The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton Book Review

I have recently visited Amsterdam and was absolutely over the moon to find out that my next read was set in the city of Amsterdam, about 400 years ago. Set in Amsterdam in 1686–87, the novel was inspired by Petronella Oortman’s doll’s house on display at the Rijksmuseum. It does not otherwise attempt to beContinue reading “The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton Book Review”

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill Book Review

I had a story, a true story, a story of haunting and evil, fear and confusion, horror and tragedy. But it was not a story to be told for casual entertainment, around the fireside upon Christmas Eve. The story begins with Arthur Kipps, a retired solicitor who formerly worked for Mr. Bentley. One night heContinue reading “The Woman in Black – Susan Hill Book Review”

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty Book Review

No matter how seemingly perfect a person’s life is, no one can ever tell what demons he or she is fighting within. That is the premise of this lovely book which delves into analysing the complex social dynamics that form between parents who do a school-run. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands andContinue reading “Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty Book Review”

Doddie Smith – I capture the castle

“How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!” Meet 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain who, alongside her family, lives in a rented castle. They’re poor (no-one earns any money) but they like to dream. The girls dream of love and marriage, the parents of unending days and food. And they feel that their status andContinue reading “Doddie Smith – I capture the castle”

Lord of The Rings Volume 3 – The Return of The King

“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.” It’s been a while since I’ve finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy but I held off in writing the review for the last book. Mostly because it took me so long to read it. I could not readContinue reading “Lord of The Rings Volume 3 – The Return of The King”

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice under the title First Impressions in 1796, at the age of twenty-one. She probably wrote the first draft as an epistolary novel, meaning the plot unfoldedContinue reading “Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)”

Max Brooks – Zombie Survival Guide (Der Zombie Survival Guide – Überleben unter Untoten)

I thought it would be quite cool to change my listening preferences for a while and dab into the amazing German language on my way to work. And it was absolutely the right choice when I was presented with some amazing words – “selbsmord” (literally killing of self – suicide) and “hinterhältigen” (devious) The ZombieContinue reading “Max Brooks – Zombie Survival Guide (Der Zombie Survival Guide – Überleben unter Untoten)”