Dept. of Speculation – Review

Book: Dept. of Speculation Author: Jenny Offill Year: 2014 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ That one was so beautiful I used to watch him sleep. If I had to sum up what he did to me, I’d say it was this: he made me sing along to all the bad songs on the radio. Both when he loved... Continue Reading →

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Big Magic – Review

Book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Year: 2015 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ “He became a poet the way other men become monks: as a devotional practice, as an act of love, and as a lifelong commitment to the search for grace and transcendence.” Liz Gilbert (as she calls herself on Facebook) tells us... Continue Reading →

Nineteen Eighty-Four – Review

Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four Author: George Orwell Year: 1949 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ "War is peace" "Freedom is slavery" "Ignorance is strength" I want to first get the regret out of my system. I co-run a book review blog for the past few years and Nineteen Eighty-Four hasn’t been reviewed yet. I almost fell out of my chair when... Continue Reading →

The Red Tent – Review

Book: The Red Tent Author: Anita Diamant Year: 1997 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Maybe it was a sign that she died with an undivided heart, and wished the same for you. At an extended family function, a couple of years ago, one of the women, after a superficial acquaintance, gave me a sour dressing down on the... Continue Reading →

In an Antique Land – Review

Book: In an Antique Land Author: Amitav Ghosh Year: 1992 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The slave of MS H.6 first stepped upon the stage of modern history in 1942. His was a brief debut, in the obscurest of theatres, and he was scarcely out of the wings before he was gone again - more a prompter's whisper than a recognisable... Continue Reading →

A Tale for the Time Being – Review

Book: A Tale for the Time Being Author: Ruth Ozeki Year: 2003 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ A monk told Joshu, "I have just entered this monastery. I beg you to teach me." Joshu asked, "Have you eaten your rice porridge?" The monk replied, "I have." "Then," said Joshu, "Go and wash your bowl." At that moment the monk... Continue Reading →

The Count of Monte Cristo – Review

Book: The Count of Monte Cristo Author: Alexandre Dumas Year: 1844 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Sinbad the Sailor. Lord Wilmore. Abbé Faria. The Count of Monte Cristo. Yeah, they're all the same.  I had read this book around 4 years ago. I found it inside my eldest's desk, sitting atop Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock... Continue Reading →

Siddhartha – Review

Book: Siddhartha Author: Hermann Hesse Year: 1922 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ “What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.”  The biggest mistake people make immediately when they pick this book is to believe that... Continue Reading →

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Review

Book: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Author: Anne Lamott Year: 1994 Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  “If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center... Continue Reading →

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