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…

Murder in Friday Street

Title: Murder in Friday Street Writer: Amy Myers Publishing House: Endeavour Media Date of Publication: June 3rd 2018 (first published December 20th 2005) Rating: 4 stars ‘’Friday Street likes to keep itself to itself.’’ I find that the beginning of summer is always an appropriate time to read a British Cozy Mystery. Now, my relationship with cozy mysteries has been stormier…

Alias Grace

Title: Alias Grace Writer: Margaret Atwood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: September 14th 2017 (first published September 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’…and the real curse of Eve was having to put up with the nonsense of Adam, who as soon as there was any trouble, blamed it all on her.’’ Grace is a murderess. She collaborated with her…

North Wales Folk Tales for Children

Title: North Wales Folk Tales For Children Writer: Fiona Collins Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: May 2nd 2016 Rating: 4 stars ”…under the stone, two dragons are curled up, fast asleep. All day, they sleep, but at night they wake, and then they fight. Their battle destroys your tower each night.” Wales, lovely, mysterious, mythical Wales… A…

This or That Book Tag

The lovely, magnificent, magical Marina from @Books Of Magic tagged me for an absolutely fabulous tag. Now, first things first. You MUST all visit her wonderful, exciting blog, read her amazing reviews. Go!! I said go!! ….I am not really dogmatic, am I? Okay, don’t you just love being absolutely lost when you have to make a…

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Title:Picnic at Hanging Rock Writer: Joan Lindsay Publishing House: Vintage Digital Date of Publication:April 30th 2011 (first published 1967) Rating: 3 stars ”He reminded himself that he was in Australia: Australia, where anything might happen. In England everything had been done before: quite often by one’s own ancestors, over and over again.” Two years ago, I…

The Language of Thorns

Title: The Language of Thorns Writer: Leigh Bardugo Publishing House: Imprint Date of Publication: September 26th 2017 Rating:5 stars ”You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled- not with all the good food or sunshine in the world.” Leigh Bardugo is a writer that doesn’t need introductions….

Hat

Title: Hat Writer: Renèe Paule & G.R.Hewitt Publishing House: RPG Publishing Date of Publication: May 2018 Rating: 5 stars One of the best moments of being a teacher is witnessing the various ways in which children develop their personalities, their own mechanisms of responding to problems and perplexing thoughts. However, there is always the dark side of following the trends….

Egg and Spoon

Title:Egg and Spoon Writer: Gregory Maguire Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication:  September 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Your life story is really about how the hands of history caught you up, played with you, and you with them. History plays for keeps; individuals play for time.’’ Prepare for a journey in the mystical land of Russia in…

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Writer: Stuart Turton Publishing House: Sourcebooks Landmark Date of Publication: September 18th 2018 (first published February 8th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I’m a man in Purgatory, blind to the sins that chased me here.’’ What would it be like if one day we found ourselves in an another body? What if this happened on…

Springtime

Title: Springtime Writer: Michelle De Kretser Publishing House: Allen & Unwin Date of Publication: October 22nd 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I was small, going home past the forest at the end of the summer evening, I used to see shining people between the trees.’’ My first experience with Michelle De Kretser’s work was her atmospheric, tender historical novel…

Bird Box

Title: Bird Box Writer: Josh Malerman Publishing House: Ecco Date of Publication: March 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”There are things out there that will hurt you.” Even though thrillers aren’t among my favourite reads, this one had all the right ingredients. A mix of Dystopian Fiction with a healthy dose of Paranormal and two extremely interesting main characters. It was creepy…

The Sunlight Pilgrims

Title: The Sunlight Pilgrims Writer: Jenni Fagan Publishing House: William Heinemann Date of Publication: March 24th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There are three suns in the sky and it is the last day of autumn- perhaps for ever.’’ Since Dystopian Fiction is one of my favourite genres, The Sunlight Pilgrims had been on my list for quite some time….

Desdemona

Title: Desdemona Writer: Toni Morrison Publishing House: Oberon Books Date of Publication:  July 18th 2012 Rating: 2 stars ‘’My name is Desdemona. The word, Desdemona, means misery. It means ill fated. It means doomed.’’ Othello is one of the most famous, most discussed and most problematic plays of the Bard.The questions it has raised through the centuries are endless….

MACBETH

Title: Macbeth Writer: Jo Nesbø House of Publication: Penguin Random House, Hogarth UK Date of Publication: March 15th 2018 Ratings: 5 stars ‘’A seagull swept in over Fife through the silence and moonlight under a cloud-free night sky. Below, the river shone like silver. On the west of the river- like an immense fortress wall- a steep black mountain rose to…

Blogger Recognition Award

In a lovely, beautiful country, in one of the prettiest spots in Europe, full of culture and bravery, lives one of the most wonderful, kindest and inspiring bloggers of our community. Naturally, I’m talking about Marina @Books Of Magic from beautiful Serbia. She is one of the finest bloggers and finest souls you’ll ever meet and…

The Blackwater Lightship

Title: The Blackwater Lightship Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 13th 1999 Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I was young, lying in bed […] I used to believe that Tuscar was a man and the Blackwater Lightship was a woman and they were both sending signals to each other and to other lighthouses, like mating calls.’’ Colm Toibin…

