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Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

When I started looking for a book set during Christmas, I was not overly impressed with my findings. Many modern novels set at Christmas have these ridiculously convoluted romantic plot lines that don’t appeal to me. 

And then I realized that I wasn’t actually sure if I’d ever read A Christmas Carol. I’ve seen various adaptations of the story for stage and screen, but when I was in middle and high school, did I actually read the real Charles Dickens version? I had no idea. There are so many YA versions of the the classics and Scholastic always does nice adaptations, but had I ever really read this Christmas favorite as Dickens wrote it?

Book Review: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

A book with a love triangle? Grrr…Stupid Reading Challenge! I loathe love triangles. 

Figuring out a book to read in this category…

A book that wouldn’t overly irritate me…

A book I haven’t already read…

Quite the challenge. 

Until I was glancing over some book lists of shorter novellas, perfect material for my end-of-the-year push to meet my goal. I saw Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fred. That Brazilian guy. The hubby from Texas. The Cat? Surely, these characters appear in the novella thus making this book counts as a love triangle. And I’d finally read something by Capote!

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had never read the classic The Great Gatsby and I’ve been delaying watching any movie version of the story until I did sit down and read it. Unlike most of my other reviews, this one contains spoilers. I am just so disgusted by this story that I could not write anything that was neutral and spoiler-free.

Surprisingly, I read this novel much quicker than I thought I would. The pacing worked well. Fitzgerald camouflages most of his self-absorbed, superficial, and judgmental characters well in the first half of the story. Of course, I knew from popular references to the story that things would not end well, but I was hoping for some glimmer of hope.