for it as much as Larson's previous book, The Devil in the White City.

Like that book, this one follows two differen
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Sep 21, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
 
Pompeii
3.75
This was an interesting account of the four days leading up to and during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii. I really enjoyed foll ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.77
I read this once before many years ago, so when I saw it in a thrift store for a quarter, I thought I'd pick it up again. It held up pretty well.

The w
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Nov 16, 2009
May 04, 2009
 
What Is Left the Daughter
3.42
An dramatic story about a young man and his unrequited love for a cousin (not by blood) in Canada before, during, and after WWII.

The story is told in
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Aug 23, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
 
The Shadow of the Wind
4.21
The language is very beautiful, and the story is filled with wonderful dialogue, but for some reason the book over all just didn't work for me.

The sto
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Sep 30, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.82
A short, predictable book where the narrator suffers from a form of autism. Through the course of the books, you get to see the interesting way his mi ...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
 
Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
3.81
I enjoyed the book quite a bit. It's a great thriller where the suspense is more about the poker than the murder trial.

Ostensibly about both the World
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Sep 2008
Aug 13, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
A fun and quick read for young adults. The premise is pretty much identical to the movie Battle Royale, in which a group of teenagers are forced to fi ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
 
Kon-Tiki : Across the Pacific by Raft
4.06
What a great book. It has very simple and straight-forward writing, but the events he describes are amazing.

In order to give credence to his theory t
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Mar 13, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
 
1984
4.09
I first read this book many, many years ago. Before 1984, I think. I liked it, but I was probably too young to truly appreciate it.

Reading it this tim
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May 14, 2010
May 04, 2009
 
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium #2)
4.19
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It helped a lot that (unlike the first one) I had not seen the movie first. The mysteries in the book were still myste ...more
Oct 06, 2010
May 18, 2010
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.88
At the start of the book, I didn't care much for it. I found I had little sympathy for the Joads, the main characters, because I was in favor of progr ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
 
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
4.08
A pretty good book about changing the way you look at money, with the focus on being more conscious of where your money goes.

The book is a little date
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Mar 31, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
The Dude and the Zen Master
3.58
Not really a book, more of a transcript of conversations between Jeff Bridges and the Zen master, Bernie Glassman. Most of the time, it was like eaves ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
 
Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar
4.11
Although this was an interesting history of bartending and specific drinks, I put it down because I was losing interest. I don't fault the book for th ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Aug 06, 2009
 
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
4.22
The subject matter was very interesting, but McCullough took a very long and roundabout manner to describe the story. I've read and enjoyed several of ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
 
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
4.02
While an excellent book, it really doesn't lend itself to being read cover-to-cover, nor is it intended to. Instead, it's a collection of discussions ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Jul 29, 2009
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.81
It was just okay. I liked the hard science around reaching, exploring, and colonizing Mars, but there was too much other stuff thrown in. The story wa ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
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