Book review: March by Geraldine Brooks

Few months ago, before going on holiday to Australia, I decided to "prepare" for the trip in a bookish way - by reading books written by Aussie authors. That's how I discovered Geraldine Brooks and her Pulitzer-awarded book "March". Let me begin by explaining why this book is special. You might already be familiar with the classic … Continue reading Book review: March by Geraldine Brooks

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Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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 as … Continue reading Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

"Colours are the smiles of nature" said the English writer Leigh Hunt, and I couldn't agree more. It fascinates me how something as simple as catching a glimpse of a certain colour can induce a happy mood, bring up a dear memory, or remind you of a good friend. I am a visual person, that's … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey – part I

Yes, I am reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy! It was on my reading list for such a long time ... I just needed a recommendation from a good friend (thank you, Elena!), a persuasive Ted-ED video, and loads of motivation to start reading this masterpiece. Now here I am, end of August 2017, reading … Continue reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey – part I

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Have you ever started reading a book with no expectations at all? That's how I started reading "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, a book I received as Christmas present. Little did I know that this book would irreversibly win my heart with its touching stories and beautiful language, all wrapped up … Continue reading Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

When a novel gracefully combines facts and fiction about a famous person whose life is very little documented, you may end up not knowing where to draw the line between reality and fantasy. That's what I experienced while reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, a book that fell into my hands by chance at the most appropriate time … Continue reading Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier