Redder Days

Title: Redder Days Writer: Sue Rainsford Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:March 11th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In short, there was nothing to do but accept it. Let our fears and beliefs settle around it.       Red wind, red sun, red hurricane.      That’s when we start running.     But block your ears and stuff your mouth,    When…

Grimm Tales for Young and Old

Title: Grimm Tales for Young and Old Writer: Philip Pullman Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication:September 5th 2013 (first published September 27th 2012) Rating: 3 stars “I want to be God. I want to cause the sun and the moon to rise. I can’t bear it when I see them rising and I haven’t…

New York Stories

Title: New York Stories Writer: Edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Publishing House: Everyman’s Library Date of Publication: January 4th 2011  Rating: 5 stars ‘’The houses across the street were silent and perhaps unoccupied at this time of day; she let her eyes move with the rhythm of the tune, from window to window along one…

It’s the End of the World

Title: It’s the End of the World Writer: Adam Roberts Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: August 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are all mortal, and we will all die. One way of understanding our fascination with the end of the world is that such stories project our personal meeting onto the…

The Shortest Day

Title: The Shortest Day Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Amazon Original Stories Date of Publication: November 3rd 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Thus, it was the strangeness of the night sky and the seasons that they loved and missed, the strangeness of fire and water, the strangeness they noted in each other.’’ It is Christmas and…

Sisterhood of the Infamous

Title: Sisterhood of the Infamous Writer: Jane Rosenberg LaForge Publishing House: New Meridian Arts Press Date of Publication: February 23rd 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A body always begins a story such as this. My body, her body; mine to be burned, hers razed by violent action; to be discovered along a remote trail of russet…

The Lives of Saints

Title: The Lives of Saints Writer: Leigh Bardugo, illustrated by Daniel J. Zollinger Publishing House: Imprint Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rated: 5 stars ‘’There have been too many stories in between, miracles and martyrdoms, too much blood spilt, too much ink. There was a war. There were a thousand wars. I knew a…

Τhe Garden of Forking Paths

Title: The Garden of Forking Paths Writer: Jorge Luis Borges (translated by Donald A.Yates, Andrew Hurley, James E.Irby Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: February 22nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Summer was drawing to a close, and I realised that the book was monstrous.’’ Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most prominent Argentinian…

The Missing Girl

Title: The Missing Girl Writer: Shirley Jackson Publishing House: Penguin Modern Date of Publication: February 22nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was one of those spring mornings in March; the sky between the buildings was bright and blue and the city air, warmed by motors and a million breaths, had a freshness and a sense…

To Be Read at Dusk

Title: To Be Read at Dusk Writer: Charles Dickens Publishing House: Penguin Little Black Classics Date of Publication: March 3rd 2016 (first published 1852) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Τhe monstrous thought came into my mind as I perused the fixed eyes and the saturnine face, that this was a spirit, not a man.’’ Charles Dickens. The…

Τhe Virago Book of Witches

Title: The Virago Book of Witches Writer: Edited by Shahrukh Husain Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 (first published 1993) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When have I last looked on The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies Of the dark leopards of the moon? All the wild witches, those most noble…

The Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words

Title: The Secret Life of Books:Why They Mean More than Words Writer: Tom Mole Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: October 29th 2020  (first published September 19th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Books are part of how we understand ourselves. They shape our identities, even before we can read them. They accompany us throughout…

Fifty Words For Snow

Title: Fifty Words For Snow Writer: Nancy Campbell Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: November 5th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, further afterwards, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was…

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

Title: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Writer: Imogen Hermes Gowar Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: January 24th 2019 (first published January 25th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Somewhere a tide is turning. In that place where no land can be seen, where horizon to horizon is spanned by shifting twinkling faithless water, a wave humps…

Louise Bourgeois (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Louise Bourgeiois (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars  ‘To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.’ You are born on a beautiful, snowy Christmas day. You…

Wintering: A Season with Geese

Title:Wintering: A Season with Geese Writer: Stephen Rutt Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: October 15th (first published September 26th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I feel eager for autumn. The birds punctuate my year: time passes constantly but birds are the grammar of its passing, they give a rough working order to the…

The Book of Selkie

Title: The Book of Selkie Writer: Written and illustrated by Briana Corr Scott Publishing House: Nimbus Publishing Ltd. Date of Publication: May 31st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Οh, to be a selkie, And live between two worlds Half your days spent as a seal, And the other half, a girl….’’ For me, the myth of…

The Dante Chamber

Title: The Dante Chamber Writer: Matthew Pearl Publishing House: Penguin Press Date of Publication:May 29th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’A poet never sees ghosts.’’ London, 1869. The metropolis is buzzing in its heyday. The glamorous Victorian court, the elegant literary circles, the world that changes. And right there, visible to all, yet unacknowledged by the…

