#66/100 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Author: Washington Irving
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 25 (Paperback)
Length of time to read: 1 hour

Synopsis:
Are all the lights on?

Is there a parent in the house?

Are the windows shut and locked? Double-check!

They HAVE to be if you are going to read this book, which is undoubtedly the scariest rendition of one of the greatest ghost stories ever told: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

While you may have heard of Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and the Headless Horseman, you've never SEEN them quite like this -- through the macabre imagination of the inimitable Gris Grimly.

So, take a deep breath and take a long look. And you may want to bring a flashlight to bed with you tonight.

Recommended By:
I know the basic story but had never read it. It was on my 100 book list to read.

Review:
I didn’t care for the style of writing. The story doesn’t get as deeply into it as I would like either. I didn’t love it…

66/100 The Professor
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: The Professor
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 378 (HB-Large Print)
Length of time to read: 6 days

Synopsis:
This story of William Crimsworth, who goes to Brussels to seek his fortune, falls in love with Frances, a schoolteacher and lace-maker, and is himself pursued by Mademoiselle Reuter, has often been dismissed as merely a draft of Villette. Yet Charlotte Bronte always stubbornly defended the novel, suggesting a certain lack of depth on the part of the publishers. Portraying a self-made man and his relationships in an individualistic society that worships property and propriety, this peculiarly ambiguous and disturbing love story reveals Charlotte Bronte as a social critic of insight and power.

Recommended By:
Love Bronte and this was on my 100 books to read list.

Review:
I liked it. Not as much as Jane Eyre, but I think it would be hard to love it THAT much…I am a little obsessed with Jane Eyre  It was well written (Of course, It’s Charlotte Bronte!!) and the characters interesting. It was a little slow, but I think I am just used to authors not nearly as good as her who rush you through the story. If you are a fan of classic novels, check this one out!

65/100 Christ the Lord-Out of Egypt
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: Christ the Lord-Out of Egypt
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 321 (HB)
Length of time to read: 3 days

Synopsis:
With the Holy Land in turmoil, seven-year-old Jesus and his family leave Egypt for the dangerous road home to Jerusalem. As they travel, the boy tries to unlock the secret of his birth and comprehend his terrifying power to work miracles. Anne Rice's dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel, based on the gospels and the most respected New Testament scholarship, summons up the voice, the presence, and the words of Jesus, allowing him to tell his own story as he struggles to grasp the holy purpose of his life.

Recommended By:
The book is on my 100 book to read list.

Review:
I didn’t care for it. It was somewhat boring. As I have said in the recent past, I don’t think she is a great writer, but is a good storyteller usually. This time, she failed me. I might pick up the next book in the series, but I am in no hurry to do so. I just didn’t find the story that interesting…

64/100 Breakfast at Tiffanys
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: Breakfast at Tiffanys
Author: Truman Capote
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 111 PB
Length of time to read: 3 hours

Synopsis:
It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow through cocktail-hour to breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't - except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is apparently top banana in the shock department, and one of the shining stars of American fiction.

Recommended By:
It is one of the books on my 100 Book List.

Review:
I enjoyed it, I like his writing style. He wrote like I do so it was easy for me to get sucked in. I didn’t like it as well I as did some of his short stories but it was a good read and I am glad I can say that I have now read it J

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63/100 Good Dog. Stay
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: Good Dog. Stay
Author: Anna Quindlen
Genre: nonfiction
Pages: 82 (HB)
Length of time to read: ½ hour

Synopsis:
“The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau’s, and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him: to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure herself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise her nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, “I smell bacon!”

Of the dog that once possessed a catcher’s mitt of a mouth, Quindlen reminisces, “there came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller. The eyes and ears may have gone, but the nose was eternal. And the tail. The tail still wagged, albeit at half-staff. When it stops, I thought more than once, then we’ll know.”

Recommended By:
I had this book on my 100 book project list

Review:
It was well written, but it was a sad read. I also had a black lab and he died a few years ago, it brought back good memories, but definitely made me miss him so much!

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Yearly Wrap-up - Books 34-53
FN: Bubbles
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A couple of months' late, but better late than never, eh?

I managed 20 books last year, bringing my grant total up to 53 books read (or otherwise crossed off - explanation follows below).

The Five People You Meet in Heave - Mitch Albom. Very different from what I had expected, but I loved it!

A Gentle Madness - Nicholas A. Basbanes. I gave up on this after 100 pages. Much, much, much too dry.

Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop. Not my cup of tea. I'm glad I've read it, because people keep refering to it all the time, but I wasn't terribly impressed.

In a Sunburned Country - Bill Bryson. SO GOOD!!! I cannot recommend this highly enough. Just possibly the best book on my list.

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho. A quick and pleasant enough read, but I wasn't as blown away by it as most readers seem to be.

About the Author - John Colapinto. I wanted to take the main character and shake him - HARD! not a good book.

Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue. Well written, but depressing. I don't recommend it - go for "Room" instead. Now THAT's brilliant!

The Last Concubine - Lesley Downer. Would have been excellent at half the length. As it was it grew long and dull.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon. Sweet and amusing story. A much quicker read than expected - I finished it in a day.

Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause. Too emo for me, but good entertainment nonetheless.

Beggars in Spain - Nancy Kress. I read the original novella and really enjoyed it. Well written and a fascinating concept.

Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett. Not TPs best. I like his later works better.

Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts. A slow read, but absolutely fascinating!

The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan. Somewhat dull. And I was more interested in one of the minor characters rather than the main one, which was a disappointment. That makes me 2 for 2 on not liking Amy Tan's books, so I'm striking "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "The Hundred Secret Senses" from my list. No use in forcing myself to read books I know I won't enjoy.

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls. Brilliant memoir! Very poignant. I greatly enjoyed reading it.

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