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Belong to Me
it was ok
I am so surprised (and disappointed) to find myself giving this book 2 stars after having just given Love Walked In 5 stars. I can't help it though, I ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Aug 18, 2008
Veronika Decides to Die
it was ok
Who the heck decided that this book - out of the hundreds of millions of books out there - belonged on the 1001 books to read before you die list? Ser ...more
Sep 27, 2010
Apr 12, 2009
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
liked it
Mary Roach is a non-fiction writer for fiction lovers. She takes material that might otherwise be dry and academic and transforms it into amusing anec ...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
The Book of Awesome
really liked it
This was such a warm and fuzzy reading experience. Some of the entries brought with them a heavy dose of nostalgia, while others provoked the surprise ...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic
really liked it
I cannot for the life of me recall where I first heard about Selected Shorts. I might have even come across it by accident in my library's search engi ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Girl With Curious Hair
it was ok
I'm a little bit sad that I didn't like this more. I did really enjoy the first story, 'Little Expressionless Animals', but the rest were just ok. I s ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Morning, Noon, and Night: Growing Up and Growing Old with Literature
it was amazing
6/4/11 - I loved his commentary on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I actually got a bit misty eyed.

Arnold Weinstein was the indispensable guide t
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Jan 30, 2011
Unlocking the Air and Other Stories
liked it
Of all of the star ratings one can give a book, 3 stars has to be the worst. Maybe not for the author but surely for other readers. 3 stars is far fro ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
All My Friends
really liked it
When I was shelving this book, I almost clicked the 'poetry' tag without thinking about it. That's how gorgeous NDiaye's prose is. What a beautiful, t ...more
Jun 03, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Await Your Reply
liked it
Good book - hooked me from the get go. My one complaint is that I saw where the story was headed long before (I'm sure) Chaon intended. Otherwise I wo ...more
Jan 16, 2010
Nov 03, 2009
Willful Creatures: Stories
it was amazing
I had only planned on reading a story or two per day. Oops. Upon reading the first story ("Death Watch"), I was enchanted. It was the second story ("T ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
The Handmaid's Tale
it was amazing
“You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs", is what he says. "We thought we could do better."
"Better?" I say, in a small voice. How can he thi
Aug 06, 2015
Feb 18, 2009
Ape House
did not like it
I probably shouldn't be surprised that this book was so over the top; the description itself says it all. I guess I was just under the (mistaken) assu ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
The Deleted World
liked it
The bad news? About half of the poems in this (very) slim volume didn't really do much for me.
The good news? The other half I absolutely loved.

(Full d
Feb 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
it was ok
I would have preferred a more "just the facts, ma'am", technical style of writing than what this book ended up being: NF account of the Body Farm, a ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jul 25, 2013
The Vet's Daughter
From the description:
Harrowing and haunting, like an unexpected cross between Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King, The Vet's Daughter is a story of out
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Dec 03, 2011
The Haunting of Hill House
liked it
When I first read this book 6 years ago, I gave it 4 stars. Upon finishing it for the second time, I can't help but bump it down to three stars. It ju ...more
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Oct 07, 2016
Oct 03, 2016
House of Leaves
it was amazing
I can't even begin to wrap my (slightly aching) head around reviewing this book. Maybe I'll come back at a later date and attempt it. However, I can s ...more
Sep 17, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
Museum of the Weird
really liked it
I finished this book last weekend but I've been away from the computer this week and am just getting around to updating.

This was my first time readin
Feb 26, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
Nineteen Minutes
really liked it
I've read enough Jodi Picoult to see where this story was going long before it got there. Even so, it was a quick and engrossing read.
Sep 06, 2008
Aug 12, 2008
Sharp Objects
liked it
Not as good as her other two (Dark Places is the best), but still dark, twisty, and just what I needed.
Feb 19, 2014
Sep 06, 2009
Stay Awake
really liked it
I loved The Bees, which is the first story in this collection. I can't wait to read the rest.
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Jan 10, 2012
The Lake of Dead Languages
liked it
I would have rated this higher if the plot hadn't been so predictable and the ending so contrived.
Sep 12, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
it was amazing
Who doesn't enjoy a bit of intrigue, villainy, and heinous fuckery most foul every now and again?
Sep 23, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
Instruction Manual for Swallowing
not set
Apr 14, 2012
Never Let Me Go
it was amazing
I loved this book. Couldn't get it out of my head for quite some time.
Aug 28, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Don Quixote
really liked it
I cried at the end of this one. A lot, actually. Didn't see that one coming.
Jun 10, 2012
Jul 16, 2009
The Invention of Morel
really liked it
This has got to be the most Lost-like book I've read from the list.
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
Infinite Jest
Ugh, 2 false starts. Third time's gonna be the charm...
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Mar 10, 2009
it was amazing
You think you know, but you have no idea.
Jun 10, 2011
Oct 07, 2009
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