The Women in the Castle

Jessica Shattuck's The Women in the Castle is a book I've been holding onto for about two years. Published in 2017, I'd been waiting for the right time to read it. After finishing Craig Russell's The Devil Aspect, set just before the start of WWII, it felt like the perfect time to dive into this... Continue Reading →

The Devil Aspect

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell on a display shelf at a book store. It's one of those books that instantly grabs your attention, with its intriguing title and unsettling cover art. I knew I wouldn't be able to wait long to read it. The Devil Aspect is... Continue Reading →

The Witch of Willow Hall

Over the past few years, I've found that I tend to go through phases when it comes to the books I choose. For a while, I only wanted to read historical fiction set in Europe. Then I moved on to thrillers. After that, I was back to historical fiction, but this time set in Asia... Continue Reading →

The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock

Imogen Hermes Gowar's debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, is among the most unusual books I've read. It doesn't fit into the types of books I normally read; while I love historical fiction, it's only recently that my interest in fantasy and magical realism started growing. However, even here, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock... Continue Reading →

Broke Millennial

Full disclosure: I am a broke millennial. So it should come as no surprise that, upon seeing this aptly titled self-help book, I was drawn to it and all the financial woes I hoped it would solve. I actually first bought Erin Lowry's Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together as... Continue Reading →

Music of the Ghosts

They say you should never judge a book by its cover (or its title, for that matter), but that’s exactly what I did when I stumbled across Vaddey Ratner's Music of the Ghosts at a book store one year ago. I first chose Music of the Ghosts precisely because of its intriguing title and cover.... Continue Reading →

The Music Shop

Besides reading books, my other major passion is music. I got my master's degree in music business, and in addition to Amanda's Book Corner here, I've also run a music news site called Hidden Jams since 2014. So when my two passions collide, I get extra excited. One such collision is in Rachel Joyce's The... Continue Reading →

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

I discovered Ruth Ware one year ago when I picked up her thriller, The Woman in Cabin 10. And what a great introduction to her it was! I devoured the pick, then went out and bought her other two novels, In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Lying Game. Now, Ruth Ware has a fourth... Continue Reading →

The Lying Game

One year ago, The Woman in Cabin 10 drew me into the world of Ruth Ware. I loved that book, and knew I had to collect her other novels, too! Last spring I enjoyed her debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and now it was time for book #3, The Lying Game, published in 2017.... Continue Reading →

In a Dark, Dark Wood

After reading - and loving - The Woman In Cabin 10, I knew I had to go back and read the rest of Ruth Ware's books. I decided the logical step was to go chronologically from now on, so first up was her debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood. The story starts when Nora -... Continue Reading →

The Ghost Bride

There's always something special about discovering a new book at the library or in the store, a book that instantly grabs your attention and demands to be read. This is what happened when I recently stumbled upon Yangsze Choo's debut novel, The Ghost Bride. On first glance, I assumed The Ghost Bride would be something... Continue Reading →

The Scribe of Siena

One of my favorite things is when a book calls out to me from its shelf, beckoning me to pick it up and bring it home. This is how I discovered Melodie Winawer's The Scribe of Siena at my local bookstore, amongst the rows of fiction novels. Its cover caught my eye first: a medieval-looking... Continue Reading →

The Woman in Cabin 10

Since I was in middle school, I've been a big fan of horror and thriller movies. But, shockingly, I haven't read many books of those genres. I loved Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid, but my adult reading has been sadly lacking in all things horror and thriller. So with this new void to fill,... Continue Reading →

Our Revolution

From summer 2015 through the Democratic primaries, I supported Bernie Sanders in his run for president. It was disheartening to see how the primaries played out, but I voted for Hillary Clinton in the general election that November. We all know the unfortunate results of that night, though. That same month, Bernie Sanders released his... Continue Reading →

Smoke

Dan Vyleta's Smoke is a novel that first caught my eye with its beautiful cover - like an impressionist painting in rich shades of purple and orange. But it was my husband who really latched onto it and wanted me to buy it. He called it the "Smoke on the Water" book, and with its Deep... Continue Reading →

The Time In Between

We're only three months into the year, but I'm already certain that The Time In Between by María Dueñas will be among my favorites of 2017. Originally published in Spanish in 2009, The Time In Between has since become an international bestseller, and for good reason. The novel spans a decade as Sira Quiroga grows... Continue Reading →

Incantation

One week ago, I stumbled across Alice Hoffman's young adult novel, Incantation, at a small book store. I'm currently living in Lima, Peru, and although I speak Spanish, I'm not proficient enough to read full novels in Spanish yet. I found Incantation in the English language section, and it instantly captured my interest. The title... Continue Reading →

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