My Reading Life

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hello!

I'm Malia Zaidi, the author of The Lady Evelyn Mysteries. I am also an omnivorous reader, so you will find reviews of all sorts of books here. My favorite genres are mystery/suspense, historical fiction, literary fiction, some fantasy and YA. Always happy to discover new favorites and receive recommendations! Thanks for visiting!

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December 14, 2019

Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders
by Billy Jensen

4****

I don't read much true crime, but the author had a really thoughtful, kind approach to telling these stories. he put the focus on the victims and this was quite moving. Some c...

December 12, 2019

 

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

5*****

I don't know why it took me so long to read this, but it was worth the hype! Krueger has a wonderful talent for creating characters and I was invested in the story from start to finish. I am usually a little skeptical about...

December 10, 2019

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

4.5*****

I had listened to an interview with the author on an NPR podcast and it intrigued me enough to pick up this book. Jones has a very engaging style of writing that feels almost like fiction (in some cases, when he is abuse...

December 9, 2019

It's Mystery Monday on The Princess and the Pen, where I highlight a few mystery novels on my radar. I come across so many mysteries on Goodreads, from social media and word-of-mouth recommendations and Mystery Monday will feature a small selection of those. Some are d...

December 6, 2019

It's Friday, which means it's time for Link Love, where I share some of my favorite bookish articles and blogs from the past week. There are quite a few links I found interesting and worth sharing this week. I hope you find something here you enjoy. Happy reading!

Books...

December 5, 2019

The Guardians by John Grisham

2**

I am sadly in the minority of readers who did not care for this book, which is disappointing because I was excited to read it. However, though Grisham does offer insight into the prison system and the story he outlines is probably and t...

December 4, 2019

This Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found. In this post I look back on a book I've finished, highlight one I am currently reading, and one I will read in the near future. What are you reading these days?

THEN: I finished James Brabazon's My...

December 2, 2019

It's Mystery Monday on The Princess and the Pen, where I highlight a few mystery novels on my radar. I come across so many mysteries on Goodreads, from social media and word-of-mouth recommendations and Mystery Monday will feature a small selection of those. Some are d...

November 29, 2019

It's Friday, which means it's time for Link Love, where I share some of my favorite bookish articles and blogs from the past week. There are quite a few links I found interesting and worth sharing this week. I hope you find something here you enjoy. Happy reading!

For s...

November 27, 2019

This Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found. In this post I look back on a book I've finished, highlight one I am currently reading, and one I will read in the near future. What are you reading these days?

THEN: I finished How We Fight for Ou...

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