A girl’s fight for education in Nigeria: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré (book review)

The Girl with the Louding Voice tells an incredibly inspiring story of a young girl from Nigeria. It presents the realities of girls born in poor families in rural Nigeria and how domestic slavery is the beaten path for many of them. A story I recommend reading with all my heart!

Dystopia – my favourite genre?! 10 dystopian books I read

Margaret Atwood said that dystopian stories are like a signpost saying "bad future ahead if you go this way" - I love this metaphor! And dystopia seems to be one of my favourite genres, based on my recent reads. Here are 10 dystopian books that I enjoyed reading, in a random-aesthetically-pleasing order 🙂

Heritage of Madagascar seen through the eyes of foreigners: Red Island House by Andrea Lee (book review)

There is something magical about islands, and this book about Madagascar's heritage proves once again this point. "Red Island House" tells captivating stories of marriage and identity, love and loyalty, destiny and freedom. If you love discovering new cultures or you're interested in African heritage, this book is definitely a great option!

What I’m reading in March 2021: from classic Toni Morrison to contemporary Yaa Gyasi and Elif Shafak

The beginning of Spring was a good period for reading. From mid-February to mid-March I read 4 books - from dystopia to historical fiction, from classic Toni Morrison to contemporary Yaa Gyasi and Elif Shafak. This month was also rich in terms of geographical locations: Ghana, England, and Turkey, among others.

When remembering is a sin: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (book review)

The Memory Police tells the daunting dystopian story about an island controlled by... guess who?! The Memory Police. They are in charge of what people remember, what objects are burnt and forgotten, what beings and plants disappear. However, there are some people, the outlaws, who do not forget...

Torn between science and faith: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (book review)

Transcendent Kingdom is a touching story that covers difficult topics such as addiction, mental health, and immigration. The story of Gifty and her family is heartbreaking, and illustrates not only the hardships of Black immigrants in the USA, but also how mental health issues take a toll on the whole family. Definitely one of those books that I'll recommend to all my friends!

Dystopia on genetically engineered humans and animals: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (book review)

Oryx and Crake is a cautionary tale about genetic engineering that touches on very contemporary topics. There's even a pandemic in the story, and some quotes seem taken from today's newspapers. Quite impressive, taking into account the story was written 20+ years ago.

Getting to know my favourite authors via online events – Margaret Atwood, Yaa Gyasi, and more!

At the beginning of 2021 I discovered the amazing world of online events featuring writers. Fueled by the ongoing pandemic, several book discussions moved in the online realm, being accessible for significantly larger audiences. Don't get me wrong, I definitely prefer attending events in person, there's a certain energy that cannot be replace by a … Continue reading Getting to know my favourite authors via online events – Margaret Atwood, Yaa Gyasi, and more!