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Book Review: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

“She was twelve years old when she told Eddie Willers that she would run the railroad when they grew up. She was fifteen when it occurred to her for the first time that women did not run railroads and that people might object. To hell with that, she thought—and never worried about it again.” ~ About Dagny Taggert It’s not everyday I go out of my way to purchase AND read a book because Mr Tall-Dark-And-Handsome whom I met at some random party claimed it was his favourite book and insisted I should read it. But here we are. Listen, I’m highly aware that this kind of literary venture could have gone very badly: It could have been a serious dud of a book, thus shattering all ill-placed-and-overly-exaggerated virtues I may have bestowed upon Mr Tall-Dark-And-Handsome; Reading said book could make me come across as a smidgen too eager *shrug*; and I would never be able to reclaim the many, many hours it took to get through the 1168 (!!!) pages that make up this book. …

Book Review: “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” These are the two opening lines of Celeste Ng’s novel, “Everything I Never Told” that won the Amazon book of the year in 2014. My first reaction was, “Geez, how can someone be dead already?” My second reaction was, “Who the heck is Lydia?” My third reaction was, “Will my book club ever pick a non-depressing book *sigh*?” 297 pages later I had most of the answers to the questions I sought…well, with the exception of the my book-club’s fondness for pensive and dark story-lines.

Book Review: “The Book of Night Women” by Marlon James

“Any niggerwoman can become a black woman in secret. This is why we dark, cause in the night we disappear and become spirit. Skin gone and we become whatever we wish. We become who we be.” I first came upon this book about two years ago, whilst browsing second-hand bookstores with a friend. I must have been in a very good space back when I first read it because despite parts of the book standing out (read: scarring me) I remember it being quite explicit but not overtly traumatising. Fast-forward to present day when this book came up as my book club’s selection and I re-read it to refresh my memory. I was unprepared for the strong feelings of anger, hurt and disappointment that welled up inside of me for a book I was reading again. Let’s just say that this book definitely won’t leave you with the warm and fuzzies.