Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,


The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare

Started/Finished: May 12, 2010

The plot's been done a million times since in every sitcom ever invented, but there was still something basically agreeable about this play. 18 pages. Grade: B-
Tom Sawyer Abroad
by Mark Twain

Started: May 25, 2010
Finished: May 27, 2010

Semi-amusing but basically inconsequential. A light, throw-away read with a few highlights in the conversations between Tom and Huck and Jim but nothing special overall. 104 pages. Grade: B-
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties
edited by Shannon Ravenel

Started: May 12, 2010
Finished: May 26, 2010

A handful of perfect stories, a couple that I didn't like at all, a few mediocre ones, but mostly very good short stories were included in this volume. There was probably a bit too much emphasis on "big names" when picking the stories to be included but that's a minor bitch. 372 pages. Grade: B+
Girl, Interrupted
by Susanna Kaysen

Started: May 26, 2010
Finished: May 27, 2010

This wasn't really what. Was expecting. I figured it'd be some heavy handed dirge about teenage depression. Instead, the writing was very spare, very poetic. In some ways I could even classify this as a comic memoir. Understated comedy but comedy nonetheless. I liked this a lot. 169 pages. Grade: A
Tom Sawyer, Detective
by Mark Twain

Started/Finished: May 27, 2010

I liked this a bit more than Tom Sawyer Abroad. Neither book is anything close to as good as the original two Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn novels, but they're both reasonably entertaining. An extra plus for the phrase "lawyer for the prostitution." That made me laugh out loud. 71 pages. Grade: B
The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink

Started: May 27, 2010
Finished: May 28, 2010

I haven't seen the recent movie based on this though I knew some very basic plot points just from reading reviews, but I didn't make the connection between book and movie until I was 50 pages in. I loved this. So goddamn sad, so matter of fact. Just brilliant writing. 218 pages. Grade: A
The Milagro Beanfield War
by John Nichols

Started: May 26, 2010
Finished: May 29, 2010

I absolutely loved this comic novel. Great story, great setting, great characters, great writing. Just a basically perfect book. 629 pages. Grade: A+
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
by William Shakespeare

Started: May 12, 2010
Finished: May 29, 2010

I hated this play. Proteus was a total scoundrel and the ending was a joke. 22 pages. Grade:C-
Total # of Books Read in 2010:170
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 43,402

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