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!

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)

The award for the most consuming and heartrending book I’ve ever read goes to: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (book review)

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.

Spotlight on domestic violence in the Caribbean: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones (book review)

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is a beautiful novel! Yes, it is sad and there are many violent acts illustrated in the story, but the narrative style and the different perspectives make is a very captivating read.

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! 🙂

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!

Six of the most famous literary awards

Have you ever wondered what writers actually win when they receive literary awards (apart from the fame associated with the prize)? Keep on reading to find out about six famous literary awards and their prizes. First I present an overview of the literary awards and their prizes, and then I briefly talk about each of them. Without … Continue reading Six of the most famous literary awards