Last year I read a short story by Katherine Mansfield (The Black Cap) which made a great impression on me. During her short life, Mansfield wrote a number of short stories and her Collected Stories – a tome of 800+ pages has been on the top of my wish-list ever since I read The Black […]

Lost Books and Old Bones is the third volume in Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. I haven’t read the previous two books in the series, but it didn’t matter because Lost Books and Old Bones could be read as a standalone novel. The heroine of Scottish Bookshop Mystery series is Delaney Nichols. Delaney is an American […]

Immortality is taken from Yasunari Kawabata’s anthology; Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. Kawabata was the first Japanese author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. He wrote over 140 shorts stories over his career and thought his shorts works expressed the essence of his art better than his longer works. Apparently, most stories in Palm-of-the-Hand Stories […]

I know things have been quiet around here for the past few weeks. I have not fallen off the face of the earth, but have been struggling hard to break out of a nasty reading slump! ūüėź I think I must have started reading at least a half a dozen of books during that time, […]

The Woman Who Came at Six O‚Äôclock is a story I’ve read before. Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez is one of my favorite authors all time, and I’ve read almost all his books except for his nonfiction. The Woman Who Came at Six O‚Äôclock is from his Collected Stories, but it has been a while since I […]

Recently I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Bella Mahaya Carter’s memoir. Its publication date is set in May, so I was in no hurry to read this. But a couple of days ago I picked it to read a few pages before bed, and was so intrigued by it! Bella’s writing is personal and […]

I think I first came across Roald Dahl’s stories when I was around thirteen-years-old. Soon after reading Danny the Champion of the World; my first Roald Dahl book, I got my parents to buy me all of his books! I was a little too old for his books by then, yet his stories captivated me […]

New Boy is the third Hogarth Shakespeare novel I read, and this retelling of Othello transported me to a school in Washington DC in the 1970s. The title of Chevalier‚Äôs novel refers to Osei Kokote, the eleven-year-old son of a Diplomat from Ghana. In the span of six years the Kokote family has moved around […]

The Horse Dealer’s Daughter didn’t make sense to me, but then again maybe it’s fitting because love is irrational. The Horse Dealer’s Daughter’s name is Mabel, a twenty-seven-year-old unmarried woman. Her father has passed away recently and at the time of his death, his business had been in trouble forcing Mabel and her three brothers […]

Until the recent #MeToo movement that empowered victims of sexual harassment to come forward and share their stories, they were mostly a marginalized group in the society. More often than not their accusations had been swept under the rugs as made up stories because for years the Americans have been instructed to be wary of […]

Next up in Love Stories is Armande by Nobel laureate Colette. It is a story that made me feel queasy, so I’m not going to waste a lot of words on it! Armande is an orphaned heiress in love with Maxime, a young doctor. Maxime too has been in love with Armande ever since they […]

Today is the final day of Persephone Readathon, so I thought I would pick a slim book which I’ll be able to read in a day. The book I chose is Operation Heartbreak which only has 167 pages, and right off the bat before I get into the story I must urge you not to […]

The only novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I’ve read is The Great Gatsby which I loved. While I was reading Winter Dreams, it reminded me a lot of The Great Gatsby, and indeed Winter Dreams had been like a first draft idea of Gatsby. According to Matthew J. Bruccoli, an expert on Fitzgerald,¬†Winter Dreams […]

The Shuttle, which I think will most likely end up among my top reads of this year, is a book set in the early 1900s at a time when it was fashionable for American heiresses to marry British aristocrats. These American heiresses were then called “Dollar Princesses.” By marrying into British families they gained titles […]

The next story in Love Stories is Dead Mabelle by Elizabeth Bowen. Written in 1929, Dead Mabelle is my second story by Bowen, and given that Bowen didn’t make much of an impression on me last time, I was thankful for this second chance! William, Dead Mabelle‘s protagonist is a young bank clerk and a […]