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Number the Stars
4.08
i read this in hardback, when it first came out, and i'd say it was probably the reason i became addicted to WWII/holocaust literature/history at such ...more
Jan 1990
Jun 08, 2007
 
The Doll's House: A Play
3.63
oh, nora. you are much maligned, and yet. i wonder why people find you so much more annoying than emma bovary, etc.

i think there's so much about this
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not set
Jun 09, 2007
 
Equus
3.94
i am a little sad that the play was recast with daniel radcliffe, as i feel that everyone now associates this brilliant, brilliant work with naked har ...more
Mar 2000
Jun 16, 2007
 
The Great Gatsby
3.85
the end of this novel is maybe one of the best endings ever. pay attention to the use of color throughout - really brilliant. daisy, nick, gatsby, a c ...more
Jan 1997
May 16, 2007
 
The Essence of Christianity
3.77
this book practically changed my life. utter genius. i think feuerbach is one of the most overlooked philosophers ever. his writing is lucid and easy ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 09, 2007
 
Tibet: Through the Red Box
4.11
this is an absolutely amazing book. i thought The Wall couldn't be topped, but this?

i suppose i'm a bit biased, having been to tibet myself, and rea
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Jun 19, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.85
man, we read this with one of the best teachers for delving into faulkner - he literally howled like benjy, so we would know what it sounded like. i'm ...more
Oct 1998
Jun 14, 2007
 
Arcadia
4.20
my first introduction to stoppard, it remains my favorite. what can i say? any play that starts with a discussion of what "carnal embrace" means has w ...more
Oct 1999
Jun 14, 2007
 
Inferno (The Divine Comedy, #1)
3.97
probably my favorite translation of dante.

if you haven't read the inferno, i really think you should. it's so brilliant in a way that hadn't been rea
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Dec 13, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
 
And Then There Were None
4.20
*note after 4/14 re-read*

so originally it was "10 little niggers". then the poem and the name of the island was changed to "10 little indians". well i
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Jan 1996
Jun 04, 2007
 
The Bell Jar
3.95
oh, crazy women who commit suicide and come to new york! there was a lot i could relate to here, and a lot i couldn't.

i think what frustrated me most
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not set
Jul 10, 2007
 
The Velveteen Rabbit
4.28
this is a beautiful book. and it also is one of the most beautiful things to hear, the version where meryl streep reads and george winston plays music ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2007
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.95
i knew i would be into this book simply from the back cover blurb - the concept of book burning has always fascinated me. (anyone else remember that s ...more
Jan 1996
Jul 13, 2007
 
Dante's Paradiso; Adapted by Marcus Sanders
4.08
i want to get the whole commedia in their translation.

basically, it starts in chicago, then new york, and then la (inferno, purgatorio, paradiso). th
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Dec 17, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
 
Many Waters (Time, #4)
4.01
finally the twins get an adventure of their own. this time, the story is of time travel, and sandy and dennys find themselves in the time of the build ...more
Jan 1991
Jun 08, 2007
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.86
possibly one of my favorite books to come out of WWI.

i read it once, on my own, when i was in high school. later, i read it in one of my courses, wom
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Apr 2002
Jun 14, 2007
 
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
3.99
you know, i just realized that this is by the same author as Julie of the Wolves. no wonder i loved both so much, and they had so much in common.

thi
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Jan 1991
Jun 08, 2007
 
The Complete Stories
4.45
another wonderful book in my religious anthropology class, this is maybe one of the small handful of short-story collections i actually enjoyed. (i am ...more
Oct 1997
Jul 13, 2007
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.04
definitely my favorite austen. i read it in fifth grade (sammy spadoni, my arch-nemisis for highest grades, did his book report on "the cat in the hat ...more
Jan 1993
Jun 09, 2007
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.23
this is NOT my favorite austen. i much prefer sense and sensibility but not many people seem to agree with me on this.

i first read this in grade sch
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Jan 1998
Jun 09, 2007
 
The Invention of Love
4.02
i heard this was coming to broadway (years ago now) and thought to myself, i really don't know how they are going to pull that off - because, well, th ...more
Apr 08, 2000
Jun 14, 2007
 
Goodnight Moon
4.26
oh, this book. i read it to most of the kids i work with, and we point out things in their room that match, or talk about why there aren't fireplaces ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2008
 
A Separate Peace
3.54
i think i might be the only person in the history of the english lit AP to write their book essay on this. i mean, seriously, everyone goes with a mor ...more
Apr 1996
Jun 21, 2007
 
Nightwood
3.73
i read this for my first year seminar, "modernism and the nation". i have a hard time classifying it - it's strangely hard to fit anywhere. while it's ...more
Feb 2001
Jun 17, 2007
 
Bleak House
3.98
the first modern mystery in serial form.

we read it in serial form too. and frankly, i didn't care about the mysteries, but then again, i've never bee
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Jan 2000
Sep 27, 2007
 
Fatelessness
4.04
hungarian, and about the holocaust. taken aside the fact that what more could i ask for in picking up a book, there's a reason this one is a prize-win ...more
Jan 2006
May 22, 2007
 
To the Lighthouse
3.74
sheer, fucking genius.

elegantly written, but not too caught up in the prose, the brilliance of the lighthouse metaphor, the casting of light, the way
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Mar 2000
Jun 13, 2007
 
1984
4.10
you can't say you're well-read until you've read this. i mean, come on, julia, winston, the rats, and DOUBLETHINK and DOUBLESPEAK and NEWSPEAK and the ...more
Jan 1996
May 16, 2007
 
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
3.58
oh my god, the third chapter of this book is possibly one of the most brilliant things written ever. DESCENT INTO HELL!! (it helped that i read this a ...more
Nov 1998
May 15, 2007
 
Franny and Zooey
3.98
read first for my religious anthropology class. i love the glass family, so much. this book saved salinger for me (i was bored by catcher in the rye) ...more
Jan 1998
May 16, 2007
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