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!

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...

Dystopia on genetically engineered humans and animals: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (book review)

Oryx and Crake is a cautionary tale about genetic engineering that touches on very contemporary topics. There's even a pandemic in the story, and some quotes seem taken from today's newspapers. Quite impressive, taking into account the story was written 20+ years ago.

A self-discovery journey of young and old: We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan (book review)

We Are All Birds of Uganda was the first book I read about Uganda and its culture. It is story that will take you far away, both in time and geography. You will certainly empathize with Sameer and his journey of self-discovery, and you will get a glimpse into the 1970s Uganda by following the journey of his grandfather.

Australia’s bushfires, anger, grief, and a vanishing world: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan (book review)

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is about grief, anger, and a vanishing world. A slow but sure collapse. It is one of the most anchored to reality books I read in a while, and also one of the most touching stories.

How we meet and why it matters: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker (book review)

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker is an amazing educational book about how to upgrade the way you organize any types of gatherings of people. From family barbeques with a twist to teambuilding with C-level executives and global dinner parties ... if you're curious, just google “Dîner en Blanc” 🙂

Weekend get-together gone wrong: The Hollow by Agatha Christie #ReadChristie2021 (book review)

The Hollow is an entertaining murder mystery novel. The complex relationships among the characters and the dynamics of the story will keep you hooked until you reach the final page, when justice is made (or maybe not?!)

The untold stories of Ethiopian women at war: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (book review)

A very intriguing and immersive story, The Shadow King will bring fear, goose bumps, pity and sadness, but also excitement and awe. This book surely joins my "must recommend to everyone" book list, as it is a masterpiece from so many perspectives!

The tales of Nordic gods, giants, elves and other beings: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (book review)

The Norse Mythology is a collections of stories of Nordic gods, giants, elves and other beings. According to the myths, all beings live in Nine Worlds that are centered around the tree Yggdrasil. With so many worlds and types of beings, you can only imagine there's a lot happening in Yggdrasil 🙂