Review: The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird by Jerzy KosiÅ„ski My rating: 4 of 5 stars I chose to read this book for Banned Books Week 2013. A quote from that September 14th blog post: In tenth grade, this book was assigned to us. It was the most difficult book I had read to that point, but it was… Continue reading Review: The Painted Bird

Review: Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was more a series of short stories from starting point of Dorothy acquiring new friends, the Wizard, and a series of unfortunate events. They travel from realm to realm encountering strange peoples. Definitely a Baum book. My favorite… Continue reading Review: Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz

Review: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Other Writings

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Other Writings by James Weldon Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a mixed race man, though much darker of skin color, some people easily identify me as Black. Others have no clue and try to figure it out with, “Where are you from?” as though no… Continue reading Review: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Other Writings

Review: The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this during the George Zimmerman trial for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. What disappoints me while reading this book is how the central problems of that time still somewhat exist. Sure, the overall is much better. But this… Continue reading Review: The Souls of Black Folk

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli movies. I first saw the movie on video and again recently during a Studio Ghibli series by the local independent movie theater. So when my Kindle showed an advertisement to buy this book for $1.99,… Continue reading Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

Review: The American: A Special Edition of A Very Private Gentleman

The American: A Special Edition of A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a fairly private person, I identified pretty well with this quote on page 16. Not so much in a truly dangerous sense but in a I am not very good with people sense. Pretty sure… Continue reading Review: The American: A Special Edition of A Very Private Gentleman