the books i read this year

since i failed to blog about any of the books I read, here they are in reverse chronological order with a little snippet about each of them: The Star by Yukio Mishima A young, sexy actor at the peak of his career, followed everywhere by adoring fans, is carrying on a secret relationship with his …

i can and do judge books by their covers

I scan the shelves at used bookstores and I spot the gold among the trash based purely on the cover. Because while it's not true that all good books have good covers, it seems to be true that good books don't have that cover. Or maybe it's just that all my favorite books were written …

quotes from books you haven’t read #6

“God was a mistake. I’ve long understood there is zero difference between me and a bug, or a bug and a river, or a river and a voice shouting above it. There’s no sense or meaning in anything. It’s nothing but a network of dependency under enormous fluctuating pressures. It’s only our imaginations, not our …

The Pastor by Hanne Orstavik

Hello wordpress my old friend, it's time to write blog posts again... By the end of this novel I felt that it was a perfect, pristine picture of a depressed and empty person. And I loved it. My first impression of the book was how appealing the physical design was. It is not your normal …

Trieste, by Daša Drndić

I read this book back in May, and I have had to get some distance from it before I could write about it. It was very affecting, upsetting, and disturbing, as one might expect a book with such subject matter to be. The book follows the life story of Haya Tedeschi, whose son was taken …

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