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Dracula
3.98
it was amazing
This is a horror classic that I have been meaning to read since high school and I finally got around to it this October shortly before Halloween. Drac ...more
Oct 23, 2015
Oct 06, 2015
 
The Pit: A Story of Chicago
3.76
really liked it
This is the second book of a projected trilogy by Frank Norris. From the front of the book:

The Trilogy of The Epic of the Wheat includes the following
...more
May 14, 2016
May 07, 2016
 
She (She, #1)
3.59
liked it
She tells the tale of Horace Holly and his ward, Leo Vincey searching for a lost city and immortality in the depths of Africa. This was written in 188 ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
The Sun Also Rises
3.83
really liked it
Read back in college.
Mar 13, 1969
Aug 30, 2016
 
Burmese Days
3.84
really liked it
Excellent novel -- what an indictment of British colonialism! I have read 1984 and Animal Farm and I would have to say that Burmese Days is just as br ...more
Oct 03, 2009
Feb 07, 2012
 
Cannery Row
4.02
really liked it
Another great novel from Steinbeck who I have always considered one of my favorite authors. Not sure why I had never read this one before - I know I r ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Feb 04, 2012
 
The Scarlet Letter
3.37
liked it
Finished reading this with my daughter as part of a school assignment. All I can say is that I'm glad I didn't have to read this in high school! The b ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Lord of the Flies
3.65
really liked it
Read this book for high school lit back in 1968. Remember it to be a very disturbing story about some young boys marooned on a tropical island who cre ...more
Apr 10, 1968
Apr 10, 2016
 
The Collector
3.99
it was amazing
Read this disturbing novel back in the 70s.
May 20, 1973
Aug 30, 2016
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.24
it was amazing
I would classify this as one of the great American novels in a league with “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” It is the story of Franc ...more
Dec 13, 2006
Feb 06, 2012
 
Captains Courageous
3.88
liked it
Captains Courageous is the classic tale of Harvey Cheyne, a rich, spoiled fifteen-year-old boy who falls overboard after smoking a cigar and becoming ...more
Jan 24, 2017
Jan 22, 2017
 
Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer
3.49
liked it
I read Heart of Darkness with my daughter as part of a literature reading assignment for high school. I found the language used in the novel to be ver ...more
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.26
it was amazing
I originally read this back in the 1970s and consider it to be an American classic along with Huck Finn and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Since then, I ha ...more
Sep 14, 1973
Aug 03, 2012
 
Frankenstein
3.76
really liked it
Classic story. I read this one several years ago and would recommend it.
Aug 24, 1996
May 27, 2014
 
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
4.30
really liked it
Read this collection of Holmes stories back in the 70's.
Mar 30, 1974
Feb 21, 2016
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.79
really liked it
Classic coming of age tale. Read several years ago.
Nov 18, 2004
Aug 09, 2012
 
Absalom, Absalom!
3.96
really liked it
I have been meaning to read a Faulkner novel since I took a literature course in college that included Faulkner over 40 years ago. Well, I finally fin ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Feb 04, 2012
 
An American Tragedy
3.94
it was amazing
Read this back in the 70s. It still sticks with me and it was the basis for the great movie A Place in the Sun with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cl ...more
Oct 25, 1974
Oct 10, 2017
 
Uncle Silas
3.73
liked it
This is probably one of the prime examples of Victorian melodrama. To me, the novel kind of dragged but throughout the story there is a feeling of dre ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Feb 04, 2012
 
The Jungle
3.72
it was amazing
Read this one a few years ago when I was working for USDA. USDA is responsible for oversight of meat packing and this novel really hit home. The descr ...more
Dec 03, 2002
Sep 08, 2012
 
Treasure Island
3.82
really liked it
Classic tale of a treasure map, a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver and a lethal scramble fo ...more
Jun 15, 2005
Nov 14, 2015
 
A Christmas Carol
4.02
really liked it
Dickens classic Christmas tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Christmases past, present, and yet to be. I read this at Christmas time a few years ago and w ...more
Dec 12, 2002
Sep 08, 2012
 
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
3.77
really liked it
Classic Hardy story. Read this one several years ago after the Roman Polanski movie came out. High recommendation.

Feb 21, 1984
May 22, 2014
 
Oliver Twist
3.85
it was amazing
This is the first Dickens I ever read. I remember reading it as a senior in High School for an English lit class. Unlike most in the class, I really e ...more
Dec 27, 1967
Aug 06, 2012
 
The Winter of Our Discontent
3.99
liked it
I read this one many years ago and honestly don't remember much about it. I know it wasn't my favorite Steinbeck novel.
Jan 11, 1974
Feb 18, 2012
 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
3.90
really liked it
Classic Mark Twain tale of Tom and Huck. Read this a couple of times and probably need to reread again!
Aug 02, 1982
Aug 17, 2016
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
3.86
really liked it
Classic Verne story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. One of the must-read books of classic sci-fi.
Aug 30, 1980
Feb 25, 2012
 
Of Mice and Men
3.84
it was amazing
I re-read this one with my daughter as part of a school assignment. Another classic from Steinbeck.
Oct 31, 2009
Feb 16, 2012
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.80
it was amazing
Read this classic as part of a college literature course back in 1969. Time to reread it!
May 02, 1969
Aug 17, 2016
 
The Swiss Family Robinson
3.92
really liked it
Read this one way back in grade school. Remember getting a copy for Christmas when I was 10.
Jan 15, 1961
Oct 11, 2017
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