Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter | Book Review

What The Publishers Say About Carolina Breeze A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North…

Books Around The World 2018

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m an avid reader but that I also love a good reading challenge. I frequently participate in readathons to test how many books I can read in a specific time frame. I also love a good reading challenge that gives me a list of…

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh | Book Review

Grace, Lia and Sky are sisters living with their (otherwise unnamed) Mother and their father, King, on a remote island, far enough away to protect the women from a toxic environment that threatens their very survival. King, as their protector and intermediary between them and this other world, he alone returns periodically for supplies, proving…

September Reading Vlogs

In September, I started a new video series where I share the books I am reading and the experience of the art form. You can click the links below to watch my vlogs In the first video, I discuss books translated to English by Belgian author, Amelie Nothomb, and Korean writer, Kyung Sook-Shin In the…

The White Book by Han Kang | Book Review

The White Book is the most recent English release from Korean writer Han Kang and  her translator, Deborah Smith. Together, these two women have brought us The Vegetarian which won the Man Booker International Prize in 2016, and Human Acts in 2017, both of which wrapped political and social consciousness into very imaginative and expressive…

September TBR

It’s probably odd to see a post making plans for a month that’s just a  few days left in it but I just realized I never shared the books I have on my September TBR list and I want to update you on how it’s going so this is a kind of announcement / update…

Man Booker 2018 Shortlist

In the past two or three years, the Man Booker Prize has become my favorite literary prize. I don’t always love the winning books but I admire the controversy that their judging process invites since they post a “long list” of finalists (this year that included these 13 books) and after a few weeks, they…

From A Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan | Book Review

I read this book because it was long listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and while I appreciated the quality of prose, I think I agree with the judges’ decision not to include it in the shortlist. Three separate narratives are depicted in this novel by Irish writer, Donal Ryan. The first is a…

Booklover

It’s simple, our love – you ask what I’m reading and I tell you the plot, What I love and hate about the characters, How the author does what I wish I could but, so far, have not, And if there was a movie, my dream cast of actors. I tell you where I wish…

June Booklinks

Books Read in June  Gilead /Marilynne Robinson is a series of vignettes as shared by Ames, an elderly pastor, written to educate his son after he dies because Ames is an old man at the time he is writing and his son is just seven. In these letters, he shares carefully curated memories, some of…

On The Table

I love a good book browse and I am always competing with myself to see how many of the books I have read from a list. In these posts, I challenge myself to read from: Rory Gilmore’s Reading List Man Booker winners Pulitzer Prize winners On a recent bookstore visit, I saw a table laid…

Bout Of Books 22

This whole month, I am trying to finish up my stack of former Man Booker prize winners to participate in the #ManBooker50 challenge. During this week’s Bout of Books readathon, I’ll be trying to finish these 5 books: 2000 The Blind Assassin /Margaret Atwood 2003 Vernon God Little /DBC Pierre 2004 The Line of Beauty…