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…

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…

The Riders

Every once in a while, I come across a book that I find interesting enough to read, even though it’s not on my general “to read” pile / list.  This is true about my recent read, Tim Winton‘s The Riders.  I’ve never heard of this book before I started it – it’s not even mine.…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m going to celebrate my blog’s 7th anniversary by writing my 329th post!  Ok, I realize that number is nothing special, but, what the heck, right? Anyway, I didn’t realize that the last book I talked about on here was The House of the Spirits.  It seemed like forever since I finished that, but I…

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…