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The Unclassed (Recommended Reads) Book Review

Recommended Reads: The Unclassed by George Gissing  My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book Review   I stumbled upon this book almost by chance. Every now and again I browse the Kindle store for classic fiction. I hadn’t heard of it before and found it through browsing. Yet I am glad I did. It starts off…
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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (Recommended Reads) Book Review

Book Review: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner My rating: 4 of 5 stars I always thought stand up comedy must be one of the most petrifying things to do. Although I haven’t read much satire, or books aimed at making the reader laugh, I can imagine that although far less nerve-wrecking than…
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The Blink That Killed The Eye (Recommended Reads)

The Blink That Killed the Eye by Anthony Anaxagorou My rating: 4 of 5 stars From the title, this short story collection draws intrigue. As with some other reviews, this book is definitely more along the 4.5 than 4 rating. Anthony Anaxagorou has an awe-worthy grasp on words. He often strings them together effortlessly with…
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Siddhartha (Recommended Reads)

There are terms throughout this book that more than likely a great many of us will not be familiar with, yet do not let that put you off. This is a great tale of life as it details the clash of a young man named Siddhartha as he struggles between the material world and the…
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When Breath Becomes Air (Recommended Reads)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is to be fair closer to an upper range – more a 4.5 than a 4. Yet rather than dwell on the star rating (one of the more difficult elements of goodreads) let it not detract from the fact that…
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Passing (Recommended Reads)

Passing by Nella Larsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes, due to time constraints, my attention span, or laziness – I look out for recommended short novels or novellas as it is encouraging to be able to finish them. At the start of 2016 I was actively searching for them, and averaging about a…
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1984 (Recommended Reads)

1984 by George Orwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars Before I begin this one, let me tell you this is about the third attempt as the two, I believe, previous drafts disappeared with no trace, accompanied by my expletives and helplessness. Yet this book, cannot be left out of a recommended list. So I…
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The Prophet (Recommended Reads)

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran My rating: 5 of 5 stars You know a paragraph is excellent when you deem it to be highlight-worthy – where it becomes worth memorising and quoting back in a given context. So, upon reading this book, I started to highlight such potential quotables, soon realising that such an endeavour is…
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Brave New World (Recommended Reads)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are some pieces so well-known and renowned for being thought-provoking classics that you always seem to come across them. Eventually, the time comes when you eventually cave in and decide to commit yourself to reading that book. In some cases, you will…
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The Brothers Karamazov (Recommended Reads)

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews