The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon

Reading this book reminded me that at least some of what makes a book wildly popular is totally random. Happenstance, luck, a bizarre confluence of events--whatever it is, it is definitely a mystery. The Shadow of the Wind has been popping up everywhere for a few years now, one of those books that people keep... Continue Reading →

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I am a hyper-organized and super neat person, and I definitely went through a phase as a kid where I was obsessed with storage solutions (there was a store near where I grew up called Placewares that I absolutely loved). So this book has been on my radar for a while. I knew the basic... Continue Reading →

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I am so baffled by this book! I picked it up knowing absolutely nothing about it, because I'm on a short audiobooks kick, and have been listening to lots of books under 6 hours. I stumbled across this one while browsing around Hoopla and figured, why not? Then I discovered that it is apparently super... Continue Reading →

Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara

Machi Tawara was only twenty-six when Salad Anniversary was published. It was an instant bestseller in Japan, and eventually became one of the bestselling books in the country's history. It was also critically acclaimed, and one of the poem sequences in the book, "August Morning", won the prestigious Kadokawa Tanka Prize. So there's an interesting... Continue Reading →

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

I picked this up because I've been enjoying reading nonfiction comics recently. I loved Persepolis, and I honestly wasn't expecting Embroideries to be as good. What a delightful surprise! Embroideries is a short graphic memoir that takes place on one afternoon. Satrapi sits with her mother, grandmother, aunt, and a group of their friends and... Continue Reading →

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