Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#153 to 159

The Wapshot Chronicle
by John Cheever

Started: April 20, 2010
Finished: April 23, 2010

Not sure what the point of this book was but it was pretty entertaining. 307 pages. Grade: B+
To Have and Have Not
by Ernest Hemingway

Started: April 23, 2010
Finished: April 24, 2010

There are some great individual moments in this novel, but it doesn't really hold together as a cohesive whole. I liked it, but I'm just not sure what Hemingway was trying to achieve here. 174 pages. Grade: B
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

Started: April 21, 2010
Finished: April 27, 2010

Some beautiful writing though I'm not quite sure if I was really smart enough or in the right state of mind to fully comprehend all of Ellison's message. 572 pages. Grade: B
The Wapshot Scandal
by John Cheever

Started: April 24, 2010
Finished: April 28, 2010

Bravo! Still not sure what the point/moral of this chronicle of the Wapshot family of St. Botolphs was suppsed to be, but I do know this was damn entertaining. I liked this even more than Cheever's first novel about the Wapshots. 320 pages. Grade: A-
Ten North Frederick
by John O'Hara

Started: April 27, 2010
Finished: April 30, 2010

No one writes books like this anymore. Good story, great characters, near-flawless language. Just a fantastic book. 408 pages. Grade: A+
Love Will Tear Us Apart
by Sarah Rainone

Started: April 28, 2010
Finished: April 30, 2010

Blah. This read like the novelization of a pilot script for a shitty coming-of-age dramedy on ABC Family. The blurbs on the back talking about High Fidelity and how a love of music drives this novel were lies. It wasn't horrible. It was just fluff, mediocre fluff. 305 pages. Grade: C-
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

Started: April 30, 2010
Finished: May 2, 2010

A bit childish and nostalgic but entertaining overall. 232 pages. Grade: B+
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 159
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 40,904

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