Category: Book Review

Review: The Mockingjay

Note on SPOILERS: This review is for the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s impossible to discuss without giving spoilers for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. That said, read at the risk of your potential enjoyment of the earlier books…

Review: Catching Fire

Note on SPOILERS: While I try to keep reviews spoiler free, this is the second book in a trilogy. Just mentioning the main characters constitutes a spoiler for The Hunger Games. So, read at your own risk. — Catching Fire begins a few months…

Review: The Hunger Games

This is a tricky review to write because Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is a solid book; it’s engaging and a quick read. The trouble with reading it, though, is that you’ll want to read the second (Catching Fire) and you’ll be so intrigued…

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Every now and then I pick up a book just because of how it feels in my hands. Stephen Chbosky’s book is oddly shaped and a slender 213 pages. The cover is a bright, limey green and it fit so nicely in my hand…

Review: Swamplandia!

Swamplandia! is an enviable attempt at a first novel. The New York Times Book Review proclaims: “Vividly worded, exuberant in characterization, the novel is a wild ride…This family, wrestling with their desires and demons…will lodge in the memories of anyone lucky enough to read…

Review: Complications

This book is fantastic. I keep finding myself working harder than I should to convince others to read it. The full title is “Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science“; it seems that people are wary of reading medical non-fiction for the potential…

Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

This book is weird; just a warning. But it’s weird in a clever way, so read it. Perfume is heavy in detail and light in terms of plot points, so here, to minimize spoilers, is the description from the dust jacket: “In the slums…

Review: Room

I’ve been reading a book a day this week to start chipping away at my queue. Room, by Emma Donoghue, was next and there are two things you should know before reading: 1) It is written from the perspective of a five year old;…

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Being a translator isn’t easy—the writer is credited with the good stuff while flaws are blamed on the translator. Many reviews say The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is poorly written or poorly translated. It’s hard to tell which and I’m going to set…