REVIEW: The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury

In brief: Juliette lives a small, ordered life in Paris which really isn't that exciting. One day she gets off at a different stop and her life is changed as she becomes a distributor of the right book to the right person… The good: Interesting premise. The not-so-good: It just didn't sparkle for me. Why... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino

In brief: Rosa leaves Berlin to stay with her in-laws at the height of World War II and soon gets a job – as one of Hitler's food tasters. The good: Intense with insight into a part of history not covered by fiction. The not-so-good: Lost track occasionally when the narrative jumped between past and... Continue Reading →

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

In brief: The unnamed narrator takes us through the changes in his life from growing up poor in India to striking it rich in the family spice business. The good: It's compulsive reading, you never know which way the story will turn next. The not-so-good: A quick read. Why I chose it: Sounded different, thanks... Continue Reading →

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

In brief: The lives of Hitomi and others working are the Nakano thrift shop are never dull. While working there, Hitomi learns a lot about relationships, second-hand goods and being a friend. The good: I love Japanese books and this book is interesting, strange and addictive in equal amounts. The not-so-good: Some things are hinted... Continue Reading →

The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg

A quick rundown… The second in the crime series starring detective Patrik Hedstrom and his partner Erica, this involves a series of murders over 20 years apart. The only problem is the prime suspect is now dead… Strengths: A good combination of police procedural and family issues. Weaknesses: Starts off a bit slowly. Why I read it:... Continue Reading →

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