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url 2015-07-17 02:43
Books that were popular in 1960 when Mockingbird was released
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Hawaii - James A. Michener
The Leopard - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Chapman Report - Irving Wallace
The Affair - C.P. Snow
The Lovely Ambition, a Novel - Mary Ellen Chase
Set This House on Fire - William Styron
Advise and Consent - Allen Drury
The Agony and the Ecstasy - Irving Stone
Ship of Fools - Katherine Anne Porter

According to the New York Times, To Kill a Mockingbird was on its best seller list for 98 weeks, but weirdly never made it to number one. Here's the list for the week it debuted--I've heard of several of these books but the only other one I've read is Hawaii:



NYT article link

Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/1203293/books-that-were-popular-in-1960-when-mockingbird-was-released
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review 2014-10-24 02:58
Make Me Smile
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell


I didn't expect to like this book because I'm not romance books kind of girl.

But I really liked.

Fangirl isn't just a love story, it is also about our love for fiction, fandoms and all about "the power of books".

I'm so in love with these characters, the dialogues and the way the author tells the story, it's so good!


The only thing I really didn't enjoy: the story inside the story about "Simon Snow" and "Baz". Sorry!

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review 2014-08-06 14:23
Book 69/100: The Girl Who Was On Fire - Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy
The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy - Carrie Ryan,Blythe Woolston,Bree Despain,Lili Wilkinson,Terri Clark,Sarah Rees Brennan,Adrienne Kress,Mary Borsellino,Jennifer Lynn Barnes,Elizabeth M. Rees,Sarah Darer Littman,Cara Lockwood,Leah Wilson,Ned Vizzini

Reading this book was like reading a collection of essays by an incredibly articulate college class.

It's been a long time since I've read "critical reviews" like this, and it seems perhaps I've lost the taste for it. I guess I just expected something different than for a bunch of YA authors to write their Hunger Games Theses, complete with quotes and citations throughout. What did I want? Maybe something edgier, more personal, more impactful. As it was, the essays were interesting -- I especially liked those that examined the human brain and PTSD in its relationship to the Hunger Games -- and I think they gave me a deeper appreciation for the trilogy. But perhaps I would have gotten more out of them if it hadn't been a few years since I'd read the original books -- I seem to remember them well, but these essays called out specific details that I did not remember.

I think I have greater respect for the choices Suzanne Collins made, especially in Mockingjay, but the book didn't make me want to revisit the original. Although I recognized a handful of the authors included, none of them make my "faves" list, and in some ways this book feels like a way for lesser known authors to get some free press by riding on the coat-tails of a more popular series. Now that I officially feel like a bad person, I think I'd better wrap up this review.

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review 2011-11-22 00:00
On the Face of the Waters (The Best Sellers of 1897)
On the Face of the Waters (The Best Sellers of 1897) - Flora Annie Steel Rudyard Kipling's sister-in-law. Rec'd by Gwyneth Jones.
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