The House of the Spirits

So, the latest book review I’ve been procrastinating on is Isabel Allende‘s (probably) most-well known novel, The House of the Spirits.  I finished reading this about a week ago, so I figured it’s time to finally write some kind of passable review about it. The House of the Spirits isn’t hard to read; it’s engaging,…

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian (Chaesikju-uija), by Han Kang, is a South Korean novel which won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.  It is a short novel about a young woman Yeong-Hye, who after a strange dream, suddenly decides to become a vegetarian.  The novel is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different character.  The first part, “The…

A Midsummer’s Equation

Ever heard of Japanese writer Keigo Higashino?  Me neither, until very recently.  I stumbled upon his books while browsing through my local bookstore, and to be honest, it was the beautiful covers that drew my eye.  The books in particular were Malice, The Devotion of Suspect X, and Salvation of a Saint.  From the blurbs…

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan novels never fail to engage me, whether it’s over a 500 pages, or just under 200.  The same can be said about his 2007 novella, On Chesil Beach, about the ill-fated wedding night of a young couple, Edward and Florence. Florence is a talented violinist, and Edward, a young historian, and as the…

Back to the Classics Challenge: Anna Karenina

What can I say about Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina that hasn’t already been said by one reader or another?  It’s a long, complex, bittersweet novel about the lives of aristocratic families in Russia in the late 1800’s, summed up nicely in its famous opening lines:  “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy…

The Sellout

I just finished reading Paul Beatty‘s The Sellout, the Man Booker Prize winner of 2016.  It’s a short, strange, witty novel that, though seemingly humorous, tackles very serious social and cultural issues. The novel starts with the protagonist, a first name-less African-American Mr. Me, high on his homegrown marijuana at the Supreme Court of the…

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

The long wait is over!  The third and final part of V.E. Schwab‘s Shades of Magic Trilogy, A Conjuring of Light has been released!  Needless to say, I got myself a copy and read it right away! A Conjuring of Light is the final book in the Shades of Magic Trilogy which started with A Darker…

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in my newly discovered and recent favorite fantasy series, Shades of Magic, by V.E. Schwab. It tells the story of the magical and non-magical inhabitants of 4 Londons – Grey, and non-magical London; Red, harmonious, and magical London; White, chaotic and brutal London; and Black London, the…