Sisterhood and the struggle to pass for white: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (book review)

The Vanishing Half is a story about secrets and transformation, family and identity, roots and new beginnings. It offers a lot of food for thoughts and it's an immersive journey - beware, starting this book will definitely lead to a reading spree! πŸ™‚

A girl’s fight for education in Nigeria: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi DarΓ© (book review)

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!

Torn between science and faith: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (book review)

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!

Dystopia on genetically engineered humans and animals: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (book review)

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.

Self-education, mystery, and celebration of nature: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (book review)

I started reading "Where the Crawdads Sing" with no expectations and I was completely swept off my feet! It got me hooked up from the first pages and I managed to read it in only 2 nights - the classic "one more chapter and then I go to sleep" until 2 AM ...

Political struggles and social issues in a small British town: A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (book review)

I'm part of the generation who grew up with J.K. Rowling's stories from Hogwarts. I was about 7 years old when I read the first Harry Potter book and I was graduating high school when last Harry Potter movie was released. Ever since I heard that J.K. Rowling wrote also other books I wanted to … Continue reading Political struggles and social issues in a small British town: A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (book review)

Humbleness, flashbacks, and a motoring trip: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (book review)

After reading "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro, a book that became one of my favourites, I knew I have to read more books by the same author. So I randomly picked up "The Remains of the Day" from a lovely bookstore in Cambridge ... and it did not disappoint!