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A Farewell to Arms

On a whim, I decided to read Ernest Hemingway‘s A Farewell to Arms a few weeks ago. I didn’t know much about it other than it was about some war – World War II, I thought. Before reading it, I was actually getting it confused with the 1996 movie In Love and War, starring Sandra Bullock and…

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The Maltese Falcon

I read The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett a while ago, but kept putting off writing about it because I don’t exactly know what to say about it.  First of all, I can’t really decide whether I liked it or not.  Second, I just find it hard to discuss.  Let me try to describe it…

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The Club Dumas

The Club Dumas, by Spanish writer Arturo Perez-Reverte is a mystery novel about books – ancient, mysterious, and priceless books, to be exact. Lucas Corso, the protagonist of The Club Dumas has a very unique job.  He gets paid by collectors, booksellers, book aficionados, and wealthy eccentrics to track down, and obtain special books;  expensive…

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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…