Portrait of a Murderer

Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. Thus begins Anne Meredith’s murder mystery, Portrait of a Murderer:  A Christmas Crime Story.  The novel, divided into 7 parts begins on Christmas day, with the Gray children coming from different…

The Man Booker 50 Challenge

To celebrate its 50th year, the Man Booker Prize is challenging everyone to try and read 50 Booker winners before May, 2018! To join the challenge, you must have a public Instagram account where you have to post the Booker award-winning books you’re going to read with the hashtag #ManBooker50.  Read as many Booker prize-winning…

Read More in 2018 New Year’s Resolution!

So I’m thinking, maybe, if I wrote down all the books I’d like to read in 2018, I’d be better able to focus and finally accomplish my goal of finishing 50 books. Not sure if this will work, since I am notorious for making tbr lists then immediately picking up a random book not included…

2017 Year-End Survey

Happy New Year! I’m a bit late with this, but here’s my obligatory book stats of 2017.  Admittedly, 2017 was not the best year for me in terms of quantity, but I’m pretty happy with it with regards to the quality of some of the books I read.  I’ll be combining my goodreads 2017 Reading…

The Broken Earth Trilogy

Getting one last review done before the year ends!  Actually, it’s a review of 3 books – N.K. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth Trilogy made up of The Fifth Season (2015), followed by The Obelisk Gate (2016), and finally The Stone Sky (2017).  I first started reading the series in August and got through The Fifth Season…

7 Years…

According to WordPress, today is the 7th anniversary of my blog!  Wow, 7 years is a pretty long time, and sometimes I can’t believe I’ve kept this blog up for that long.  Lately, more and more I’ve been thinking if I should quit blogging.  Sometimes it feels like a chore, and to be honest, I’ve…

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian (Chaesikju-uija), by Han Kang, is a South Korean novel which won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.  It is a short novel about a young woman Yeong-Hye, who after a strange dream, suddenly decides to become a vegetarian.  The novel is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different character.  The first part, “The…

A Midsummer’s Equation

Ever heard of Japanese writer Keigo Higashino?  Me neither, until very recently.  I stumbled upon his books while browsing through my local bookstore, and to be honest, it was the beautiful covers that drew my eye.  The books in particular were Malice, The Devotion of Suspect X, and Salvation of a Saint.  From the blurbs…

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan novels never fail to engage me, whether it’s over a 500 pages, or just under 200.  The same can be said about his 2007 novella, On Chesil Beach, about the ill-fated wedding night of a young couple, Edward and Florence. Florence is a talented violinist, and Edward, a young historian, and as the…