Category: Classics

Review: Hard Times

Hard Times by Charles Dickens My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.75 stars, maybe 3.5. I love Charles Dickens, but I don’t think this is his best work. So far, my favorites are Great Expectations and David Copperfield, but I still have several Dickens novels on my to-read list. Dickens is the total package – great writer and storyteller with excellent characterization and dialogue. I love how he excels at every aspect of writing. This is something I don’t see often in modern writers. As an aspiring writer, there’s so much I can learn from reading his novels. If you’ve...

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Review: The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride by William Goldman My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend of mine kept telling me that I should read this. I finally gave in and decided to give it a try if for no other reason than to get her to stop telling me to read it. LOL I listened to the audiobook, but when I began, I was already in the frame of mind that I didn’t really want to read it. A book is pretty much doomed when you start reading it with a preset opinion. I get why this book is so appealing...

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Review: The World According to Garp

The World According to Garp by John Irving My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had just finished reading A Confederacy of Dunces and I was looking for another classic to read, but my to-read list is longer than my lifespan. I needed help narrowing down my options, so I asked a librarian friend for recommendations because I knew he had read a lot of classics. This was one of the books he recommended and it turned out to be a great read! This book has everything — a great story, wonderful writing and storytelling, and characters that you care...

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Review: A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is so funny and entertaining! I wish I had read this sooner. It’s very well written. I wish John Kennedy Toole hadn’t committed suicide because I would have loved to read other books from him. The characters are outrageous and they get themselves into bizarre situations. Sometimes their actions are absurd, but that only adds to the humor. Ignatius goes on these rants, both verbally and in his notebooks. I love that Toole included some of the notebook entries, but half of the time,...

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Book Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Rating: I rarely give a book five stars, but Great Expectations deserves it. This book made me a Charles Dickens fan. I read it in high school, but recently reread it as an adult. I’m so glad that I did! After reading Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield, I want to read all of Dickens’ work. Technically, this isn’t a full review, but I do want to say that if you haven’t read Great Expectations definitely read this one. This book taught me that not all classics are dry and boring. Some are fantastic! Back to Top

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