Book review // ‘The Rook’ by Daniel O’Malley

Hey all! Today I’m talking about a book I’d wanted to read for years. It’s called The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, and it was on a list of bestsellers/must-read books for the year of 2012, which was a hell of a lot of time ago. It had been on my Amazon list for years, and I just received it as a Christmas present.

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Book Lust: Christmas wish list!

Books are my favorite presents. Here’s what’s on my list this year:


The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is about a woman named Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up in a London park, her memory gone, surrounded by dead bodies. She discovers she is something called a rook—a secret agent that protects the world from the supernatural forces. NEED.

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick is one of his most well-known and best-loved novels, about what would have happened if the United States had lost World War II. The entire country is now occupied by either Nazi German or Imperial Japanese forces. You may also recognize this story from the show that was adapted from the book, or from the show’s highly questionable marketing campaign that involved wrapping the shuttle train in New York with Nazi propaganda symbols. That was probably not the smartest move. But the book sounds amazing.

Finally, The King is Dead is by one of my favorite historians, Suzannah Lipscomb. In this book, she explores, explains, and analyzes the last will and testament of Henry VIII. As you may know, I love studying Tudor history, so this book is a must-have!

What’s on your wishlist this holiday season? And a very happy Hanukkah to anyone celebrating this week!