The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (book review) – about figs, humans, and other stories

The Island of Missing Trees was recommended as a "must read" by my dear friend Diana. Until now, all her recommendations became favourite books ... so I knew I have to read is as soon as possible. Plus, Elif Shafak is one of my favourite writers ever, alongside Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami. I read … Continue reading The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (book review) – about figs, humans, and other stories

Afterlife and Sri Lankan civil wars: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka (book review)

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida won the Booker Prize in 2022 - that's how I first heard about it. I only knew it told the story of a war photographer from Sri Lanka who died and woke up in a “celestial visa office”. Quite intriguing, isn't it?! A small fun-fact before going further - … Continue reading Afterlife and Sri Lankan civil wars: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka (book review)

The power of books and a wicked ghost: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (book review)

All I knew about this book before reading it was: ghost story, bookseller as main character, shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022. Oh, and it was supposed to be super funny as well! Now, after reading the book, I can say that my initial hypotheses were only a fraction of what The Sentence offers. … Continue reading The power of books and a wicked ghost: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (book review)

Women’s voices from Greek mythology: Phaedra by Laura Shepperson and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (book review)

One of my favourite childhood books was a collection of stories about Greek mythology. I was fascinated by Artemis and Athena, by Poseidon and Apollo. Later on, my fascination with mythologies from other cultures continued - discovering the Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (my review), and more recently learning about the Indian gods and beliefs. … Continue reading Women’s voices from Greek mythology: Phaedra by Laura Shepperson and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (book review)

What I’m reading in January 2022: about breathing, an enchanted labyrinth, and civil war in Nigeria

Reading at the beginning of 2022 seems to go better than reading at the end of 2021 🙂 The winter holiday might've helped, plus the Christmassy vibes and the super cold days that do now invite for outdoor activities. During the past month I read 3 books - a super interesting blend of fantasy involving … Continue reading What I’m reading in January 2022: about breathing, an enchanted labyrinth, and civil war in Nigeria

What I’m reading in November and December 2021: about trees, Vietnam, and a little bit of Atwood

So it happened - for the first time in 2 years I missed posting the monthly reading update (for November, that is). It's been a tough period, from a personal and work point of view, and it definitely impacted my motivation to read and write. But here I am now, back in business, with bookish … Continue reading What I’m reading in November and December 2021: about trees, Vietnam, and a little bit of Atwood

What I’m reading in October 2021: a reversed story of slavery and a bit of non-fiction

October came with its rainy days and hot drinks, the perfect atmosphere for reading and knitting. The past month was not great in terms of reading progress, but given the circumstances I am happy that I did read something 🙂 Let's get the sharing started! Currently reading I am reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn … Continue reading What I’m reading in October 2021: a reversed story of slavery and a bit of non-fiction

A modern classic on being Black in the 21st century: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book review)

Last year I asked my best friends to share their favourites books of 2020 - see here the post. Americanah was one of the stories mentioned, one of the stories that I really wanted to read and see for myself why it was chosen as favourite. Well, it seems like Americanah might also make it … Continue reading A modern classic on being Black in the 21st century: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book review)

Women’s Prize for Fiction – what shortlisted books I read (2003-2021)

With the Women's Prize for Fiction approaching - the 2021 winner will be announced on 8th of September - I thought of documenting what previous shortlisted books I read. Initially I wanted to document what previous winners I read, but there were only two books ... so it would've been a very short post 😀 … Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction – what shortlisted books I read (2003-2021)