Category Archives: classics

Favorite historical fiction and/or classics of 2013

These are books that I read in 2013, but they were not necessarily published in 2013. (Which will be obvious for some of these titles.) The quote are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles. The Aviator’s Wife … Continue reading

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The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: 1984 by George Orwell

Title: 1984 Author: George Orwell Genre: Dystopian fiction Publisher: Plume Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy borrowed from a friend Number of pages: 323 First line: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks … Continue reading

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The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Title: The Woman in White Author: Wilkie Collins Genre: Historical fiction, mystery, classic Publisher: Barnes and Noble Classics Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy borrowed from a friend First line: This is the story of what a … Continue reading

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The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Title: Cold Comfort Farm Author: Stella Gibbons Genre: Classics, historical fiction Publisher: Penguin Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, … Continue reading

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The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: Middlemarch by George Eliot

Title: Middlemarch Author: George Eliot Genre: Classic Publisher: Penguin Classics Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture … Continue reading

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The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Title: The Grapes of Wrath Author: John Steinbeck Genre: Historical fiction Publisher: Penguin Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, … Continue reading

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“I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Title: As I Lay Dying Author: William Faulkner Genre: Classics, literary fiction Publisher: Vintage International Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: Jewel and I come up from the field, following the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Title: Bleak House Author: Charles Dickens Genre: Classic Publisher: Penguin Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library First line: London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Goodreads … Continue reading

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