Tag: London

Review: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Those who love a good gothic novel will certainly appreciate this one, as will those looking for more LGBTQ stories and characters in their reading.  I’ve been wanting to read Sarah Waters, but I started The Paying Guests and it didn’t grab me.  This…

Review of Happiness by Aminatta Forna

I knew nothing about this author or novel but, true to its title, it was a happy surprise.  This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking story of two adults who meet in London.  Attila is a trauma expert from Ghana who arrives in London for a conference…

Review of Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

This striking book was written by Kamila Shamsie as a modern take on Sophocles’ classic Antigone.  At the same time, it’s a strong commentary on racism and anti-Muslim sentiment, and what it’s like to be a Muslim immigrant in the UK or United States today….

Our bookish travels through Spain and the UK

On our trip to London and Spain we saw a lot of cool things, especially in the areas of art, architecture, history, and wine.  But here’s the bookish side of our travels: Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, is clearly Spain’s favorite literary…

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

There’s no shortage of great historical novels written about World War II.  This is a good one – probably not one of the best, but I found it more interesting than the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See.  Although it’s not really fair…

Dream of the Dead by M.G. Scarsbrook

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, and this was one I very much enjoyed.  I generally prefer historical mysteries to modern-day, but this one had an interesting setting (the Theater District in London) and interesting characters (a former stage actor turned detective). …

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favorite writers, and this book may be one of her best.  It’s about a very dysfunctional family suffering through a heatwave in 1976 London.  Robert, the father, goes out one morning for a paper and doesn’t come back. …

Review of Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

I picked up a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, but really the suggestion came from Bethany at Subtle Melodrama, who said it was nice to read something a little light when most books are so heavy.  And having recently read books about…

Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’ve signed up for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge for 2012, and I’m getting ahead of myself a little bit but here’s my first review for the Challenge.  The Challenge is to read the classic horror and science fiction novels that created the…

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