The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

IMG_2541It’s taken me a month and half to finish this mammoth of a book, the Middlemarch of medical non-fiction, The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer. It has been one of the most informative reads I’ve ever read. Mukherjee presents a very complex topic in an accessible and interesting way striking the perfect balance in being descriptive without being overbearing & clinical. Though this book is as accessible as a biography of Cancer can possibly get, it still is a very challenging read and certainly not a breeze to get through. So in that sense it feels like an achievement just to have finished it.

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Circe by Madeline Miller

IMG_0761Category: Greek Mythology, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
Author: Madeline Miller
Circe was my first foray into Madeline Miller’s work having not read her immensely popular first novel, The Song of Achilles. Aside from the fact that it’s extensively based on Greek mythology, I didn’t know much else of what to expect and went in completely blind.

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The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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Rating: 5/5
Author: Robin Hobb

Do you know that feeling of being so immersed in a story that when it ends, you’re suddenly at a loss of what to do next with your life, that’s pretty much what I felt after reading the Liveship Traders Trilogy. This is the second trilogy following the Farseer books set in the Realm of the Elderlings, however, this trilogy does not follow Fitz and the Fool, Continue reading

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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Rating: 5/5
Cultural: UK
Author: Daphne du Maurier

What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? Rebecca is a book that doesn’t really need a review. So, very simply put, my three word review: I loved it.

Having read Rebecca, you cannot not picture Manderley, its coastal cliffs & waters, the white azaleas in the Happy Valley, the battalion of lush, blood-red rhododendrons; its serene, yet fierce & restrained beauty. Continue reading

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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 This book hit me. Straight and square. Like a knock on the head, leaving me stunned and groping after tides of thoughts that seemed to be drifting away in different directions.

Existence. Environment. Philosophy. Physics. Time.

Ruth Ozeki takes these themes, and tells a tale so galactic in scope, through a crisscrossing narrative, between Ruth, a middle aged novelist living in a remote Continue reading

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

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This book was pure perfection & one of my strongest 5 star reads this year. I went in knowing very little of the premise and the experience was unparalleled. It drew me in from the first page and kept me glued till the last.

At its heart, The Unseen World explores a father-daughter relationship. David Sibelius is a brilliant, eccentric computer scientist and his daughter Ada is the key character we follow through the story. Continue reading