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Min kamp 2 by Karl Ove Knausgård
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It's hard to describe Knausgard's books to someone who hasn't yet read them. They're partly memoir but more free-floating than most books in that genre. Some parts of the book Knausbard maintains are fictionalized. He doesn't want to give away the se...more
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
read in January, 2014
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I wanted to like this book so much. I was a big fan of the first two books in Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series. I was hoping this was a return to form, and according to almost everyone else who has read this book, it was. But for me the book was meh....more
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
read in January, 2014
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This book was very David Simonesque.
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in December, 2013
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As long as this book is (and it is very long), I didn't want it to end. I grew to love the characters in a way that I haven't experienced with a book for a long time. Tartt has written a beautiful novel about choices, fate, and the beauty of living a...more
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Min kamp 1 by Karl Ove Knausgård
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This Norwegian book - translated as My Struggle in English - was a wonderful and surprising find. Part autobiographical, the novel is the first in a six part series about the protagonist's, also named Karl Ove Knausgard, exploration of the minutiae o...more
Brayden rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2013
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I've suddenly found myself reading Stephen King again after a twenty year hiatus. I keep hoping to find that book that I'll enjoy as much as I did reading The Shining, It, or Pet Semetary when I was 14 years old. Unfortunately, that experience might...more
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A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck
A Short Stay in Hell
by Steven L. Peck (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2013
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A fun novella about a Mormon man who wakes up to find himself being escorted to hell by an unexpectedly pleasant demon in a bemused group of recently departed folks. I don't want to reveal too much because part of what makes this book so enjoyable ar...more
Brayden rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The System by Jeff Benedict
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Benedict and Keteyian combine vivid storytelling and on-the-ground reporting in this captivating analysis of the current state of college football. The "system" refers both to the way individual college football programs are creating a system of recr...more
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O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
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I love a good tragedy. Couple it with a melancholy and tender account of love on the plains and I'm hooked.
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The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Son
by Philipp Meyer (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2013
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The novel spans four generations of Texans, beginning with a settler's son, Eli, who is kidnapped by Comanches and raised as one of their own, and tells the story of three of those family members. The first covers Eli, the second follows Eli's son Pe...more
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