Jillian over at A Room of One’s Own has created the Classics Club, where you sign up to read 50 classics over five years. Since I love a good book list, I thought it was worth trying to create a list of 50 classics… Continue Reading “I Join the Classics Club: 50 Classics in 5 Years”
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next. It’s Monday and I hope it was as nice a weekend for you as it… Continue Reading “It’s Monday, What are You Reading?”
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next. It’s Monday, I worked late, and I just about have time for a “What are… Continue Reading “It’s Monday, What are You Reading?”
This is a book I wouldn’t have picked up if not for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge. Of all the books on that list, this one was a question mark for me. I haven’t read much of the “adventure fiction” of the 1800s,… Continue Reading “Full of Cheesy Goodness: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard”
After many months of reading War and Peace, I finally finished it. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely, for most of the book. I loved the way Tolstoy developed his characters. I had a lot more trouble with the pages and pages of military strategy… Continue Reading “My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge”
My niece has a challenge at her middle school to read as many of the Newbery Medal winners as she can, so I took a look at the list to see what I could recommend. It was fun to remember so many favorite books,… Continue Reading “Reading the Newbery Medal Winners”
I only discovered Sherlock Holmes last year, although I always wanted to read the stories. I love Victorian literature and classic mysteries, so Sherlock Holmes is a perfect fit. Maybe I was inspired by the movie with Robert Downey Jr, which I thought was… Continue Reading “Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”
Spring-Heeled Jack is pretty much what you’d expect it to be – it’s good, fun steampunk set in an alternate version of Victorian England. The “twist” is that it actually explains how the alternate reality came to be. It also involves a whole cast… Continue Reading “Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder”
Paulo Bacigalupi is the author of the award-winning science fiction novel, The Windup Girl, and a young adult novel called Ship Breaker. I loved Ship Breaker; but I’ve tried to read The Windup Girl and found it difficult to get into. Bacigalupi introduces a… Continue Reading “Review: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi”
Like The Book Thief, which I read last September, I thought there was no way Room could live up to the hype. But it did. This is a book nearly everyone on the planet has read and raved about. It’s a book I put… Continue Reading “Review: Room by Emma Donoghue”
The Adults is about Emily Vidal, a 14 year old in an affluent Connecticut suburb, whose parents announce they are divorcing, right before the start of a giant lawn party to celebrate Emily’s father’s birthday. This is Espach’s first novel. I went into this… Continue Reading “Review: The Adults by Allison Espach”
I’ve signed up for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge for 2012, and I’m getting ahead of myself a little bit but here’s my first review for the Challenge. The Challenge is to read the classic horror and science fiction novels that created the… Continue Reading “Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker”
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