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Reading Challenge 2016: Wrap Up

Looking at the list of books that I read this year I’m finding it difficult to decide which single book was my favorite. Obviously, I enjoyed some more than others but every one of them had something worthwhile, some thought to ponder, some words to enjoy (and beg someone to listen to), some truth, some… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Wrap Up

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Reading Challenge 2016: Twelfth Book Review

Well, I did it! I completed the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2016. This was the second time I completed the Challenge. The twelfth book I finished was for the category of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Dystopian Classics. This is not a favorite category of mine which explains it being the very last one… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Twelfth Book Review

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Reading Challenge 2016: Eleventh Book Reviewb

I just finished my eleventh book in the 2016 Reading Challenge. It was another Elizabeth Gaskell title, the second Gaskell novel of this year’s Challenge, but the third Gaskell book I’ve read this year. Or maybe I should rephrase that. I’ve read two of her novels and listened to a third. But more about that… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Eleventh Book Reviewb

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Reading Challenge 2016: Tenth Book Review

Don’t you just love it when you close a book after reading the final chapter and you just want to sit and smile? Everything turned out just perfectly, almost exactly as you would have wanted it. That basically sums up my experience with every Anthony Trollope book I’ve read. I just finished my fifth Trollope… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Tenth Book Review

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Reading Challenge 2016: Ninth Book Review

The more books I read the more I understand how ignorant I am. That is always a good thing; to recognize a lack in ourselves. And the ninth book I read in the 2016 Reading Challenge showed me how ignorant I am when it comes to Japan, and in particular, Japan immediately prior to WWII.… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Ninth Book Review

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Reading Challenge 2016: Eighth Book Reviewb

I just finished book number eight, Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1863, and considered to be one of her lesser known works. While this book could fit in a number of categories, I’ve chosen to place it in the category of a classic written by a woman. The title of this book sounds… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Eighth Book Reviewb

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Reading Challege 2016: Seventh Book Review

When my daughters were in high school and studying the 20th century (we homeschooled) I included Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes in their schedules. The 20th century was not a pretty century and so many of the books, topics, themes, etc necessary to cover were anything but gentle which is why I made sure… Continue reading Reading Challege 2016: Seventh Book Review

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Reading Challenge 2016: Sixth Book Review

I just finished my longest book of 2016, Fortunata and Jacinta, subtitled, Two Stories of Married Women by Benito Perez Galdos. It falls under the category of a classic in translation. I was introduced to Galdos last year by my friend Silvia. She couldn’t say enough good about this author (her enthusiasm was infectious). In… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Sixth Book Review

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Reading Challenge 2016: Fifth Book Review

The most recent book I read in the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2016 falls under the category of a banned book. Brave New World was not well received when it was first published in 1932 by Aldous Huxley. It raised eyebrows and caused much angst. Even today, the book is controversial. In 2010… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Fifth Book Review

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Reading Challenge 2016: Fourth Book

Well, here it is April and I’ve just finished book number 4 of the challenge. At the moment I am juggling four books of which only one of the four is a Back to the Classics selection. So many books to read! The book I just finished is a collection of Agatha Christie’s short stories;… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2016: Fourth Book