Archives for category: TTBR

catching-fire-usCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Type: fiction

Page Count: 391

TTBR Synopsis: Yeah, I read it again. I had to prepare myself for the new movie, and I’m so glad I did. I may not have noticed how close they came to making an exact movie replica of the book. And I had my doubts…



Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Type: fiction

Page Count: 390

TTBR Synopsis: I couldn’t not re-read this after re-reading “Catching Fire,” could I?





Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Type: non-fiction

Page Count: 333

TTBR Synopsis: I effing love this book. It freaks me out, excites me, I can’t stop thinking about Everest. I watch all the documentaries I can find, look at pictures of corpses on the mountain, and look for pictures of it online. I need to see it. I want to climb it. But I would probably die.

I’m pretty sure I read something else before the end of the year, but I think I’m possibly thinking of the two books I started but didn’t/haven’t finished until 2014.


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Type: fiction

Page Count: 434

TTBR Synopsis: This is the 6th time I’ve reread this book.



Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Type: fiction

Page Count: 352

TTBR Synopsis: This is the 2nd time I’ve read it. I didn’t cry as much because I knew what was coming. It’s gorgeous.





Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Type: YA fiction

Page Count: 328

TTBR Synopsis: A very sweet little YA fiction about romance, family, race, domestic violence, self image, and sacrifice in the 80s.




Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Type: I don’t know how to categorize this one.

Page Count: 369

TTBR Synopsis: Within 5 pages, I was crying from laughter. I haven’t laughed out loud so often in… years?

A Cockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Type: fiction

Page Count: 213

Received by: it’s Steven’s

Started reading: sometime in September

Finished reading: 24 September 2013

Interest level: 8 – First you have to learn a new language, then it’s fine

Recommendation level: 6 – I enjoyed it, but I’m not crazy in love

TTBR Synopsis: We are we are– the youth of the nation. Now I need to rewatch that one episode of Lost…

The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank

Type: fiction

Page Count: 336

Received by: bought a million years ago

Started reading: sometime in September

Finished reading: sometime in September

Interest level: 8 – See “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing”

Recommendation level: 7

TTBR Synopsis: It’s the same book as “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” except slightly different.

The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

Type: fiction

Page Count: 288

Received by: Steven scooped it out of a dumpster when we were dating

Started reading: sometime in September

Finished reading: sometime in September

Interest level: 8 – It’s a fun, easy, thoughtful read, but nothing important

Recommendation level: 7

TTBR Synopsis: Every chapter is a different quest for love.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Type: fiction

Page Count: 324

Received by: a gift from my mom from a long time ago

Started reading: sometime in August

Finished reading: sometime in August

Interest level: 10

Recommendation level: 10

TTBR Synopsis: I still cry when I read this book. Oh, Boo.

Stiff by Mary Roach

Type: non-fiction

Page Count: 303

Received by: found it in a box of books Steven had from college

Started reading: 1 August 2013

Finished reading: 7 August 2013

Interest level: 7 – Everyone who knows me has an inkling that I’m obsessed with death. I thought I’d love this book, but it was a little more scientific/historical than I envisioned. To be fair, I’m not sure what I should have been envisioning, but it was still fairly entertaining.

Recommendation level: 6

TTBR Synopsis: I bet you don’t really have any idea what happens to your body when you donate it after death…

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Type: fiction

Page Count: 404

Received by: bought it at King Soopers

Started reading: 15 July 2013

Finished reading: 25 July 2013

Interest level: 8 – It was good, but each chapter is from a different perspective, meaning you’re jumping around so much that you sometimes get lost or lose interest. But still good.

Recommendation level: 7

TTBR Synopsis: One tragedy. Many lives. Afghanistan, France, Pakistan, U.S.A., Greece

Methods of Mankind by Steven Athay

Type: fiction

Page Count: 341

Received by: Steven

Started reading: I read the first half in 2011 or early 2012, then had to wait for about a year to get the second half, which I started and had to finish on the same day

Finished reading: 6 May 2013

Interest level: 9 – I want to say 10, but wouldn’t that seem biased? Also, I have to reserve 10s for books like American Wife, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Into Thin Air – sorry burbs, maybe your next novel will hit the bullseye. As for Methods of Mankind, I’ll say that I loved it and only had a few issues with (namely, the last 10 pages), but since it’s a manuscript and first draft, pretty damn good.

Recommendation level: 9 – Usually my recommendation matches my interest level. No, let’s say 10, because I hope it’s published and everyone buys a copy and Steven and I can afford to do something with our lives. Also, everyone should see how good Steven is at writing.

TTBR Synopsis: An art prodigy, a meth head, and a sexist, racist, homophobic farmer’s lives collide in 1990s Iowa. I smiled, I worried, I laughed, I empathized.

6027047Callisto by Torsten Krol

Type: fiction

Page Count: 437

Received by: Steven

Started reading: sometime in March? 2013

Finished reading: 27 April 2013

Interest level: 7 – Steven said this book was great. I thought it was interesting, but was disappointed that it didn’t meet my expectations.

Recommendation level: 7?

TTBR Synopsis: A crazy person has a crazy story and narrates it and you’re like, WTF?