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

Intense, heartbreaking reads


“Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling to nothing but self-delusion, masking from ourselves the single truth: that each one of us is capable of being reduced to an insect, a ravening beast, a lump of meat? To be degraded, slaughtered – is this the essential of humankind, one which history has confirmed as inevitable?” – Han Kang, Human Acts


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The 100 Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 7.03.58 PM.pngCategory: Graphic Novels, Standalones
Rating: 4.5/5
Author: Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights of Hero is a fascinating, beautifully drawn and gorgeous rendered retelling of the Arabian Nights, with a central lesbian couple. The idea of stories within stories, sisterhood and what it means to be a woman, enthused in myth and magic, makes for a fascinating read to curl up with on a lazy afternoon. Reading this book is like wrapping yourself in tapestry of tales each with a unique setting and strong message.  Continue reading

Short Stories Reading List

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 2017, I discovered the magic of short story collections. I have heard a lot of people complain that they find it hard to get interested in short story collections as it doesn’t give enough depth and story to get involved. Somehow, for me, I have never had an issue with that. Short stories allow you to flit in and out of characters, experience different settings and experiences and emotions, all within a few pages. I also feel its perfect for subway commute reading. I usually end up finishing a story one-way.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

fullsizeoutput_4640Category: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was so certain that this would be a 5 star read, but felt rather let down overall.

Starting with the positives, I think it’s safe to say that Chimamanda can be considered an authority when it comes to topics on race, identity & immigration. Her observations were completely brilliant, moving, honest and really thought provoking. Continue reading

The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

fullsizeoutput_4641It felt great to sink my teeth into short stories after a string of sub-par novels and I was quite impressed by this one. The Doll’s Alphabet is an exquisitely dark, grotesque, and completely discomfiting magical realist short story collection. The only way I can describe this is that each story felt like waking up from an elusive, edgy, disconcerting nightmare. That doesn’t seem like I’m selling it really well, but it was that uncomfortable edginess in her stories, and the way it gets under your skin that makes it weirdly fascinating.

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