Day: June 18, 2016

Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell, was a charming story. It was engagingly written, with wonderful characters. It was full of humor and warmth and very little romance. Because there were so very few men in the town. And sometimes you just need a book about people living life and not stressing out about what someone of […]
I attempted to read Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche. It was a disaster. The book is written for students of philosophy, and even more specifically for students of philosophy studying and philosophizing during his time. That means that in order to follow his arguments (and understand his satire and jokes), you need to […]
As if trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks wasn’t time consuming enough, I added to the challenge by vowing to review each book I read. That’s on top of working up to three jobs at any given time. Sometimes, I suspect I may be a masochist. So, it’s no real surprise that I’m […]
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is a book I would never have read on my own, and when my book club chose it, I almost decided to skip that meeting because the description of the book looked so awful. I didn’t think I had it in me to deal with […]
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, has been on my list of books to read for a very, very long time. Possibly decades. It’s one that I’d start, get a few pages into, and never go back. And thus the quandary I find myself in for this review. Should everybody read this book, as Neil deGrasse […]
First, if you haven’t read Mary Poppins, written by P. L. Travers, do it now! Second, don’t expect it to be anything like the Disney movie. Now onto the real review… Such a charming and amusing book! Stories like these reaffirm my belief that children’s literature deserves more respect from serious literary scholars. Children’s books […]
Ok. 52 books in 52 weeks is hard! So I’m counting a couple shorter books in order to keep me going. That’s where The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run, a short graphic novel by The Oatmeal, comes in. I’m hoping to get into running. I was hoping this book would be a short […]
The disgruntled reader has returned! Here I was, on such a lovely stretch of books that, while maybe not great, were at least readable. And then along came The Girls of Atomic City. As a female scientist, this book ought to be right up my alley. As a female scientist who’s done some work with […]
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. That lovely mini-bible among writers is the first book I chose to read for my 52-books-in-52-weeks resolution. And why? Because I’m also on a tirade against all people who think adverbs are to be avoided, and rumor has it that this ridiculous rule first came about thanks to […]
I recently finished the horror and dystopia that is Hugh Howey’s, Wool, and I didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into when the adventure began. I knew vaguely that it was a dystopic novel; that it was self-published and became a huge success; and I’d heard whispers of movie deals. I went in with […]