Category: 2011 TBR Challenge

Review: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 69 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime is one of those, “I can’t believe it took me so long to read this” kind of books. …

Review: The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty Final Verdict: 3.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 68 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. The Optimist’s Daughter is primarily a story about place, position, and values, although it does also touch on familial relationships and dealing…

Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 67 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Thursday Next, Special Ops LiteraTec Agent, has a secret or two.  The biggest secret, perhaps, is that, as a young girl, she…

Review: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 4 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. It is sometime in the future, on planet Earth, and something rather terrible has happened. For reasons not explained (though one…

Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 2 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable  15-year-old Craig is having problems.  He sees a psycho-pharmacologist and psychologist regularly, he takes Zoloft, smokes pot, can’t eat,…

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