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Summer Blonde
it was ok
SHUT UP, Adrian Tomine. I get that your characters are all you, and that they're all your girlfriends, and that they're all lonely and disconnected an ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 21, 2007
Ashes, Ashes (Ashes, Ashes, #1)
it was ok
Um, when your hero chick is supposed to be crazy grubby, with necessarily shorn hair and tatters for a wardrobe...don't portray her on the cover weari ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
it was ok
I didn't like this as much as others have seemed to. And what I liked most was probably what others discarded--I liked hearing about the signifcance o ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 29, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
did not like it
i didn't really read this. i read about 30 pages before announcing (to the book's cover), "I HATE YOU, BOOK. SHUT UP!" anyone who wants more details a ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 10, 2007
Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday (Extraordinary Voyages, #32)
really liked it
I read this when I was 10 years old and I thought it was fantastic. I came across it while on vacation and staying at a relative stranger's house. In ...more
Jul 2011
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Jul 20, 2011
The Way Through Doors
it was ok
Um, nah. Maybe if I was 22. And had a crush on the admittedly adorably tousled writer based solely on his jacket photo. And didn't mind that the narra ...more
Jun 2009
Feb 11, 2009
No Flying In The House
it was amazing
This was my favorite book when I was in second grade. I must have read it almost a dozen times, each time wishing more and more than this could be MY ...more
Nov 2009
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Nov 04, 2009
You Must Be This Happy to Enter
it was ok
oh my god! this book is so irritatingly cutesy-angsty-hipster-overly-everything! the first story features an exclamation mark after each sentence! how ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 02, 2008
Zora and Me
liked it
I fundamentally disagree with the impulse of so many authors/illustrators/publishers to "expose" children to famous authors/artists with these sorts o ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 22, 2010
Moab Is My Washpot (Memoir #1)
really liked it
There's no denying that Stephen Fry is absurdly smart, and veddy, veddy funny. I've adored him since he was Jeeves to Hugh Laurie's Wooster. He could ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 01, 2008
Needful Things
really liked it
Happy Scary 70th to King!

I'd tried this as a young teenager and dropped it for being slow and boring. Then Matt said it was his fave so I tried again
Sep 2017
Sep 21, 2017
The Dreamer
it was ok
I like reading poetry but I don't often care about poets. In fact, the less I know about them, the better. Nor do I like touchy-feely, dreamy-creamy, ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 11, 2010
Letters from London
really liked it
This book made me want to move to London more than anything else, besides my true love living there or whatever. So then I moved to London. And then I ...more
Mar 2003
not set
Dec 22, 2008
The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty
it was ok
I'm not sure what I expected out of this book. Probably an articulate, super-strong inspiration to give money to charity...and instruction on how and ...more
Nov 2009
May 25, 2009
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
it was ok
I waited forever for this book on my library's hold list, but it's really just not that great. The author is obviously following the "Devil in the Whi ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 08, 2007
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
it was amazing
Aug 2016
Nov 08, 2017
The Moonstone
liked it
I'd kept reading about this book--how it was the original murder mystery, how it inspired so many others, how it was so exciting. I mean, T. S. Eliot ...more
Oct 2008
Aug 31, 2008
The Best American Short Stories 2007
it was ok
blech. i did wonder why the series editor kept going on and on about the "so-called death" of the american short story in her introduction. and then a ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
Bad Marie
it was amazing
Fast and out-of-control. But not cheap. This book (almost a novella) smacked my ass and rattled my brain.
Apr 2011
Feb 13, 2011
The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir
really liked it
I've never read a memoir quite like this--from the perspective of a upper middle class African-American girl's experiences growing up in practically-g ...more
Jun 2009
Mar 11, 2009
The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5)
liked it
A friend loaned this to me after we talked about books that had irrevocably changed our view of a certain history when we'd read them as a young adult ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 27, 2007
The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6)
it was amazing
I give all Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot mysteries five stars. Because I yuv them. I understand if you don't. I have the knack for forgetting whodunn ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker
liked it
Maybe I would have given this book another star (at least one of those 1/2 stars we're always wishing GoodReads would induct) if Alice Roosevelt Longw ...more
Feb 2008
Nov 01, 2007
liked it
You know what, Ian? Let me know when you stop writing meticulously detailed books about the inner lives of boorish, privileged, emotionally lost middl ...more
May 2010
Apr 06, 2010
Hotel California: The True-Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles, and Their Many Friends
it was ok
Um, this was not good. No real insight OR fun gossip, and no real sense of why these artists mattered. I love me some classic rock, and I'm interested ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)
really liked it
This was the only book I got through on my week-long beach rental vacation. It was a fun little party for my brain, mixing real people and imagined ch ...more
Aug 2009
Sep 03, 2009
Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class
really liked it
i'd have given this book five stars, but any collection of personal essays will have some clumsy, less-than-stellar stuff. but, mostly, these mini-mem ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 18, 2007
it was amazing
Holy whoa, how is this a debut novel?? Hypnotic and shimmering and shattering.
Apr 2017
Feb 08, 2017
Kanji Pict-o-Graphix: Over 1,000 Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics
really liked it
Ohhhh, this book is cool. Just go look at it.
Oct 2009
Sep 10, 2009
The Westing Game
it was amazing
The best.
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Jun 07, 2017
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