Category: Modernism

Recent Fiction Reads: Goosebumps, Boy, and The Book of Dust

Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine (3.0 out of 5.0)  Welcome to Dead House is the first book in the infamous Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. This one tells the tale of two young siblings and their parents. The family move to a new…

Thoughts: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf Final Verdict: Perfection YTD: 22 I finished reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own two days ago, and I have been thinking about it ever since. I imagine that I will be thinking about it…

Thoughts: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 21 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Miss Lonelyhearts is the journalistic pseudonym for a male newspaper man who aspires to have his own gossip column.  The…

Thoughts: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 12 Graham Greene is considered by many to be one of the most important 20th Century English writers. His novels are always highly masculine and usually carry a complicated…

Thoughts: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 11 I first read Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in graduate school (2007?), as part of a 20th Century American Literature class. I loved that class, and the professor, because we read primarily…

“A Modern March” Reading Event

I’ve been waiting for this!  Allie (A Literary Odyssey) is hosting a Modernist Literature event this March, and I’ve been saving two books specifically for it.  Now, the announcement post is up and I can officially “plan” my reading.  I will absolutely get through…

Review: Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 43 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays is included in Time magazine’s “100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923 to 2005.”…

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