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…

Most Anticipated Autumn Books 2017

Since my return to the city of Groningen daily life has attacked me with tasks and mini chores that need to be completed before the beginning of the academy year, much like an animal would prepare for hibernation, and I cannot shake the feeling for a few weeks now that the dreadful Autumn is almost…

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…

Book Haul (August 2017)

Well, hello again. It’s been a while. A little over a couple of weeks to be precise during which I returned from vacation and moved to a different apartment. Again. I am currently in my fifth apartment here in Groningen living on the fourth floor of a huge block of flats with the dogs next…

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,…

Book Haul (July 2017)

Hello again and welcome to another book haul! Today’s book haul is deceiving because I actually bought all these books in June. And yes, I’ve been very good to my wallet so far and haven’t bought a single book since the beginning of June which is quite the accomplishment for me. Unfortunately, my booknerd friend…

My BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

It is time, once again, for my most anticipated readathon of the year: The BookTube-A-Thon! Our lovely host, Ariel Bissett, has announced the 7 challenges of this summer’s BookTube-A-Thon and, thankfully, this year I have a chance at all of them. My BookTube-A-Thon run will take place in Greece this year and one potential problem…

July Reads (2017)

As the days grow increasingly rainier here in Groningen, I am getting more and more eager to spend July in hot and sunny Athens. No matter how eager I am to get out of the humidity of the Netherlands straight under the protective cold of my childhood’s bedroom a/c, the Athenian heatwaves are not a…

Book Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Recently retired detective Hodges has left the force with a few open cases and has been living deep in depression, daily contemplating suicide, for months. When one of his old, unsolved cases, Mr Mercedes who ran over people standing in line at…

Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Say one thing for Logen Ninefingers, say he is a lucky bastard. He has miraculously escaped an ambush leaving him bruised and battered, but still, he found his favourite pot! He is still alive, and with a plan. The spirits say…

Book Haul (June 2017)

The book haul that follows consists of eight titles, a small number compared to some other book hauls I’ve done. The reason this has happened is because I bought so many books in June that I decided to not buy any books in July. I also decided to send the rest of the books I…