Publisher: Penguin Books

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 //
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I had to do something with this book I don’t think I’ve ever done before.  At 61%, I heaved a heavy sigh, and went to read the plot summary on SparkNotes.  I really didn’t want to DNF this book, but I was completely lost in what was going on.  I know, I know!  It’s cheating!  But I wasn’t already familiar with A Tale of Two Cities, and once I looked up the plot summaries, the story fell together and I understood a bit more of what was going on. A Tale of Two Cities is fairly typical in style to other Victorian […]

Posted April 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees is one of those modern classics that is so good in so many ways from cover to cover, I’m not sure I can really do it justice in a basic review. It tells the story of Lily Owens, a little girl who killed her mother when she was a toddler and is living with the weight of that accident heavy on her heart.  Her father, T-Ray, blames her for the loss of his beloved wife and finds it impossible to love her.  So when the only person who has ever shown Lily a little bit […]

Posted March 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Imagine a world where anyone can perform magic, if they work hard enough and are smart enough.  Magic is one of the world’s best kept secrets, but it runs in the veins of every influential organization worldwide.  This is the world of The Magicians, where only the best of the best are recruited to Breakbills.  But what to do after that? The Magicians is a great adventure in fantasy and magical realism.  Most people are familiar with the popular Syfy show, but the book is deep and deliberate and fantastic.  There are similarities, and there are changes, but I don’t want […]

Posted April 11, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan is in love, but Lena’s counting down her remaining days. Nothing ever happens in Gatlin.  It’s the same sleepy town with the same sleepy people and their Civil War reenactments and cheerleading squads.  Nothing happens in Gatlin… until Lena Duchannes moves to town.  Suddenly, the weather gets worse than “just” hurricane season and suddenly everyone has their eyes on the mysterious Ravenwood Manor, and Ethan falls in love. For Lena, the notoriety is the last thing she wants.  She just wants to be a normal girl and have friends and go to school.  Her birthday draws ever nearer and […]

Posted October 23, 2017 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

This was my first John Green book, back in… 2010, maybe? An Abundance of Katherines is, for whatever reason, still my favorite. I think perhaps it is because of the random “not interesting” (totally interesting) random facts, or the fact I was Lindsey Lee Wells in high school, or maybe just because Gutshot is a fun little town… I don’t know. But I love this book and the reading of this version was excellent. I’ll definitely visit this audio version (and the hard-copy version!) again.

Posted June 24, 2016 in Reviews // 0 Comments //