Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

From what I’ve read, Colin Whitehead’s new book The Underground Railroad was popped onto the shelves more than a month earlier than the expected September 13 date.  It was already highly anticipated as a really “hot” book for fall reading,  but when Oprah … Continue reading

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A debut novel winning the Pulitzer which won many other prestigious awards (see * below) just calls my name –  because yes,  it’s true,  I’m a sucker for the reading awards.  Besides,  two (2!) of my reading groups selected it so …   I had … Continue reading


The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

I’m not a huge science book fan – except sometimes physics or astronomy – but  biology?  Not!   So had the All-nonfiction reading group not selected this title for it’s September discussion I would likely never have even glanced at … Continue reading

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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

I guess I’ve just had my fill of books about India and immigration and so on and this seemed to be a rehash of 3 or 4 different stories.  I know it was short-listed for the Man Booker Award but … Continue reading

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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

I very much enjoy translated works from all over the world in part because it feels like I’m getting a bird’s eye view into various aspects of another culture.   Also,  I enjoy a good work of science fiction from time to … Continue reading


6 Degrees of Separation – continues

Lisa,  over at ANZ LitLovers LitBlog continued a thread contributing to Six Degrees of Separation as inspired by Jenny (The Secret Son) Ackland and Kate at Books are My Favourite and Best.  That prompted me for some reason to continue – I’ll start with … 1. … Continue reading


Agaat by Marlene van Nierkerk

This book was on my  wish list since its US publication in 2010,  but then I waited until it was available in Kindle format –  very, very much worth the wait,  although it would have been excellent at any time!   There are ways … Continue reading

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