Global Reading Challenge

THE HOUSEKEEPER + THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa, Review

THE HOUSEKEEPER + THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa, Review

BOOK REVIEW: Exquisite minimalism. I’ve always been a believer that good things come in small packages and this novel by Ogawa is a perfect example. The characters, a mathematics professor with special needs, his housekeeper and her son, are developed in an understated manner, through their actions. The mathematical concepts are explained with artful simplicity and woven into the telling of the story to great effect. I found Ogawa’s writing style refreshing – words are not squandered but chosen carefully to extract maximum value

MY BRILLIANT CAREER by Miles Franklin

MY BRILLIANT CAREER by Miles Franklin

BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW Exceptional. Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career truly deserves all the accolades it has received over the last century. It was a ground-breaking novel when it was published…

Book Review – REFLECTING THE SKY by S J Rozan

Action-packed. This is the first novel by S J Rozan that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. Rozan’s main characters private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are your classic odd couple, whose strengths and weakness fit together like a glove. They are a formidable team that readers barrack for. Lydia is feisty and outspoken and Bill is her rock, strong and loyal.

Book Review – THE APPRENTICE by Tess Gerritsen

Book Review – THE APPRENTICE by Tess Gerritsen

Chilling. This novel is fast paced and a true thriller. Tess Gerritsen’s female protagonist, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, is a very real character. She is strong and opinionated, but she has baggage that influences her – from a previous murder case and from being one of the few females to have succeeded in a male dominated profession.

TRICK OR TREAT by Kerry Greenwood, Book Review

TRICK OR TREAT by Kerry Greenwood, Book Review

Book 4 in Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman’s Murder Mysteries Series Trick or Treat Synopsis: Corinna Chapman, amateur sleuth, baker extraordinaire and proprietor of the Earthly Delights Bakery, returns for her fourth criminally entertaining and delicious adventure. When a cut-price franchise…

NO THOROUGHFARE by Charles Dickens & Wilkie Collins

NO THOROUGHFARE by Charles Dickens & Wilkie Collins

BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 4 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Captivating. This story was originally written as a play, and perhaps because of that has a succinctness that I found very enjoyable. At only 134 pages (PDF)…

Book Review – A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens

Book Review – A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens

Amazing. What can I say that will do justice to this classic other than, “Why didn’t I read this years ago?”. Of course I watched Dickens’ The Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist movies many times as a child, but this is the first Dicken’s novel I’ve actually read – a travesty I know, off with my head!