Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was so certain that this would be a 5 star read, but felt rather let down overall. Starting with the positives, I think it’s safe to say that Chimamanda can be considered an authority when it comes to topics on race, identity & immigration. Her observations were completely brilliant, moving, honest and really thought... Continue Reading →

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The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

It felt great to sink my teeth into short stories after a string of sub-par novels and I was quite impressed by this one. The Doll’s Alphabet is an exquisitely dark, grotesque, and completely discomfiting magical realist short story collection. The only way I can describe this is that each story felt like waking up... Continue Reading →

Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

This book is so uncharacteristically unique: it’s a collection of dreams as the title suggests. Time is the central character, and it comes disguised in as many forms & interpretations that can be conceived, or rather, that Einstein can imagine. And throughout, it has this surreal, dreamlike, hallucinatory quality to it. I wasn’t completely onboard... Continue Reading →

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

Loved this! Station Eleven follows the interconnected lives of 5 key characters pre and post the Georgian Flu epidemic which wipes out more than 99% of the world’s population. A key element of the story follows the Travelling Symphony, a group of performing theatre artists and musicians re-enacting Shakespeare’s plays to the remaining bands of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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