Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

When it comes to reading, I like to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.  I was in a reading rut alll throughout February, and didn’t really get out of it until I read Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders.  So, when right after finishing Magpie Murders I had the strong urge to start Jeff…

Magpie Murders

There’s nothing like a good whoddunit to get you out of a reading rut, and when it comes to mysteries, who better than Anthony Horowitz, who is good enough for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate which gave him permission to write 2 new Sherlock Holmes novels, House of Silk and Moriarty.  I have yet to read…

Reading slump!

Ugh!  It’s too early in the year to be in a reading slump!  And to think, I was doing so well in January 😦 . Help!  I need to start reading again!

Lincoln in the Bardo

Before it won the Man Booker Prize in 2017, I had no intentions of ever reading George Saunders‘ first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  I knew Saunders was known for his short stories, but short stories were never really my thing, so I had never read any of his works before.  The title of…

Dear Mr. M

I first heard about Herman Koch back in 2014 when I read his bestselling novel The Dinner, which I quite enjoyed. Last year I learned that he had published a (relatively) new novel, Dear Mr. M, which, I knew I just had to read. I guess Dear Mr. M can be classified as metafiction as…

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…

Down and Out in Paris and London

Long before Animal Farm and 1984, which established George Orwell not only a household name, but a literary giant, he wrote a little known work of non-fiction called Down and Out in Paris and London.  In fact, published before Burmese Days, Down and Out is Orwell’s first official novel. Down and Out in Paris and…

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

My first book review for 2018…and it’s not what I’d hoped it would be. It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. The first book I finished in 2018 is A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness, the first book in her All Souls Trilogy,…

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…