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…

I Really Didn’t Think This Through

Title: I Really Didn’t Think This Through Writer: Beth Evans Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ugh, why do I have feelings? I’m the worst.’’ I won’t bore you with details on how good Evans’ writing is. That’s not the point although I can assure you that the way she talks to…

The Angry Ghost and Other Stories

Title:The Angry Ghost and Other Stories Writer: Peter Spokes Publishing House: Troubadour Publishing Date of Publication: February 28th 2018 Rating:2 stars ‘’Well, here we are again’’…, I started, ‘’…to share tales of the macabre, stories of ghostly happenings and narratives of things dark and beyond the grave.’’ This is a beautiful quote included in the first story of…

The Last Suppers

Title: The Last Suppers Writer: Mandy Mikulencak Publishing House: Kensington Books Date of Publication: December 26th 2017 Rating: 3 stars I think that most of us are attracted to controversial themes. After all, what is reading if not an opportunity to take a deeper look into issues that have shaped the world we live in? The issue of death penalty…

Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by the superbly wonderful, dearest friend Marina @Books Of Magic for the Mystery Blogger Award. Millions of thanks for the nomination and if you haven’t visited her beautiful blog then, a) what are you doing with your lives, and b) Go visit it NOW! Go on, I’ll sit here waiting. Rules: 1. Put…

Just Around the Bend

Title:Just Around the Bend Writer: Renée Paule Publishing House: RPG Publishing Date of Publication: October 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We speak sweet intentions but our hearts remain silent.’’ Just Around the Bend was the only book by Renée Paule that I hadn’t read and it ended up being my favourite. I love her work, I find that in…

East Yorkshire Folk Tales

Title: East Yorkshire Folk Tales Writer: Ingrid Barton Publishing House: The History Press Ireland Date of Publication: April 15th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ”May night is, as everyone knows, a chancy time of the year, the hinge between spring and summer, when all sorts of magic seep into our world from the Other. At that time it is possible to…

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by the wonderful Marina from @Books Of Magic for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I cannot thank her enough and I cannot begin to express my gratitude for having found such a lovely, supporting book community that brightens up each and every day. I was extremely hesitant to create a blog. I thought that…

Twenty One Pilots Book Tag

This tag attracted my attention while I was browsing Arrvee’s beautiful blog https://arrveereadingthis.wordpress.com and I thought this should be fun😀 Without further ado….  1. Stressed Out – What is a popular book that you have wanted to read for a long time that everyone has been talking about? Well, this answer always changes by the week…

Child 44

Title: Child 44 Writer: Tom Rob Smith Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: March 3rd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Brother, if you were a playing card what card would you be? Would you be an ace or a king, a spade or a heart?’’ What a month this has been so far… Gearing up the scheduled readings for…

The Rainbow Tag

I was tagged by my wonderful, dearest friend Marina from https://booksofmagic.wordpress.com to join in the Rainbow Tag. So, after a rather hectic, demanding day the idea to take some photos and search through the piles of books was refreshing:) It also gave me the opportunity to thank that the publishing companies are in dire need for…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

Lovely Marina from the extraordinary, super magical and dreamy blog https://booksofmagic.wordpress.com created a beautiful post joining Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl. There is a different themed post of top 10 choices every week and this Tuesday’s theme was just perfect! I adore lists, although I am the worst person when it comes…

Anya’s Ghost

Title: Anya’s Ghost  Writer: Vera Brosgol Publishing House: First Second Date of Publication:  June 7th 2011 Rating: 5 stars ‘’No one has the right to decide who gets to live or die.’’ I will tell you straight away that this is so much more than a comic. I thought it would be a cute tale, a whimsical ghost story…

Aetherial Worlds

Title: Aetherial Worlds: Stories  Writer: Tatyana Tolstaya Publishing House: Knopf Publishing Group Date of Publication: March 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars “It’s dusk, the heavy drapes drawn back. Outside, through the window, there is a crepuscular Saint Petersburg, early evening on snowy streets; a sleigh pulled by a courser silently whooshes by—who’s rushing, and where? To the theater? To a…

The Lost Path

Title: The Lost Path  Writer:  Amélie Fléchais Publishing House: Lion Forge Comics Date of Publication: March 28th 2018 (first published June 19th 2013) Rating: 4 stars ‘’Once something is in the forest’s clutches, it doesn’t easily let go…’’ After the highly enjoyable experience with The Ghost, the Owl, my current mood for interesting Gothic comic books brought me to…

