Contenders for the Second Book Curse

We've all felt that sensation as readers. You discover a book and fall in love with it. Everything is perfect. Then you learn it's the first book of the series. And you wait with anticipated breath for the second book to be released (or be delivered to your library, if you discover a series already … Continue reading Contenders for the Second Book Curse

Indie Book Review: Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle

There are many mystery novels I have read which feature a real historical person and gives them a fictional murder mystery series. You see it with the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron (where Jane Austen solves murders) and The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert (starring Beatrix Potter, the author of … Continue reading Indie Book Review: Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle

Reading Wrap-up: February, 2019

I read 9 books this month, and two short stories. Not as good as my 17 from last month, but it's not completely horrible. And most of the books I really enjoyed. Before I get to my ratings, let's take a quick look at how my New Year's resolutions and reading challenges are going. Reading … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: February, 2019

Book Review: Malice by Keigo Higashino

According to the back of this book, Keigo Higashino "is the bestselling and most widely read novelist in Japan." Add to that that I have never heard of him before. From what I could gather, Higashino is the James Patterson of Japan. I stumbled upon this book in the library and read it on a … Continue reading Book Review: Malice by Keigo Higashino

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

I know, I know, I'm two days late with this post (Valentine's Day was Thursday, for reference). However, I am writing this post on Valentine's Day, in my defense, and I wanted to do another fun book tag. Holiday-themed book tags are some of my favorites. I found this tag on The Sassy Book Geek, … Continue reading The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Short Story Review: The Oracle of the Dog by G.K. Chesterton

As one of my reading resolutions of 2019, I wanted to read more short stories (two a month at least), because I find so often I only end up reading longer books. And since I haven't ever reviewed a short story on my blog, I though I'd reviewed this one. I am a massive fan … Continue reading Short Story Review: The Oracle of the Dog by G.K. Chesterton

Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Since finishing the book Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik, I was anxious to watch movies based on his character. If you're curious to read my book review and haven't, here's a link. As it turns out, there are quite a few adaptations centering around this famous magistrate during the Tang … Continue reading Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Book Review: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik

Before I actually review this book, I feel it warrants some explanation of three different times which attributed to this book. During the Tang Dynasty in China, a man named Dee Gong An (630-700 AD) was a renowned magistrate (whose job encompassed detective, police, jury, and judge) and later state politician in China. During the … Continue reading Book Review: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik

Books I Love: ABC Edition

Several of the blogs I follow have been doing The ABC Book Challenge, where you take one letter of the alphabet and mention the books you've read and the books on your TBR which start with the letter. This seems like waaayyy too much work for me (but props to anyone doing this challenge), so … Continue reading Books I Love: ABC Edition

Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2019

I was supposed to post a book review today (namely, Great Expectations), but unfortunately I'm still not done with it. So I'm throwing up this post today and then (let's hope) I'll post the book review on Saturday. So, I used to anticipate books coming out more, but this year I really haven't cared that … Continue reading Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2019