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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
4.07
it was amazing
I've been reading this book, Antifragile, for almost four weeks. I call it reading. I've turned all the pages. I've read all the words. That's reading ...more
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Lab Girl
4.03
it was amazing
Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state.
Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting.
Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book.
Clue 4. No interest in picking up anot
...more
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 30, 2016
 
When I Was a Child I Read Books
3.89
really liked it
I’ll go ahead and say it: Marilynne Robinson is too smart for me. I can be a lazy reader, seeking the quick answer, the easy answer.

This is not a boo
...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
 
The Rules Do Not Apply
3.75
liked it
WARNING: Highly Opinionated Review to Follow

In my sixty years, I've learned a little about people. Not a lot, mind you, but a little. I can now separa
...more
Apr 05, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
 
Dead End in Norvelt
3.72
it was amazing
There are authors you suspect must be dead. Face it, when you haven’t heard anything from an author in years, you think they must have passed on and p ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.82
it was amazing
A good book, for me, is both revelatory and redemptive. This book is both.

It’s quite awful, horrifying, really, in the same way that We Need to Talk
...more
Jan 29, 2017
Dec 07, 2014
 
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks
4.08
really liked it
I grew up in the sixties when there was a strong movement toward moving back to natural foods. I had a mom who was a stay-at-home mother and prepared ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
 
Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home
3.77
really liked it
I finished reading this book yesterday and the first thing I thought of was, If you have cats, you will love this book. If you have animals in your ho ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
 
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult
3.77
really liked it
For a person who loves (LOVES, even) reading about children's literature like me, this book was a prized find at the Texas Library Association Confere ...more
May 10, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
Lonesome Dove
4.48
it was amazing
Look at the title. Take a look at that cover. Read the synopsis of the plot. Nothing about Lonesome Dove appeals to me. Yet I've read its 858 pages th ...more
Apr 06, 2016
not set
not set
Jul 31, 2009
 
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
4.43
it was amazing
I love Melissa Sweet's writing, but it's the illustrations she makes to accompany her text that wows me. Sweet's technique is unique; she uses a colla ...more
May 04, 2016
May 01, 2016
 
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
3.64
it was amazing
Now that I've read this book, you may as
well not bother trying to read my book
reviews; yes, that's right, I will now
be examining themes and moti
...more
Jan 2004
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Light of Paris
3.63
liked it
It had Paris in the title and an Eiffel Tower on the cover...I'm helpless in the face of these things to stop myself from nabbing this book.

It didn't
...more
Aug 02, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
 
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
4.34
it was amazing
Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Really. She reassures herself, as she goes home, alone, after working at a job where she speaks to no one, without family, w ...more
Jun 06, 2017
Jun 06, 2017
 
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
3.71
really liked it
This is my favorite kind of book: a book-about-books.

This is my favorite kind of author: a Reader. (Capital letter intended).

What is not to love?
Apr 08, 2017
Apr 08, 2017
 
The Hate U Give
4.56
it was amazing
Bing-bang. Do what I did, and read, bing-bang, Just Mercy and then The Hate U Give, and, man-oh-man, you can't help but feel the hurt, the cruelty, th ...more
May 25, 2017
May 23, 2017
 
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
3.63
really liked it
I have loved everything A. J. Jacobs has written so far, and I'm happy to say that I loved his new book, It's All Relative, too. Jacobs takes on huge ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
 
Turbo Twenty-Three (Stephanie Plum, #23)
3.77
liked it
I don't read series. Yet somehow I've read all twenty-three of these Stephanie Plum mysteries. How to explain that? It's the characters. I'm crazy abo ...more
Dec 04, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
 
The Overstory
4.36
it was amazing
I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm ...more
Apr 14, 2018
not set
Feb 10, 2018
 
A Cup of Friendship
3.59
really liked it
Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to a question, proceed to the next question. If you answer no at any time, drop this book imme ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
A Man Called Ove
4.35
really liked it
I know a lot of Oves. You can call them a lot of things—-grumps...curmudgeons—-but there is more to them than appears on the surface. People like Sonj ...more
Nov 26, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.90
This book arrived in the mail the other day. Great title. Great cover. I couldn't wait to read it.

Then I turned the book over and started reading th
...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
Maine
3.35
really liked it
Families are the places we share the most happy times and the most miserable times, the greatest joys and the most pain, places where people lift us u ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
4.03
really liked it
Let me sum this book up: To change behavior, you must do three things. One, you must change the person’s behavior. Two and three, you must change the ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Life After Life
3.33
really liked it
One of my constant worries as a reader is that a beloved author will disappoint. It is especially true when the beloved author hasn’t published anythi ...more
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
4.24
liked it
If you are a fan of Sherman Alexie, this is a book you need to read. It's a memoir of his life. It may surprise you to find out how much of his story ...more
May 15, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life
3.80
really liked it
A fast and furious fun look at a librarian’s favorite and not-so favorite books, written in the form of letters to the books.
Dec 03, 2017
Nov 19, 2017
 
Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life
3.93
really liked it
In January I received Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life from the publisher.

And I started drawing.


Drawi
...more
Mar 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
A Modern Way to Cook: 150+ Vegetarian Recipes for Quick, Flavor-Packed Meals
4.32
it was amazing
I'm not a vegetarian, so don't think I'm the usual sort who picks up this cookbook. And my husband is light-years from being a vegetarian, so he will ...more
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 05, 2016
 
Hausfrau
3.24
really liked it
It’s an uncomfortable feeling to read a good book with a main character you don’t like. Hausfrau is one such good book. The first sentence sets the mo ...more
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
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