Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

Title: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story Writer: Debbie Tung Publishing House: Andrews McMeel Publishing Date of Publication: November 7th 2017 Rating: 5 stars Two weeks ago I read Book Love by Debbie Tung and I adored it. I couldn’t wait to read Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, a beautiful work of Art that…

Unquiet Women

Title: Unquiet Women: From the Dusk of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of the Enlightenment Writer: Max Adams Publishing House: Head of Zeus Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Emerging from these themes is a conviction that history is polyphonic – that it must be told by many voices; that the ear must be…

The World According to Anna

Title:The World According to Anna Writer: Jostein Gaarder (translated by Don Bartlett) Publishing House: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Date of Publication: November 12th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Do you know what I want? Shall I tell you? I want a million plants and animals to come back from extinction. No more, no less, Nona. I want to drink clean water…

The Sing of the Shore

Title: The Sing of the Shore Writer: Lucy Wood Publishing House: 4th Estate Date of Publication:  April 5th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winters are when people disappear. One minute you’re elbow on the street, the next you walk along sidestepping nothing but the wind. Cafes put down their blinds. Houses are locked and dark. The car parks slowly empty and…

Nocturnes

Title: Nocturnes Writer: Kazuo Ishiguro Publishing House: Faber and Faber Date of Publication: May 5th 2009 Rating: 5 stars ‘’So a moment like that comes as an unwelcome reminder of how quickly things change. How the bosom pals of today become lost strangers tomorrow, scattered across Europe, playing the Godfather theme or ‘Autumn Leaves’ in squares and cafes you’ll never…

ROAR

Title: ROAR Writer: Cecelia Ahern Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 2 stars ‘’I’m here, I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.’’ 30 stories of 30 women. 30 captivating titles that lead us to the sphere of Magical Realism and allegories. 30 stories that aim to give voice to characters who struggle with issues that make our…

The Snow and The Sun (La Nieve y la Sol)

  Title: The Snow and The Sun Writer: Antonio Frasconi Publishing House: Dover Publications Date of Publication: 17 Oct 2018 (first published June 28th 1961) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Snow that hurts my feet Why are you so bad? I am not bad; The Sun is bad That melts me.’’ Progressive poems have long been a vital part in the tradition of…

Literary Witches

Title: Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Writer: Taisia Kitaiskaia, illustrated by Katy Horan and forwarded by Pam Grossman Publishing House: Seal Press Date of Publication: October 10th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Why would we dare call someone a Literary Witch? Because all artists are magicians, and Witches wield a special magic. Witches and women writers alike dwell…

Book Love

Title: Book Love Writer: Debbie Tung Publishing House: Andrews McMeel Publishing Date of Publication: January 1st 2019 Rating: 5 stars This lovely little treasure by Debbie Tung contains all those moments that make us readers such a wonderful, lively, thoughtful and sometimes excruciating (for the ones around us) beautifully obsessed bunch of people. For all those moments when we brought…

The Great Alone

Title: The Great Alone Writer: Kristin Hannah Publishing House: St. Martin’s Press Date of Publication: February 6th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Outside, night had fallen. A full moon cast blue-white light on everything. Stars filled the sky with pinpricks and elliptical smears of light. Up here, at night, the sky was impossibly huge and never quite turned black, but stayed…

House of Glass

Title: House of Glass Writer: Susan Fletcher Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’This was the time of day my mother had warned me against, years before. The half-light, she explained, can change how things appear so that distances may seem less. Our eyes might detect movement when in fact there is none; a…

The Blue Girl

Title: The Blue Girl Writer: Laurie Foos Publishing House: Coffee House Press Date of Publication: June 22nd 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’And so, on Tuesday nights, I wrap the moon pies in aluminum foil and I tell myself that I will be able to save my daughter – that I will be able to save all of us – once…

Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days)

Title: Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days) Writer: Jenny Erpenbeck (translated by Susan Bernofsky) Publishing House: Knaus / New Directions Date of Publication: November 11th 2014 (first published August 20th 2012) Rating: 5 stars ‘’The Lord gave and the Lord took away, her grandmother said to her at the edge of the grave. But that wasn’t right, because the…

How To Be Human

Title: How To Be Human Writer: Paula Cocozza Publishing House: Metropolitan Books Date of Publication: May 9th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Focus, Mary. Don’t let him go now. So what if you’re tired and hungry. So what if you’ve crawled to the end of another miserable day in a job you hate, and tomorrow will bring only more of the…

The Brides of Rollrock Island

Title: The Brides of Rollrock Island Writer: Margo Lanagan Publishing House: Knopf Books Date of Publication: January 1st 2009 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Rollrock is a lonely island of cliffs and storms, blunt fishermen and their fierce wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of…

A Promise Stitched In Time

Title: A Promise Stitched In Time Writer: Colleen Rowan Kosinski Publishing House: Schiffer Publishing Date of Publication: September 28th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a promise. Promises have to be kept.’’ What can one find in an antique shop…Objects graced with the beauty of a bygone era. Trinkets that once held sentimental value. Expensive creations of the past….

All We Have Left Is All That Matters

Title: All That Is Left Is All That Matters Writer: Mark Slouka Publishing House: W. W. Norton Company Date of Publication: June 26th 2018\ Rating: 2 stars ‘’The world doesn’t care for us – we pass through its rooms like ghosts. You can hear it, sometimes, laughing, celebrating, and when we take our leave it’s no more than the shift…

Girl, Balancing and Other Stories

Title: Girl, Balancing & Other Stories Writer: Helen Dunmore Publishing House: Hutchinson Books Date of Publication: June 28th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”Outside, the fog that had hung over the city for days had blown away, and there was a cold, wild look to the sky.” I found out about Helen Dunmore’s passing not long after I read her final…

Autumn

Title: Autumn Writer: Edited by Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: August 25th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’After all, autumn is the natural world’s gentle memento mori; it’s when the year’s cycle begins to slow as spring’s generative energy and summer’s riotous fruition at last start to fail, prompted by shorter days, falling temperatures and the…

Melmoth

Title: Melmoth Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Serpent’s Tail Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Look! It is winter in Prague: night is rising in the mother of cities and over her thousand spires. Look down at the darkness around your feet, in all the lanes and alleys, as if it were a soft black dust; look…

Travelling in the Dark

Title: Travelling in the Dark Writer: Emma Timpany Publishing House: Fairlight Books Date of Publication: July 11th 2018 Rating: 2 stars Sarah and her young son leave London for Sarah’s home country, New Zealand. Sarah wants to reconnect with an old friend, to make sure that the past can no longer haunt her. Her country is in a dark situation,…

Dance, Gladys, Dance

Title: Dance, Gladys, Dance Writer: Cassie Stocks Publishing House: NeWest Press Date of Publication: May 1st 2012 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Five steps to an Ordinary Life:   Get a real job. Stop seeing the world as a series of potential paintings. Learn how to talk about the weather. Do the things that normal people do. Figure out what normal people actually…

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…