Moldavian folklore and fearless women: Set in Stone by Stela Brinzeanu (book review)

Every culture has folklore stories that are passed on from generation to generation, carrying the beliefs and wisdom of those times. Sometimes they provide great advice, sometimes they're totally out-of-sync with the cultural shifts and mindsets of the current times. Author Stela Brinzeanu started from one local Moldavian legend she hated - a legend infused … Continue reading Moldavian folklore and fearless women: Set in Stone by Stela Brinzeanu (book review)

What I’m reading in July 2022: Moldavian folklore, Turkish culture, and a bit of immortality

This month I travelled a lot - through reading, while being in Romania. From the neighbouring country Moldavia to Turkey and then to the UK, the stories I read this month spanned through time and geographies. Quite interestingly, a touch of serendipity: all three stories had a common theme - stories of women who were … Continue reading What I’m reading in July 2022: Moldavian folklore, Turkish culture, and a bit of immortality

Spellbinding sequel of The Miniaturist: The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton (book review)

Do you know that cozy feeling of meeting an old friend after a long time? That's exactly how I felt when I reading The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton, sequel of The Miniaturist (my review). What a lovely rendezvous! The House of Fortune in a nutshell The House of Fortune tells the fiction story … Continue reading Spellbinding sequel of The Miniaturist: The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton (book review)

What I’m reading in June 2022: stories of women – daredevil aviators to Moldavian rebels

In the past month, reading fiction felt like a much-needed escape from the real world. However, focusing on something else than reading the news from Ukraine was tough ... so the 2 books I managed to read are a real achievement! Let's get the sharing started!

Dystopic science-fiction worlds: The Chrysalids and The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (mini book reviews)

John Wyndham is one of the authors I discovered through Ariel Bissett - the only booktuber I follow - in this video about classics. Funnily enough, in the video she explained how she hated The Chrysalids because of her teacher at that time ... no idea what convinced me to read the book she hated … Continue reading Dystopic science-fiction worlds: The Chrysalids and The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (mini book reviews)

Charming historical fiction: The Familiars and The Foundling by Stacey Halls (mini book reviews)

Stacey Halls is one of the writers I discovered through a fellow blogger - Chantelle from Wild Library Blog. After reading her review of The Familiars, I knew I have to read the book ... and it was love at first page read. It's no wonder that I continued the journey with reading The Foundling, … Continue reading Charming historical fiction: The Familiars and The Foundling by Stacey Halls (mini book reviews)

What I’m reading in May 2022: British and Romanian contemporary fiction, and a classic post-apocalyptic sci-fi story

In the past month, reading fiction felt like a much-needed escape from the real world. However, focusing on something else than reading the news from Ukraine was tough ... so the 2 books I managed to read are a real achievement! Let's get the sharing started!

Time travelling and life on the Moon: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (book review)

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel presented itself as the awaited opportunity to discover the writer I heard so often about ... yes, you guessed it, I refer to her other book, Station Eleven. I avoided to read Station Eleven as much as I could, simply because I did not want to read … Continue reading Time travelling and life on the Moon: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (book review)

What I’m reading in April 2022: about talking objects, time travelling, historical fiction & some burning questions

In the past month, reading fiction felt like a much-needed escape from the real world. However, focusing on something else than reading the news from Ukraine was tough ... so the 2 books I managed to read are a real achievement! Let's get the sharing started!

(Un)Twisted reality and talking objects: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (book review)

Being shortlisted for a famous literary prize is like a springboard to get on the radar of so many readers! That's how I found out about Ruth Ozeki and her book The Book of Form and Emptiness - after it was shortlisted on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022. Only few days later I noticed … Continue reading (Un)Twisted reality and talking objects: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (book review)