Jerusalem Beach

Title: Jerusalem Beach (original title: חוף הים של ירושלים) Writer: Iddo Gefen (translated by Daniella Zamir) Publishing House: Astra House Date of Publication: August 17th 2021 (first published August 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’A month and a half later, he packed a bag, stuffing it with four undershirts, five pairs of underwear, a flashlight, two…

Women In Translation Month

August is already preparing to knock on our doors and we know what this means, right? It’s Women In Translation Month, the time when we discover – and re-read (he, he, he!) outstanding women whose work has been translated into English from every corner of our beautiful planet. These are the books I’ve read and…

The Master of Chaos

Title: The Master of Chaos Writer: Pauline Melville Publishing House: Sandstone Press Date of Publication: July 1st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’All I wanted to do was hurt him. Death was my way of reviving his love for me, punishing him and finally gaining victory in the contest.’’ In Pauline Melville’s stories, chaos comes in…

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

Title: The Dangers of Smoking In Bed (original title: Los peligros de fumar en la cama) Writer: Mariana Enriquez (translated by Megan McDowell) Publishing House: Hogarth Press Date of Publication: January 12th 2021 (first published November 2009) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Or she’d hear a rooster crow in the middle of the night and remember –…

Treasury of Folklore: Seas and Rivers

Title: Treasury of Folklore: Seas & Rivers Writer: Dee Dee Chainey & Willow Winsham Publishing House: Pavillion Books Date of Publication: March 2nd 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’As people stare off into the curved horizon, disappearing as a watery pathway to the unknown, they dream of far-off shores and distant lands.’’ Water is life. The…

Mythopedia

Title: Mythopedia Writer: Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Good Wives and Warriors Publishing House: Laurence King Publishing Date of Publication: September 15th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The Elves explained that this chain, called Gleipnir, was made from six ingredients: The sound of a cat’s footsteps The roots of a mountain The beard of a woman The…

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Title: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 (original title: 82년생 김지영) Writer: Cho Nam-Joo (tr. by Jamie Chang) Publishing House: Scribner UK Date of Publication: February 20th 2020 (first published October 14th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Help out? What is it with you and ‘’helping out?’’ You’re going to ‘’help out’’ with chores. ‘’Help out’’ with raising…

The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World

Title: The International Day of the Girl Writer: Jessica Dee Humphreys and the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin Publishing House: Kids Can Press Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars Nine stories celebrating the International Day of the Girls. Nine girls who demonstrate the strength, the determination, the intelligence, the love…

The Penguin Book of Exorcisms

Title: The Penguin Book of Exorcisms Writer: Edited by Joseph P. Laycock Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: September 8th 2020 Rating: 5 stars A comprehensive and extremely informative volume of essays, eyewitness accounts, diary entries, reports and legal documents concerning the most unexplainable and terrifying phenomenon in all cultures. Demonic possession and exorcism….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and Other Short Stories from Japan

Title: The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and other Short Stories from Japan Writer: Rebecca Otowa Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication: March 24th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Well, don’t. You’re a foreigner. You have to understand it’s not our business. We don’t interfere. It’s the Japanese way.’’ Thirteen exquisite stories written by an American…

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…

Among the Mermaids

Title: Among the Mermaids Writer: Varla Ventura Publishing House: Weiser Books Date of Publication: July 1st 2013 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Since the first stories were told, the sea has been the folklore, myth and mystery in every corner of the earth, and the life-sustaining and life-threatening centre of every coastal culture. Its sheer vastness holds…

Παραμύθια από το Περού

Title: Παραμύθια από το Περού Writer: Translated by Γιώργος Γούτας Publishing House: Aπόπειρα Date of Publication: Σεπτέμβριος 2007 Rating: 5 stars * My review in English is hiding below * ‘’Λένε ακόμα πως σαν κάποιος διαβεί τη νύχτα από τα περίχωρα της αινιγματικής Κορικότσα, ακούει κραυγές ανθρώπων, γαβγίσματα σκυλιών, μέχρι και κελαηδίσματα πουλιών, που φαίνεται…