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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.81

The Geography of Bliss wasn't quite what I expected. I picked it up because one of the blurbs on the back compared it favorably to Bill Bryson's writi...more
Jan 18, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
Wings (Wings, #1)
3.76
Grabbed this advance reader copy to read aloud in the car on a recent road trip, and liked it enough that I breezed the rest of the way through it whe...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
3.59
People don't seem to have very good opinions about author blurbs. I, personally, love them. Some of the best and most unexpected books I've read in th...more
Feb 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga, #1)
4.20
One benefit of my new job in the Technical Services department of the library is that I get a look at a lot of the advance reader copies that come in....more
Jan 27, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women
3.56
Someone at the library gave me this book to see if Mich would be interested in it, so I brought it home. It's non-fiction, so of course she didn't wan...more
Nov 25, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind—and Almost Found Myself—on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.41
This is one of the best (and most well-written) PCT books Ive read. While my two main criticisms of PCT trail log books apply here, too, I can underst...more
Jun 04, 2008
May 30, 2008
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.95
Another book in my current drive to read some of the Children's Fiction that I see at the library every day, but don't know much about. The Amulet of...more
Apr 16, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Devil May Care (James Bond, #36)
3.38
From the way the cover is worded, "Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming", I assume that Faulks was trying to write a real, Fleming-style Bond book....more
Jun 17, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
Haunting. First word that comes to mind to describe Cormac McCarthy's The Road. It's funny, this was a Pulitzer prize winner, and an Oprah selection,...more
Jan 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
I Love You, Miss Huddleston, and Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood
3.64
I chuckled my way all the way through I Love You, Miss Huddleston. Philip Gulley has written an incredibly entertaining small-town Midwest memoir - sh...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
 
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
4.28
It's been awhile since I'd read Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, and I'd forgotten how powerful a book it is. No wonder it was a Hugo and Nebula awa...more
Nov 21, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad
4.35
Absolutely five stars. Hilarious and heartwarming. Made me laugh and choked me up. And Jerry, if you're reading this - all-caps Jessica completely cra...more
not set
Jul 17, 2014
 
The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)
4.07
Another book in the Bartimaeus series - I really enjoyed the first one, Amulet of Samarkand, so decided to go ahead and plow through the series. Amber...more
Apr 23, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Bill Bergson, Master Detective
4.19
I made an effort to read this (had to Inter-Library Loan it) because Stieg Larsson's books include references to it. Specifically, to the main charact...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.85
I've liked Steve Martin's writing in the past, especially his last couple of novels. When I saw this one, I wasn't sure if it would be my kind of book...more
Nov 24, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
3.66
A.J. Jacobs's two previous books, The Year of Living Biblically One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and The Know-It-Al...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.17
It had been a while since I'd read the Hitchhiker's Guide, but I had a couple of hours to kill at the DMV and found a copy in my glove box. It was all...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
Retail Anarchy: A Radical Shopper's Adventures in Consumption
2.50
I'd have to call Sam Pocker a "coupon curmudgeon" - the guy who relishes finding the deals that get him lots of something for free, even if he doesn't...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman's Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker
3.72
This book wasn't what I expected.

I was expecting a self-absorbed, boutique-ey book about someone who fancied themselves a baker.

Instead I was plunged...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
 
The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief
3.57
Fun stuff. Lots of good tips and history.
not set
Jul 23, 2014
 
Nicholas
4.12
Cute kids book, translated from French. Tells the story of Nicholas, a trouble-loving little boy and his equally mischievious classmates. Told in a br...more
Aug 14, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
 
Runner's World Performance Nutrition for Runners: How to Fuel Your Body for Stronger Workouts, Faster Recovery, and Your Best Race Times Ever
3.64
This was MUCH more what I was looking for than The Runner's Diet (also put out by Runner's World.) Where it was focused on someone who was getting int...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
Nation
4.02
I'm embarrassed that it took me so long to finally read Terry Pratchett's latest. Now that I have, I think it's one of the best things he's written.

Na...more
Jun 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
How We Decide
3.80
A very interesting insight into how our brains help us (or force us) to make decisions. Despite all the jargon (amygdala, dopamine receptors, etc.) it...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
 
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
3.78
This is a case where the cover pulled me in, and I ended up really liking the book. What a great photo - Harry Truman driving himself and his wife aro...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
 
And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6)
3.48
Yep, the sixth book in the trilogy. Eoin Colfer takes over the writing of the Hitchhiker's Guide books, and I think he does a pretty good job. True to...more
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
Are You Kidding Me?: The Story of Rocco Mediate's Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the US Open
3.60
I was lucky enough to notice a twitter post from Little, Brown (publisher) about this book, and was sent a free copy. Really, though, I would have pai...more
May 21, 2009
May 16, 2009
 
North! or Be Eaten (The Wingfeather Saga, #2)
4.46
It seemed like such a long wait since the first book in Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga, I was getting a little worried that this book wasn't going...more
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como
2.96
When this book came across my desk to be cataloged, I wasn't sure where to put it - in with the golf books, in the Italian travel section, or (and thi...more
May 11, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Generation A
3.53
I really, REALLY liked this book while reading it. Given a night to sleep on it, perhaps it wasn't quite as strong as I'd thought, but it still was ve...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
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