62/100 On The Road
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: On the Road
Author: Jack Kerouac
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 307 (HB)
Length of time to read: 3 days

Synopsis:
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Recommended By:
It was on my 100 books project list

Review:
This book was torture for me. It was so boring! The 3 days it took to read the book felt like 3 months! I didn’t connect to the characters or to the story, it was just not the kind of book for me.

61/100 Lord of the Flies
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 295 (HB)
Length of time to read: 1 day

Synopsis:
In this adventure story about a group of schoolboys stranded on a deserted island, William Golding explores the dark side of humanity and the savagery that surfaces when social structure is broken down, and rules, ideals, and values are lost.

Recommended By:
It was on my 100 book list.

Review:
It was a good book, I wasn’t sure if I would when I started it but it captured my attention within the first chapter. It was a sad story, but I am glad I read it. It was well written and the author did a good job telling the story from the kids point of view without it seeming to childish.

#60/100 Catcher in the Rye
Book Reviews 2012
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Title: Catcher in the Rye
Author: J.D. Salinger
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 277 (HB)
Length of time to read: 3 days

Synopsis:
The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

Recommended By:
It’s considered a classic…so I thought I should read it.

Review:
I don't get what all the hype was about. I didn't like it much at all...I found Caulfield so boring and I did not like the writing style either. It seemed like the book was written by a kid, and not an interesting one.

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59/100 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Genre: Gothic Tale
Pages: 41 (HB)
Length of time to read: 2 hours

Synopsis:
A strange house on a dark street in England tells odd tales of a mysterious figure so vicious and disturbing as to want to trample small children and kill seemingly innocent men. A figure named Hyde. Mr. Utterson, a lawyer, finds this Hyde person connected to his good friend, Dr. Jekyll, through a simple piece of paper. But this connection takes Mr. Utterson down a road he never wanted to walk, leading to the revelation of a terrible secret and exposing the darkest side of man.

Recommended By:
I have never actually read this book and so I added it to my 100 book list

Review:
I knew the basic story and since it really isn’t that long it was fairly easy to read and I enjoyed it. I wish it would have went deeper and told more, but I did like it.

58/100 Water for Elephants
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Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 561 (Lrg. Print Softcover)
Length of time to read: 1 day

Synopsis:
Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.

Jacob was there because his luck had run out - orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive 'ship of fools'. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act - in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Recommended By:
It was on my 100 Book list.

Review:
I didn’t expect to like this book, but I really did. It was a compelling story with great characters and a lovely ending. It was a pretty good book, I wonder if they messed the movie up…

57/100 Where Rainbows End (OR Rosie Dunne)
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Title: Where Rainbows End (OR Rosie Dunne)
Author: Ceceila Ahern
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 431 (HB)
Length of time to read: 1 day

Synopsis:
Rosie and Alex – best friends or soulmates?
Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America.
Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?
Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time...?
Recommended By:
This was on my 100 Book List-but is actually a re-read

Review:
More romantic than it sounds, I enjoyed it better the 2nd time around. I put this on my 100 Book list thinking it was one of her books I hadn’t read yet, but this book has at least 3 titles!!! That’s a little frustrating, but I really did enjoy the book. It might be my 2nd favorite one she has written. I love the characters, they are beautifully flawed. And the story unfolded naturally. If you liked P.S. I love You, you will probably like this one too.

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Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Forest Born by Shannon Hale
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