100 Book Challenge ~ Mamma Update

I came home with my little miracle last Sunday and this week has proved one thing: I have some adjusting to do to juggle the duties of a new parent, the daily chores – even if my husband is tremendously helping with both – and my hobbies. It’s safe to say I will need to…

Sense and Sensibility ~ Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a book I read in the 1990s; I still have the French translation I purchased back then. It was my first foray into Jane Austen’s work and it was a great experience. In the years that followed I watched the movie with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and…

Cold Comfort Farm ~ Stella Gibbons

Stella Gibbons’ ironic and iconic Cold Comfort Farm was the book for this week’s review; written as a satire to romantic rural stories it follows Flora Poste’s time at Cold Comfort Farm with her cousins after her parents’ death, which essentially left her penniless. That doesn’t prevent her from thinking she has what it takes…

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…