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At Night All Blood Is Black

At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars At Night All Blood Is Black is a harrowing story of Alfa Ndiaye, set during World War I. He is one of the Senegalese soldiers fighting in the multinational army under French command. They are encouraged to pretend savagery duringContinue reading “At Night All Blood Is Black”

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The Puma Years

The Puma Years by Laura Coleman ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 4.5 out of 5 stars The Puma Years is an autobiography of Laura Coleman relating the time she spent volunteering in the wildlife sanctuary in Bolivia. I listened to it as an audiobook read by the author, which was an additional treat. Who could tell her story better thanContinue reading “The Puma Years”

Reviving the classics: Shakespeare’s drama

The early modern drama might seem difficult today. The language has changed since they were written. Many words came out of the use or changed their meaning. And don’t get me started on the artistic alterations introduced to keep within the strict rigour of the iambic pentameter. Nevertheless, the pleasure we take from reading thoseContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Shakespeare’s drama”

Heartstopper

Heartstopper ***** 5 out of 5 stars. Boy meets boy. Heartstopper is a series of graphic novels by Alice Oseman about the teenage love between Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson. It’s a quick and enjoyable read, full of warmth and emotions. It seems impossible not to love those boys. The series allows us to watch theContinue reading “Heartstopper”

We were liars

**** 4 stars out of 5 A brilliant summer book I read this winter.  We were liars is a story of Cadence Sinclair, who spends every summer with her cousins Mirren and Johnny and their friend Gat. Sinclairs are a privileged family. The wealth accumulated through the generations allows them to live in beautiful houses, attendContinue reading “We were liars”

Reviving the classics: Mary Barton

Mary Barton tells a story of a young girl living in Manchester in the 1840s. It is a time of a great economic depression, and the novel is concerned with the situation of the working class. Gaskell presents in detail the horrible conditions in which the factory workers lived and appeals for understanding and compassion. TheContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Mary Barton”

Hale: The Rise of the Griffins

This book made me believe that I should change my rating scale. Five stars are for classics and books I absolutely adore, four for very good ones, three for good… But how do you rate a novel that is very good but lacks the charm of the best examples of its genre? Hale is aContinue reading “Hale: The Rise of the Griffins”

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince **** 4 out of 5 stars Jude Duarte’s life is turned upside down when a mysterious man enters her house, kills both of her parents and abducts her, her twin sister Taryn and their older sister Vivienne to a kingdom of Elfhame in Faerie Realm. As it turned out, their mother wasContinue reading “The Cruel Prince”

Reviving the classics: Jane Eyre

‘I am not an angel, […] and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.’[1] Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is definitely one of my favourite books. When I read it for the first time, I was around 20-years-old, and I saw it only as a romance novel. After rereading it asContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Jane Eyre”

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 5 out of 5 stars The Fault In Our Stars was probably the only book I ever read that was so funny and so sad at the same time. It is a heartbreaking story about death, and it is a celebration of life and a call to useContinue reading “The Fault in Our Stars”