Eggshells

Title: Eggshells Writer: Caitriona Lally Publishing House: HarperCollins UK Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 (first published May 20th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When they were deciding how to bury her, I said she had always wanted to be cremated. It was a lie the size of a graveyard, but I wanted to make sure she was well and truly dead.’’…

The Corset

Title: The Corset Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps I do have the liberty to come and go as I please. But I do not attend for my own amusement. I came for you. To offer some comfort.’’ Jesus Christ, this book…Where do I begin? After the outstanding The…

Trougao, Kvadrat

Τitle: Trougao, Kvadrat Writer: Goran Milašinović Publishing House: Stubovi Kulture Date of Publication: 2010 Rating: 5 stars                                                                      *Greek Edition* Title: Τρίγωνο, Τετράγωνο Writer: Goran Milašinović   (μετ. Gaga Rosić) Publishing…

Days of the Dead

Title: Days of the Dead Writer: Kersten Hamilton Publishing House: Skyhorse Publishing Date of Publication: September 11th 2018 Rating: 5 stars *Any political comments will be deleted immediately.* ‘’Magic flows through Epoch, New Mexico. It seeps from the bones of Puerta de la Luna, a village that was hundreds of years old before the United States invaded Mexico and took…

Ghost Wall

Title: Ghost Wall Writer: Sarah Moss Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Darkness was a long time coming.’’ This book is my first contact with Sarah Moss’s writing and it proved to be so fascinating…The word Ghost in the title, the bogs and Northumberland drew my attention to a novel that I read…

Stork Mountain

Τitle: Stork Mountain Writer: Miroslav Penkov Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: March 15th 2016 Rating: 3 stars “You use legos to build castles while we use them to make weapons.” My love for Balkan Literature led me to a (supposedly) promising writer from Bulgaria and his first novel named Stork Mountain. Miroslav Penkov was born in…

The Impossible Girl

Title:The Impossible Girl Writer: Lydia Kang Publishing House: Lake Union Publishing Date of Publication: September 18th 2018 Rating: 4 stars “The impossible girl with two hearts.” One of the most controversial, grim and fascinating aspects of the Victorian era was the exhumation and selling of corpses for medical purposes. The advancing need for therapies over a multitude of…

Eye

Title: Eye Writer: Marianne Micros Publishing House: Guernica Editions Date of Publication: September 1st 2018 Rating: 1 star Dearest, dearest friends, I present a collection that is horrifyingly bad for someone who claims to have an interest in Greek culture and tradition, someone who is supposedly of Greek heritage. If this is true, she mustn’t love her ‘’heritage’’ very much… The…

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Title: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Writer: Edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman Publishing House: Greenwillow Books Date of Publication: June 26th 2018 Rating: 2 stars This is a collection I couldn’t wait to start. When I was about eight years old, my grandma bought me a volume of Asian Folk Tales and thus, she opened a window to…

The Hoarder

Title: The Hoarder Writer: Jess Kidd Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication:  February 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A dead mouse curled in a teacup, a headless ceramic dray horse, a mannequin’s pink severed limb: that sort of thing. I have a morbid bent. ‘’ It would be extremely useful if each one of us had a power squad…

A Boy and a House

Title: ‘Deček in Hiša / A Boy and a House’ Writer: Maja Kastelic Publishing House: Annick Press Date of Publication: September 11th 2018 (first published January 7th 2015) Rating: 5 stars I’ve always believed that visiting a gallery and looking at the works of Art is a unique experience. I find it almost transcendental. From well-known masterpieces to contemporary abstract creations,…

The Little Snake

Title: The Little Snake Writer: A. L. Kennedy Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication: 16th November 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”Nevertheless, the people in charge of the city were not overly fond of people and so some of the apartments in which the very many different kinds of people lived were often dry when they should have been wet, or wet…

The Light Between Us

Title: The Light Between Us Writer: Katie Khan Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: August 9th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The planets were moving towards each other in the night sky when Isaac and Thea first met.’’ Yes, this is a wonderful combination of meaningful science-fiction and a charming relationship between two bright scholars. Yes, I enjoyed…

Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

Title: Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Writer: Melissa Harrison (editor) Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Day of Publication: May 19th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’If spring is all about looking forward, and autumn about looking back, summer surely is the present moment: a long, hot now that marks the sultry climax of the year. {…} it is a…

Everything Under

Title: Everything Under Writer: Daisy Johnson Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: July 12th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The places we are born come back.’’ Sometimes, when we have the chance to read the debut work of certain writers, we know that they are destined for great things from the very first pages. Lately, this has happened…

The Gloaming

Title: The Gloaming Writer: Kirsty Logan Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: April 19th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ahead of her was only this: dozens of bodies turned to stone, and then the edge of the cliff. The glimmer of rocks. The lure and chew of the waves.’’ When I read Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, I…

Selling Dead People’s Things

Title: Selling Dead People’s Things Writer: Duane Scott Cerny Publishing House: Thunderground Press Date of Publication: May 25th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’{…} imagine the business of vintage as the opposite of an enormous, heaven-wide window – a window that has no secrets, no filter. A portal through which everything can pass: life or death, normal or paranormal, objects or…

