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 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 28: Lexicon by Max Barry

I posted an image to my previous blog post from The Hundred-Foot Journey that said “cooking is not a tired old marriage, it is a passionate affair.” For me, reading is the same way, and I am embarrassed to say it has been about three weeks since I posted my last review- needless to say I […]

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 […]