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…

What I Read – What I Am

I hope you had a cozy holiday season with breakfasts in bed, curled up with a book – doing whatever and with whomever fills up your soul. As always – may the new year bring you subtle meanings, clever turns of phrase and a rainbow of exhilarating character arcs! What a glorious year 2018 was!…

Call Me By Your Name – Everything Review

I have a movie/book hangover. Is that still a thing? With so few titles really impressing me lately, both on screen and on page, I am happy to be miserable and heart-broken by Call Me By Your Name. (Not because of the story, but because it is over.) The book, the movie, and the soundtrack…

Books and Coffee – A Modern Love Story

Nothings stops me in my tracks as often as a gorgeous photo of a book beside a steaming cup of coffee. Kudos to all the patient souls who not only take a brief snap of their cozy moment, but take time to set it up in a lavishly bookish way. You have all been an…

Book Review: Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type

Tom Hanks also writes and very well at that. I was aware of his love for typewriters, after I had come across an app he had sponsored (or something), which aimed to make writing on an iPhone resemble typing on a typewriter. To the extent that is possible, which is not great. When I saw…

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…

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…

Liebster Love

I am very grateful to Hannah of lazy girl’s beauty guide for nominating me for the Liebster Award for new bloggers. My little blog baby here definitely needs a boost and attention lately, with me busy with a new job and all that. I believe blogging is all about connecting. In days when I connect through my…

Book Review: Assegai – An African Adventure by Wilbur Smith

I love Wilbur Smith! He writes great adventure set in exotic lands, and few writers excel as much as him in bringing African scenery to life. Now that I can order whichever book of his I want, I was preparing to indulge. But… Assegai is an enjoyable book. The first two-thirds were just as adventurous and picturesque as…

Top 10 Tuesday – Characters I Didn’t Click With

This week’s Tuesday Top 10, courtesy of Lauren and Julia at The Broke and the Bookish  provide ample opportunities to vent. All those times a character made you abandon a book you otherwise enjoyed; all those everyone-loves-me fictional people, who bored you to death; all those heroines you wanted to squeeze the last breath out of in a painful,…