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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is one of those classics taught in so many English classes, and seems well-beloved by everyone I know.  So please forgive me when I say… I just don’t see the appeal.  The entertainment value of this novel is pretty low for me. It’s been a long time since group discussion in my ninth grade English class, but even now, I can see the discussion potential of this novel.  George and Lenny’s relationship, Lenny’s demeanor, the ending… it’s all ripe for a morality conversation.  For such a short book, there’s a lot intended to pull the heartstrings. […]

Posted August 1, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Woah. I am honestly still just reeling from that unexpected ending. This book was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be and it far exceeded my expectations.  I should also note – I did listen to the unabridged version.  Definitely listen to the unabridged version!  There are so many hints and clues.  After reading the blurb, I really expected Rebecca to be a sort of sweeping, sappy romance.  For a lot of the book, the reader is led to believe this is true.  But then everything shifted and it was a murder mystery and there was plotting and so help me […]

Posted July 28, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Oh Anne Rice.  I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly?  Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring.  It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking.  For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse.  And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective.  When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored.  Because Louis […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63 by Stephen King

I was first introduced to 11/22/63 in its mini-series format a few years ago.  I remember being intrigued, and not at all realizing it was a book.  I liked the show – watched it over the course of about a week – and only vaguely recalled seeing it was written by Stephen King.  I figured it was probably a short story.  Foolish me. 11/22/63 is a whopper of a book.  It comes in at about 31 hours of listening time.  The book really needs that time to become established.  King has to get you attached to Jake Epping / George Amberson.  You […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

I tend to be a bit careful about Arthurian retellings.  I really like the whole Camelot aesthetic, but I feel like they often underwhelm. Not all of them, I know!  And, also, I haven’t read them all.  But I came into The Lost Years feeling careful, and I think that was a good choice. Some scenes were great.  I really enjoyed the voice when Emrys was in the “human world”, as well as the scene with Cairpre and his amazing room of books.  Standalone scenes stood out to me, but the book as a whole had a bit of that… stumbled […]

Posted July 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //