Category: Classics, Historical, Gothic Fiction
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
“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
Category: Graphic Novels, Standalones
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
Category: Contemporary/Literary Fiction
Themes: Family Drama, Parenting, Adoption
Little Fires Everywhere, an incredibly intelligent, almost perfect read.
The reason I say that this book is incredibly intelligent is because you can dissect it, break it down completely, pick up each little piece, examine it separately and reconstruct the story back.
In 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.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Category: Literary Fiction
I remember reading a review online which described this book as ‘a story that has the intricate fragility of a snowflake and the natural honesty of the dirt beneath your feet’. I think that one sentence encapsulates the essence of this book.
Category: Contemporary Fiction
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