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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
liked it
I was resistant to reading this book because I’m not an omnivore, and also I thought that Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire was brilliant and I suspe ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.98
it was amazing
Part fairy tale and part psychological study, I found this to be an engrossing and powerful book. Recommend to everybody, particularly those who have ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.71
it was amazing
This book got me out of my very long reading slump. It was such an easy book to read, yet it was wonderfully complex. I sank into it as I hadn’t sunk ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
 
Moloka'i
4.15
it was amazing
Reading this book contained and gave me absolutely everything I love about reading. It encompasses everything I love about the reading process. I love ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Dec 14, 2007
 
The Phantom Tollbooth
4.22
it was amazing
My mother got this for us when I was 8 and it was first published in 1961. I still own that original edtion and it is not in great shape due to multip ...more
Aug 1961
May 12, 2007
 
Eating Animals
4.18
it was amazing
I was torn how to rate this book. It isn’t perfect (I noted many flaws in its comprehensiveness) but it’s amazing enough, so 5 stars it is.

I’ve read s
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Nov 09, 2009
Nov 05, 2008
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
I admit that I am perplexed about why this is considered a young adult novel and not an adult novel that could be read by those 12 and up. The title c ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Jun 07, 2007
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.30
really liked it
My “recommended for” list is too long for its field: for all passionate and competent people who would like to create another site similar to the best ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Orange Is the New Black
3.70
really liked it
This book was remarkably enjoyable to read. The writing is light and breezy, and it’s very well written, though not beautifully written; it’s a very s ...more
Jun 26, 2012
May 02, 2010
 
The Underground Railroad
4.03
it was amazing
Wow!

This is an exceptionally fine novel.

It hooked me from the start. It’s a beautifully and brilliantly crafted and engrossing story. It’s a great st
...more
Jun 14, 2017
Aug 02, 2016
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
it was amazing
First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old, and I’ve never been able t ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Jun 21, 2009
 
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
4.33
it was amazing
I adored this book. It’s a new addition to my favorites shelf. The downside is that I have the worst book hangover I’ve ever had. I can’t imagine bein ...more
Jul 17, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.06
really liked it
I ended up enjoying this book because it was so beautifully written and it took me deep into a world so unlike my own; thank goodness for that! This s ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
 
The Glass Castle
4.24
it was amazing
Why did I wait so long to read this?! This book is superb and so good that it’s going to now be hard finding something good enough to read next. I wan ...more
Jun 27, 2017
Jul 28, 2007
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.28
it was amazing
4 stars

I was expecting a cozy mystery and this is not a cozy; it’s not even a mystery. It’s a social commentary novel, and it was really interesting
...more
Oct 18, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.91
it was amazing
This is a thoroughly delightful and brilliant book. I chuckled and chortled all the way through this book; it’s hilarious. There are many interesting ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Oct 22, 2007
 
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
4.01
it was amazing
As I read this book, I vacillated between saying to myself “well, duh!” and then thinking it was an exceptional book, one where this subject has never ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
 
Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
4.27
it was amazing
Before reading this book, I had heard of Irena Sendler. I’d read two children’s picture books about her: Irena's Jars of Secrets and Irena Sendler and ...more
Jan 03, 2017
Nov 04, 2016
 
City of Women
3.80
really liked it
4 stars

I’m struggling because I want to do this book justice but I am not in the mood to write a review. I want to get something down though when eve
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Feb 10, 2013
Aug 23, 2012
 
Sarah's Key
4.14
it was amazing
I wasn’t sure how the back and forth chapters between one girl in 1942 and a different woman in 2002 were going to work for me, but this story is so w ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
 
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
3.85
it was amazing
I first read this in 1966 when I was 13 and in the 8th grade and it became my favorite book and remained my favorite book throughout high school. I re ...more
Nov 1966
May 19, 2007
 
Into the Forest
3.79
it was amazing
This became one of my favorite books as soon as I read it; I was totally immersed while reading and continue to dwell on this book. I almost gave it 4 ...more
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May 12, 2007
 
Notes from a Small Island
3.91
really liked it
It took me forever to read this because I was constantly picking it up and putting it down, not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because it’s one of ...more
Apr 08, 2009
Jul 29, 2007
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
it was amazing
I had 3 weeks to read an almost 800 page book and I was worried, but I did it, with a few days to spare. I’m so grateful to my book club for getting ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Oct 25, 2013
 
Salt to the Sea
4.36
really liked it
4 stars

I’ve read a lot of WWII and Holocaust literature, fiction and non-fiction, but until I first learned about this book, I’d never heard of this
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Aug 13, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
 
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
3.97
it was amazing
Well, for some reason I thought that this was going to be more like a thorough vegan Joy of Cooking type book but it isn’t quite so comprehensive. How ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
 
White Oleander
3.94
it was amazing
It took me forever to sit down and write this review. I never wait this long after finishing a book to post some sort of review. I’ve just given up an ...more
Mar 24, 2017
May 17, 2009
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.43
it was amazing
I started reading this book as a buddy read with a Goodreads friend, but she decided it wasn’t the right book at the right time for her, so I continue ...more
Jul 25, 2016
Jun 14, 2010
 
But You Did Not Come Back
4.24
it was amazing
Thanks to my Goodreads friend Chrissie for convincing me to read this book. Because it was short and I didn’t want it to languish on my to-read shelf, ...more
May 04, 2016
Mar 19, 2016
 
Even Vegans Die: A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Acceptance, and Protecting Your Legacy of Compassion
4.23
it was amazing
Full disclosure: One of the authors, an online friend since 2007 at Goodreads and elsewhere too, gave me a copy of the book. Also, I was interviewed a ...more
May 18, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
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