Found in Translation: Katherine Pancol

    Given that I just woke up from a dream in which my blog domain name had expired and caused every post to vanish, I feel I am long overdue for a post—and today, I finally have something positive to report. I’ve mentioned my love for French authors in translation many a time (The…

An Exploration of England with Kazuo Ishiguro

I can’t decide if I love Kazuo Ishiguro or not. Never Let Me Go had me captivated through its final pages and thinking about it beyond that, but I couldn’t even get through The Buried Giant. I just finished The Remains of the Day and I’m feeling somewhere in between about it. Granted, I read…

Fall Fiction Favorites, Part 2

Though it is about a month late, as promised, the second half of my Fall Fiction Favorites series has arrived. I always tell myself I’m going to post more regularly…and, as evidenced by the fact that it’s been nearly a month, I haven’t yet been successful. Here’s hoping that 2017 is actually the year of…

Fall Fiction Favorites: Part I

            PART I: The Muse               I love Fiction books, but I’ve gotten to a point in life where I read so many of them, that for me to truly enjoy one, it needs to have “a hook.” Generally, that hook is a page-turning “thriller” element—but when it’s something altogether more unique—then all the…

Want a Book that ‘Wows’ You?

My sister once pointed out to me that I have the distinct quirk of laughing and, almost imperceptibly, mumbling, “okay” every time I make a funny joke (almost constantly). I’ve pointed it out to a number of friends, who have confirmed it’s something I do—despite the fact that I almost never notice. Something I did…

Jean-Philippe Blondel Will Put Your Commute Into Perspective

Though I often claim to seek out the ‘latest and greatest in literature,’ I must admit that I source many of my own recommendations from the “Noteworthy Fiction” shelves of the bookstore in addition to critical acclaim and word-of-mouth. Today, however, is different—and Thursday (my posting schedule is a bit off this week due to…

Holidays, by the Book: Your Literary Gift Guide [Part 2]

Literary Gift Guide, Pt. 2   Without further ado, part two [catch up on the Pt. 1 & the origins of the list here]. This Part features some serious ‘it books’ of years past.   All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Read my review to find out. WHY YOU SHOULD…

Resolution, Repurposed: Your Literary Gift Guide [Part 1]

  For most people, the New Year is the perfect time to reflect on all the mistakes we made during the past 365 days and resolve not to make them again; instead of sitting on the couch watching Family Guy while mindlessly eating nachos [yes, it’s been known to happen], we resolve to end our…

Winter’s Tales

  Seasonal reads on each end of the literary spectrum     When I read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica on a whim, I didn’t anticipate reviewing it. I was looking to pass time on a train to Boston, and the read seemed far too outdated and a bit too trashy—even for this blog—to…