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God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion
3.79
really liked it
Oh, how I've been searching for this book. I'm a well-educated, skeptical, modern, feminist, left-leaning Catholic in the USA.

It's hard to maintain b
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Jan 05, 2016
Oct 05, 2015
 
Devil's Pocket (Phoenix Island, #2)
4.16
it was amazing
There is so much to like about this book. I'm not a fight fan, but somehow John Dixon made me unable to turn away from the brutal competition fights i ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2015
 
The Necessary Aptitude: A Memoir
4.05
really liked it
This is an enjoyable memoir told in Pam Ayres's deceptively simple style. She is funny and sometimes lyrical. She is unsentimental yet moving as she t ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
 
Drift
3.90
it was amazing
Update: great thriller! Imagine if Michael Crichton had written Die Hard and dumped John McClane in rural PA (only Doyle Carrick is smarter and less m ...more
Aug 05, 2015
Jul 25, 2015
 
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
4.04
it was amazing
What an awesome book. I loved it.

It was chatty and yet loaded with curated research and personal stories of life in the wilderness (or lab) with the r
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Jul 11, 2017
Jul 05, 2017
 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
3.78
really liked it
I really liked this. Her passion for decluttering is evident and infectious. She makes no apologies for her slightly off-the-wall passion.

She comes fr
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Jan 05, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
Ready Player One
4.31
it was amazing
Superb!

Heard about this book years ago and wanted to read it, but worried it would be too a, blokey and b, American for me. Maybe I've been here long
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Jul 16, 2017
Jul 16, 2017
 
I'm Bored
4.17
it was amazing
This book is so cute!

I read it to my 7 year old's Second Grade class the other day and they were giggling from the first endpaper (covered in the wor
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Sep 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Phoenix Island (Phoenix Island, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
Great book. Highly recommended especially if you're looking for something for reluctant-reader boys in their early teens.

The characters are exceedingl
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Feb 09, 2014
Nov 20, 2013
 
Redshirts
3.84
liked it
This is good. Solid. Entertaining. Fun if you're a sci-fi TV/movie fan.

The reasons I'm not giving it more stars: I wasn't hooked until about chapter
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Dec 02, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
 
Invasive
3.63
really liked it
This is a disaster movie waiting to be made (with the full understanding that I LOVE disaster movies).

Trademark Wendig with the visceral world-buildin
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Sep 15, 2016
Sep 11, 2016
 
Gone Girl
4.03
it was amazing
I loved this book.

As a devoted fan of mysteries it's rare for me to have just no idea who to trust, or how this can possible end, so far into a book.
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Oct 27, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
 
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
3.99
it was ok


What a disappointment :(

I loved (LOVED!!!) "The Passage" and would recommend it to anyone. Can't say the same about this book, which felt like it ha
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Nov 16, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
 
The Stainless Steel Rat Returns (Stainless Steel Rat, #11)
3.85
liked it
Listened to this, narrated by Phil Gigante, from Audible. Gigante is marvellous!

The story in this book was a bit disappointing disappointing but the
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Feb 23, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
 
The Wild Shore (Three Californias Triptych, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
I loved this book! I wasn't sure I was going to, on the first couple of pages but I'm glad I stuck with it past the first scene.

Set after a nuclear e
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May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017
 
Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
3.51
really liked it
More than the memoir of a writer-turned-farmer, this is a love letter to a harsh mistress. Stark writes about everything from the history of the land ...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
 
Americanah
4.26
it was amazing
I loved this book! I wasn't sure I was going to, at first. We don't meet Ifemelu on her most charming day, and I wasn't sure I was going to care, but ...more
Jan 07, 2017
Jan 07, 2017
 
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
4.04
it was amazing
I know most of this stuff, but it's hard to make it stick. The newer science (since I fist discovered low-carb eating in the late 80s, early 90s) supp ...more
Oct 14, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing
Wow. The poetry and passion in this book! The witness and wisdom... Yeah, I can see why this won a National Book Award.


Written as a letter to his 15-
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Sep 04, 2016
Sep 02, 2016
 
Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
Loved this! Literary, post-apocalyptic, not too depressing, loved it!

Heard the author talking about her revision process ("I stop when I can't find an
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Aug 16, 2016
May 17, 2016
 
The 8th Circle (Danny Ryan Thriller #1)
3.57
it was amazing
This book starts with a bang (literally) when grieving reporter Danny Ryan's friend Michael Cohen crashes his car through Danny's fence, right into hi ...more
Jan 05, 2016
Dec 24, 2015
 
The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
3.77
really liked it
This was great fun: a wonderfully vivid account of the election campaign for Warren Harding, and of the nefarious characters running around government ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
 
The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)
4.20
it was amazing
Fantastic. Extremely satisfying and beautiful conclusion to this surprising, literary zombie insta-classic trilogy!

If it's been a while since you read
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Jun 10, 2016
Dec 02, 2013
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.68
did not like it
I hate this book. I hate her outlook, her philosophy, the characters, the pretension, the way it sounds too close to what too many politicians spout t ...more
not set
Dec 19, 2011
 
Under the Empyrean Sky (The Heartland Trilogy, #1)
3.77
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Wow, I love it. In-your-face characterization, juicy world-building, economical, punchy language. Really skillful. Looking forward t ...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
 
The Once and Future King
4.08
it was amazing
The Once And Future King was required reading for men of my father's generation, which explains a lot about the imaginative, wacky, anachronistic, sil ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2014
Aug 27, 2012
 
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
2.91
liked it
Hmm. I liked it. I do think the author got a bit bored at the end, felt like it was time to wrap everything up, and did so in about ten pages, but I h ...more
not set
Feb 11, 2013
 
Dodger
3.90
it was amazing
Loved this. I loved that it was short, cheeky, clever and touching. Dodger was heroic; he walked through history and met real people (a real favourite ...more
May 25, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
 
Where the Bodies Are Buried
3.87
really liked it
My first Brookmyre. Not what I had been led to expect, but good luck putting this book down! He has the local patois down so well that I (an ex-pat) f ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
 
1984
4.14
really liked it
Ugh.

I have become impatient with Important and Literary books of late. If I'm not enjoying a book I'm likely to abandon it.

However...

This was Importa
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Mar 29, 2017
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