The history of a Vietnamese family over a stormy century: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (book review)

One of my favourite parts of blogging is receiving amazing book recommendations from readers all over the world ❤ For instance, I found out about The Mountains Sing from Carl from The Pine-Scented Chronicles - he recommended this book as answer to a discussion post about why we should read stories about cultures that are different from our … Continue reading The history of a Vietnamese family over a stormy century: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (book review)

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!

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.

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!

A multi-generational saga of roots and slavery: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (book review)

"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.

To save one is to save the world: The Tattooist at Auschwitz by Heather Morris (book review)

As someone who did not enjoy learning about history at school, I find myself surprisingly intrigued by historical fiction books. When I saw "The Tattooist at Auschwitz" on the shelves of Nautilus bookstore, I bought it immediately and read it only few days after.

When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)

3 reasons why War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy deserves a chance to be read

What comes to your mind when you think about "War and Peace"? Long and boring? Detailed war scenes that are not read by anyone anyway? Too many characters? Why the need for philosophical interventions? If you answered "yes" to at least one of the questions, I totally understand you! I read the book last autumn … Continue reading 3 reasons why War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy deserves a chance to be read

Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

When a couple of months ago I asked the blog's readers for recommendations of books written by Australian authors, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan was one of the books I was told about (thank you, Robin!). The novel was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize, being described by the jury … Continue reading Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

Russian aristocracy and the Napoleonic invasion: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (book & TV series review)

If you read "War and Peace" or at least you've seen a printed copy, you must be thinking "how can she write a single post as a review of one of the longest and greatest books ever AND also cover the TV series?" ... And you're right! A single blog post would not make justice … Continue reading Russian aristocracy and the Napoleonic invasion: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (book & TV series review)