Back to the Classics Challenge: Anna Karenina

What can I say about Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina that hasn’t already been said by one reader or another?  It’s a long, complex, bittersweet novel about the lives of aristocratic families in Russia in the late 1800’s, summed up nicely in its famous opening lines:  “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy…

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 started with A Darker…

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…

The Ghost Bride

In my review of Uprooted, I mentioned that I had learned about it from a list I stumbled upon about standalone novels for those who enjoy reading fantasy.  That’s also where I learned about Yangsze Choo’s 2013 novel, The Ghost Bride. The Ghost Bride is a novel about an ancient Chinese practice of marrying off the…

Uprooted

Uprooted is a fantasy novel by Naomi Novik, published in 2015.  Inspired by fairtytales and folklore, Uprooted tells the tale of a young woman, Agnieszka, from a valley that’s surrounded by a dark and mysterious forest known simply as the Wood.  The Wood is home to many evil spirits and creatures ready to abduct, kill,…

Frankenstein

The problem with Classic novels is that, over time, they spawn countless movie/tv adaptations or inspire stage plays, musicals, and other novels,  so much so that many people believe that from watching a movie adaptation or two, they already know what the story is about without having to actually read the original book.  I mentioned…

The Count of Monte Cristo

I spent the entire month of September reading one book – just one, very long, very good book, which 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 night…

Book Nerd Problems #432

Don’t you hate it when, in your quest to find “something good to read,” you were able to amass a small pile of interesting books, and now you don’t know where to start? The only solution of course, is to read a little bit from every book to see which would grab my attention first, then go…

Far From the Madding Crowd

Before the name Everdene (spelled -deen) was popularized by a willful, bow-and-arrow-toting girl fighting against an oppressive government, it was already the name of an equally strong, spirited, and independent young woman, Bathsheba Everdene, the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd. Published anonymously in a monthly serial in 1874, Far From…

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…