Dune ~ Frank Herbert

I read Frank Herbert’s Dune for the first time around the same time I read Lord of the Rings so more than 20 years ago. I read what were two volumes in French quite fast and enjoyed the story a lot, in a very different way. As I re-read it for this challenge I’m sure…

Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel

Yann Martel’s Life of Pi was – like Atonement – a book that was a big success as a movie. I read it some years ago in Canada but I must admit I had forgotten how compelling the story was. I didn’t enjoy the movie as much. The story is written mostly in the first…

Atonement ~ Ian McEwan

This week I read Ian McEwan’s Atonement, which relates the story of a young girl, Briony Tallis, and how her false testimony – although she believes it true – destroys the lives of her sister and the man she loves, and how she spends her life trying to atone for it. I must say this…

The Lord of the Flies ~ William Golding

I wasn’t particularly thrilled to read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. I remember my siblings having to read it for school and hating it, so I wasn’t expecting anything interesting. In fact I expected it to be a dry read maybe boring. I was wrong. Lord of the Flies is the story of children…

The Handmaid’s Tale ~ Margaret Atwood

I ended up reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in a couple of days although it is not a pleasant book at all. In a dystopian society where children are a rarity, a totalitarian society turns fertile unmarried women into birthing machines. It’s one of these books that won’t leave you indifferent: you can hate…

Far from the Madding Crowd ~ Thomas Hardy

I read this week Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. It’s the second book by Hardy on the list after Tess of the d’Ubervilles and somehow it’s a lot more positive. It’s also surprising that a man should write such compelling female stories. In both books the main character is a woman. Far from…

Anne of Green Gables ~ LM Montgomery ~ 100 Book Challenge

Anne of Green Gables is a novel by LM Montgomery published in 1908. It follows the adventures of Anne Shirley – or Cordelia as she likes to call herself, as she arrives in Avonlea, PEI, and is adopted by two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, although they were expecting a boy. It’s a kid’s book…

A Prayer for Owen Meany ~ John Irving

Stephen King wrote of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany that it’s “extraordinary, so original and so enriching… Readers will come to the end feeling sorry to leave [Irving’s] richly textured and carefully wrought world.” (Washington Post). In many ways he’s right. Irving’s story is narrated by John Wheelwright, a former citizen of New…

100 Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered a masterpiece of literature. In summary it follows the generations of one family from its founding parents – Jose Arcadio and Ursula Buendia – as they also build the city of Macondo to its final disappearance after 100 years of solitude. From one incest to…

Da Vinci Code ~ Dan Brown

So this week I’m reviewing Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. As mentioned last week, I was supposed to do that then, but the book didn’t arrive before I left on vacation so it got postponed. I read the book in French when it came out way back. It was all the rage at the time…

The Woman in White ~ Wilkie Collins

So once again I am forced to derive from the course of my reading list. I was supposed to read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code this week. It was in fact, a perfect book for vacation reading since I’m off and it would have been a welcome break from the last few books I’ve read…

Animal Farm ~ George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell proved to be a surprisingly short read. For one the book isn’t particularly long, and for second it’s – similar to 1984 – more of a sociological critic than a novel. In this case it is a blatant attack against the soviet system and its revolution that started as an…