Four Classical Novels of Chinese Literature

I’m just one book away from completing my collection of the Four Classical Novels of Chinese Literature.  The editions of the three of the four novels I have are not the best translations, but as I am not a scholar of Chinese or Asian literature or any kind of literature for that matter, I am…

The Princess Bride

I can’t believe I waited this long to read The Princess Bride. I watched the movie hundreds of times as a kid, but William Goldman’s novel is funnier and more entertaining (if that’s even possible) than the film. I am sure most of you know what The Princess Bride is all about thanks to the…

The Box Man

This is the record of the box man. I am beginning this account in a box. A cardboard box that reaches just to my hips when I put it on over my head. That is to say, at this juncture the box man is me. A box man, in his box, is recording the chronicle…

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

The novel of 2019 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Olga Tokarczuk describes the life of eccentric recluse, Janina (a name that she hates), in a small remote village in Poland, which is home to only a few residents.  The novel starts with the untimely death of Janina’s neighbor, whom she refers to as Bigfoot. Janina…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Last year, a (very) small group of my online bookish friends, who met through a book forum, decided to “get together” to form an informal book club.  The first book we read was Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we enjoyed our discussions…

The Sentence is Death

Happy New Year! The last book I read in 2019 and the first book I finished in 2020 is Anthony Horowitz’s new mystery series, The Sentence is Death.  Yes, for those in the know, this is the second book of a series of novels (currently only two), starring former police detective Daniel Hawthorne and Anthony…

My Sister, the Serial Killer

One of the novels included in the 2019 Booker Prize Longlist that caught my eye was Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer.  The title alone was enough for me to want to read it. The story revolves around Nigerian sisters Korede and Ayoola, who are very different yet similar to each other.  Korede, the…

The Alienist

Alienist – /ˈālēənist/ noun. Former term for psychiatrist. The Alienist by Caleb Carr is a historical fiction set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, which involves a host of fictional and real people. The events that unfold in the novel are fictional, set against a poverty-stricken, corrupt, and expanding city, which…

The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in Carlos Ruiz Zafon‘s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. The series consists of four novels, namely, The Shadow of the Wind, Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, and the Labyrinth of Sprits, which doesn’t need to be read in chronological order. The series takes place in the…