Heart of Darkness

By: Joseph Conrad
Fiction
1902
Subject Matter: Europeans; Africa
Rating: 3.5/5

Heart of Darkness

Every time I read a classic like Heart of Darkness, I get to the awkward moment of rating it.

And to be honest, I kind of arbitrarily assign it a rating based on how much I enjoyed it. We know the writing is up to snuff – it’s stood the test of time already. So I just kind of go with how it made me feel, would I re-read, will I tell my friends to read it, etc. Continue Reading

The Angel Makers

By: Jessica Gregson
Fiction
2011
Subject Matter: Women; Hungary; Self-realization in women; World War; 1914-1918; Women murderers
Rating: 3/5

The Angel Makers

You guys. Maybe it’s just that I’m in the process of reading an Alice Munro collection so everything else doesn’t seem to be measuring up, but I’m just feeling really blah about this book. Continue Reading

Leaving the Atocha Station

By: Ben Lerner
Fiction
2011
Subject Matter: Poets; Americans; Spain; Self-realization; Art and literature; Madrid
Rating: 4/5

Leaving the Atocha Station

On the surface, Leaving the Atocha Station is everything I typically hate: it’s a semi-autobiographical novel written by a poet about a whiny poet with self-effacing and self-destructive tendencies. Continue Reading

Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters

Edited by: Andrew Carroll
Nonfiction
1997
Subject Matter: American letters; United States; Civilization
Rating: 5/5

Letters of a Nation

WHAT A BOOK.

Wow.

I am delighted to have had the extreme pleasure of reading Letters of a Nation. Continue Reading