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The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
Jane Eyre is my favorite book ever (have I mentioned that before?) and I love what Fforde did with it! I figured out what would happen fairly early, b ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 05, 2008
The Silmarillion
This was basically the mythology of Middle-Earth. While not essential to the understanding of The Lord of the Rings , it provides fascinating backgrou ...more
Jun 2004
Jan 05, 2008
Our Mutual Friend
This was the second Dickens novel I read, at the recommendation of a friend who maintains that Bleak House is the best, but hardest to read. Like Davi ...more
Feb 2001
Jan 04, 2008
What Do We Know
Though some of her more nature-inspired poetry doesn't strike a chord with me (not my thing, really), many of her other poems really jumped out at me. ...more
Oct 2005
Jan 06, 2008
Something Rotten (Thursday Next, #4)
I've read Hamlet once or twice, and I love love love what Fforde has done with the character. All the parts of Something Rotten with Hamlet are absolu ...more
Feb 2007
Jan 05, 2008
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
What could be better than a crime-solving 11-year-old chemist-in-training? I'm sure I have no idea and I loved this book, in no small part to its main ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
Digital Fortress
This was a typical Dan Brown and it was good for a quick entertaining read. At first I thought it was going to be all math and code breaking, but he t ...more
Oct 2004
Jan 05, 2008
I had read Man in Black before Thanksgiving, but this one was quite different. It had a rambling feel to it and was more a collection of anecdotes tha ...more
Dec 2005
Jan 04, 2008
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
I like these poems a lot! They're definitely written in ye olde style (they were published in the late 1700s). I remember studying some of them in my ...more
Apr 2005
Jan 06, 2008
An Old-Fashioned Girl
Most of the characters aside from Polly were quite wretched for at least half the novel (and some for the entire novel). Some of them redeemed themsel ...more
Mar 2005
Jan 04, 2008
The Vampyre (Travelman Suspense)
This was a very short story, apparently born the same night that Mary Shelley was inspired to begin working on Frankenstein. Lord Byron originated The ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
The Scarlet Pimpernel
I deliberately didn't try to find out anything about this before I read it, so I got to guess the Scarlet Pimpernel's identity (and I was right) befor ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Jan 04, 2008
Quite a Year for Plums
I'm such a sucker for books about quirky southerners. This was a meandering story without much of a plot. I really enjoyed it, though (it was read in ...more
Aug 2006
Jan 06, 2008
Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime
I liked that he was upfront about his ten poems to last a lifetime not necessarily being the same as my ten poems to last a lifetime. Some certainly h ...more
Mar 2006
Jan 06, 2008
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
I never thought I'd like fantasy as a child since my mother didn't. She loved Little Women and Laura Ingalls Wilder and I did too. Why would I like wh ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 05, 2008
The Westing Game
This is a great book! It's fairly simply written, but extremely engaging. The POV jumps from character to character so you really have to pay attentio ...more
May 2005
Jan 04, 2008
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
It's really neat to see how Narnia was created after reading about so many adventures there. Some say this book should be read first because the event ...more
Jun 2005
Jan 05, 2008
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime, #2)
This was just as delightful as its predecessor The Big Over Easy. Fforde is an incredibly clever writer and I never cease to be amazed by all his lite ...more
Dec 2006
Jan 05, 2008
Honey and Salt
I found this in my mom's bookcase so I snagged it. I have to admit that many of the poems weren't my cup of tea, but there were a few that jumped out ...more
Aug 2006
Jan 06, 2008
Great Sonnets
I think this is a wonderful collection of sonnets. I admit that I was somewhat intimidated by them because they often take a little while to interpret ...more
Apr 2005
Jan 06, 2008
Northanger Abbey
I'm not much of an Austen fan, but my book club chose this so I read it on a trans-Atlantic flight. I liked it better than some of Austen's other work ...more
Apr 2007
Jan 04, 2008
The Whore's Child and Other Stories
I have to say that I like his novels better. I don't see the humor (dark as it is) in the short stories that I do in the novels and I don't feel very ...more
Aug 2005
Jan 05, 2008
I finished it! Did you hear the celestial choir this morning? Even though it took me a ridiculously long time, I really liked it. It, of course, won't ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Nov 11, 2010
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
I found this book highly entertaining and I loved the appearances by characters from Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Lamb, and Practical Demonkeeping ...more
Apr 2007
Jan 05, 2008
Under the Lilacs
This was a really cute children's book, typical LMA. I loved Ben, but couldn't stand Celia's brother Thorny, who lorded it over everyone since he was ...more
Feb 2005
Jan 04, 2008
Youth and the Bright Medusa
I've been really impressed with what I've read of Cather's work so I thought I'd check out her short stories. I was reminded why I enjoy her writing s ...more
May 2007
Jan 05, 2008
The Vintage Book of Contemporary Scottish Fiction
I didn't read all the stories because I didn't enjoy them overall. There were a couple I enjoyed, but it wasn't worth it to me to read all the stories ...more
Aug 2005
Jan 05, 2008
A Maze Me: Poems for Girls
This is a fantastic collection. I wish I'd had it when I was 12 years old! Nye really knows how to speak through her poems, to really make you feel li ...more
May 2007
Jan 06, 2008
Pasquale's Nose: Idle Days in an Italian Town
I love this human interest stuff! Some of my most entertaining reads have been non-fiction about crazy people (okay, not crazy, but definitely colorfu ...more
Sep 2004
Jan 05, 2008
The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime, #1)
Jasper Fforde had me at the Thursday Next series, and this book did not disappoint. There are tons of references to nursery tales, set in a murder inv ...more
Nov 2005
Jan 05, 2008