Anyone else having trouble staying focused on your books? Over the last few weeks, I think I must have started reading at least a dozen books only to put them all down after hitting the fifty-page mark or so – I’m in a major reading slump! 😩 Because of this, I’ve paused reading The Lottery […]

I couldn’t make much sense of this book! In The Water Cure, which is billed as a feminist dystopia, we have three sisters, Grace, Lia and Sky, living on an island with their parents isolated from the rest of the world. The world, according to King, their father, and their nameless mother, is a toxic […]

This is not a story for animal lovers, especially if you have a pet dog! The Renegade‘s protagonist Mrs. Walpole and her family are fairly new to their small-town, having just moved from the city. Mrs. Walpole hasn’t adopted to country life yet – she depends on her neighbors’ advice for things that she could […]

A refugee is someone who has already arrived somewhere, in a foreign land, but must wait for an indefinite time before actually, fully having arrived. Refugees wait in detention centers, shelters, or camps; in federal custody and under the gaze of armed officials. They wait in long lines for lunch, for a bed to sleep […]

This story sent shivers down my spine! In The Witch, we have a young mother riding the train with Johnny, her four-year-old son and baby daughter. The mother, probably tired (or lazy), isn’t particularly interested in the observations her son makes along the way – every time Jonny says something, the mother gives him half-hearted […]

First things first – the cover of this book had me completely fooled! Because Michael Crichton’s name is in big lettering, I thought this must have been a collaboration between Crichton and Wilson, where Wilson completed/ expanded on Crichton’s idea after his death. It sort of is in the sense that The Andromeda Evolution is […]

Next up in The Lottery and Other Stories is My Life with R. H. Macy, the first short story Shirley Jackson ever published. Having worked as a clerk at Macy’s before moving to Vermont, Jackson full well knows the drudgery that is involved in working in retail – the bigger the department store you work […]

Whenever I feel under the weather, like I’m feeling these days (I have an annoying infection!), Classic Crimes are my go-to genre. These cozy novels don’t take a lot of mental capacity, and surprisingly, they have a calming effect on me (perhaps because my troubles pales next to getting murdered!). 😀 In Murder in the Mill-Race, […]

The protagonist of this short story, Hilda Clarence, had first arrived in Greenwich Village when she was twenty-three from a small town in upstate New York. Back then, Hilda’s dream had been to become a dancer one day. To support herself in pursuing her dream, she had taken up a job as a stenographer in […]

Dystopia used to be a genre which I tended to avoid in general. But after reading We Are the Weather last month, which inspired me to take stock of my eating habits, I thought adding post-apocalyptic novels into my reading diet might further help push me in the direction of going vegan! The End of the Ocean which was […]

Emily Johnson, the protagonist of Trial by Combat, is an army wife who hasn’t been living in her New York apartment for long when she realizes that some of her inexpensive trinkets go missing while she is at work. It’s not hard for Emily to figure out who the kleptomaniac is – after all, there’s […]

The first thing that became clear to as I read the first few pages of A Ladder to the Sky is that I’ve never despised a character as much as the protagonist, Maurice Swift! Maurice, who came from a humble family, had always dreamt of becoming a world-renown novelist. For him, writing represents a way […]

In The Daemon Lover, the story’s unnamed narrator is getting ready for her wedding day in haste. At thirty-four, she’s past the marriageable age (as per societal conventions in the 1940s), so she is psyched to finally tie the knot, although it feels like she hasn’t known her young fiancĂ©, James Harris (Jamie), for all […]

Inspector Maigret is experiencing chilly weather, and so am I! 😀 In Maigret and the Nahour Case, our good detective is asleep when the sound of the phone ringing disrupts his dreams in the middle of the night. The phone call is from Pardon, with whom Maigret and his wife had enjoyed a scrumptious meal […]

New year = time to pick up a new short story collection. 😀 I’ve previously read two stories by Shirley Jackson (The Lottery and Like Mother Used to Make), and I loved them both. Both those stories were disturbing – which is not usually my jam – but her style and subtlety somehow worked for […]