The history of a Vietnamese family over a stormy century: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (book review)

One of my favourite parts of blogging is receiving amazing book recommendations from readers all over the world ❤ For instance, I found out about The Mountains Sing from Carl from The Pine-Scented Chronicles - he recommended this book as answer to a discussion post about why we should read stories about cultures that are different from our … Continue reading The history of a Vietnamese family over a stormy century: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (book review)

What I’m reading in October 2021: a reversed story of slavery and a bit of non-fiction

October came with its rainy days and hot drinks, the perfect atmosphere for reading and knitting. The past month was not great in terms of reading progress, but given the circumstances I am happy that I did read something 🙂 Let's get the sharing started! Currently reading I am reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn … Continue reading What I’m reading in October 2021: a reversed story of slavery and a bit of non-fiction

5 years of blogging and reading plans for Autumn

So ... I've been blogging for 5 years. That's a lot. Half a decade - that sounds even longer! I am super grateful that I managed to maintain this hobby for such a long time, writing book reviews and other book-related discussions. I would also like to thank all of you who read my posts, … Continue reading 5 years of blogging and reading plans for Autumn

A reversed story of slavery where Africans enslave Europeans: Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo (book review)

I was wandering around a lovely bookstore, looking for a gift, when I saw THEM - the 2 books by Bernardine Evaristo from the same collection as the book I already owned and loved reading: Girl, Woman, Other (my review). To buy or not to buy? Well, I remember picking them up and then putting … Continue reading A reversed story of slavery where Africans enslave Europeans: Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo (book review)

Why should you read stories about cultures that are different from your own?

Well, the short answer is - to avoid the "danger of a single story" (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie). Now let me get to the longer and (hopefully) more interesting answer 🙂 It starts with the talk The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that I discovered after reading her book Americanah (my review). … Continue reading Why should you read stories about cultures that are different from your own?

The overlooked family of the famous William Shakespeare: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (book review)

An imagined story of Shakespeare's family life, focusing on what is usually mentioned only in footnotes - his wife and children, including the death of his son Hamnet during childhood. What's fascinating is that Shakespeare's name is not mentioned once in the story!

A modern classic on being Black in the 21st century: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book review)

Last year I asked my best friends to share their favourites books of 2020 - see here the post. Americanah was one of the stories mentioned, one of the stories that I really wanted to read and see for myself why it was chosen as favourite. Well, it seems like Americanah might also make it … Continue reading A modern classic on being Black in the 21st century: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book review)

Women’s Prize for Fiction – what shortlisted books I read (2003-2021)

With the Women's Prize for Fiction approaching - the 2021 winner will be announced on 8th of September - I thought of documenting what previous shortlisted books I read. Initially I wanted to document what previous winners I read, but there were only two books ... so it would've been a very short post 😀 … Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction – what shortlisted books I read (2003-2021)

The award for the most consuming and heartrending book I’ve ever read goes to: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (book review)

I must have heard of A Little Life from other bloggers. None of my friends read it, something I found out when I was craving to discuss it with someone. So - thank you, dear bloggers, for bringing A Little Life to my life.