Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is such an amazing novel with beautiful writing and powerful themes. It starts in 18th century Ghana and tells the stories of two sisters – Effia and Esi. Effia is married to a white British soldier who works in slavery at the Cape Coast Castle. Her sister Esi, who she never learns about and who grew up in another village, ends up being captured and sold into slavery and is taken by ship to America to work on a tobacco plantation. Continue reading
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan tells the story of American Ella Durran who goes to Oxford to study on a Rhodes scholarship. It’s meant to be a short academic year stay to make her resume look great and to fulfill a childhood dream to study at Oxford. Even though she’s only twenty-four she is asked to help out on a political campaign back home in America where there’s a high chance the candidate could become the next president. So she’s studying at Oxford, helping in a political campaign and a bright future is mapped out for her when she gets back home. Continue reading
How does Kristin Hannah do it? I start one of her books and I think “this is okay”, then I get a few chapters in and I’m hooked. It happens every time! Fly Away is the third book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah and I got through it in a day. It just totally drew me in and I had to keep on reading. And like The Nightingale and The Great Alone, this book also made me teary. Kristin Hannah just knows how to play on all my emotions. Continue reading
Five Years From Now by Paige Toon was a very moving read. When I picked this up I thought the name Paige Toon seemed familiar but I’ve never read any of her books before. Then I realised her very first book Lucy in the Sky was just about to be released as I was leaving my first publishing job at Simon & Schuster Australia to head over to the UK to live and work.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was so much fun to read. I read this book in less than 24 hours because I just had to find out what would happen next to the two protagonists. It’s the perfect chick lit book when you just want to read something light and entertaining. And like eating your favourite dessert, you won’t be able to resist devouring this book in one go.
The Hating Game tells the story of two arch-enemies, Lucy and Josh (or Lucinda and Joshua as they refer to one another). They are the assistants of two rival co-CEOs in a publishing company that was formed in a merger between two publishing houses. Lucy is nice and liked by everyone apart from Josh. Josh is not nice or liked by anyone, especially Lucy.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger is an entertaining, easy to digest read. It’s the third book by Weisberger to feature the character Emily Charlton (you might remember her as Miranda Priestley’s prickly first assistant from The Devil Wears Prada). In this book Emily finds herself in the upscale suburb of Greenwich where the mums throw sex toy parties, get designer vaginas after giving birth and run around in Lululemon activewear.
Emily is in Greenwich visiting an old friend, Miriam, who used to be a high-flying New York lawyer but is now a stay-at-home-mum of three and trying to navigate the outrageous waters of Greenwich. Continue reading
I’m always talking about how much I love books. But like everyone else, sometimes I get annoyed by the little things. These bookish problems are certainly not the end of the world but some days they can make me go aargh!
Today in the spirit of getting them off my chest, I’m listing my bookish pet peeves. So here they are in no particular order: Continue reading
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer is a book I’ve been hearing about for ages that everyone raves about. So when I saw it in a second-hand bookstore recently, I just had to grab it. My expectations were huge going in to read this book and I have to say that it mostly lived up to all the hype.
Set during World War II it tells the story of a young, blind French girl named Marie-Laure who must navigate war-torn France and all its dangers without being able to see them. Her father works at the Museum of Natural History in Paris and helps Marie-Laure find her way around by carving a replica of the city streets for her to memorise. Continue reading