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How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)
it was amazing
How do I rate this book? I rate it "Started reading it to my six year old but when he was too tired to continue I kept reading to myself and didn't pu ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Dad Jokes - Assault With A Dad-ly Weapon: Official Dad Gift Idea
liked it
When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time reading joke books. I mean a lot of time. I checked out all the joke books from the library, purchased as many ...more
Nov 13, 2018
Nov 12, 2018
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1)
liked it
I do not remember having read this before... yet I knew very basic elements and beats of the plot before they happened. Have I read Rabbit, Run before ...more
May 06, 2020
Apr 15, 2020
Outliers: The Story of Success
really liked it
Gladwell is tricky, and revealed in the idea that what lasts isn't necessarily what's true, but what's interesting. He focuses so heavily on what's in ...more
May 16, 2018
May 08, 2018
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
it was amazing
I haven't read a book quite so intensely as I did this one in a really long time. So delicious. I literally (sense 2) could not put it down.
Jun 21, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
Dept. of Speculation
it was amazing
So much of this book I had to read twice to either be sure of what I thought was being said or known or repeated that I think I made it three times as ...more
Feb 07, 2020
Feb 05, 2020
War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation
it was amazing
I have a confession to make. I'm not a history buff. When browsing book covers (no, you can't judge a book by it's cover, but you can't deny that ever ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
The Patron Saint of Liars
it was amazing
I don’t know how this seemed surprising and inevitable at the same time but here we are. Also Ann Patchett has a knack for ending her books before I t ...more
May 22, 2020
May 18, 2020
Eleanor & Park
really liked it
I guess what I wanted was for Eleanor & Park to go on and on, and not really ever end, but instead it stumbled toward reality, smacked against a pole, ...more
May 25, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
really liked it
Worth every penny.

Admittedly, I checked this out of the library... but it was still good, and I only had a few quibbles that are likely due to my exp
Feb 26, 2020
Feb 24, 2020
Dream Work
really liked it
I find myself

I find myself arguing with Mary Oliver, a bit. I was not expecting that. I wonder, though, if this isn’t a sign of value, that I cannot l
Mar 05, 2020
Feb 19, 2020
really liked it
Mmm Ann Patchett that thing you do. Your books linger.
Jun 23, 2020
Jun 21, 2020
My Dark Vanessa
liked it
Everybody is going to be talking about how amazing this book is and I just can't.
May 14, 2020
May 07, 2020
Dragon's Egg (Cheela, #1)
really liked it
I first read this many years ago. Uh. Wow. That makes me sound old. Okay, I first read this in the 80s. Okay, that doesn't sound any better. Anyway, I ...more
Jan 09, 2020
Jan 09, 2020
The Dutch House
it was amazing
I want to be Ann Patchett when I grow up.
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 04, 2020
To Kill a Mockingbird
it was amazing
Did you really think I would mark this as anything but five stars?

Actually I'm thinking I should write a piece on all the books I have yet to read bu
Apr 07, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
The Magnetic Girl
liked it
I thought I would like this better than I did... and honestly, I can't say that I disliked it so much as I found the pace and repetition a bit bothers ...more
Feb 15, 2020
Feb 11, 2020
Citizen Vince
it was amazing
I finally got around to reading Citizen Vince and it is my favorite Jess Walter so far. I do not know why it took me so long to get around to this one ...more
Feb 10, 2020
not set
Aug 27, 2019
Francis, the Little Fox
liked it
This is a book in search of a story. It reads very much like a tale told by a sleepy mom or dad at bed time, half asleep and meandering through the mu ...more
not set
Sep 28, 2013
The English Major
really liked it
I'd somehow forgotten about Jim Harrison. I went through a period of his books at the top of my list of loves for a while, so I'm not sure why. Maybe ...more
Mar 07, 2020
Mar 03, 2020
Famous Fathers and Other Stories
it was amazing
So far all I have to say is "yummy." And I've said that before. Deeply deeply moving. And surprising. And touching. And full of life and living.
Jan 04, 2008
Jun 20, 2007
Goodnight Moon
it was amazing
One of the three books my son demanded this morning. Luckily, this was not one with which he bonked me on the head.
Jun 2007
Jun 21, 2007
Then She Was Gone
liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars but GoodReads won’t let me.
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Another Day (Every Day, #2)
really liked it
I read both this and the previous book in this "series," titled "Every Day." The first was fun and thought provoking and made me wonder a lot about id ...more
Aug 2015
Jun 19, 2015
The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl With All the Gifts #2)
really liked it
I really enjoy M. R Carey's books and I believe that I have now successfully read them all. They make me think in ways I didn't know I was prepared to ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2018
Gone Girl
really liked it
Look. I read this a long time ago and though I reviewed it here. Where did my review go? I have no idea. What I do know is that this book was an amazi ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2018
Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha! (Junie B. Jones, #26)
really liked it
I've read this book so many times to my kids it feels like cheating to just be adding it here now. But cheating can be good for the soul, right?

not set
Feb 08, 2012
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
it was amazing
You think you know these stories, but you don't. The original tales as told by the Brother's Grimm, along with some fascinating history about how the ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2018
The Dog Stars
liked it
Frankly I found the style to be overwrought, the musky testosterone odor too romantic by two clicks, and would likely not have finished it if I weren' ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2013
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
it was ok
I’m not sure why I give a damn about Mr. Vance’s libertarian evaluation of what is wrong and right about his hillbilly family... Congratulation to Mr. ...more
Jan 10, 2020
Jan 10, 2020
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