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!

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ“š

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 πŸ™‚

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.

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!

What I’m reading in February 2021

5 books read this month, and what a mix of bookish experiences - I "travelled" from the UK (Oxford) and Turkey (Istanbul) to Australia and New Zealand, then to Japan, Uganda, and even North America! Not bad for a month spent entirely at home πŸ™‚

My experience with requesting books (eARCs) on NetGalley compared to Edelweiss

Back in December 2020 I shared about my short and quite unsuccessful experience with Edelweiss. Based on the comments I received to that post from fellow bloggers, I decided to try Netgalley as well ... My conclusion after less than 2 months: Netgalley is THE place for bloggers to receive advanced reading copies!

Reading Japanese authors in January: Haruki Murakami, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, and Sayaka Muraka

January 2021 was a very prolific in terms of reading, especially reading Japanese authors! As part of the Japanese literature challenge, in this post I share 4 books I read this month, plus other recommendations and ideas.