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This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (John Dies at the End, #2)
4.26
liked it
What ever I am reading on October 2 will be put aside for the day and a half it will take me to read this.

A more mature (well, relatively), and theref
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Oct 21, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
 
The River Why
4.23
really liked it
"And so I learned what solitude really was. It was raw material- awesome, malleable, older than men or worlds or water. And it was merciless -for it l ...more
May 04, 2010
May 06, 2010
 
The Missing World
3.33
liked it
Interesting premise, but did not quite live up to its promise. In the end, none of the characters were completely likable. Perhaps that was the point? ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Dec 10, 2008
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
3.96
did not like it
I generally agree with my kids on reading material. I love reading the Percy Jackson series with Sean. Annika and I look forward to each new Tiny Tita ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.04
liked it
Not a bad read (I did finish it after all), but I had a lot of problems with it. It is obviously derivative of a lot of stuff, handily listed in many ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.73
really liked it
4/21/15
A year later re-read, this time to the kids. They seemed to like it.

4/21/14
"But a man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed
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May 05, 2015
Apr 22, 2014
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
3.90
it was amazing
I was initially intimidated by the format of this novel, but I needn’t have worried. Think about what you like most in a good novel. Universal truths? ...more
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 13, 2017
 
Peacebound Trains
4.11
it was amazing
Re-read alongside my daughter. It is a beautifully written book, by a dear friend, with wonderful illustrations. I cannot recommend it strongly enough ...more
May 16, 2015
Jul 20, 2012
 
Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and the Making of the Modern World, 1945-1965
4.06
it was amazing
Excellent, engaging history of the Post-WW2 world that emerged from the far-flung European empires as they collapsed. Burleigh deftly flits from place ...more
Jul 28, 2015
Dec 30, 2013
 
Hotels of North America
3.23
really liked it
"When you embark on your journey, you set aside this notion of home, as if launching onto a whitecapped sea, certain that you are sturdy enough to let ...more
Jan 15, 2016
Dec 08, 2015
 
The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914
4.19
really liked it
Anniversaries of historic events are great for history buffs. The 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War has already seen at least thre ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Oct 25, 2013
 
Evel
3.76
really liked it
To an American boy in the early 1970s, Evel Knieval was a member of the Trinity. He, along with the Fonz and Steve Austin (the six million dollar man) ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Dec 04, 2011
 
Scrappy Little Nobody
3.90
really liked it
I was going to say that I read this as another entry to the library's summer reading passport (true enough). But who am I kidding? Who doesn't love An ...more
Aug 26, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
 
2666
4.20
really liked it
I truly did not know until the very end how I would feel about this work. It was at times difficult, compelling, frustrating, and beautiful. I now fee ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Dec 09, 2008
 
DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground
3.89
it was amazing
The series illustrates (literally I guess) the power and relevance of the graphic novel. The set-up is that while the US military is occupied overseas ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
 
Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm's Way
3.31
really liked it
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the sinking of Britain's most powerful surface units in Asia and the occupation of the Philippines, the Japanese Imp ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
3.86
really liked it
I have been sort of aimless in my reading habits of late. I picked up Alan Bullock's dual bio of Hitler and Stalin that I have been working on for som ...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
 
Letter to a Christian Nation
4.03
really liked it
“While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds imm ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
4.17
liked it
Picked up a copy at the International Studies Association conference. Love the Penguin booth!

I found the book's argument compelling, if a bit simplis
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Apr 22, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
4.14
liked it
For what it is, a narrative history of the 108 day Winter War, this book is fine. It is well written (but for some curiously archaic language such as ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
 
Juliet, Naked
3.48
really liked it
I hope my reviewing abilities are better than Duncan's!

Among many things he does in this book, Nick Hornby captures the experience of midlife very we
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Jun 15, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
 
A Gentleman in Moscow
4.37
it was amazing
I do not think I have ever, in these reviews, used the word 'charming' to describe a book, but this novel is utterly so. Elegantly written and well-pl ...more
Nov 17, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
 
The Heart of the Matter
3.98
really liked it
“Pity smouldered like decay at his heart. He would never rid himself of it. He knew from experience how passion died away and how love went, but pity ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
Spies of the Balkans
3.88
really liked it
A decent entry in Furst's series. The book gets by more on character than on a solid plot. The lead character, Costa Zannis is a special detective in ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Aug 29, 2010
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.64
really liked it
It took my suspension of disbelief a while to kick in to fully appreciate the book, but once I did, I was sufficiently intrigued by the mystery of Are ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
The Thirty Years War
4.14
it was amazing
A top-notch narrative history, this book is compellingly readable. While the new Wilson history has much more detail, background and analysis, Wedgwoo ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
 
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
4.01
it was amazing
Just won this from a Goodreads first-reads give away. Kidder is local and gave the commencement speech at my university graduation.

This is a remarkab
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Jun 2009
May 15, 2009
 
Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941
3.68
really liked it
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Japanese naval leaders debated the allocation of their resources between airpower and surface ships. In the end, th ...more
Jun 13, 2011
May 24, 2011
 
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
3.97
really liked it
In Mayflower, Philbrick did a brilliant job bring to life the Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth and the Natives with whom they came into contact. He at ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
really liked it
During the 2011 International Studies Association meeting, I attended a session on International Relations and the Zombie Apocalypse. This book was th ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
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