Week 31: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Also known as There and Back Again, this timeless adventure story was published in 1937, and originally written for Tolkien’s very own children. Nearly a century in the future, and that is exactly how it still sounds. Throw together a hero who is destined to make peace between good and evil with the most gentle, light-hearted narrator […]

Week 29 & 30: Everything Is Illuminated & Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

You can never really expect tragedy- when it will hit, what it will take. You can’t ever know if it might be the last time you see somebody you love. Just recently, the world lost Robin Williams, a truly incredible individual whose many roles helped shape my generation’s childhood. Robin was a comedian, a gifted […]

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 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 19: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The year is 1975, and the coming of winter in Afghanistan marks the arrival of two special occasions for the Muslim youth in the city of Kabul. First, that school is not in session during the winter. However, the most exciting event of the season by far is kite fighting, a sport that involves flying kites with […]

Week 18: This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

There are two reasons why I chose to read this week’s novel when I did. One, I just bought it at Barnes & Noble, because I thought the cover art looked cool. Two, and somewhat more importantly, because while the main character of This is Where I Leave You, Judd, was holed up with his family for […]

Week 16: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Something truly unexpected happened to me this week. While I was reading the novel that I had selected for this week’s blog post, which had undergone the usual scrutiny of reading reviews and ratings beforehand, I was about halfway done with said novel when I decided that I hated the book I had chosen. So I surprised […]

Week 15: Sideways by Rex Pickett

Several weeks ago, we made a journey together alongside the hilarious drug-crazed hooligans in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as a pair of friends made their trek to the fabulous Las Vegas, with a keen eye for a high and their sights set on finding the American dream. This week, we will be traveling again in the […]