Summer Reading Challenge 2016: Disgrace

I'm not going to think about how close the end of summer is; instead, let's talk about Disgrace. J.M. Coetzee wastes no time in launching us into the life of fifty-two year old David Lurie in Disgrace. Lurie is divorced, currently on his way to visit an escort named Soraya, and has "to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: Disgrace

Summer Reading Challenge 2016: The Pier Falls and Other Stories

There's nothing better than a summertime read that so thoroughly describes the tragic, horrific event of an ocean pier falling and taking human life with it. The title of this short story collection by Mark Haddon (and consequently, the title of the first of these stories) is so simplistic, so matter of fact, yet no detail between the … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: The Pier Falls and Other Stories

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Summer Reading Challenge 2016: A Discovery of Witches

What makes this novel spectacular is not just its length; not just the invocation of hunger for the next sentence, the next page, the next chapter; and not just the web of characters who become suddenly connected although they have been that way all along; no, what makes this novel so spectacular, is Deborah Harkness' … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: A Discovery of Witches

Summer Reading Challenge 2016: An Introduction

Is summer my favorite season for reading? No. But it is one of four of my favorite seasons for reading; like the fall is for school, summer is for books. It calls for cleaning out To Be Read (TBR) lists, looking for what's new on the shelves of bookstores (and in publishers' calendars), and seeking … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: An Introduction