Category: Challenges

I Join the Classics Club: 50 Classics in 5 Years

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?

“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?

“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?”

Full of Cheesy Goodness: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

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”

My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge

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”

Reading the Newbery Medal Winners

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”

Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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”

Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

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”

Review: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi

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”

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

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”

Review: The Adults by Allison Espach

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”

Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

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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