Tag Archives: classics

Queen Mab, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Preface: I really, really suck at reading poetry. And I mean REALLY. As in, 90% of the time, I can’t understand a word I read. Several years ago, I started a project to try to improve my poetry-reading skills, and … Continue reading

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson (audio)

I have read the story of Jekyll & Hyde so many times since my first read eight years ago that I really cannot just review it like a normal book. Even my first review – my third read-through, and one … Continue reading

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Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin

When Mary Anne Singleton visits San Francisco, she decides to stay there permanently, leaving her more traditional life back in Cleveland. She finds a place to live at 28 Barbary Lane, where the occupants of the various apartments operate much … Continue reading

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The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (audio)

This is the third or fourth time I’ve experienced The Bell Jar, though the first time on audio. I don’t normally listen to rereads on audio if I already have a strong attachment to the book, but Jason said Maggie … Continue reading

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Protected: To Have and Have Not, by Ernest Hemingway (audio)

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Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (audio)

This is an incredibly difficult book to review, for multiple reasons. I won’t even begin to try to summarize it. I spent two months and two days listening to the audiobook of Les Miserables, so that the experience stretched out … Continue reading

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The Book of Margery Kempe, by Margery Kempe

This is an autobiography from the early 1400s of a woman who was apparently considered quite saintly. Basically, she had fits and religious delusions, gave herself over to crying and weeping so hard she astonished people continually (even those who … Continue reading

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The Fortune of the Rougons, by Émile Zola

While I’ve loved almost every Zola I’ve read in the past, I was not sold on this book. At least three-quarters of it is backstory, and it felt very clumsily put together. I appreciate the Rougon-Macquart history laid out in … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (audio)

I have no idea what to say about this book. On the one hand, it is about an old fisherman from Havana who has spent many months unable to hook a fish, and then when he finally does, the fish … Continue reading

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Something Wicked & The Night Circus

Last year, when Lu from Regular Rumination brought up the idea of reading Something Wicked This Way Comes alongside The Night Circus, I immediately knew I had to join her. I’d loved The Night Circus and already wanted to revisit … Continue reading

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