A Murder Is Announced

  Title: A Murder Is Announced Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: 2002 (first published June 1950) Rating: 5 stars ‘’People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous.’’ An idyllic village in the English countryside is waking up, its quirky residents about to start their day with their favourite newspaper, where an invitation to murder…

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: March 6th 2014  (first published 1981) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There had never been a death more foretold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town. The perpetrators are two brothers. His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a…

Night Beast

Title: Night Beast Writer: Ruth Joffre Publishing House: Grove Atlantic Date of Publication: 08 May 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Εven if you do reject your timer, it’s going to count down anyway.’’ This collection has long been on my list but life and other books got in the way. After having read Her Body and Other Parties, I thought Night…

Achilles

Title: Achilles Writer: Elizabeth Cook Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: February 9th 2002 Rating: 5 stars ”We honoured you like a god while you were alive. No one could match you. Now that you’re dead we still speak of you as one who will never be surpassed.” Achilles. A name loaded with myths and History, a man who became…

Of Love and Other Demons

Title: Of Love and Other Demons Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin House Date of Publication: May 1st 2008  (first published 1994) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ideas do not belong to anyone {…} They fly around up there like the angels.’’ Neither Colombia nor Gabriel García Márquez need any lengthy introduction. One of the most fascinating countries of our planet,…

Bitter Orange

Title: Bitter Orange Writer: Claire Fuller Publishing House: Penguin Random UK Date of Publication: August 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Do our actions betray our nature?’’ The setting: a dilapidated mansion in the idyllic English countryside. The era: 1969, the most exciting time to be alive in recent History. The time when conventions and traditions are shuttered to make room…

I Am, I Am, I Am

Title: I Am, I Am, I Am Writer: Maggie O’Farrell Publishing House: Tinder Press Date of Publication:  August 22nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is nothing unique or special in a near-death experience. They are not rare; everyone, I would venture, has had them, at one time or another, perhaps without even realizing it.’’ How difficult it is to write…

Her Body and Other Parties

Title: Her Body and Other Parties Writer: Carmen Maria Machado Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication: October 3rd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’What magical thing could you want so badly they take you away from the known world for wanting it?’’ This book is one of those cases when you feel someone calling your name. From the enticing cover…

Black Cats and Evil Eyes

Title: Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions Writer: Chloe Rhodes Publishing House: Michael O’ Mara Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2012 Rating: 1 star ‘’No matter how certainly we know that the spirits of the damned aren’t lurking under ladders hoping that we might sneeze at just the right moment for them to take…

Οι Όχθες του Σάβου

*The English review is hiding below:) * H λογοτεχνία των Βαλκανίων είναι τόσο ιδιότυπη και ξεχωριστή όσο κι η Ρώσικη. Η έμφαση στην ηθογραφία, η γλαφυρότητα των καθημερινών χαρακτήρων, η μεστή γλώσσα χωρίς ιδιαίτερη ποιητικότητα αλλά γεμάτη ρεαλισμό είναι ξεκάθαρα γνωρίσματα της λογοτεχνίας της ΝΑ Ευρώπης. Είναι πάντα ευχάριστο να βλέπεις καινούριους εκδοτικούς οίκους να…

The House in The Hills

Title: The House In The Hills Writer: Rowan Hanlon Publishing House: Reverberator Books Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 Rating: 1 star You know, sometimes the book industry reminds me of today’s Hollywood. They lack the stories and the scriptwriters, resorting to an absurd recycling of the success of the past, creating ridiculous remakes that wouldn’t even achieve a…

The Diary Of A Bookseller

Title: The Diary of A Bookseller Writer: Shaun Bythell Publishing House: Melville House Publishing Date of Publication: September 4th 2018 (first published September 28th 2017) Rating: 2 stars These are the experiences of Shaun Bythell, a bookseller in Wigtown in beautiful Scotland, in diary format. The working days, the customers (problematic or not), the co-workers, the struggle to support…

The Testament of Mary

Title: The Testament of Mary Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: October 1st 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I have forgotten how to smile. I have no further need for smiling.’’ I’m not sure how this review is going to come through. This is a subject matter very close to my heart and a novel by one of my…

Sentimental Tales

Title: Sentimental Tales Writer: Mikhail Zoshchenko (translated by Boris Dralyuk) Publishing House: Columbia University Press Date of Publication: July 31st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’What do you think, Auntie, does man have a soul?’’ Mikhail Zoshchenko is considered one of the greatest Soviet satirists, a genre that flourished in the country, especially during the Soviet era. The six stories…

Animals Eat Each Other

Title: Animals Eat Each Other Writer: Elle Nash Publishing House: Dzanc Books Date of Publication: July 18th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I learned that Lilith was made from the same dust as Adam, and not from his rib. I learned that Lilith was either banished or left the Garden because she refused to obey and it seemed likely to me…

