Reviews of books by relationship gurus, dating experts, and cautionary tale-tellers.
I’m Not an Impaired Extrovert, I’m an Introvert
I have just finished reading a book that resonated so very deeply, I feel totally validated and it explains to me characteristics of myself that I haven’t accepted at all. And tells me why I tend to reject these characteristics.
An Honest Book Review
Jarvis Lorry, commonly known as the “businessman”, displays a straightforward and uncanny mindset; one in which will act as a double-edged sword as new and disturbing circumstances take place both in and outside of his control. Adaptation will occur as a starting point for Jarvis Lorry’s mind and spirit; a mountain in which he must overcome in order to see new horizons in his life and those he holds close to his impassive heart.
Favourite picks from Murakami’s short story collection: After the Quake
In this collection of short stories, Murakami offers six gripping tales about the aftereffects of living in Japan after the 1995 Kobe earthquake. The stories take place in February, the month between the Kobe earthquake and the gas attack in Tokyo that year. A very common theme is present in all the stories: the feeling of emptiness and loneliness. Every story concludes with an odd sense of hope that perhaps the emptiness is not that vast after all. If I had to pick, my favourites from this collection would be:
The Muse, The Last Stop and The Slow Road to Deadhorse - books worth reading
As a book reviewer and avid reader, I am fortunate enough to be given access to books for free as long as I write a frank and honest assessment of the book in return. This is no hardship as I have written book reviews for a long time, after having discovered that I was losing track of what I was reading and was, occasionally, picking up the same book to read again without realising that I had discovered and enjoyed it already until some pages in. This log has morphed into something that means my words are published far and wide with the added bonus of reading material to which I would not be exposed as well as indulging in a passion whilst spending no money to do it.
Book Review: No One Writes Back by Jang Eun-Jin
On a cold Sunday afternoon, I sat on a bench by the river and read this book from cover to cover. I was overwhelmed by the sea of emotions that consumed me. Book in hand, I felt all the loneliness in the world take refuge in my mind. How is it that a combination of 26 simple letters stitched together in perfect sequence leave one so distressed and alone?
Book Review: "Rhyming Life and Death" by Amos Oz
Now, if you do not already know, I have been reading Amos Oz books for a while and I just want to start by saying how amazing they all are. Amos Oz's writing style has always been a great mixture between the mundane and descriptive, blended with the extreme emotions that we encounter in our everyday lives. I love it when Amos Oz chooses to write about topics that are more naturalistic, such as the writing he did in Scenes from Village Life - which is probably my favourite book by him. In his book Rhyming Life and Death Amos Oz attempts a little bit of poetry as well as his prose, and gives us something brilliant. He gives us one night in Tel Aviv, in the 1980s.
Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen Book Review
I recently finished Jonathan Franzen's sixth novel, Crossroads, and I'm pleased to report that it's a brilliant plot with plenty of heart and ideas. I'm also impressed by Franzen's careful interweaving of story and theme. The author's professional distinction is in the meticulous interweaving of story and theme, and his prose can be a real turn-off to some readers. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of Franzen's work, you're likely to enjoy it more than hate it.
Short Story Review: Tomorrow, Summer by Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you start reading, please note that this article includes some spoilers from the book There Is No Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye. Instead of reviewing the entire book however, I will be talking about one of my favourite picks from this collection, titled “Tomorrow, Summer.”
Why You Should Start A Blog
It has been a few months since writing anything for my blog. But everyday that I haven't written anything, I've been thinking about it. Thinking about ideas and schedules, all the fun little details (or at least I find them fun). And I've been meaning to get back to writing, I mean I have about seven different articles started in my drafts, all at varying lengths of started-ness, but it wasn't until today that I've purposefully sat down and started to write something, and that is all thanks to a book I read for my book club.
4 Books That Took Me By Surprise
I think I should climb the Mount Everest and shout loudly from the above that “we all should quiet the bad books and re-read the good books again and again.”
4 Books I Will Re-read in 2022 Because
When I started my reading journey, I used to pick books based on their popularity on Instagram. Result? I had to read books that I wasn’t even interested in. I am not saying that the books were bad but they didn’t just match my interest. However, after such experiences, I started picking up books after a careful analysis of what the book is all about. Result? Now every other book I read, I feel like re-reading it.
Book Review: "Love, etc" by Julian Barnes
If I've said it once, I've said it tons of times, Julian Barnes is one of my favourite authors of all time. When I was younger, I read his book Arthur and George and during my teens, I was absolutely hooked on his works. His book The Man in the Red Coat became my favourite book by him and since, I have read tons and tons of stories, books, articles and whatever I can lay my hands on really when it comes to Julian Barnes. Definitely one of the greatest writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, I have always been sure that Barnes will be remembered as a 'classic author' about 100-200 years from now because he deserves it. It's some serious talent he's got and his characters are always really developed, interesting and yet, they are troubled with dissatisfaction.