Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Childhood Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Childhood Books

Diane’s “Top Ten Favorite Childhood Books” 1) Madeline: I had a Madeline doll that came with the book. I always loved to look at her appendix scar – (for those of you who don’t know – She is the smallest of the girls and the title character. She is about 7–8 years old, and is the only redhead. … Continue reading

The White Tiger

Author: Aravind Adiga Finished:June 17th, 2011 My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars   I wish I could say that I just happened to stumble upon The White Tiger but unfortunately, I was asked to read it for an Summer literature class at Ohio State. I decided to get a bit of a head start and begin the … Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday…a day late…

Top Ten Tuesday…a day late…

Diane’s “Top Ten Least Favorite Book Covers” 1) The Hunger Games 2) Northanger Abbey 3) To Kill a Mockingbird 4) Unwind 5) The Lovely Bones 6) Looking for Alaska 7) Eat Pray Love 8) Wuthering Heights 9) Twilight 10) The Great Gatsby For another great list of “Least Favorite Book Covers” check out my friend … Continue reading

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon Finished: June 10th, 2011 My Rating:  3 out of 5 stars   At first, I couldn’t put this book down but after I reached (somewhere around) the halfway point – I started to loose interest. It was really intriguing at first and slowly became a bit cliche. I think Haddon could’ve done … Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers

Alright, so it’s not Tuesday, it’s Friday – I got behind this week. Anyways, my friend Erin and I decided to do a “Top Ten Tuesday” book list for our blogs. The basic concept is we will each take turns posting our “Top Ten” books for a specific category of our choice. Make sense? If … Continue reading

A Newfound Love in Shakespeare

Prior to taking “Introduction to Shakespeare” at The Ohio State University – I had hesitations. I honestly put this class off for as long as possible in fear that I would fail miserably. Why say things like: “My services to your lordship” when you mean “Pleased to meet you” or “But goes thy heart with … Continue reading

Catching Up

As an English major, I expected to have a ton of reading to do each night. What I didn’t expect was that I’d want to ‘pleasure’ read on top of the loads of homework I’d been assigned. What can I say – I am an avid reader. Reading has honestly taken the place of television in … Continue reading

French Milk

Author: Lucy Knisley Finished: April 6th, 2011 My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I am on a graphic novel kick right now and this story just reaffirmed my love. “French Milk” is a wonderful little story by Lucy Knisley – detailing her trip to Paris in 2006. I loved the illustrations and the photographs that … Continue reading

Ghost World

Author: Daniel Clowes Finished: April 6th, 2011 My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars   Despite “Ghost World” being a quick read – I didn’t really care too much for this book.   The redeeming qualities: well developed characters, the relationship between Becky and Enid, the humanistic qualities of both Becky and Enid, the illustrations. Not … Continue reading

Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume Ages 0-22

Author: MariNaomi Finished: March 28th, 2011 My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars I am a huge fan of graphic novels. This was another great read. I had no idea what I was getting in to prior to reading; however, it made me laugh out loud despite it’s sexual content. I would’ve put it down but the fact that … Continue reading

The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett Finished: February 18th, 2011 My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars I read  Stockett’s “The Help” in March (it is now the end of May). It has taken me a great deal of time to decide how exactly I’ll word my feelings for this book.  I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it. I have mixed … Continue reading


Author: Marjane Satrapi Finished: March 9th, 2011 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books of all time….by far. I loved Marjane’s retelling of her life story. The drawings were fantastic and I found her to be really clever. She is witty and truthful, brave and uninhibited. Ah. Can’t say enough about this story. … Continue reading

Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green Finished: February 9th, 2011 My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars When I first began Looking for Alaska, I had my doubts. The story began as a cliché – a lonely high school boy, Miles, trying to find “The Great Perhaps”. I don’t believe it’s ever stated what exactly “The Great Perhaps” is, … Continue reading

Copper Sun

Author: Sharon Draper Finished: February 2nd, 2011 My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars The following review is pulled from parts of my EDUT&L656 paper regarding Copper Sun: Draper’s Copper Sun was another story that was essentially rooted in historical truth. While many of the events that transpired in the story seemed to be far-fetched … Continue reading

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry Finished: January 24st, 2011 My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars I’m honestly unsure as to why I didn’t like this book. I guess it was a combination of things, really. I found it troubling that this story was directed towards children – with themes that are far beyond their comprehension. Typically, I’m all for challenging students; … Continue reading


> Author: Neal ShustermanFinished: January 21st, 2011My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Unwind has a truly horrifying premise: the idea that (as a teenager) you can be “unwound” if you are not living up to certain expectations. How frightening. When I was first told that I had to read this story (for my adolescent literature course at … Continue reading

The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton Finished: January 14th, 2011 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars “Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things … Continue reading

Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen Finished: January 14th, 2011 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars The Great Depression, prohabition, the circus, romance, murder – all add to the thrills which is “Water for Elephants”. This was one story that I had a hard time putting down and when I finally did finish I wanted to go back … Continue reading