The Encyclopedia of the Dead

  Title: The Encyclopedia of the Dead  Writer: Danilo Kiš Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: May 28th 2015 by Penguin Classics (first published 1983) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When a lie repeats for a long time, people begin to believe.’’ This collection is an ode to the values of Literature. An opportunity to contemplate, to feel, to reflect. A beautiful,…

The Ghost, the Owl

Title: The Ghost, The Owl  Writer: Franco, illustrations by Sara Richard Publishing House: Action Lab Entertainment Date of Publication: May 8th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”She’s not a real girl. She’s a ghost.” ”Then why can we see her?” ”We can see them. It’s humans who can’t.” Sometimes we discover little gems out of nowhere. We, obsessed readers as…

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Title: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Writer: Angela Carter Publication House: Vintage Books Date of Publication: 1979 Rating: 5 stars “My father lost me to The Beast at cards.” A recent discussion with Konstantin-one of my best friends in Goodreads- prompted me to read this collection a little sooner than I had planned. And it was an utterly fascinating…

Nightwoods

Title: Nightwoods Writer: Charles Frazier Publishing House: Sceptre Date of Publication: May 24th 2012 (first published 2011) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And that’s why we look back on that time so fondly from the dimmer years to come. Remembering the days when we were like Greek gods. Mighty and idiotic.’’ Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier remains one of my most memorable…

Lies That Comfort and Betray

Title: Lies That Comfort and Betray (A Gilded Age Mystery #2)  Writer: Rosemary Simpson Publishing House: Kensington Books’ Date of Publication: January 30th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ”I’ve learned to prefer the starkest of truths to the most comforting of lies.” In my opinion, there is only one city whose gritty historical background can be compared to London’s and, naturally,…

The City Where We Once Lived

Title: The City Where We Once Lived  Writer: Eric Barnes Publishing House: Arcade Publishing Date of Publication: March 6th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Sometimes, at night, I would light houses on fire. But noone particularly cared.’’ I thoroughly enjoy the power that Dystopian Fiction has acquired of late. The vast majority of the books under this category are exemplary and…

An Almond for a Parrot

Title: An Almond for a Parrot  Writer: Sally Gardner Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 3rd 2016 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Alas, we players are unaware that the curtain goes up the minute we take our first gulps of air; the screams of rage our only hopeless comments on being born onto such a barren stage.’’ This novel was a…

Lancashire Folk Tales

Title: Lancashire Folk Tales  Writers:  David England, Jennie Ruth Bailey Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: June 1st 2014 Rating: 3 stars “Sir Lancelot, you may be surprised to hear, has a close association with the county. ‘Lanc’ is the Celtic term for a spear, and ‘lot’ refers to the people of the land, hence ‘Lancelot’s shire’ or as…

The Secret Life of the Owl

Title: The Secret Life of the Owl  Writer: John Lewis-Stempel Publishing House:  Doubleday Date of Publication:  October 19th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “Owls, then, are Other. They are beyond the pale of light, civilization, goodness. When the medieval English needed a neologism for the crime of midnight, smuggling of wool fleeces to France, what did they offend? ‘Owling’. “  I don’t…

Lyrebird

Title: Lyrebird Writer: Cecelia Ahern Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 3rd 2016 Rating: 3 stars ‘’How can a place be a home if no one wants you there?’’ I’ve always had a weird relationship with Ahern’s books. I’ve never been particularly intrigued by the stories presented in her novels, until ‘’The Marble Collector’’ attracted my attention. I loved…

Estoril

Title: Estoril Writer: Dejan Tiago Stanković Publishing House: Head of Zeus Date of Publication: March 2018 (first published November 2nd 2015) Rating: 5 stars ‘’All this information was to be taken with a grain of salt, of course, because in the world of espionage nothing was as it seemed and nobody could swear to knowing the whole truth.’’ This was…

Home Is Nearby

Title: Home Is Nearby Writer: Magdalena McGuire Publishing House: Impress Books Date of Publication:November 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars *As always, any political comments will promptly receive the axe.* ‘’Martial law was for our own good, the government said. They said we all had to make sacrifices. And we would all be safer as a result.’’ One of the…

The Rape of Nanking

Title: The Rape of Nanking Writer: Iris Chang Publishing House: Penguin Books Date of Publication: November 1st 1998 (first published 1997) Rating: 5 stars ”Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances.” A beloved European friend, who’s currently living in Changzhou, has been pestering me to read this book for months….

Anne Boleyn

Title: Anne Boleyn Writer: Howard Brenton Publishing House: Nick Hern Books Date of Publication: August 16th 2011 (first published July 22nd 2010) Rating: 2 stars Tormented Queen Anne is possibly my favourite historical figure. A woman as fascinating as she was controversial, a woman who left her mark on English History with her wit, her charm and the injustice that…