Book Review: The Birth Of Venus

The Birth Of Venus is Sarah Dunant's first historical novel (not her debut though, as I had wrongly gathered from my pre-reading research on the book). It is set again during the Renaissance, for which Dunant seems to have developed a certain panache, and tells the story of Alessandra - a young Florentine woman and …

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Book Review: Blood and Beauty: The Borgias

Apparently the Borgias have become one of my reading obsessions and I cannot be more happy about it. It is a rare and lovely thing for a reader to become so invested in a historic period, or a figure or a city. This way you are guaranteed to have an unknown number of enjoyable books …

Book Review: The Alice Network

The latest by Kate Quinn is a departure from Roman intrigue, be it during Antiquity or Renaissance, but not from her masterful gripping storytelling. The Alice Network is a wartime novel about daring female spies, a determined American socialite on a rescue mission and a lot of damaged souls on a quest for redemption. Two …

Reading Like a Writer – Different Points of View (POV)

A determining factor for the  story and tone in every book is the POV, or point of view. This is certainly no news to any reader. When you read like a writer, though, the POV can help you predict how the story will develop and with what pace. Being aware of the pros and cons of the different …

All I Want For Christmas

As the world bustled in preparation for the warm conviviality of Christmas Eve, I quite literally headed into a bout of migraine. Before the familiar dizziness, pain and nausea managed to settle in, I had enough time to obsess and panic over my ruined plans. It's not fair, is it - planning for months a …

Book Review: The Ship of Brides

The premise of The Ship of Brides did not instantly strike the right chord with me. I had settled for a guilty-pleasure read to take my mind off a mind-boggling book. After all, it had all the appearance of an ordinary war romance story, and I have always been a sucker for those. Mind you, it …

A List of To-Reads, If You Ever Saw One

Autumn has always been an especially favorite time for me to snuggle with a book. Not to mention Black Friday is upon us, which means quality time at a couple of local bookstores, and not few online ones. I have amassed a huge number of new books I have no time to tackle; and an as impressive list …

Get Excited – It’s Time for NaNoWriMo

Scroll down for printable NaNo Calendar 🙂 Last year was the first time I actually won NaNoWriMo (won means made it to 50k in the allotted time in NaNo terms) and it gave me unbelievable boost in confidence. Not to mention, I finally witnessed for myself that making time to write is completely viable even …

Princess Sisi -Then And Now

We girls often fall in love with princesses and the idea of being a princess very early on. Be it because of the way we are raised, the movies we watch, the pink dresses that are marketed for us - but it's more the norm than not. (I would actually argue against this early stereotyping, but in …

Underrated Books To Read And Love

It's been a while since I have done a Top Ten Tuesday post. What luck that the topic for this week  - Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Goodreads Ratings - should be so fun and so different! (Also, tbh I love that I don't have to rattle my brains to figure out what books …