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Month in review

Reviews:
100 Words Per Minute by Adina Sara
After the Funeral by Edwin Murphy
Andrea by John O'Hara
The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland
Demons Don't Dream by Piers Anthony
Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon
Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg
Ginger by Charlotte Voake Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
Silver Lies by Ann Parker
The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

Miscellaneous
$275 Later...
At the Park
Babies Aren't Dolls
Bitter Herbs
BookCrossing Misadventures
Breakfast Hijinks
Cheerios
Chicken Pie
Coldy and Rainy
Don't 'Lurp Your 'Oup
Easter
Elephants on Mars
Getting Ready for School
Harriet's Teeth
How I Read
Hunting Eggs
In Search of a Wii
A Lazy Day
Magenta
No Sleep and Six Teeth
Owl at School
Painting Again
Period
Return to Normal
Where Have All the Books Gone?
You Know that Burning Plastic Smell

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for A House Divided

A House DividedA House Divided: 04/13/07

Back in seventh grade we were given a list of books to read from and we had to read a minimum number (I don't remember how many as I read nearly the entire list before the school year ended). Among the lot was The Good Earth which I remember being a tough but enjoyable read. At the time I knew next to nothing about China and the book fascinated me.

The Good Earth was the first in a trilogy and A House Divided is the end. I haven't read Sons, the middle book, but A House Divided stands well enough alone without knowing what happens in Sons. I was hoping to revisit that sense of the world opening up to me as it had with The Good Earth. Instead, I found stilted language and dull, unlikable characters.

The plot is almost a complete reversal of Cat's-Paw (1934) in that a Chinese man is sent to the United States for education only to return home to China a changed man. I read A House Divided but didn't enjoy it like I had The Good Earth.

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