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A Study in Scarlet

A Study in ScarletA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About seven years ago, I started binge-reading every novel and short story in the Sherlock Holmes Canon. I did this because I was completely obsessed with BBC’s Sherlock, and was trapped in the horrendous waiting period between seasons 2 and 3. If you’ve watched Sherlock, and you experienced that 3 year hiatus, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It was brutal. Continue reading “A Study in Scarlet”

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East of Eden

East of EdenEast of Eden by John Steinbeck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

On a side note, this is the 100th book I’ve reviewed this year, and I’m incredibly thankful that such a title fell onto a novel that mattered so much to me.

This was my first fully engaged experience with Steinbeck, and I was completely blown away. His prose was lovely in the way a desert is lovely; sparse but absolutely breathtaking in a certain slant of light. Continue reading “East of Eden”

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; 
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.
Nine little soldier boys sat up very late; 
One overslept himself and then there were Eight.
Eight little soldier boys traveling in Devon;
 One said he’d stay there and then there were Seven.
Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks; 
One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.
Six little soldier boys playing with a hive; 
A bumble bee stung one and then there were Five.
Five little soldier boys going in for law; 
One got into chancery and then there were Four.
Four little soldier boys going out to sea;
 A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.
Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo;
 A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.
Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;
 One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One little soldier boy left all alone; 
He went and hanged himself
And then there were None. Continue reading “And Then There Were None”

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The Halloween Tree

The Halloween TreeThe Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a perfect little book to help foster the Halloween spirit.

Ray Bradbury is a master of atmosphere. One of the most atmospheric Halloween books I’ve ever read is Something Wicked This Way Comes, and this tiny book spins just a compelling a spell. Bradbury just had an amazing grasp on what makes Halloween special. It’s a little dated, but in my opinion that just upped the nostalgia factor. Continue reading “The Halloween Tree”

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The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was so weird. The reason I picked up this book because it was billed as a classic of the horror genre. I went in expecting a haunted house story, but ended up watching someone go slowly insane. Yes, I did get a little of the haunted house I was hoping for around the middle of the book. However, as the novel drew to an end, Jackson presented the supernatural elements in such a way that the reader can’t be sure that those elements actually were supernatural, but could have instead been committed by someone with blood still pumping through their veins. Continue reading “The Haunting of Hill House”

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Banned Books Week

We the people of the United States of America have proclaimed for centuries that God has given us and the rest of humanity certain unalienable rights, rights that our forefathers outlined in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution and Bill of Rights. These rights include freedom of speech and press, but I believe that the freedom to read is an unspoken inclusion, one that our forefathers didn’t think to include because it seemed obvious. That’s my theory, anyway. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, it seems like a no-brainer that the freedom to read anything and everything, no matter who you are or where you live, is a freedom to be appreciated and protected. And yet, those who came to the New World in search of freedom started banning books before we were even a nation of our own. Continue reading “Banned Books Week”

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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a confession to make. I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel. Why is this a big deal, you might be asking yourself if you have also never jumped on the Christie train. (Train? Get it? Because this entire book takes place on a train! *laughs forever at own joke*) Well, I’m a life-long bookworm, with a degree in English literature to prove it. And Agatha Christie is the unarguable queen of an entire genre. Did you now that Agatha Christie is the best selling novelist of all time, second only to the Bible and the works of Shakespeare in terms of sales? Because I sure didn’t. I knew that she was a big deal in the mystery genre, but bestselling novelist of all time? I was unaware. But I know now, and have now taken my first step to rectifying my oversight. Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express”

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