Category: 20 Books of Summer 2015

20 Books of Summer 2015: Wrap-up

And just like that the summer is over (or very nearly). The reading portion of the 20 Books of Summer 2015 challenge hosted by Cathy746books went well; the reviewing portion… less so. You might have noticed. ūüėõ I read some good stuff though, so…

Review: Jurassic Park

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 7 In my early teens, I read Michael Crichton’s books over and over, but not Jurassic Park. Instead, I watched the movie 30 times and pounced¬†on the sequel as soon as I knew it existed.¬†Reading Crichton still feels…

Review: Gilead

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 6 I have a policy against reviewing books I don’t finish, but I have a double commitment to comment on Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. I chose it as part of the summer challenge hosted by Cathy746books, and it’s a…

Review: Coraline

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 5 Desperate to make progress in the reading challenge hosted by Cathy746books, I grabbed a short one. Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, clocks in at 162 pages and a 90 minute reading time. Even if you’ve seen the movie,…

Review: Grendel

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 4 I hesitate to call John Gardner’s¬†Grendel¬†a modern¬†Beowulf from the perspective of the monster, though that’s the first description to come to mind.¬†The open secret among English majors is that Beowulf is a snooze despite its historical value….

Review: A Handful of Dust

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 3 As a straightforward story, Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust is bizarre and implausible. As satire, it’s biting, hilarious, and sad. I never know what to term ‘character development’ in such books because they’re less about creating…

Review: A Separate Peace

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 2 For those high school students who hit up my blog to “research” their papers: knock it off. You’re reading good stuff, even if you won’t realize it for another decade. Like The Great Gatsby, John Knowles’ A…

Review: The Brief History of the Dead

a.k.a. Book 1 of the 20 Books of Summer 2015 reading challenge. And we’re off to a less than excellent start…¬†Kevin Brockmeier’s¬†The Brief History of the Dead is not the introspective, suspenseful powerhouse it sounds from the back cover: The City is inhabited by…

20 Books of Summer 2015: Sign Up

I saw Cathy746books’s 20 Books of Summer reading challenge on FictionFan’s site. Happily, she provided a¬†lovely graphic to share for the challenge, because I lack the tech skills to create one myself. I know, I know… the thought of my posting regularly over the…