12 Years A Slave (#39/50)

For those who don’t know, this book is based on a true story, and as one might expect from the title, it is devastating. It’s clear early on that Solomon will eventually regain his freedom, and that hope was what kept me reading to the end.

Title – 12 Years A Slave

Author – Solomon Northup

Page count – 217

Goodreads rating – 5 stars (This is something new I’m going to include. The ratings are as follows: one star=didn’t like it, two=it was ok, three=liked it, four=really liked it, five=it was awesome! Or, in cases like this where “awesome” doesn’t feel quite appropriate, I think of it as “would highly recommend.”)

As stated before, this book is based on a true story. And keep in mind I haven’t seen the movie, so my commentary/opinion is based solely on the book. Solomon was born a free man in New York State. Continue reading “12 Years A Slave (#39/50)”


Murder on the Orient Express (#38/50)

One of the things this Book Challenge has done is encourage me to branch outside my literary comfort zone and try authors and genres I wouldn’t normally pursue. The “murder mystery” genre, like science fiction, is not my usual cup of tea – and this book hasn’t changed that – but I still believe it’s a healthy exercise to try something new every once in awhile.

Title – Murder on the Orient Express

Author – Agatha Christie

Page count – 315

Agatha Christie is the “Queen of Mystery” (at least according to the book’s cover – and I had heard of her), and as a reference, this book was published in 1934. This particular story features an apparently recurring character named Hercule Poirot. Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express (#38/50)”

Men Explain Things to Me (#37/50)

Honestly, this book was a little underwhelming. The individual essays stood on their own pretty well, but putting them together in a collection just didn’t seem to “fit.” I wouldn’t *not* recommend this book, but I wouldn’t put it too high on the priorities list either.

Title – Men Explain Things to Me

Author – Rebecca Solnit

Page count – 154

The title of the book is also the title of the first essay. It’s about the phenomenon of “mansplaining.” The other essays Continue reading “Men Explain Things to Me (#37/50)”

The Improbability of Love (#36/50)

This book has a little bit of everything: Murder, romance, mystery, art history, and a lot of new vocab words (Inamorata? Capacious? Bacchanalian? Prurient?). It’s not a book you can breeze through, but I still couldn’t put it down!

Title – The Improbability of Love

Author – Hannah Rothschild

Page count – 406

“The Improbability of Love” is the name of what I would classify as our main character – a painting found in a London junk shop by Continue reading “The Improbability of Love (#36/50)”