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The Art of War from Smartercomics: How to Be Successful in Any Competition, 2nd Edition
I received two books from SmarterComics through the goodreads firstreads program. I read them both, back-to-back, and they perfectly lend themselves t...more
Jan 2012
Jan 10, 2012
1984 (Everyman's Library Classics, #134)
I've read this book before and the Banned Books Group here on goodreads chose it for our February book. I actually did read it in February but I'm way...more
Mar 2012
Mar 28, 2012
Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1)
Believe it or not, I've never read this novel before nor seen the movie. Rob, however, says he read it in grammar school and really liked it. Go figur...more
Jul 2011
Jul 24, 2011
As I Lay Dying
Reading Faulkner is never easy but always fulfilling. His talent is awe inspiring. A classic for a reason. For more:
Jul 2010
Jul 10, 2010
Jane Eyre
I read this before I had a goodreads account.

Hands down, I prefer this novel to her sister's Wuthering Heights. Jane is a more interesting character...more
not set
Jun 12, 2010
The Book of Five Rings from SmarterComics
I received two books from SmarterComics through the goodreads firstreads program. I read them both, back-to-back, and they perfectly lend themselves t...more
Jan 2012
Nov 21, 2011
This one ranks slightly behind Pride and Prejudice which remains my favorite Austen novel but there is something about Anne Elliot and this novel that...more
Oct 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
What I liked about the previous book in the series is missing from this one. The rest is more of the same--detailed descriptions of pioneer life which...more
Jan 2011
Jan 14, 2011
Not one of my favorite Austen novels. I know that people love this one almost as much or even more than Pride and Prejudice but I absolutely prefer El...more
Sep 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Mansfield Park
There is definitely a shift in what Austen is trying to do with her writing from Pride and Prejudice but not quite for the better. For more:

Aug 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
I preferred this fifth book to the fourth. And as Anne grows up, her experiences become more mature. There is a moment, without meaning to give any pl...more
Mar 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Enchanted April
If you love Jane Austen and Lucy Maud Montgomery, you will love this novel. If you loved the movie, you'll adore this novel. Just please, do not read...more
May 2012
May 07, 2012
Sense & Sensibility
Given that I typically loathe romance novels, that fact that I like Austen at all is remarkable. I like this one slightly less than Pride and Prejudic...more
Jun 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Summer: A Novel (1917)
This read right after Ethan Frome is especially interesting. There is something about Wharton's tone that I love. For more:

Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
I read this book ages ago so I wanted to reread this and the rest of the series. I actually never read the entire series but hope to do so by the end...more
Jan 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Zombies Christmas Carol
Some interesting narrative choices complemented by wonderful illustrations by two graphic artists results in a very good graphic novel. I'm simply not...more
Dec 2012
Dec 18, 2012
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I honestly liked this book more this time than any of the previous times. To hear more about the first time I read this book and why this time I liked...more
Oct 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Mr. Popper's Penguins
I remember loving this book as a child. It's cute but, as an adult, my appreciation is somewhat tainted by experience.

For my full review, click here.
Dec 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Wide Sargasso Sea
The Banned Books Club in goodreads chose to read this and because I read it in a "complete novels" collection, I never write a separate review of the...more
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Aug 12, 2011
Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island)
The quirky qualities I so love about Anne are fading as she matures into young womanhood. No, no Anne, please don't grow up into a proper lady. For mo...more
Feb 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #6)
The edition I read is so poorly edited I would recommend choosing another. I definitely preferred this book to the previous two in the series. For mor...more
May 2011
May 25, 2011
Emily Climbs (Emily, #2)
Emily grows up and faces some new challenges. Anyone familiar with Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables will not be terribly surprised by some of the ant...more
Jul 2010
Jun 27, 2010
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Lovely, "brooding" novel. Why do I think writers should read this book? Read my review for this and a little Satia history added at the end as well.

Sep 2011
Sep 30, 2011
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
I can't even say how many times I've read this novel but I read it again in May. I am waaaaay behind on writing my book reviews. Sorry.

Sep 2012
Sep 28, 2012
Emily's Quest (Emily of New Moon, #3)
The third and final in the series. If you are a homeschooling parent and/or know one, please read my review. Follow this link:

Sep 2011
Sep 21, 2011
Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4)
This book lacks the quality and luster of the previous three. For more of my thoughts and a digression that even leaves me pondering how my mind works...more
Feb 2011
Feb 23, 2011
Ethan Frome
I meant to post-date this review but I was distracted by Clive Owen and posted it without post-dating it. Oops. For more:

Jul 2011
Jul 14, 2011
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
I read this book to my children when they were young and I remembered, at the time, thinking it was a bit dull. My memory served me well. For more:

Jan 2011
Jan 07, 2011
Pride and Prejudice
I hate romance novels. I love this novel. There's a reason this is a classic. It's funny and charming and brilliantly written. For more:

Aug 2011
Jul 25, 2011
Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)
At first I loved this novel and thought I would love Rilla as much as I ever did Anne but then Montgomery started romanticizing war and I was left wit...more
Jul 2011
Jul 14, 2011
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