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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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September 18, 2016

"The flames caught the edge of one of the antique velvet curtains, which ignited like flambéed cherries. And that's when the sprinkler system kicked in."

-The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

4****

This book was just what the doctor ordered after a n...

September 18, 2016

“She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate.”
― Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

4****

If you have read anything by Wharton, you will know that mirth is rarely...

September 18, 2016

“We all have to carry the consequences of our own actions, no matter how heavy they are. I know that better than anyone.”
― Louise Jensen, The Sister

4****

I had my eye on The Sister for a while, and what very excited to be approved for a copy on NetGalley! The book too...

September 18, 2016

3.5 ****

I'm a little torn about giving this three or four stars. On the one hand, it was compulsively readable (or listenable - as I went for the audio-book), on the other, I felt the ending was a little dissatisfying and I didn't really connect with the characters. In...

September 18, 2016

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian

5*****

Fantastic! Hopeful! Inventive!
I am happy to report that all the fuss about this book is warranted. It's so unlike so...

September 18, 2016

“Melanie finds this interesting in spite of herself — that you can use words to hide things, or not to touch them, or to pretend that they're something different than they are.”
― M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts

4****

What a strange and memorable story! I had se...

September 18, 2016

“But love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

 5****

The Nightingale has managed to astound and sadden me by illuminating yet another realm of atrocities from the Second World War about which I was far too under...

September 18, 2016

"At this point it occurs to him she might be dead."

― Colette McBeth, The Life I Left Behind

4****

THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND is the second book I read by Colette McBeth, and in my opinion, the superior one. The story unfolds slowly, told by Eve and Melody, the two women at...

September 18, 2016

“The world doesn't change in front of your eyes, it changes behind your back.”
― Terry Hayes, I Am Pilgrim

5*****

I AM PILGRIM is being touted as a stunning thriller in a class of its own, and so I admit I was sucked in. I am happy to say (after 700 pages?!?) that the b...

September 18, 2016

“Here’s a word. Bereavement. Or, Bereaved. Bereft. It’s from the Old English bereafian, meaning ‘to deprive of, take away, seize, rob’. Robbed. Seized. It happens to everyone. But you feel it alone. Shocking loss isn’t to be shared, no matter how hard you try.”
― Helen...