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Gentle Birth Choices
4.14
it was ok
2.5 stars. A bit of decent info, but holy crap but it is hippie-dippy. Not good hippie either, but new age, psychic, touchy feeling creepy hippie. Als ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
 
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
3.92
liked it
Good info, but way too much filler and repetition. Also, I feel the author was so intent on pushing his exact method that he ignored the many ways tha ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
The Eumenides
3.86
it was ok
A real letdown of an ending to the trilogy. After all the drama of the first two, this one just turns it all into a big moralizing lesson on the justi ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
The Knights
3.47
really liked it
It's amazing to me how funny this play still is, more than 2000 years after it was first produced.
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
 
The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1)
4.22
it was amazing
Utterly fantastic.
Sep 02, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
4.19
it was ok
***Spoilers***....Kinda. Nothing you wouldn't learn in the first few chapters

Don't shoot me for the rating! I know it's an important book and all that
...more
not set
Sep 27, 2010
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.29
did not like it
Not a fan. The writing style is stilted and low-brow, obviously written by someone who is used to writing grociery-store checkout line novels, not lit ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2010
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
it was amazing
Fantastic, fantastic book. I could not recommend it more. Pollan takes a hard look at the philosophy of eating, and food production, from all sides, a ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
The Agricola and the Germania
3.98
liked it
The book is two distinct parts- Agricola, which is a standard, fairly dull biography of the author's father-in-law, which on it's own I'd rate two sta ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
Wuthering Heights
3.82
it was ok
Gets two stars for being well-written, but my Lord is this book hard to read. Not a single sympathetic character, and the single most depressing plot ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2010
 
War and Peace
4.11
really liked it
Good, solid Russian lit. Would have liked it a heck of a lot better without all the philosophizing Tolstoy does. The arrogant tone he takes in those s ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 15, 2009
 
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1)
3.82
liked it
If anyone else had written this, I don't think I'd have liked it much at all...but it's hard to hate anything Agatha Christie writes. Nevertheless, I ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
The House of the Seven Gables
3.45
liked it
One heck of a wordy book, but the story is excellent, so I'll forgive the prose for being so very purple. The story wraps up very neatly, too- no loos ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Sep 06, 2010
 
The Dream of the Red Chamber
4.12
it was amazing
Loved it, but wish I'd known this was only the first 56 chapters (of 120)- and it turns out that you can't get more than those chapters without turnin ...more
Nov 26, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
Mao Zedong and China's Revolutions: A Brief History with Documents
3.22
it was ok
Decent collection of primary source material, but the editor is in my opinion far too positive in his treatment of Mao. Also I'm totally burnt out on ...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)
4.04
liked it
Just ok. Definitely not as good as the first book. The characters were over-exaggerated, almost caricatures- worst of all Ramses, the most annoying ch ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Aug 03, 2014
 
Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England
4.14
really liked it
Wonderful social history of victorian london. Chock full of interesting facts. Would be 5 stars, but the book broods an awful lot on the more depressi ...more
Dec 14, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
 
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
3.98
really liked it
Excellent little book. It's to its credit that, despite how utterly annoying I found the narrator, I still was barely able to put it down. I can defin ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
Daily Life in Ancient Rome: The People and the City at the Height of the Empire
3.72
liked it
Rather interesting little book. It was written in 1940, and is hilariously 'of its time.' It was almost like a double history for me- of Rome, and als ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
 
Ethan Frome
3.36
liked it
In my opinion the weakest of Wharton's novels, but still quite good. For such a short piece, she manages to paint a detailed and poignant picture of h ...more
not set
Dec 22, 2009
 
China: A History
3.86
it was ok
Only finished this one because it's a bought copy. It's rather dull, and you can definitely tell that this is a commissioned work, not one written for ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
 
Northanger Abbey
3.80
really liked it
Not Austen's best, but a charming little book nonetheless, and for fans of her style, it's a delightful look into the early stages of her development ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Football
3.36
liked it
Not bad, good overview for a noob like me. The author is adorable- he knows his stuff, but is clearly a sportsman, not an intellectual. Very much an e ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
 
The Mysteries of Udolpho
3.37
it was ok
I tried, I really did. But I couldn't stand the main character, and found the entire thing incredibly overwrought and sentimental, even for a gothic w ...more
not set
Aug 29, 2011
 
Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery, #1)
3.58
it was ok
Not good, but a page turner. I'll read the next one to see if it gets better- perhaps the author gets a decent editor? It was fun though, and inoffens ...more
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
 
The Pilgrim's Regress
3.85
it was ok
Not my favorite. I love CS Lewis, but it really shows that this is his first Christian work, it's not nearly up to par with his later books.
Oct 17, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Life in a Medieval Village
3.86
liked it
3.5/5 Rather good, clearly written, but a little heavy on the minutia of the records and too light on information about day-to-day life.
Sep 06, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
 
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
4.12
liked it
Solid mainstream pregnancy guide. Emphasis on mainstream though- if you want information on more natural routes, there's not much here.
Aug 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
Dracula
3.98
it was amazing
Loved this. Loved it loved it loved it. And of course, wish that it were required reading for all twilight fangirls/boys.
Jun 2011
Sep 06, 2010
 
When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods & Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age
3.31
liked it
Decent, not particularly noteworthy. More narrative than social history, which isn't what I expected.
Jun 13, 2013
Sep 03, 2011
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