Category: 2012 TBR Challenge

Review: Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 1 Ernest Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream was published posthumously and was expurgated by Hemingway’s wife.  A note in the preface states that she removed certain portions of the book…

2012 TBR Pile Challenge – Final Stretch!

As we head into the final few days of 2012, I wanted to post briefly about the challenge and peoples’ progress, including my own.  Unfortunately, it looks like I’m only going to get through 11 of the 12 books I need in order to…

Review: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 54 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Cannery Row is a unique stand-out amongst Steinbeck’s works, for many reasons.  One of these is that, unlike with East…

Review: The Golden Compass (Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 27 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting, believable and impactful. The Golden Compass (also known as Northern Lights and/or His Dark Materials, Book 1) is the first in the world-famous fantasy…

Review: Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 17 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Count Frollo, Quasimodo, and Esmeralda are quite possibly the most twisted, most bizarre, and most unexpected love-triangle in literary…

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 10  Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. City of Ashes is book two in the Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare.  This installment picks up generally where book one…

Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 8  Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White is widely accepted to be one of the first –and best- mystery and sensation novels.  The…

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