Week 32: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

In the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum for those of us who don’t speak parseltongue), behind no less than 13 locked doors, lies the most beautiful diamond in the world, known as the Sea of Flames. It is said that long ago, a prince found this precious blue diamond in a river, and miraculously […]

Week 27: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Every summer, like many of you I am sure, I go to see movies at the theater quite often. ‘Tis the season you might say. I always make a point to arrive to the theater in time to see indisputably  the best part of the movie: the trailers (am I right?). There is a certain point in some trailers, when […]

Week 26: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

How far would you go to protect a secret? Would you lie for it? Perhaps. Run away from the problem, flee the scene- maybe. Would you kill to protect it? Hopefully not. If I told you that the lives of your closest friends depended on protecting this secret, does it change your answer? In the very […]

Week 25: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (All Time Favorite #1)

Scrolling back through nearly six months of book reviews, I think it is interesting that I find myself reviewing my first mystery novel at exactly the halfway mark in my 50-week quest. To give you some perspective, my first experience with mystery novels started back in the 1st or 2nd grade with The Boxcar Children, a series […]

Week 24: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (All Time Favorite #2)

Before I begin reviewing anything, I feel that I should start by talking a little bit about Dan Brown for those of you who have not read anything by him or heard of his books. Dan Brown honestly must spend about as much time researching the information for his novels as it takes most authors to […]

Week 23: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

THE PACIFIC JOURNAL OF JAKE RICHARDSON Monday, 30th June- It is a scorching hot afternoon on the outdoor patio of Black Dog coffeehouse as I put down my copy of Cloud Atlas, and begin to reflect on the seemingly infinite questions that linger after the book has been shut. Next to me, Matt Kostroske takes a sip of his iced […]

Week 22: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (All Time Favorite #3)

The year is 2044, and the “irl” world as we know it is in a state of decay. Nearly everyone on Earth is logged onto The Oasis- a fully immersive online utopia, a virtual reality that is more than just a video game, it is a way of life. One morning, a video that would soon become the most […]

Week 21: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

I remember one night as a kid when I was zipped up and trapped inside my sleeping bag at one of my brother and I’s birthday parties. I wasn’t stuck in there long, and I knew that no one meant it to be more than a joke- we were just kids. But I remember the […]

Week 20: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

I was a soon-to-be junior in high school when Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows was released. I remember where I was, and who I was with. I had just finished my morning shift at Target on that July day, and I happened to be with the asshole cashier who spoiled the ending for me, as he […]