Master and Commander

By: Patrick O’Brian
Aubrey-Maturin series Book 1
Fiction
1970
Rating: 3/5

Master and Commander book cover

I suppose I had heard the term before, but I didn’t realize I was reading a classic when I picked up Master and Commander at first. One day, my father asked what I was reading and I told him, and he immediately looked at me and said, “Ahh, Russell Crowe.” When I gave him a blank stare, he said, “Sara, his face is on the cover. It’s a great movie.”

So, if you’ve seen (or heard of..) the movie, you’re already one step ahead of me. Continue reading “Master and Commander”

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

By: Pema Chodron
Nonfiction
1994
Subject Matter: Spiritual life; Buddhism; China; Tibet; Doctrines
Rating: 2.5/5

Start Where You Are book cover

I’ll start by admitting that I have NO IDEA how Start Where You Are got on my “To Read” list. None.

I am not a Buddhist; I know nothing about meditation; and I’ve never so much as heard of Pema Chodron. I’ve learned a few words from the like four yoga classes I’ve taken in my life, but that’s it. Continue reading “Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living”

Caleb’s Crossing

By: Geraldine Brooks
Fiction
2011
Subject Matter: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck; Wampanoag Indians; Massachussetts; Martha’s Vineyard; Indian college graduates; Indian scholars; United States
Rating: 3/5

Caleb's Crossing

I was given this book as a Christmas present a few years ago by an especially beloved aunt of mine. I highly value her literary opinion, but I have to admit I was wary of this one. Continue reading “Caleb’s Crossing”

The Crimson Petal and the White

By: Michel Faber
Fiction
2002
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”

The Magicians: A Novel

By: Lev Grossman
Magicians Trilogy Book 1
Fiction
2009
Subject Matter: College students; College graduates; Magic; Psychological fiction
Rating: 1.5/5

The Magicians

The Magicians got a lot of hype.

I’m not really sure why.

I didn’t enjoy much at all about this book. Continue reading “The Magicians: A Novel”