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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
liked it
When Bee gets a perfect report card, she reminds her parents that they promised her anything she wanted: and what she wants is a family trip to Antarc ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
it was amazing
True story: my husband and I met because of a geography bee. I was the seventh grade Geography Bee champion at our middle school; he was the eighth gr ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young
it was ok
I only read maybe the first third or so. The concept of the book appealed to me when I first heard about it, but I couldn't relate. Too much "I can't ...more
Oct 14, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
Alice Bliss
it was amazing
Alice Bliss broke my heart.

(I've been trying, but I can't separate my review of the book from my personal response to it, which necessitates a spoile
Jan 04, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way
really liked it
When I was pregnant, one night I returned home from work to discover that our house smelled of garlic. I was surprised that my husband had been home l ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
Thinking About Memoir (AARP)
it was amazing
Like a lot of other people, I like to think that there is a writer buried somewhere deep inside me. Unlike a lot of those people, though, I don't ever ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
it was amazing
This is an important book that should really be mandatory reading, especially if you are now or expect you will ever be in a position of caring for a ...more
Mar 02, 2016
Aug 22, 2014
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
really liked it
I resisted these for a long time. Then I started watching the show on a whim, got hooked pretty quickly, and decided to give the book a whirl. I thoro ...more
Mar 22, 2017
Mar 22, 2017
The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
liked it
This was kind of a slog for me - definitely one of those books where the content was interesting, but the writing left a lot to be desired. I would lo ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Oct 18, 2012
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
it was amazing
Late to the party with this one, but it seemed a reasonable follow-up to reading The Boys in the Boat. Incredibly moving and evocative. I don't think ...more
Feb 2016
Feb 01, 2016
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
really liked it
I started and stopped this book I don't even know how many times, but finally at the insistence of, well, EVERYONE (and after seeing the movie) I gave ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception
really liked it
Two years after the attacks of 9/11, a survivor named Tania Head started posting to survivor's forums online. She was one of only 19 people who had be ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
Two Across
liked it
Good idea; lacking in execution. I was drawn in by the synopsis: girl and boy meet in the National Spelling Bee, hilarity ensues, they have a falling ...more
Jul 03, 2016
Jul 03, 2016
Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World
it was amazing
As someone who often doesn't have the attention span for larger projects, I have long been a fan of the "One-Skein Wonders" series, edited by Judith D ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2013
Yes Please
really liked it
Like everyone else says, I want Amy Poehler to be my friend.
Apr 30, 2015
May 02, 2015
How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much
really liked it
I read a lot of books about books -- they just always sound so appealing! -- and am almost always disappointed by them for one reason or another. This ...more
May 12, 2015
May 11, 2015
Humans of New York
really liked it
I love HONY, and this is a gorgeous book. The captions seemed very truncated, though -- I wish they were longer, like they often are on the blog.
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
really liked it
What a strange story. I'd argue that this isn't even a book about Wonder Woman, per se -- she doesn't even show up till halfway through -- although th ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
November 22, 1963: Witness to History
liked it
On a mission to read ALL the assassination books.
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
really liked it
4.5 stars.

When I was a child, I had a brief children's biography of Nellie Bly. While it didn't go into great detail about her life, it did talk abou
May 05, 2013
Nov 25, 2012
Kate: The Making of a Princess
liked it
Total trash reading. So unlike me! :-)

Everyone has their celebrity fixation, and I'll admit it: mine is the royal family.

The first half or so of the
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
really liked it
I had SUCH a sense of dread in my gut the whole time I was reading this book. Erik Larson traces Adolf Hitler's rise to power as seen through the eyes ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
really liked it
Not sure how I feel about the ending - or really, the last third or so of the book. I feel like the idea was there but the execution was lacking. And ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
really liked it
This book reads kind of like a dictionary or encyclopedia, but hey, I like that kind of thing. I should have made a shopping list for the boozeteria a ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 30, 2014
Ready Player One
it was amazing
LOVED this. Started out with the audiobook (highly recommended - Wil Wheaton is a GREAT narrator), got about halfway through, and then switched over t ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
We Should All Be Feminists
it was amazing
I feel like I should just buy copies of this by the gross and hand them out whenever people brag that they aren't feminists, don't like feminists, don ...more
Feb 26, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths
really liked it
I enjoyed this. Ryan Britt is my kind of a geek -- a bad geek, a la Roxane Gay's bad feminist, as he puts it in the intro.
Dec 26, 2015
Dec 26, 2015
Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself
liked it
From the review I read of this book, I expected it to be mostly about managing a work-life balance. It certainly addressed that, but overall was more ...more
May 2008
May 13, 2008
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
it was amazing
This certainly isn't great literature or anything, but come on, how could I NOT love it?
Mar 05, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
James and the Giant Peach
it was amazing
Read aloud to Ian. He ADORED it. I really didn't remember much about the plot beyond the very beginning, so it was fun for me to read, too.
Dec 20, 2015
Dec 10, 2015
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