The Delight in Reading Lists and Challenges: 20 Suggestions

Reading challenges get us out of our comfort zones. Whether we’re trying to expand what genres we read, catch up on classics, or just plain read more, these lists and challenges are a great way to reconsider our reading habits.

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Book Review: Defy, by Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson’s Defy tells the story of Alex Hollon, the best fighter on the prince’s royal guard. There’s just one catch, however — Alex is actually Alexa; she and her twin brother Marcel lied about her identity so she could join the army after their parents’ death at the hands of an enemy sorcerer. But Alexa’s true identity may not be as well-concealed as she thinks, and she’s not the only one with secrets. Read More Book Review: Defy, by Sara B. Larson

Book Review: 100 Love Sonnets/Cien Sonetos de Amor by Pablo Neruda

I don’t remember how I stumbled across it, but Pablo Neruda’s Soneto XVII is what made me want to read him. I’d heard of the Chilean poet, of course, but he was yet another gap in my literary reading history. Perhaps it’s more suiting for my personality to first approach him from a place of love, rather than his political work. I don’t know. What I do know is that Soneto XVII is the one for me:

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Book Review: Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye

So once again we come to the gaslit streets and twisting alleys of Whitechapel during the fall of 1888, also known as the autmun of terror in Lyndsay Faye’s debut novel, Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson. This is yet another take on the trope of pitting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master sleuth against Jack the Ripper, but this time, there are no royal conspiracies or secrets to keep. Instead, it is simply a fast-moving, suspenseful tale of Sherlock Holmes’s pursuit of a dangerous killer who shows no signs of stopping and takes delight in not only taunting the police, but Holmes himself. Read More Book Review: Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye

Burden of the Soul

So true to my word, I am going to start reviewing good or interesting books that I read by new and up-and-coming writers, seeing as there are so many books I need to actually read anyhow. I think the author of this particular book will be very tickled that I kicked off my spring/summer book reviews with her debut novel. So without further ado, here we go with this book review. Read More Burden of the Soul