Tag Archives: Book Reviews

My Husband Simon by Mollie Panter-Downes

When the British Library unveiled their new Women Writers series early this year, I couldn’t help but squeal with delight! 💃💃💃 As you may know, Mollie Panter-Downes is one of my favorite authors I discovered thanks to Persephone Classics. Ever since I came across Good Evening, Mrs. Craven – a story that made my heart […]

Billie by Anna Gavalda

This is my second Anna Gavalda novella. 🙂 Billie begins inside a crevice at the Cévennes Mountains National Park. Billie, the titular character, and Franck had been hiking when they fell into it just before nightfall. Franck is badly hurt, and there’s no cell phone reception in the area, so when he loses consciousness, Billie […]

The Parade by Dave Eggers

It has been a few days since I read The Parade, and I’m still not sure what to make of it. In this novella, two construction workers are sent to an unnamed foreign country to finish a highway that will connect its divided Northern and Southern halves. The country has been through a decades-long civil […]

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

After reading Christina Dalcher’s provocative dystopian novel, Master Class which calls attention to the history of eugenics in America, I thought it was time I read Lakewood where the subject of clinical studies on humans takes the forefront. Lakewood‘s premise centers on a research study similar to the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. The novel set […]

Maigret’s Pickpocket by Georges Simenon

In the sixty-sixth installment of the Inspector Maigret series, Maigret is riding the bus to the Police Judiciary one morning when he gets pickpocketed. The perpetrator who jumps off the bus and runs away with Maigret’s wallet is around twenty-five: “He looked as if he had not slept, and had recently been through some difficult […]

Master Class by Christina Dalcher

From Christina Dalcher, the best-selling author of Vox comes another dystopian novel! The US has adopted a caste system where your (and your descendants’) future will depend on your Q score – a standardized measurement. What you score in your monthly tests at school determines what kind of education you will receive. If you score […]

The Man with Six Senses by Muriel Jaeger

Michael Bristowe, the novel’s titular character, is no ordinary man. He has a keen sixth sense that has enabled him to recognize things in his surroundings without seeing/ touching, and to him, this ability has been a curse until Hilda, a brilliant, young woman took an interest in his future. Hilda, one of the first […]

Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan by Michael Booth

This is my second five star read in 2020! Since it looks like we all will be stuck inside our homes for a little while longer, I guess I will have to amuse myself with a bit of armchair travelling. And lucky for me, Micheal Booth’s Three Tigers, One Mountain turned out to be the […]

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

I started reading You Let Me In the minute it slipped through my mailbox. I haven’t read a thriller in a while as it feels like authors have exhausted all the possible plot varieties nowadays. But still, I was very excited about this. I’m craving for light reads these days, and for me, nothing fits […]

These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card

I’m slowly, slowly getting my reading groove back! Yaaay! 😀 After COVID-19 became a part of our everyday lives, this family saga is the first book I managed to finish reading without having to put down multiple times – its writing is simple, and the story is utterly engrossing. These Ghosts Are Family opens in […]

Wedding Stories: About Two Nice People by Shirley Jackson

I was a bit worried about reading About Two Nice People because it is by Shirley Jackson. But it was actually a joyful read! 🙂 This story revolves around two single neighbors living across the hall from each other. Ellen Webster, a sweet girl according to her friends, has always dreamed of falling in love […]

Death in White Pyjamas and Death Knows no Calendar by John Bude

John Bude is one of my favourites out of all the vintage crime novelists I’ve discovered thanks to British Library Crime Classics, and I got a double dose of fun here in what must be their thickest book so far! According to Martin Edwards’ Introduction, Bude wrote both Death in White Pyjamas and Death Knows […]

Wedding Stories: Getting Married by A. A. Milne

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 […]

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

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 […]

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson: The Renegade

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 […]