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The Best American Essays 2014
3.68
it was amazing
Another great edition with a great introduction by the guest editor. This series has been a yearly read for me since I was introduced in 2003.
Dec 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2015
 
Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin, #1)
4.10
it was amazing
So, you are about to see my addition of the entire 20 book series. I love this novel series so much. It was a complete reread, but since I have never ...more
May 28, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945
4.31
it was amazing
It was a massive tome... that I listened to as I traveled the country from Thanksgiving to New Years. It is truly comprehensive, using primary sources ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Jan 24, 2013
 
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
3.56
it was ok
The book was a mixed bag of historical non-fiction. It is filled with details and the author keeps trying to stick them all under a single umbrella bu ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
Sweet Tooth
3.40
really liked it
I finished this tonight. I like Ian McEwan. Atonement was a breath of fresh air. This novel, seemed lesser, until the very end with a narrative switch ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
Horns
3.92
really liked it
Great fun novel from the spawn of the King of horror/suspense. I mean, look at the author photo. Tabitha King produces good looking boys with Stephen' ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
The Aeneid
3.81
it was amazing
Best translation ever! I love his Odyssey, so I picked up his translation of The Aeneid and just loved it as well. I will probably hit up his copy of ...more
Dec 2013
May 14, 2014
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.18
really liked it
I like McCarthy. I do. But the novel is soul stripping. There will be no redemption for anyone. I knew this going in. The prose is beautiful, with des ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
The Martian
4.39
really liked it
What happens when the third manned Martian mission ends in disaster, with a man dead and left on the surface? National mourning. When it turns out he ...more
Dec 30, 2014
Jan 12, 2015
 
Imagine: How Creativity Works
3.75
really liked it
I was on a non-fiction kick. It is really interesting bit of popular science. It read like an episode of This American Life. It took some detailed sci ...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012
3.89
liked it
I love Egger's Nonrequired Reading series, but just as teenagers change with time, some years volumes are better than others. I enjoyed this year's se ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
4.04
it was amazing
I tried LeCarre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold about 10 years ago and just couldn't get the feel of it. I put it down. However, after watching th ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
 
A Raisin in the Sun
3.72
it was amazing
I finished this last week in one sitting. I haven't read it in years, so it was like diving in fresh again. It is a beautiful play that shows and does ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Peter & Max
3.94
liked it
I have always enjoyed Fables graphic novels. I am not an emo kid and I am too mainstream with my bowties and khaki chinos for Hot Topic, but I like ta ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
Desolation Island
4.38
it was amazing
So, I won't add reviews to most of these novels, but this particular one is deserving out outright praise. The cast of characters, the sinking of the ...more
Jun 13, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)
4.45
really liked it
Oh my. So, so, so good. Better than its predecessor. I rarely buy hardbacks, but I did here, and now I wish I hadn't because the wait till the final b ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
 
Wool
4.24
really liked it
I had heard wonderful things about this novel, and apparently I have been on an "originally self-published, but won recognition enough to be published ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
 
The Agony and the Ecstasy
4.09
really liked it
Great Historical fiction, but it felt...passionless. It uses huge amounts of research and translation to tell the story of Michelangelo and the transi ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2010
3.66
I swear by the Best American series. It compiles the most interesting stories from magazines I just don't have the time to read throughout the year. B ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.48
liked it
There are flashes of good here. The idea of a Harry Potter/Narnia melange, but with an adult twist, seems like gold. The protagonist and his lady love ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures
3.99
it was amazing
I received this as a Christmas gift, and I read it right before my annual reteaching of Gatsby. Oh, it has re-energized me for the teaching. It is a g ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
A Hologram for the King
3.29
really liked it
Man I love Dave Eggers. While I was more invested in Zeitoun, Alan Clay is the perfect representation of America's past and future. Though I understan ...more
Aug 28, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
Blockade Billy
3.41
really liked it
I was apparently on a baseball kick, as I had listened to Moneyball while travelling down for Christmas and listened to this on my way back home. As o ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Jan 12, 2015
 
My Name Is Memory
3.70
it was ok
I was there with this book till the very end. The last 10 pages sabotaged any good will it had one. The protagonist's voice and the scifi(religious?) ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
 
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014
3.67
liked it
Like other reviewers, I love, love, love Best American Nonrequired Reading, but this year didn't speak to me as much. I truly miss the BANR small piec ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Jan 12, 2015
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.22
really liked it
I will admit that I cried at the end of the novel, but I also spent a healthy amount of time mildly aggravated with it as well. The all-caps speech of ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
 
Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)
4.26
it was amazing
Of all the remix novels I read ove this past Christmas break, this was not the one I expected to love. It is a blend of Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
It
4.19
it was amazing
Don't get me wrong, I love Stephen King, even when it is mediocre, but this may be his best. The entire book sings with character. Every small detail ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Jan 24, 2013
 
41: A Portrait of My Father
4.11
liked it
This book is a loving biography by his son, and as such you will not find much in the way of criticism or objectivity, but I have always liked GHWBush ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.92
it was amazing
So, we are thinking about reading this with our students, and I had not read it since freshman year of college. I picked it up and it was like reading ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
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