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Klingsor's Last Summer
I love reading Hermann Hesse. I think he creates an atmosphere you can really feel, and does it in a way that’s natural and easy to read. In the first ...more
Jun 04, 2011
May 26, 2010
Canzoniere: Selected Poems
The edition I have includes two letters at the start, "Letter to Posterity" and "The Ascent of Mount Ventoux." They were my favorite parts, because I' ...more
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Apr 19, 2013
The Family Fang
This book kept me up late one night, finishing it, and that almost never happens (my priorities go: sleep, sandwiches, reading).

With that being said,
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
The Voyage Out
I am trying to write some kind of thing about The Voyage Out, which I finished two days ago. I already had to post a response about the novel for clas ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
East Is East
I was prepared to like TC Boyle more than I did-- I'm not really sure, but I think I heard something from someone that maybe sounded like he’d be my t ...more
Jun 20, 2011
May 12, 2010
The Catholic Church: A Short History
If you're new to Catholicism, start somewhere else first. This book is written for those in the know.

I forced myself to read this, even though I didn'
May 11, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
Moll Flanders
I don't know what to say about this. Except it's a pain in the ass, a book that keeps on giving, because Moll Flanders, despite her eight-lifetimes'-w ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Oct 09, 2011
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
After reading this, I’ve realized that an alternate title might be: One Pretty Good Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Which sounds kind of nice! Unt ...more
May 18, 2011
May 11, 2010
The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell
In these two essays, Huxley talks about the “other world” of our mind, which is full of big, bright colors and incredible architecture. He says a bunc ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Aug 28, 2010
Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain
What surprised me the most is that Paterniti’s a really good writer. He knows how to do that thing where he makes small details significant. Like mayb ...more
Jul 23, 2011
May 12, 2010
A Confederacy of Dunces
I was trying to think of examples for the type of character Ignatius J. Reilly reminds me of, but all I could come up with was Monty from the movie “W ...more
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May 11, 2010
High Fidelity
So when I was 14 I read About A Boy and cried over it and thought it changed my life, etc. It was mostly the way in which Nick Hornby made the narrato ...more
May 21, 2011
May 12, 2010
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The last line astounded me when I read this. It perfectly summed up this short, sharp novel. I pay attention to last-lines now, because of this last l ...more
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May 12, 2010
Death in Venice
This book is complexly, minutely beautiful. It is like the layout of some multi-storied, fantastic factory building which doesn’t exist anywhere. I fo ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Apr 25, 2012
Nine Stories
Salinger has never disappointed me. Every story in here is great, with my personal favorite being "Uncle Wiggily In Connecticut".
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May 11, 2010
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
This was tough to get into. It was written in a very subdued, almost boring, tone. I kept waiting for it to loosen up and get juicier, and I finally r ...more
May 21, 2010
May 15, 2010
The Glass Menagerie
thanks to the glaring symbols in this book, i got a beautiful essay grade on an AP exam i took nearly four years after i read it. that's how much it s ...more
Jan 2006
May 11, 2010
The Imaginary Girlfriend (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
sincere as anything, but, wow, he had one of the most uneventful lives imaginable. as opposed to most memoirs, this one will make you feel exciting in ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
i read this is 9th grade and wrote a review of it for my english class when i was supposed to be writing an editorial to the school newspaper, because ...more
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May 12, 2010
The Phantom Tollbooth
It's just cool & thoughtful, come on.
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May 11, 2010
Straight Man
I could read this again, and probably I'd like it a lot more, since I was pretty young when I read it. But, just going on what I gathered then, the ma ...more
Jan 2006
May 11, 2010
The Glass Castle
I had to read this over the summer for school, along with a really, really great book (The Woman Warrior). i don't understand how this cliched, over-p ...more
Aug 2008
Apr 02, 2009
The Cleft
The maintenance of gender stereotypes annoyed me, but I guess stereotypes spring from a certain amount of truth. It was a little repetitive, and got s ...more
May 19, 2010
May 12, 2010
Time's Arrow
This was an interesting idea: a body that lives forwards in time, but a soul that lives backwards. So you're taken through this man's past, told like ...more
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May 12, 2010
A Happy Death
the main character is just looking for happiness. he finds it by cutting off and letting go, winding down to a solitary and predictable life by the oc ...more
Nov 09, 2010
May 11, 2010
Summer Crossing
I liked this-- this trashed, almost-unpublished, double-debut novel-- much better than In Cold Blood (but not better than Breakfast at Tiffany's, don' ...more
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May 12, 2010
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
This makes some interesting points but, God, is it repetitive. I'd say only the first half of the book is new information,and the second half is Gladw ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Oct 16, 2010
Half Broke Horses
so much better than The Glass Castle. it's The Glass Castle if you took out all the sappiness and the mushy, processed writing style. i still don't th ...more
Jan 02, 2010
May 11, 2010
Rosemary's Baby
i'd suggest watching the movie before reading the book because, in terms of art, i think the movie is much better. and if you read this first, a bit o ...more
Sep 23, 2009
May 11, 2010
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
learned a ton and it's very easy to read. even if you don't have an overeating problem ("conditioned hypereating") it's relatable to almost any bad/co ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
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