Category Archives: The Numbers Challenge

Here’s Your One Chance, Fancy: Thoughts on the First Third of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (by Bethany)

This may be the most irony-dense book I’ve ever read. I really don’t want to write a review – what I want to do is quote entire passages (page-long paragraphs in some cases) and then say “Isn’t this just horrible? … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise (by Bethany)

As I’ve made clear before, I did not enjoy This Side of Paradise one bit. I was a little surprised, because I imagined that Fitzgerald was so adept with language that any book he might write would be worth reading … Continue reading

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I Think I Can, I Think I Can: The Numbers Challenge Comes to an Unexpected October Standstill (by Bethany)

I’m reading This Side of Paradise, which was my September book for the Numbers Challenge. After that, I will read Ceremony, which was my August book, and maybe then Jill will let me have my October number and my November … Continue reading

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Christmas comes early to my book collection!

  Look what came in the mail today! Bless you, Amazon.com. This is my copy of the final book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. I’m so excited to see how things turn out for Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Al, and Trent. … Continue reading

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I really hope that all New Yorkers aren’t like the ones in this book. Thoughts on Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City (by Jill)

Sex and the City was my August Numbers Challenge selection. I put it in my list for several reasons, not the least of which was that I actually wanted to read the book that the HBO series was based on. … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Robinson Crusoe (by Bethany)

  When I was about thirty pages away from the ending, my boss saw me reading Robinson Crusoe and asked if I thought her eleven year-old son would like it. I didn’t even take a moment to think when I … Continue reading

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At long last, it gives me great pleasure to type the following: Final Thoughts on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (by Jill)

I finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay today! It was an amazing book, and I still can’t find anything to complain about in Chabon’s writing style. It was a fantastic, well-plotted, well-characterized historical fiction novel. I laughed, I … Continue reading

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