Book Review – ‘All the Light we Cannot See’

All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six and lived with her father in Paris until some years later and the outbreak of WWII when their worlds are turned upside down and they flee Paris to Saint Malo. Saint Malo, a walled city by the … Continue reading Book Review – ‘All the Light we Cannot See’

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My Favourite Books Growing Up

I felt like being nostalgic and taking a trip down memory lane to revisit my favourite books when I was growing up. I'm one of those bookworms who has been one since I can remember. There wasn't really a book that made me fall in love with reading, I just always have. As a child, … Continue reading My Favourite Books Growing Up

My Favourite Female Book Characters Part II

Here is Part I of my favourite female book characters. Mariam of A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini From the moment she came into the world, Mariam was blamed for her very existence and the circumstances around her birth, over which she had no control. Growing up with a bitter and harsh mother, Mariam … Continue reading My Favourite Female Book Characters Part II

My 2017 in Books – ‘Ali and Nino’

Ali and Nino - Kurban Said First of all, the author of this book is somewhat mysterious. 'Kurban Said' was a pen name. The book was originally published in Vienna in 1937. The true identity of Kurban Said is still unknown to this day and several people have been linked to the pseudonym. This in … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘Ali and Nino’

My 2017 in Books – ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier  This novel is inspired by the painting of the same name by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer from the 17th century. The book is set in the Netherlands in the period when Vermeer was painting. This book is a fictional take on who the subject of the … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

My 2017 in Books – ‘The Saffron Kitchen’

The Saffron Kitchen - Yasmin Crowther The Saffron Kitchen is told from the perspective of Sara, a half Iranian and half British woman living in London; as well as her mother Maryam, who left Iran as a young woman to make a new life. One day in London, a tragic event involving pregnant Sara, leads Maryam … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘The Saffron Kitchen’

My 2017 in Books – ‘White Teeth’

White Teeth - Zadie Smith White Teeth is about two families in North London and all of the characters within them throughout a long period of time. The book starts in 1975 where we first meet Archie, a white male who later goes on to marry a Jamaican woman. We soon meet Archie's best friend, Samad, … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘White Teeth’

My 2017 in Books – ‘The Hate U Give’ & ‘The Boy From Aleppo’

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas Starr lives in an underprivileged neighbourhood but goes to a prep school in a posh suburban area. In her neighbourhood there are drug gangs and shootings on a regular basis and these things are alien to her friends at school. Starr feels like she has to keep the … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘The Hate U Give’ & ‘The Boy From Aleppo’