The Heart Goes Last

Title: The Heart Goes Last Writer: Margaret Atwood Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication: September 24th 2015 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Someone’s accepting it, Stan thought. You can bet they are. If there’s money in it.’’ Stan and Charmaine are married, young and hopeful. However, a devastating economic crisis has taken away their jobs and their home. All they have left…

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Title:The Travelling Cat Chronicles Writer: Hiro Arikawa Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:  November 2nd 2017 (first published November 1st 2012) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Human beings are basically huge monkeys that walk upright, but they can be pretty full of themselves.’’ Confession alert: each time I see a cat- and I literally mean EACH time- I shout ‘’Kitty!’’ at…

My Real Name is Hanna

Title: My Real Name Is Hanna Writer: Tara Lynn Masih Publishing House: Mandel Vilar Press Date of Publication: September 11th 2018 Rating: 5 stars *Any political comments will be promptly deleted* ‘’As good as life looks now to us young children, there is still a sense of always looking over your shoulder for something to hit you.’’ This is one…

The Forensic Records Society

Title: The Forensic Records Society Writer: Magnus Mills Publishing House: Bloomsbury Publishing Date of Publication: April 6th 2017 Rating: 2 stars *Being unable to find a single worthy quote in a book is telling, isn’t it?* I vividly remember my fascination with vinyl records at the age of 11-12. My generation witnessed a brief revival of these beautiful, black…

The Argonauts

Title: The Argonauts Writer: Maggie Nelson Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication: May 5th 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’You’ve punctured my solitude, I told you.’’ I feel as if I’m treading on thin ice with this one, because in all honesty, this is a book that one has to read in order to understand. I feel that Nelson…

The Silent Companions

Title: The Silent Companions Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am not dead.’’ Goodness me! How can I write a coherent (and non-spoilery) review on a book that has stayed with me, haunting me (no pun intended) ever since I started reading? A novel that has definitely made it…

I Spy Book Challenge

My dearest friend, Marina @Books Of Magic tagged me for a Challenge that proved to be an absolute fun! I am sure that you have already visited her wonderful, beautiful blog and you should do so on a daily, hourly basis! The challenge: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example…

Love

Title: Love (Vintage Minis Series) Writer: Jeanette Winterson Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: June 8th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Love as the night-haunter, the blood-hunter, the body’s rack, antagonist of conscience. Love as the space between utility and despair. Love as the enemy of ease.’’ The Vintage Minis series is a wonderful new project by Penguin. Taken…

The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses

Title: The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses Writer: Karen Smith Kenyon Publishing House: Endeavour Media Date of Publication: July 1st 2018 Ratings:5 stars ‘’Must I from day to day sit chained to this chair, prisoner within these four bare walls, while these glorious summer suns are burning in heaven and the year is revolving in its richest glow…

Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss

Title: Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss Writer: Erich Maria Remarque Publishing House: New York University Press Date of Publication: May 29th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Only one cemetery for so many. Everywhere, in scores of places, lie the others. The white wooden crosses of the French, the black ones of the Germans.’’ With All Quiet on the Western…

The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden)

Title: The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden) Writer: Antonia Barber Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: January 1st 1969 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps the strangest thing about the old gentleman was his upright walking, unbothered by the freezing raindrops.’’ Every summer, I revisit favourite books of my childhood. Most of them are children’s mysteries or…

Lincoln In The Bardo

Title: Lincoln In The Bardo Writer: George Saunders Publishing House: Bloomsbury Publishing Date of Publication: February 8th 2018 (first published February 14th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’My mother, I said. My father. They will come shortly. To collect me’’ Death is a cruel, cynical visitor. Sometimes invited, others unexpected, many more anticipated. Death is blind to age, race, religion, kindness or…

Italian Folk Magic

Title: Italian Folk Magic Writer: Mary-Grace Fahrun Publishing House: Weiser Books Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A buon intenditore poche parole.’’ (‘’Few words are needed when speaking to a good listener.’’) This review is bound to be one of the most personal I’ve ever had the pleasure to write. You see, my late grandmother was…

The Keeper of Lost Things

Title:The Keeper of Lost Things Writer: Ruth Hogan Publishing House: Two Roads Date of Publication: January 26th 2017 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Found, sixth carriage from the front, 14:42 train from London Bridge to Brighton. Deceased unknown. God bless and rest in peace.’’ My relationship with this book has been a bit weird from the start. For almost a year,…

Miss Subways

Title:Miss Subways Writer: David Duchovny Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Because ye old gods are not dead. They walk among us still, with their pagan ideas and habits, waiting for reanimation. They are lonely. They are bored. And very, very pissed off.’’ Well, this is a difficult task, writing…

Medea

Title: Medea Writer: Christa Wolf Publishing House: Nan A. Talese Date of Publication:  October 24th 2012 (first published 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am Medea, the sorceress, if you all will have it so. The wild woman, the foreigner. You shall not belittle me.’’ I’ve always declared-to the dismay of many- that if I ever had a daughter, I would…