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The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
did not like it


But swap in the UK for "cloud".

I've read all of Bryson's other stuff, far as I recall. I have greatly enjoyed it. I laughed so hard
Nov 26, 2015
Oct 17, 2015
Sub Rosa
liked it
Uhh... something about the importance of memory and having a past. And magical hookers.
not set
Dec 12, 2010
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
it was ok
Can't entirely pin down whether it was the tone/style, all the people name-dropped, or the salaciousness of it all, but the book leaves you inclined n ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War
liked it
An interesting look at the consequences of history-shaping events. In this case, due to the carnage of WWI, after there were ~2 million "Surplus Women ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
it was amazing
This, along with Essex County (another recent read), should be added to the Canadian high school English curriculum. So quintessentially Canadian, so ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 29, 2014
Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa
it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. An excellent example of kintsugi (hopefully using that right). While books like Shake Hands with the Devil will rip you apart (t ...more
Oct 06, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
it was amazing
Love, love, love. Fairy tale! Magic! Beasties! Villains! Metaphors! Women with agency and swords!
Jul 2015
May 31, 2015
The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy
really liked it
Take every altered eating recommendation with a grain of salt, but Sisson lays out in a lot of detail why Primal recommends nuking grains, sugar, and ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Assigning zero stars is intentional. I read a third and couldn't take any more.

I imagine E.L. James is laughing all the way to the bank, and good on '
Aug 14, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
liked it
Has an interesting tone that is not unfamiliar in CanLit. There's sex and death, but no incest or drowning. :)

Not a bad read, and extra poignant post-
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Irma Voth
did not like it
Didn't finish. I've accepted that I just can't read her stuff. Her style and her characters annoy the crap outta me.
May 08, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
it was amazing
This book is admittedly snack-sized, especially considering the depth and complexity of the topic, but I appreciate how approachable Baron-Cohen makes ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
it was amazing
This story is nuts. I knew the tiniest sliver of it, but the reality boggles the mind.

A black woman is diagnosed with a particularly virulent cervica
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Eating Animals
really liked it
Doesn't really cover any ground you wouldn't know about if you've read Omnivore's Dilemma, seen Food Inc., etc., however, I can see it being a very un ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Children of Earth and Sky
liked it
Enjoyable enough, but his stuff is starting to feel a bit dated. Like a series you read as a teenager that wasn't quite... it when you went back years ...more
Jun 28, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
Beyond Belfast: A 560 Mile Journey Across Northern Ireland On Sore Feet
it was ok
Normally I quite enjoy Ferguson's work, and his other travel books provided at least a few LOLs. But this I just found... boring. Ireland is stunning, ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 11, 2011
How To Be A Bush Pilot: A Field Guide To Getting Luckier
really liked it
As anyone can tell you, there aren't enough Os in "smooth" to describe me. Plus, y'know, I don't really spend much time seducing women...

However! This
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
Feverborn (Fever, #8)
did not like it
It was a good indication of how bad the last one was that coming into this one, I hardly remembered a damned thing.

Though that didn't really matter si
Jan 30, 2016
Dec 28, 2015
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs
really liked it
I have a feeling this would be a rather different read, depending on your own experiences and outlook. I have known a number of dealers and addicts an ...more
Jun 23, 2012
May 29, 2012
Fifteen Dogs
really liked it
I read two reviews of this before reading it, and both contained "ugly cry" warnings, so I'm the last person who should usually read such things. And ...more
May 29, 2015
May 11, 2015
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
really liked it
Hoarding has become, weirdly, kinda fashionable, largely thanks to those TV shows. This book sheds a lot of light on the psychology of hoarders and so ...more
not set
Jun 17, 2011
Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef
it was amazing
I was a tad surprised at how fascinating I found this book. While the author goes around the world ostensibly in search of the best hunk of beef out t ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
Jane Steele
it was amazing
Bloody good fun. Ignore the blurb. This is not a gothic retelling. It's satirical and dark and respects the language as it frolics with it. It knows t ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Apr 23, 2016
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
really liked it
I didn't really need to read a book on writing. I know how to write. I know how we get stuck and how to get unstuck, etc.

However, I came across a coup
Feb 12, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
it was amazing
A timely read for me, and really good stuff. Doesn't claim that stress is the only thing that affects our health, but illustrates scientifically and a ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
Poles Apart
really liked it
I wasn't as big a fan of Terry's last one, but this was back on track for me being sweet and fun and funny.

Got to attend a reading last week where he
Nov 04, 2015
Nov 01, 2015
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
really liked it
Given my readings and taste, I'd have gone for something more in depth and detailed/longe. The history stuff alone is fascinating, and a chapter on th ...more
Oct 03, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence
Didn't finish this one. Nothing wrong with it, just found it fairly repetitive from Grossman's other work that I've read. Sad to say, too, but it's al ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
really liked it
This isn't self-help, nor is it light reading. It will kick you in the feels when you're not expecting it (including when you're not even reading). Yo ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2012
Back from the Dead: One Woman's Search for the Men Who Walked Off America's Death Row
liked it
Cheever's is/was a lawyer who witnessed the execution of her Death Row client, which (unsurprisingly), profoundly affected her. She became haunted by ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2011
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