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The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
3.87
liked it
Ok, I finished it.

First the good: Aron is at her best when she is helping the reader assess real world challenges and come up with concrete solutions.
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May 07, 2010
May 01, 2010
 
The Ritual
3.61
liked it
The first half of this book was genuinely terrifying -- it's as harrowing as "The Descent," and in very similar ways. Luke and his three friends meet ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Loser
3.73
it was amazing
This is just totally excellent and beautiful. Donald Zinkoff is a really special kid. He doesn't "get" other kids, really, but most of the time he has ...more
Nov 2006
Feb 06, 2008
 
Wishful Drinking
3.76
it was ok
The sad thing about this book is that my favorite part was the cover. I mean, that's a brilliant cover!

But overall? Not the book I was hoping for. Fis
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Apr 17, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
4.08
it was amazing
Jamison begins this excellent book by describing suicide in the same terms that one might describe a particularly awful disease: "Suicide is a particu ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 31, 2008
 
The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)
4.26
it was amazing
Sadly, I've now read all of the Pendergast novels, at least until the new one comes out this summer. Fortunately, I seem to have inadvertantly saved t ...more
Apr 2006
Feb 16, 2008
 
Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression
3.98
really liked it
This is a biting, sarcastic, and incredibly honest portrayal of depression. Brampton refuses to pull any punches or give herself any slack. She descri ...more
Oct 09, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
 
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995
4.27
it was amazing
I think this may be one of the most moving and gut-wrenching books about war that I've ever read. I'm not sure why it made so much more of an impact o ...more
Nov 2005
Feb 22, 2008
 
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
3.83
liked it
I need to think about this book some more. My first reaction is that I didn't really like it, but I'm struggling with articulating why, and I haven't ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
 
F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems
3.47
liked it
The things I loved about this book:

The down-to-earth practical advice.
The willingness to admit that some people are just assholes, and we have to lear
...more
Oct 27, 2015
Oct 16, 2015
 
Impulse (Impulse, #1)
4.28
it was ok
This novel, written in free-verse poetry, is set at a mental institution and follows three teens who tried to commit suicide. Conner is a rich kid wit ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
A Beautiful Mind
4.12
it was amazing
This biography was the basis for the popular film "A Beautiful Mind" a few years ago. It's the fascinating story of an arrogant young mathematician wh ...more
Feb 2006
Feb 16, 2008
 
Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, #1)
4.17
it was ok
Another YA novel for class. This concerns Andy, who is trying to overcome depression in the aftermath of a terrible car accident that claimed the life ...more
Feb 2004
Mar 15, 2008
 
Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA
3.57
it was ok
Richard C. Hoagland is a real piece of work. The guy believes that the "Face on Mars" is a sculpture (despite all evidence to the contrary) and that i ...more
not set
May 31, 2008
 
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
4.03
really liked it
This is a re-read, revisiting one of my favorites from my childhood. It holds up very well, and I still found it enchanting. I had forgotten, however, ...more
May 09, 2018
not set
Jul 02, 2008
 
The Walking Dead, Book Seven (The Walking Dead #73-84)
4.47
it was amazing
So I've now read all seven volumes that have been published thus far, and I feel like I can intelligently address some of the criticism of this series ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #2)
3.97
it was ok
This sequel to The Hollow Kingdom was entertaining enough, but I found it overall to be rather disappointing. There were definite high points: the fle ...more
Aug 06, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
 
The Runner (Tillerman Cycle, #4)
3.81
it was amazing
The Runner is the fourth book in Voigt's Tillerman Cycle. This installment goes back several decades to focus on Bullet, the long-dead uncle of the ch ...more
Sep 2007
Jan 31, 2008
 
Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles, #1)
3.64
it was ok
Meh. I really liked the concept here: a sort of Alternate Portland with an Impassible Wilderness in St. John's, with the St. John's bridge as a ghostl ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
3.67
it was amazing
This was fabulous and fascinating. The basic bent of the book is probably best summed up in this quote from the conclusion:

"A simpler life with more e
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May 07, 2013
May 05, 2013
 
The View from Saturday
3.75
it was amazing
LOVED this! I picked it up because a) I love Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler, and b) because it concerns the members ...more
Mar 2007
Feb 05, 2008
 
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
4.01
liked it
3.5 stars
This was a little bit disappointing, in that it was sort of neither fish nor fowl; it seems a bit like the author both wanted to release a bi
...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 29, 2010
 
The Walking Dead, Book One (The Walking Dead #1-12)
4.35
it was amazing
We just got these at the library and I'm finally getting around to reading them, after enjoying the first two seasons of the show. The comics do not d ...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
 
Saga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4)
4.46
it was amazing
Oh, bless 'em, this ended up NOT going where I thought it was going. Wonderful! There is never enough Saga.
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
 
The House of Sleep
3.94
liked it
I wanted to really like this novel, because I felt like it did a lot of things very well. The story was intriguing, the characters had the potential t ...more
Apr 2006
Feb 16, 2008
 
At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic
2.71
did not like it
If you're the kind of person who thinks, "You know what would make this potentially fascinating story of murder and religion in the Arctic even better ...more
Apr 27, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls
4.31
liked it
I actually finished this way earlier, and forgot to mark it as such.

This was a pretty good Batman story, and I loved the art. I found myself a bit bor
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Nov 06, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
3.97
liked it
If you're like me and you have spent insomniatic nights going down the rabbit hole of conspiracy sites, you've probably heard of the Dyatlov Pass Inci ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
 
Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption
3.77
did not like it
I feel a little unfair rating this book, since I'm apparently not anywhere near the intended audience. Peck is not going to convince anyone who doesn' ...more
Jun 2007
Feb 02, 2008
 
Perfect Circle
3.80
it was amazing
Originally read May 2007. Re-reading August 2013.

Still just as awesome as I remembered.

*****
Will "Dead" Kennedy (also known as DK) sees dead people. I
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Aug 28, 2013
Feb 02, 2008
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