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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. The only thing that could have improved my experience with this book would have been finding it fifteen years sooner. I wish twelve year-old me had known this book existed, and had been able to experience the life of Francie Nolan when we were closer to the same age. But even as an adult, I’ve found a kindred spirit in this scrappy little girl from Brooklyn, and watching her grow up and experience both heartaches and triumph was one of the most wonderful reading journeys I’ve ever embarked upon. Better late than never. Continue reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finally finished! And it only took me five months on the Serial Reader app. I feel like I’ve been reading this forever. Not because I didn’t like it, of course. Au contraire, I loved it! It’s a wonderful book, and definitely deserves it’s status as a classic. But it was dense and intricate and long, and wasn’t a book to be sped through. This tome is meant to be savored, and savor it I did. The Count of Monte Cristo is without a doubt the best tale of vengeance I’ve ever read, and one of the most intricately plotted books I’ve ever had the pleasure of picking up. Continue reading “The Count of Monte Cristo”

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Unpopular opinion time. If this is one of your favorite books, I apologize in advance, and you might want to look away now.

If you follow my reviews, you know that I generally love everything. Very rarely do I hate a book. Well, I hated this one. Seriously, it was awful. It felt like pulling teeth trying to get myself to finish it. But finish it I (finally) did, and here are my thoughts. Continue reading “Wuthering Heights”

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Brian’s Winter

Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, #3)Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Until last month, I didn’t even realize that Hatchet had a sequel. Turns out, it has four. How did I not know this?! I skipped over The River, the first sequel, for the time being, as it seemed like a repeat of the first but with an audience. Although I have to confess, I’ll probably be reading it sooner rather than later. But I was intrigued by the synopsis of Brian’s Winter. What if Brian hadn’t been rescued, and had to ride out the winter in the Canadian wilderness? Would he survive? Continue reading “Brian’s Winter”

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Hatchet

Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some books imprint themselves on your mind and stay with you. You can remember vividly where you were when you first read them. Hatchet is one of those books for me. I remember being in Mrs. Alison’s sixth grade class, and this book was raging though the male half of my class like a wildfire. Even boys who usually hated reading couldn’t put it down. Obviously, as the class’s self-proclaimed queen of the bookworms, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. So, when a copy finally made it back to the book cubbies that lined the back of the classroom, I nabbed it. And I totally saw what the fuss was about. Continue reading “Hatchet”

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