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

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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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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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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The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Its been awhile since I posted, and also some time since I did a proper book review, even though I’ve been keeping track of the books I’m reading on my instagram. I’m hoping to get back into the flow of book reviews as I’ve already read four books this month and have many more on my book cart waiting for me to read.

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline came in for me at the library and I devoured it between that afternoon and the next. I simply couldn’t put it down. Set in the 1840s, this novel tells the story of how female convicts were banished to Australia for the slightest offence, such as stealing a silver spoon or for simply being pregnant out of wedlock.

This is a story of hardship and heart-wrenching loss, cruel injustice and discrimination, as well as also being a story of perseverance and resilience in spite of opposition, and the powerful bonds of friendship and togetherness in the face of trials.

There are three main characters in this book, and each of their stories are equally heartbreaking.

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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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Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste is a powerful and heart-wrenching debut set during the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974, the demise of Emperor Haile Selessie, and the terrifying military regime that followed.

Alternating between multiple perspectives, this book chronicles the struggles and sacrifices of one family through a diverse and intricate cast of characters and voices.

There is Hailu, a distinguished surgeon at the hospital in Addis Ababa, struggling with his beloved wife’s declining health, the friction between his younger son, Dawit and himself, and his duty as a doctor in a country whose government is brutally torturing and killing its citizens.

When Derg soldiers bring in a severely tortured prisoner and order Hailu to heal the victim so they can torture them some more, Hailu struggles with his conscience and ultimately makes a decision that will put his life in jeopardy.

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Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

Goldengrove devoured my sister every time I closed my eyes.”

Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

Goldengrove is a privately owned institution designed for those in need of mental health care. From the outside it appears to be a tranquil, welcoming place for rest and recovery. However, it may not be as healing as it seams.

Set in the late 1880s in a time where many outrageous treatment practices for mental illness were being performed, Woman 99 by Greer Macallister portrays what life was like in a mental health institute or asylum of that day.

Charlotte and Phoebe Smith are two close knit sisters of a wealthy and privileged family in San Francisco. Image is everything to their mother, and they must put on the best front, or risk embarrassing the family name. When the older sister, Phoebe begins to show signs of recurring mania and melancholy, her parents commit her to a nearby asylum run by family friends. Just like that, Phoebe is locked away, cut off from corresponding or visiting with her family, almost as if she wasn’t part of the family in the first place.

Desperate to get her sister back, and believing Phoebe has been wrongfully admitted, Charlotte devises a rash and impulsive plan to get her sister back. She will become a patient of Goldengrove and she will find her sister and bring her home. Feigning despair, Charlotte enters as ‘woman 99’. Now she is only a number, and with her unknown identity she hopes she can locate her sister. However, once admitted, Charlotte realizes its much harder to get out than in.

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WWW Wednesday: July 24,2020

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This prompt is hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. To participate you simply answer these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you recently finished reading?
  3. What are you going to read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

I’m currently reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’m halfway through and loving it! This is another spectacular read!

I also just started reading Will of a Tiger by Iris Yang (the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger) on my computer.

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