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September books: #95-101

95. Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit: Classic novel about a young woman who's lived all her life in debtors' prison but who manages to touch a number of lives around her. There are lots of wonderful secondary characters and a mystery plot thrown in. Not my favorite Dickens novel, but still worth a read. My full review is here.

96. James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans: Really incredibly dull for something that claims to be an adventure novel. The characterization is poor, and the action, although spiced with lots of fighting, gets monotonous after a while. Review is here.

97. Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth: Pulitzer-winning novel about a poor farmer living in China before the Communist Revolution there. The story follows him and his family throughout his life, and it gives an interesting picture of Chinese society at the time. My review is here.

98. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Various characters in this epistolary novel share their love of books and their experiences during World War II. It's funny and sweet, and I absolutely loved it. Read my full review here.

99. Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida: Another tragic romance. This one's interesting because it takes place during the Trojan War and provides a different perspective from that of Homer and Virgil. I think it's definitely worth a read, and I'm looking for a good movie version. Full review is here.

100. Herman Melville, Billy Budd: In this short novella, a young sailor named Billy Budd must pay the price of his simpleminded innocence when he unintentionally violates a maritime law. The book raises some interesting ethical questions, but I'm definitely not a fan of Melville's style. Review is here.

101. Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days: YA fantasy novel that starts with a princess in a tower...but the main character is actually her maid, who's not waiting for a prince to come and rescue her. I really enjoyed this unconventional fairy tale, and I was intrigued by the world of the novel, which was based on Mongolian legends. Recommended for people who like YA lit and fantasy. My review is here.

(Cross-posted to books and 100ormorebooks.)
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