Anne of Green Gables

April 30, 2009

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

April 28, 2009

Kazuo Ishiguro is perhaps best known for his 1989 Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day, it is his earlier work, An Artist of the Floating World, that made it onto the Observer’s list of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time. Since I’m trying to work my way through those hundred books, I […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 42609

April 26, 2009

After a couple weeks of no movement at all, there has finally been a shake-up atop the New York Times Bestseller List — at least in the hardcover fiction category. Gone from the No. 1 spot is Harlan Coben’s Long Lost, which now sits at No. 4. Meanwhile, three brand-new titles now occupy the top […]


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

April 23, 2009

Some books are revered more for the circumstances under which they are written than for their actual content, and I think the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass falls into this category. There’s not a whole lot of substance to this memoir, nor is there much in the way of philosophy […]


The BFG by Roald Dahl

April 21, 2009

Plot summary (with possible spoilers): One night, I young orphan girl named Sophie can’t fall asleep. So she goes to look out the window, where she beholds an amazing sight: a huge 24-foot tall giant leaning into the window of a neighbor’s house, blowing something at the two children sleeping there. Sophie is scared half […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 41909

April 19, 2009

The top 5 hardcover fiction books on the NY Times bestseller list remained exactly the same for the second week in a row, with Harlan Coben’s Long Lost leading the way. I’ve heard that Long Lost, which is the ninth installment of the Myron Bolitar series, is actually pretty good, so I’ll probably get to […]


Acne for Dummies

April 17, 2009

I’ve had problem skin ever since I was in sixth grade. Back then, it was something that “all kids” go through, so, while it caused me quite a bit of angst and embarrassment, at least I didn’t feel alone. I hoped my acne would magically disappear once I hit my twenties, but that didn’t happen. […]


BTT: Windfall

April 16, 2009

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

April 14, 2009

Even though Miss Jane Marple is one of Agatha Christie’s most beloved detectives, I have been extremely disappointed in my experiences with this character. She has appeared in three of Christie’s novels thus far: Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, and The Moving Finger, and while all were superb stories, the Miss […]


NY Times Bestsellers 41209

April 12, 2009

After spending just one week at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, Jonathan Kellerman’s True Detectives slipped all the way down to No. 5 this week. The new No. 1 is Long Lost, the latest from popular author Harlan Coben. I’ve actually read three or four Coben books and have enjoyed them […]