Book Review # 18: The Pillars of the Earth

Author: Ken Follett Publisher: Signet Novel Publishing Date: August 1990 Number of Pages: 983 Genre: Historical Synopsis: As a new age dawns in England’s twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and […]

Book Review # 17: All The Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner Publishing Date: 2014 Number of Pages: 530 Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis: Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of […]

Book Review # 16: Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green Publisher: Dutton Books Publishing Date: 2017 Number of Pages: 286 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance Synopsis: Sixteen-year old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance […]

Book Review # 15: A Passage to India

Author: Edward Morgan Forster Publisher: Hardcourt, Inc. Publishing Date: 1952 Number of Pages: 362 Genre: Historical, Political Fiction, Romance Synopsis: “Hailed as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century and transformed into an Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India hauntingly evokes India at the peak of the British colonial era, complete with the racial tension […]

Book Review # 14: After Dark

Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Jay Rubin Publisher: Vintage Books Publishing Date: April 2008 Number of Pages: 244 Genre: Contemporary, Surrealism, Speculative Fiction Synopsis:  “A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.” Background I was introduced to the wonderful world of Haruki Murakami […]

Book Review # 12: The Vegetarian

Author: Han Kang Translator: Deborah Smith Publisher: Hogarth Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 188 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Asian Culture, Literary Fiction Synopsis:  Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams – invasive images of blood and brutality – torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind […]

Book Review # 11: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Book I of Walking Chaos Trilogy)

Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages: 479 Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then, just one month away from the birthday that will make […]

Book Review # 10: Tom Jones

Author: Henry Fielding Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 851 Genre: Classic, Bildungsroman Synopsis: Henry Fielding’s high-spirited hero is a foundling of mysterious origins, discovered abandoned one night in the bed of the wealthy and benevolent Mr. Allworthy. Tom’s intrigues, amours and picaresque adventures, and how he pursues and wins the lovely […]

Book Review # 9: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara Publisher: Anchor Books Publishing Date: January 2016 Number of Pages: 816 Genre: Bildungsroman/Coming of age Synopsis: A Little Life follows four college classmates – broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition – as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success […]