The Blind Owl, by Sadegh Hedayat

Certain stories really stick in my head and haunt/influence me for years. This could be one of them. The story of how this book was translated, told in the preface to the book, was an interesting read in itself. Apparently the story was banned in Iran for many years, and there were several censored and …

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

Jackson is the queen of subtly blurring reality and imagination into a single, unnerving gradient. This story follows Natalie, a 17 year old just starting college, and her slow descent into solipsism and possible madness. The more you read, the less sure you become of what has really happened, and what has been dreamed up …

Oops I read a bunch of books and didn’t blog about them again

Wow, it's been a while! Here are some more books I read and some thoughts on them to close out the year Agamemnon's Daughter by Ismail Kadare I blazed through this one in two sittings, extremely engaging and also strange and upsetting. I picked this originally because I decided I wanted to read books from …

Good Choice Read awards

Every year a certain book-rating website holds what they call the Choice Awards where millions of members vote to let you know which books they have read. Of course, this is presented as an award for 'best' book in a given category, but in reality, it is simply an award for being the most read. …

2020 books catch up part 2

It's happened again. I read a bunch of books and didn't write anything about them. So here we go! What have I been reading lately? Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo This was a short, intense read about a man returning to the town of his birth to find his father. Though also, it is way …