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Wuthering Heights
really liked it
Certain novels come to you with pre-packaged expectations. They just seem to be part of literature's collective unconscious, even if they are complete ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 21, 2007
A Moveable Feast
really liked it
Reading A Moveable Feast was a strange combination of pure pleasure and pure torture for me. On one hand, what could be better than reading a pseudo-m ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 01, 2008
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
liked it
My stepmother was the type of woman who painted the walls in our house eighteen different colors and wore turquoise-encrusted Kokopelli jewelry to sho ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 13, 2007
Smilla's Sense of Snow
it was ok
It took me two months to finish this book and not until the last three weeks and 150 pages of that endeavor did I realize that it is actually quite te ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 08, 2007
Cloud Atlas
liked it
First and foremost, this is a book about form. Four of the five stories are broken in half, each one ‘nesting’ (thanks, Chabon) inside the other until ...more
Aug 2007
May 14, 2007
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
it was ok
Ever since I heard--or rather, speculated on--the premise of this book, I wanted to support it. Wanted to get behind the woman who was willing to lay ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 08, 2007
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
it was ok
Stephenie Meyer should be sending handwritten thank-you notes to every sorry teenager (and masochistic adult) who continues to slog through her Harleq ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
it was ok
During the particularly bleak summer of my 11th year, I spent a month hiding from my wicked step-mother in the basement bedroom I shared with my siste ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 24, 2007
The Egypt Game
really liked it
I already had a sort of Egypt fixation when this book was read to me for the first time in 3rd grade. But this book took that fixation to a whole new ...more
May 16, 2010
Mar 26, 2007
The Expats (Kate Moore, #1)
it was ok
I was looking for a fast, fun read for a vacation that I took recently took and when The Expats (which, incidentally, was just listed as one of Bill O ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Princess of Burundi
it was ok
First, a note to people reading the American edition:

Initially, you might think that The Princess of Burundi is a Fargoesque tale about a violent murd
Feb 26, 2009
Jan 11, 2008
Tender is the Night
liked it
When I sit down to consider Hot American Expat Writers from the 20s (which I do often), I most often divide the field into two camps: The Romantic, Tr ...more
Aug 2006
Apr 04, 2007
it was amazing
Part of what continues to fascinate me about Scandinavian crime fiction is the routine respect with which the authors approach their genre--the real q ...more
not set
May 11, 2007
Booked To Die (Cliff Janeway, #1)
really liked it
I came across this book as part of an assignment for my "Rare Books and Special Collections Librarianship" class. The idea was that we should just rea ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Fair Play
it was amazing
Originally reviewed on Three Percent, here:

“There is no silence like sitting in a fog at sea and listening,”
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Rats Saw God
liked it
Now clearly (clearly), we all remember Rob Thomas as the creator of dearly-beloved teen-noir series Veronica Mars and as such, were collectively delig ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
My Life in France
really liked it
Years ago, in preparation for a class project in a YA Lit class in library school, my professor asked me who my hero was. (The having of a hero appare ...more
Nov 03, 2015
Oct 21, 2015
The Adults
it was ok
(Yes, there are spoilers.)

I heard about Allison Espach's debut novel, The Adults because, as a resident of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn herself,
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You
liked it
Helen Nichols has a reputation for being one of the best pitchers, and worst readers, in the sixth grade. She's also known as one of the biggest troub ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
it was ok
I read this book in about a week, in a couple rather long sittings. I enjoyed it—although I was, admittedly, a bit grossed out by the murder itself an ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 27, 2014
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
it was amazing
I read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter my Freshman year of college in what turned out to be a rather disenchanting lit survey course. (In a particularly ...more
not set
Mar 16, 2007
Reply to a Letter From Helga
really liked it
Review published in The Reykjavík Grapevine:


A frank and poetic meditation on nature, relationships, and th
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
it was amazing
Tana French is the author I've been waiting for in the wake of finishing all of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brody books. This is my jam. Wonderful writing ...more
Nov 23, 2016
Dec 01, 2016
The Savage Detectives
really liked it
Poets chasing poets chasing poets seem to be the real momentum behind Roberto Bolano’s The Savage Detectives. This sprawling, often opaque novel is bo ...more
Apr 20, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
The Greenhouse
it was amazing
Re-read for class, in Icelandic, October 2014. (Listened to audio book read by author, too.)

Re-read for new review, November 2012.

Reviewed for Icelan
Oct 29, 2014
Oct 03, 2011
Loitering with Intent
really liked it
Loitering with Intent is a delightful, effervescent sort of story, but hard to put your finger on. For one thing, (and here I'm generalizing on the ba ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
Not to Disturb
really liked it
Thanks to the excellent year-end stock in the English language section at our local used bookstore, I lucked out this Christmas with four beautiful Mu ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 30, 2014
The Expendable Man
really liked it
I picked up Dorothy B. Hughes' The Expendable Man on a whim, forgetting, actually, that I had added one of her other books, Blackbirder to my 'to-read ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
really liked it
My whole experience with this book was driven by entirely spontaneous circumstances, and I have to say that I am glad for it. The book is such a flurr ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
it was ok
I’ve been calling the Twilight series a teen Harlequin, but after reading Breaking Dawn I don’t actually think that entirely covers it. It’s more of a ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
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