Book #10 – We’ll Always Have Paris (Ray Bradbury)

This collection of short stories from Bradbury was simultaneously bizarre, interesting, thought-provoking and weird. Some caught me up so completely in them that I desperately wanted them to expand and fill an entire novel – a mere ten pages not enough to satisfy my curiousity about the lives of these interesting people. Others left me […]

Book #9 – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas begins with Bruno, a young boy living in Berlin, coming home to find his family’s maid is packing everything from his room. Bruno thinks he is being punished and sent away, but soon discovers that he isn’t the only one – they are all going: his Father, his Mother, and […]

Book #8 – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie taunted me from the bookshop shelves, with its attractive cover and intriguing name. I’d never heard of Alan Bradley – and no wonder, at seventy years of age this was his first novel. I didn’t resist for long – afterall, I do tend to judge books by their […]

Book #7 – The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (Deborah Rodriguez)

I actually bought this book by complete accident. There were a few books that Amazon had been recommending to me for the past few months based on my previous purchases, and one of them was called The Colour of Tea. As much as I love tea, I felt too guilty to spend $30 on an […]

Book #6 – The Lake (Banana Yoshimoto)

The Lake is essentially an entire novel that revolves around one relationship: the small, intricate and intimate details. There isn’t any ongoing or recurring drama to drive it, there isn’t really any passion. It didn’t fill me with a burning hatred, or even dislike for the book. It didn’t cause me to want to hunt down […]

Book #5 – The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

Utterly bewildering, and yet my favourite book of this entire year! The Night Circus begins by placing you, the reader, in the crowd of people standing outside the closed circus, reading the odd sign, “Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn.” You are drawn in to the anticipation, the excitement, as the sun begins to set, […]

Book #3 – Sickened (Julie Gregory)

I actually stumbled upon Sickened in a rather odd way – it was recommended in one of my Psychology textbooks as a good book to read to develop more of an understanding of Münchausen’s disease and Münchausen’s by Proxy (MBP). Always keen to procrastinate actual study by reading a novel that will “expand my understanding”, I quickly got […]

Book #1 – Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury creates a world in which reading has been banned – instantaneously forcing me to imagine my worst fear and grabbing my attention from the very beginning. In this world without books even thinking is strongly discouraged and, despite seeming to have an amount of free time I could only dream of, […]