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Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

Title: The TrialAuthor: Franz KafkaTranslator: Idris Parry Publisher: Penguin (Modern Classics)Date: 2015 (1925)Genre: Philosophical FictionSummary: A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he… Continue reading Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

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December 2021 TBR

In drear-nighted December, Too happy, happy tree, Thy branches ne’er remember Their green felicity: The north cannot undo them With a sleety whistle through them; Nor frozen thawings glue them From budding at the prime. –   from In Drear-Nighted December by John Keats Bleak House by Charles Dickens Summary: As the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds… Continue reading December 2021 TBR

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Book Review: Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

Title: Gentlemen and PlayersAuthor: Joanne HarrisPublisher: Transworld Publishers LtdDate: 2006 (2005)Genre: Mystery / Psychological ThrillerSummary: For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. But this year the… Continue reading Book Review: Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

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The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

I have acquired a fair number of books recently so I thought I’d do a quick TBR update and share the ten latest additions to my (physical) bookshelves. Olivia by Dorothy Strachey When Olivia turns sixteen she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself… Continue reading The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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Would I Read My Recommendations from The StoryGraph?

I saw Susana over at A Bag Full of Stories do a similar post to this one a few months ago and I thought it was a really fun idea! I’m going to pick five books from my recommendations and discuss whether or not I’d read them. A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell (The… Continue reading Would I Read My Recommendations from The StoryGraph?

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Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

Title: The Dangers of Smoking in BedAuthor: Mariana EnríquezTranslator: Megan McDowellPublisher: GrantaDate: 2021 (2009)Genre: Horror / Short storiesSummary: Welcome to Buenos Aires, a city thrumming with murderous intentions and morbid desires, where missing children come back from the dead and unearthed bones carry terrible curses. These brilliant, unsettling tales of revenge, witchcraft, fetishes, disappearances and urban madness… Continue reading Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez