All posts tagged: Books

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.

Book Review: “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman

“This is a story about right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same…” Picture, for a moment, you and your significant other living in the most deserted, isolated place on earth. You are there by choice, but still, you and your spouse basically make up the sum population of the entire area and people have to travel 4 – 6 hours (one way) to get to you. You still with me? Okay, there’s more…