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…

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…

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…

Honey on the Page

Title: Honey On The Page Writer: Various, edited and translated by Miriam Udel Publishing House: New York University Press Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars A beautiful collection of children’s stories, fables, myths, poems, allegories and fairy tales of Yiddish culture. Through Folklore and customs, family stories, we travel from the beginning of the 20th century…

The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World

Title: The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World Writer: Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora Publishing House: Laurence King Publishing Date of Publication: June 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.”   J. Iron Word Mermaids. Complicated, controversial, mysterious, endlessly fascinating creatures…

The Violet Fairy Book

Title: The Violet Fairy Book Writer: Edited by Andrew Lang Publishing House:Throne Classics Date of Publication: 29 May 2019 (first published 2001) Rating:5 stars ”Stories that have been inherited by our earliest civilised ancestors, who really believed that beasts and trees and stones can talk if they choose, and behave kindly or unkindly. The stories are…

The Eighth Day

Title:The Eighth Day (original title: 八日目の蝉) Writer:Mitsuyo Kakuta Publishing House:Kodansha Date of Publication:May 1st 2010 (first published March 2007) Rating: 3 stars ”I left the house and turned to the alley. No shops insight. This was a strange corner of the city, a row of uninhabited houses. Shutters closed, a rusty bike lying next to a…

Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature

Title: Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature Writer: Edited by John Sutherland Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Date of Publication: November 13th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Literary landscape is composed of words which must be recomposed in a frame of imagination. ‘’The inward eye’’, British ‘’Lakeland’’ poet William Wordsworth called it, drawing a distinction between perception and…

A World Full of Spooky Stories

Title: A World Full of Spooky Stories Writer: Angela McAllister (illustrated by Madalina Andronic) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: September 3rd 2019 Rating: 5 stars Confession time. Once August knocks on our door and long before my summer holidays are completed, I begin to think of Halloween reads, Halloween decorations, Halloween films and pretty much Halloween…

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow Writer: Silvia Moreno – Garcia Publishing House: Quercus Books Date of Publication: July 23rd 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Some people are born under a lucky star, while others have their misfortune telegraphed by the position of the planets. Casiopea Tun, named after a constellation, was born under the most rotten star imaginable in the…

Fairy Tales for Fearless Girls

Title: Fairy Tales for Fearless Girls Writer: Retold by Anita Ganeri & illustrated by Khoa Le Publishing House: Arcturus Publishing Ltd Date of Publication: July 2019 Rating: 3 stars I believe that we should never stop narrating the so-called ‘’classic’’ fairy tales of our childhood. Yes, for many (including me) Cinderella and the rest of the squad may seem…

Paper Butterfly

Title: Paper Butterfly Writer: Diane Wei Liang Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: January 1st 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’This land offered nothing but harsh wind and dry yellow earth. Under the dome of the sky, snow-peaked mountains stood like unwanted burdens of the past. This was the province where the Great Wall ended, where the Silk Road…

Strange Pilgrims

Title: Strange Pilgrims (original title:Doce cuentos peregrinos Writer: Gabriel Garcia Márquez (tr. by Edith Grossman) Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: November 14th 2006 (first published 1992) ‘’A continent conceived by the scum of the earth without a moment of love: the children of abductions, rapes, violations, infamous dealings, deceptions, the union of enemies with enemies.’’ Father…