Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

I don't know about you, but I have an incredibly developed sense of smell. Annoyingly so at times, because I can pick out the scent of body odor from 50 feet away. My sister always tells me I have the "nose from hell" and there are times when it feels like hell to be able … Continue reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper

I love being scared, although I prefer my frights to come from supernatural elements like ghosts, vampires, demons, witches, and the like. Scares that come from real-life terrors like serial killers, home invasions, break-ins, freak me out so badly that I can't read about them or watch them. It's just too close to home, pardon … Continue reading The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper

Vaporetto 13 by Robert Girardi

Robert Girardi is one of my favorite "unknown" writers. He wrote Madeleine's Ghost, which I blogged about previously, and Vaporetto 13 is another novel that combines cynicism, hope, the supernatural, and a gorgeous city as the backdrop. In this case, Venice. You can read about what makes Venice so uniquely gorgeous and special by checking … Continue reading Vaporetto 13 by Robert Girardi

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

In honor of this month's Fandom Foodie recipe takeover, of which I am the host and the theme of which is food based on Mexican literature and/or inspired by Day of the Dead - el Dia de los Muertos - as well as my adoration for this marvelous book Like Water for Chocolate, I decided to … Continue reading Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Sexy Sunday! Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

WARNING! Today's post contains explicit sexual language and profanity. Isn't that awesome? Today marks the first collaboration I've done with a fellow blogger, and I can't tell you how simultaneously excited and amused I am to be doing this. The genesis of Sexy Sunday came from a post that Nicole at The Bookworm Drinketh (and … Continue reading Sexy Sunday! Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

An interesting microcosm of history, Salt essentially takes us back through the known history of the world, and analyzes how this humble little rock - the only rock humans can eat - and how it has had a transforming effect upon civilization. To be honest, however, there were large chunks of the book that weren't … Continue reading Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Though I disliked the movie, which was absolutely nothing like the book (and not in a good way,) Under the Tuscan Sun is so beautifully written that you almost feel as though you're walking through sunlit fields of sunflowers in the countryside surrounding Cortona. Normally, I don't go for these types of memoirs, simply because the … Continue reading Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights) as retold by Hanan al-Shaykh

I don't know about you, but when I think of One Thousand and One Nights, or as it's more commonly known, The Arabian Nights, what comes to mind are exotic tents in the desert surrounded by turbaned thieves, camels with tasseled saddles, beautiful dancing girls draped in veils in emerald green, ruby red, and turquoise blue, … Continue reading One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights) as retold by Hanan al-Shaykh

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

This has got to be one of the strangest books I've ever read, and I've read some weird stuff in my life. I love books about libraries, about other books, about the sheer pleasure of learning and knowledge and reading. So when I saw the title of this book, The Library at Mount Char, I … Continue reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Thanks to JG for the photography. Set in a slightly alternate universe, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell has been touted as the Harry Potter for adults. It's far more than that, however. Set in England during the Napoleonic wars, its a lengthy book that delves deeply into the mythology of Faerie. One thing that has … Continue reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke