Book Review: The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

Although fiction, this book has an authenticity that makes it read as truth. When we pick up a book or watch a movie, it is that “suspended disbelief” that allows us to fully engage in the adventure and the characters. Before I begin my review I want to let you know that I don’t read vampire books, zombie books or anything resembling science fiction or fantasy. I mention this to let you know that this book is none of those things.

This is the story of a young girl who discovers old letters in her father’s library along with a strange, blank, book with a single image across the two center pages. The image is a woodcut of a dragon with spread wings and outstretched, savage, claws holding a banner with a single word: DRAKULA.

She takes the letters to … Read more

Top 10 Favorite Books

I love “favorite” lists, don’t you? It’s always fun to see other people’s loves and hates. When I’m at a loss for what to read I’ll go online to search for “favorite books” lists. I’m going to give you my favorite Top Ten books. I’ll write reviews for them in the weeks to come.

Top Ten Favorite Books

In no particular order

  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  •  The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Trick of the Eye by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
  • What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
  • The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • Leonardo’s Swans: A Novel by Karen Essex
  • The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
  • The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Okay, I can’t count.

    Until next time,

    Susan L Stewart