Book Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

First things first, I liked Rules of Civility better than A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles' first book and I think I'm in the minority in this opinion so I'll explain why. Both novels are well written and Towles clearly excels at bringing historical time periods to life, whether that's New York in the 1930s, as seen in Rules of… Continue reading Book Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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Book Review: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Generally speaking, I don't enjoy books centred around bookstores. I find they tend to romanticize an experience I've known very well in the real, practical world. So I didn't begin 84, Charing Cross Road with high hopes, despite the fact that it was recommended to me by a bookseller. In the end, it surprised me. This… Continue reading Book Review: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Book Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

I've read Toni Morrison's Bluest Eye previously and had a vague idea of what Beloved was about so I knew I was in for a heavy read. To be honest, I'd put off reading this novel for that very reason. Yet as I read Beloved, I was reminded that sometimes it's important to look closely… Continue reading Book Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Not a Book Review: A Boys’ Treasury of Sea Stories

I didn't read this book from cover-to-cover, nor do I expect anyone to run out and buy this exact copy, so for those reasons this isn't exactly a book review. I picked up this story collection at a thrift store but my dad later pointed out to me that we had the same book at… Continue reading Not a Book Review: A Boys’ Treasury of Sea Stories

Book Review: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Where to start talking about a book like Winter's Tale? Almost more of a philosophical venture than a novel; it's magic realism, fantasy, historical fiction, a little bit of cyber punk. There's even time travel. Sort of. Blurbs will tell you that Winter's Tale is the story of Peter Lake, a thief who falls in… Continue reading Book Review: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

This collection of short stories focuses primarily on adolescent girls. The stories are compelling and readable and not at all familiar with my experience of being a teenage girl. Which isn't to say that they don't ring true but by the time I got to the end of the collection, it felt like the intensity… Continue reading Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

Book Review: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

In this novel, Brian Payton explores a lesser known portion of World War II history - the Japanese invasion of Alaska. At least, this was unknown to me and I consider myself decently informed. Our main character is John Easely, a journalist who has snuck his way into the Aleutian Islands where the native peoples… Continue reading Book Review: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton