New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021 (Top Ten Tuesday)

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)

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)

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!

The guardian of words who was ahead of her time: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (book review)

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 untold stories of Ethiopian women at war: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (book review)

A very intriguing and immersive story, The Shadow King will bring fear, goose bumps, pity and sadness, but also excitement and awe. This book surely joins my "must recommend to everyone" book list, as it is a masterpiece from so many perspectives!

A multi-generational saga of roots and slavery: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (book review)

"Homegoing" is a beautiful and heartbreaking saga of multiple generations descending from Ghana. Even though it tackles tough issues as racism and slavery, colonialism and (lack of) integration, the compassionate tone helps the reader make sense of the impact ancestry has on each character.

To save one is to save the world: The Tattooist at Auschwitz by Heather Morris (book review)

As someone who did not enjoy learning about history at school, I find myself surprisingly intrigued by historical fiction books. When I saw "The Tattooist at Auschwitz" on the shelves of Nautilus bookstore, I bought it immediately and read it only few days after.

When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)

3 reasons why War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy deserves a chance to be read

What comes to your mind when you think about "War and Peace"? Long and boring? Detailed war scenes that are not read by anyone anyway? Too many characters? Why the need for philosophical interventions? If you answered "yes" to at least one of the questions, I totally understand you! I read the book last autumn … Continue reading 3 reasons why War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy deserves a chance to be read