Here’s ten of my favorite book reviews, some old and some newer (for simplicity’s sake, not including podcast episodes or movie reviews, only written book reviews):
1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – This is long overdue for another reading (plus a reading of Chinua Achebe’s criticism of the book). That said, I still like my theory about Kurtz being Marlowe’s alter-ego!
2. Amerika by Franz Kafka – Kafka is tricky to review; in spite of that, I think here I hit upon all the important points.
3. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe – Should I apologize for this??? I took WAY too much delight in this scathing review of a book by Goethe (of all people). I don’t often write negative reviews, but when I do… whew!
4. Magellania by Jules Verne – Objectively this isn’t much of a review, but due to its personal connection, it’s a kind of favorite of mine. And I hope it encourages more people to read this obscure book!
5. South by Ernest Shackleton – I’m happy with the content of this review, but also that I took the trouble to include some relevant pictures. 🙂
6. CEO, China by Kerry Brown – Didn’t intend for it to be a three-part series, but it ballooned into that. I learned a TON in this book and enjoyed documenting it in those reviews!
7. The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi – This book was so depressing, yet so important. I was glad to help raise awareness even a little with the review.
8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Felt like I was able to put all my thoughts in this one.
9. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin – It was so much fun hosting this readalong, and it made me happy to see how many participants really enjoyed it! Through the wonderful reviews and discussions that were shared, I feel like my experience with the novel was far richer than if I’d read it by myself (like I usually do).
10. A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence by John E. Mack – In a way, this review encompassed all of my reading and thoughts about T. E. Lawrence. This was probably the best biography I’ve ever read, which is unusual in itself, so I was motivated to go all-out for the review.