Book Review: Sisters of the Snake

Sisters of the Snake is a creative retelling of the Prince and the Pauper. Rani and Ria live two very different lives. Rani is a princess with everything at her command, except the ability to travel outside her palace. Ria is a thief, who was raised in an orphanage, and now spends her days thieving on the streets with her friend, Amir. When Ria ends … Continue reading Book Review: Sisters of the Snake

Mini Book Review: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Starting with the birth of conjoined twin brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone, (who are separated at birth) it spans their coming of age in Ethiopia leading up to the revolution, their paths toward medicine, and their eventual estrangement over a childhood friend. Marion and Shiva’s mother was an Indian nun who died giving birth to them, and their father was an English surgeon who disappeared … Continue reading Mini Book Review: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Mini Book Review: Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan

Universe of Two is based on the life of the young mathematician, Charles Fisk (called Charlie Fish in this novel), who was unknowingly recruited to work on the creation of the atomic bomb. Charlie is only eighteen, and recently graduated from Harvard, and it’s not until much later into the secret project when he realizes what exactly he’s doing for the ‘war effort’, and thus struggles with his conscience and the moral dilemma of it all.

Beginning in 1943, this book is, for the majority of the time set during the war. It alternates between Charlie’s perspective in third person, and his musician girlfriend, Brenda’s, in first person, and I found this gave an added dimension to the storyline.

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WWW Wednesday: February 3, 2021

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking on A World of Words. If you wish to join, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

I just started these two books. I’ve heard good things about both, and am looking forward to reading them.

Fifty Words For Rain by Asha Lemmie is set in Japan, just after the end of WW2, and follows a young biracial girl’s coming of age, and the prejudices she faces for the colour of her skin.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi follows a Ghanian family in present day Alabama. I read Homegoing by the same author last year, and loved it and am interested in reading this book, especially as it deals with mental health issues.

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Book Review: Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

A girl comes of age against the knife. She must learn to bear its blade. To be cut. To bleed. To scar over and still, somehow, be beautiful and with good enough knees to take the sponge to the kitchen floor every Saturday. You’re either lost or you’re found.”

Betty ~Tiffany McDaniel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

4.5/5 Stars

Wow. This book is both painfully hard and utterly heartbreaking, as well as a powerfully beautiful work of literature. It goes without saying, that this book broke my heart. I think what made it more hard to digest, was knowing this book was based on the author’s mother, Betty’s life.

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WWW Wednesday: January 6, 2021

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking on A World of Words. If you wish to join, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

I’m currently reading three books at once! I couldn’t help myself!

I’m doing a week long buddy read of Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan, and so far I’m loving it, and trying to limit myself to reading the allotted chapters per day, though it’s so hard, because it’s turning out to be a wonderful novel!

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Mini Review: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

I finished my second book and second 5 star read of 2021! This was my very first Barabara Kingsolver book, and I can now understand the praise her books and writing receive!

I started this book one night and finished it the next. I normally read very few contemporary fiction, but Animal Dreams totally captured my interest.

This is a beautiful and evocative book about a woman finding herself and purpose.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books I read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010, and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. I’m excited to participate this week with a list of my top ten favourite books! 2020 has been my best year reading-wise. I’ve read 57 books, and loved many of them!

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November Wrap-Up

November has been my best month reading-wise. I read eight books this month, which I don’t usually manage to do, and many of them averaged between 4.5 and 5 stars. It’s really hard to pick a favourite as I enjoyed the variety of books I read. The genres I covered were: nonfiction/memoir, YA fantasy, middle Grade, and historical fiction. I hope December will be just as successful. I’ve currently read 45/40 of my reading goal, and want to make it to 50 before the end of the year.

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (The Blood of Stars #1)

I normally don’t read fantasy (I’m not sure why as all the books I’ve read in this genre I’ve absolutely loved) but this year I decided to branch out from my usual historical fiction, Agatha Christie, and classic literature reads and explore new genres: fantasy being one of them. I’m so glad I did! Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim was a solid five out of five stars for me!

In the spirit of Mulan, Lim weaves together a whole new and fantastical tale about tailors, scissors, magic, adventure, and much more!

Maia is a poor peasant girl and a exceptionally talented seamstress who will do anything to protect her family. As a woman, she’s not allowed to be a tailor, but when her brothers go off to war and her father’s health decreases, she is faced with keeping his business going.

When a royal messenger summons her father to become the Emperor’s tailor–an honour which because of his failing health, he can no longer perform, Maia disguises herself as one of her brothers and goes in her father’s stead, risking her life if she is found out.

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