November reads (2017)

Hello book people! Today, I am posting a long overdue update of what I read in October, what I am currently reading and which books I want to finish by the end of November. This past October I finished four books, even though I was planning on reading much more than that. Due to circumstances…

Recommendations: Historical Fiction

Hello everyone! Today, I thought I would do a recommendations post about five historical fiction novels I have read and really enjoyed. I started reading historical fiction about two years ago and, even though I have really enjoyed some, I haven’t read many books of the genre. At first, historical fiction did not seem appealing…

The Inkblots by Damion Searls: Book Review

Note: This review was originally published on Mindwise, the blog showcasing the work from the Psychology department of the University of Groningen.  The Inkblots by Damion Searls My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Take the official Rorschach Ink Blot test to see if you are crazy”, is the title of the first video that comes up…

The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Book Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy My rating: 3 of 5 stars There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes. So, he whispered to the sleeping boy. I have you. In…

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer: Book Review

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Area X is an anomaly, a place vaguely defined by boundaries that separate it from the rest of the world. In Area X, an unprecedented variety of new spieces of flora and fauna of immense beauty and intrigue have taken over, making it an unwelcoming…

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie: Book Review

If you haven’t read the first book of the trilogy, you can read my review of Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie instead. Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Round and round in circles we go, clutching at successes we never grasp, endlessly tripping over the same…

Project: Horror October 2017

Hello everyone! October has arrived and that means, Halloween is approaching. Back in Greece, Halloween is not celebrated or given any attention really. When I came to live in the Netherlands I was very excited for a few things that we don’t have in Athens where I am from. Snow for once, but also decent…

The End of the Year: Book Tag

Hello lovely book people! I was catching up on my YouTube subscriptions a couple of days ago and stumbled upon this new tag by Ariel Bissett: The End of the Year Book Tag. Ariel has created this tag in preparation for winter and the end of the year, which feels suddenly very close, and I…

The Life of A Book Blogger: Tag

Hello everyone! I decided to try something new for me today and do a book tag. I’ve been watching a lot of videos of BookTubers answering some fun questions and I thought maybe I should do one. It’s a sunny Sunday here in Groningen and the weather is surprisingly mild. A stressful week of lectures…

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: Book Review

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born on the 3rd of March 1947 in New Jersey. Only Ferguson is four different boys and these four boys are all the same. Archie’s life takes four different paths at the moment he draws his…

Discussion: The Man Booker 2017 shortlist

For many readers, including myself, choosing the next book to read is a difficult task. Thankfully, the Man Booker Prize returns every year and offers by default thirteen suggestions of novels for those of us that enjoy fiction. This year I decided to closely follow the Man Booker from its longlist to its shortlist by…

Book Haul: September 2017

Hello fellow book people! We are well on our way to a mostly rainy and windy Autumn here in Groningen, the university classes have started and the Man Booker shortlist was announced just a couple of days ago. I had decided to undertake the Project Man Booker 2017 here on my blog, by attempting to read all…