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+ Everything Is Illuminated
+ Scott Pilgrim vs the World (Vol 2)
+ Bel Canto
+ Nine Stories - JD Salinger
+ The Virgin Suicides
+ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
+ Eats Shoots Leaves
+ Stitch N' Bitch Nation
+ The Copyeditor's Handbook
+ Lolita (the annotated version)
+ Rosemary's Baby
+ Rebecca - Daphne DeMaurier
+ The Professor and the Madman
+ Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
+ How to be Good - Nick Hornby
+ The Path of Daggers (Book 8 WOT)
+ New Spring - Robert Jordan
+ Stiff - Mary Roach
+ Lost in a Good Book- Jasper Fforde
+ Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
+ Shopgirl - Steve Martin
+ Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
+ Running with Scissors - Augusten Borroughs
+ The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
+ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
+ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
+ Winter's Heart - Robert Jordan
+ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
+ Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
+ Atonement - Ian McEwan
+ The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
+ Then We Came to the End - Joshua Ferris
+ Polysyllabic Spree - Nick Hornby
+ Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
+ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
+ Preacher Volume 1: Gone to Texas
+ Preacher Vol 2: Until the End of the World
+ Preacher Volume 3: Proud Americans
+ The Corrections
+ Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi
+ Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
+ Preacher Volume 4: Ancient History
+ Preacher Volume 5: Dixie Fried
+ Preacher Volume 6: War in the Sun
+ Preacher Volume 7: Salvation
+ Preacher Volume 8: All Hell's A-Comin
+ Preacher Volume 9: The Alamo
+ The Road - Cormac McCarthy
+ The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
+ The Wheel of Time, Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight
+ 30 Days of Night
+ Doom Patrol: Crawling from the Wreckage
+ Naked Pictures of Famous People - Jon Stewart
+ 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
+ The Watchmen - Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
+ Batman: Arkham Asylum
+ A History of Violence - John Wagner & Vince Locke
+ The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman & Mike Dringenberg ** spoiler alert **
+ The Sandman Vol 2: The Doll's House - Neil Gaiman & Mike Dringenberg
+ Doom Patrol Volume 2: The Painting That Ate Paris
- How to Breathe Underwater - Julie Orringer - 09/03/09
Three stars is pretty amazing since I don't really like short stories. (Reading these started to make me think I have just read some really crappy short stories in the past.) For the most part, I thought the characters were very honest and not preposterously exaggerated for effect, which I very much prefer to the pandering of some short stories (and full novels). The stories all play neatly on ideas of innocence and maliciousness and sexuality and all the different ways you can hurt someone or be hurt. That said, the whole thing was kind of a downer. (I think there are two stories that don't end in utter tragedy, but even those have a lot of distressing stuff going on in them.) I didn't want to stop reading, but I was constantly stressed out for the characters, and I'm definitely impressed by Orringer's ability to create that feeling.

+ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
+ The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
+ War & Peace - Tolstoy
+ World War Z - Max Brooks
+ How to Be Alone - Jonathan Franzen
+ Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Vol. 1 - Bryan Lee O'Malley
+ Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror - Junji Ito
+ Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft - Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
+ The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon
+ On Beauty - Zadie Smith
+ Uzumaki Volume 2 - Junji Ito
+ Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
+ When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
+ Moneyball - Michael Lewis
+ Blindness - Jose Saramago
+ Stitches - David Small
+ The Walking Dead: Volume 1 - Days Gone Bye
+ The Walking Dead: Volume 2 - Miles Behind Us
+ Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
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busiest month: October 2008
median ranked entry: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi

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