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Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick
did not like it
This book absolutely did not live up to its title. The title, Harry Potter and the Bible, implies that Abanes would go through the Harry Potter books ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Feb 16, 2008
Cracking the Da Vinci Code
it was ok
Hmmm.... not my favorite of the tDVC-related books I've read. It's basically an encyclopedia for some of the people, characters, ideas, and places tha ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Jul 03, 2007
The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code
did not like it
Ugh. This book is not good. Olson and Miesel seem to be attempting to make valid points (times when Brown made comments that weren't correct about Con ...more
Jul 13, 2012
Aug 06, 2010
Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally
it was ok
As Borg summarizes at the end of the first section of the book, "we will explore what it means to read the Bible as a combination of history and metap ...more
May 10, 2014
Jul 03, 2007
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books
it was ok
So... I know I've read other books like this one -- the history of a reader, why that person is a reader, what books that person has read, how certain ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature
really liked it
This is a book about Oulipo, a group of writers, mathematicians, and linguists in the 1960s on, who experimented with language and writing. That's a w ...more
Jul 17, 2014
Sep 07, 2008
Nancy Drew's Guide To Life
really liked it
A very cute little book with "tips" about dating, friendship, sleuthing, dressing, etiquette, and being a lady (among other topics) from Nancy Drew, b ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
it was ok
This wasn't a *terrible* book; it's actually a charming idea, but there wasn't much substance to it.

Here's the nice summary: the important thing about
Sep 13, 2017
Jan 31, 2008
The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life
it was ok
Ummm... this is a fine book, but just not what is advertised. The title and introduction say this is about what seven novels say about the stages of l ...more
Aug 28, 2017
Aug 06, 2010
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference
liked it
Good history of The Great Gatsby and its legacy.

- Fitzgerald's manuscript pages and proofs
- reviews from 1925
- correspondence between Fitzgerald and
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
The Da Vinci Codebreaker: An Easy-To-Use Fact Checker
it was ok
I'm not sure how much of a "codebreaker" I'd call this. I only made it a little way into section B (it's arranged alphabetically), and there were a lo ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
The Da Vinci Deception: 100 Questions about the Facts and Fiction of the Da Vinci Code
did not like it
1.5 stars

This book is just okay. It goes through "100 facts ... of The Da Vinci Code," but one of the "facts" it discusses is basically "Why does the
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Housekeeping vs. the Dirt
it was amazing
Just what I need: a book about other books, and a book that will lead me to other books to read. My bookshelves can't handle it!!!

Not only is this a b
Aug 15, 2008
Jun 27, 2007
Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller
did not like it
I gave this book 1 star because it almost always contradicts all of the other books I've been reading about The Da Vinci Code that I don't know if I c ...more
Sep 05, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Geisha, a Life
liked it
While reading about Memoirs of a Geisha, I learned that the woman Arthur Golden interviewed the most for his book was Mineko Iwasaki, and that when Me ...more
Apr 19, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
The Gospel Code: Novel Claims about Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci
really liked it
This is a REALLY good book, even though it rarely relates its content to The Da Vinci Code. It's just a really nice, thorough, well-written study of t ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
84, Charing Cross Road
really liked it
Ah, charming. And romantic (Not the huggy-kissy romantic, but Anne of Green Gables' Kindred Spirits-type Romantic). This book made me want to strike u ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
The Complete War of the Worlds: Mars' Invasion of Earth from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles [With 2 Audio CDs]
liked it
The portion of the book that was about H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds and Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" radio broadcast was good, a nice (i ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?
it was ok
Meh. Another book in my pile of The Da Vinci Code-related books. This one was similar to The Da Vinci Hoax at times (most times) with respect to tone ...more
Jul 20, 2012
Aug 06, 2010
Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene & Constantine
really liked it
I started my journey of reading books refuting The Da Vinci Code with The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code. Oh my God, that boo ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 03, 2007
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
it was ok
Sadly, it was just okay. Even though Nancy Pearl and my friend since first grade both think this is a great book, I was very meh about it.

I did appre
Dec 22, 2012
Jun 21, 2008
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
it was ok
Hmmm... this may be a "classic," but it sure wasn't with me.

The premise of the book is that it's going to teach you how to Read (i.e. understand) a b
Oct 06, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
Shakespeare Wrote for Money (Stuff I've Been Reading, #3)
really liked it
The third of three collections of Nick Hornby's book columns from Believer magazine.

"How can you ever understand a novel if you don't understand pain
May 04, 2010
Mar 07, 2009
Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture
it was ok
I received this book as a present, and I think the person who gave it to me didn't realize that it was a Bible study-type book, and thought it was mor ...more
May 11, 2012
Jul 03, 2007
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
really liked it
"Dictionaries that record and catalogue the language thus cannot ever be prescriptive; they must always be entirely descriptive, telling of the langua ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
Haiku U : From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables
really liked it
Some books like this -- books that try to summarize or parody classic books in a funny way -- fall flat, but this one worked for me. There were quite ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Feb 22, 2008
Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
it was ok
2.5 stars-- More than just "it was okay," but less than I "liked it."

I have a few problems with this book.
1) Every chapter after the first has a che
Jul 25, 2012
Feb 08, 2009
The Silence of Bartleby
really liked it
Good critical essays about Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener." I like McCall's analyses and his supports, as well as how he incorporates othe ...more
Oct 2010
Nov 16, 2008
So Many Books, So Little Time
liked it
I didn't get a lot of book recommendations from this book, but it *is* a great look into the life of a reader, and describes what it feels like to be ...more
Dec 30, 2016
Nov 08, 2008
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
it was ok
I'm a bit conflicted about how to rate this one. If you asked me how I felt about it, I'd say "Eh, it was ok," but if you asked me to rate it on a sca ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Aug 25, 2007
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