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”

R.I.P. – Stephen King’s Carrie

Carrie is Stephen King’s first novel (published in 1974) and is one of the most frequently banned books in schools. I never did read Carrie, because I always thought I wouldn’t like it. Why? Because I already knew most of the story. With three movies and one horrible spin-off, it is hard not to knowContinue reading “R.I.P. – Stephen King’s Carrie”

Cujo by Stephen King

“They began to back up, and as they did, the dog began to walk slowly forward. It was a stiff walk; not really a walk at all, Ronnie thought. It was a stalk. That dog wasn’t fucking around. Its engine was running and it was ready to go. Its head remained low. That growl neverContinue reading “Cujo by Stephen King”

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

There were eyes painted on the church door, narrow red eyes, and ugly stone demons the height of a man stood on either side of the entrance, their teeth bared like savage dogs. “Welcome to the devil’s house!” said the bearded man with a mocking bow before opening the heavy door. Inkheart (Original: Tintenherz) isContinue reading “Inkheart by Cornelia Funke”

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two teaser sentences from that page! “Reading a book, for me at least, is like traveling in someone else’s world. If it’s a good book, then you feel comfortable andContinue reading “The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll”

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

“As a rule, Fat Charlie felt embarrassment in his teeth, and in the upper pit of his stomach. If something that even looked like it might be embarrassing was about to happen on his television screen Fat Charlie would leap up and turn it off. If that was not possible, say if other people wereContinue reading “Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman”