Category Archives: 2011

Callback: We

I first read We back in early July 2008. I’ve gone back and read my review from that time, and it’s clear that I had no idea what to make of this book. It’s supposedly one of the three best … Continue reading

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Habibi, by Craig Thompson

This could have been a really nice story, with beautiful illustrations, all woven together very well. However, the cultural portrayals made me very uncomfortable, and I was very distracted by the constant vomiting and juvenile humor written/drawn throughout. I noticed a … Continue reading

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The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

I first read this book in 1999, when I was 20 years old. I’d seen the movie version of it in theatre with some friends and decided to try the book version, because of course I usually figured the book … Continue reading

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The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

I didn’t expect to love this one. There was so much hype, so many people loving it. I expected to get it from the library, read a few pages, and return it unread, simply due to my history of not … Continue reading

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The Lottery and Seven Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson (audio)

The Lottery was a fantastic story, probably the best short story I’ve read in a very long time. It was creepy and foreboding, especially when you couple the end with the innocent beginnings in the children’s actions. I loved it. … Continue reading

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Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

I have been terrified of Hermann Hesse for years. I’m not sure how I got the impression that he was difficult and dense to read, but I’ve avoided him. Next year, however, my book club is reading Siddhartha, so I … Continue reading

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The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta

The premise: One day, a good portion of the world’s population just disappears. Call it the Rapture, the Sudden Departure, or whatever you want. One moment they are there, the next, they’re gone, and the rest of the world is … Continue reading

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Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot is a French absurdist play written by an Irishman who then translated it himself into English. There is no plot. Two men, Vladimir and Estragon, meet at a tree every day and talk, while they wait for … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill

The back of my book says this is like a Jane Austen ghost story. I completely disagree with the Jane Austen assessment, but the story itself is really good. Creepy and haunting, with an old-fashioned feel. I quite enjoyed it! … Continue reading

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A Red Herring Without Mustard, by Alan Bradley

Considering I didn’t like the second book in this series, I was very pleased with volume three. It was very enjoyable, possibly even more so than the first one. I liked learning much more about the de Luces, and I … Continue reading

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