I finished reading Mend the Living a few weeks ago, but it's taken me a while to process it all and come back to writing about it. I have mixed feelings about the novel - on the one hand, the book deals very well with huge, complex topics, but on the other, I found the … Continue reading Mend the Living – Maylis de Kerangal
When Breath Becomes Air has to be, I think, one of my favourite reads so far this year. It's profound, deeply moving and greatly inspiring. It was written as an autobiography by Paul Kalanithi, and was published after his death. Kalanithi takes the reader on a journey through his life, and into his illness and … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
This is one of those books that is making the rounds through my family. My sister's boyfriend first read it, passed it onto my mum who gave it as a Christmas present to my boyfriend, who then passed it on to me. They all came away from it with slightly glazed eyes - it was … Continue reading A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
I've been intrigued about this book for a while now, and finally read it last week. It is written by Samer, a young man who lived in Raqqa when it was taken over by ISIS or Daesh. Samer wrote diaries about his experiences living in Raqqa under Daesh and sent them to a journalist in … Continue reading The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from ‘Islamic State’ – Samer
I was recommended this novel by my younger sister, and I loved it! On the cover, the novel tells the story of Ifemelu, from her point of view; she is a young Nigerian women who moves to the USA to attend university. Ifemelu tells the story of her life before, during and after emigration, and discusses … Continue reading Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
It's been a while since I posted, or even thought about posting on here. Not sure quite what happened - a broken tablet and no laptop to begin with, then going back to university which doesn't leave a lot of time for extra curricular reading and writing. Anyway, I'm back, reading and writing, hopefully somewhat regularly!
I haven't finished reading all of the stories and essays in this wonder of a book - it's one to take slowly. At the end of each story or essay, I have to take some time to process and just figure it all out! The way Borges writes about and twists time, space, philosophy, maths and … Continue reading Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges