Earlier this year, during a small talk at the office (yes, it was a long time ago), I first heard of "The History of Bees". The enthusiasm of my colleague had already convinced me to read the book, and I prioritized it after finding out that it tackles climate change issues. Fiction + climate change = a book I definitely want to read as soon as possible!
The holiday to Aotearoa New Zealand at the beginning of 2020 was eye-opening in terms of appreciating the wonders of Mother Nature. One experience in particular was breathtaking - a brief encounter with a sperm whale in Kaikoura. My subsequent enthusiastic research about sperm whales led me to James Nestor, his website mrjamesnestor and his book "Deep".
After being mesmerized by "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt and rather captivated by "The Goldfinch" by the same author, I had to read also the third book written by Tartt - "The Little Friend". Given the previous two experiences, I had high hopes towards this book ... as dear Shakespeare said "Expectation is the root of all heartache".
"Homegoing" is a beautiful and heartbreaking saga of multiple generations descending from Ghana. Even though it tackles tough issues as racism and slavery, colonialism and (lack of) integration, the compassionate tone helps the reader make sense of the impact ancestry has on each character.
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is my favourite series and it charmed my heart with a great mix of intrigue, mystery, gothic fiction, and unexpected plot twists.
Context | After enjoying so much "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt, I could not resist reading one more books written by her. Though I'm not sure how I heard about "The Secret History" - was it from a friend, or maybe from a fellow blogger? - I had a feeling that I have to read … Continue reading A dark adrenaline-rushing story of murder: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Context | "North and South" is one of the books I knew nothing about before reading it. However, I received it from a very dear friend of mine who is as passionate about books as I am, so I had high expectations from Gaskell's novel. In a nutshell | Think of the story like an … Continue reading About division and coming together: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (book review)
My history with "The Goldfinch" went through all seasons: somewhere during Winter ❄ I found out about the book, then during Spring 🌸 I waited for it to be delivered from Bookster, during Summer ☀ I read it, and during Autumn I write its review 🍂.
I started reading "Where the Crawdads Sing" with no expectations and I was completely swept off my feet! It got me hooked up from the first pages and I managed to read it in only 2 nights - the classic "one more chapter and then I go to sleep" until 2 AM ...
Context | I'm part of the generation who grew up with J.K.Rowling's stories from Hogwarts. I was about 7 years old when I read the first Harry Potter book and I was graduating high school when last Harry Potter movie was released. Ever since I heard that J.K. Rowling wrote also other books I wanted … Continue reading Political struggles and social issues in a small British town: A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (book review)