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Brisingr (Christopher Paolini)

Well, I’m still a bit bitter that this turned out to be the 3rd of 4 books rather than the final leg of a trilogy…but I loved it. The characters are more complex than ever, and the plot thickens (to use some perfectly cliche phrases).…

Eldest (Christopher Paolini)

This book has been sitting on my shelf since its publication in 2005, and I was so glad that I finally had the time to reread Eragon and then move forward through what I believed to be the entire series (the three books called Eragon,…

Eragon (Christopher Paolini)

I read this book when it first came out, and then I decided to wait until the trilogy was complete before rereading it. I remembered certain parts of it because Paolini is a very vivid writer (as are most good authors, I suppose) and the…

American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

This was my third time reading American Gods, but my first time reading it academically. I’m thinking of including it in my dissertation, mostly as part of a discussion of magical realism written by US authors who are not part of the Big 4 (African…

Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)

I’ve known about this book since I was in junior high, but I just read it for the first time. This is pretty surprising, given my obsession with all-things-magical-realism, and this book’s generally recognized status as a work of contemporary magical realism. I think I…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling)

I love Harry Potter!! I’m so sad that I finished the entire series and am out of books again. 🙁 But really, this book is amazing. It’s such a satisfying feeling to read the 7th book in such a strong series and to finally reach…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (JK Rowling)

Wow. This book doesn’t lose any of its power, does it? I think of all the series, this might be the true tour de force. I remember the vast feeling of uncertainty I experienced after reading this book for the first time, and I have…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (JK Rowling)

While this was my third time reading this novel, I’ll admit that it still has a bit more angst for my liking. However, it’s very good even still. The angst makes more sense when you read the books back-to-back, since Cedric’s death is fresh in…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling)

This is the first book in the series that really felt heavily thematic to me (not in a heavy-handed way, but in a rather subtle way). I will admit that this book is not what I remember it being — it’s good, yes, but it’s…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (JK Rowling)

This novel in the series of 7 was very well-done. It’s the last of the shorter Harry Potter books, but it’s the first of the deeper, more serious books in the series. Of course, you know I loved it — I can’t seem to help…