Florida

Title: Florida Writer: Lauren Groff Publishing House: Riverhead Books Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It is terribly true, even if the truth does not comfort, that if you look at the moon for long enough night after night, as I have, you will see that the old cartoons are correct, that…

Flowers of Mold

Title: Flowers of Mold (original title 옆집 여자) Writer: Ha Seong-Nan (tr. by Janet Hong) Publishing House: Open Letter Date of Publication: April 23rd 2019 (first published 1999) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Teacher, I want to fly, but the ground keeps pulling me down.’’ Korean Literature is rapidly flourishing thanks to a plethora of wonderful women…

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Τitle:Hag Forgotten Folktales Retold Writer: Various curated by Professor Carolyne Larrington Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  October 8th 2020 by Virago Rating: 5 stars ‘’Human existence so often calls for exploration through the imagination, through metaphors, images, narratives that give shape to emotions and conditions, to our sense of being and our struggles to…

Miracle On Cherry Hill

Title: Miracle On Cherry Hill (original title: 뒤뜰에 골칫거리가 산다) Writer: Sun – mi Hwang (translated by Chi-Young Kim) Publishing House: Abacus Date of Publication: July 4th 2019 (first published 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It rained for two days straight. The trees howled in the back garden and angry rain lashed against the windows. Kand…

Fear and Trembling

Title: Fear and Trembling (original title: Stupeur et Tremblements) Writer: Amélie Nothomb (tr. by Adriana Hunter) Publishing House: St. Martin’s Griffin Date of Publication: November 1st 2004 (first published August 26th 1999) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Society conspires against her from early infancy. Her brain is steadily filled with plaster until it sets. ‘’If you’re not…

Sense and Sensibility

Title: Sense and Sensibility Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008 (first published October 30th 1811) Rating: 5 stars “I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”  Jane Austen’s first published novel is loved, widely loved. Yet, in the absence of a dashing figure like Darcy,…

Κόκκινο Ρομάντζο (Το Παγκάκι)

Title: Κόκκινο Ρομάντζο (Το Παγκάκι) Writer: Αλεξάντρ Γκέλμαν Εκδότης: Δωδώνη (Μικρή Θεατρική Βιβλιοθήκη) Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Φεβρουάριος 1996 Rating: 5 stars “Πόσο καιρό γνωριζόμαστε, Βέρα; Τέσσερις ώρες την πρώτη φορά, και μια τώρα, σύνολο πέντε ώρες.- αυτό είναι όλο κι όλο το βιογραφικό μας ως τώρα, όσο για το μέλλον μας ένας Θεός ξέρει. Και μέσα…

Ο Ταξιδιώτης κι η Μαργαρίτα

Τίτλος: Ο Ταξιδιώτης και η Μαργαρίτα Συγγραφέας: Ευγένιος Τριβιζάς Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Πατάκης (Σειρά Κύκνοι) Έτος Έκδοσης: 2017 (1η Έκδοση 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Χρόνια και χρόνια ταξίδευε, σ’ανατολή και δύση. Γνώρισε χειμώνες λευκούς στης καταχνιάς τα ασημένια δάση, και φλογισμένα καλοκαίρα σε κήπους τροπικούς με χρυσοπλούμιστα πουλιά και πορφυρούς λωτούς. Οι νεράιδες του δειλινού τον…

Unofficial Britain: Journeys Through Unexpected Places

Title: Unofficial Britain Writer: Gareth E. Rees Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’After a long trudge over a misty moor, you arrive at the crest of a hill and pause for breath by an oak tree. Initials have been etched into the bark by others who…

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Title: Before the Coffee Gets Cold (original title: コーヒーが冷めないうちに) Writer: Toshikazu Kawaguchi (tr. by Geoffrey Trousselot) Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: September 19th 2019 (first published December 6th 2015) Rating: 5 stars ‘’The cafe’s name was Funiculi Funicula. It had become famous, with long queues each day, an account of time-travelling. But it wasn’t…

Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Άκρη της Νύχτας

Τίτλος:Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Άκρη της Νύχτας Συγγραφέας: Φίλιππος Μανδηλαράς (Εικονογράφηση: Ειρήνη Ηλιοπούλου) Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Οκτώβριος 2018 Rating: 5/5 Σε αντίθεση με τους σκοτεινούς μύθους της υπόλοιπης Ευρώπης, οι δικές μας ιστορίες δείχνουν οτι μάλλον δεν τρομάζουμε και τόσο εύκολα. Τα πλάσματα της νύχτας είναι εκεί, αλλά δεν μπορούν να κάνουν…

Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Καρδιά του Μεσημεριού

Τίτλος:Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Καρδιά του Μεσημεριού Συγγραφέας: Φίλιππος Μανδηλαράς (Εικονογράφηση: Ειρήνη Ηλιοπούλου) Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Μάιος 2017 Rating: 4/5 Θυμάμαι πολύ καλά το πατρικό της μητέρας μου. Εκεί πέρασα τα πιο όμορφα χρόνια της παιδικής μου ηλικίας. Όμορφα και μυστηριώδη μέσα σε μια πανέμορφη αυλή με δεκάδες γάτες, πηγάδι και συκιές….

