Book Review of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman: Loneliness, loss, and making friends
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Book Review of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman: Loneliness, loss, and making friends

Disclosure: Sections of the blog may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This helps keep this small independent blog going. The opening of Gail Honeyman’s novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has a quote from Olivia Laing’s book Lonely City, which I … Continue reading

Book Review of Emma Gannon’s “Olive”: Fiction about Being Childless
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Book Review of Emma Gannon’s “Olive”: Fiction about Being Childless

The pressure to have a child as a cis woman is REAL. It is all encompassing. It comes up with every person you meet – and the expectation is not if you will have kids, but when. So there is no nuance for those of use, who just really don’t think kids are for them for whatever personal reason that may be. Continue reading

Review of “The Last Children of Tokyo”: dystopias as social commentary
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Review of “The Last Children of Tokyo”: dystopias as social commentary

In Tawada’s world, the old don’t age or die, and the young are cursed with ill-health and short life-spans. Learn more about why this dystopian novel haunted me for months after I read it. Continue reading

A Review of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Eileen”: An Ode to Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”?
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A Review of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Eileen”: An Ode to Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”?

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I am a big fan of Ottessa Moshfegh’s writing. I have also reviewed her novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation which you can check out by clicking on the title. Moshfegh … Continue reading

Reading Class: A review of Sally Rooney’s “Normal People”
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Reading Class: A review of Sally Rooney’s “Normal People”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. That’s money, the substance that makes the world real. There’s something so corrupt and sexy about it. Sally Rooney’s novel, Normal People, follows the lives of Connell and Marianne, two high school … Continue reading

Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”: did we need this sequel?
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Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”: did we need this sequel?

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale was ground breaking when it was published. The story still resonates today, and the novel being turned into a T.V. series only further solidifies its importance … Continue reading

Review of Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman”: fitting into the capitalist ideal
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Review of Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman”: fitting into the capitalist ideal

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I am a lover of Japanese literature. I studied Japanese in primary school (but it sadly is not one of the languages that stuck in my head), and I have had an … Continue reading

“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic
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“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I’ve read some modern re-tellings of classics that have just fallen flat. Sometimes classics are named classics because they are indeed just that: stories that transcend time. They shape our culture and … Continue reading

A Review of “The Lie Tree”: the power of a lie
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A Review of “The Lie Tree”: the power of a lie

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree was the perfect read for my summer holidays in Catania last week. The book is fast paced with some good suspense and plot development. At the core … Continue reading

Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
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Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. “Who hasn’t—sometime—wanted to escape? But from what? To where? And once we have arrived at the good place, is this the end of the desire to move? Or does it stir again, … Continue reading