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80,000 Hours: Find a fulfilling career that does good
4.14
it was ok
The premise of the 80,000 hours project appeals to me - think critically, in-depth and vastly, about your career's trajectory and how you can create t ...more
Jan 02, 2017
Dec 13, 2016
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.76
really liked it
As a collection of love stories (not sappy pocketbook love but a real, gritty, difficult love), it has powerful moments: 

Even Magda wasn’t too hot on
...more
Feb 21, 2016
Feb 13, 2016
 
Jesus Was a Feminist: What the Gospels Reveal about His Revolutionary Perspective
3.65
did not like it
I will preface this by saying that I have quite progressive views of Catholicism and religion in general: Yay Pope Francis, social justice, liberation ...more
Nov 22, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
 
The World I Live In
4.01
it was amazing
The World I Live In is a read delightful as it is insightful. Helen Keller's poetic musings on the beauty and perception of nature invoke those of Tho ...more
Jan 16, 2016
Oct 12, 2015
 
Allerleirauh
4.00
liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Some of the most memorable YA fiction for me (Jane Yolen) have been story re-tell
...more
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 09, 2016
 
Shaler's Fish
3.14
it was ok
Very dense. If I were a little more interested, I might take the time to go through this volume with Merriam-Webster, Wikipedia, and several cups of t ...more
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
 
Lullabies
4.03
did not like it
Of these poems, perhaps I liked three.

Leav certainly matured since her debut Love & Misadventures, while retaining her focus on an audience of lo
...more
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
Bone Tongue: A Collection of Poetry
4.32
really liked it

Siobhan first caught my eye as a talented poet on Tumblr. She is a fearless wordsmith. While Siobhan unearths nouns and adjectives from the depths of

...more
Feb 15, 2016
Feb 13, 2016
 
Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems
3.89
it was ok
The premise was promising -- a collection of swan songs? deathbed reflections from some of humanity's greatest poets (from the Western canon, as curat ...more
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 09, 2016
 
Love & Misadventure
4.02
did not like it
As her bio says, Leav aims for her writing to express “a complexity beneath its childlike facade.” I get the concept, but I didn’t connect with the en ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories
4.13
it was amazing
I came for Rashōmon and In A Grove (re Kurosawa's film), I stayed for Hell Screen and (the posthumous autobiographical piece) Spinning Gears. Those la ...more
Aug 08, 2016
Jul 26, 2016
 
The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
4.01
liked it
Lofgren's first few chapters were promising. Even through his stranger, more uncomfortable word choices, Lofgren was initially on the path to capturin ...more
Jan 08, 2016
Dec 18, 2015
 
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
3.73
did not like it
Too longwinded and dry for leisure reading, not rigorous enough for academic research. And the cover is tacky. Hillbilly Elegy is a more enjoyable and ...more
Jan 07, 2017
Dec 19, 2016
 
nejma
4.05
it was amazing
waheed has an acute ability to wrench your heart with no more than a few words. each poem unravels you, leaving you raw and hurting in the way that ai ...more
Jan 02, 2016
Dec 03, 2015
 
Negroland
3.61
liked it
A fascinating foray into the world of Jefferson's world and the tensions between her upper middle class economic status, her race as an African-Americ ...more
Nov 19, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
 
Poor Folk
3.75
it was ok
Was okay. Mostly unmemorable. I liked the letter format. I can’t believe how young Dostoeyevsky was when he wrote this.
May 31, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
 
Extraordinary Leadership
3.71
did not like it
Eh. It was a complimentary audiobook, I can’t complain. Made for nice background noise when jogging.
Jan 2015
Dec 04, 2015
 
Not My Bowl of Rice
3.00
did not like it
The way the Escober takes pains to explain every single Tagalog word (even transliterating putang ina mo), belief, and pop culture reference is taxing ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Feb 21, 2016
 
Doveglion: Collected Poems
4.25
did not like it
Disingenuous. A second-rate Cummings.
Jun 15, 2016
Jun 16, 2016
 
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
4.19
really liked it
“I fear that I crammed too many sights in the tour,” Haidt says in his conclusions. I concur. The Righteous Mind is breathtaking in scope. Perhaps a l ...more
Jan 24, 2016
Dec 04, 2015
 
How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation
3.98
liked it
What a mouthful of a title, huh? In my experience, those who grow up practicing Catholicism express the grandeur and drama of the Church in other ways ...more
Jul 18, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
 
The Japanese Lover
3.80
liked it
First half read like a dream. Smooth, promising prose and an intriguingly complex set of characters. I cried while reading some of the depictions of h ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
Trail of Broken Wings
3.95
it was ok
I appreciate Badani for putting forth a book with powerful themes that are largely ignored in the western canon; namely, a transnational South Asian f ...more
Jan 22, 2016
Dec 03, 2015
 
Son (The Giver, #4)
3.98
did not like it
The Giver was an easy read and a reminder to keep questioning what values shape our society and how we determine our individual and collective futures ...more
Jul 2015
Aug 01, 2015
 
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now
4.13
it was ok
The occasional self-help article is all right, but I start feeling desperate when I resort to looking for solutions to my quarter-life identity crises ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
 
Animal Farm
3.90
it was amazing
The theme and decor of my freshman-year dorm was to the tune of Animal Farm. There were posters with The Rules and clothed pigs standing upright. It w ...more
Jul 2015
Aug 01, 2015
 
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
3.86
liked it
On our way to work, my mom and I took up to listening NPR/Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Often, NPR: Morning edition brings in guest speakers to talk about thi ...more
Aug 2015
Jul 17, 2015
 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
4.51
really liked it
Have you read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, that famous bastion of liberal morass? I’m in trudging through it, and let me tell you, ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 09, 2015
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** In the third or fourth grade, while my friends across the hall were assigned The Giver, I was in the other class that was instead as ...more
Aug 2015
Jul 18, 2015
 
H is for Hawk
3.73
it was amazing
One of the most beautifully written modern works I've read. This book details Macdonald's account of her training a goshawk, a monstrous bird-of-prey, ...more
Oct 15, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
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