Westing Game – Read It and Rate It

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Mystery Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin, revolves around the death of millionaire Samuel W. Westing and the unusual circumstances that follow. Sixteen heirs, who are all unconnected, are gathered to solve the mystery of Westing’s death to inherit his vast fortune. They are divided into pairs and given clues to unravel the mystery. Throughout the book, secrets are revealed, alliances … Read more

Of Mice and Men – Read It and Rate It

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Classic Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) George and his best bud Lennie are migrant workers in California. Lennie isn’t always the brightest, however. Will they be able to reach their dream of owning a farm? Or will Lennie’s childish ways get in the way of that? Review #2 * * * * Stars (Great!) Of Mice and Men is about two men going … Read more

Yearling – Read It and Rate It

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Adventure Classic Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Jody is the only child (though he had siblings born before him, none of them survived) of Penny Baxter, “sound as copper itself,” and Ory, his stern, yet loving mother. Free willed and full of the wild spirit yet willingness of young boy living in rural Florida in the late 1800s (around 1870). Jody, … Read more

Frankenstein – Read It and Rate It

Frankenstein (or a Modern Prometheus) by Mary Shelley Classic Horror Suspense Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Frankenstein. The name echoes throughout all of literature, and has taken over the cinematic world as well, ever since an 18 year-old girl named Mary Shelley decided to write a book. She and her friends proposed a writing contest, but only two of them (Mary included) finished the challenge. Mary’s book was by far … Read more

Anne of Greenville – book review

Anne of Greenville by Mariko Tamaki Realistic Fiction (modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables) * * * Stars (Pretty good) Anne and her two moms (Lucy & Millie) move to small town Greenville when Lucy gets what she hopes will be her dream job at the local high school (assistant principal). Unfortunately, a lot of the people in Greenville are small-minded and they object to newcomers of any stripe. Some are particularly vehement and … Read more

All Creatures Great and Small – book review

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot Autobiography Biography Classics Funny Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Follows James Herriot’s adventures as a newly qualified vet working under his slightly more experienced senior vet in the boonies of Yorkshire, where he meets a variety of memorable farmers and pet owners and falls in love with the people and the land. Follows his first couple of years working for the practice. Homey, hilarious and … Read more

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Read It and Rate It

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Adventure Classic Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about a young boy and an African American slave who escape town to the free states. Along the way they face many obstacles such as prejudice against color. Although this book has an older style of writing, I enjoyed it very much. I liked reading the various forms of … Read more

Invisible Man – Read It and Rate It

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells Classic Mystery Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “The Invisible Man” is about a man, well, an invisible man, who comes to a country village in a heavy snow storm. People start to suspect this man and want to know why he wears bandages. Some say he’s a killer who is wanted by the police. Once he shows himself, the people get frightened and once the … Read more

Les Miserables – Read It and Rate It

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Adventure Classic Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) An unforgettable classic that illustrates forgiveness, love, and betrayal. Ex-convict Jean Valjean influences the lives of many as the notorious war rages on. He learns the values of life and love and what it truly means to be forgiven and to love. 

Great Expectations – Read It and Rate It

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Classic Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) One of the most acclaimed and notable works of Dickens. Follows the story of a young boy who meets three people who influence the rest of his life. Consequently, Pip learns the results of his choices, and learns the heights of his expectations. Pip learns in the most curious ways what the meaning of being a true gentleman is.