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Title: The Gashlycrumb Tinies (Vinegar Works #1) Writer: Edward Gorey Publishing House: Bloomsbury Date of Publication:  November 5th 1998 (first published 1968) Rating: 5 stars “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.  ….naturally, I would start with my name, right? Right? I feel so bad saying how much I enjoyed this one….It’s Edward Gorey, people! One of the…

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Writer: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Publishing House: The Dial Press Date of Publication: July 29th 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Real dyed-in-the-wool readers can’t lie. Our faces always give us away. A raised brow or a curled lip means that it’s a poor excuse for a book, and…

Α Woman in the Polar Night

Title: A Woman in the Polar Night Writer: Christiane Ritter Publishing House: University of Alaska Press Date of Publication: July 15th 2010  (first published 1938) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Νο, the Arctic does not yield its secret for the price of a ship’s ticket. You must live through the long night, the storms, and the destruction of human pride. You must have…

The Muse

Title: The Muse Writer: Jessie Burton Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: July 26th 2016 Rating: 4 stars ‘’…and that’s all that matters, isn’t it? What people believe. It doesn’t matter what’s the truth; what people believe becomes the truth.’’ I finally found the time to read Jessie Burton’s sophomore novel and I am very glad to conclude a wonderful…

Macbeth

‘’There’s husbandry in heaven; Their candles are all out.’’ This is a text that has been brewing inside my mind for quite some times. I started reading Jo Nesbø’s retelling of Macbeth  two days ago (quite interesting so far, by the way…) and it gave me the chance to reflect on a masterpiece that isn’t…

Bluets

Title: Bluets Writer: Maggie Nelson Publishing House:  Wave Books Date of Publication: October 1st 2009 Rating: 5 stars ”If a colour could deliver hope, does it follow that it could also bring despair?” Blue, blå, blauw, bleu, blau, κυανό, azzurro, azul, sinij, modra, blár….. a colour that carries powerful imagery, thoughts and memories… Maggie Nelson is a writer I’ve always wanted to know more about…

The Last Runaway

    Title: The Last Runaway Writer: Tracy Chevalier Publishing House: HarperCollins Publishers Date of Publication: January 1st 2013 Rating: 5 star ‘’I am excluded even from the excluded, she thought.’’ Tracy Chevalier is one of those writers who have contributed in the development of Historical Fiction as we know it today. Her writing contains beautiful metaphors and a successful…

Smile of the Wolf

Title: Smile of the Wolf Writer: Tim Leach Publishing House: Head of Zeus Date of Publication:September 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But in my country the people are warriors even in death. Our ghosts are not shadow and air, but walking flesh. They wield their weapons with as much strength as they did in life, and more bravely,…

Book Blogger Insider Tag

The ever wonderful, amazing, astonishingly nice Marina from @Books Of Magic tagged me for the Book Blogger Insider Tag. I may sound like a broken record but a) go visit her blog NOW and b) I cannot thank her enough for being such a good friend and such a bright presence in the book blogger community!!…

Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings

Title: Dictionary Stories:Short Fictions and Other Findings Writer: Jez Burrows Publishing House: Harper Perennial Date of Publication: April 10th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Why limit divination to sacred books? Why not let an atlas tell you where to move? Or let the Yellow Pages find you a soul mate? Or let a dictionary, with its tens of thousands of narrative…

Tag: The Unique Blogger Award

I was nominated for The Unique Blogger Award by Hannah,one of the nicest, kindest bloggers of our community. Her reading choices are pure quality, so visit her blog and let your TBR pile grow a little more:) The Rules: Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you Answer the…

Fen

Title: Fen Writer: Daisy Johnson Publishing House: Jonathan Cape Date of Publication: June 2nd 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Remember about the albatrosses? We got one on our trail now. I didn’t know what it was when I saw it.  It was too big to be anything real. I keep thinking about them carrying dead sailors around them.’’ I am ashamed…

In Search of Lost Books

Title: In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes Writer: Giorgio van Straten Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Could it be the void itself which fascinates us, since it’s possible to fill it with the notion that what is missing might be something crucial, perfect, incomparable?’’ One…

My Name in TBR Books | Book Tag!

I was tagged by Grainne @Darkly Whimsical Reader to join in one of the most exciting tags. Go visit her beautiful blog, it is full of whimsical awesomeness and she is one of the nicest book bloggers in our community. The rule demands us to spell our name from titles of our TBR pile. Since Grainne…

Bygone Badass Broads:52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

Title: Bygone Badass Broads Writer: Mackenzi Lee (illustrations by Petra Ericsson) Publishing House: Abrams Image Date of Publication: February 27th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’They span time, the globe, socioeconomic situations, sexual and gender identities, and races. They are queens, scientists, athletes, politicians, spies, warriors, peacemakers, criminals and scoundrels. They are trendsetters, barrier breakers, innovators, and rebels.’’ Outstanding, brilliantly beautiful…

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by my dearest, extraordinary, super bookish friend Marina @Books of Magic for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t checked her beautiful blog, go and check it now! (This was loud….) I am running out of words to express all my gratitude to her for her support and the amazing discussions we…

In the Springtime of the Year

Title: In the Springtime of the Year Writer: Susan Hill Publishing House: Vintage Digital Date of Publication: April 5th 2012 (first published September 12th 1975) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There was no sound tonight from the owls in the copse, over to the left of the cottage, no storring in the trees themselves.’’ This was a very difficult review to write. Even…