High Rising_Angela Thirkell

High Rising by Angela Thirkell

This isn’t my first rodeo with Angela Thirkell. Early last year, I read Pomfret Towers and thought it was a very floofy but satisfying book, the kind you settle down with when you want nothing more than to be shut-in at home, curled up on the farthest end of the couch and drinking copious amounts […]... Read More

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is my second go at Yoko Ogawa, having been first introduced to her work through her unforgettable The Diving Pool: Three Novellas.  By comparison, The Housekeeper and the Professor is a far cry from the quiet uneasiness and foreboding that helped cement The Diving Pool’s place on my mind’s list […]... Read More
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A Sickness In the Family by Denise Mina

First off, I’m rather sorry to admit that I wasn’t able to really enjoy Here Be Dragons by Stella Gibbons because I just couldn’t stand one of the characters.  Never before have I ever let something as trivial as this affect my enjoyment of a book, but John’s utter selfishness made me want to smack […]... Read More
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Library Picks + Snow by Maxence Fermine

I’m happy to report that I’ve finished the bulk of my last library haul (I’m currently devouring Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye), giving me the perfect excuse to plunder the shelves for a fresh batch of books to drag home and enjoy. Right off the top is Snow, by French author Maxence Fermine. Set in […]... Read More