Sam as Mother: The Return of the King

I haven’t been posting regularly about the BBC book list, but I finally got to The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien.  The Lord of the Rings series is number 2 on the BBC list.  And as many of you know, at least those of you who have followed my blog... Continue Reading →

A. S. Byatt’s Possession: The Secret Love Lives of Dead Poets

Possession (1990), number 80 on the BBC book list, by A. S. Byatt is a literary thriller about academics.  White it has been highly acclaimed and even has status as a bestseller, I wondered if everybody could truly like or enjoy this book, or if only bibliophiles, English majors, and academics would be drawn to... Continue Reading →

The One True Vampire Novel

I love Dracula (1897), number 72 on the BBC book list, by Bram Stoker.  It is one of my favorite books, and I have read it several times.  And I would read it again.  One of my favorite memories of these many readings is when I read it with my neighborhood book club in October.... Continue Reading →

Warming Up to Bridget Jones’s Diary

When I began reading Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) by Helen Fielding and number 68 the BBC book list, I hated it.  It is full of foul language, dirty references, and the seemingly pathetic life of an annoying heroine.  I wanted to poke my eyeballs out rather than finish reading it, and I saw the movie... Continue Reading →

Belief and Life of Pi

Life of Pi (2001) by Yann Martel, number 51 on the BBC book list, is one of my favorite books.  When I first read it several years ago, I began recommending it to everybody.  I even made my husband read it, and he’s generally not a reader.  It is just a great book, one that... Continue Reading →

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