From My Bookshelf: Nightingale, Fly, Home

This installment of From My Bookshelf is brought to you by the final month of summer and nostalgia. I knew I wanted to feature one particular author for this post, because for a few summers in my teens I almost exclusively read her books. The ones I read were so indulgent, so captivating; perfect for … Continue reading From My Bookshelf: Nightingale, Fly, Home

Summer Reading Challenge 2016: Shadow of Night

I finished this book in one day. Sure, I had started the first couple of chapters at a different time but the rest was done on a recent dreary day when I could think of nothing else but finding out how Matthew and Diana would survive Europe in 1590. Because of course they survive; there is … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: Shadow of Night

Summer Reading Challenge 2016: The Home Stretch

Well it's that time of year again when readers across the land scramble to finish their summer reading lists, prepare for new fall reads and holiday book hauls, and maybe get caught up with real-life people. I have done quite a bit of the latter, am not even thinking about the second, but am a strong … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: The Home Stretch

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

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' use … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenge 2016: A Discovery of Witches