What I Read – May 2017

Silence - Shusaku Endo (Picador Classic, 2015) translated from the Japanese by William Johnston But Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt - this is the realization that came home to… Continue reading What I Read – May 2017

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Book Review: Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall

After reading Zoe Whittall's most recent novel, The Best Kind of People, I was eager to see what her earlier work was like. I enjoyed Holding Still for as Long as Possible and would even go so far as describing it as more realistic than The Best Kind of People. The description on the front… Continue reading Book Review: Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall

Book Review: 2 Short Story Collections

It's a bit unfair to lump these two story collections in together but I read them almost back to back and, a few weeks later, am struggling to differentiate them in my mind. A Manual for Cleaning Women and Collected Stories are collections of a life's worth of short stories by Lucia Berlin and Grace… Continue reading Book Review: 2 Short Story Collections

Book Review: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

I was familiar with the concept of the Five Love Languages and what they were long before I ever read this book but when I saw Chapman's book in a thrift store thought it might still be interesting to see what his ideas were in more detail. Basically, Chapman proposes that humans each have a… Continue reading Book Review: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant, thirty years old, works in an office, does things exactly how she wants them without worrying what others think. Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly fine on her own, thank you very much, and always has been. She goes to Marks & Spencer every Friday, talks to Mummy on the phone every Wednesday night, and… Continue reading Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman