The Frivolous Reader

My impressions of books and other vague attempts at writing



Did that ended the way I thought it ended???

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (Barnes & Noble Classics series) Did you, Bronte??  Did you end it the way I think you ended it??  Just like Fredrik Backman's Beartown.  Take you for an emotional roller coaster ride then spit you out.... Continue Reading →


¿Viva la revolución?

The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution by Mariano Azuela I'm sure this novel has merit.  That's probably why I am giving it 2 stars.  However, I just didn't like it.  The chapters were too short, which made for... Continue Reading →

Where a community is the main character

Beartown by Fredrik Backman Atria Books (to be release in the US on April 25, 2017). *This is a review from an advanced reading e-copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.* I'm in a bind.  For the first time I am undecided... Continue Reading →

From a painting, a story

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (audiobook) I thought this book was ok; not bad, not fantastic.  I don't think this was a waste of time, the story was interesting enough. Things I like about it: Rural... Continue Reading →

Flannery O’Connor listen-a-thon, Part 3

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor (audiobook) This was also narrated by Bronson Pinchot.  He is only good in short spurts, such as her short stories.  I got real tired of his narration towards the end.  At that point I stopped listening... Continue Reading →

Entertaining at times, but how did it become to be considered a classic?

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas Barnes & Nobles Classics series edition I found this to be quite entertaining at times, quite dull at others, and kept scratching my head the entire time wondering why exactly this is considered a classic.... Continue Reading →

Meth is a hell of a drug. So is war.

*Review based on the advanced reader's e-copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.* The Weight of This World by David Joy. G. P. Putnam's Sons, March 7, 2017. I fell in love with Appalachian literature after reading Serena by Ron... Continue Reading →

Don’t play the matchmaker

Emma by Jane Austen. Barnes & Nobles Classics series In an effort to read all the free Barnes & Nobles Classics series books I got for my Nook ages ago, I joined a group on Goodreads devoted to reading the... Continue Reading →

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