A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Knopf Canada
Source: egalley via edelweiss & Review Copy from Penguin Random House Canada

Hogarth Shakespeare (3)

I haven't read Anne Tyler before so don't know what she typically writes, however, "Vinegar Girl" is a light romantic comedy much like a Harlequin Romance than anything I typically read. Not really my type of book, but it was a fun story and I liked the characters. Tyler has only kept basic elements of the Shakespeare play. She's played around with the names (Bianca is Bunny, etc) and included some subterfuge (getting married to get a green card) and the Kate in this story lacks social grace (rather than being a shrew). The plot also centres on an arranged marriage though in a much more 21st century way! It's a cute rom-com and would probably make a sweet movie and is certainly great for a beach read. Just not my type of book, though.


  1. I've seen this book on several blogs this last week and it has got me interested. I've read the author before though I was not very impressed.

  2. Sorry to hear this. You might want to try something more typical Tyler that isn't a "rom-com" like the Accidental Tourist, The Beginner's Goodbye or A Spool of Blue Thread.