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The Shape of Water
did not like it
I really love this cover.
I just wish the book lived up to it. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but I'm seriously considering abandoning this book bec
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do
really liked it
Simultaneously disheartening and encouraging for a wannabe-editor such as myself.

First, the disheartening:
It's already outdated. It doesn't discuss em
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
it was ok
I didn't care for the protagonist (based on the one chapter of this I read, which is probably all I'll ever read of this book because frankly I didn't ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
it was ok
I keep noticing inconsistencies/errors in my MLIS professors' reference lists, which I think gives me the authority to declare myself Finished With Th ...more
Feb 19, 2016
Jan 27, 2016
The Book Thief
really liked it
A tragic war epic/Bildungsroman/love letter to words/tale of interpersonal triumph, mildly akin to Slaughterhouse Five for its innovative foregroundin ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Apr 24, 2008
The Accidental Werewolf (Accidentally Friends, #1)
it was ok
Not a fan of the genre (at least the hokey romance part of it), but the character development was decent and the writing...consistent.

I was frequently
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 09, 2015
Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight
it was ok
I mostly just read the introduction and the chapter on my blood type. But from what I did read, I got a pretty strong impression of the type of advice ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
The Love Letters of Mark Twain
it was ok
I found the introduction mildly interesting. Livy's a cute nickname for Olivia. Apparently Mr. Clemens was quite a prankster with his (tragically earn ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Wuthering Heights
liked it
Not the best thing to read right before sleepy-time. I'm gonna have to start over.

I'm officially abandoning this book. I expected it to be about some
Jun 03, 2012
Oct 11, 2007
The Norton Anthology American Literature, Volume A: Beginnings to 1820
liked it
I love the trivial bits of information included in the glosses and introductory essays. Like the fact that Thomas Paine's earthly remains' whereabouts ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
James Joyce's Ulysses: A Casebook
really liked it
I only read the first seven pages of the introduction. But they were charmingly candid about the struggles a first-time reader of Ulysses would face. ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2010
liked it
I'm glad I can say I've read it, and I had moments of enjoying Melville's prose...but ultimately I don't really recommend it. I prefer Melville's lang ...more
Dec 31, 2013
Oct 11, 2007
Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook (Greenwood Folklore Handbooks)
really liked it
It's a pretty straightforward and simplistic introduction to...folk and fairy tales. Which presumes the whole oral history thing which Bottigheimer wo ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
The Sixteen Satires
liked it
I choose to focus more on Juvenal's agreement with my perspective on Odysseus (as an unreliable narrator) than on his sexist, xenophobic rants. He was ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
The Devil's Dictionary
it was amazing
Favorite definitions:
May 22, 2008
Nov 30, 2007
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume B: 1820-1865
it was amazing
Excellent, beautiful, wonderful, I dropped a ginger teabag on it and its crinkly paper pages are forever marred but I love it still.
Dec 14, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study
really liked it
I stopped at page 50, when I could no longer tolerate the idolization of Joyce. Yes, he wrote a very complex and innovative (and kind of fun) novel/an ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
Dining Out: Secrets from America's Leading Critics, Chefs, and Restaurateurs
liked it
A nice little guide to everything restaurant-related. The format is colorful and full of charts, pictures, graphs, quotations, and the distracting att ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
A Thief in the House of Memory
it was ok
I think I need to officially call it quits on this one. Maybe it's just me being unfair to Mr. Wynne-Jones for not living up to the late great Diana W ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
it was ok
I'm not okay with this. It's like I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell except, unlike Tucker Max, Neil Strauss has the audacity to pretend that he's an inte ...more
May 06, 2012
Jan 13, 2011
Modernism: An Anthology
really liked it
Rainey is intelligent, clear, and engaging. He clearly defines the terms relevant to the anthology (or at least tackles the problem of defining "moder ...more
not set
Oct 21, 2010
The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
it was ok
not set
Jun 03, 2009
Vampires:  Two Centuries of Great Vampire Stories
it was ok
I read the first few stories, and the one by Tanith Lee near the end. They were decent, but not particularly engaging (probably because they're all su ...more
May 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Fantasy Stories
really liked it
Because I'm annoying:

The Peasant and the Devil
Good ol' brothers Grimm...they never get old.

Boris Chernevsky's Hands
Jane Yolen is cool. Baba Yaga is co
Jan 2008
Jan 03, 2008
The View from Saturday
it was ok
I appreciate that this author is trying to teach young people the importance of courtesy, but I have quite a few issues with the way the characters ar ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Oct 11, 2007
Salaam. Peace: An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Drama
really liked it

A deftly-handled family melodrama. Being Arab-American is essential to the family's identity, but there are u
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World
liked it
Kind of pretentious, but definitely a good guide to being a healthy, well-fed vegan.

Recipes that I didn't get around to, but which sound delicious:
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)
really liked it
I didn't think I'd like this at first. Maybe it was just the jarring dissonance of the pretty, swirly cover and the realistic, non-poetic 15-year-old- ...more
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 01, 2016
A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader
liked it
The introduction provides a really interesting and thorough background on Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's life, and the compilation of her works is tho ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Station Island
liked it
Maybe because the Faber & Faber editions look so similar, or because I know there is an impending lecture which will draw parallels between the tw ...more
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
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