Thoughts on “The Agency: The Body at the Tower” by Y.S. Lee

Y.S. Lee’s The Agency: The Body at the Tower is both the second Mary Quinn mystery and the second book I finished on my trip. (I posted about the first Mary Quinn mystery, The Agency: A Spy in the House in the spring.) This young adult trilogy is set in Victorian London and featuring newly minted […]

Thoughts on “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (Audiobook)

This year, as you may already know, marks the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I first read To Kill a Mockingbird back in eighth grade, but I tend to forget book plots. With all the talk going on because of the big anniversary, I decided to listen to the book […]

Thoughts on “Countdown” by Deborah Wiles

I just (like, 5 minutes ago) finished reading a new young adult novel from Deborah Wiles called Countdown. It’s set in the 1960s, which is not usually something that piques my interest, and it didn’t this time. What grabbed me, made me pick the book up and add it to my TBR pile, was its […]

Thoughts on “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie is a slim volume, coming in under 200 pages, but it does not feel short or insubstantial. Rather, it seems to me to be a study in how to write a novel that contains precisely what it must contain to achieve the author’s endpoint and nothing […]

Catching Up on YA: Three Mini Reviews

I’ve recently finished three YA books that deserve a mention on here. They are, in order of reading: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, and Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper. Incarceron is a fantasy-esque novel set at some point in the distant future. Incarceron is […]