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Nov. 7, 2013
Mansfield Park
There are, as many of you avid readers are aware of, authors who either need money or are stuck in a contract and need to produce more books on demand. There are, additionally, a limit to many people's imaginations and therefore, to put such a person in a situation as the aforementioned, would be to expect a book very reminiscient of a former, perhaps better thought out and better written book. <br/><br/>Mansfield Park, being one of Jane Austen's latter books seems to follow such a pattern, a fact that I regret to admitt being myself a long-time fan of Austen's Pride &amp; Prejudice. <br/><br/>Even with my blinders on I can still see clearly the similarities between Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice and it is shocking. There is the involvement of the clergy, the marriage proposals that are rejected due to the perception of the male's character and the same siblings eloping and running off. The only difference though, is that more of the characters do not have such a happy ending.
Nov. 7, 2013
Great Expectations
Nov. 7, 2013
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Nov. 7, 2013
Little Men
Little Men is the first book by Louisa May Alcott I've ever read, and after reading many of her books, I must say, that it demonstrates all of her talent in reading. <br/><br/>This is the book that started me on my Alcott-phase, and there's a good reason too! I recommend reading this book.
Nov. 7, 2013
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Nov. 7, 2013
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Nov. 7, 2013
Jane Eyre
Nov. 7, 2013
Anne of Green Gables
The first book in the charming series is marvelous. It's heart-wrenching. I won't reveal the entire plot, but the story starts off with an orphaned girl who really wasn't supposed to be adopted. <br/><br/>Her life from that mistake though, is forever changed. <br/><br/>While some people mock this book for how Anne imagines things wildly, I highly suggest giving this book a chance. There's a reason why there are so many avid readers of this series.
Nov. 7, 2013
Bartleby, the Scrivener
Nov. 7, 2013
Emma
It took me a while to work my way through this book, but it was utterly charming.
Nov. 7, 2013
Northanger Abbey
Nov. 7, 2013
Under the Lilacs
A pretty basic read, not much in the way of complexity. A bit of a disappointment.
Nov. 7, 2013
The Secret Garden
I actually read this book about four years ago, finishing it in a day. I found it captivating and charming, although not the best book in the world. It did help me feel very in touch with my childish side.
Nov. 7, 2013
Pride and Prejudice
This books is a classic love story, with an altogether archaic view on things. No one is that subtle, that closed, that modest in our fast-paced modern world. <br/><br/>Which is perhaps, why this romance is so popular. It's a true mix-up of feelings and it's vocabulary is refreshing especially after watching even a single commercial. <br/><br/>This book is enjoyable, light, and beautiful.<br/><br/>Highly recommended.
Nov. 7, 2013
Persuasion
Nov. 7, 2013
Treasure Island
Nov. 7, 2013
Sense and Sensibility
Not my favorite of Austen's, but it's still worth the read if you like her writing.
Dec. 26, 2013
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Dec. 26, 2013
Little Brother
Although I did enjoy the book and managed to complete it in less than 24 hours, I thought that the book was a little busy and Doctorow attempts to engage the reader in the plot overcomplicated the story without it having any real purpose. <br/><br/>For example, the whole distorted love triangle? There end was rather abrupt and had no real explanation that I could discern. The book, although it had many not completely thought out distractions, was enjoyable and I intend to read more of Doctorow in the future, although perhaps not the nearby future.
Dec. 26, 2013
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