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Abandon (Abandon, #1)
3.71
did not like it
Oh man I hated this book. I only picked it up (well, downloaded it - audiobook) because when I was a little girl, my favorite character in Greek mytho ...more
May 07, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
The House at Tyneford
3.78
it was ok
Audiobook.

This might take a while. My damage with this book, beginning with the most egregious issues:

1. The main character, Elise, is absolutely unli
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Jul 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
 
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.47
did not like it
The thing about a book like this - a book about a journey through some topic or other where the author's presence is overt - is that the author has to ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
 
Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy
3.96
did not like it
This book made me so mad I didn't just want to stop reading it. I wanted to throw it across the room.

It's not even because the author seems to patentl
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Mar 13, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
 
Known and Unknown: A Memoir
3.79
really liked it
OH YES I DID. Unabridged version and all.

I'm a sucker for a good memoir. It doesn't matter if you agree with Donald Rumsfeld or approve of everything
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Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
 
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith
3.51
really liked it
The Book of Mormon Girl is half hilarious, half heartbreaking. Joanna Brooks is almost exactly ten years older than me, so I was surprised (and deligh ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
 
The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran
3.45
really liked it
Author Hooman Majd took his American wife and toddler son to live in Iran for a year. Even though I've never been to Iran, so much of this book resona ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
 
The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood
4.14
it was amazing
Little House on the Prairie, revolutionary Russia style. Lots of family members and family traditions and momentous events seen through a child's eyes ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
3.76
This is probably the saddest book I've ever read. Even knowing that Jon Krakauer loves a good dispute he can really sink his teeth into - as long as h ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
 
City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism
3.91
really liked it
I'm not sorry I didn't read this book before moving to the UAE, but I do wish I had read it sooner after our arrival. It answered so many questions I' ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
 
Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood
4.11
it was amazing
My across-the-street neighbor is from Sarajevo. One time we got to chatting while our kids played and she told me the story of how she emigrated to Am ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
 
One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway
4.31
it was amazing
Perfection. This book made me sob. Not cry, sob. I am amazed at how the author turned what is ostensibly a book about a monster into a book about warm ...more
Nov 07, 2015
Nov 07, 2015
 
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
4.03
it was amazing
Second reading March 2016:
The feels in this book are off the charts. I love it so much. Not sure if I can bear to re-read book 2 unless book 3 is alre
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Mar 06, 2016
Jul 12, 2015
 
The Crown (The Selection, #5)
3.80
did not like it
Probably this year's best hate-read (one can only hope). But let's get into this a little.

This is a book-world where in the far-off future (but not to
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Jun 28, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
 
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
3.89
it was amazing
I grew up hearing bits and pieces of this story from my mom (who is the same age as Hearst and also grew up in CA). So I always knew it was a crazy st ...more
Sep 12, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
 
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains
3.87
it was amazing
How have I never read this book before? It's a little bit The Count of Monte Cristo, a little bit A Pair of Blue Eyes, and a little bit Little House o ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam
4.13
really liked it
My favorite part of this book came early on:

"All religions are inextricably bound to the social, spiritual, and cultural milieux from which they arose
...more
Oct 17, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
 
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
4.72
really liked it
If you are a faerie book person and don't mind a slice of sexytimes with your faerie books, then READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW.

If you are not a faerie bo
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Sep 24, 2016
Sep 24, 2016
 
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
3.86
it was amazing
Heartbreaking. I have read my share of Romanov books, most notably Nicholas and Alexandra, but Rappaport has stripped away the politics and posturing ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
 
What to Eat
4.03
it was amazing
What to Eat is the antidote to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Where AVM screeched and keened about how eating certain foods makes us horrible people, Wha ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
 
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
3.96
it was amazing
My mom has been telling me to read this book for years. I am so glad I finally did. It's difficult to explain why I loved it so much. It's full of rea ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
 
The Scorpio Races
4.08
it was amazing
Second reading May 2015: Delicious, delicious book. I loved it even more the second time around. This was the book that made me give The Raven Boys a ...more
May 25, 2015
Aug 10, 2012
 
Prodigy (Legend, #2)
4.29
did not like it
DNF. This series is dead to me. I got 25% through (as per my Kindle), and in that space of time, I encountered THREE deal-breaking moments. I let it g ...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
3.93
really liked it
Another thorough and thought-provoking book from Kaplan. Monsoon had a very personal feel for me. Although it is only very peripherally about the UAE, ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
The Martian
4.39
it was amazing
One of my favorite books of the year, FO SHO. I loved how even if I couldn't always follow the minutiae of the science, I could always understand the ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
The Heir (The Selection, #4)
3.85
did not like it
Welp, I found this year's FLAMES. FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE book! Look, it's not the book's fault that I read most of it while unhappily awake in ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
 
A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran
3.66
liked it
Audiobook.

3.5 stars. Always interesting, but I've read better captivity-narrative books, even ones that take place in Iran, specifically. Plus, I coul
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May 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
The Chemist
3.69
liked it
This book reminds me a lot of The Actor and the Housewife in that my review goes something like "i do not usually read books like this but i read this ...more
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 13, 2017
 
I'll Give You the Sun
4.14
it was amazing
This is Jacob Have I Loved for my adult self - twins with a love/hate relationship, full of angst and parents doing their best but failing, the sea as ...more
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017
 
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
4.58
it was ok
Not as sloppy as book 4, but somehow disappointing. In some ways, this sequel, out of all the sequels, is the most loyal to the story foundation laid ...more
Dec 04, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
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