The Alienist

Alienist – /ˈālēənist/ noun. Former term for psychiatrist. The Alienist by Caleb Carr is a historical fiction set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, which involves a host of fictional and real people. The events that unfold in the novel are fictional, set against a poverty-stricken, corrupt, and expanding city, which…

The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in Carlos Ruiz Zafon‘s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. The series consists of four novels, namely, The Shadow of the Wind, Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, and the Labyrinth of Sprits, which doesn’t need to be read in chronological order. The series takes place in the…

The Wandering Earth

The sun is about to die, but before that, a helium flash will destroy the nearest planets, including Earth. These events were predicted to occur in 400 years. Fast-forward to the future, and 380 years have passed. The governments of the world have since joined forces to try to escape this tragic fate and to…

Happy New Year and all that…

Despite appearances, I am very much alive and this blog is still active…sort of.  The reason I haven’t been posting any reviews is because I haven’t been reading any novels lately.  2018 was a wonderful and busy year for me, so busy, in fact, that since August, I haven’t finished a single book.  Sad, but…

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!

The House of Silk

Because I needed a break after reading two Thomas Hardy novels in succession, I decided I needed something less serious and depressing, and read Anthony Horowitz‘s  Sherlock Holmes novel (Arthur Conan Doyle Estate-approved and authorized), The House of Silk. Written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The House of Silk chronicles two connected…

A Pair of Blue Eyes

I’ve been so busy lately with work and other stuff that I almost forgot about the last book I read which was Thomas Hardy‘s A Pair of Blue Eyes.  While reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles, I resolved to read, if not all, most of Thomas Hardy’s novels.  I don’t exactly know why I had this…

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

A few weeks ago, I had the sudden urge to read Thomas Hardy‘s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I’ve heard of it before, but did not have a single idea what it was about.  The only other Thomas Hardy novel I’ve read is Far From the Madding Crowd, so when, for reasons unknown I suddenly wanted…