Book Reviews

These reviews are short and simple—why I liked a book, why I think you’ll like it, and maybe an apt quote that conveys the author’s style faster than I could.  I like beat-up old books so that I can commit marginalia* to my heart’s content, so I’ll also share any particularly interesting insights I may have—but I’ll try not to bore you with the averagely interesting or completely banal insights, which are much more common.

*My dad is a librarian, so I grew up thinking of scribbling in a book or dog-earring pages or, even worse, compromising a book’s spine by forgoing the use of a bookmark as a bit of a crime. It really is a bit thrilling, isn’t it?

2012

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (♥♥♥)

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (♥♥♥)

Empire Falls by Richard Russo (♥♥♥♥♥)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (♥♥♥♥)

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield (♥♥♥♥)

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (♥♥♥♥)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (♥♥♥♥)

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (♥♥)

The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino (♥♥♥)

Watership Down by Richard Adams (♥♥♥♥♥)



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