Books I loved

The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves

When looking for something a little more literary to read to get away from the pressures of school and keeping up house and the unending list of things that I do, I came across this title, The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.  The name intrigued me and when I read the description I decided to give it a try.  The description of the book said there were painters, psychiatrists and French Impressionism.  I was hooked. Read more…

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

There are many people that believe contemporary romance or romance erotica are trash.  Well, here is the book to prove them wrong.  Come Unto These Yellow Sands is one of the best romance books I have ever read, and that includes regular romance.  I should qualify, that it is one of the best books of romance I’ve read written by an author of contemporary times.   I was introduced to Josh Lanyon, the author of Come Unto These Yellow Sands by a friend writer of mine. This author writes GLBT fiction (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual fiction), although to be fair it is mainly gay romance and erotica.

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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

What a captivating, interesting book! Jean Rhys managed to create a tense, mysteriously haunting world in very few pages. The heat, the smell of orange blossoms and sweet cinnamon all assault your senses as you read Rhys’s fantastic account on the mysterious woman in the attic from Bronte’s Jane Eyre. I am deeply captivated by this author’s take on dementia and people’s reaction to others suffering of that affliction. Afro-Caribbean traditions and prejudices play a significant part in the plot, I recommend that you read up a bit on the history of the West Indies and Caribbean before taking up this book in order to understand it fully. Read more…

Enduring Love

Enduring Love

So, I cheated.

I am deeply ashamed. I have not finished the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yet, but I have read another book from my list, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. I will explain how I came about finishing this enthralling novel and how I came about the book in the first place as they are both interesting stories. Read more…

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Vivian has read 23 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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