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Wind, Sand and Stars
4.19
I find that reading books about plane crashes while physically in a plane really enhances the flying experience. I told my mother that and she thought ...more
May 30, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
4.16
An excerpt from a letter to Walter Hooper, 20 February 1968:
"I remember Jack [C.S. Lewis:] telling me a story of Brightman, the distinguished ecclesia
...more
May 2009
Apr 16, 2010
 
Against Nature (A Rebours)
3.92
I read Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans, a copy of which I swiped years ago from a professor’s free-book shelf. Oscar Wilde was evidently fascina ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
 
The Heaven Tree Trilogy
4.28
For some reason, I didn’t really like it all that much until about 300 pages in. Around 600 pages, I started really enjoying it, and by the 800th page ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 27, 2008
 
The Consolation of Philosophy
3.92
The Consolation of Philosophy turned out to be brilliant. I highly recommend it! It’s very short, but very dense. I think I fully digested maybe one-h ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
 
Revelations of Divine Love
3.98
Medieval Lit: sometimes you are so cool, and other times you make me want to stab my eyes out with a quill pen.

Julian of Norwich falls into the catego
...more
Nov 2008
Oct 31, 2008
 
Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #6)
4.29
I finally finished Shadow Hand, and my sluggish pace certainly was NOT due to the book content; I just didn’t have time to clap my eyes on the page ve ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
 
The Iliad
3.78
It took until PAGE 373 before Achilles finally got his act together and joined the battle, and then he did a bunch of junk and fought a river (?!) and ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2008
 
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
4.15
I'm always caught by surprise by how much I love the Narnia books, although they're not quite as - don't kill me - well written as I remembered. I thi ...more
Aug 10, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
 
Till We Have Faces
4.16
While at the library, thinking of books a million miles from C.S. Lewis, I stumbled quite by accident over Till We Have Faces. Dr. Waldron recommended ...more
Dec 2006
Aug 10, 2008
 
Neverwhere
4.16
Delightful, but...there's always a but with Gaiman. I should be madly in love with his writing, but instead I always wind up liking it tremendously bu ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 03, 2010
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
I was singularly unimpressed. It's a commentary on selfishness and the consequences of a self-centered lifestyle, or something abstract like that, but ...more
Aug 2006
Aug 10, 2008
 
Golden Daughter (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #7)
4.71
Clear your schedule before you pick this one up.

I’m serious. I made the mistake of starting it when I had a plethora of imminent deadlines looming ov
...more
Nov 12, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
Deerskin
3.85
I read Deerskin by Robin McKinley (of The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown fame) in a couple big gulps this week. I think anything would’ve gone ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
The Pilgrim's Regress
3.80
We’re reading Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis this week for our philosophy group. I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress, of course, but wasn’t terribly impress ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
 
Moll Flanders
3.45
Last Sunday I marveled at the lack of traffic while driving to the library. “Wow, Easter Sunday is a great time to do errands!” Except, of course, tha ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
3.86
I almost quit reading it twice, and I always, ALWAYS finish a book once I've started it, I can't not. It started out quite well and was moving along q ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2008
 
Until That Distant Day
4.25
I’m a sucker for historical fiction, particularly historical fiction set during the French Revolution, and Until That Distant Day did not disappoint! ...more
May 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
Richard III
3.90
The BBC did a four-part Shakespeare miniseries called The Hollow Crown, consisting of four plays, including Henry V. I adore Henry V with a burning pa ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
 
The Fall of Arthur
3.83
I guiltily paid full price for this book at B&N (something I'm practically allergic to after spending far too much time in secondhand shops), but ...more
Jul 25, 2013
May 24, 2013
 
Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath
3.96
Anyone who doesn’t think writing is hard work should read this collection, taken from Steinbeck’s daily writing notes. The poor man sweats bullets the ...more
Feb 19, 2014
May 12, 2013
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.01
read Slaughterhouse Five in one sitting on the flight home from Minnesota, and I don’t recommend doing that. Still, Cuckoo’s Nest made Slaughterhouse ...more
Jul 02, 2013
May 12, 2013
 
Zorro
3.73
Now, to preface this statement, I must say that I love Zorro. I grew up on the old black-and-white Zorro shows with Guy Williams, who is the epitome o ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 16, 2010
 
War and Peace
4.08
I finished War and Peace in about 2.5 weeks, which is a hugely long time for me, but...it's War and Peace. Even once I got a feel for it (took around ...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
 
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry, #1)
4.01
I do not know how he can blend so much sorrow in so much beauty, it makes you want to laugh and scream. As an aside note, I learned something recentl ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2008
 
Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, #1)
4.13
This book is the first in Kay's Sarantine Mosaic duology. (I think I may always use “duology” from now on to describe a book and its sequel, what a ne ...more
Sep 03, 2013
May 12, 2013
 
Metamorphoses
4.01
Even though our Latin/literary discussion group had given up on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I decided to get back to it. I hate leaving a book unfinished, a ...more
Jun 13, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
4.28
I’m rereading Ender’s Game before going to see the movie, for obvious reasons, and I’m smitten all over again. Such a great book! It makes me want to ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Aug 15, 2008
 
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1)
3.71
Years ago, a beloved professor recommended The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and I’ve just now finally gotten around to reading it. The cover calls ...more
Nov 21, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
All the King's Men
4.07
All the King’s Men turned out to be very well-done. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised; it did win a Pulitzer, after all. I think I was sort of in the ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
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