My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

*trigger warning for sexual abuse SO I’m still in that phase of “I don’t know what to do with this site.” I’ve done something with it, but I’m not yet happy with what I’ve done. However, I did read this book recently and it has certainly been difficult to get my mind off it. SoContinue reading “My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell”

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

The title of the novel The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett made me want to read it. When I started reading the novel, I hadn’t read any reviews or synopses and had no idea what to expect. It is the story of a notorious book thief and a clever rare-bookContinue reading “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett”

Reading Heinrich Böll

During the German Literature Month – November 2011, I received two books by the Nobel Prize in Literature winning author, Heinrich Böll as part of a giveaway (big thanks to Caroline @ Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy @ Lizzy’s Literary Life) – his first ever novel, The Train Was on Time and anotherContinue reading “Reading Heinrich Böll”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.” (Mark Twain) About the story: Youth is wasted on the young; isn’t that what they say? Inspired by Mark Twain’s quote, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s amusing and imaginative short story The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonContinue reading “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald”

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

About the book: So, I only managed to read three of the six Booker Prize shortlisted books. The other day they announced the winner – The Sense of an Ending by English author Julian Barnes. I’d read that one. It’s no Life of Pi, but it’s certainly the best out of the three that IContinue reading “The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes”

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at A Few More Pages. To participate, share the first line (or two) of the book you are reading, along with the author and title. Also share your first impression based on that first line! This is the beginning of one of hell of aContinue reading “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller”

R.I.P. – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Another book I read as part of the R.I.P. Challenge. “It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsiveContinue reading “R.I.P. – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley”

Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey

I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. “In the world of homelessness, poverty, and desperation, you fight for survival, and there are no polite limits to the fight.” Children of the Street is a mystery novel by Kwei Quartey. It is the second book (after Wife of the Gods) inContinue reading “Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey”