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Mere Christianity
What an astounding, impressive, fulfilling read. I am not normally a non-fiction reader unless it is a good historical piece or biography ... those I...more
May 2007
Feb 06, 2008
Cyrano de Bergerac
YET ANOTHER READING, December 15, 2009

I forced my class to read this book for their reading time, which is usually reserved for personal reading time....more
Dec 15, 2009
Feb 07, 2008
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
Phew. I just felt as if I finally got the vaccine for a deadly epidemic going around. The epidemic, of course, would be all those people who want to t...more
Aug 2007
Feb 06, 2008
Uncle Tom's Cabin
I knew that this was a book I would want to read because of its historical significance. I assumed that the story might be dated and perhaps uninteres...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
For those who frequent my reviews (which would be, hmmmm, none of you), you might notice a common theme in my reasons for not reading certain books. M...more
Jun 2007
Feb 06, 2008
The School for Scandal
Perhaps I was far too predisposed towards this play before I even set eyes on it. Of course, often high expectations can jade an experience when they...more
Jul 22, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
A War of Gifts (The Ender Quintet, #1.5)
What is it with Orson Scott Card's Ender books, particularly the Battle School ones? Card is always an insightful author, but nothing ever rings as tr...more
Dec 04, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
It is a shame that one of Tom Clancy's first novels has to be his best. But that just goes to show how good his first one is when his others are still...more
Jul 1997
Feb 20, 2008
The Power of One
Turns out this school year is when I have my (memoir-ish) reconciliation with my parents' taste in literature (see my review of And Then There Were No...more
May 11, 2014
May 12, 2014
The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
Unsure of what to get me for a Christmas present, my wife decided to just search out a Wodehouse title that she thought she did not recognize and then...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
I was done with Shakespeare for the season, having had my fill with my book club’s own competition to read—as a team—all the works of Shakespeare befo...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Modern thrillers these days are so hard to pull off. So hard, in fact, that I really don't like to spend my time reading them. There are so many diffe...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
The Kestrel (Westmark, #2)
The second book in the Westmark Trilogy (see my review of Westmark for further illumination on this topic) is the one that I remember as being the lea...more
Nov 02, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
I started to feel like my bedtime reading choices to my kids were leaning a bit much on the boy side. And since my 7-yearr-old daughter was basically...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
ANOTHER READING, 18 February 2012

Here The Lord of the Rings becomes the story it is meant to be. Whereas Fellowship stumbles from one adventure to ano...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

After getting through the masterfully concise and perfectly paced Two Towers, it was a bit jarring to move to the Return...more
Mar 09, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Westmark (Westmark, #1)
As a youth, someone directed me to Lloyd Alexander, and after my first experience with him, I had no choice but to clear out the library's--what I fel...more
Oct 29, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
Harris and Me
I am surprised I had not heard of this book before. I am acquainted with several Gary Paulsen book and tolerate to enjoy most of them, but in all the...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

I will forever love Tom Sawyer, if only because he brought me to one of my most cherished experiences in literature, which was reading...more
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
The Scarlet Letter
What a lesson The Scarlet Letter has taught me as a reader, with its own premise, no less. You must understand that I have never had a desire to read...more
Apr 2010
Mar 22, 2010
Prince of Foxes
This reading experience is one for the ages. I found the book without a back or cover page, had NO idea what it was about, and sat down and read, enth...more
Jan 2002
Feb 07, 2008
East of Eden
This is a part of my never-ending reconciliation process with all of my disdained high-school-assigned authors. John and I had met previously, with Th...more
Oct 09, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Henry IV, Part 1
It was a strange road that led me to King Henry IV, Part 1. I have many notable Shakespeare plays on my "to read" list and certainly I would have reac...more
Feb 19, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
Twelfth Night
This has been on the list of "Shakespeare Plays I've been meaning to read for years now" … and finally, I've read it. (Sorry, Othello, you're up for n...more
Jan 27, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The Mysterious Island
If ever there was a title that lived up to its name, it's this book's title. Jules Verne, who I am now convinced is a consummate storyteller, weaves a...more
Nov 2007
Feb 06, 2008
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
My wife was kind enough to give this to me as a present celebrating my completion of graduate school. I am not a hard core enthusiast of Mormon histor...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Bleak House
I learned a lot about Charles Dickens upon reading Bleak House. In fact, it seems inevitable that braving something as massive as this novel will indi...more
Dec 30, 2010
Feb 06, 2008
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
ANOTHER READING 28 November 2012

About half way through Speaker for the Dead I began to wonder if it was really as good as I remembered it when I first...more
Jan 1996
Feb 07, 2008
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
YET ANOTHER READING, March 30th 2010

Much like the story, Ender's Game goes so much deeper than the game/games at its premise. If you are fooled into b...more
Mar 30, 2010
Feb 07, 2008
The Old Man and the Sea
So many expectations went into this book that I don't know how much I trust my own recommendation, and I would completely understand if someone had a...more
Oct 08, 2012
Apr 16, 2009
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