Animals Eat Each Other

by Elle Nash

I was going through a reading slump when I decided to pick this one up. I had read a different book from Dzanc publishers last year called ‘The Pavilion of Fomer Wives’ which contrary to popular opinions I enjoyed. When I began reading ‘Animals Eat Each Other’ I thought of it as brave but I tired soon. After three strenuous hours put into this book I have decided to be more careful with the next... continue reading→

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Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata, translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori

A convenience store is a forcibly normalised environment. I came across this book on Claire’s YouTube channel when she was mentioning the books she had accumulated. The title did seem odd and I wanted to read a Japanese fiction after my tryst with ‘Men Without Women’ by Murakami. I must say, this book has me stunned! I have loved each and every part of the book. I have sympathised with Keiko and applauded at the... continue reading→

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Serious Men

by Manu Joseph

I heard Manu Joseph on the stage during the Bangalore Literature Festival of 2017. He’d appeared on a talk about crime in fiction. During the talk, one of the writers read a short passage from her novel—the passage was about sloppy sex between what seemed like a female serial killer and her victim. It was so boring I did not listen. Joseph took a direct dig at her mentioning how he’d once read such a... continue reading→

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The Letters

Modhurima Sinha

This is a very simple story of a woman who has just lost her father. She is emptying his room, dejected after she has lost a battle to save her old ancestoral house. While emptying the room she finds some love letters that her father had written to a woman in Bengali but never seem to post it to her. Curious, Leela forces her maid to spill. What she finds is a beautiful love story... continue reading→

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Malice

by Keigo Higashino

There was a time when I was way too inquisitive to find a good book to read. I read reviews on Goodreads, read reviews on instagram and blogs of fellow book bloggers. I read everywhere to find a read that would get me out of the reading slump that I was under. I bought all those books and more, and it has taken me days, months and over two years to even read half of... continue reading→

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Wonder

by R J Palacio

Doctors have come from distant cities Just to see me stand over my bed Disbelieving what they’re seeing They say I must be one of the wonders Of God’s own creation And as far as they see they can offer No explanation And if you were wondering why a book on a child with face defect is called ‘Wonder’, this is why! Don’t you love how the author introduces the book to you? Written in... continue reading→

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