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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…

Angelology

Angelology

While browsing through the fantasy section of the nookbooks store of Barnes and Noble, I came across this title by Danielle Trussoni.  It seemed promising.  It had ANGELS in it, so I shelled out the ten dollars for the electronic version and bought it. Read more…

Ivory

Ivory

Lately, I’ve been reading many e-books that have been published independently by their own authors.  Ivory, written by Steve Merrifield is one of them.  It was listed on the Science Fiction section of the Barnes and Noble website, and it was FREE!  Since it was free and I was curious, I decided to give it a try, and I am very glad I did.  It has been a long time since I have gotten a little uncomfortable while reading a mystery/horror book.   This book managed to make me squirm a little and look over my shoulder. Read more…

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

What a wonderful book! I mean it. Holden Caulfield now holds a dear place in my heart. Next to Ishmael, from Moby Dick, Holden Caulfield has become one of my most beloved male characters in all of literature. I found the beginning of the book is a bit annoying, I confess, but as his narrative unfolds I began to identify with those feelings of solitude, of not knowing your place in the world. It brought up memories of my own adolescence. He was stuck halfway between being a child and an adult and sort of tumbled through those days following his expulsion. I remember days like those when all those new emotions and experiences felt overwhelming and you felt the urge to give in to something as childish as bursting into tears when you found that you weren’t quite ready to tackle the adult world, but did not feel quite like a child any longer; and thinking that everyone in the world was a phony and being aware of my own phoniness. Read more…

Rebecca

Rebecca

Randy, one of my online buddies, recommended I read  this classic of Gothic Romance written by Dame Daphne Du Maurier.  Since I have been so faithful to not keeping up with the reading list I set up for myself I decided to give it a try.  Rebecca is a lovely, old fashioned book with a solid plot and some very interesting characters.  We have the narrator of the story, a young, naive girl that works as a companion for a rich American woman, and Maxim De Winter, a forty something widower, owner of Manderley — a great old estate in Cornwall.  He is haunted by the dead of his lovely, sylph like wife Rebecca and goes to  the South of France on a holiday.  He meets the narrator there  and marries her in a whim.  He takes her to his great estate Manderley to be the new Mrs. De Winter, but the shadow of Rebecca haunts her every turn.  What exactly happens… well, you have to read it to find out! Read more…

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I am an online shopping junkie, especially when it comes to books. I buy books compulsively, and as a result I have a very long queue of books I absolutely “must read” since I have spent so much money on them. I am really bad when it comes to borrowing books from the library. I always forget to return them on time and end up paying many times over what the original book actually costs. I couldn’t resist browsing Amazon.com. I get free shipping; as a result many of the books are significantly cheaper than at the bookstore. The website recommended I check out several titles by Ian McEwan based on my shopping and browsing history . I was impressed by Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love so much that I decided to buy not one but two more books by him, Amsterdam, was one of them. Read more…

Swordspoint

Swordspoint

I am an avid fanfiction reader and sometimes writer. While interacting with other readers and writers in the fanfiction world, a name was brought to my attention more than once, Ellen Kushner. Some of my friends are fascinated by her works; she has made a name for herself in some tough niches, like the writers of slash fanfiction -same gender fiction. It tickled my curiosity and prompted me to buy her famous Swordspoint novel. I have just finished it and wanted to write my impressions while it was still fresh in my mind. Read more…

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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