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The Abortion
4.02
did not like it
I don't like it when a man writes a story from a man's perspective about a woman's body, especially when it includes many passages like "The author ...more
Feb 02, 2019
Jan 29, 2019
 
My Year of Rest and Relaxation
3.68
it was amazing
This was astonishing, a terrific addition to my ennui shelf. I made a video singing its praises.
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 23, 2019
 
A Little Life
4.31
it was amazing
My life was on pause while I read this book. Astonishing; sometimes heart-warming, overwhelmingly heart-breaking. Maxwell's review of "I can't, with a ...more
May 08, 2018
Feb 06, 2018
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.54
it was amazing
So this was absorbing and intricate and adventurous and tender and exciting and mythical and I'm both mad at myself for just getting around to this ...more
Dec 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2017
Dec 16, 2017
 
Dracula
3.99
really liked it
I had no idea that Dracula was such a rambunctious mystery novel! This was a ride.
Dec 13, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
Nov 15, 2017
 
Flowers for Algernon
4.12
really liked it
Don't worry about me, I'll just be over there drowning in my very own lake of tears.

I made a video about it.
Jan 09, 2015
Dec 01, 2014
 
Great Expectations
3.77
liked it
Didn't quite finish it in 2019, but making a strong start to 2020 (incidentally a year for which I have great expectations). I want to make a habit of ...more
Jan 2020
Dec 06, 2019
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.11
it was amazing
I am sad I've finished this. I was going to film a discussion video with my book club on this this evening but I don't think everyone's finished it ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
 
Frankenstein
3.79
really liked it
I made a Frankenstein discussion video where I chatted about whether humans have gone too far, empathy and a sprinkle of feminism ...more
Apr 13, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
 
Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
4.14
it was ok
Too shallow for anyone who already knows a fair bit about algorithms. I felt (strongly in the Art section) that she wasn't advocating for the ...more
Jun 08, 2019
Jun 04, 2019
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
4.44
really liked it
Did we domesticate corn or did corn domesticate us? Thoughtful reflections on the hows and whys of humankind up to now - aka Intro to SocioBioHistory. ...more
Apr 24, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
 
Gooseberries
3.66
really liked it
Three touching short stories. The first one - about a meek man experiencing the first stirring of romance - was my favourite. They're all about the ...more
Feb 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
 
Little Women
4.07
it was ok
'Heartache' was a phenomenal chapter, but I found the majority a little too virtuous and domestic for my liking. Even fiery Jo fell to tepid by the ...more
Jan 02, 2019
Dec 26, 2018
 
The Virgin Suicides
3.84
it was amazing
Jul 30, 2017
Dec 2009
Jul 27, 2012
 
The Moonstone
3.91
it was amazing

Made a video about this book. Warning: it's pretty gushy.
...more
Jun 10, 2017
Jan 22, 2014
 
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
3.94
it was amazing
This book shook me, so it's taken a bit of time to get my thoughts together about it.

I decided about 2 years ago that I consider shame the worst human
...more
Mar 18, 2018
Mar 18, 2018
 
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
4.48
really liked it
Deeply harrowing, ultimately inspiring.
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 25, 2018
 
A Slip under the Microscope
3.35
liked it
I prefered 'The Door in the Wall' to 'A Slip under the Microscope' but both were rather lovely; about obligation, regret, and anguish.
Apr 06, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
 
Orlando
3.87
really liked it
Jul 25, 2017
Jul 23, 2017
 
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
4.21
really liked it
Update - made a video on this.
The writing is brilliant and the character development in this one particularly is great. My one problem is that it was
...more
Nov 05, 2015
Nov 04, 2015
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.14
liked it
This took a downward turn for me about half way through, I feel like the flagrant Murakami style was a double-edged sword. I made a video explaining ...more
Jun 08, 2017
Jan 18, 2014
 
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
4.37
liked it
Solid read about global trends through the lens of a framework for critical data analysis and assumption-busting. Peppered with many enlightening and ...more
Jan 11, 2019
Dec 26, 2018
 
The Shore
3.56
really liked it
It took some time but I really enjoyed this book. It was quiet, powerful, and affecting. Lots of different things going on, and I for one loved the ...more
May 28, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
 
Conversations with Friends
3.81
liked it
I feel very conflicted about this book. I loved the characterisation, hated the characters. I made a video talking about it.
Nov 30, 2019
May 27, 2019
 
The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage
4.14
really liked it
Update March 2018:
I've really loved re-listening to this book, it's made me realise how far I've come since I first read it in terms of choosing to
...more
Sep 03, 2018
Mar 24, 2018
Oct 28, 2017
Oct 27, 2017
 
Exit West
3.79
it was ok
I did not like this book. The omnipotent perspective really grated on me, the whole thing felt like a condescending parable. The magical realism ...more
Jan 10, 2020
Jan 05, 2020
 
Crudo
3.31
it was ok
Crudo is written _by_ and about Kathy, a 40 year old woman getting married in the summer of 2017. Kathy's life isn't particularly extraordinary or ...more
Feb 06, 2020
Nov 28, 2019
 
Peach
3.13
liked it
I feel distressingly ambivalent about this. Some aspects are one star, others are five. An enigma.
Apr 12, 2019
Apr 09, 2019
 
Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts
4.18
it was amazing
How has it taken me so long to read this? Ryan Holiday’s ‘The Obstacle Is The Way’ has become my bible on how to approach life. I didn’t think he’d be ...more
Feb 09, 2020
Feb 06, 2020
Dec 26, 2018
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.85
liked it
Every character's personality and actions seem to be based off a single seminal moment in their past. This makes for a good story and a beautifully ...more
Jan 05, 2019
Dec 17, 2014
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