Get Lost in the Stacks

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Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals - Christopher J. Payne, Oliver Sacks

What a beautiful coffee table book. I've been getting into urban decay and this book is a good illustration of that type of photography. Excellent essay to open the book by Oliver Sacks (which if you haven't read any of his books, they're excellent too!).

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes - Diane Chamberlain This book was really really good! It was slow to get started (hence me taking so long to read it!) but once the story got going, I couldn't wait to finish it to see how it ended. I wasn't a of the whole starting out with Corrine, switching to CeeCee then to Eve, back to Corrine, then finally back to Eve, but I completely understand why they did it (all those names will make sense when you read the book ;)). This book also has a lot of thought provoking moments. Does our genetics influence who are or do the parents who raise us? Does your age matter if you commit a crime? It was a very interesting thought at the end! Definitely worth the read!
I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage - Mary-Ann Kirkby What a fascinating book! Ms. Kirkby gives firsthand insight into a closed society. I knew very little about Hutterite life/culture except that they were an Anabaptist group similar to that of Amish and Mennonites. The only reasons I didn't give it five stars is that a)the writing was a little confusing to follow, b)non-English words weren't translated (one of my biggest pet peeves in books (yes there is a dictionary in the back but I didn't know that until I finished the book (I had the ebook)), and c)who was related to whom was extremely hard to follow. Because this is a closed society, there are many interconnected families and so there are many members of the same family connected multiple ways. Because it this, it was hard to keep track who was related to whom. However, this book is a good book and for anyone interested in Amish society, this is an interesting read to compare to them.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns - Lauren Weisberger It was good, though there were sections that could have been taken out, descriptions that just, in all honesty, did not matter to the plot of the book. I never read the first one (only saw the movie) so I don't know how this compares but it was a decent book. I will admit however, after reading through half of it, I knew she wouldn't stay with Max. He was too perfect.. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics - Dan Savage A Good book! Recommended reading for everybody.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach Amazing!!!! Mary Roach does it again! Her brand of writing combines excellent research and ability to reach the reader is just fantastic. While Stiff is far and away my favorite Roach book, this one rates close to Bonk as my next favorite book. Definitely read!
The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan What a fascinating book! I wasn't sure when I started it if I could really get into it because it is sort of slow at the beginning But once you get past halfway, things take a turn and really start chugging along like that of a roller coaster! I didn't know till about 20 pages from the end that this was based on two real-life girls! I do recommend if you're not familiar with Degas's work that you visit the author's website ( for the actual pictures mentioned in the book. The last chapter of the book is rather interesting as it ties up loose ends but is slightly frustrating because the author tells you Marie has two children but they never say specifically who the father is... it is hinted that it's the baker's son from across the street but never explicitly said that I read. But this book is a great read!
Infamous: A Fame Game Novel - Lauren Conrad Really enjoyed it... Though the last couple of chapters felt a little rushed. I did enjoy how LC wrapped up the series... I loved how she hinted that Sophie was similar to Heidi from the hills. Got a laugh out of that. Didn't really enjoy Madison changing but I get that people do change.
Night Strangers - Chris Bohjalian What a horrible horrible book! I couldn't believe this was the same author that wrote Skeletons at the feast which was sick a good book. I had to finish this just to know what happened but man, this was bad. First of all, I hated the varying view points. They were distracting and hard to follow, not to mention pointless at times (like that of the cat). Secondly, the whole plot was just bad. SPOILER: bleeding and killing a child just to stay young? Just didn't make ANY sense to me. And killing off the psychiatrist? I didn't get why that was necessary for the plot to do forward. Ug, not a book I would recommend to ANYONE, which is sad because I loved Skeletons at the Feast.
In the Kingdom of Men - Kim Barnes Wow... This book was bad... I do not understand why people like it. Whoever wrote the hook for it here on goodreads has some great writing skills because that's now how the book was at all. The mystery of the women washing up on shore didn't even come up until chapter 15 (of a 17 chapter book!). There were so many parts to this book that were absolutely unnecessary and basically just fluff and did nothing to add to the story. Ginny Mae seemed very superficial and I did not connect with her, nor any of the other characters like Mason, or Abdullah... The plot did not flow and it just felt like waiting and waiting for something that never happened. And let's not forget the ending... It was like the writer decided "I've had enough of this story; let's just end it completely random". Throwing her in Rome with little to no money or a way to support herself. Not only did it suck, it was also unreasonable and completely not believable. Very disappointed in this book.
Still Missing - Chevy Stevens I don't know what to make of this book...I couldn't believe some of things I was reading. I truly liked the first person writing, you don't often see that in crime novels. However, this novel was GRAPHIC. If it were a movie, I'd say it was an R-rated. I was also a little disappointed in how the book ended... I loved the way the story was going and then just stops..
Game  - Barry Lyga HOLY SHIT!!! What a book!!! Once again Lyga does an amazing job of writing a suspense novel. This one was harder to understand where everything was going, especially with the dreams but holy shit, the last two chapters.. And now I have to wait for the third book! Seriously, Lyga, leaving me not knowing if Connie's still alive and that Jazz's mother is alive?! Man... Loved the idea of two killers having to kill alike to throw off the police too. That's a new thought I've never heard before. As well as liking it to Monolpoly.
Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham Plot was extremely weak... story had no forward movement...
Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress - Debra Ginsberg This is one book everybody should read. The discussions about what waitstaff go through is absolutely fantastic and frankly, more people could use an eye opener. There is one chapter that I didn't really agree of it's usefulness in the book overall (the chapter on waitstaff in movies if you're curious) but overall this book is really good. A little weird in the fact it jumps around a bit but it makes sense in the end.
Inferno - Dan Brown This was definitely much better than the third book. The story was more believable (though like Brown's other books, it's definitely out there) as there is no conspiracy theory type plot. The plot is definitely more grounded in terms of fact (though Brown does make a mistake in terms of researching. He makes a reference to a Kentucky Derby winner and the name of the farm of said winner. However, the horse he name was disqualified and is not considered the winner of the Derby and he mis-spells the name of the farm!). I would rate this 3.5 but the ending... was just a drop out... there wasn't any resolution. Its as if they realize they virus is already out there and they go on about their daily lives like nothing every happened. It was a little disappointing and a little let down
Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir - Amanda Knox Wow... Its hard to put into words how amazing this book was. I've followed Knox's story from the beginning and I can't even begin to imagine how she had the strength to deal with it. This book gives new insight into that strength... It even had me at tears in the end, reading the letter Knox writes to her mother right before her appeal is granted and she is released. It's just heart-wrenching.

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