The Illusionists

You know how everyone says “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  It’s sound advice, for sure, but come on, don’t tell me you’ve never bought a book because it had a beautiful cover.  Ok, how about a beautiful cover, and a semi-interesting blurb at the back? That’s not usually how I choose what I’m going…

Litsy!

Hey guys, if you haven’t already!, download and try out Litsy, an app every book lover will love! Litsy is like a cross between goodreads and instagram. You can upload pictures of books and write blurbs, quotes, and short reviews. You can also upload books you’re currently reading, as well as books you want to…

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway‘s The Sun Also Rises is one of his most well-known, and well-loved novels.  Published in 1926, it is said to depict the life, ideals, and frustrations of the “Lost Generation” – intellectual young men and women enlightened during the years after World War I.  Hemingway himself was one of the “founding” members of…

Revelation (Shardlake Series #4)

London, 1543.  King Henry VIII is about to marry his sixth wife, Thomas Cromwell’s head has been rotting for some time on a stake atop a wall, and the papists and reformers are still battling it out to be the dominant religion in England.  This is the setting for Revelation, the 4th book in C.J.…

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

When an elderly heiress, sleeping alone in her room, is poisoned, it is up to Private Detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot to solve the mysterious case and bring the criminal to justice! In the small village of Styles St. Mary, the town is shaken up when one of its most prominent, if not wealthiest residents, Mrs.…

Hemingway in Love and War

When Ernest Hemingway was 19 years old, he signed up as a volunteer with the American Red Cross which were looking for ambulance drivers to send to the Italian Front during World War I. Having just graduated from high school, it was his first time to travel abroad. He was hungry for adventure and eager…

When We Were Orphans

I’ve only read 3 Kazuo Ishiguro novels so far, all of which fall under different genres; the first one I read was his 2005 science-fiction novel, Never Let Me Go, followed  (many years later) by his Booker Prize-winning 1989 novel, The Remains of the Day, which is a Victorian / historical fiction, and just recently I…

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…

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…

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…