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…

2017 Year-End Survey

Happy New Year! I’m a bit late with this, but here’s my obligatory book stats of 2017.  Admittedly, 2017 was not the best year for me in terms of quantity, but I’m pretty happy with it with regards to the quality of some of the books I read.  I’ll be combining my goodreads 2017 Reading…

The Broken Earth Trilogy

Getting one last review done before the year ends!  Actually, it’s a review of 3 books – N.K. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth Trilogy made up of The Fifth Season (2015), followed by The Obelisk Gate (2016), and finally The Stone Sky (2017).  I first started reading the series in August and got through The Fifth Season…