Category Archives: B

Probably worth reading if you like the genre/author/time period, etc.

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games debuted just a few years ago and quickly sold many millions and was snatched up for a movie. In short, the book’s exposure is universal, and anyone who’s anyone has already read the whole trilogy by now…

The Song of Roland

Anonymous

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Song of Roland is incredibly stupid. I just think the abuse it receives is undeserved…

The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

So I read this thing not knowing who Goethe was or what The Sorrows of Young Werther was about—nor that it was so famous. As such, I believe I approached it as objectively as one might hope to. The result…

Old New York

Edith Wharton

Old New York is a series of four thematically-linked novellas about old New York—Wharton’s literary bread and butter. It’s neither more nor less than what one, at this point in her career, had come to expect from Edith Wharton…

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Gregory Maguire

Wicked, you see, is the back story of the Wicked Witch of the West (the one that gets bucketed by Dorothy, and whose sister Dorothy’s house smashes). Both in the book and the movie, you hear next to nothing about the Wicked Witch of the West. So, if you were an author that couldn’t think up something original, you might wonder…

God Knows

Joseph Heller

God Knows is the story of my namesake, King David, of Old Testament fame. If you’re somewhat familiar with Joseph Heller, you might find the subject surprising, as this seems like the subject of a modern day historical novel…

Timequake

Kurt Vonnegut

Timequake is about an actual timequake that takes place (in the book) on February 13, 2001. This timequake catapults everyone on Earth back ten years to 1991, and forces them to redo everything they did exactly as they did it ten years prior…

The Tenth Man

Graham Greene

The Tenth Man is a fine example of a Graham Greene novel, and definitely worth picking up…

Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya

Bless Me, Ultima is a good book, but not a great book. It follows Antonio, a boy “caught between cultures” (there are several; I’ll list them in an alternate reality). That part of the book I didn’t find too interesting…

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn is a spin-off of Tom Sawyer, focusing on Tom’s troubled friend, Huck Finn. Instead of another “adventure”, à la Tom Sawyer, however, Huckleberry Finn is a serious indictment of slavery…