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The Alchemist
3.77
This book by Paolo Coelho had been talked up to such an extent that I had very high expectations for it. Sure it's semi-philosophical about life's jou ...more
May 2006
Dec 26, 2007
 
Père Goriot
3.80
This classic novel by Honore Balzac is an excellent example of the (mostly) honest man vs. high society. I enjoyed the hints of Shakespeare present in ...more
Mar 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.66
This short work by Ernest Hemingway is an American classic. Read by several generations of high school students (I suspect in part due to its brevity) ...more
Feb 2006
Dec 27, 2007
 
O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1)
3.82
**spoiler alert** I think what I like about Cather's novels is their 19th century characters confronting the turn of the century and it's upcoming shi ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
 
Fatelessness
4.04
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. When George arrives at Auschwitz and the pregnant women and little children are sent to the gas ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
 
Manon Lescaut
3.49
**spoiler alert** This book was all right. I found it a little difficult to sustain my disbelief that the narrator of the story, Chevalier, would stan ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Jan 10, 2011
 
The Haunting of Hill House
3.91
This much cinemized (I doubt that's a word, but you know what I mean) book by Shirley Jackson seemed a little derivative - though I know that's only b ...more
Dec 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.97
I began another classic children's fantasy series and again was not disappointed! The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin begins with A Wizard of Earthse ...more
Oct 2005
Dec 27, 2007
 
Mind's Eye
3.41
Quick read as it's in a play format - without most of the set descriptions & stage directions. The main character, Courtney is not very likable, b ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Jan 02, 2011
 
Good-Bye, Mr. Chips
3.91
While many reviewers praise this book by James Hilton on its sentimental interpretation of the story of an English schoolteacher, Mr. Chipping (aka th ...more
Jul 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain #5)
4.26
During November I've also finally read the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. This series consists of The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castl ...more
Sep 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
The Awakening
3.60
I dislike books with whiny protagonists for the most part. I can sympathize for Edna, though. To have nothing that you can call your own is very diffi ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Jun 27, 2008
 
The Farthest Shore
4.09
I began another classic children's fantasy series and again was not disappointed! The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin begins with A Wizard of Earthse ...more
Dec 2005
Dec 27, 2007
 
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
4.06
I began another classic children's fantasy series and again was not disappointed! The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin begins with A Wizard of Earthse ...more
Oct 2005
Dec 27, 2007
 
Tehanu (The Earthsea Cycle, #4)
3.84
I began another classic children's fantasy series and again was not disappointed! The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin begins with A Wizard of Earthse ...more
Aug 2006
Dec 27, 2007
 
Speak
3.98
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book for teens about a girl who has been raped and the circumstances surrounding her trauma and the year following ...more
Jun 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain #3)
4.06
During November I've also finally read the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. This series consists of The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castl ...more
Sep 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
A Clockwork Orange
3.96
After about 9 years after my (now) husband read this book, I decided to go for it. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a good book, but is not fo ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2)
4.13
During November I've also finally read the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. This series consists of The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castl ...more
Sep 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
4.00
During November I've also finally read the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. This series consists of The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castl ...more
Aug 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #5)
3.97
I began another classic children's fantasy series and again was not disappointed! The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin begins with A Wizard of Earthse ...more
May 2007
Jan 02, 2008
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6)
3.82
I just finished Verne's masterpiece today. I would have liked to have had a 19th century dictionary (or a very good current one!) with me while readin ...more
Jul 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain #4)
4.13
During November I've also finally read the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. This series consists of The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castl ...more
Sep 2005
Jan 04, 2008
 
The Other Wind (Earthsea Cycle, #6)
4.01
I began another classic children's fantasy series and again was not disappointed! The Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin begins with A Wizard of Earthse ...more
Apr 2007
Jan 02, 2008
 
Feed
3.54
This book by MT Anderson is set in a future not too far from ours - and not too different from our own. Intended for young adult audiences, I think it ...more
Jun 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Nine Tailors
4.07
This intriguing mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers is an excellent read! I don't believe this book is the first of her tales starring Lord Peter Wimsey, but ...more
Mar 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.03
This classic by Oscar Wilde somewhat defies categorization. It's usually lumped with horror, but isn't quite - in the same way that The Phantom of the ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick, #1)
3.28
This book by John Updike (which was made into a movie in the late 1980's) was a worthwhile read. I found the book much darker and less wrapped-up mora ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 14, 2008
 
Headlong Hall
3.43
The satire is very heavy-handed, so it was somewhat dull, but fortunately brief. :) The satire is predominantly about three schools of philosophy: tho ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
 
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
4.04
Another book that was praised to me over and over again when I was in grade school, but never read. I suppose I was just being contrary. :) Anyway, Ma ...more
Nov 2005
Dec 26, 2007
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