December Reading Challenge: Vinegar Girl

This post on Anne Tyler's Vinegar Girl is going to be a little lame, since the novel is a rewritten, modern version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew which I have never read (but have SparkNoted!). I will read Shakespeare's play as soon as I can and perhaps come back to Vinegar Girl and talk about it … Continue reading December Reading Challenge: Vinegar Girl

December Reading Challenge: The Scent of Pine

Lara Vapnyar's The Scent of Pine is an indulgent novel, with the past and present intermingling in beautiful and haunting ways; lust and love and desire bringing insecurities and reality into the light. And I love that it primarily takes place in a cabin in the woods in Maine. There's something enchanting and deep about the … Continue reading December Reading Challenge: The Scent of Pine

December Reading Challenge: Swimming Home

Tom McCarthy wrote an insightful introduction to Deborah Levy's novel, Swimming Home, in 2011. In it he says that Levy's "fiction seemed less concerned about the stories it narrated than about the interzone (to borrow Burrough's term) it set up in which desire and speculation, fantasy and symbols circulated." This is the first  time I'm learning about William … Continue reading December Reading Challenge: Swimming Home

December Reading Challenge: An Introduction

Well, here we are. The last month of the year, and Goodreads won't stop pestering me about finishing my reading goal that I barely remember setting earlier in 2016. Because of this pestering (I use this word adoringly), and because I didn't restrain myself in the library, this month I am setting out to read … Continue reading December Reading Challenge: An Introduction

November Reading Challenge: After Dark

After losing my mind over What They Do In The Dark, I am happy to say that After Dark did not lead me doubting myself as a reader, but reinforced my love for reading. This is the first Haruki Murakami novel I have read, and it certainly won't be my last. I can't believe the beauty I've been missing. … Continue reading November Reading Challenge: After Dark

November Reading Challenge: What They Do in the Dark

So the lady wasn't a real person at all. The surprise of this suited Pauline. Maybe most people weren't real, just pretending to be. It helped when you knew that, that they might be ghosts, like you. Unless that meant the people you only had a chance of meeting as ghosts, like Joanne, were less … Continue reading November Reading Challenge: What They Do in the Dark