Book Review / A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara

A Little Life begins as a story about four broke friends with high ambitions but turns into what is really a story about one character. Over the course of decades, we follow Jude, the brightest of the four of them but also the most damaged. Despite a horrifying past that he is withholding from everyone …

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I’m Back! + Review of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Hey bloggers! I'm back. I'm still alive and reading. Still making my way through Steinbeck's books slowly but surely. Freshly off a reread of Cannery Row, thought I'd share some thoughts and get back into the habit of posting reviews. I also may look to dip into more things entertainment related-- more books, music, movies, television. …

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Book Review / In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars Page Count: 355 Date Finished: September 6, 2017   In Dubious Battle is a solid book. It's Steinbeck's first full-length novel considering the others up to this point are more like novellas. What I enjoyed about this one is that Steinbeck's straightforward storytelling ability shines through. He doesn't do …

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Book Review / Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

My Rating: 3 of 5  Page Count: 208 Date Finished: August 20, 2017     Tortilla Flat is recognized as Steinbeck's first critical and commercial success and rightfully so. It's the best that I've encountered since starting at the beginning of his collection. The story follows a group of friends, made up mostly of thieves …

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Book Review / Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Page Count: 309 Date Finished: August 18, 2017   This one is rough to say the least. It's even more painful knowing that the novel is semi-autobiographical. Allison's first novel, published in 1992, is set in Greenville, South Carolina sometime during the 1950's. Though set in the 50's, the …

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