A Recipe for Daphne was a really enjoyable book I finished recently. Set in Istanbul, among the Rum community (Greek Orthodox Christians who trace their heritage to the Byzantines), it follows the American-born Daphne, who is half-Rum and half-Turkish. On a visit to Istanbul, she finds herself drawn to Kosmas, an award-winning pastry chef. We … More A Recipe for Daphne by Nektaria Anastasiadou
February was a pretty good reading month for me. I ended up completing 18 books. This was a really hard-hitting book. Translated from the Japanese by Arthur Reiji Morris, it told the story of a Taiwanese woman living in Japan as she looks back at her life her lesbian identity and a brutal assault she … More February 2023 Reading Wrap Up
2023 started off really well for me, reading-wise. I ended up reading some really great books, and here are those: This was such a gorgeous book! It follows a young woman who moves from Delhi to her native Meghalaya and finds herself drawn to the land and its indigenous culture. In a parallel narrative is … More January 2023 Reading Wrap Up
My reading year ended on a good note. I read 21 books in December 2022. This was a really fun, light-hearted read. Set during the COVID-19 pandemic, it follows a former food delivery worker who gets a job with the mysterious ‘kaiju preservation society’, in a parallel world. 2. The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy (3/5) … More December 2022 Reading Wrap Up
So I read plenty of awesome books this year. Here are my top ten! I really enjoyed this book, which is about Selin-a Turkish-American student at Harvard, as she goes on figuring out life and thinking about language, while pining for a Hungarian student, Ivan with whom she communicates entirely through emails. While it does … More Top Ten Books I read in 2022
So one of the few non-bookish posts I make every year is a list of top ten movies I watched. Now I don’t watch as many movies as I read books, and my taste in movies is really random. Yet, I did watch some great movies this year, and here they are: Directed by Lin … More Top Ten Movies I watched in 2022
So it’s that time of the year again, when we start making these lists. These are the ten most disappointing books I read in 2022. These are not necessarily the worst books, they’re just books that I had high expectations for which they just didn’t live up to. The premise of this book sounded so … More Ten most Disappointing Books I read in 2022
So, I read quite a lot in November. I ended up finishing my Goodreads challenge-twice over! My reading goal was 100 books and I ended up reading 208 books so far! Anyway, here’s everything I read in the month. This was a book which I went into without knowing what to expect, and I ended … More November 2022 Reading Wrap Up.
I recently finished reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary, translated from the French by Alison Anderson. It follows Renee, a concierge at a posh apartment inhabited by wealthy residents. Separated from the residents of the apartment by class, Renee is someone who tries to be inconspicuous, even though she is a lot … More The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary
So I love reading books set in different parts of the world, and this year, I had ended up reading three great books set in the Caucasus region, a region we don’t otherwise come across that often while reading. The Caucasus region includes Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and parts of Russia, and these three books reflect … More Recommendations: 3 Novels set in the Caucasus.