The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was gifted to me in my first year of university. It took me a whole 4 years and 3/4 of a degree later to actually get round to reading it. The collection of 12 short stories, primarily unfolds from the perspective … More The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
As someone who absolutely adored Rupi Kaur’s collection of poems Milk and Honey, I was delight to be gifted with Amanda Lovelace’s the princess saves herself in this one, not least because at first glance the poetesses present their poetry in a similar fashion, delivering the force of their words as much with the unconventional print of … More the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
Another Country tells the stories of individuals entangled in an artist circle, striving to love and be loved amid the searing climate of racial and sexual complexities. Set in New York in the 1950s, with the civil rights movements all the while simmering under the surface, Baldwin recounts stories of another country, in its multifaceted dimensions of Eric’s … More Another Country by James Baldwin
Having literally just finished reading The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, my mind is racing to capture all the thoughts whizzing around in my head. This book has stirred me for many reasons, not least because it was recommended to me by a cherished friend (who always knows what sustenance feeds my mind) … More The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
As a individual, who has grown up in a household enriched with two completely juxtaposing cultures, and also immersed in my own resident culture, the discussion of hybridity and identity is one which I feel resonates with my own personal experiences. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, a novel which is precisely imbued with the intricacies and adversities … More The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
One Night, Markovitch, a story about the eternal themes of love, yearning, survival and resistance, is a passage into the multifaceted portraits of human existence. The narrative unfolds, following our two main protagonists, Yaacov Markovitch and Zee Feinberg– the best of friends who couldn’t possibly be more unlikely-matched counterparts. The burly Zeev, with his animated moustache … More One Night, Markovitch by Ayelet Gundar- Goshen
I first heard about the series Thirteen Reasons Why from my students whilst I was teaching English in Sicily, and one of the very first things I learnt about it, before even knowing about the plot, was that Selena Gomez was the executive producer. Growing up watching Selena Gomez on the Wizards of Waverly Place … More Thirteen Reasons Why: A remake of An Inspectors Call?