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The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
3.71
it was amazing
Bryson has matured into the curmudgeonly grump that was presaged in hes previous books. And it's wonderful.
Oct 09, 2015
Oct 09, 2015
 
Devil May Care (James Bond, #36)
3.42
really liked it
From the way the cover is worded, "Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming", I assume that Faulks was trying to write a real, Fleming-style Bond book. ...more
Jun 17, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
4.16
really liked it
Five stars on its own merit - a fascinating, funny, insanely well researched and realized look at the Batman franchise and how it fits into the overal ...more
Jan 14, 2016
Jan 14, 2016
 
Hurricane Punch (Serge Storms, #9)
4.08
really liked it
Had to drop everything I was reading a few days ago when I realized that Tim Dorsey had a new book out. He's kind of a guilty pleasure of mine - one o ...more
Feb 18, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind and Almost Found Myself on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.41
really liked it
This is one of the best (and most well-written) PCT books Ive read. While my two main criticisms of PCT trail log books apply here, too, I can underst ...more
Jun 04, 2008
May 30, 2008
 
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.83
liked it

The Geography of Bliss wasn't quite what I expected. I picked it up because one of the blurbs on the back compared it favorably to Bill Bryson's writi
...more
Jan 18, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga, #1)
4.24
it was amazing
One benefit of my new job in the Technical Services department of the library is that I get a look at a lot of the advance reader copies that come in. ...more
Jan 27, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
3.85
really liked it
This is a case where the cover pulled me in, and I ended up really liking the book. What a great photo - Harry Truman driving himself and his wife aro ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
 
The Natural History of Unicorns
3.43
liked it
I'm a sucker for what I call "microhistories," books exploring a single thing. The Natural History of Unicorns is a fine example of the genre, being e ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
 
Wings (Wings, #1)
3.75
liked it
Grabbed this advance reader copy to read aloud in the car on a recent road trip, and liked it enough that I breezed the rest of the way through it whe ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman's Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker
3.73
it was amazing
This book wasn't what I expected.

I was expecting a self-absorbed, boutique-ey book about someone who fancied themselves a baker.

Instead I was plunged
...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
 
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
3.63
it was amazing
People don't seem to have very good opinions about author blurbs. I, personally, love them. Some of the best and most unexpected books I've read in th ...more
Feb 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women
3.62
liked it
Someone at the library gave me this book to see if Mich would be interested in it, so I brought it home. It's non-fiction, so of course she didn't wan ...more
Nov 25, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.99
liked it
Another book in my current drive to read some of the Children's Fiction that I see at the library every day, but don't know much about. The Amulet of ...more
Apr 16, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Road
3.95
it was amazing
Haunting. First word that comes to mind to describe Cormac McCarthy's The Road. It's funny, this was a Pulitzer prize winner, and an Oprah selection, ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
I Love You, Miss Huddleston, and Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood
3.68
really liked it
I chuckled my way all the way through I Love You, Miss Huddleston. Philip Gulley has written an incredibly entertaining small-town Midwest memoir - sh ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
really liked it
It's been awhile since I'd read Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, and I'd forgotten how powerful a book it is. No wonder it was a Hugo and Nebula awa ...more
Nov 21, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)
4.09
liked it
Another book in the Bartimaeus series - I really enjoyed the first one, Amulet of Samarkand, so decided to go ahead and plow through the series. Amber ...more
Apr 23, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad
4.24
it was amazing
Absolutely five stars. Hilarious and heartwarming. Made me laugh and choked me up. And Jerry, if you're reading this - all-caps Jessica completely cra ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2014
 
The Road to Gobblers Knob: From Chile to Alaska on a Motorbike
4.17
really liked it
I had overlooked The Road to Gobblers Knob on the cataloging shelf at work until it actually got on my cart to look at. Once I did, I had to read it. ...more
Apr 14, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between
3.60
liked it
I had read these guys' earlier book, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, and just had to pick this one up whe ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
 
Bill Bergson, Master Detective
4.18
liked it
I made an effort to read this (had to Inter-Library Loan it) because Stieg Larsson's books include references to it. Specifically, to the main charact ...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.87
really liked it
I've liked Steve Martin's writing in the past, especially his last couple of novels. When I saw this one, I wasn't sure if it would be my kind of book ...more
Nov 24, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
3.68
really liked it
A.J. Jacobs's two previous books, The Year of Living Biblically One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and The Know-It-Al ...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.20
really liked it
It had been a while since I'd read the Hitchhiker's Guide, but I had a couple of hours to kill at the DMV and found a copy in my glove box. It was all ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits
3.89
really liked it
I bought this as a possible Christmas present, but ended up keeping it for myself. Glad I did, I really enjoyed it. The authors take (as the cover say ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Retail Anarchy: A Radical Shopper's Adventures in Consumption
2.52
it was ok
I'd have to call Sam Pocker a "coupon curmudgeon" - the guy who relishes finding the deals that get him lots of something for free, even if he doesn't ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief
3.60
really liked it
Fun stuff. Lots of good tips and history.
not set
Jul 23, 2014
 
The Peripheral
3.94
really liked it
It was hard to figure out what was going on throughout the first third, but once it all became clear, I couldn't put it down.
not set
Oct 08, 2014
 
Ways to Disappear
3.48
it was amazing
Captivating.
Aug 14, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
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