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…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: Book Review

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid My rating: 3 of 5 stars Book synopsis: In a city brimming with turmoil slowly about to erupt into a war zone, two young people dare to become a couple. Saeed finds in Nadia what people could call his polar opposite, a free, independent spirit. And Nadia sees in Saeed…

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund: Book Review

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars   Book synopsis: For Linda, isolation and loneliness are all she knows during her adolescent years. She finds an outlet with Mr Grierson, the new history teacher, and the scandal that breaks out when child pornography is found in his possession. And when…

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: The life of a slave on a plantation farm is a terrible life, especially for a girl at the verge of womanhood. Cora has always lived a nighmarish existence on the Randall plantation among the slaves. The white masters are cruel…

Project Man Booker 2017

Hello everyone! It’s been a while.. I’m currently almost at the end of my vacation time in Greece and going through my second readathon of the week. And, although I’ve been away from many things like university and my dogs, I haven’t stopped reading books. A major literary award, the Man Booker Prize of 2017,…

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Book Review)

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Loo has adjusted in a life on the move, new apartments, new schools, spending nights in motels with her dad only to pack up a few days later to leave again. It’s been like this her whole life….

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Book Review)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Callie begins her story with a statement. I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of…

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (Book Review)

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Gil Coleman ended up bruised and battered in the hospital after desperately trying to follow his dead wife who he saw from his window looking out the street. He is returned to his house, a previously Swimming Pavillion by the sea-shore, where…

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (Book Review)

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Harriet was only a baby when her 9-year-old brother, Robin, was found hanging by the neck from a tree in the front garden. She and her sister, Alison, who was 4 years old were the only witnesses to the murder. More…

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (Book Review)

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: The Greek beauty, Sofia, has arrived in the Spanish coast of Almeria where the desert meets the Mediterranean sea, with her mother Rose. Taking a month off from their lives back in England, they have come to Spain in an arrangement to…

Birthday Book Haul (December 2016)

Welcome, to the last book haul of the year! We made it, already, to the last month of 2016 and while one would expect that a birthday book haul would include a massive collection of new books, I am proud to say that this month I got a pretty decent stack. Swimming Lessons by¬†Claire Fuller…

Book Haul (October 2016)

The temperature in Groningen is slowly dropping and our dog walks are now taking place somewhere between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. My courses are progressing in more dynamic rhythms and I have been in a great mood for science fiction and fantasy stories this month. And as usual, I bought some new books! When…