A Rose by any Other Name…

After more than 10 years and two failed attempts, I finally finished Umberto Eco’s murder mystery The Name of the Rose. Published in 1980, The Name of the Rose is the retelling of a Benedictine monk about a series of strange events that he and his master Brother William investigated while traveling through a Franciscan…

Hotel du Lac

I don’t really know how I feel about this book, which is about a romance writer who stays at a Swiss hotel to escape a scandal. A short novel that is funny and intriguing at times but far from amazing and compelling. Surprisingly, Hotel du Lac won the Booker prize in 1984 (beating JG Ballard’s…

A Pair of Blue Eyes

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

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 had no 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 to read Tess…

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

The last time I did a Back to the Classics Challenge was back in 2012, and I don’t think I did very well.  I like this challenge because it’s a good way to force encourage myself to read the Classics, which I enjoy, but sometimes forgo for easier, more contemporary reads.  I think it’s time…

The Woman in the Dunes

I’ve read a few novels written by Japanese writers, and though most of them are pretty strange, Kobo Abe‘s The Woman in the Dunes really takes the cake! Published in 1962, The Woman in the Dunes, or Suna no Onna (Sand Woman) in Japanese, tells the strange and horrifying tale of a man who goes…

A Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

I first heard about Bibliotherapy a few months back in an article that showed up on my Facebook news feed.  According to the article, Bibliotherapy is the practice of soothing emotional, mental, and possibly physical (?) ailments through books.  Bibliotherapists (yes, it’s a real job), listen to their patients’ problems then prescribe certain books –…

August Book Loot

I seem to have a very short attention span lately; if I don’t like the book I’m reading, I wouldn’t think twice before putting it  down in favor of something else. I usually stick with a boring book until about halfway, or even till I eventually finish it, but lately, I don’t seem to have…

Cumberbatch Reads Kakfa, Oh My!

Do you love classic literature?  How about Benedict Cumberbatch? If you answered an emphatic “Yes!’ to both, then you’re going to love the latest audio recording of Franz Kafka‘s The Metamorphosis, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve read this novella a long time ago, but I really don’t mind listening to Benedict Cumberbatch’s deep baritone narrating the…

The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth (1931), is the remarkable story of a farmer’s reversal of fortune in rural China in the early 1900’s.  Wang Lung is the son of a poor, simple, farmer, but his luck starts to change when his father buys a bride for him, O-Lan, a former slave…