Review: The Lays of Marie de France

The Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Lays of Marie de France are a series of twelve short lays (narrative poems) in Old French. I read this translation as a library ebook, but it turns out that it is also available under a Creative CommonsContinue reading “Review: The Lays of Marie de France”

Review: Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first read Midnight’s Children in 2012, but that was my second attempt to read the book. The first time was the previous year, I think. I couldn’t get through it the first time, even though I really liked the beginning. But once IContinue reading “Review: Midnight’s Children”

Midnight’s Children: Favorite Quotes: Book One

update May 12: Finished! Instead of writing a whole post for Books 2 & 3, I think I am just going to write a review… I’ll see if I can make it spoiler-free, but I’m not sure.     I already wrote a Book Beginnings post for this reread. I will have a post for Book Two nextContinue reading “Midnight’s Children: Favorite Quotes: Book One”

CC Spin #23: My First Spin

This is a recurring event at The Classics Club. I joined in 2018 but have never done a Spin before. The instructions are at the blog here. I will be reading one of the 20 books from this list, and on Sunday I will find out what I’m reading! The Golden Ass – Apuleius  Troilus &Continue reading “CC Spin #23: My First Spin”

Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois

W.E.B. Dubois, author of The Souls of Black Folk, was born in 1868. He earned his B.A. at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to earn a second BA at Harvard, continuing his studies there until he earned his doctorate in history, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University.Continue reading “Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois”

Review: The Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses by OvidMy rating: 4 of 5 stars In 15 books and more than 200 stories, with transformation as his unifying theme, Ovid chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the time of Julius Caesar. I have read some of these before, in Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses by TedContinue reading “Review: The Metamorphoses”

Review: The House on the Borderland

The House on the Borderland by William Hope HodgsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars The House on the Borderland was first published in 1908. This is my entry for the Novella category in the Back to the Classics challenge. According to GoodReads it is 156 pages, under the 250 page limit for the category. ItContinue reading “Review: The House on the Borderland”

Review: The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my book for the Back to the Classics Challenge: Category: Read A Tragic Novel. _The Sound & the Fury_ was Faulkner’s fourth novel, published in 1929. It is set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote 17 books inContinue reading “Review: The Sound and the Fury”

Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I can’t find the cover of the edition I read on GoodReads, so here is a picture of the cover, which shows the painting The Well of Toledo by Mexican painter Diego Rivera: I read this for the 2019 Back toContinue reading “Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude”

Review: The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The Left Hand of Darkness is one of my favorite science fiction novels and definitely my favorite by Le Guin. This was my third time reading it. This book won the Hugo & Nebula Awards for Best Novel in 1970.Continue reading “Review: The Left Hand of Darkness”


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