The Eyre Affair By: Jaspar Fforde

Some books are better at escapism than others.  Some you read for the literary content, some for the knowledge one can acquire, some for nothing more than simple fluff.  Fforde, however, is the master of the bizarre.  His ability it take a piece of  literature and turn it upside down, make it live (in the real sense — as in jump off the page, out of the cover and come to real life) and then set it in a world of complete madness is an…

The Sleeping Dictionary: by Sujata Massey

Most readers can explain why they did or did not like a book.  And while on the surface those reasons may seem a little strange, or even random — those reasons will usually relate directly to the reader’s preferences, interests and general points of reference in their life.  This is a book that I really liked and was somewhat indifferent to at the same time.  Although, as far as a captivating read — it really worked, with only a few minor weaknesses that detracted to a…

Whitmore Library: Memory Lane

As a child, I remember my first introduction to the magic of a library.  One day, my mother took me on what I was sure was a wonderful adventure into the mystical world of the Whitmore Library.  This magical place was was filled with childhood fantasies, books on every wall and exploration within every cover.  Prior to this experience, I never knew such places existed.  Sure, I knew about the school library — such as it was.  There were the few books it offered —…

The Kept by: James Scott

This book just creeped me out — there is no other way to put it.  The beginning started out confusion, trying to figure out the characters and their motivations.  Yes — I get that Elspbeth is a sinner.  But that is about as far as I could get.  Her husband, Jorah is an absolute mystery to me, even now.  And the randomness of the entire beginning was beyond my comprehension.  I am assuming that this problem resolved by the end of the book — but…

Tuscan Rose by: Belinda Alexander

Just as often as not, a reader will come across book styles, story styles or writing styles that simply will not work.  That is not to suggest that the book is not good (although I have read a few of those in my life.), but something about the format, style, rhythm, feel, writing, or a combination of these and a myriad other things just come together in such a way that the reader cannot connect with the book.  These types of reads (especially for students…

Chocolat by: Joanne Harris

There are a lot of reasons why most readers will pick up a book and I am no exception.  Everything from the cover to the description, there are myriad reasons why for reading a book.  In the case of this book — it was the title.  In my universe, there is just no passing up anything that has the word chocolate on it — I don’t care what language it is in!  So, when I went into my local library and saw this sitting on a display table,…

Leonardo: A Biographical Novel by: Curtis B. Pepper

This is the book I was looking for when I undertook last week’s read.  I loved it in every detail.  Da Vinci was a man who defined intellectual investigation.  His hunger for understanding, through an artistic expression opened doors for his mind that most of us will never conceive.  All of this and more is portrayed in Pepper’s work.  While there are some challenging aspects of the book, it is also a fulfilling read that offers a great insight into not only Da Vinci, but…