Parnassus Reads

Reader and infrequent writer. I read and review books from many different genres, though my primary interest is in literary fiction. Fantasy and YA is easier to review though, so you'll see a lot of that here. 

 

I'm always open to suggestions for good books. 

Today
September
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October 2013
04
updated shelf
finished reading:
September 2013
27
url: Mainstream Sexism: The Internets Says No
parnassuswrites.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/mainstream-sexism-the-internets-says-no
September 2013
26
started reading:
September 2013
24
text: When Goodreads Stopped Being Good
Via that magical “news” source that is Twitter, I learned of Goodreads’s recent policy change, whereby the moderators (whoeve...
September 2013
21
started following:
September 2013
20
started following:
September 2013
19
reviewed: Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom
I was in my local bookstore browsing the new titles when I came upon this loud yellow book with a curious etching of a woman ...
Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom - Deborah Yaffe
finished reading:
September 2013
12
reviewed: Claire of the Sea Light
Claire of The Sea Light is an ensnaring, beautiful, and evocative novel by Hatian-American author Edwidge Danticat. I was imm...
Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
finished reading:
August 2013
28
reviewed: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
If you are looking for anything other than a WASP-y bit of comfort fantasy reading, you will not find it in this book. Contra...
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic -
finished reading:
August 2013
14
reviewed: Night Film
There’s been quite a bit of hype and advance press for Marisha Pessl’s new novel, Night Film. Praise has been lavished on it ...
Night Film - Marisha Pessl
finished reading:
August 2013
06
reviewed: Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Interested in publishing? Want an insiders take on one of the grandest American publishing houses? Looking for a gossipy rag ...
Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux - Boris Kachka
finished reading:
July 2013
30
reviewed: The Marriage Plot
As a former English major, I’m a big fan of books about academia, especially if it’s about other English majors. I finally pi...
The Marriage Plot -
finished reading:
July 2013
08
reviewed: Lexicon
Confession: I was an English major for a very long time. I studied literature, linguistics, French Latin, a little bit of Att...
Lexicon - Max Barry
finished reading:
June 2013
22
reviewed: Chanel Bonfire
In a sentence, this book is shallow and vapid and the prose is insipid and full of glib cliches (at one point, she compares w...
Chanel Bonfire - Wendy Lawless
finished reading:
June 2013
16
reviewed: The Astor Orphan: A Memoir
THe comments here still stand, but for a more nuanced review, see Parnassus ReadsThis is really more of a 2.5 star book. In a...
The Astor Orphan: A Memoir - Alexandra Aldrich
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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