The Crimson Petal and the White

By: Michel Faber
Subject Matter: Great Britain; History; Victoria, 1837-1901; Perfumes industry; London; England; Young women; Prostitutes
Rating: 4/5

The Crimson Petal and the White

The first thing I did after finishing this book was sit back and take a long, deep breath.

I fell in love with this book from the get-go. Michel Faber has one of the most original, inviting writing styles I’ve come across in a while. Continue reading “The Crimson Petal and the White”

Growing Up

By: Russell Baker
Followed by The Good Times
Rating: 4.5/5

Growing Up

I greatly enjoyed Growing Up, the memoirs of Russell Baker, who grew up in the Depression-WWII era.

Of course, I love me some biography. But autobiographies can be tricky. Sometimes people aren’t the best person to tell their own story (see: The Nazi Connection). Continue reading “Growing Up”

Andersen’s Fairy Tales

By: Hans Christian Andersen
1800s (this version was published 1956)
Rating: 4/5

Andersen's Fairy Tales

This book appeared mysteriously in my possession around the same time as The Keeper of the Bees. I’m not sure where it came from or why, but I do know that it’s ancient.

This version of Andersen’s Fairy Tales is by no means a complete collection of Hans Christian Andersen‘s infamous fairy tales. In fact, it only contains 18 of them. Continue reading “Andersen’s Fairy Tales”