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did not like it
About a third of the way through David Sedaris's book, I wondered how I had not heard of this guy before. This guy was funny. No, not just funny, he w ...more
Aug 2007
Feb 06, 2008
liked it
This is one of those books that I had always meant to read, but never got around to. Finally, one of my college classes required it, so I was happy to ...more
Jul 2007
Feb 06, 2008
Mere Christianity
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
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.
Dec 15, 2009
Feb 07, 2008
The Swiss Family Robinson
it was ok
Wow. What a relief to have that out of the way ... I have been painstakingly pushing my way through this book for a while now. Having said that, I alw ...more
Aug 25, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
did not like it
I wouldn't normally have picked up a book like Temple on my own, but it was recommended to me by a student and he even lent me his own copy of the boo ...more
Jul 2007
Feb 06, 2008
Love Among the Chickens (Ukridge, #1)
really liked it
With each book of Wodehouse's that I finish, it is always with a little bit of regret. Even though P.G. Wodehouse is attributed to over a hundred publ ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Apr 09, 2008
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
it was amazing
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
The Brethren
it was ok
I would not say I'm a reluctant John Grisham reader. I just haven't felt a dying urge to search out his novels. Maybe I'm just afraid of any sort of l ...more
May 2007
Feb 06, 2008
Lost Horizon
really liked it
This was part of a book recommendation swap between myself and my brother-in-law. I recommended Ender's Game and he recommended Lost Horizon. I wasn't ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
A War of Gifts (Ender's Saga, #1.1)
it was amazing
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
Leave It to Psmith (Psmith, #4 ; Blandings Castle, #2)
really liked it
Wodehouse. He is a genius.

Please know that I do understand what the word "genius" implies, and in his field, this man was a genius. Yes, he is funny.
Feb 06, 2010
Oct 14, 2009
Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus
it was amazing
Columbus: the vile, despicable villain, who brought torture, tragedy, and terror to the American continents--a founding father of white male arrogance ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Aug 27, 2014
The Swoop!, or How Clarence Saved England: A Tale of the Great Invasion
liked it
Because I was working up at Scout camp, and because I knew about this story that P.G. Wodehouse had written about the boy who had saved England, who w ...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies
really liked it
As an unabashed fan of the Horatio Hornblower stories, I zipped through the series pretty quickly, almost driving myself into Hornblower overload. As ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
Uncle Tom's Cabin
it was amazing
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
Paradise Lost
it was amazing
It is quite possible that two years ago I would have shuffled through this book dutifully, though with a great bit of endurance on my part. Nearly 300 ...more
Apr 02, 2013
Feb 19, 2008
it was amazing
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 Book of Mormon
There are a couple of reasons you might choose to read the Penguin Classics The Book of Mormon. Perhaps you are someone with an obsession for near pri ...more
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 21, 2014
The School for Scandal
it was amazing
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
Camille: A Play in Five Acts
really liked it
This is one of those lovely reading experiences that you stumble into that makes you want to keep searching out good literature for the rest of your l ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
Roughing It
liked it
Mark Twain is one of the main reasons I went into the English Literature field. For many of my students, that probably is cause enough for desecration ...more
May 14, 2011
May 11, 2011
Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography
really liked it
After reading H.W. Brands’s biography on Theodore Roosevelt, I knew that I wasn’t done with him. I needed more. And who better to go to than the horse ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
The Faerie Queene
really liked it
After reading Paradise Lost and loving it, I felt that I had been giving epic poems an unfair treatment by avoiding them. I wanted another, and Edmund ...more
Aug 08, 2016
Sep 16, 2016
The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain #3)
liked it
I had not expected to reread the Prydain Chronicles in its entirety. But after reading The Book of Three to my kids, and then feeling compelled to rea ...more
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
really liked it
Gift from Sadie, who saw that it had some of the same readership as the Prince of Foxes, which, of course, I loved. It turned out to be a great read, ...more
Jan 2005
Feb 07, 2008
The African Queen
really liked it
Hornblower: strange name, awesome book series. C.S. Forester: not as strange a name, but still an awesome author. Which is why, hearing about The Afri ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 01, 2010
The Kite Runner
liked it
The Kite Runner kind of breaks down into a pros and cons list for me. I grant that some of the pros are actually cons for certain people and vice vers ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
In Search of the Castaways; or the Children of Captain Grant (Extraordinary Voyages, #5)
liked it
Two pressing reasons for reading this book: 1) You read Mysterious Island, by the same author, and found out that this book has a tie in to that novel ...more
Jul 26, 2010
Apr 16, 2009
The Gilded Age
really liked it
In this my year of Mark Twain, I am starting to work down the line into books of his that are less-well-known, and The Gilded Age definitely fits that ...more
Jul 07, 2016
Jul 11, 2016
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