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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Snow in May by Kseniya Melnik

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Short Stories, Realist stories
Rating: 4/5
Cultural: Russia
Author: Kseniya Melnik

This realist short story collection turned out to be such a pleasant surprise! Snow in May is a collection of stories set in and around the Siberian port town of Magadan situated closer to Alaska than to any other major Russian city. Despite a bustling hub, Magadan has a dark and tumultuous past, as it was once a gateway to the Gulag network, Stalin’s cruelest labour camps and stories resonate with a tinge of the town’s dark past.

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Classics, Historical, Gothic Fiction
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

Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Literary/Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Cultural: Sri Lanka

It’s incredible when a book can seize you in its grasp and tell a story that’s searingly painful, yet intimate & beautiful all at once. At its heart the novel follows the fates of two families at opposite sides of a war torn Sri Lanka. The brutal and long civil wars between Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka did actually happen, but this novel is a fictional story. Continue reading

The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Cultural: India
Author: Michelle Moran
Alternative title: The Rebel Queen

The Last Queen of India is a historical fiction novel following the life of a woman warrior who is part of the elite personal guards of the Rani of Jhansi. The novel is set in Jhansi, in India at the cusp of colonialism by the British. The Rani of Jhansi is revered and admired historical figure in contemporary India and she is known for her valour and her fight against the colonial rule in India.  Continue reading

The Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Author: Allison Amend

This book was such a pleasant surprise! Enchanted Islands follows the story of Frances Conway, starting from her childhood all the way till she is very old. I absolutely loved this charming, emotional, honest and far from ordinary life of Frances Conway. Right from her childhood in Duluth to her adolescent years in Chicago to Nebraska, to Galapagos Islands for most part and finally to San Francisco, its such an incredible journey that doesn’t skip a beat. Continue reading