Telegraph’s Top 100

The Bell Jar

I’ve had this book in the back of my mind for about a year now… probably mainly because I used to see it at a great price all the time at my Half Price Books. Also, after The Yellow Wallpaper, I was more interested in seeing mental decline as a tool in literature. But, it […]

Gone With the Wind

Hello. My name is Rhonda. I’m a social liberal and a historian from Texas. What I’m trying to say is… even though Texas is NOT part of the South (sorry, my pride had to make that clear), Texas did help the Confederacy’s war effort (and TX did secede, almost unanimously, even though the honorable Sam […]


I put off reading this book for far too long. It’s a misunderstood book, and I was among those who had it pegged all wrong. But, everything about it (before I had even tried reading it) led me to believe it was just a Gothic romance novel. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it […]

Jude the Obscure

Hardy was very obviously in a bad place when he wrote this novel, which really hurt all of the points he was trying to convey. The only thing I got out of Jude was that Hardy was trying to give his critics one more “eff you.” Sadly, the points that he wanted to make are […]

A Town Like Alice

This has to be one of the most uplifting novels I have ever read. And I have to say, how refreshing! So many modern novels have main characters who are flawed and completely unlikeable, the idea being that this makes them more relateable. Stories like A Town Like Alice are few and far between, and […]


In spite of my hesitancy to read modern novels, Atonement was one of the best novels I read in 2010.  I have to admit, as well, that Keira Knightly played a strong part in my not wanting to read this book.  I had not even allowed myself to see the movie until just a few […]