Book Review: The Searcher

Overall Rating: 4/5 Like so many others, I have spent the last few months dreaming about the day that I can travel again. I crave the bustle of an airport, the quietude of disconnecting during a long flight, and the excitement of exploring a place unknown…or really just any place that bears no resemblance toContinue reading “Book Review: The Searcher”

Book Review: The Last Anniversary

Overall Rating: 3/5 Every once in a while, I will come across a book that does not necessarily rank as highly in terms of “literary quality” but is still so enjoyable. The Last Anniversary centers around an unusual family business started by two sisters who raise a baby after her parents mysteriously disappear. Set onContinue reading “Book Review: The Last Anniversary”

Book Review: The Shining

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 I knew I wanted to read at least one horror book during spooky season and what better choice to fit the cause than Stephen King’s classic? Of course I had heard of The Shining growing up, but I didn’t actually know anything about the plot. Yes, I’ve seen images of those creepyContinue reading “Book Review: The Shining”

Book Review: His Only Wife

Overall Rating: 3/5 I typically like going into books blind – no synopses, no reviews, just the thrill of a total surprise. With His Only Wife, however, I did catch a glimpse of a short review that described it as Crazy Rich Asians in West Africa, and its Reese’s book club sticker cemented it asContinue reading “Book Review: His Only Wife”

Book Review: How Much of These Hills is Gold

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 How Much of These Hills is Gold tells the story of two newly orphaned siblings growing up in Northern California during the gold rush as they strive to find their place as first-generation immigrants. As someone who has never quite been able to call a country home, the thematic substance of thisContinue reading “Book Review: How Much of These Hills is Gold”

Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Overall Rating: 3/5 So many people love this book so I know I am in the minority when it comes to my feelings towards Where the Forest Meets the Stars. The story revolves around Jo and Gabriel, two individuals from seemingly different backgrounds brought together by an unusual child. It is a sweet and heartwarmingContinue reading “Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars”

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa

Overall Rating: 4/5 Trigger Warning: Pedophilia, Abuse Wow, I have never felt so glued to a book that simultaneously frustrated and disturbed me as deeply as My Dark Vanessa. Knowing the general plot of the story beforehand – a teenage girl being groomed by her school teacher – I would be lying if I saidContinue reading “Book Review: My Dark Vanessa”

Book Review: Educated

Educated by Tara Westover has been on my reading list for a while now but I immediately turned to it after I finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Perhaps it is because distrust (particularly in the government and authoritative bodies) is currently rampant, but there was something strangely comforting about reading these narrativesContinue reading “Book Review: Educated”

Book Review: Sex and Vanity

Overall Rating: 3/5 Okay, I have to admit my bias here before we get into this review. I adored Crazy Rich Asians. Maybe it’s because I spent my teen years in South-East Asia, privy to (but not a part of) the lives of the “hi-so” elites on top of the fact that I have notContinue reading “Book Review: Sex and Vanity”

Book Review: The Water Dancer

Overall Rating: 4.25/5 I have to be honest with you – when I sat down to write this review, I thought it would just flow. After all, this was one of those books that would not let me stop thinking about it. But over and over again, I was left unsatisfied with my words. EachContinue reading “Book Review: The Water Dancer”