Booker International Winners

I recently completed my collection of post-2016 Booker International winners: The Vegetarian – Han Kang A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman Flights – Olga Tokarczuk Celestial Bodies – Jokha al-Harthi So far the one I’ve read is The Vegetarian, which, I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t love. Up next, A Horse Walks…

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…

Hotel du Lac

I don’t really know how I feel about this book, which is about a romance writer who stays at a Swiss hotel to escape a scandal. A short novel that is funny and intriguing at times but far from amazing and compelling. Surprisingly, Hotel du Lac won the Booker prize in 1984 (beating JG Ballard’s…

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…