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The Mermaid from Jeju by Sumi Hahn

The Mermaid from Jeju by Sumi Hahn is a novel about the juxtaposition of the magical way of traditional Korean living and the political unrest of the post-war peninsula. Korea is still very much affected by the Japanese invasion that took place in the...

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Michael Gurian The Wonder of Boys, a Review

A few years into teaching preschool children I was forced to realise that boys are very different from girls and that I will never understand boys the same way I understand girls. At the beginning, it was hard for me to handle their sudden...

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In Every Mirror She's Black

In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s novel In Every Mirror She’s Black is about three very different black women facing some very similar problems in a foreign country that doesn’t seem to want to recognize their worth. In Every Mirror She’s Black deals with a lot of...

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Darling Rose Gold

Is Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel Based on a True Story?

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel draws upon the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. In 2015 24 year old Gypsy Rose Blanchard was charged with first degree murder. Although she wasn’t the one actually committing the crime, Gypsy Rose arranged for her mother...

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Black Cats are Not Bad Luck

How to Get a Cat? | Adopting a Cat

Have you always dreamed of adopting a cat? Do you need help finding the perfect place to get one from? Is your partner also ready to become a cat guardian? If your answer to these questions is yes, look no further! I’m here to...

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Chris Bohjalian Hour of the Witch

Women’s Rights in 17th Century New England Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian is set in the 1690’s in Boston. Through the eyes of the main character, Mary, we get to see the mentality of the time, the way people – especially women...

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TJ Klune The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea is the story of a very special orphanage, where magical children are cherished and allowed to express themselves as best they can. Basically, it’s an orphanage we all wish existed for the regular, non-magical children of...

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Hallie Rubenhold – The Five | A Review

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold is about the five canonical victims of one of the most prolific serial killers in the history of England: Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes,...

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Abdulrazak Gurnah Paradise

Is Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Paradise a Must Read?

Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah was published in 1995 and it’s about an East-African boy who travels to the heart of the continent alongside his ‘uncle’. Of course, Uncle Aziz is not really his uncle. Yusuf is sold by his father to this merchant as...

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Women in Literature

Literature is a mirror through which we can see not only ourselves, but also the way in which our society has changed over the years. Women in literature show what the contemporary attitudes were towards them, how they were perceived and what they were...

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Sarah Penner The Lost Apothecary

Review – The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner is a story about the unlikely relationship between a woman who dispenses poison to other women in need of ridding themselves of the tyranny of the men in their lives, and a naïve twelve-year old girl who finds...

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E. Lockhart We Were Liars

Review – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is the story of the seemingly perfect Sinclair family. The events of the novel take place on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts where they spend their summers. We see the Sinclairs and their dirty, often...

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Laila Ibrahim Scarlet Carnation

Review – Scarlet Carnation by Laila Ibrahim

Scarlet Carnation by Laila Ibrahim is the fourth book in the Yellow Crocus series and it follows Mattie and Lisbeth’s descendants through the turmoil of the first half of the twentieth century. If you are already familiar with this series, then you know that...

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His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Review – His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

So, apparently, His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie is considered a humorous book. It is about a young woman who is married off to a very successful businessman, Elikem Ganyo in absentia – without him actually being present at the ceremony. It takes...

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How is Valentine's Day Celebrated around the World

How is Valentine’s Day Celebrated around the World?

Believe it or not, the Valentine’s Day we know from the movies is not celebrated equally around the world. Some countries don’t celebrate it at all, while others contribute to it with their own unique traditions. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner,...

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Reading-Challenge

Why Create a Reading Challenge?

If you are anything like me, reading didn’t come naturally to you. Maybe, it was something you acquired a taste for along the way – just like I did. Of course, you might be one of those avid readers who was probably born with...

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Maye Musk A Woman Makes a Plan

Review – Maye Musk: A Woman Makes a Plan

In her biography, A Woman Makes a Plan Maye Musk shares intimate details of her life while also giving advice for “a lifetime of adventure, beauty and success”. For someone who only knew her for her famous son, Elon Musk, Maye’s story is not...

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Yaa Gyasi Homegoing

What is Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing About?

