Category Archives: realistic fiction

William H. Armstrong – Sounder

50:50.  I would say that’s the ratio of books I like vs. not like when a book wins all kinds of awards.  That is to say, I only like about 50% of the books I am supposed to like.  Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Deborah Ellis – The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner Trilogy book 1)

Well well, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is certainly not a book I typically read.  Had I not been doing this as a novel study for my students, I very likely would not be reading it.  As it is, it’s a … Continue reading

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Jules Verne – Around the World in Eighty Days

            Jules Verne’s protagonist, Phileas Fogg,  in Around the World in Eighty Days is very controlled and fixed in his routine until one day he bets his friends £20,000 he can travel around the world in eighty … Continue reading

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F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

Well I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I only just read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  Well, I suppose my excuse for not having read this classic is that I am not American. Fitzgerald wrote this book in 1922, … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is considered a classic.  It has Marlow giving the readers a monologue about colonialism in Africa.  Literally a 100 page monologue. This is my 2nd time reading it.  The first time was in my first year of … Continue reading

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