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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
liked it
As a general rule, I don't like to read non-fiction mostly because I think it is boring to read about real things. So as far non-fiction goes, this wa ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
A Princess of Roumania (Princess of Roumania, #1)
it was ok
I could barely make myself finish this book. It was a gift from my pop, who bought it based on a newspaper review suggesting that this book was like H ...more
Nov 06, 2008
Oct 26, 2008
Comanche Moon
liked it
I bought this when our local bookstore was closing. I was excited that there was a "prequel" to Lonesome Dove. But then I figured out that it was actu ...more
Apr 14, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
liked it
Totally readable but the kind of book where I found myself hiding the cover from the person sitting next to me on the plane. By the way, on that plane ...more
Jun 18, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
liked it
I really like the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I mean really like it - I was probably even obsessed at one point. I've watched it so many times ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Jan 09, 2010
really liked it
I don't think that I really liked Watchmen but I respect it for what it represents. I guess? I liked how morally dubious the superheros were. I liked ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
State of Wonder
really liked it
Well - a book about a Minnesota nerd girl scientist who goes in the field in a strange place and lives with a tribe - it hits a bit close to home. Per ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
The Shadow Catcher
it was ok
This book has an interwoven story of a modern character named Marianne Wiggins who is researching Edward Curtis, the photographer, with fictionalized ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
it was ok
This book had too much philosophy me for me. I skimmed large parts of it but I was stunned by the ending.
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
The Conjurer's Bird
liked it
This was an okay read. The plot was essentially a search for a lost bird (in the present) to a story about Joseph Banks that tracked the history of sa ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Night of the Jaguar (Jimmy Paz, #3)
liked it
This was a fine enough book - it was well written enough and mysterious enough. I guess I just don't care for its sort of anti-science tone. For examp ...more
Jan 15, 2010
Jan 09, 2010
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
liked it
I've really liked other David Mitchell books, but this was not my favorite of his books. Its set in Japan in the early 1800s, when the Dutch were the ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
liked it
**spoiler alert** I feel like a bad person. I should have liked this book more than I did, right? But I like plot-driven books. I don't care for philo ...more
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
really liked it
I adored Carter Beats the Devil - the first book by GDG. Early in Sunnyside, I thought that I would like it just as much; there were lots of really gr ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Pictures from an Expedition
liked it
The book is about fossil hunters at the end of the wild west. One of them happens to be a woman, brought along to illustrate the findings. It was a bo ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Jan 09, 2010
Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet
really liked it
This is a story about an 11 year old cartographer who travels across the US on a train. He maps everything along the way (e.g. loneliness in Chicago, ...more
May 11, 2011
May 12, 2011
Riding the Black Cockatoo
liked it
The story is about the return of an aboriginal skull to its rightful burying ground. There were some aspects of this non-fiction book that I liked: th ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Do the Windows Open?
really liked it
I read this some time ago and only saw it in my bookshelf the other day. I don't remember when I read it. I don't even really remember much about it, ...more
Nov 2009
Jan 24, 2010
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
liked it
I guess I've read my non-fiction for the year. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the chapter on cannabis. It was honestly really interesting. Of c ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
The Monsters of Templeton
liked it
This was a fine read but it should have been more my sort of book. The plot heavy, monsters, graduate student in strife-filled life etc. is typically ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
The Lieutenant
it was ok
The story follows an astronomer who went to Australia when the penal colony was first set up. He struck up a friendship with an aboriginal girl. Then ...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
What I Loved
liked it
I did not care for the art critique aspect of this novel - especially the parts that were essentially critiques of art critiques. It felt forced, like ...more
Feb 2013
Mar 16, 2013
really liked it
The book followed the story of one family during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The narrative style was clever - going back and forth between a ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Children's Book
it was ok
This book just didn't do it for me. I wanted to really like it - it involves children, pottery, and puppets during the end of the Victorian era throug ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 28, 2011
The Brooklyn Follies
really liked it
This is my third Paul Auster book. I was apprehensive about it because although I adored Moon Palace, I really didn't like The Book of Illusions. But ...more
Sep 29, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
The Historian
really liked it
Wow - I started this on the plane and then could not put it down once I got back. In fact, for three afternoons in a row, I read for several hours ins ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
All the King's Men
really liked it
I really liked the looping narrative in this book. The loops went back in time, and then brought you back to the present, and as the book continued th ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Jan 09, 2010
really liked it
I'm a sucker for Neal Stephenson. Really, I am. This was a hard book to get into though - all sorts of made-up words that took me too long to figure o ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
it was amazing
I read this book a few years ago and adored it. I was nervous that I wouldn't feel the same way on the re-read, but I'm happy to report that I still a ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
liked it
A good mystery novel. I never fancied myself as liking mystery novels, but I've liked all three from this author. The one minor problem for me is that ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
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