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Between the World and Me
it was amazing
It's hard to articulate a response to this book. I am a privileged suburban white woman, and this book both is not and absolutely is for me. If you be ...more
Apr 11, 2016
Dec 05, 2015
Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat
it was ok
I have always enjoyed good writing about food, cooking and chefs and picked this up from the library hoping for something similar. Instead, I found a ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Primates of Park Avenue
liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book, and it is safe to say that I am deeply ambivalent about this book. The feelings and responses are so mix ...more
May 04, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
The Grapes of Wrath
it was amazing
I re-read this novel as part of my 2017 Pulitzer Project, reading one Pulitzer Prize fiction winner per month. My favorite genre is American fiction, ...more
Jun 23, 2017
Jun 12, 2017
The Sirens of Titan
it was amazing
I've decided to do a deep-dive into Vonnegut this year, reading one novel a month, in chronological order by original publication date. He has sat ato ...more
Feb 08, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
2016 on Goodreads
it was amazing
An overview of Reading 2016 -
15 books earned 5 stars, and I am hard-pressed to choose one as an overall favorite so I won't, but some are remembered
Jan 2016
Jan 02, 2017
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
it was amazing
I read these books back in the early 90s when they were published and was relieved to discover that reading them more than 20 years later, they have n ...more
May 03, 2017
May 01, 2017
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
really liked it
This absorbing, informative yet deeply personal book explores the really deep questions. What is consciousness? What is the self? Are humans able to u ...more
Dec 21, 2016
Oct 15, 2015
American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans
liked it
I was prompted to read this book when my 5th grade daughter chose Anne Hutchinson for a research project, and I had never even heard of her. Hutchinso ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters
it was ok
A skimmably-quick read, light as a feather. I am in the process of (very) gradually going naturally gray and while this book was entertaining, it most ...more
Jan 2016
May 21, 2016
The Known World
it was amazing
2017 is My Pulitzer Year - once a month, I am reading a Pulitzer winner. My favorite genre is American literary fiction, and this is my way of dipping ...more
Jan 23, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
really liked it
A worthy addition to the ever-burgeoning Stop Helicoptering Your Children Canon. It's a quick read and at once philosophical and practical. It is espe ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
liked it
MaddAddam wraps up the post apocalyptic story begun in Oryx & Crake. This was the least effective of the three, in my opinion, mostly because of t ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Oct 13, 2013
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
really liked it
I am a sucker for a good survival story, and this one is a doozy. Meticulously detailed (in fact, maybe you can skim through a few parts towards the b ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
really liked it
I read Life As We Knew It because my daughter's high school chose it as their One School, One Book selection. She doesn't get why her school chose it, ...more
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)
liked it
I don't regularly read straight-up genre fantasy, but I am not opposed to it, and genre fantasy occasionally bubbles up to the top of my TBR list. Thu ...more
Sep 05, 2016
Aug 29, 2016
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
really liked it
Kate Atkinson, I confess. I have underestimated you. I derived a great pleasure from reading Life After Life because I didn't know that you had it in ...more
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 24, 2017
All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft
really liked it
I've followed Geraldine deRuiter's blog, The Everywhereist, for years now, and was really thrillled for her when she got a book deal. I really enjoy h ...more
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
The Martian Chronicles
it was amazing
What an utter pleasure to spend a week swimming in Bradbury's prose. The Martian Chronicles is the first Bradbury I've read in a long time, and this w ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
The Wednesday Wars
really liked it
The Wednesday Wars is an instant classic YA novel. Set in 1968, the Vietnam War is the backdrop for the story of Holling Hoodhood, a seventh grader, w ...more
Apr 08, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels #3)
liked it
1200 pages into the story of the friendship of Elena and Lila and I have to say: I have Ferrante fatigue. I'm glad to have a break for the next chapte ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Dec 28, 2014
Little Fires Everywhere
really liked it
I am officially in the tank for Celeste Ng and recommend you read everything she writes. She writes beautifully specific studies of suburbia, and whil ...more
Oct 26, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
Gone Girl
really liked it
I burned through this book in one weekend, a very gripping story despite its utterly unlikeable characters.
Nov 05, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Breakfast of Champions
really liked it
You know when you first sign up for GR and you go through screen after screen of classic or popular books and you rate books that you read ages
Jun 28, 2016
Jun 08, 2014
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
it was amazing
The following is more of a rant than a review of Hyperbole and a Half, which as evidenced by my five star rating, I obviously loved.

This is the sort
Jun 20, 2014
Nov 07, 2013
really liked it
For reasons unknown, my 14 year old son decided he wanted to read Candide's Voltaire. He had read somewhere that it was considered one of the greatest ...more
Oct 12, 2017
Apr 19, 2014
To Kill a Mockingbird
it was amazing
I'm so glad my Pulitzer project prompted me to re-read To Kill A Mockingbird. I have no memory of when I first read it - probably in high school, but ...more
Oct 20, 2017
not set
Aug 10, 2010
it was amazing
Like many other reviewers, I've never really read a western before Mary Doria Russell began her exploration of post-Civil War America, but I will read ...more
Sep 08, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
Sarah's Key
liked it
I've been an avid reader of books about WW2 and the Holocaust since I was a child, and after reading Sarah's Key, I wondered if I would ever run out o ...more
Mar 21, 2015
Aug 31, 2013
Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One
liked it
Writing a review to clarify that this is more of a 2.5 star book for me.

This book is a day-by-day chronicle of prominent thinkers, artists, and publi
Feb 18, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
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