The Mirror and the Light

After more than 10 years, the third and final installment of Hilary Mantel’s twice Booker-winning trilogy about Thomas Cromwell has finally been published. The first and second books were only around three years apart (2009 and 2012), but it took Mantel eight years to finish the concluding novel, The Mirror and the Light, which continues…

The House of Silk

I needed a break after reading two Thomas Hardy novels in a row so I decided to read something less serious and depressing: Anthony Horowitz‘s  Sherlock Holmes novel (Arthur Conan Doyle Estate-approved and authorized), The House of Silk. Written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The House of Silk chronicles two connected cases…

Down and Out in Paris and London

Long before Animal Farm and 1984, which established George Orwell not only a household name, but a literary giant, he wrote a little known work of non-fiction called Down and Out in Paris and London.  In fact, published before Burmese Days, Down and Out is Orwell’s first official novel. Down and Out in Paris and…

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan’s novels never fail to engage me, whether they are over 500 pages or under 200. The same can be said about his 2007 novella, On Chesil Beach, which is about the ill-fated wedding night of a young couple, Edward and Florence. Florence is a talented violinist, and Edward is a young historian, and…

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…

Sorcerer to the Crown

I feel a bit bad about not updating my blog. It’s been a while since I last posted a review, though I’ve only finished one book since.  I’ve been a bit busy with some freelance work, and now, with the Holiday season coming up, there’s always something that needs to be done.  But today, I…

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 of its beautiful cover.  Ok, how about a beautiful cover and a semi-interesting blurb? That’s not usually how I choose what to read next, but that’s exactly…

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 religious group in England.  This is the setting of Revelation, which is the fourth…