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This was a wild ride. I am part of a book club where we read whatever we want so there is no set book. However, most of the participants had read and raved about this book. It's urban fantasy set in New York. New York and its boroughs are literally the characters. It reminded me Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (who has a quote on the cover of this book) as it focuses on a city's…

This memoir by George Orwell was quite a grim yet interesting read. It's Eric Blair's (aka Orwell) experiences as a casual kitchen labourer in Paris and as a tramp in London. There were a few disturbing moments and quite a number of depressing ones. It was not easy to read but strangely fascinating owing to it being well written. Blair has a way of painting the characters he meets. The Paris section reads like a…

It's been awhile since I read a literary novel like this one. The author is a poet and this is his first novel. This is a very well written first novel. The prose is so sparse yet so powerful. The storyline and the characters are heavy though. As a first generation immigrant and someone who had not the most peaceful relationship with my mother growing up, some of the scenes between the narrator and his…

I discovered this manga series through Good Reads. I've read volumes 1-8 which were all available through my library. Volume 9 should be coming to me in the next month or so. I think there is a total of 11 or 12 in the series. There is something so captivating about this medieval fairy tale manga about a girl and a creature from the "Outside" a kind of a monster with history. There is no…

I have mixed feelings about this book and sometimes about Harari too. On the one hand, Harari does offer some interesting and thought provoking ideas about history, the current world order, and philosophy. On the other hand, I also find his style of writing a bit meandering. The first part of the book has a lot of what if scenarios for the 21st century. This bored me early on and I put the book on…

I know some people read cozy mysteries and romance novels as their comfort reading. I am finding that young adult / children's books and graphic novels are my comfort reading. I read the first Borrowers at the end of 2019. I liked it enough to read the rest of the series in the past couple of months. Overall, I really liked this series. I wish I had read it when I was younger but I…

I love books about books. I think it’s because it's an intimate and special kind of love. For me growing up as a lonely kid, books were some of my best friends. I’d spend summers at the library. I’d wonder about book characters and their lives. Reading about how how other people love and think about books so deeply is cathartic. This author and others who wrote lovingly about books gets it. Maybe some of…

This is the young adult graphic novel about teenage relationships romantic and otherwise. In recent years, I've found some of my favourite reads have been young adult graphic novels. They consistently deliver interesting storytelling. I liked this one too. The art is done in the mostly black and white manga style so it's not as elaborate or fancy as some other graphic novels, but it works. The story is about a girl named Freddy and…

I remember reading The Night Circus fondly. I gave it a high rating and review. Some years later, I realized I had no memory of the plot or the characters other than that it was about a love story. That is not unusual because I've read hundreds of novels in my life so I often forget when I've even read a book. Still, Night Circus couldn't have been that good if I forgot that much…

This book took me awhile to read. It was a recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour and I did like reading the beginning. I have a background in public health. I love history. I am one of those people who get bitten frequently to the point where I don't like camping or being in the woods too long. The bites tend to be big and very itchy too. It's a real nuisance and inconvenience. With…

This was so wholesome. It's a bit cheesy and silly since there are some contrived plot devices like in a teen romcom. Still, I enjoyed reading it. When I was a teenager, I was skipping contemporary young adult fiction in favour of adult fiction or the classics. YA as a genre has come a long way in 20 years. There is a lot more choice and diversity. When I was growing up, there weren't a…

In the old days when I use to have more time and read more literary books, I would read a number of Pulitizer Prize winners. It's been awhile since I read one and I do think they can be hit or miss. At least I remember Pulitizers being a little less mysterious and experimental than some Booker prize winners. This novel was overall okay. The protagonist Arthur Less goes on an around the world journey.…