Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | An astounding tale that sweeps through generations

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”

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Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin | And Gabrielle Zevin’s ability to create interesting, versatile characters!

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!”

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward | When multiple PoVs ruin the reading experience

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”

The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan | A handful of contradicting thoughts!

Recently, it has been very difficult for me to rate several books. As it hasn’t been just one one occasion, it got me thinking – is there a problem with the books I pick up or with me?

For almost a year now I’ve been meaning to refine/define my rating system. It would help me out during these inner struggles and would also provide more information for you, guys, on what a 3-star rating actually means to me. But everytime I sit down to think about my ratings and what they mean to me, there are so many factors usually involved that it is hard to explain in a few words. Therefore, I decided to do something different and insert a Pros / Cons table at the end of my review! Continue reading “The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan | A handful of contradicting thoughts!”

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | Because I have read literally ten of them in one day and want to contribute!

Me? Posting Tag again?? What is happening?!

As title suggests, I’ve been seeing this tag EVERYWHERE. On WordPress, YouTube, and even on Instagram. And now I am also contributing my 5 pennies and freaking out a little bit because the first half of the year passed so quickly!

Thank you Joana @ Bookneeders for tagging me ❤ Make sure to check her amazing blog!   Continue reading “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | Because I have read literally ten of them in one day and want to contribute!”

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica | What secrets do YOU keep from your loved ones?

This month I’ve been very lucky with the books I picked up, quite a lot of them turned out to be 4 and 5 star reads. «Every Last Lie» by Mary Kubica was no exception. When I finished this book I had to take a little break because (A) there were still tears running down my cheeks and (B) the novel was so intense and made me feel so many different emotions that I sat down for a little bit just to gather my thoughts and taking a few deep breaths. Continue reading “Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica | What secrets do YOU keep from your loved ones?”

The Leavers by Lisa Ko | A Tragic Story of Deming Guo or a New Life of Daniel Wilkinson?

This was an incredible start to the month of May! I loved this book so much!

It is a captivating life story of Deming Guo and his mother’s immigration into the United States of America. The story telling is not linear, we jump back and forth between characters and between different time periods.

We see the story from Daniel Wilkinson’s point of view, of him struggling to understand what he wants from life, who he wants to be, and then we jump back in time when Daniel was still Deming Guo, living in a poor part of New York with his mom, her boyfriend, his sister and nephew in the tiniest apartment. Continue reading “The Leavers by Lisa Ko | A Tragic Story of Deming Guo or a New Life of Daniel Wilkinson?”

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova | If I could take out all of the good parts and make a book out of it, I would!

There are times when books seem alright at the beginning, then you slowly start to hate every moment of reading it, but afterwards come some parts that you enjoy very much and then an ending you just want to get it over with ASAP, like ripping off a bandage. Maybe you’ve never had such experience before, but I sure have and I am here to share it with you.

«The Shadow Land» is a mystery historical fiction set in Bulgaria, following adventures of young american woman, Alexandra, on her arrival to a foreign country. Continue reading “The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova | If I could take out all of the good parts and make a book out of it, I would!”