Book Review: Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis

Year of First Publication: 1955 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2012 Number of Pages: 238 Publisher: Mariner Books Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Autobiography, spiritual memoir Find it on the Book Depository here. (Disclosure: I’m an affiliate.) First, this book is not about how C. S. Lewis met his wife. A lot of people, it seems,Continue reading “Book Review: Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis”

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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Year of First Publication: 1891 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2015 Number of Pages: 214 Publisher: Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Gothic fiction, Horror Subjects: Art, Morality, Society Although I didn’t exactly plan it this way, the irony of my reviewing The Picture of Dorian Gray on the week of Halloween isn’t lostContinue reading “Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde”

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Book Review: My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Year of First Publication: 1972 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2003 Number of Pages: 369 Publisher: Anchor Books Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Jewish Literature, Bildungsroman Subjects: Art, Hasidism, Families, Mothers, Fathers Note: this post contains an affiliate link. I would put all the world into light and shade, bring life to all the wide and tiredContinue reading “Book Review: My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok”

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Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

**Warning: mild spoilers up ahead.** Year of First Publication: 2015 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2015 Number of Pages: 278 Publisher: Harper Collins Genre: Fiction Subjects: Alabama, civil rights, racism, families Note: this post contains an affiliate link. I had been waiting eagerly for the release of Go Set a Watchman since early FebruaryContinue reading “Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee”

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Book Review: War in Heaven by Charles Williams

Year of first publication: 1930 Year of publication for this edition: 2004 Number of pages: 256 Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Genre: Fiction Sub-genres: Fantasy, Supernatural thriller Note: this post contains an affiliate link. Almost two weeks ago, I introduced you to Charles Williams, a poet, editor, novelist, and one of the principal membersContinue reading “Book Review: War in Heaven by Charles Williams”

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Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

Year of First Publication: 1955 Year of Publication for This Edition: 1996 Number of Pages: 306 Publisher: Del Rey Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Short Fiction Note: this post contains an affiliate link. Ray Bradbury’s 1996 forward to The October Country is titled “May I Die Before My Voices.” The words of a mad manContinue reading “Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury”

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Book Review: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Year of First Publication: 1951 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2010 Number of Pages: 254 Publisher: Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Science fiction, Fantasy, Short Fiction Subjects: Space travel, Mars, Dystopia, Social critique Note: this post contains an affiliate link. Well that took me much longer than it should have, but I finallyContinue reading “Book Review: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury”

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Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Year of First Publication: 1605 Year of Publication for This Edition: 1994 Number of Pages: 28 (double columned) Publisher: Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Drama, Comedy Subjects: Italy, Jews, Anti-Semitism, Persecution The Merchant of Venice tells the story of Antonio, a merchant whose friend asks to borrow a large sum of money so thatContinue reading “Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare”

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Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Year of First Publication: 2005 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2013 Number of Pages: 576 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Lit. Subjects: The Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Book Burning, Jews, Young Girls, Foster Families The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl trying to surviveContinue reading “Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak”

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Book Review: “Anthem” by Ayn Rand

Year of First Publication: 1938 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2013 Number of Pages: N/A. I read the Project Gutenberg e-book. Publisher: Project Gutenberg Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction Subjects: Education, Individualism, Invention, Planned Societies Everyone loves a good dystopian fiction novel, and from what I’ve been told, Ayn Rand is notContinue reading “Book Review: “Anthem” by Ayn Rand”

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Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Year of First Publication: 1953 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2012 Number of Pages: 249 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Social Commentary Subjects: Books, Censorship, Society, the Media, Political Correctness Find it on The Book Depository. (Disclosure: I’m an affiliate.) Fahrenheit 451 is about a futuristic society whoseContinue reading “Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury”

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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Year of first publication: 1960 Year of publication for this edition: 2006 Number of pages: 323 Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Genre: Fiction Sub-genres: Southern Gothic, coming-of-age, courtroom drama, historical fiction Subjects: the American South, Alabama, civil rights, racism, growing up, law, girls, fathers, families, the Great Depression, children      Generations of schoolkids have grownContinue reading “Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”

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