Jodi's book reviews: Fiction


Classical Fiction: 19th Century

-- Dracula by Bram Stoker, Foreword by Elizabeth Kostova
-- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
-- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
-- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Post-Modern Fiction: 20th-21st Centuries

Epic Drama, Legend, Magic Realism
-- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
-- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1983)
-- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-- Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison (1979)
-- The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson (2009)
Civil Rights, Human Struggle
-- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
-- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
-- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
-- A Time to Kill by John Grisham (1992)
-- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Satire, Allegory
-- Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner
-- The Crucible by Arthur Miller
-- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)
Confessional
-- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
-- The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
-- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
-- Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron
-- What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
-- Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
-- The Story of O by Anne Desclos (aka Pauline Reage)

SF, Fantasy
-- The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2004)


Contemporary Romance Novels

-- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
-- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
-- Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman (1999)
-- Because She Can by Birdie Clark
-- Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsey
-- Say You Love Me by Johanna Lindsey
-- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
-- Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
-- New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
-- Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
-- Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts
-- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
-- Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
-- Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Contemporary Mystery Novels

-- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
-- Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
-- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
-- La Sombra del Viento (The Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
-- The Sphere by Michael Crichton
-- The Witches’ Hammer by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
-- Compromising Positions by Susan Isaacs
-- The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

Religion, Spirituality, New Age

-- The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra
-- Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
-- Prophecy of Days by Christy Raedeke
-- The Red Tent by Anita Diamante

Paranormal, Horror

-- Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice
-- Memnoch, the Devil by Anne Rice
-- Pandora by Anne Rice
-- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
-- The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
-- Vampires, Wine, and Roses (anthology edited by John Richard Stephens and illustrated by Vince Locke)
-- The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2004)

SF, Fantasy

Reserving this series for future reading
--
Book 1 Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1972)
-- Book 2 Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke (1989)
-- Book 3 The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1991)
-- Book 4 Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke (1993
7 works, 4 primary works. Each book in the series is a whole story with a beginning and an ending, however the plot of each book relies heavily on the prior books in the series.

Children's Fiction

-- The Cat in the Hat by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)
-- Green Eggs and Ham by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)
-- Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
-- Clifford the Big, Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
-- Bernstein Bears by Stan and Jan Bernstein
-- Babysitters’ Club Series by Ann M. Martin
-- Fear Street by R.L. Stein
-- The Gates by John Connelly (2010)
-- Matilda by Roald Dahl
-- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
-- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl—banned by Arizona State Board of Education

Other

-- The Cat Monster by Rachael Goldstein Katz (2008)
-- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (1994)

Periodicals

-- The Artist
-- Popular Photography
-- National Geographic
-- Smithsonian
-- Discover
-- Conde Nast Traveller
-- Mental Floss
-- Psychology Today
-- San Francisco Chronicle
-- Siskiyou Newspaper
-- TODAY
-- Vanity Fair
-- Good Reading
-- Oprah
-- Woman's Day

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