‘A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don’t know how you’ve made it this far.' Sami’s childhood is much like any other - an innocent blend of family and school, of friends and relations and pets (including… Continue reading The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour
After a storm has killed off all the island's men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft. Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Bergensdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into… Continue reading The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Hey! Are you a reader who appreciates diversity? Are you always looking to include more diverse representation to your reading lists? Are you willing to add more South-Asian books to your lists in 2020? Well then, THE SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020 [SARC2020] is meant for you! Let’s appreciate the desi representation in literature and read more South-Asian stories. Why does this mean so… Continue reading The South-Asian Reading Challenge (SARC 2020) // Official Sign Ups & Information!
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and… Continue reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'Cemetery of Lost Books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the… Continue reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense… Continue reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I wrote part one of this post in mid November and I realised I had left out a lot of books I enjoyed growing up so I knew I had to write a second instalment in this little series. As I mentioned in that post, books were a vital ingredient in my life and still… Continue reading My favourite books growing up – part two