Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – Book Review

Title: Wide Sargasso Sea Author: Jean Rhys Genre/Themes: Modern Classic, Historical Fiction, Jane Eyre, Jamaica, British Colonial Rule, Slavery, Racism, Inequality, Victorian Ideals PLEASE NOTE: This book although written by a different author acts as a prequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Therefore, the blurb and my review both contain spoilers for Jane Eyre. … Continue reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – Book Review

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Book Review

Title: The Bell Jar Author: Sylvia Plath Genre: Modern Classic Trigger Warning DepressionSuicidal IdeationGraphic descriptions of suicide attempts Blurb from Goodreads Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. … Continue reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Book Review

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – Book Review

Title: The English Patient Author: Michael Ondaatje Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Booker Prize Winner, Dramatic Fiction, Romantic Drama Blurb from Goodreads Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends. The exhausted … Continue reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – Book Review

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

Title: Never Let Me Go Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Genre/Themes: Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Humanity, Identity, Freedoms, Human Rights Blurb from Goodreads From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Daycomes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, … Continue reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

The Outsider by Albert Camus – Book Review

Title: The Outsider Alternative Title: The Stranger Author: Albert Camus Genre/Themes: Modern Classic, Translated Fiction, Existentialism Blurb from Goodreads Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in Algiers, society is baffled. Why would this seemingly … Continue reading The Outsider by Albert Camus – Book Review

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Book Review

Title: The Song of Achilles Author: Madeline Miller Genre/Themes: Greek Mythology, Love, LGBTQ+, War, Gods and Mortals, Trojan War Blurb from Goodreads Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and … Continue reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Book Review

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Book review

Title: The Shadow of the Wind Series: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1 Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Gothic, Love Story, Books about Books Blurb from Goodreads Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss … Continue reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Book review

To Bed with Grand Music by Marghanita Laski – Book Review

Title: To Bed with Grand Music Author: Marghanita Laski (pseudonym Sarah Russell) Genre/Themes: Forgotten Writers, Persephone Classics, Female Empowerment, Female Sexuality, Sex, Infidelity Blurb from Goodreads To Bed with Grand Music is about sex in wartime. On the first page (a scene as compelling in its way as the five conception scenes at the beginning … Continue reading To Bed with Grand Music by Marghanita Laski – Book Review

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Book Review

Title: The Catcher in the Rye Author: JD Salinger Genre / Themes: Modern Classic, Literary Fiction, Coming of Age Blurb from Goodreads The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his … Continue reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Book Review

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Mini Book Review

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee Genre/Themes: Modern Classic, Historical Fiction, Childhood, Racism, Prejudice, Coming of Age Blurb from Goodreads The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. "To Kill A Mockingbird" became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Mini Book Review