The Alchemist ~ Paulo Coelho

Paolo Coehlo is a name I’d heard before of course. But I never opened The Alchemist until a couple of weeks ago when I read it for this challenge. I was surprised when I received it in the mail to see how small a book it was. I read it in French instead of English. The…

Persuasion ~ Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s Persuasion was published after her death and yet it comes in the list prior to Sense and Sensibility. It’s interesting to discover that the Austen’s books we study in France (or at least hear about) aren’t higher on the list than those we don’t. One might assume that the books exported so widely…

The Chronicles of Narnia ~ C.S. Lewis

So this week I read the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis; one of the Inklings I knew of him long before I read the books. In fact, as you can see from the cover of the version I have, I read it quite late, just before the release of the Prince Caspian movie. The Chronicles…

Emma ~ Jane Austen

So for this week I was meant to read CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. However since I was on vacation and I wanted to travel light, which a 1200 page book doesn’t really allow, I only packed my e-reader and completed my Jane Austen’s readings. So I’m actually a little ahead in terms of reading…

David Copperfield ~ Charles Dickens

What to say about Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield? I actually enjoyed the book very much the first time I read it when I was 13 I think. I could barely have told you what the story was about if you’d asked me: I merely remembered being swallowed into the book and devouring it. It’s interesting…

Anna Karenina ~ Leo Tolstoy

So I’m posting a little late today because it took me a little longer to finish Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. 1000 pages in one week can be a challenge between work, grocery shopping and life in general. Even the Easter weekend didn’t induce me to read much, I’ve been so tired. But well I managed –…

The Wind in the Willows ~ Kenneth Grahame

It’s somewhat unsettling to be moving from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which is a harsh critic of society, a book definitely meant for adults to understand, to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame’s novel – because it’s much longer than I anticipated – follows two storylines really with common characters. The four main characters…

The Grapes of Wrath ~ John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath was supposed to be my last week book. I read the book years ago when I was 12 years old in French and hated it. Since I owned the book, I figured I wouldn’t buy it again and just read it a second time. My husband made a very wise…

Alice in Wonderland ~ Lewis Carroll

This week I was supposed to read and review Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. However due to a couple of things the book only arrived today so knowing I wouldn’t have the chance to read the just under 500 page book for today I read or rather re-read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We follow young…

Crime and Punishment ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This week I read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, another book from a Russian well-known author. Another long one where I thought “why did they ever decide to pay by the word?” Crime and Punishment focuses on Rodion Raskolnikov, a student fallen on hard times – through his own fault it appears – who…

Brideshead Revisited ~ Evelyn Waugh

Another never-before-read book for me this week: Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. It’s subtitled The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder. The story is that of Charles Ryder, a young Englishman studying in Oxford. There he meets Sebastian Flyte, second son to the Marquis of Marchmain, a charming young man. He becomes fascinated with…

War and Peace ~ Leo Tolstoy

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It’s a book, which length and intensity make for difficult reading. And I’ve been busy and exhausted so it’s been a challenge to read it. War and Peace chronicles the history of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and shows us the…