Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Some authors manage to pack more atmosphere and tension and characters into less than 200 pages than others ever manage to, even in books twice as long. Lindsay has done just that in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Girls at a boarding school go out for a picnic, as the title …

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

Miss Buncle’s Book is delightful. Barbara Buncle needs to make some money and decides that writing a book is the perfect solution, much better than raising hens, but all she knows is her small town, so the people she sees every day become the characters, simply re-named. Miss Buncle sees …

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

I have not read anything by Joseph Conrad before. Obviously, I’ve heard of him, but neither Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim ever made it to my TBR list. Honestly, I was looking for a classic audiobook available to “read now” from my library and came across The Secret Agent— …