Book Review: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

I know someone who moved to Australia, married an Australian, and named her daughter Alice. She's a big fan of this book. With an endorsement like that, I've been meaning to read this novel for years. When I finally got my hands on a copy, it took me only days to make it through. The… Continue reading Book Review: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

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What I Read – September 2017

(My dad felt that my summer reading level had dropped off so I have done my best to boost my numbers this September. However, please keep your expectations low for October.) The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina - Kara LaReau (Amulet Books, 2017) The Good People - Hannah Kent (Little, Brown,… Continue reading What I Read – September 2017

What I Read – October 2016

The Autumn season is prime book-reading time. The rainy and cold weather means I want to stay inside and read and there seem to be so many books to read. The autumn is when many new books are released (leading up to Christmas) and many of the major literary prize winners (and shortlists) are announced.… Continue reading What I Read – October 2016

What I Read – December 2015

No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000) The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan (Penguin Books, 2006) ...however we choose to feed ourselves, we eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and what we're eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world. Ru - Kim ThĂșy… Continue reading What I Read – December 2015

What I Read – May 2015

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis It's been a while since I read this one and so I'd forgotten that, well, not much happens in the story. It's a creative idea - bringing the Pevensie kids hundreds of years forward in Narnian history so that their return is like the return of King Arthur - but… Continue reading What I Read – May 2015

Book Review – The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

If you love a good mystery novel - with a private eye who smokes too much, drinks too much, likes to comment on a lady's legs (and calls them "gams"), but always gets the job done - you owe a debt of gratitude to Raymond Chandler. The Big Sleep is Chandler's first novel, published in… Continue reading Book Review – The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Book Review – Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

There's a reason very few books are written in the second person. It's a difficult feat to pull off without sounding like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel. The problem, of course, is that, at some point or another, the reader will stop and say, "No. That isn't me. I didn't do that." And the… Continue reading Book Review – Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney