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)

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)

(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)

Not all that is hidden is lost: Metronome by Tom Watson (book review)

Metronome by Tom Watson caught my interest because it is about an unusual imprisonment situation. From the description is sounded spooky, adrenaline-rushing, and totally captivating - it did not disappoint! Metronome in a nutshell Aina and Whitney are in prison, for 12 years. Their prison does not have any locks or barred windows, but a … Continue reading Not all that is hidden is lost: Metronome by Tom Watson (book review)

Survival and connection of endangered horses and endangered people : The Last Wild Horses by Maja Lunde (book review)

Climate fiction, a genre I've recently discovered, quickly became one of my favourite tools to raise awareness about climate change. In this respect I'm following with great interest Maja Lunde, the Norwegian author of the Climate Quartet series (my series spotlight post). So you can imagine my excitement when I saw on Edelweiss that her … Continue reading Survival and connection of endangered horses and endangered people : The Last Wild Horses by Maja Lunde (book review)

You’ll never look at trees the same way again: The Overstory by Richard Powers (book review)

What I enjoy most about being part of the blogging community are the super-duper-awesome-out of my bubble- book recommendations I receive. The Overstory is such an example - dear Tierney recommended this book after reading my review of The New Wilderness by Diane Cook. Thank you so much, Tierney! The Overstory in a nutshell The … Continue reading You’ll never look at trees the same way again: The Overstory by Richard Powers (book review)

When your world is turned upside down by civil war: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book review)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the latest “hidden gem” author I discovered … hidden meaning that, despite her popularity, until recently she was totally out of my bookish radar. After reading Americanah and enjoying her TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story", I wanted to discover more - Half of a Yellow Sun was up … Continue reading When your world is turned upside down by civil war: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book review)

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)

A reversed story of slavery where Africans enslave Europeans: Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo (book review)

I was wandering around a lovely bookstore, looking for a gift, when I saw THEM - the 2 books by Bernardine Evaristo from the same collection as the book I already owned and loved reading: Girl, Woman, Other (my review). To buy or not to buy? Well, I remember picking them up and then putting … Continue reading A reversed story of slavery where Africans enslave Europeans: Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo (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!