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)
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)
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)
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)
Earlier this year I decided to start reading contemporary authors from my home country - Romania 🇷🇴. That's how I got to read The Innocents by Ioana Parvulescu - a book I received from a dear friend on my wedding day, when she (secretly) coordinated with all my friends so that each one brings a … Continue reading Childhood memories from the 1960s Transylvania: The Innocents (Inocentii) by Ioana Parvulescu (book review)
I join this week's Top Ten Tuesday by sharing 10 new-to-me authors that I read in 2021. Overall, 2021 was a good year for discovering authors out of my bookish radar, so I had a difficult time picking only 10 of them 🙂 Therefore I picked the new-to-me authors that I would like to read … Continue reading New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021 (Top Ten Tuesday)
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!
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)
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)
I must have heard of A Little Life from other bloggers. None of my friends read it, something I found out when I was craving to discuss it with someone. So - thank you, dear bloggers, for bringing A Little Life to my life.