Toni Morrison – A Mercy

I finished this book over two weeks ago, and have been struggling to write the review ever since. I honestly hoped I wouldn’t have to drag it into the new year, but there you have it… This is the first Toni Morrison I’ve read, and I started the book with great trepidation. I’ve heard phenomenal […]

Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao won the Pultizer Prize for Fiction in 2008. The protagonist, Oscar, is an overweight American boy (with Dominican roots), who aspires to be the next Tolkien. His interests include writing passionately, role-playing games, comic books, sci-fi and fantasy, and of course, women. However, one bad experience with his […]

Sophie McKenzie – Girl, Missing

Girl, Missing is a story about Lauren, a fourteen year old, who lives in London with her parents. She knows she is adopted, and when she is forced to deliberate on “Who am I?” as part of her school homework, her curiosity in her past increases threefold. Logging on to a website,, she finds […]

My Favourite Reads From The Past Year

So, we’re standing at the threshold of 2010, and it’s that time of the year… Reflections, introspections, retrospections, that kind of thing. I’m feeling pretty annoyed with myself as I haven’t done the hundred books I wanted to, this year, but, I have read some phenomenal books, and I thought I’d just list my favourite […]

Stephanie Meyer – Twilight

If you love the Twilight books, I suggest you don’t continue reading this review, despite the fact that it’s going to be a really short one. Nope – I didn’t enjoy the book, and worse, I didn’t see any point to it. I struggled to page 279, and then, I just gave up. On one […]

Winifred Watson – Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day is a delightful book centring around a middle-aged prudish governess, who has no money and desperately needs a job to click. One morning, a serendipitous incident sees her knock on the door of a beautiful young cabaret singer, instead of a household abound with ill-disciplined children, for a job. […]

Daphne Du Maurier – My Cousin Rachel

For twenty four years, Daphne Du Maurier has eluded me, and I’m still trying to figure out how! I read Rebecca earlier this year, and loved it, which led me to pick up My Cousin Rachel. Surprise, surprise! I loved it as well. My Cousin Rachel is narrated by Philip Ashley, who was orphaned at […]

Eudora Welty – The Robber Bridegroom

I stumbled upon The Robber Bridegroom in a second hand bookstore, and was intrigued immediately, by the  quote on the cover: A Gothic fairy tale set in the eighteenth century Mississippi. I like Gothic fairy tales, most of the time, and this was no exception. It had all the key ingredients, worthy of a Grimm […]

Peter Carey – My Life As A Fake

Peter Carey, an Australian novelist, is one of only two authors to have won the Booker Prize twice, for the works Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001). While I have both books on my to-read list, I thought I’d introduce myself to Peter Carey with one of his later […]

Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, starring Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. The tables have turned though, and while last time Mikael was on the wrong side of the law, this time it’s Lisbeth. Lisbeth has had her share of trouble with the law before, but, […]

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