All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Rating: 3 stars I know I'm in the minority here, but I just don't get why everyone loved this book.  I thought it was good, but it's just a typical historical fiction novel about WWII.  I went into it with extremely high expectations because of the… Continue reading All the Light We Cannot See

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Rating: 4.5 stars I loved this book!  It was everything you want from a classic whodunit story with a modern twist. It starts with a short chapter from Susan, the editor of best-selling author Alan Conway’s mystery series, as she explains that the hunt for the ending of his last… Continue reading Magpie Murders

The Heirs

The Heirs by Susan Rieger Rating: 3.5 stars I read this book because I liked the cheeky tone of her previous novel The Divorce Papers, told entirely through emails, memos, and legal documents.  The Heirs is not an epistolary novel like The Divorce Papers but still deals with the dysfunction between a marriage, along with family… Continue reading The Heirs

2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE

And the winner is.... A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Jessica Cohen, Translation)!  I was hoping for Fever Dream because of how amazing disturbing it was (it gets better each time I think back on it), but now I have to add the winner to my TBR.  Sadly, I was unable to read… Continue reading 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah Rating: 5 stars   This short story collection is incredible.  Arimah focuses on the lives of women and their relationships, especially between mothers and daughters or others within their families.  Each story features women who need more than society has given… Continue reading What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Books about lost artwork

As I mentioned in my post on The Shadow Land, I love books about lost, stolen, forgotten, or forged artwork.  Here are some of my favorites that somehow involve works of art, in no particular order. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith - A recently uncovered but possibly forged painting is key… Continue reading Books about lost artwork

The Shadow Land

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova Rating: 4 stars Elizabeth Kostova's latest novel is an intriguing mystery set in Eastern Europe as one American woman seeks to return a lost bag to its owner.  I loved The Swan Thieves* and couldn't wait to read her latest work.  It seems like Kostova sticks with a darker,… Continue reading The Shadow Land

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian by Han Rating: 5 stars I loved Human Acts, Kang's latest work, and couldn't wait to read her novel that won the Man Booker International Prize.  It did not disappoint.  It was unsettling, haunting, and incredibly weird at parts (mainly thinking about the second section), but it lived up to its critical acclaim.… Continue reading The Vegetarian

Ghachar Ghochar

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag Rating: 4 stars This was in interesting and quick read.  It's more of a novella, but no word is wasted.  The story focuses on the narrator's family as they go from barely scraping by in a poor neighborhood in Bangalore to rapidly rich, all thanks to the uncle's spice company.  Suddenly the… Continue reading Ghachar Ghochar