Category: Challenges

Review of Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone is the first of five books in Susan Cooper’s classic children’s series, The Dark is Rising.  She won a Newbery award for the fourth book, The Grey King.  It’s on my Classics Club list and also counts towards the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge.  March’s country is Wales, and…

Review of How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.  Historical fiction, French Resistance, female spies.  What’s not to like? In a word, WOW.  This was a Made-Me-Miss-My-Metro-Stop kind of book.  Literally – and I can’t remember the last time that happened. Honestly, I went into this book with…

Review: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Please Look After Mom is a widely acclaimed Korean novel by Kyung-Sook Shin, which tells the story of a family who lose their mother in a Seoul subway station.  Park So-Nyo is an elderly wife and mother of five who gets separated from her husband in a crowded station and disappears.  The family’s efforts to…

Review of The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Tortilla Curtain might not be my favorite T.C. Boyle, but like his others it poses interesting issues, great writing that blends emotion and sarcasm, and even though it was written in 1995 every issue it raises is meaningful today. Curtain takes place in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon.  It’s a story of contrasts, between an…

Review of At Drake’s Command by David Wesley Hill

Author David Wesley Hill sent me his novel, At Drake’s Command, with a request for review.  I love historical fiction, but I’ve never read the works of C.S. Forester (the Horatio Hornblower series) and Patrick O’Brian (Jack Aubrey) because I’ve been told the books are too nautically-detailed for me to enjoy them.  Still, I enjoyed…

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

Here’s my book list for Roof Beam Reader’s 2013 TBR Pile Challenge: The rules: Identify 12 books and two alternates that have been on your To Be Read List for over a year.  This means none of the books can be published in 2012.  You don’t get to change this list once you’ve posted it. …

2013 Reading Challenge Round-Up

Happy holidays everyone!  I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for 2013 challenges.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to sign up for any – although now is the time to decide, and I have lots of time this week to think about it! When I searched for 2013 Book Challenges I found tons…