What is Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing about? Simply put, Homegoing is a family saga. It starts with two half-sisters, each with her own destiny, her own path. One is stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in America, the other is married off to a...

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Is Dear Edward a True Story

Is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano a True Story?

Ann Napolitano’s Dear Edward is based on a true story. In 2010 Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771  crashed, resulting in the death of 103 passengers. Only Van Assouw, a nine year old Dutch boy survived. Napolitano was deeply affected by his story. That is what...

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Adventure the Cat King

The Unconditional Adoration of Adventure the Cat

Dear Diary, I have finally come to accept the unconditional adoration of my hooman authorities. It hasn’t been easy. They want to pet me way too many times every day and I have no choice but to push their hands away – gently as...

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Golden Poppies

Review – Golden Poppies by Laila Ibrahim

For some reason I wanted to start writing this review half way through the book. I felt like the story was quite slow to unfold compared to the first two books of the series, Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed. I don’t think I reveal...

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Enough

I’m a little bit tired of the current situation. I’ve had enough of the coronavirus and terror that surrounds it at every corner. I’ve had enough of conspiracy theories, the vaccine propaganda, but mostly of the fact that I don’t know who or what...

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Mustard Seed

Review – Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim

Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim is the second book in the Yellow Crocus series. It follows Lisbeth and Mattie’s (now Mrs. Freedman’s) journey back to Virginia from their newfound home (and freedom) in Ohio. It is both a physical and an emotional journey, since...

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Adventure is Out There

Adventure is Out There!

Dear Diary! Today the authorities decided to take me on a torture trip. Danger was lurking everywhere. My keen senses picked them up as soon as that damned harness touched my purrfectly groomed ebony coat.  They put me in the moving metal box which...

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Five Best Books to Read in 2021

According to CrafterFox In this post I will try to select five of my all time favourite books and explain why I choose them to be on this list. I have to admit right at the bet that I did not like reading when...

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Nektek

For You

Where did we all go? I mean, we are here. Aren’t we? We put one foot in front of the other, marching aimlessly ahead. Our bodies take us forward. But what about us? Where are we? We are on the outside looking in. We...

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Review Yellow Crocus

Review – Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

Laila Ibrahim’s Yellow Crocus is the first book in the Yellow Crocus trilogy. It is yet another take on what life was like during the antebellum South. It is the story of the love shared between two lost souls, Mattie, the black wet-nurse who...

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Review – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic of postmodern American literature. I have read different opinions about it, although most people can agree that it is a masterpiece. Some readers believe that Vonnegut’s way of presenting the realities of the Second World War are downright...

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Gods of Jade and Shadow Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Review – Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow

This book was one of Goodread’s Best of 2020 list so naturally, I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I usually don’t research much about the books I choose to read, I satisfy my curiosity with only the short review...

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The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead

Review – Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

“If you want to see what this nation is all about, you have to ride the rails. Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America.” It was Amazon’s Prime adaptation of the novel that raised my interest in...

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The Lucky One

Lucky One

I am one of the lucky ones. I grew up in a family where my opinions mattered. Even though sometimes I felt like my parents didn’t listen to me, my voice was heard. My decisions and wishes were respected. I am one of the...

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Roots

Roots

I find myself going back to my roots. I have to explain. I have to tell you a little bit about myself. Ever since I was four years old my favourite thing in the world was drawing. I know, I know, every little girl...

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The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

Review – Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin

Much like her other novels, Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin is a masterpiece. It is a bit difficult to read at first but once you succeed in developing a relationship with her characters, you will not be able to put this wonderful book down....

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

If you are anything like me, you might be on a constant look-out for books that hold your attention for more than twenty pages, books that speak to you on a personal level, books you can learn important life-lessons from as well as engage...

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The Rains Childhood

The Rains

The rains come at night now. They are heavy and there is something very elemental in the way they cover the city. They bring uncertainty and doubt with them. Unlike the rains of my childhood that were sweet and bore the possibility of new...

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Petey

Petey

Petey was starting to think that the leaves would never stop falling and from now on he would have to wake up to the sight of falling leaves and the sound of crunching twigs. Autumn seemed like an endless desert where even the hope...

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