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Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
3.44
it was amazing
What a phenomenal and utterly disturbing book. I learned:

1) The identity of Jack The Ripper, with 98% certainty, is the British artist Walter Sickert,
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Apr 23, 2010
Mar 19, 2008
 
If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
3.76
it was amazing
I didn't think this series could get more disturbing, but it most certainly does. Unlike the first two installments of this tragedy, this volume is to ...more
Mar 05, 2018
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
The Brief History of the Dead
3.67
it was amazing
This was an incredibly profound book, and I have a feeling that it will shape the way I see the world and death from now on. I really wasn't expecting ...more
May 24, 2015
May 19, 2015
 
The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe
4.06
it was amazing
This book is a punch in the gut. If I were to find out that my beloved River Phoenix had not died of a drug overdose, but rather somebody had poisoned ...more
May 06, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Change of Heart
3.92
it was amazing
This was, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read and the first time I have seen someone take a Stephen King idea and make it so much bet ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
 
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
3.96
it was amazing
Devastatingly beautiful. This is the first book I've ever read about my people in Sri Lanka, and it was eerie to see stories I heard growing up about ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Oct 02, 2015
 
It
4.21
it was amazing
October 8, 2017:

So much better than the crappy new adaptation. The social themes especially the tale of The Black Spot and white supremacists in Derry
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Oct 08, 2017
Aug 27, 2016
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 2000
Apr 1995
Mar 1989
not set
Mar 19, 2008
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.28
it was amazing
This muggle sure can write. And does she ever know how to make me cry, even when she's not writing about Harry Potter.

I thought this was a marvelous
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May 2015
Apr 30, 2015
 
Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
4.15
it was amazing
Absolutely a must-read for every American, and also for anyone who wants to understand the true roots of the Second Amendment and American gun culture ...more
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 08, 2017
Oct 08, 2017
 
Duma Key
3.93
it was amazing
Feb. 17, 2011:

I have a real thing for stories about artists who make "live" paintings. Man, this book was creepy and not just because I'm scared of th
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May 24, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
 
In Cold Blood
4.06
it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe how conflicted I feel about the events in this book.

Occasionally, I would get so caught up in Capote's beautiful storyt
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Mar 12, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
 
How to Make an American Quilt
3.60
it was amazing
What a beautiful novel. I couldn't believe how much she packed into such a slim volume. The decades, the history, the intimate details of a group of q ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Chang and Eng
3.29
did not like it
UGH.

I have no problem with people writing stories outside their own race and culture, but only if they do it properly, with compassion and understand
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Sep 22, 2016
Sep 21, 2016
 
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)
3.89
it was amazing
What VC Andrews has done with this book is quite brilliant: She's gone to the beginning of the Flowers in the Attic saga and told how things started f ...more
Feb 27, 2018
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
3.80
it was amazing
I first read this novel in middle school and I honestly don't remember it being this good. The story of a woman who marries her her half-uncle and has ...more
May 02, 2012
not set
Oct 15, 2009
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.24
it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It went in directions that really surprised me, and the writing is so beautiful you can feel it in your bones. I've long ...more
Sep 23, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
 
Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula
3.88
it was amazing
I read this book ages ago and just pulled it off my shelf for research today to find that I've never reviewed it on here. Talk about an oversight. Thi ...more
Apr 06, 2003
Apr 06, 2016
 
The Language of Secrets (Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak, #2)
3.76
really liked it
This was a fascinating insight into how people get radicalized and how that process leads to so many different levels of violence. The story is also a ...more
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
 
She Walks These Hills (Ballad, #3)
4.08
it was amazing
An absolutely charming story about Appalachia, weaving history together with the present and giving a gorgeous portrait of life in one of the oldest a ...more
Jan 2001
Mar 19, 2008
 
The Girl on the Train
3.89
really liked it
The writing is beautiful and taut, and I loved how the trains were a main character in the story. As someone who has spent hundreds of hours of her li ...more
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
 
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier
3.88
it was ok
While I appreciate that many of the pending questions from Twin Peaks season 3 were answered here, this book only reaffirms my new belief that the 18 ...more
Nov 09, 2017
Nov 09, 2017
 
The Night Circus
4.04
it was amazing
My love affair with magical realism thusly rekindled. I adore this book. I would marry it, it's so good.
Oct 2013
Sep 04, 2013
 
Atonement
3.88
it was ok
I really didn't like this book. At all. Not sure why, but just didn't like it.
Jan 2004
Mar 23, 2008
 
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
3.93
it was amazing
Fascinating book. Full review to come over at HuffPost.
Dec 31, 2016
Jan 01, 2017
 
Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
3.82
it was amazing
This is an amazing account of how a child abuse survivor goes on with her life. Not just her, but her surviving siblings.

Disturbing, uncomfortable, of
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Mar 02, 2018
May 17, 2012
not set
May 13, 2012
 
The Road
3.96
it was amazing
This was a stunning book. Each section was like a piece of flash fiction, pared down to its most essential and able to tell the story as a whole just ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
3.88
liked it
I wanted to like this book much more than I did, but it was so problematic with the author's white privilege and resulting white feminism. While there ...more
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
 
Contract of Defiance: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 1
3.86
it was amazing
I'm really not a big fan of the sci-fi genre as in most of those narratives I find myself completely alienated in the worlds the author created, and f ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Nov 26, 2012
 
The Silence of the Lambs
4.16
it was amazing
This is the fourth time I've read this book. Such a creepy story. I still remember vividly the first time I read it when I was nine years old, over tw ...more
Feb 14, 2015
May 09, 2014
 
A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
4.41
did not like it
I did not like this book. For about five hundred pages in the middle I honestly thought I wouldn't even make it through. It's boring. The plot is mudd ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
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