How the Blessed Live by Susannah M.Smith

This book was such an exception, nothing quite like I’ve ever read before. It was one of my selections for my #5startbrpredictions and though it wasn’t a 5 star read, I loved it and would highly recommend it. This novel has 59 ratings on Goodreads and definitely deserves more recognition. Part Egyptian myth, part Alice... Continue Reading →

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

This was one of my selections for my Autumn TBR. I was hoping to fall in love with this book and sadly, was slightly disappointed. This novel is a fictionalised account based on the life of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland after being convicted of murder. Hannah Kent raises the... Continue Reading →

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author of Afro-Carribean descent, and her collection, Foreign Soil, confronts the different forms of cultural divide. Her stories tackle really important themes of race & identity, the feeling of being alienated, displacement & longing, and in the process shedding light on the darker crevices that divide people. Each story... Continue Reading →

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This book hit me. Straight and square. Like a knock on the head, leaving me stunned and groping after tides of thoughts that seemed to be drifting away in different directions. Existence. Environment. Philosophy. Physics. Time. Ruth Ozeki takes these themes, and tells a tale so galactic in scope, through a crisscrossing narrative, between Ruth,... Continue Reading →

Graphic Novel Author Spotlight: Adrian Tomine

Trust Adrian Tomine to tell a story, emotionally rich, razor sharp in its observation of flawed relationships and brutally honest in its depiction of far-from-perfect social misfits and their messed-up lives. His drawings are simple in structure and style, but I felt it was really effective in conveying the depth of the story. Reading his... Continue Reading →

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