Book Review: Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising is an exceptionally well-written book, but its biggest drawback is that it comes after Evelyn and after Daisy, and at least in my humble opinion, it can’t hold a candle to either. Especially not Daisy. That is to say – my expectations were sky-high, and as good as the book may be, it…

Book Review: The Idea of You

I love this book! And I find it very hard to say what exactly I love the most about it, because it manages to be the perfect light summer read, the ideal escapist story and a quite complex book about what it means to be a woman today all at once. It also celebrates femininity…

The Rose Code – A Masterpiece from Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is one of my favourite contemporary authors and I was certain I will love The Rose Code. But this book is something else! The Alice Network was great, The Huntress was epic, but in her third book to be set in the twentieth century, Kate Quinn has taken things to a whole new…

Book Review: The Angels Weep

“War makes monsters of us all.” This is the dominant theme of Wilbur Smith’s “The Angels Weep”. The third Ballantyne novel picks up shortly after Cecil Rhodes moved into the lands of the Matabele, his troops destroying the impis at the Shangani river and bringing about the end of Lobengula. Ralph Ballantyne is more successful…

Michelle Obama – My New Old Hero

My reading these past couple of months has been exceptional, I sure can’t complain about that. And one of the books I finished in November was also one of the most inspirational books I’ve read in a while – and a non-fiction at that – Becoming by Michelle Obama. I have always liked her as a…

Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is one of the few authors I follow religiously and her books have never disappointed me. I absolutely adore her Ancient Rome series, and her Borgia books are among my favorite Borgia books out there (and you might know I have read most of them!) I was also super impressed with The Alice…

The Reese Witherspoon Effect

It’s about time I paid some well-deserved attention and gratitude to Reese Witherspoon. She will always remain, to a certain degree, Elle Woods, the ambitious smart blonde, underestimated systemically for her good looks and carefree behavior, who showed everyone where to shove their opinions when she graduated valedictorian from Harvard Law School (and solved a…

Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

Also recommended by Bill Gates, as reviewed on his blog. A Gentleman in Moscow  is a very gentle, comforting story for the earnest reader in a sea of frivolous compartmentalized modern literature. It seems almost a miracle that the premise of a man spending decades in a hotel can lead to a fulfilling story of almost…

Book Review: Men of Men

“Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August.” – Stephen King I first read Wilbur Smith in high school – it was one of his most famous novels, and probably the only one…