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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Character-Driven Drama

Rating: 5 stars

Category: Emotional

Synopsis: Shaker Heights seems like an almost flawless town – careers, families and entire lives are carefully constructed with little margin for error. All this changes when free spirit Mia moves in with her daughter Pearl. Secrets and scandals begin to emerge that threaten to crumble the community’s perfect facade.  Continue reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Character-Driven Drama

Stories Beyond Books Part 3: Adulthood

We all have books with a special place in our hearts, for reasons more than the words written in them. Perhaps they changed the way we think about the world, are attached to happy memories or got us through a difficult time in our lives. In this new feature, I will be sharing my own ‘Stories Beyond Books’ and it would be wonderful if you could share yours too! Continue reading Stories Beyond Books Part 3: Adulthood

Stories Beyond Books Part 2: Adolescence

We all have books with a special place in our hearts, for reasons more than the words written in them. Perhaps they changed the way we think about the world, are attached to happy memories or got us through a difficult time in our lives. In this new feature, I will be sharing my own ‘Stories Beyond Books’ and it would be wonderful if you could share yours too! Continue reading Stories Beyond Books Part 2: Adolescence

Room by Emma Donoghue - Emotional. Jack is a 5-year-old boy who has never set foot outside the confines of the tiny shed where his mother is held captive by her abuser. Narrated from Jack’s innocent perspective, the novel follows his ‘Ma’ and her attempts to save him from their desperately mundane and unnatural existence. But even if she can find a way to escape, will she and Jack be able to survive in a world that has been a stranger to them for years?

Archive Nostalgia: Room by Emma Donoghue Book Review

I’m bringing back my review of Room by Emma Donoghue for those of you who want to read a unique and heartbreaking novel this summer.

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Emotional

Synopsis: Jack is a 5-year-old boy who has never set foot outside the confines of the tiny shed where his mother is held captive by her abuser. Narrated from Jack’s innocent perspective, the novel follows his ‘Ma’ and her attempts to save him from their desperately mundane and unnatural existence. But even if she can find a way to escape, will she and Jack be able to survive in a world that has been a stranger to them for years? Continue reading Archive Nostalgia: Room by Emma Donoghue Book Review

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20 Thoughts I Had While Reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant seems to be the buzzword of the bookish community recently! As with all books that have received such ebullient praise, I was a little apprehensive about reading it, but Gail Honeyman’s sparkling debut bestseller completely lived up to the hype.

The internet is already resplendent with reviews acclaiming its touching brilliance. So I thought I would take a personal approach to articulate the delightful experience I had in reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Without further ado, here are my 20 thoughts… Continue reading 20 Thoughts I Had While Reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: Science Fiction with a Big Heart

Algernon is no ordinary lab mouse – scientists have performed a pioneering experiment to exponentially increase his intelligence. Charlie is a man with learning difficulties working as a cleaner in a bakery. He longs for a higher IQ, believing it will make him feel more equal to those around him and is to become the experiment’s first human test subject. It opens up a world previously closed to him, but Charlie soon learns that increasing IQ is too simplistic an approach to solve the complexities of human emotions and relationships. With Algernon’s behaviour also becoming more erratic, Charlie’s future looks increasingly uncertain…

I have mentioned previously on Miscellany Pages my prejudice against science fiction. Too often, I find the genre crosses a line of “weirdness” that alienates me. However, a friend at book club was so enthusiastic about Flowers for Algernon that I felt I had no other choice but to put aside my snobby sci-fi misgivings. I am so glad I did. Continue reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: Science Fiction with a Big Heart

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Compelling, Moving and Perceptive Memoir

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Memoir

Synopsis: ‘Memoir’ seems far too simple a word to describe I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou, a writer and civil rights activist (among numerous other careers) recounts her childhood experiences growing up first with her grandmother in the poor, isolated small-town Stamps and later with her mother in the lively glamour of San Francisco. However, she also relates these experiences to much wider issues from oppression to women’s sexuality. Someone asked me what the book is about and I found it so hard to summarise – it is a kaleidoscope of social exploration, perception, complex relationships, powerful moments and wisdom. Continue reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Compelling, Moving and Perceptive Memoir

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My Favourite…Book That Made Me Cry

Now I am somewhat notorious for blubbing at films, but for some reason (perhaps because I tend to read in short bursts whenever I get a spare moment) it’s much harder for a book to make me shed genuine tears. So when I do weep wholeheartedly, it means the story really must be something special. This is what made it so difficult to choose a favourite book that made me cry – read on to find out the final choice and honourable mentions… Continue reading My Favourite…Book That Made Me Cry

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Many years ago, Anthony Peardew broke a promise. The only promise he has ever made. In atonement, he begins to carefully collect a hotchpotch of objects that have been lost, in the firm belief that they have a significance to someone, somewhere. When Anthony dies, he leaves the collection to his assistant Laura. Adrift in a comfortable but unadventurous existence, Laura finds a new purpose in the monumental task of reuniting the lost objects with their owners. Her quest to fulfil Anthony’s legacy of love makes for a moving tale of wonder, compassion, triumph and the infinite endurance of human connections. Continue reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan