on my childhood treasures

We all have those childhood memories that in retrospect were clearly defining moments. For me, those moments were all wrapped up in stories. As a child, I was surrounded by many, many books, and while I hold several of them close to my heart, the following four are right at the core.  Swami and Friends…

review: the enigma of room 622 by joël dicker (audiobook)

★★★★☆ Author Joël Dicker finds himself unwillingly unravelling the mystery behind the curiously missing Room 622 at the Hôtel de ­Verbier in the Swiss Alps, where he is attempting to recover from a breakup and the recent death of his long-time friend and publisher Bernard de Fallois. Joël and his ‘assistant’ Scarlett uncover a complicated…

review: the tattoo murder by akimitsu takagi

When the body of a tattooed woman he’s secretly involved with turns up hacked to pieces, Kenzo Matsushita decides to play amateur detective and help his brother, the Chief of Police, solve the case. Despite his bumbling around, I initially believed he’d be the one to get to the bottom of the case. However, he…

on october’s reads

An unexpectedly full social calendar in the month of October left me needing books that wouldn’t require me to invest too much in them. Naturally, I reverted to my comfort genre a.k.a. murder mysteries.   The most unsatisfying read was unfortunately the one I had been the most excited for. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane…

on not buying books and failing

Back in May, I ran out of space in my bookshelves, two IKEA Billys sitting side by side. The effort it took to gently squeeze the last book (The Chair by Joanna Trollope, a gift from a dear friend) into place while not crushing the others next to it gave me pause. I remained disciplined…

on july’s reads

July was surprisingly full of books for me, about fifteen of them. Well, to be fair, six of those were manga. Continuing off the previous month, I finished six more volumes of Jujutsu Kaisen. It did not disappoint. I finally reached the point where Season 1 of the anime ends. I can’t wait to continue,…

on june’s reads

I spent half of June with a sprained ankle that confined me to my bed with my foot resting on an elevation of three pillows. Any other time, and I probably would have crossed off at least ten books on my TBR. However, my partner had just recently gifted me Animal Crossing for my birthday.…