The Shahnameh by Abolqasem Ferdowsi [A Review]

The Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings, is an epic poem composed by Abolqasem Ferdowsi in the late-tenth century, early-eleventh century. It chronicles Persia’s legendary and historical past, through the lives of its kings, from the creation of the world to the seventh-century Arab conquest that brought Islam to Persia. It has been described as…

New Book Acquisitions – June 2017

In mid-June it looked like I wasn’t going to buy any books in the month. I wasn’t feeling ‘it’. No books were jumping out at me, making me feel that it was essential that I have them and read them. No books were making me feel anxious that they may soon be out of print…

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Book Series I Will Be Reading

Reading book series’ is something I am still relatively new to but I have been thoroughly enjoying. Especially by reading the novels back-to-back (you can see some of the series I have read and reviewed here). It helps that there are no shortage of literary series in addition to the more popular science-fiction, fantasy, crime,…

New Book Acquisitions – May 2017

I can’t believe it is June already! My classic purchase for the month of May was The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek. I feel like I’ve become obsessed with this book in recent months. I’d been aware of it for some time but lately I keep running into it. First, I found a second-hand…

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [A Review]

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s first published novel, appears to be a straightforward romance. Men and women of contrasting and complimenting character are thrown together, but, the chances of love are thwarted by the social conventions of the period that prevent honesty and openness and instead breed duplicity and secrecy. But, on reflection, Sense and…