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Helsinki White (Inspector Kari Vaara, #3)
3.53
liked it
Tough one to read. Most of it focuses on the corruption and racial issues of Finland. Both are portrayed as incredibly ugly. It was uncomfortable read ...more
Jun 26, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
 
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
3.91
it was ok
Our monthly book club selection. The consensus was that Gladwell's material is getting thin and repetitive. It felt like some of his examples were sho ...more
Jun 19, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
 
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
3.85
liked it
I've had no previous exposure to Chelsea Handler's comedy act or shows. I picked this to read only based on a review I read.

This was an amusing collec
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Nov 28, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.95
it was ok
I wanted to read The Golden Compass before seeing the movie. I've heard the movie's not that great, however, so now I'm in no rush on that.

OK, maybe I
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Dec 2007
Dec 23, 2007
 
Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires, #14)
4.24
it was ok
Claire finally gets her wish to go to MIT. All too soon, it's crazy town vampire shenanigans. And, the introduction of the next big bad, apparently. I ...more
Dec 30, 2017
Dec 31, 2017
 
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7)
4.05
it was ok
From a blog post I wrote in 2007:

The latest entry in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries, finds telepath Sookie Stackhouse attending a Vampir
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Jun 2007
Nov 24, 2007
 
Eleanor & Park
4.10
really liked it
Our book club selection this month and I picked it. Almost universally, the group loved it.

So many things to like about this book. It's set in 1986 s
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Mar 26, 2017
Feb 28, 2017
 
The Elite (The Selection, #2)
4.02
liked it
The challenge for me when reading YA is that I forget that they're still kids. They get dramatic over the silliest of stuff when there are so many mor ...more
Apr 04, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
The Heist (Fox and O'Hare, #1)
3.78
really liked it
Great combination of authors on this one! Lee Goldberg did a stellar job on the mysteries in the Monk books and Janet Evanovich knows how to do funny ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
 
Board Stiff (Xanth, #38)
3.77
it was ok
I started reading the Xanth books literally decades ago. Most of my friends did, too. When I saw a new one out, I thought, "Why not? Might be a nice b ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
 
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3)
4.62
really liked it
Andrews (actually a husband and wife team) has created a great world in these books. Magic users are the 1%ers with unimaginable power and money. For ...more
Oct 10, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
 
The Guilty (Will Robie, #4)
4.13
liked it
Solid entry in the series but with a very complicated plot. Will Robie goes on a mission that doesn't end well and that leaves him too shaken to do hi ...more
Dec 20, 2015
Dec 20, 2015
 
Priceless (Rylee Adamson, #1)
3.93
really liked it
Rylee Adamson is a kickass heroine in this supernatural world. None of that "Oh, I have powers, I don't know what to do with them" issues that got sol ...more
Dec 25, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
 
Overbite (Insatiable, #2)
3.36
liked it
Mostly enjoyable love triangle between girl who can see future, vampire and vampire hunter with an intrigue within the secret Vatican guards who prote ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 21, 2016
 
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
4.62
really liked it
If you like plot twist after plot twist after plot twist, this is the book for you. The second (and currently last) book in this series brings us to c ...more
Jan 14, 2017
Jan 02, 2017
 
The Geek Feminist Revolution
3.93
really liked it
I had to check this out multiple times on my Kindle because I was afraid I would find essays on real life misogyny too much to handle with everything ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Sep 05, 2016
 
Sammy's Hill (Samantha Joyce, #1)
3.53
liked it
From a blog post I wrote in 2005:

This book by Kristin Gore (yeah, I think she's one of those Gores) is a step above Chick Lit but not a very big step.
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Aug 2005
Nov 22, 2007
 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
3.90
liked it
It seems like a lot of my Goodreads friends had already read this so I checked it out.

Jacob is a rich kid in Florida who's grown up idolizing his Gran
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Jan 05, 2014
Dec 17, 2013
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
really liked it
This was our book club selection for this month and I know we're way behind the curve on it as this book has been way popular for several years.

I real
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Apr 14, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
Wonderdog
3.88
really liked it
From a blog post I wrote in 2005:

This is a great book! The author is Inman Majors and his style is a cross between Carl Hiaasen's and Wastnawa's. By t
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Jul 2005
Nov 22, 2007
 
The Glass Castle
4.25
it was amazing
A guy at work loaned me this book a while back but I didn't get to it. I finally had to read it when it was chosen for our book club this month.

Wow!

I
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Nov 02, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
3.95
really liked it
Our book club selection and a must-read for both men and women.

It's not easy to relate to Sandberg's money and career but her thoughts (based on her o
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Nov 09, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
Enemy of the State (Mitch Rapp, #16)
4.32
liked it
I think I've said it before: I want to be Mitch Rapp. He always seems to know what to do and when to do it and he gets the job done. This is a bit of ...more
Dec 11, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
 
Anyone But You
3.80
liked it
From a blog post I wrote in 2006:

Anyone But You is a chick lit book by Jennifer Crusie that she wrote back in 1996. They recently put it out in hard b
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Sep 2006
Nov 24, 2007
 
The Sorcerer's Daughter (The Defenders of Shannara #3)
3.84
it was ok
Several stories happen at once in this book. Paxon and some of the Druids attend a peace brokerage conference with the magic hating Federation. All he ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Oct 23, 2016
 
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)
4.31
really liked it
Fitting end to this surreal and magical series. I loved where the characters ended up and how the overall storyline came together. This was a solid se ...more
Jul 23, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
 
Blockade Billy
3.42
liked it
I haven't read Stephen King since, gosh, a long, long time ago. I thought this book would be a good chance to revisit his work since it's short (no re ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
 
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
4.37
liked it
Book club selection for this month. They aren't lying when when they say it was an incredible voyage.

Imagine trying to cross the Antarctic without the
...more
Oct 25, 2016
Dec 27, 2007
 
Gone, But Not Forgotten
4.01
really liked it
Creepiest whodunit I've ever read. I couldn't sleep at all the night I fnished it (literally, I was too afraid to close my eyes).
not set
Nov 29, 2008
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
really liked it
This was our monthly book club selection. What a great, fanciful, fairytale of a story! Gaiman did not disappoint.

A nameless, middle-aged man returns
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Sep 24, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
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