Books as Decor

This is not a book review, but it’s book related – somewhat. I recently did a home renovation, and our interior designer wanted to look through my shelves to use books as decor in our living room.  All this is new to me; she had a certain color palette in mind and wanted to use…

On Joining Online Book Clubs…

Sometimes I think I want to join an online book club, for times when I need recommendations or when I need to talk to other people about books I’ve recently read.  Any ideas and suggestions on good online book club sites? Thanks in advance!

Ready Player One, Revisited

In my last post I said I rarely post movie reviews on here, and yet, here seems to be another one… Well, not exactly.  I did watch Ready Player One a few weeks ago, but I had first read the novel back in 2012, so aside from the basic plot I didn’t really remember much…

Annihilation: A Movie Review

Okay, so I know I said in my last post that I wasn’t decided yet on whether I would watch the Annihilation movie, but seeing as it was readily available on Netflix, I thought, what the heck, I might as well, right? It’s very rare that I post movie reviews on here.  As a matter…

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…