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Jeannie Chao rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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4 stars for the narration and character portraits. 3 stars for plot. I read this book because it was referenced in a modern mystery novel The Thirteenth Tale. I love a mystery, and this one keeps you hooked. It is a bit melodramatic but a fun read no...more
Jeannie Chao rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
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Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing story of a heroine who is a victim of unfortunate circumstances.
Jeannie Chao rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
read in January, 2012
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A Good and Perfect Gift by Amy Julia Becker
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I give it 3 stars for the narrative, but 4 stars for its message. A memoir of a woman whose first child has Down syndrome and how it affected her faith. I appreciate the author's honesty about her ambivalence about her child and how, even though she...more
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Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
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Simply written, convicting in its truth. A great explanation for why Christians don't move beyond the gospel to grow. Rather, we grow in our understanding of the gospel and its power to change every aspect of our lives.
Jeannie Chao rated a book 4 of 5 stars
1984 by George Orwell
1984
by George Orwell
read in June, 2011
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Picked this up from Brian's shelf of old college books. This is a grim prediction of government control pervading not just culture and economy, but individual thought. To my surprise it touched on the philosophical question of reality being only what...more
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Many people I know have read and loved this book, so this was on my to-read list for a long time. I thought it would be a romance focusing on Anna but I was quickly corrected. There are a variety of themes woven into this novel including faith, moral...more
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A Confession by Leo Tolstoy
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I read this after reading Anna Karenina to give greater insight into the themes and characters of the novel. It describes Tolstoy's spiritual journey from being a proud intellectual non-believer to becoming a despairing suicidal man faced with the me...more
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The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Lions of Al-Rassan
by Guy Gavriel Kay (Goodreads Author)
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This really is a 3.5 scoring. I need one of my friends to read this so I can talk about it. It is a fantasy/historical fiction set in an imaginary land called Al Rassan. However, the setting has direct parallels to medieval Spain. The back cover stat...more
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Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
Ivanhoe
by Walter Scott
read in April, 2011
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I read this only because my dad told me to when I was a kid. I put it off because I thought it would be a stiff historical account of medieval royalty. To my surprise it very readable (but you have to get over the language of medieval England). There...more
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