cover of home fire by kamilla shamsie and quote: For girls, becoming women was inevitability; for boys, becoming men was ambition

Home Fire by Kamilla Shamsie

June 22, 2019 Amalia 0

This is one of those books which takes you by surprise and one you will never forget. It was a solid 3/5 stars for me until the very end which was so unexpected that I had to give it a […]

Popular contemporary novels worth the hype: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Almost Love by Louise O'Neill

Popular Contemporary Novels Worth the Hype

May 9, 2019 Amalia 0

I’m not that into reading contemporary novels, especially the over-hyped ones, but I am known to occasionally give into hype and the Internet was definitely on fire when in comes to these three books. So here they are, the three […]

cover of the silence of the girls by pat barker and quote: 'Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles, godlike Achilles … How the epithets pile up. We never called him any of those things; we called him ‘the butcher’.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

March 23, 2019 Amalia 0

This novel is a myth retelling of the Iliad from the perspective of Briseis, one of the many women taken as slaves, prostitutes, nurses and concubines by the conquering Greeks. Since I read this book late 2018 it has been […]

Cover of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and quote: 'We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew. Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know.'

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

February 22, 2019 Amalia 0

Purple Hibiscus is the last book from Adichie’s back list novels I had left to read, and as I expected, I was not disappointed. There is something about Adichie’s writing that keeps me hooked and opens a floodgate of emotions. […]

cover of Educated by tara Westover and quote: Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery None but ourselves can free our minds

Memoirs by Women: Educated by Tara Westover

November 23, 2018 Amalia 0

To say that I was shocked when reading this novel is a gross understatement. I was absolutely terrified by Tara Westover’s childhood experiences and terrified of her father and brother. This is one of the best memoirs by women I’ve […]

cover of American War by Omar El Akkad and quote: ‘What was safety, anyway, but the sound of a bomb falling on someone else's home?’

Review: American War by Omar El Akkad

August 29, 2018 Amalia 0

How can one accurately categorize a great debut novel like American War? One can call it many things, speculative science fiction, dystopian novel, character study, and literary fiction. The world described in this book feels real. It combines elements of […]

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Review: Elmet by Fiona Mozley

April 15, 2018 Amalia 0

Fiona Mozley’s Elmet was nominated for the Man Booker in 2017 and this year it got longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. A book getting so much attention in the literary world is a must read for all book-lovers […]

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