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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Weycombe by G.M. Malliet | The importance of cohesive fact introduction

I’m not an author and I’m not trying to be one, so it’s very difficult for me to criticise books on the styles they were written in. But, ultimately, I am the audience. I read the blurb, I liked it, I was intrigued by it and decided to dedicate my time to reading a particular novel. And there are often times when the writing style or certain writing quirks don’t work for me as well as they do for others, and I find it my duty to share these moments with you!

«Weycombe» is similar one of those cozy, detective movies set in a small town in a middle of nowhere. The community is so tiny, everyone knows each other and such strong events as murder usually reveals a whole lot more gossip than we expected! Continue reading “Weycombe by G.M. Malliet | The importance of cohesive fact introduction”

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”

Just Another Week in Suburbia by Les Zig | What do you do when life gets crazy?

This was purely a request on a whim, I even read the excerpt (which I usually never do) before requesting this book. The first couple of paragraphs completely caught my attention and there was no turning back.

I am so happy for NetGalley suggestions, sometimes it feels like the website knows me better than I do. Continue reading “Just Another Week in Suburbia by Les Zig | What do you do when life gets crazy?”

Something like Happy by Eva Woods | Can we learn how to live and appreciate every day at a time?

“It’s simple, really. You’re just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we’re doing one right now…”

This quote has also made it into the blurb of the book, because, let’s face it – the quote is utterly inspiring and makes you realize how much we miss during our day-to-day routine. But if we stop for a second, we can always find things worth appreciating and being happy about. I am sure of it! Continue reading “Something like Happy by Eva Woods | Can we learn how to live and appreciate every day at a time?”

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!”

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman | 6 Reasons why time-travelling books are the best!

Reading time-travelling book is like mixing all of your favourite food together and devouring them in one go (i.e. pizza with mashed potatoes and with tiramisu, it might sound disgusting but when it comes to books, it’s a true pleasure!)

This story has combined romance, fantasy and historical fiction in one huge pot and served it at once on a silver platter. Isn’t that amazing? Continue reading “The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman | 6 Reasons why time-travelling books are the best!”