[Book Review] Coraline

Coraline_Audio_coverTitle: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Published: 2002
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by Neil Gaiman

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

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[Book Review] Mansfield Park

mansfield_park_coverTitle: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classics
Published: 1814
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

From Goodreads:

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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[Book Review] How to Train Your Dragon

httyd_book1Title: How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon series, #1) Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: Fantasy, Middle grade
Published: 2003 by Hodder Children’s Books (UK), Little, Brown Books (US) Recommended for ages 8 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by David Tennant

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT? Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet… It’s time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.

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[Book Review] The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Title: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
Author: Mark Twain
Genre: Classics
Published: 1894
Source: Project Gutenberg and Librivox

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

It begins with the act of a young slave girl exchanging her light-skinned child, fearing for its safety, for that of her master’s. From this reversal of identities evolves a suspenseful murder mystery and courtroom drama.

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson is everything one would expect from a novel by Mark Twain. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found.

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[Book Review] The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The_Importance_of_being_Earnest_coverTitle: The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics, Satire
Published: 1985 by Signet Classics
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde’s theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art. Also included in this special collection are Wilde’s first comedy success, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.

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Farewell, 2014. Hello, 2015!

Hello, 2015! Goal: Read 30 books this year.

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Do you have a reading goal too?

For the year 2014, I was only able to read 11 new books even though I aimed for 30. Mainly because I got very busy with work and I kept re-reading my favorite books. The competitive side of me is pretty bummed about this, so this new year, I’ll aim for the same number of 30 new books and try harder to achieve that goal.

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