Howl’s Moving Castle

I don’t read YA or children’s books much, but I couldn’t bring myself to read a “serious” book after Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, so I finally decided to read my copy of Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy novel Howl’s Moving Castle. I admit that I bought a copy of this book only because of the anime…

The Princess Bride

I can’t believe I waited this long to read The Princess Bride. I watched the movie hundreds of times as a kid, but William Goldman’s novel is funnier and more entertaining (if that’s even possible) than the film. I am sure most of you know what The Princess Bride is all about thanks to the…

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, which is the first book in her All…

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 three books – N.K. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth Trilogy, which is 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, got through The Fifth…

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 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 nonmagical inhabitants of four Londons: Grey and nonmagical London; Red, harmonious, and magical London; White, chaotic ,and brutal London; and Black London, the most…

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 Night Circus

Have you ever read a book that had an interesting plot but was poorly executed? A novel that you would have loved had it been written differently? That’s how I feel about Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus. Published in 2011, The Night Circus, which is set in Victorian London, is a fantasy that tells the story…