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Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
4.11
liked it
This has been the least liked Lewis book for me. It is well written, interesting, and yet missing something. I know not what, Joy maybe ;) I would rec ...more
not set
Aug 07, 2014
 
Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
A wonderful story about rabbits, supposedly. Read it for the story. And then think on the symbolism. Everyone should read this at least once in their ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 12, 2016
 
Hooked: The Pitfalls of Media, Technology and Social Networking
3.68
liked it
Took me a while to finish this one. Probably because I was spending too much time on my smartphone and computer :) There are good things to think abou ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
 
Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization
3.89
did not like it
I picked this up open to the authors premise. I don't know much about the topic but know that the author spent 1/3 of the book writing an autobiograph ...more
Sep 06, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was great story and writing. But it also felt a lot like many other WW2 books with kids in them (i.e. The Bo ...more
Jun 08, 2016
Jan 05, 2016
 
The Road
3.96
it was amazing
This post-apocalyptic novel is the best simple, stark writing I've read since Ernest Hemingway. It is about a man and his son in a world with nothing ...more
Mar 13, 2008
Jan 20, 2008
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.85
liked it
It took me forever to finish this book. I was constantly on the edge between wanting to read more and wanting to give up. I loved the history of this ...more
Apr 2014
Jul 10, 2013
 
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
3.56
liked it
i didn't really get why this was considered controversial. which is why some "Christians" would probably say i am going to hell when i die. it seems t ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
 
Blindness
4.09
it was ok
The author certainly was a brilliant writer. I appreciated the book for its style and literary merits. While I agree with the authors unsaid premise t ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2009
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.96
it was amazing
A thoroughly entertaining read, chock full of great thoughts on how we, as individuals and as a society, raise our children. I identify and agree with ...more
Dec 04, 2015
Aug 22, 2014
 
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
3.98
it was ok
good subject matter but i just can't get beyond palast's arrogant cynicism. this is the kind of stuff that makes it impossible for people to work toge ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
4.38
really liked it
An unbelievable, yet true, story. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who believes, or wants to believe, in the strength and resilience of the ...more
Nov 2013
Aug 14, 2013
 
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
4.35
it was amazing
A book where a porcelain rabbit is loved by so many people, he learns to love himself. Made me tear up a little. A simple, hope filled, story. Loved i ...more
Feb 26, 2016
Apr 30, 2009
 
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
4.27
it was ok
A pretty dry, repetitive read. This is GRRM's Silmarillion. Except it isn't as good as that.
Apr 06, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
 
The Interestings
3.54
it was ok
I haven't actually read all of this book. I'm giving it a 2 instead of a 1 to give the author the benefit of the doubt. Erin has been listening to thi ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
 
The Memory of Old Jack
4.26
it was amazing
Well, I've been hearing great things about Wendell Berry for years now and I finally got around to giving him a go.

I so appreciated this book. Not onl
...more
Jan 16, 2016
Mar 12, 2016
 
One Year Bible-Nlt
4.70
really liked it
First, about the bible:

It only took a year and a half to finish the bible but my wife and I finally did it. The bible itself is a great book, overall
...more
May 22, 2012
Mar 20, 2011
 
The Pilgrimage
3.64
did not like it
first, this book isn't about El Camino de Santiago at all. it takes a HUGE back seat to Coelho's narcissism.

second, this was nothing more than a bunc
...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide: Joshua Tree National Park
4.15
it was amazing
amazing photography with good hiking recommendations and overviews. this book was perfect for joshua tree since it focused well on nature but still ha ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
The Daybreakers
4.16
it was amazing
Full of clichéd western themes. Predictable. But really enjoyable read. It was surprisingly thoughtful in its own, understated way. Great, clean, fun. ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2014
 
Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype & Spin
3.94
liked it
at times a little over my head. the author does a good job of trying to break things down for the lay reader but ultimately, i was confused. i really ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
 
Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In
4.27
liked it
I love Bernie. But this wasn't the greatest book to read. It was filled with a lot of filler and repeated itself quite a bit. There was lots of great ...more
Feb 10, 2017
Mar 12, 2017
 
The Bounty Mutiny
3.88
it was ok
This was a rather boring book. It''s pretty much just a captains log that happens to be a log from a voyage that was a little more interesting than mo ...more
not set
Feb 09, 2016
 
First Test (Protector of the Small, #1)
4.25
it was ok
An okay little YA fantasy book. But I didn't find anything in it particularly great. The main thing a lot of people seem to like about it is that it w ...more
Jan 25, 2017
Mar 12, 2017
 
Uncommon Carriers
3.94
it was ok
a really interesting look at the lives of people we don't often interact with. there were real nuggets. like the section one about Dan Ainsworth, chem ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 26, 2007
 
A Fighting Chance
4.15
it was amazing
I sure hope this lady runs for president. She has spent her life fighting for the downtrodden and those taken advantage of. Her book is not only infor ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Nov 18, 2016
 
Lonely Planet Los Angeles San Diego & Southern California
3.65
really liked it
covered all the basics needed for the area (L.A., San Diego, and Palm Springs) in one guidebook. all the other guidebooks i looked at only covered one ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
3.93
liked it
Another good Donald Miller book. It was funny, it was thought provoking (although not as much as some of his other work), it was an adventure, and it ...more
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 30, 2016
 
Library: An Unquiet History
3.46
did not like it
Couldn't finish this book. Which almost never happens.

It was just an academic librarian being snooty and spending the entire book trying to prove to y
...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 06, 2013
 
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
4.18
liked it
A disappointing follow up to Leviathan. It was still enjoyable enough. But there were too many holes in the plot, more romance, and less believable or ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2014
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