My 2017 in Books – ‘Ali and Nino’

Ali and Nino - Kurban Said First of all, the author of this book is somewhat mysterious. 'Kurban Said' was a pen name. The book was originally published in Vienna in 1937. The true identity of Kurban Said is still unknown to this day and several people have been linked to the pseudonym. This in … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘Ali and Nino’

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My 2017 in Books – ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier  This novel is inspired by the painting of the same name by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer from the 17th century. The book is set in the Netherlands in the period when Vermeer was painting. This book is a fictional take on who the subject of the … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

My 2017 in Books – ‘The Saffron Kitchen’

The Saffron Kitchen - Yasmin Crowther The Saffron Kitchen is told from the perspective of Sara, a half Iranian and half British woman living in London; as well as her mother Maryam, who left Iran as a young woman to make a new life. One day in London, a tragic event involving pregnant Sara, leads Maryam … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘The Saffron Kitchen’

My 2017 in Books – ‘White Teeth’

White Teeth - Zadie Smith White Teeth is about two families in North London and all of the characters within them throughout a long period of time. The book starts in 1975 where we first meet Archie, a white male who later goes on to marry a Jamaican woman. We soon meet Archie's best friend, Samad, … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘White Teeth’

My 2017 in Books – ‘The Hate U Give’ & ‘The Boy From Aleppo’

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas Starr lives in an underprivileged neighbourhood but goes to a prep school in a posh suburban area. In her neighbourhood there are drug gangs and shootings on a regular basis and these things are alien to her friends at school. Starr feels like she has to keep the … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘The Hate U Give’ & ‘The Boy From Aleppo’

My Favourite Female Book Characters

Jane Eyre of Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre was so much more than a love story. It is about the life of a determined and gentle woman who faced adversities yet never complained. First her traumatic childhood in which she was left an orphan, and bullied and ostracised by her relatives. She then … Continue reading My Favourite Female Book Characters

My 2017 in Books – ‘Code Name Verity’ & ‘Room’

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein This book was recommended to me by my best friend and it's probably something I never would have come across otherwise. I'm so glad I read this book and there's nothing I love more than a recommended book! Code Name Verity was set in WWII about two women and their … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘Code Name Verity’ & ‘Room’

My 2017 in Books – ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ & ‘The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul’

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini Having read Hosseini's other novels, I definitely had high expectations for this book before I even read the blurb. As I gradually got into the book and made some progress, I found it very different from his others and for me personally, not necessarily in a good way. … Continue reading My 2017 in Books – ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ & ‘The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul’