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Someday, Someday, Maybe
it was ok
I read this because it got decent reviews and, as a fan of The Gilmore Girls, I was curious about Lauren Graham as a writer. The book is about a 20-so ...more
Jun 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Before Green Gables
liked it
Actually, I want to give it 3.5. It's not perfect -- Anne starts speaking like an 11-year old when she's like 3, there isn't anything especially innov ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
it was amazing
Excellent recounting of the complexity and dangers associated with the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons manufacturing facility located just outside Denver, ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
The Secrets of the FBI
it was ok
This book is a seemingly random collection of anecdotes about the FBI throughout its history, apparently some of which the author already covered in o ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Red Helmet
it was ok
I saw this book in a store in my recent vacation in West Virginia and was looking forward to it -- a story set in a modern West Virginia coal mining t ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer
really liked it
Helpful short essays and writing exercises for beginning fiction writers. I did National Novel Writing Month last year and fully embraced the "just wr ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Dec 26, 2009
House of Thieves
liked it
I enjoyed the finely crafted prose and insider perspective on what it's really like to live in Hawaii. But is there some rule that short story protago ...more
May 31, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
really liked it
I'm surprised by how much I ended up liking this book, since the beginning was kind of slow and I was iffy about the author's spare writing style. Ini ...more
Jul 07, 2016
Jul 07, 2016
Washington: A Life
really liked it
Given the disturbing current state of the presidency, it was a bit painful to read this book at times when I was so filled with admiration for Washing ...more
May 10, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
The Hopefuls
liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did, since it was dealing with the DC-resident-perspective of DC and what it's really like to be involved in a ...more
Aug 30, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
really liked it
THIS BOOK IS INTENSE. It appears to have been heavily hyped and then suffered from the inevitable hype-backlash, so I gave myself a cooling off period ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
liked it
Satisfying ending to a series I really enjoyed, although this particular book felt too long. I appreciated the difficulties and complexities of trying ...more
Feb 27, 2016
Apr 30, 2015
The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a surprising, charming, addictive read -- I started it on the train for a work trip and ended up not being able to put it do ...more
Dec 04, 2009
May 25, 2009
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 (Harry Potter, #8)
it was ok
I did not have high expectations for this, and it delivered. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 11, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** What's the right way to describe something that was kind of a disappointment but also addictive and kept me up late reading? I need ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme, #2)
really liked it
I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I love Megan Morrison's writing style. I suspect it's a mix of how good she is with including telling details in ...more
Dec 22, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)
really liked it
This book went a long way in helping me understand Levana, the villain of the Lunar Chronicles series. It always seemed like a weak point of the plot ...more
Feb 14, 2015
Jul 08, 2014
The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind and Almost Found Myself on the Pacific Crest Trail
really liked it
I almost didn't get past the first few chapters -- I was turned off my the author namedropping his undergrad school and the fact that he and his girlf ...more
May 28, 2008
May 27, 2008
Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail
really liked it
This is the second account I've read of someone who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and I really enjoyed it. I was actually amazed that he could turn s ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)
liked it
I liked the unique setting (a mishmash of Middle Eastern influences, inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights) and world-building, but wasn't as interested in ...more
May 04, 2016
May 06, 2016
The Force Awakens (Star Wars)
it was ok
I wanted to see the movie again but haven't been able to, so I read this book to refresh my memory about plot developments and it did indeed serve tha ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Feb 20, 2016
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
liked it
3.5 stars. Clever re-imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale set in a future where cyborgs (humans partially reconstructed with machine parts) are seco ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Nest
really liked it
Once again, I ended up reading a book set in New York City and got annoyed that it was set in New York City because there are too many books set in Ne ...more
May 22, 2016
May 06, 2016
Carry On
really liked it
Great audiobook narrator!

I ended up loving this story, though the beginning didn't hook me. The tone was very mopey and slow, and I get that we were
Jan 10, 2016
Dec 08, 2015
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
really liked it
It took a while for me to get into this book, but I ended up loving it. The characters all felt believable and flawed and I loved that that was part o ...more
Jun 22, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
Dad Is Fat
liked it
I didn't think the first disc was very funny, but did find myself laughing out loud in the later discs. Good company during my commute.
Oct 27, 2015
Oct 25, 2015
Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6)
it was ok
I guess mysteries, like romance, are just one of those genres I can't get behind. I don't have the patience for chapters and dialogue devoted to chara ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
The Park Service (Park Service Trilogy, #1)
liked it
2.5 stars. I'm not sure how I came across this book -- I found the sample on my kindle (maybe I'd downloaded it because it was a featured daily deal?) ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Mercer Girls
liked it
What I liked: Historical fiction set in Seattle YAY!!!! I love the history of the Northwest and the Mercer girls was a good entry point for a story. T ...more
Jul 2017
Jul 01, 2017
A Certain Slant of Light (Light, #1)
really liked it
4.5 stars. I was overdue for a really good book and am so glad this one came along -- it was a recent kindle daily deal on Amazon. I'm not sure how to ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
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