Summer Reading Wrap Up

September is upon us once again, which means that the summer is over. I for one cannot wait for autumn to set in - it is my favorite time of year! It means winter is almost here, and snow...eeek! But first, let's take a look at what I managed to read over the summer. This … Continue reading Summer Reading Wrap Up


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

   Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a novel of epic proportions. Not only is it substantial in physical size, but the scope of the story is huge as well.  I have described this novel as an alternate English history when put to the question. The premise is that English magic (which was prevalent a … Continue reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

This month I listened to Rachel McAdams' reading of Anne of Green Gables on Audible. I usually try not to use my Audible credits on books I already own (unless they're super long and I don't know when I'll have time to read them), but after listening to the sample of this on Audible, I … Continue reading Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

Summer Reading Progress 2017

Total Books Read (since July 1st):: 6 10 Books of Summer Challenge:: 6/10 (see my book list here) Classics Club Challenge:: 5/50     (see my book list here) Since I didn't finish too many books in July, I wanted to wait a little while longer to post an update. Now I've finished 6 novels … Continue reading Summer Reading Progress 2017

The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs is a contemporary adventure/mystery about a young woman who is beginning her studies in literature in Oxford. As the last descendant of Patrick Brontë, Samantha Whipple is hounded by the media about her father's mysterious death (by fire) and the myth of the Brontë inheritance. When the Brontë books from her father's … Continue reading The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell

Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood

I love Ernest Hemingway. That's probably something you should know about me. I love his writing so much that I've been savoring it, because I never want to run out of new things to read. First I read A Farewell To Arms - to this day one of my favorite novels of all time. Then … Continue reading Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Bardo:: A Tibetan Buddhist term meaning 'of an existence between death and rebirth'. This novel is quite unconventional. Not quite as unconventional as the book called S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams, but it does not, as a typical novel would, consist of nothing but prose.  The chapters are quite short, and many of them … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Thoughts on My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier

Last night I finished reading My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier. It had been at the top of my to read list for the past several years, but I never got past the first several pages until last week, which is strange, because the first several pages are almost as gripping as the first … Continue reading Thoughts on My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier

A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the second Sherlock Holmes story I have read (the first was The Hound of the Baskervilles), and I have to say I remain surprised by the way they read. I suppose it is the enormous fame of the characters, the familiarity with which I felt I had with them before ever reading one … Continue reading A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle

June Reading Wrap Up

Hello friends - I hope your month of reading in June was as good as mine! I will just go ahead and admit right now that the last several years of my life have basically been one big reading slump, so the fact that I read 5 (FIVE) books in June makes me feel freaking … Continue reading June Reading Wrap Up