Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

Burnt Sugar is one of those captivating great works that you just can’t put down even when you wish to do precisely that when it gets too intense. But that is what exceptional literature does: shakes you, slaps you, turns you upside down, leaving your thoughts jumbled as if your head went on a jollyContinue reading “Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi”

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

After her gifted children left for the uni, Eva closed the door of her house, decided to take a nap… and didn’t leave bed for an entire year. She was confident that she wouldn’t be bored since there were so many things to think about: does God exist, was she ever happy with her husband,Continue reading “The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend”

Your Children are Boring by Tom James

My neighbor has an adorable three-year-old son, so adorable that you just have to smile whenever you see him. However, I had to unsubscribe from seeing the mother’s news updates because every single day she posts the boy’s photo while eating, standing, sitting, sleeping… with captions such as “The love of my soul, my heart,Continue reading “Your Children are Boring by Tom James”

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Victorian London, 1850. The Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood’s radical, rebellious ideas. Fascination with skulls, abnormalities, and freaks. The awakening of eroticism in a prude society. Two red-haired twins with skin as white as milk and eyes as green as grass ‒ although occasionally grey like overcast skies ‒ one marred by smallpox scars, the other beautiful butContinue reading “The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal”

A beautiful, crazy quilt of humanity – Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow, an aide-memoire of a modern classic

Why write about a book published over forty years ago? Because not enough time has passed to call it a classic on one hand and because there is a danger of the title getting buried in the avalanche of books that are published every week on the other. And we shouldn’t rule out the possibilityContinue reading “A beautiful, crazy quilt of humanity – Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow, an aide-memoire of a modern classic”

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

Every girl should read How Do You Like Me Now? Holly Bourne is brutally honest and doesn’t mince words while talking about all the compromises women in wrong relationships make with themselves. We have all done that at least once: gave head when we weren’t in the mood, pretended not to hear sarcasm, found excuses for ourContinue reading “How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

Not everything has to be realistic, something is pure magic. And Crawdads is a magical read, slow like water in marsh canals. Gentle yet powerful, beautifully penned, original, heartwarming, empowering… The story unravels slowly, like Southern old-fashioned courting, jumping from the past to the present. A little girl is left alone in the marsh withoutContinue reading “Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen”

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

With simple but unusually placed words, Marlon James created a world that is so enchanting that readers can almost feel the scent of African deserts, savannas, a town high among tree crowns or carved into a rock face. The author relied on African folklore, myths, and legends to come up with beings, good and bad,Continue reading “Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James”

The Flip Side by James Bailey

The Flip Side by James Bailey is the first book that I had to describe as cute. Cute, warm, snuggly, and heartwarming like Jeremy the rabbit, the main character’s pet. Josh loses his girlfriend, his job, and flat in the same night ‒ no less than New Year’s Eve. Desolate, he returns to his parents’Continue reading “The Flip Side by James Bailey”

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Notes from a Small Island is the book that made Bill Bryson famous. It starts with his arrival in Dover, where a string of bad luck begins. And as if that weren’t enough, his landlady is pretty nightmarish: “Over the next two days, Mrs. Smegma persecuted me mercilessly, while the others, I suspected, scouted evidence forContinue reading “Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson”