Category Archives: Books

80 Days

Let’s talk about how freaking great 80 Days is. In this iOs game, you play as acrobat-turned-valet Passpartout in a steampunked version of Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days. (I read this novel when I was in middle … Continue reading

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The History Major

The History Major, a novella by Michael Phillip Cash, tells the story of a college freshman who wakes up in a dorm where everything’s just a little bit off. Her roommate, her classmates, even her class schedule are unfamiliar, and … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Fanfiction

I was reading on the Common after class the other day when — ugh, this is one of the times when truth is misleading. This sounds like I left a well-executed English lesson, scooped up my papers, and walked across … Continue reading

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The Invisible Emperor

Long ago, a secret society known as the Order of the Dragon possessed abilities and ancient knowledge… The Invisible Emperor by Arnold von Cornova relies on history and myth to tell an epic fantasy story about good and evil. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Eligible

You guys. I read another Pride and Prejudice reinvention. I like these, a little too much maybe, and they’re either wonderful or delightfully awful.   Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible is one of the wonderful ones. This novel tells the story of … Continue reading

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”

I got this from Cambridge library because I recognized the author’s name from the NPR story on We Should All Be Feminists, and also because I love expat and travel stories. I couldn’t recommend it more, both as an excellent, sympathetic expat account … Continue reading

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Book Review: Matriarch

Matriarch: An Australian Novel of Love and War by Geoffrey Hope Gibson tells the story of five generations of one family. The family saga begins when the son of a no-longer-wealthy British family arrives at a distant post in the Outback, … Continue reading

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There Is No TBR List

There are a lot of annual reading challenges going around now, like reading 52 books this year, or reading more works by female authors. (My personal reading challenge is to write and post more reviews of what I’m reading, and to remember who recommended … Continue reading

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Book Review: Anonymous

Harold really likes a certain type of supernatural reality shows. Like most “reality” TV, these follow a reliable format. A young couple moves into a creepy old house. The wife begins to notice odd things and express concerns to her husband, … Continue reading

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Kitchen Chinese

Just finished reading Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah. I was pretty much hooked as soon as the protagonist explains she only knows food words in Chinese. Hey, me too! This turned out to be an awesome story about Beijing expat life, with … Continue reading

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