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The Book-Addled Brain

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the universe.  Join me as I make my way through my infinite reading list one page at a time.

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A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin
Progress: 187/1009 pages
Edith Hamilton
Progress: 85/497 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Progress: 46 %
Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
Progress: 718/1463 pages

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

Burial Rites: A Novel - Hannah Kent 


The harsh, lonely Icelandic landscape provides the perfect setting and tone for Hannah Kent's Burial Rites.  Both are bleak and desolate, yet hauntingly beautiful.  This novel will not be everyone's cup of tea.  The story of convicted murderer Agnes Magnusdottir awaiting her execution in an isolated Icelandic farmhouse is grim and depressing, but the final chapters are absolutely gripping as the complex story of the murder unfolds.  The start will feel dreary and cheerless, but stick with it and you'll reap the rewards of a beautifully written novel.