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The Annotated Lolita
3.88
really liked it
I think a lot of people think this book is smut about pedophilia and child porn. Yes, Humbert Humbert likes sex. Yes, he talks about it some. Yes, a l ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Aug 10, 2007
 
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
3.68
it was ok
I don't know how I feel about this book. It was a math-related book, which is good (Math! Yay! Fun!), but... I just ... It wasn't as good as other mat ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.06
it was ok
Ermmm.... Kurt Vonnegut and I still aren't friends. But EVERYONE says what a great (groundbreaking, influential, amazing) book this is, and it's on th ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
 
How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evening: A Collection of Literary Encapsulations
3.29
did not like it
Funny synopses/alternate versions of classics everyone "should" read/know.
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I had to give up on this on
...more
May 17, 2010
Jan 11, 2008
 
Radio On: A Listener's Diary
3.42
it was ok
I have an ex who, at least while we were dating and before then, LOVED Sarah Vowell. When I asked said literate then-boyfriend for a list of books I s ...more
Jul 03, 2017
Aug 10, 2007
 
Book: A Novel
3.82
did not like it
The book's description hyped this up in such a way that I thought I'd love it: murder on a college campus, a missing novel, etc. But I thought it was ...more
Jun 07, 2017
Aug 10, 2007
 
Typee
3.52
liked it
This edition is a wonderfully comprehensive version. The text used here is based on Melville's original, unexpurgated version (i.e. not the version wh ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
Enduring Love
3.62
really liked it
Partway through chapter 2, I realize this is a disturbing and gruesome story. I was reading it on the bus at 8 a.m. on a very sunny day, and was so di ...more
Apr 25, 2017
Aug 10, 2007
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference
3.94
liked it
Good history of The Great Gatsby and its legacy.

- Fitzgerald's manuscript pages and proofs
- reviews from 1925
- correspondence between Fitzgerald and
...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
 
Postmodern Pooh
3.78
it was ok
2.5 stars

Maybe I just hold Winnie the Pooh too dearly, but I couldn't completely enjoy the things that were written in this book. I do see the satire
...more
Mar 13, 2010
Jul 03, 2007
 
Confessions of an English Opium Eater
3.30
liked it
This edition also includes "The English Mail-Coach" and the "Suspiria de Profundis."

de Quincey's prose is beautiful, I'll give him that. Some of the w
...more
Feb 24, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
 
The Labyrinth of Solitude
4.12
liked it
Erm, 2.5 stars. It definitely had interesting moments and really insightful parts, but it just seemed so dense and long in places. But still, good ess ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Jan 11, 2008
 
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
3.76
it was ok
Ermmm.... It was okay at some points, but really tedious through most of it. Did not love this; not even sure I liked it.
May 20, 2017
Aug 10, 2007
 
Triphammer
4.25
really liked it
I could not believe that the guy who wrote Bluebird Canyon wrote Triphammer. The Triphammer character in Canyon is often written in such a crass tone, ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
4.10
it was ok
I read about a third of this in one day, and just didn't feel like I needed to continue. The friend who recommended it to me said something like this ...more
Jan 29, 2017
Aug 10, 2007
 
The Crack-Up
3.93
liked it
This book reminded me of a Norton Critical Edition, but without the main story. It has a couple of little essays that FSF wrote, notably "The Crack-Up ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
 
Foucault's Pendulum
3.89
it was ok
Well, the first 200-or-so pages were good, the last 100 pages were good, it was just the 233 in the middle that weren't as good. Not that they were Ba ...more
Sep 17, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
 
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
3.94
it was ok
*sigh* Vonnegut and I were just not made for each other. I mean, his books are tolerable, but I don't love them. I wouldn't even choose to pick one up ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 10, 2007
 
Only Revolutions
3.20
did not like it
10/24/11: I'm reading Only Revolutions: not sure how i feel about the text, but the physical book is amazing -- colors, page texture, upside-down, rev ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
 
Frankenstein
3.75
really liked it
I know people often say that the book is nothing like the movie, but in my defense, I've also never seen the movie. So, with that said, let me add to ...more
May 06, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
 
Six Tales of the Jazz Age (and Other Stories)
3.85
really liked it
I really, really like Fitzgerald's writing style, especially in his short stories. I think Fitzgerald could be the Great Find of my adult years (Amazi ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Mathematical Experience
4.01
it was ok
From the preface: "The book is not intended to present a systematic, self-contained discussion of a specific corpus of mathematical material, either r ...more
Mar 21, 2016
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Love of the Last Tycoon
3.65
it was amazing
I never had to read any F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school, and all I knew about him was that he wrote The Great Gatsby. In an English class in colleg ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Broom of the System
3.84
liked it
My first proper David Foster Wallace book. I used to have a friend who LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED Wallace, to the point of incorporating many of DFW's wri ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Aug 10, 2007
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.68
it was ok
Well. Ummm... Hmmm.... So....

I've noticed on Goodreads that people tend to fall into either the "Oh my God! I LOVE this book!" camp, or the "Oh my God
...more
May 19, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
 
Mrs. Dalloway
3.78
liked it
The book's description says this is the story of one day in Clarissa Dalloway's life, as she's preparing to throw a party, but really, it follows not ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
 
What Maisie Knew
3.43
it was ok
2.5 stars.

I read this book because I liked so many of James' short stories, but... I don't know. It just wasn't as good as the other stories I've read
...more
Nov 18, 2010
Jul 03, 2007
 
Me Talk Pretty One Day
3.97
it was amazing
Oh so long ago, I asked my now-ex-boyfriend to make a list of books I should read. On the very long list of books was "Anything David Sedaris Has Writ ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Aug 09, 2007
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.30
liked it
The first half was good and interesting to me; the second half was good, I think, but not as interesting to me.

The first half really focuses on art (m
...more
Apr 23, 2015
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics
3.83
liked it
Man, I used to consider myself decently intelligent when it came to math, but I'm telling you, some of these mathy books I've read this year and last ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 03, 2007
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