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The Night Circus

Have you ever read a book that had an interesting plot, but was poorly executed; a novel that you would have loved had it been written differently? That’s how I felt about Erin Morgenstern’s novel, The Night Circus. Published in 2011, The Night Circus, set in Victorian London, is a fantasy that  tells the story of…

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The Ghost Bride

In my review of Uprooted, I mentioned that I had learned about it from a list I stumbled upon about standalone novels for those who enjoy reading fantasy.  That’s also where I learned about Yangsze Choo’s 2013 novel, The Ghost Bride. The Ghost Bride is a novel about an ancient Chinese practice of marrying off the…

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The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal is the latest novel by Life of Pi author, Yann Martel.  Published in 2016, the novel consists of 3 separate stories which are loosely connected and all set, or end up in, the remote High Mountains of Portugal. The first story, entitled “Homeless” is set in 1904 and starts at Lisbon.  It…

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Uprooted

Uprooted is a fantasy novel by Naomi Novik, published in 2015.  Inspired by fairtytales and folklore, Uprooted tells the tale of a young woman, Agnieszka, from a valley that’s surrounded by a dark and mysterious forest known simply as the Wood.  The Wood is home to many evil spirits and creatures ready to abduct, kill,…

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The Woman in the Dunes

I’ve read a few novels written by Japanese writers, and though most of them were pretty strange, Kobo Abe‘s The Woman in the Dunes really takes the cake! Published in 1962, The Woman in the Dunes, or Suna no Onna (Sand Woman) in Japanese, tells the strange and horrifying tale of a man who goes…

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2015: Year in Review

Seeing as it’s already February, you probably thought you’d seen the last of these “Annual Reading Overviews” everyone feels compelled to post at the end/start of the year. Sorry, but you have to put up with one more!  I just don’t feel like I can move on with my new reading year without making an…

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Undermajordomo Minor

Technically, my first book of the year is Patrick DeWitt‘s new novel, Undermajordomo Minor.  I say “technically,” because though I finished reading it sometime in the 2nd week of January, I actually started reading it during the last days of December. Undermajordomo Minor was released in 2015, 4 years after DeWitt’s hit novel, The Sisters Brothers,…

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A Fine Balance

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating my blog lately; partly because of the Holidays, partly because a lot of things have happened in my life lately, but a big part of it also has to do with laziness. I realized that I did not post a December Book Loot earlier this month either, but…

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A Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

I first heard about Bibliotherapy a few months back in an article that showed up on my Facebook news feed.  According to the article, Bibliotherapy is the practice of soothing emotional, mental, (and possibly physical?) ailments through books.  Bibliotherapists (yes, it’s a real job), listen to their patients’ problems, then prescribe certain books – non-fiction,…

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November Book Loot

Ten books for the month of November, some of which I bought abroad personally, and others I bought abroad, online.   Early November, I went to Hong Kong and visited a branch of their wonderful bookstore, Page One; went home with the following:  One the Road – Jack Kerouac – I hate to admit that…