Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

eligilbeI grabbed Eligible without even looking at what it is about simply because I love Curtis Sittenfeld. She’s smart and funny. But i have to admit i was a little bit disappointed once i realized that Eligible is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I mean, hasn’t that been done before, like, to death? And the horrible truth is, I’m not a huge Jane Austen fan. Continue reading

300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson

300days300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson was the perfect book to read during my 10 days of sun on Spain’s south coast. I knew from having read The Lantern by Lawrenson that 300 Days of Sun would be a pager turner that wouldn’t lack in intelligence. And set mostly in Faro, Portugal, it wasn’t too far from the Costa del Sol. Continue reading

All That Followed by Gabriel Urza

All That Followed by Gabriel UrzaThe broken up image on the cover of All That Followed perfectly captures how the story is told: In bits and pieces told from different points of view that will eventually fit together to reveal the whole story. That’s a narrative style I love because it reveals so much about the characters and leaves the reader feeling a little bit unsure – what’s going on? who can I trust? Continue reading

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

sweet-toothSometimes Ian McEwan works for me, sometimes he doesn’t. It’s kind of a crap shoot. With Sweet Tooth he works for me. That, no doubt, has to do with the setting – MI5 during the Cold War, 1970’s London, a young woman making her way in the big, bad city. And like the best of McEwan’s novels, it has a great ending. Continue reading