House of Leaves

#67: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

I first read House of Leaves during the summer of 2007. In my AP Literature class my senior year of high school, we had to choose outside reading books each quarter from an approved list that our teacher provided, and we were allowed to do “modern” literature for one of those quarters. House of Leaves fell…

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The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

I’ve been dying to read War of the Worlds for quite some time now. I actually bought a copy at one point from a book fair without realizing that it was the large-print, illustrated, abridged version. Oops. So I eventually downloaded it on my iPhone and read it with iBooks, and it was just as…

Science Fiction vs. Literature

Science Fiction vs. Literature

I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely think science fiction has a place in literature. You’ve got H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and (sort of) Ayn Rand (I’m thinking mostly of Anthem here) already representing the genre–and I would think most people would consider the works of these authors “classics.” I…

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#797: The Time Machine – H. G. Wells

The Time Machine is the first book I downloaded on iBooks, and the second I finished on it (I finished Mile 81 first). Somehow, I’m not really sure how, it’s become completely natural to swipe to turn a page. Something I like more about iBooks than about the Kindle is that it actually gives you…

#931: Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

I first read Frankenstein in AP Literature in my senior year of high school. It was not at all like the popular conception of Frankenstein, so all throughout I was slightly confused, but I ended up truly enjoying it. One of my favorite assignments in that class, actually, was an impromptu, in-class composition that we…

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

Let me just say that while I knew what I was getting into regarding the length of this book, I had very little clue as to what the book was actually about. I knew about the “immortal query” of “Who is John Galt?” and that someone had said he would “stop the motor of the…

#902: Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

As I mentioned in this post, I first read Wuthering Heights for the first time as a senior in high school. I hated it. I’m pretty sure I hated it more than any book I had ever read up until that point (until, of course, we read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man…