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 Girl with the Louding Voice tells an incredibly inspiring story of a young girl from Nigeria. It presents the realities of girls born in poor families in rural Nigeria and how domestic slavery is the beaten path for many of them. A story I recommend reading with all my heart!
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!
Transcendent Kingdom is a touching story that covers difficult topics such as addiction, mental health, and immigration. The story of Gifty and her family is heartbreaking, and illustrates not only the hardships of Black immigrants in the USA, but also how mental health issues take a toll on the whole family. Definitely one of those books that I'll recommend to all my friends!
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 modern whodunnit, a story about friendship and betrayal, transition (or not) to adulthood, "The Truants" is a story I recommend if you're interested in reading murder mysteries and / or stories with a strong literature flavour. For a great experience, try playing truant while reading the book! 🙂
A detective story set in an exotic setting. When a death happens on a cruise on the Nile, Poirot comes to the rescue - the right man at the right place 🙂 Too bad that his holiday time ended so abruptly ...
Ariel Bissett, one of the few people I follow on Youtube, mentioned during this video about "A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor". I was very intrigued by the long name. But is was a sequel, so I had to start with the first book - "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing". I started reading it with no expectations, and … Continue reading The dark side of fame and First Contact: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (book review)
Hogarth Shakespeare project is a series of 8 books written by contemporary writers, each book being inspired by a story by Shakespeare. I was very excited about these books when I first heard about them, and now I got to read one of them - "Hag-Seed" by Margaret Atwood.
"Girl, Woman, Other" is a book that brings together unique elements and blends them into a fascinating story. Among others, fusion fiction and Adinkra symbols.