Review: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this. I listed it as my “out of my comfort zone” read for a read-a-thon, because I was afraid Waugh was one of those “golden agers” lumped in with Steinbeck and Fitzgerald…the self-absorbed literary lions that write boring, misogynist novels I despise.** Well, I was wrong. … More Review: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

5 out of 5 stars This is a very subtle novel. It talks about a lot of important things and has a lot of philosophical mumbo jumbo. I’m often frustrated with that kind of thing. But woven throughout the obvious are subtle parallels. It’s interesting, because as I often have trouble deciphering or even retaining … More Review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Cramathon!

You may have noticed a lot of reviews on the blog over the weekend. That is because I was taking part of a readathon called the Cramathon. It was a readathon that originated last year in December to help people behind on their yearly Goodreads get closer to it if they were behind. The idea … More The Cramathon!

Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Strange things are afoot at Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore The problem with booklovers, and the wonderful thing about booklovers, is that the books are never enough. We are beset by nostalgia about story, and language, and learning and the physical books themselves. We reblog and sigh over piles of artistically shot leather bound tomes. We … More Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan