As much as I think that (1) mental illnesses should be talked about, (2) people should be aware and educated on these topics, and (3) feel free to speak about them to
others to help them overcome their struggles, I’m also not usually the targeted
audience for the books that are focused on “mental illnesses”. Normally I
wouldn’t even pick them up.
«The Girls at 17 Swan Street» sounded like something I might enjoy, and besides, we
are bound to leave our comfort zone from time to time. This was my attempt of
trying something different, of expanding my reading horizons.
I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t enjoy it either. It was one of those books that once I put down, I didn’t want to pick up again.
Continue reading “The Girls at 17 Swan Street by Yara Zgheib”
A debut novel by Juliet McDaniel is an absurd presentation of a socialite’s life, Maxine Simmons, in the late 60s – early 70s California – Palm Springs. Satirical, witty and VERY addicting – «Mr. & Mrs. American Pie» is a perfect summer read. Don’t need to look any longer if you are hunting for some books to take with you on summer vacations.
Continue reading “Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel | The perfect book to take on vacation!”
«Empathy: because the commonality among human beings is emotion, and the only way we can bridge our vast discrepancies in experience is through what we feel. Let us be humbled in the knowledge that one may never fully understand the interior lives of others – but let us continue to care.»
This was my third book in just a couple of months that strongly focused on characters and deep emotions. And you know what? I’m loving every second of these experiences. In «Everything Here is Beautiful» we see the story from multiple perspectives – Miranda, Lucia, Manny, Yonah. Their fates forever linked by one deep emotion – Empathy.
Mira T. Lee have done an amazing job bringing her characters to life. Even their language and choice of words changed accordingly and added that exquisite touch to their personalities. Making them as real as my next door neighbours. Continue reading “Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee | Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another”
Shaker Heights, Cleveland, is a community that has been planned out to a tee. It is a stable and safe environment for steady, successful families. Where nothing could go wrong. Or could it?
Surprisingly, I wasn’t interested in reading this book right away. But couldn’t stay strong during all the hype that happened on multiple social media platforms after the release, and had to see for myself what this was all about. Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | Can you plan your life to perfection?”
Once you read the final line of the book, flip that last page over and close it with satisfying smile on your face, what is usually the first thing that comes into your mind?
Events that took place at the end of the story?
Or maybe certain characters?
Honestly, I always found plot-driven stories much more enjoyable to read than the ones focused primarily on character development. Only when I finally had a pleasure to read Chloe Benjamin’s writing, I discovered the incredible world where the separation of plot-driven vs character-driven ceased to exist! Continue reading “The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | What if you knew when you were going to die?”
It is undeniable that «Homegoing» must be included in school literature program! Yaa Gyasi created the most emotional novel. It all started with two half sisters, Effia and Esi, in XVIII century Ghana and then followed generation after generation until our days, and saw the true power of family, of the past, of history.
I would not be lying if I said that I’ve never read anything more beautiful, heart-wracking and touching. She was able to grip my heart and shatter it times and times again, as every new generation went through a series of struggles, poised by the historical settings at that particular time. Continue reading “Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | An astounding tale that sweeps through generations”
There mustn’t be a single person on this planet who doesn’t know or haven’t heard about Monica Lewinsky and the infamous White House scandal involving her and Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States of America.
Their relationship came to life almost two decades ago in 1998, but even though it’s been almost 20 years since we first heard the scandal, it hasn’t been forgotten. Bill Clinton’s speech is still very famous by the one and only phrase, denying to have any sexual relationship with Ms. Lewinsky. And the slut-shaming continues to the point where Monica Lewinsky became more of an adjective that has been applied to other women out there. Continue reading “Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin | And Gabrielle Zevin’s ability to create interesting, versatile characters!”
Whenever I cannot figure out how to start a review, I browse GoodReads reviews for some inspiration. My opinion on the book is already set in stone and there is no risk to get influenced by other people’s thoughts. However, sometimes it turns out to be far from the best idea.
The majority of reviews for «Sing, Unburied, Sing» are all very positive, 5-star ratings and tons of praises. This made me a little bit apprehensive about my own feedback. But fear not! As I actually have some solid reasons behind my relatively low rating! Continue reading “Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward | When multiple PoVs ruin the reading experience”