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The Invisible Man
I really enjoyed this classic. I was expecting it to be more of a horror story- and it was towards the end. But I was surprised at how darkly funny it...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Guys and Dolls
This was actually a collection from three short story collections: Guys and Dolls, Blue Plate Special and Money From Home (so I'm hoping I am entering...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
Most people are familiar with the title, which has become a part of the English lexicon to describe a situation that is unassailable due to conflictin...more
Apr 11, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Third Girl (Hercule Poirot, #35)
"Third Girl" has a different feel from the other Agatha Christie novels I've read. For starters, this is set in the 1960s. This mystery is easily the...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
A classic that deserves that overused title. Winston Smith lives in a world where people are monitored constantly, where even thoughts against the sta...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple, #11)
I had seen the television version with Geraldine McEwan, and that had been my favorite televised Miss Marple. I was startled how much the television e...more
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
I've seen the David Suchet video version of this story twice, so it was interesting reading the book and picking up on all the little clues along the...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
Moby Dick /Billy Budd
I tried, I really did. This was disappointing. I've seen the movie with Patrick Stewart and even saw a musical version of this tale (tail?) so I thoug...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, #1)
No, I've never read this before. My best friend recommended it. This is a very charming story, mixing real life with magic in a very believable and cr...more
Apr 12, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
Pride and Prejudice
I admit I'm not a huge Jane Austen fan, but I found myself enjoying this book. The movie adaptations stay pretty true to it, but it had been a while...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
The Outsiders
I saw a staged version of this a while back (very well done, too) and my best friend found me a copy of the book. Finally got around to reading it. Ex...more
Apr 12, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
The Lion & the Mouse
This is a beautifully illustrated, nearly wordless retelling of the classic fable about the lion and the mouse. A lion takes pity on a small mouse, wh...more
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World
Selected and retold by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush ; illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. Another one I stumbled upon, and am happy to have done so. Thi...more
Mar 2009
Mar 29, 2009
Moby Dick (Graphic Classics)
I tried to listen to this on CD (I don't know/recall if this was the actual version). I really wanted to like this story. Truly I did. There are so ma...more
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Mar 30, 2014
The Thorn Birds
I'm guessing the year I read this -- I do know it was some time ago. I had mixed feelings about this book. The first two parts, where we are introduce...more
Jan 2005
Dec 13, 2009
The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2)
Will Stanton, the youngest of a race called the Old Ones, must, at age 11, help the forces of Light battle the rising forces of darkness. A fascinatin...more
Mar 2006
Dec 21, 2007
The Scarlet Letter
I found this a good read, better than I expected actually. The hipocracy resonates loud and clear, even in today's society.

I think the reason why a l...more
Jan 2000
Dec 30, 2007
Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising, #5)
The final book of the five book “The Dark is Rising Series.” Will Stanton, Bran, and the Drew children Simon, Jane and Barney band together once more...more
Apr 2006
Dec 21, 2007
Thorn Bird Cou: Rebi
The first three parts would get four stars -- but the last two parts get two stars. The story centers on the Cleary family, who move to Australia to w...more
Nov 2006
Jan 27, 2008
Greenwitch (The Dark is Rising, #3)
Part of a series of books on a coming battle between the Dark and the Old Ones. Simon, Jane and Barney, along with Will Stanton, are set on mysterious...more
Mar 2006
Dec 21, 2007
The Great Gatsby
I think a large part of my bias against this books is because it was foisted on me in high school English class. The Great Gatsby should *never* be ta...more
Jan 1990
Dec 27, 2007
The Grey King (The Dark is Rising, #4)
Hands down, my favorite of the Dark Is Rising books. Will Stanton, who had been seriously ill, is sent to live with relatives living on the coast of W...more
Mar 2006
Dec 21, 2007
The Kingfisher Book of Great Boy Stories: A Treasury of Classics from Children's Literature
This would be a nice way to introduce younger readers to some of the more classic stories, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Treasure Island,...more
Feb 17, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
The Picture of Dorian Gray
An incredible story. Wilde seemed to be one of the few authors in that era who could strike the right balance between description and actual storytell...more
May 2007
Dec 21, 2007
After seeing the musical, I watched the movie and read the book it was based off of. I like the musical rendition best, but there's a lot to the book...more
Jan 2005
Dec 27, 2007
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
It took me many tries to finally finish this trilogy. The first book is rather slow and meandering until you get to Rivendell. I get the impression th...more
Jan 2000
Dec 27, 2007
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
The key to enjoying the tales in this book is to realize that yes, it is dated. But all things considered, on strictly an entertainment level, this bo...more
Jan 1996
Dec 30, 2007
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
This is a great read -- if you can get beyond the first chapter. I did not read this book until after college because of the dry and (you can't deny i...more
Jan 1999
Dec 27, 2007
The Catcher in the Rye
I guess I read this book too late in life, although I'm not sure I would have liked it as a teen either, since I tended more towards fantasy and myste...more
Jan 2000
Dec 27, 2007
The Pearl
I've read this one multiple times, and get more each time I read it. A pearl diver finds a large, valuable pearl and dreams of bettering himself and h...more
Jan 2004
Jan 01, 2008
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