The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion Just three stars 'I liked it' It is hard to grade though. This is my first book by Didion and you can almost tell that she didn't edit much in these notes, it reads as a journal - but a censored one. I loved her snap-shot memories the most. I did lack the passion though, the red hot feelings, Didion seems so damn calm and collected even though she does admit to this being a facade.