Every Book I Read in March – Wrap Up 2017

Every Book I Read in March – Wrap Up // 2017

February Wrap Up – 2017 – Book Reviews

HEART OF DARKNESS
by Joseph Conrad
8 out of 10

While only some 90 odd pages, Heart of Darkness requires immense concentration and stamina to complete. This little novel is a beautiful example of Victorian values juxtaposed with modernism. Advanced use of theme and symbology puts forth a spiritual question regarding the colonization of largely unexplored Africa in the heart of the Congo. Written 1899.


NANCY DREW – BOOK 2
by Carolyn Keene
8 out of 10

Nancy Drew uses her trusty sleuthing skills to solve the mystery of a “ghost” tormenting an aging woman in her grand country estate with the help of her wits, father, and friends. 


MIDDLEMARCH
by George Eliot
6 out of 10

Oft regarded as one of the best works in all of literary fiction, Middlemarch by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) is akin to a Victorian soap opera. Everyone gets married to an ill suited match, nobody says what they really mean, and all are overly concerned with money. Eliot uses this operatic plot to explore the role of women, their male counterparts, and the fluid concept of what makes a happy marriage. 


THE PRINCE LESTAT
by Anne Rice
8 out of 10

The second installment of the Vampire Chronicles series by famed Anne Rice tells the story of Lestat, first introduced in book one, Interview with a Vampire. Rice is a master of convincing a reader that the inexplicable could be true. She wins my admiration again with this edition. The Prince Lestat offers up tantalizing back stories and new characters alike to enrapture the reader. I encourage new readers to begin this series with book one: Interview with a Vampire.


EVERYTHING IS NORMAL: Life and Times of a Soviet Kid
by Sergey Grechiskin
7 out of 10

A firsthand perspective of Soviet Russia in the 19780’s allows a glimpse into the strange reality of the USSR as it strove towards communism – and failed. How did this really affect the daily lives of those who called it home? Sergey tells his side of the story through his childhood in St. Petersburg (then Stalingrad).

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ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS
by Elan Mastai
9 out of 10

A candid exploration into the self, masquerading as a time travel romp. All Our Wrong Todays offers a humorously underachieving narrator who accidentally alters the fate of the world by using his father’s time machine. Love, loss, honesty, and laughter abound. Don’t miss out on the novel the literary world can’t stop talking about. 


NANCY DREW – BOOK 3
by Carolyn Keene
8 out of 10

Everyone’s favorite sleuth is back to solve a burglary, catch the bad guys, and save an orphan with a jewel-strewn inheritance. 


AMERICAN PSYCHO
by Easton Ellis
No rating

While Easton Ellis is praised for capturing the culture of the New York City 1980’s elite, he does so with an unnecessary amount of violence, gore, and misogyny, making this novel beyond scarring for the reader. I refuse rate it and can not, in good conscience, recommend it. Read at your own risk, or not at all. The most vial, disgusting piece of writing I have ever read. 

This book was included in the February edition of The Nocturnal Reader’s Box – See the unboxing here


PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY
by Donna Russo Morin
7 out of 10

This historical fiction series follows six women in Renaissance FLorence, bound together through their love and practice of art in a time when it was forbidden for a woman to lift a paintbrush. With the help of their newfound mentor, Leaonard Da  Vinci, the group recreates a painting to help find their missing friend, caught in the throes of the struggle for Medici power. 


EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU
by Christine Ng
10 out of 10

An honest tale of love, loss, and how the words left unsaid can destroy you. Ng has perfectly portrayed the inner workings of a family. The little betrayals, complicated sibling dynamics, the fight to be loved and accepted are familiar to us all. She writes this piece thoughtfully, as if each sentence has been carefully considered. 



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