Resorting To Murder (Holiday Mysteries)

Title: Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries Writer: Various ed. by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: April 1st 2015 Rating: 5 stars “All of us, or nearly all of us, have at one time or another had the desire and the impulse to commit murder.” Everything can happen when we’re…

Tokyo Ueno Station

Title:Tokyo Ueno Station (original title: JR上野駅公園口) Writer: Yū Miri (translated by Morgan Giles) Publishing House: Tilted Axis Press Date of Publication: March 4th 2019 (first published March 19th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I used to think life was like a book: you turn the first page, and there’s the next, and as you go on turning…

Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Olivia Holden) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’To be brave cheerily, to be patient with a glad heart, to stand the agonies of thirst with laughter and song, to walk beside…

Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez

Title: Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: March 6th 2014  (first published November 1st 1984) Rating: 5 stars “Only his own death came between him and his grave. Resigned, he listened to the drop, thick, heavy, exact, as it dripped in the other world, in…

Revenge

Title: Revenge (original title: 寡黙な死骸 みだらな弔い) Writer: Yoko Ogawa (tr. by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication:  January 2nd 2014 (first published 1998) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Why was everyone dying? They had all been so alive just yesterday.’’ Yoko Ogawa creates a dark wonder of sadness, loneliness and unsettling desires in Revenge, a collection…

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

Title: Ghosts of the Tsunami Writer: Richard Lloyd Parry Publishing House: Jonathan Cape Date of Publication: August 31st 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By the time the party came to an end, it was already becoming cloudy, but there was no wind. Not a single leaf was moving on the trees. I couldn’t sense any life…

Convenience Store Woman

Title: Convenience Store Woman (original title:コンビニ人間) Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: June 12th 2018 (first published July 27th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It is the start of another day, the time when the world wakes up and the cogs of society begin to move. I…

Three Bedrooms In Manhattan

Title: Three Bedrooms In Manhattan (original title: Trois chambres à Manhattan) Writer: Georges Simenon (translated by Marc Romano and Lawrence G, Blochman Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: July 30th 2020 (first published 1946) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It wasn’t on purpose that he sat down beside the woman. He realized it only when the…

Hotel Iris

Title: Hotel Iris (original title: ホテル・アイリス ) Writer: Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Vintage Publishing Date of Publication: April 7th 2011 (first published 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’He first came to the Iris one day just before the beginning of the summer season. The rain had been falling since dawn. It grew heavier at…

Pride and Prejudice

Title: Pride and Prejudice Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008  (first published January 28th 1813) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is a stubbornness in me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others.’’ The greatness of what I consider to be Jane Austen’s finest…

Corazon Aquino (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Corazon Aquino (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: August 4th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’One must be frank to be relevant.’’              Corazon Aquino Cory was born in the beautiful Philippines, the country of a Thousand Islands. She loved…

Ulysses

Title: Ulysses Writer: James Joyce Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: 1990 (first published February 2nd 1922) Rating: 5 stars “Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”  16 June 1904. Leopold Bloom wanders the…

The Mermaid and the Shoe

Title: The Mermaid and the Shoe Writer: K.G.Campbell Publishing House: Kids Can Press Date of Publication: April 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars “Stop asking useless questions,” Calypso replied, “and be remarkable. Like the rest of us.” But Minnow doesn’t want to be “remarkable” like her forty – nine sisters, Neptune’s daughters. She doesn’t care for…

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Diarios de motocicleta: notas de viaje por América Latina) Writer: Ernesto ”Che” Guevara (translated by Aleida Guevara March) Publishing House: Ocean Press Date of Publication:  August 1st 2003  (first published October 1st 1992) Rating: 5 stars If you attempt ANY kind of political comments, the…

The Murder at the Vicarage

Title: Murder at the Vicarage Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Date of Publication: September 1st 2006 (first published 1930) Rating: 5 stars “The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.” THIS!  In the tale that started it all,…

The Luminaries

Title: The Luminaries Writer: Eleanor Catton Publishing House: Granta Date of Publication: August 24th 2013 Rating: 5 stars “The clock had struck that late hour of twilight when all colours seem suddenly to lose their richness, and it was raining hard; though the cockled glass, the yard was bleached and fading. Inside, the spirit lamps…

The Mirror and the Light

Title: The Mirror and the Light Writer: Hilary Mantel Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 5th 2020 Rating: 5 stars “This is what life does for you in the end; it arranges a fight you can’t win.” Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves. Three women that amply demonstrate the saturnine, obsessive and…