Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak 

Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange WorldAuthor: Elif Shafak Publisher: VikingPage Count: 312Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Family, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Turkish Culture, WomenGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.09)My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5) ‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the … Continue reading Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak 

November 2020 Reading Challenge: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Title:  The Romanovs: 1613-1918Author: Simon Sebag MontefiorePublisher: W&NPage Count: 657Publication Date: 2016Category/Genre: History, Non-Fiction, Cultural, Russia, PoliticsGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.95)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest … Continue reading November 2020 Reading Challenge: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Title:  How We Disappeared Author: Jing-Jing Lee Publisher: Hanover Square Press Page Count: 350 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, War, Cultural, Asia, Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.18) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In … Continue reading October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Book Review: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Title: FreshwaterAuthor: Akwaeke EmeziPublisher: Grove PressPage Count: 229Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Cultural, Africa, LGBT, Magic Realism, Mental Health, Fantasy, NigeriaGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.02)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4) An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a … Continue reading Book Review: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Title:  The Bird King Author: G. Willow Wilson Publisher: Grove Press Page Count: 403 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.75) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) New from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson Set in 1491 during the reign of … Continue reading September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

August 2020 Reading Challenge: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Title:  A Long Petal of the Sea Author: Isabel Allende Publisher: Ballantine Books Page Count: 336 Publication Date: 2020 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Hispanic, War, Romance Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.08) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of … Continue reading August 2020 Reading Challenge: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Book Club December: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Title: Little Bee Author: Chris Cleave Publisher: Simon & Schuster Page Count: 275 Publication Date: 2010 Category/Genre: Fiction, Cultural, Africa, Historical Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.71) From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent … Continue reading Book Club December: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Book Review: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Title:  Flights Author: Olga Tokarczuk Publisher: Riverhead Books Page Count: 403 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, European Literature, Cultural, Travel, Contemporary, Essays Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.81) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4) From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, Flights interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration. Chopin’s heart is … Continue reading Book Review: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk