A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

christmas-carol

Blurb: “Bah Humbug!” That’s how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas–until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge’s life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about.

4 stars

Read Via: Audio CD (library)

My Thoughts: Over the course of my life, I have got the main points of this story but never actually read the book (or watched the movies). Charles Dickens can describe things beautifully. However, I think he got carried away on some scenes that were of little importance. Overall, I enjoyed the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of read. Each character (including the narrator) had their own distinguishable voice.

Read January 22, 2014 — January 26, 2014

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheuit 451

Blurb: The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by the flames … never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past where people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do …

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback Book (library)

My Thoughts: I had a hard time understanding why things where going on. This book was easier to understand than The Great Gatsby, though. It was interesting and makes you think. I thought the ending was confusing though.

Read November 30, 2012 — December 7, 2012

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Blurb: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

1 star

Read Via: Paperback Book (owned it at the time)

My Thoughts: I made myself finish this book. It made very little sense to me. All the actions seemed random and choppy. The characters acted completely different than I would have guessed.

Read November 7, 2012 — November 18, 2012