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.

Spotlight on domestic violence in the Caribbean: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones (book review)

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is a beautiful novel! Yes, it is sad and there are many violent acts illustrated in the story, but the narrative style and the different perspectives make is a very captivating read.