Last year, when I read The Haunting of Hill House, a lot of readers said that We Have Always Lived in the Castle is their favorite Shirley Jackson novel. I can see why. This was Jackson’s final novel, published in 1962. It’s a story… Continue Reading “We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson”
It was really interesting to read The House of Mirth so soon after The Portrait of a Lady. A number of readers said they preferred The House of Mirth, and I agree. The House of Mirth, written in 1905, is Edith Wharton’s fourth novel… Continue Reading “The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton”
The Haunting of Hill House was written by Shirley Jackson in 1959. A finalist for the National Book Award, it’s considered by many to be one of the best horror stories out there, at least in the ghost story/haunted house category. It’s been remade… Continue Reading “The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson”
It’s been nagging at me that I never posted a final review of East of Eden for the East of Eden Readalong (I posted a review of the first half here). This book was too good to only write half a review. I know… Continue Reading “East of Eden Read-along Wrap-Up”
First – I know most of you have read this book already, but for those who haven’t, there are spoilers in this review. Second – let me say up front that I know I’m not giving Mark Twain his due. Published in 1885, Huckleberry… Continue Reading “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain”
The good news is, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is everything I hoped (and expected) it would be. The bad news is, I’m not feeling terribly academic these days, so I haven’t been able to motivate myself to be really thoughtful about this book. … Continue Reading “Reading Huck Finn, Chapters 1-16”
Okay, not surprisingly, I didn’t hear a ton of interest in reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But even if I’m talking mostly to myself, here’s my schedule in case you’re thinking about it. November 9: discuss Chapters 1-16, post questions on chapters 17-30… Continue Reading “Reading Huck Finn, Part I”
I’ve been reading light lately, but the last classic I’m tackling this year is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. This is a book most people read in high school or college, but it passed me by and I’ve always meant to… Continue Reading “Reading Huck Finn, Want to Join Me?”
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