Have I been reading as much as I wanted? Not quite. But I’m happy with the books I’ve read so far this year. 1. King Rat by China Mieville – an urban fairytale retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. King Rat is set in London, as so many of Mieville’s books and it unearthsContinue reading “Favourite Books of 2021 – Part 1”
Such a WEIRD book. I always marvel at how oldish science fiction throws you headfirst into a new world and leaves you there to sink or swim. I am not well versed with the classics of this genre, but I do feel like this happens more often with science fiction than any other genre. [Fantasy,Continue reading “The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance”
Book 1 of 2021. I have been seeing Normal People by Sally Rooney just about everywhere in the book blogging world, so I was keen to pick this book up when it was recommended to me. I like to read books that are not overly discussed at the moment, because then, I am afforded theContinue reading “Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney”
Hey, it’s January! This blog is getting ooold. Anyway, this post should have been written in December, but I have a lot of “looking ahead” bookish posts coming up and might as well start with this little unfinished Favourite Books Part 3. Links to the other two: Favourite Books of 2020 – Part 1 andContinue reading “Favourite Books of 2020 – Part 3”
Disclaimer: I reached the end of the blog post before I realised it’s not a review; so here’s a warning, this is not a review. In fact, I may have forgotten to write about the book entirely, as in its plot or themes or characters. Goodreads can help you there. Let’s call it what itContinue reading “Reading Looking For Alaska by John Green”
This post is the second of its kind and there will be at least one more. Part 1 of Favourite Books of 2020 can be found here. 1. Baptism of Fire (Witcher #3) by Andrzej Sapkowski – This is admittedly a strange choice for a favourites list and it doesn’t work as a recommendation. SurelyContinue reading “Favourite Books of 2020 -Part 2”
Until the past couple of months, I’ve been reading a lot of very heavy, kind of sad content. 2020 has been a weepy year, book-wise. Men We Reaped is another book that moved me to tears. Synopsis – In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five men in her life, to drugs, accidents, suicide, and theContinue reading “Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward”
Alexievich lets each of the veterans own their narrative, giving us brief glimpses from a hundred different perspectives… voices of defiance, reluctance, denial of the war, its glorification, the tragedy, the acceptance… conflicting stories, each narrative is private, emotional and coloured by personal biases… but authentic, you know? Human.
This post should be called: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – the good, the bad and the ugly. Here goes nothing.
Scribd is a delicious virtual labyrinth that keeps revealing its many mysteries, slowly and steadily. It’s been working out well and I find myself buried in the most unexpected books. Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman was one such delight. Let me give you selected snippets from the Goodreads summary: “A phone call from a soon-to-be-deceasedContinue reading “Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman”