Sisterhood and the struggle to pass for white: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (book review)

The Vanishing Half is a story about secrets and transformation, family and identity, roots and new beginnings. It offers a lot of food for thoughts and it's an immersive journey - beware, starting this book will definitely lead to a reading spree! 🙂

What I’m reading in May 2021: about immigration, colorism, and an Artificial Friend called Klara

In the past month I read almost 4 books - an interesting blend of stories about a family of Congo who immigrates in the USA, a dystopian story where children have Artificial Friends, about colorism and what it's like to be Black and pass as white. To many more months as prolific as this one in terms of learning about the world!

Discovering Elif Shafak – Three Daughters of Eve and The Forty Rules of Love (book review)

Elif Shafak is one of the most famous Turkish writers of our times. She writes both in Turkish and English, and has published 18 books, 11 of which are novels. However, it was only in December last year that I first heard about this amazing woman from my dear friend D. Since then I read … Continue reading Discovering Elif Shafak – Three Daughters of Eve and The Forty Rules of Love (book review)

What I’m reading in April 2021: amazing fiction stories of women from Nigeria, Korea, and the UK

All books I read during the past month had women as main characters - and I did not plan for this! 🙂 I finished reading 4 amazing and inspiring stories, happening in different parts of the world. Historical fiction, mystery fiction, contemporary fiction - let all fiction books come to me! 📚

The guardian of words who was ahead of her time: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (book review)

The Dictionary of Lost Words is definitely one my favourite books of 2021 so far! It is a touching and inspiring story of a woman who was born ahead of her time, a woman whose determination and courage represent the stories of real women who contributed to the first Oxford English Dictionary.

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...