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The Book Thief
4.36
did not like it
**spoiler alert** UPDATE: AUG 26, 2016: This review has been here 8 years, has 18 pages of 854 comments and 764 likes. There's no outrage for you to a ...more
May 12, 2010
Jul 24, 2008
 
The Paying Guests
3.39
did not like it
After two years of waiting for Sarah Waters' new novel to come out, reading this actually made me want to cry a little. I don't know what to say. When ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
 
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
3.39
did not like it
**UPDATE: 9/21/16**

This review is getting attention lately (most likely because Gilbert is in the news again), so adding a quick update.

I hated Commi
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Feb 21, 2010
Nov 08, 2009
 
Gone Girl
4.03
did not like it
You know those books that are a complete chore to read? The ones you'll do anything -- playing Words with Friends, cleaning the house, scrubbing toile ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
The Kite Runner
4.26
After pondering long and hard, I'm going to try now to articulate just what it was about this book that sucked so much, why it has offended me so grea ...more
May 11, 2008
May 11, 2008
 
Tipping the Velvet
4.00
it was amazing
It's not often that I like a book, so listen up and listen well.

If someone had given me the bare bones outline of Tipping the Velvet and suggest I rea
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Feb 18, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
3.78
did not like it

"Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past fr
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not set
Jan 20, 2016
 
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
3.85
it was ok

3/20/16

So I went to the Suki Kim Q&A last weekend.

I was hard on Kim in my review, but I stand by what I wrote, even more so after having attende
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Nov 21, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
 
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
3.85
did not like it
****Update: 25/3/2012: The massive thread that follows just totally reaffirms every point I made in the review. All of this from a writer whose work a ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
3.41
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Reading this book made me want to gouge my own eyes out with knitting needles. My throat got sore from all of the groaning I did pag ...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
 
Room
4.03
did not like it
Room has been called "remarkable," and "sensational." It was not only shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but it was also chosen as a Favorite Book of 2 ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2011
 
Heart-Shaped Box
3.82
did not like it
The cover of this book promises that you will be "haunted" and "startled," and that the book will even "visit you in your dreams."

Funny, as I read th
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Jul 03, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
 
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
3.50
did not like it
It amazes me how much I have in common with Linda Tirdao.

I, like Tirado, had a caring family and a relatively privileged upbringing. I, like Tirado,
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Oct 06, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
 
The Professor
3.57
it was amazing
Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented. After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for ...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
 
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
2.42
it was ok
Look.

Let's be honest here.

No one likes Julie Powell.

We all bought her first book because of the lovable giant that is Julia Child and the story of
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May 2010
Feb 21, 2010
 
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
3.67
did not like it
Author Julia Powell is a mix of many people. From page one when she tells us she sold her own eggs to pay off credit debt, she is much like the dreade ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
The Good Neighbor
3.33
it was ok
This book was advertised on my Kindle Fire, so I read the first few pages and downloaded it. I didn't realize at the time that it was published by Ama ...more
Sep 09, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
 
World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)
4.24
it was amazing
In all practical theory, this book should be on my 'Sucked' shelf. It's a tale of the Middle Ages, the gross injustices of the time, and it truly amou ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.11
really liked it
**Dude, I just watched the Swedish film "När mörkret faller" (When Darkness Falls), a crappy movie about violence in Stockholm. But it made me think b ...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
it was ok
**spoiler alert** This book is boring, predictable, and pointless. Maybe the kind of thing that charms the sentimental. It's a series of letters in po ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Sep 28, 2008
 
Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle
3.87
it was amazing
UPDATE - 2/17/16:

I'm not trying to over-estimate my importance by writing this. I'm well aware that this is just goodreads. I doubt that the author h
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Nov 08, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.66
did not like it


I downloaded this because of the New York Times article claiming that this erotic novel "electrified women across the country." I just had to see what
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Mar 22, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
3.77
it was ok
Since I consider Chris McDougall (like Laura Hillenbrand and Jon Krakauer) to be one of the few American writers actually worth a damn, I'm going to g ...more
May 2015
May 05, 2015
 
Selected Stories
4.36
it was amazing
I'm not a literary critic, obviously. My description of books as sucky/trite/trash, etc kind of make me wonder how I ever even majored in English Lit ...more
Oct 2002
Jul 04, 2008
 
The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)
4.13
it was amazing
I normally never buy NY Times bestsellers, as it's usually the morons of America that cause the shittiest books ever written to end up on this list. T ...more
Jul 07, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
 
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
4.07
it was ok
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon is perfect for a specific group of people: job-seekers.

If you're currently looking for work, pi
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Dec 11, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
I am Charlotte Simmons
3.40
did not like it
Sigh.

771 pages. Talking about college. How college is shocking for sheltered girls. How college (shocker) isn't really about academia, but sports, bee
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Aug 31, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
 
The Girl with All the Gifts
3.93
it was amazing
It takes odd circumstances -- the wind changing, hell freezing over, et. al. -- for me to bother with fiction anymore. Let's call November 2016 one of ...more
Dec 02, 2016
Dec 03, 2016
 
Yes, Chef
3.81
did not like it
Is it bad that I'm waiting with baited breath for Marcus Samuelsson to fly just a little too close to the sun? You can bet I'll be there to kick him w ...more
Jun 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked
2.76
it was amazing

Changing this from 1 to 5 stars. The few relevant phrases from my original review should explain why quite easily. See below:

"...beautiful writing"

"a
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Jul 05, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
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