Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

Two stars, read in May 2014. This may even be one star, I don’t know. I was all set to love it after Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, but it was really just okay. I hated how it was written like someone’s blog, so ridiculously colloquial and in a very 2010s-internet-humor kind of way. (Short sentences. Followed by…

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

Two stars, read in October 2010. I really struggled to read this book. It needed to be about 100 pages shorter, for one thing. It took me a long time to get started, and the whole experience was kind of a slog through the mud. It’s an interesting book, and I really identify with the characters…

The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

Two stars, read February 2012. I have mixed feelings on this. I love the premise, the idea that someone wrote about some of the women of the Bible as though they were actual people. But I listened to it on audio and I did not like the narrator, nor was the writing fantastic. I loved…

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Two and a half stars, maybe, read in 2010. I did not like this as much as I did the first two books. I still enjoyed reading it and was reluctant to put it down for things like work, food, and sleep. But I was supremely disappointed in the ending. Massive spoiler alert for everything…

The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak

Two and a half stars, read in 2010. I had pretty mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, style-wise it was very irritating to read. On the other hand, there were some really beautiful parts, and the story delved into a culture that I’ve never known much about (but it turns out is…