Monday, March 30, 2009


Title: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Year: 2000

This is the ideal "girly-girl" book; it has just enough clothes, shoes, and romance without the bawdy elements of many women's books, and it's easy enough to read in a day or so.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Title: Cannery Row

Author: John Steinbeck

Year: 1945

Previously, the only Steinbeck book I'd read was Of Mice and Men, and while I enjoyed it, I think I liked this one even better; its almost musical prose is rich in both tragedy and humor, and the pace was fast enough to allow me to complete the novel in just two days.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J. K. Rowling

Year: 2000

The story is growing darker and more serious, and of course more captivating; luckily for me, I don't have to wait until book 5 comes out to see what's going to happen next (there are benefits to reading an entire series once it's been completed!).


Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Author: Agatha Christie

Year: 1926

Reading this book reminded me of many long, lazy childhood afternoons absorbed in a Nancy Drew mystery; it's been years since I've read a good mystery (I attempted a James Patterson book a few years ago but was disappointed by an excess of gruesome violence) and this book, as the first Agatha Christie story I've ever read, makes me want to read more in the future!


Title: Don Juan

Author: Lord Byron

Year: 1818-1823

Written and published in installments yet remaining unfinished at the time of Byron's death, this lengthy poetic work (written in 8-line rhyming stanzas, totalling over 500 pages) follows the romantic and other adventures of its "hero," Don Juan; certain parts were intriguing but overall, I would not recommend this book for pleasure reading because its many digressions and historical/political allusions require much supplementary reading and research to fully comprehend.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Title: Middlemarch

Author: George Eliot

Year: 1871-1872

I didn't like it at the start, but this 900-page Victorian saga has, upon completion, reached a high place on my list of all-time favorite books for its intricate portrayal of characters and emotions; if you're patient and struggle through some tedious passages along the way, you might end up feeling the same way too.