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The Fountainhead
3.85
really liked it
Note, Feb. 2011: The feedback I've gotten on this review is kind of funny. I'd like to make one thing clear, and that is that I'm far from a Rand wors ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 20, 2007
 
Middlesex
3.98
it was amazing
Mr. Eugenides can do everything, or at least I am convinced of such after reading Middlesex.

I passed on this book for a long time. I kept picking it u
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May 2007
May 08, 2007
 
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
3.90
it was amazing
Note, February 2014: I was just rereading this review, and FUNNY STORY, I moved to a small town. Not so much a big city person as I had originally tho ...more
Sep 2006
Apr 24, 2007
 
The Satanic Verses
3.71
it was amazing
Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: it's a beast. I do not mean this in a bad sense. I mean this ...more
Jan 2004
Apr 24, 2007
 
Midnight's Children
3.99
it was amazing
Back in 2000, lit critic James Wood wrote a huge manifesto on the problem of "the 'big' novel" for the New Atlantic (disguised as a review of Zadie Sm ...more
Aug 08, 2008
Jun 18, 2007
 
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
3.98
liked it
Dear Stephen King,

I'd like to apologize for the times that I've made fun of you in any way, shape or form, including the kid in my English 2 class sop
...more
Apr 06, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
 
Fear of Flying
3.44
really liked it
For whatever reason (possibly because someone I recommended it to wasn't that thrilled by it), I feel a bit like I need to defend this book lately, an ...more
Apr 2006
Apr 24, 2007
 
No Country for Old Men
4.13
it was amazing
Right off the bat I have to say this is a book that I'm not so sure I can do enough justice to in my review. There are so many themes and subtleties h ...more
Mar 2008
Nov 26, 2007
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.07
it was amazing
I can't believe I haven't written this up, but at the same time, I can - how do you review a book like this? I loved it and hated it all at the same t ...more
May 25, 2015
May 19, 2015
 
Delta of Venus
3.69
really liked it
The first erotica I read, and probably the last, because I can't imagine liking anything else as much I liked this. Well, except maybe more Anais Nin. ...more
Aug 2001
Apr 25, 2007
 
East of Eden
4.35
it was amazing
This is the kind of book that made me realize why I need Goodreads, and why I wanted to be active on the site again.

Reading East of Eden, I had so ma
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Dec 2011
Apr 22, 2013
 
Still Life with Woodpecker
4.04
it was amazing
Edit, Jan 2013: Funny story, I'm one of those people who totally loves Tom Robbins now, in part for a bunch of the reasons that I decided I didn't lik ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Jan 04, 2008
 
Like Water for Chocolate
3.94
really liked it
This is kind of the ultimate chick novel, in that it's about unrequited love, romance, food, and it's a very well-written piece of magical realism as ...more
Jan 2002
May 29, 2007
 
The Haunting of Hill House
3.89
it was amazing
The scariest movie to me will probably always be The Shining* (no, I haven't read the book), because it subverts the two things that are scariest: 1. ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
 
Factotum
3.96
it was amazing
This is the first Bukowski novel I read - I chose it because the movie version was coming out, and I wanted to read the book first.

As a first Bukowski
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Aug 2006
May 23, 2007
 
The Sirens of Titan
4.16
really liked it
I was wary of picking up Vonnegut for a long time, because even though he's such a well regarded author, his plots are so science fiction based, and I ...more
Jul 2006
May 23, 2007
 
Dubliners
3.85
really liked it
It took me a little while to get accustomed to Joyce's style of writing, as well as his plots. Looking back, in my opinion, "The Sisters" is probably ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 10, 2007
 
The Housekeeper and the Professor
3.94
really liked it
I remember learning in my interpersonal communications class in college that your opinion of someone is mainly comprised of two moments: 1) your first ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
 
The Stranger
3.96
liked it
A fascinating portrait of the dangers of apathy, as well as just how much can be made of even the slightest actions. What really condemns this man, mo ...more
Mar 2003
Jun 22, 2007
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.04
it was amazing
You can go right ahead and process my membership for the Shirley Jackson fanclub, 'cause I am so fully onboard! Honestly, I was ready to make this pro ...more
Nov 09, 2015
Oct 02, 2015
 
Of Mice and Men
3.84
really liked it
Goddamn it, Steinbeck. You incredible, wonderful, magnificent writer, you.

With Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck continues to hit me in a way that no other w
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Jul 26, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
really liked it
This is the review I accidentally closed-out, half finished, but it's okay. I didn't have a great start to it, and in all truth, I still don't. Much l ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Dec 15, 2014
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.75
it was amazing
Junot Diaz came to read at the college where I work a few months back, and though I hadn't yet read anything of his, I went. I wanted to see what he w ...more
May 27, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
Crash
3.58
it was ok
The best part of Crash was the "Introduction to the French Edition" that's included at the start and isn't in all of the copies. In it, Ballard makes ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
Eleven Minutes
3.69
really liked it
Though it takes a somewhat strange act to get her there, this is the story of Maria, who finds herself in Europe, in desperate need of money, so she t ...more
Mar 2007
Apr 25, 2007
 
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
4.11
it was amazing
I didn't grow up in a football-watching family. My father, who apparently loved the game, passed away when I was young. My mother was much more intere ...more
May 06, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
 
Orlando
3.86
liked it
I went in to Orlando wanting to adore every ounce of it. Virginia Woolf is an inherently fascinating person, and what woman writer hasn't read A Room ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
 
The Bluest Eye
3.99
really liked it
Bluest Eye was the second in a series of three books I recently read about the experience of being black in America - the other two being Claudia Rank ...more
Jan 19, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
A Home at the End of the World
3.89
it was ok
I only sort of liked this, so I honestly don't have too much to say about it. It wasn't remarkable, but it wasn't awful.

It basically follows a set of
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Oct 2006
Jun 20, 2007
 
Valley of the Dolls
3.71
really liked it
Reading Valley of the Dolls is akin to eating a pint of your favorite ice cream, in that it's wonderful and delicious down to the last bit, but it can ...more
Jul 08, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
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