March Reads | With Reviews by Ronja, The Literary Cat

I visited some family in the Netherlands this month and did a lot of reading on their couch while being sat on by their cats. Especially Ronja (yes, named after the book by Astrid Lindgren) seemed to enjoy a new human pillow in the house. Here are some reviews by me and my reading companion: Continue reading “March Reads | With Reviews by Ronja, The Literary Cat”

February Reads

I read seven books in February, hurray! I know there are many book bloggers out there who manage more than this, but for me it is quite a lot so I’m happy about it :). I will probably never get round to writing a full review for each of them (see my previous post) so I figured I would write some short paragraphs to recap what I’ve read this month. Depending on how many books I read next month I might do another one of these or play around with the format a bit, we’ll see… Continue reading “February Reads”

Book | Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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This summer I devoured Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours; I absolutely loved it (read my review here). Made enthusiastic to read more of her work, I recently read the novel Boy, Snow, Bird. My final judgement? Hmm.

*warning – this review contains minor spoilers*

The story begins as Boy Novak runs away from her father’s horrible apartment full of the rats he catches for a living. She moves to a small town in Massachusetts and slowly begins to build a life for herself there, bouncing from one job to another and meeting some interesting characters along the way. The central topic of the novel isn’t revealed until she has married a widower and given birth to their dark-skinned daughter, Bird, almost halfway into the book. From that point onward the work tells a story of racism and families pretending to be something they are not in order to fit in. Continue reading “Book | Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi”

Book | Room by Emma Donoghue

room featTo five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Continue reading “Book | Room by Emma Donoghue”