By: Joseph Conrad Fiction 1902 Subject Matter: Europeans; Africa Rating: 3.5/5 Every time I read a classic like Heart of Darkness, I get to the awkward moment of rating it. And to be honest, I kind of arbitrarily assign it… Continue Reading
By: Jessica Gregson Fiction 2011 Subject Matter: Women; Hungary; Self-realization in women; World War; 1914-1918; Women murderers Rating: 3/5 You guys. Maybe it’s just that I’m in the process of reading an Alice Munro collection so everything else doesn’t seem… Continue Reading
By: Ben Lerner Fiction 2011 Subject Matter: Poets; Americans; Spain; Self-realization; Art and literature; Madrid Rating: 4/5 On the surface, Leaving the Atocha Station is everything I typically hate: it’s a semi-autobiographical novel written by a poet about a whiny… Continue Reading
By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Book 1 2001 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5 Have you heard of The Shadow of the Wind?
By: Franz Kafka 1925 Fiction Rating: 3/5 Oy. Here’s where I admit that – English major though I may be – I have never before read anything by Kafka and am not even entirely certain what the adjective Kafkaesque means.
By: Nicholas Sparks 2015 Fiction Rating: 2.5/5 Anybody heard of Nicholas Sparks? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. We all have. (If you’re not sure, just think The Notebook.)
By: John Marsden The Tomorrow Series Book 1 Fiction 1993 Rating: 3.5/5 Have you heard of Tomorrow, When the War Began? I hadn’t.
By: Ruth Ware Fiction 2016 Subject Matter: Women journalists; Cruise ships; Psychological fiction; Suspense; Literary; Suspense fiction; Mystery fiction Rating: 3/5 We have all seen them: the countless Pinterest lists of “Books You Should Read If You Loved Gone Girl“.… Continue Reading
By: Roald Dahl Fiction 1985 Subject Matter: Giraffes; Pelicans; Monkeys; Candy Rating: 4/5 How do you not love Roald Dahl?
By: Anne Rivers Siddons 1991 Fiction Rating: 2.5/5 Y’all. I love the Outer Banks. But reading a book called Outer Banks while in the Outer Banks feels a little like wearing a spring break shirt in Daytona Beach in March.