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 starts with A…

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Like most, if not all readers, I’m always on the lookout for new reads and authors. I subscribe to several bookish sites that regularly feature new and upcoming authors and their novels, look back on best-loved Classics, and recommend books for every occasion/taste. Sometime in 2016, I came across an npr.org article reviewing V.E. Schwab‘s…

The Count of Monte Cristo

I spent the entire month of September reading one book – just one very long, very good book that left me literally exhausted in the end – emotionally exhausted, a bit frustrated, and definitely sleep deprived. Obviously, from the title of the post, the book is Alexandre Dumas‘ The Count of Monte Cristo. Almost every…

The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves (2013) is the third and latest installment in Scott Lynch‘s Gentleman Bastard series and picks up right where the second book, Red Seas Under Red Skies ends, give or take a few months. The start of The Republic of Thieves finds Locke and Jean in Lashain, recovering from their misadventures in Tal Verar…

First Impressions on Outlander

Started reading Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander the other day.  Got to about chapter 3 ’till I became a bit bored with the pacing and the story.  I decided to switch to the audiobook version but wasn’t thrilled with the voice of the narrator, which I thought sounded a bit too old for Claire.

Lost Horizon – The Origins of Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a mythical, lush, temperate valley hidden amidst a frozen mountain range somewhere in Tibet.   Its people, an easy-going group governed by a lamasery, believe that good is achieved by doing things in moderation. This famous fabled heaven-on-earth is the creation of British writer, James Hilton, in his 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. In Lost…

Currently Reading…

“He wasn’t talking.  He was looking from the window of the car all the way…” Ever since Kafka on the Shore, I’ve been in a kind of a reading slump.  I’ve had some life-changing things happen to me since too, so I guess Murakami is not completely to blame. The last 2 novels I read…