Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Books Reviewed by Author

Total Authors to Date:  147

Total Books to Date:  227

Alphabetical by Author's Last Name
Multiple titles grouped alphabetically under author
Review grade follows in ()


Abraham, Pearl

Alcott, Louisa May
Little Women (A+)

Alda, Alan
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed & Other Things I've Learned (A)

Atwood, Margaret
The Handmaid's Tale (A+)

Austen, Jane
Emma (B)
Pride & Prejudice (A)
Sense & Sensibility (A)


Bakan, Joel
Corporation, The (A+)

Barker, Pat
Regeneration (A)

Barnes, Julian
Flaubert's Parrot (A+)

Beckett, Samuel
Endgame (B)

Blume, Judy
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (A)

Boyne, John
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (A+)

Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451 (A+)
Brewer, Gene
K-PAX (A+)

Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre (A)
Broox, Klyde

Brown, Dan
Angels & Demons (A)
DaVinci Code, The (A)
Deception Point (A)

Bryson, Bill
A Short History of Nearly Everything (A)

Burnett, Carol
This Time Together (B)

Burstyn, Ellen


Caine, Michael
What's It All About? (A)

Carlin, George
Last Words (A)

Carroll, Lewis
Alice in Wonderland (A+)

Cartwright, Nancy
My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy (A)

Chabon, Michael
Wonder Boys (A)

Chandler, Raymond
Big Sleep, The (C)

Chaplin, Charles
My Autobiography (B)

Chong, Denise

Cisneros, Sandra

Conrad, Joseph
Heart of Darkness (D)

Conrad, Mark T. & Aeon J. Skoble
Woody Allen & Philosophy (A)

Cunningham, Michael


Dangaremba, Tsitsi
Nervous Conditions (A)

DeGeneres, Ellen
Seriously...I'm Kidding (B)
Delaney, Shelagh
Taste of Honey, A (B)

Delany, Samuel R.
Strange Manuscript (DNF)

Dumas, Alexandre
The Count of Monte Cristo (A+)
du Maurier, Daphne
Rebecca (A)


Ebert, Roger
Life Itself

Eliot, George
Scenes of Clerical Life (A)

Eliot, Marc
Paul Simon: A Life (B)
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Middlesex (A)


Farrow, Mia
What Falls Away (B)

Ferguson, Craig
American on Purpose (B)
Fielding, Helen
Bridget Jones's Diary (A)

Fisher, Carrie
Wishful Drinking (A)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Fonda, Jane
My Life So Far (A)

Fonda, Peter
Don't Tell Dad (C)

Forster, E.M.
Room With a View, A (A)

Foucault, Michel
A History of Sexuality (D)

Franzen, Jonathan

Frey, James


Garr, Teri
Speedbumps (DNF)

Golding, William

Grafton, Sue
Brighton Rock (A+)

Grogan, John
Marley & Me (A+)

Gruen, Sara
Water For Elephants (A)


Haddon, Mark

Hammett, Dashiell
Thin Man, The (B)

Hanff, Helene
84 Charing Cross Road (A+)

Harris, Thomas
Silence of the Lambs, The (A+)

Hemingway, Ernest
The Old Man and the Sea (A)
Hepburn, Katharine
Me (A+)

Hornby, Nick
About a Boy (B)
High Fidelity (A)

Hosseini, Khaled
Kite Runner, The (A+)


Irving, John



Kaysen, Suzanna
Girl, Interrupted (D)

Kellerman, Jonathan
When the Bough Breaks (A)

Kelley, Kitty
Oprah: A Biography (B)

Kesey, Ken
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (A+)

Kincaid, Jamaica

King, Stephen
11/22/63 (A)
Full Dark, No Stars (A)
Green Mile, The (A+)
Gunslinger, The (Dark Tower series, #1) (C)
It (A)
Misery (A)
Shining, The (A+)
Stand, The (A)
Under the Dome (A)

Kingsolver, Barbara
Poisonwood Bible, The (A+)

Kogawa, Joy
Obasan (A)


Lamb, Wally

Laurence, Margaret
Diviners, The (A+)
Stone Angel, The (A)

Lawrence, Jerome & Robert Edwin Lee
Inherit the Wind (A)

Leachman, Cloris
Cloris: My Autobiography (C)

Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird (A+)

Lehane, Dennis
Mystic River (A)

Lemmon, Chris
Twist of Lemmon, A (B)

Lethem, Jonathan
Motherless Brooklyn (A+)

Letts, Billie
Where the Heart Is (B)

Lewis, C.S.
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (A)

Lipton, James
An Exaltation of Larks (A)

Lowry, Lois
The Giver (B)


Marlatt, Daphne
Ana Historic (B)

Martin, Steve
Born Standing Up (A)

McCourt, Frank
Teacher Man (A)

McCullers, Carson
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (A)
McEwan, Ian
Atonement (A+)

McKee, Robert
Story (A+)

McLaughlin, Emma & Kraus, Nicola
Nanny Diaries, The (B)

McMurtry, Larry
Film Flam (C)

Miller, Arthur

Milton, John
Paradise Lost (C)

Mitchard, Jacqueline
The Deep End of the Ocean (DNF)

Montgomery, Lucy Maud
Anne of Green Gables (A+)

Moodie, Suzanne
Roughing It in the Bush (DNF)

Morrison, Toni
Song of Solomon (B)

Mosley, Walter
Fearless Jones (A)

Munro, Alice


Niffenegger, Audrey
Her Fearful Symmetry (B)


Obama, Barack

Ondaatje, Michael
Animal Farm (C)

Ostenso, Martha


Powell, Julie


Quindlen, Anna
One True Thing (A+)


Richler, Mordecai


Sacks, Oliver
Lovely Bones, The (A+)

Sedaris, David
Me Talk Pretty One Day (A)
Selvadurai, Shyam
Funny Boy (A)

Shakespeare, William
Henry V (A)
Othello (A)

Shields, Carol
Stone Diaries, The (B)
Sijie, Dai

Silverstein, Shel
Giving Tree, The (A+)

Stevenson, Robert Louis
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (A)

Stewart, Jon & staff of The Daily Show
Earth (The Book) (B)


Turner, Chris
Planet Simpson (A)

Twain, Mark


Updike, John
Rabbit, Run (C)


Vollers, Maryanne
Ghosts of Mississippi (A)

Vonnegut, Kurt
Slaughterhouse-Five (DNF)


Walker, Alice
Color Purple, The (A+)

Weiner, Jennifer
In Her Shoes (B)

Weisberger, Lauren
Devil Wears Prada, The (B)

Wilde, Oscar
Importance of Being Earnest, The (A+)
Picture of Dorian Gray, The (A)

Wiesel, Elie
Night (A+)

Wilder, Gene
Kiss Me Like a Stranger (A+)

Wolfe, Tom
I Am Charlotte Simmons (D)

Woolf, Virginia
Room of One's Own, A (A+)

Wyndham, John