The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Epic Fantasy, Literary Fantasy
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

The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

Category: Graphic Novels, Standalone
Rating: 4/5
Author: Glyn Dillon

There’s danger in writing a review for a book that is so unlike anything I’ve ever read, but one that managed to secure a spot in my heart. This graphic novel centres around Nao Brown, a ‘hafu’, half Japanese half English girl in her mid twenties, treading a knife-edged balance of normalcy, whilst trying to keep her illustration career afloat, and struggling to put forth a brave front while silently suffering from uncontrollable morbid, violent, obsessive thoughts.

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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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My Top 10 TBR for the year

fullsizeoutput_4bfcAs readers, we are always trying to set and manage TBRs, there are books we separately want to get to and sometimes lists help in sorting what those priority books are. I’m generally horrible with TBRs, but I thought it would be fun to set aside a list of 10 acclaimed works that I’d like to read this year! There’s a mish-mash of modern classics, shorter/chunkier ones, and must-read books that have long been on my radar.

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What makes a book cover stand out?

fullsizeoutput_49ee.jpegWe are all guilty of picking up books based on their cover design more often than not. Most book lovers I’ve interacted with have admitted to being drawn towards interesting and aesthetically pleasing cover designs and there is an excitement in buying or receiving a book that is beautiful not only on the inside but outside as well. So it got me thinking on what makes a cover tick for me. Continue reading

What I’d like to read more of in 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs a reader, you always wonder what books would you like to read more of to diversify your reading. I have a few choices for this. I want to try and read more classics from the victorian times. I have’t read too many as it hasn’t been a genre that I really drift towards, so that is something I’d like to try and explore. Another, is to try and expand reading more African American literature. Continue reading

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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