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Free Will
3.83
liked it
I like padding my reading challenge with ridiculously short books.
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
 
Europe
4.17
it was amazing
I wavered between 4 and 5 stars, because there are some parts -- mostly in the beginning -- that I forced myself to trudge through. But that was only ...more
Aug 31, 2010
Dec 14, 2009
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
liked it
Somehow I feel like this is somewhere between three and four stars for me, but that isn't fair considering all the sports crap I have given four stars ...more
Jun 06, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
 
FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History
4.29
really liked it
This second book by the guys at Free Darko is much better than the first. This eccentric look at basketball history manages to hit the important point ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
4.03
liked it
I guess this book is okay. Many of the studies talked about I had already read about somewhere on the internet, and for whatever reason I was hoping a ...more
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played
4.09
really liked it
I feel like there are more than a few sports books in this format: a recount of the game/match/event with information and anecdotes and backstories in ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
Grantland Quarterly, Vol. 2
3.94
liked it
I rarely read the site, but I figured there had to be enough decent writing on the site to fill a collection like this over a few months. It's a shame ...more
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
The Only Game in Town: Sportswriting from The New Yorker (Modern Library Paperbacks)
4.04
really liked it
The best essays are the ones about insane skiers and surfers and boxing managers. Screw the pieces on Lance Armstrong, Shaquille O'Neal, and Tiger Woo ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Aug 26, 2011
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.70
it was ok
Ok, I know it deserves more than two stars, but fuck if this wasn't the densest novel I've ever read. Not that I've ever been a particularly voracious ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
 
God Save the Fan: How Steroid Hypocrites, Soul-Sucking Suits, and a Worldwide Leader Not Named Bush Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports
3.70
did not like it
I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever rea ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
The Hall of Nearly Great
4.19
really liked it
A fun collection of essays about baseball players that deserve to be remembered more than they are. Obviously, the quality is going to vary in a colle ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
The Screwtape Letters
4.21
liked it
This was at least a short, amusing read. There are definitely aspects of human emotion and society where Lewis has some good points and insight, but t ...more
not set
May 26, 2010
 
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
4.53
it was amazing
Don't BUY this book. Just read it in Borders or Barnes and Noble or Waterstone's. It's what I did and it took 10 minutes. It's just a commencement spe ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 02, 2010
 
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
3.95
liked it
Ripped through the special illustrated edition at B&N and it was just like the original, only prettier. A very easy and enjoyable read, just nothi ...more
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
it was amazing
Loved it.
Jun 28, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
 
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
4.05
really liked it
I feel like I come down in the three star to four star decision often, and I always round up. Despite this guy using more parenthesis than I've ever d ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
really liked it
Yep, I enjoyed it. Thought about 3 stars instead, but considering I ripped through it fairly quickly by my standards, I'll give it 4. Maybe my anticip ...more
Mar 27, 2011
Jan 19, 2010
 
The Postmortal
3.79
liked it
You can tell that Drew is a blogger, considering the majority of chapters are extremely short and the overall plot is at once believable and yet absol ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
 
Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities
4.22
it was ok
Since the last review where I mentioned the yearly reading challenge went over so well, I figured I should "read" another short book. I put read in qu ...more
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Mere Christianity
4.31
it was ok
Seems like there's an analogy on every page comparing some aspect of Christianity or God to an everyday or universal experience. Surprisingly, nothing ...more
May 31, 2011
May 29, 2011
 
Among the Thugs
4.07
really liked it
A disturbingly honest account of an American amidst UK soccer -- wait, football -- hooligans of 25 years past. Buford admits he feels a rush during nu ...more
May 11, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
Amazin' Avenue Annual 2011
4.75
it was amazing
This annual was 5 stars for me; I don't give a crap about people who are not baseball or Mets fans. They improved this edition in every possible way o ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
 
Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong
4.01
it was amazing
It may be easy for me to give a baseball-related book 5 stars, and I may have already known most of the things talked about in this book, but it doesn ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
 
Pitching in a Pinch: Baseball from the Inside
3.59
it was ok
I love baseball, but damn, this was only good for the jargon they used 100 years ago. This could be due to playing baseball for most of my life and, a ...more
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015
 
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004
3.94
really liked it
I'll probably buy a bunch more of these now. The piece on Dr. Francis Moore, a ground-breaking surgeon, was incredible; the one on cousin marriage in ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
The Trivia Lover's Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found
3.66
liked it
A fun little geographical trivia book, with some annoying trick/vague questions. It also has the occasional R A N D O M L Y bolded and capitalized wor ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
The Best of the Best American Science Writing
3.93
liked it
Even though this is supposed to be the best of the best, I didn't enjoy this collection as much as the 2004 Science and Nature edition I read previous ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens
4.11
liked it
I wrote a short review which took Goodreads a minute to fucking save so I just X'd out and now it's gone. In summary, this is the literary equivalent ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide
3.74
liked it
It's ok. Kinda hard to pull off a gimmicky book like this, but I laughed out loud a few times, and it was easy to rip through. And the book is depress ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure
4.24
liked it
A great coffee table book, even if some of the infographics are *too* detailed. Also, most of the material in this book is already on his site. Fun bo ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
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