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The Girl on the Train

A pretty okay thriller slash mystery, By Paula Hawkins

I’ll keep this short-ish, because this book has been reviewed thousands of times already and there’s not much to add. Around the time I started this site, I kept seeing The Girl on the Train pop up everywhere. I was in the mood for a good mystery and couldn’t find anything that caught my attention […]

Beautiful Ruins

A colorful but subtly moralistic story set in Hollywood and the Amalfi Coast, By Jess Walter

I have this thing that I do — in theory — where, before I travel somewhere new, I like to buy a book that’s set in that place and read it while I’m there. You know, just to set the scene and to get to visit the places in the book, etc. Sounds lovely, right? […]

Station Eleven

Civilization in a Post-Apocalyptic World, By Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel opens at the onset of an outbreak of a virulent flu. In a matter of weeks, it will quickly decimate the world’s population. In its wake is a place that is disconnected, desperate and dangerous, with small communities of people trying to make their way in this brave […]

Against the Day

Congratulations on Getting Through This Book, By Thomas Pynchon

“‘The fascination of what’s difficult,’ to steal from Yeats, is what first drew readers to Pynchon’s novels.” — to steal from this NY times reviewer, stealing from Yeats. As such, the best part about reading Pynchon is to tell others you read Pynchon. And the best part of reading Against the Day is to be […]

The Goldfinch

An Engrossing and Entertaining Dickensian Tale, By Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is a Bildungsroman (coming-of-age story) of a boy who survives a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The bombing results in his mother’s death and, in the haze of the aftermath, him making off with her favorite […]