Books, Recommendation

What I Read | APRIL 2017

Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson Bryson, known mainly for his European travelogues, here documents his return to the USA through a series of newspaper essays.  Having tasted life in Europe, his musings about his home country are mostly exasperated.  Occasionally, usually at the prodding of his British wife, he remembers something lovely… Continue reading What I Read | APRIL 2017

Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | November 2016

Eight books this month, ranging from YA fantasy adventures to historical scandals in early Hollywood.  Oh, and I finally read The Little Prince, which was a LONG time coming. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Woodson's prose reads like poetry, which helps make her story more palatable.  I mean, it's GOOD, but it is a devastating… Continue reading What I Read | November 2016

Books

The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault

Reading Greek mythology in Greece is such a cool experience.  The Bull from the Sea opens with Theseus returning to Attica from Crete without changing his sails from black to white, the result of which is his father, King Aigeus, leaping to his death from the cliff in Sounio.  I just went to Sounio!  It's… Continue reading The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault

Books

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

I am totally in love with Oppel's writing style.  I will probably say that at the beginning of every review of his book, because I keep thinking something will break the spell, but every single book is amazing!  He is fantastic at creating worlds that sit just this side of reality...everything is recognizable until it… Continue reading The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Books

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

One of my favorite things about the first Victor Frankenstein book, This Dark Endeavor, was how its adventures and mysticism refused to be categorized as science, faith, or magic.  The events that transpired could have been the result of any of the three philosophies, and I really enjoyed wondering what was "true."  That all changed… Continue reading Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

Books

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

I've never been hugely drawn to stories about Frankenstein or his monster, but my librarian friend Kelly suggested I read This Dark Endeavor after I admitted liking Oppel's book The Nest.  Although I may never get into horror movies, I really enjoyed the book! Oppel gives us Frankenstein's origin story, and man, is it a… Continue reading This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Books

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

  Okay, this wins all the retellings (of which I am, admittedly, just starting to read)!  I LOVED reading Penelope's side of the story, seeing Odysseus's cleverness from her perspective, gently allowing her unreliable narration.  Was she faithful?  Was she not?  She sure wants us to think she was, just like Odysseus wants us to… Continue reading The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood