2017/05/28

BOOK HAUL:
MAY

The month of May is at an end and you know how I mentioned spring had arrived in last months book haul? Winter came back with a vengeance this month and we've had snow more days than I can count. Luckily, it's melted and the weather slowly but surely making its way to warmer days.

What is really great though, is that the days in Oslo are really long this time of year, which cannot help but lift your spirits. It was also Norway's national day this month, which I spent mostly playing with my adorable nephew (and also hanging out with family, but you know, the nephew is what's important here).

I also, true to form, got a bunch of new books. I am also quickly beginning to run out of space on my shelves, so I definitely need to have a clear out over the summer. Anyways, enough rambling, here are the books!

















I hope you've all had a wonderful month and wish you all a great start to June!
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2017/05/27

BOOK REVIEW:
ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER BY SCAACHI KOUL

Title: One Day We'll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
Author: Scaachi Koul
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
In this essay collection, Koul explores womanhood, race and what it was like growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada.


Review:
This book was a lot of what it promised; funny, interesting and heartfelt.

My favorite part of this book were the essays dealing with the author and her family, their history and the relationship between the different people, especially between Koul and her dad. I also enjoyed reading about her experience as a woman of color, both in Canada and in India, and it deals with a lot with being a woman in general, which I thought was done very well.

Although I think this has importance and relevant commentary to many of the topics the author explores, it does feel like it lacks a certain depth and I wanted more reflection. To be both funny and profound is a difficult thing to do and this is not quite there.

I chuckled a fair amount reading this though, and there are some excellent one-liners in here. I certainly hope to see more of Koul's work in the future, because I think it will be fantastic to see her amusing and unique voice progress.
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2017/05/26

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2017/05/24

BOOK REVIEW:
THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE BY TANIA JAMES

Title: The Tusk That Did The Damage
Author: Tania James
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 240
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This is the story of an orphaned elephant whose terrorising the countryside, a young man who is drawn into the alluring world of ivory hunting and a documentary film maker, all of whom eventually come together in a tragic climax.


Review:
What a wonderful and unusual book this was, and it has left me slightly dazed and devastated.

The story is told through three viewpoints; that of a young male poacher, a woman working as a documentary film maker and that of an elephant. Of the three, the documentary filmmaker is the weakest and I felt the relationships in that narrative could've been better developed, but the rest is pretty much on point.

There's darkness in the theme of this book and the writing doesn't shy away from it - rather, it embraces it. It also discusses truth and humanity in a way I think is really interesting, a way that include the complexity and grey areas of it. There are also traces of myth and legend interwoven in the story that adds another fantastic detail to it.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. The book takes you on a journey, one you know is not going to end well, but one very much worth being taken on. I would definitely recommend it if you like literary fiction.

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2017/05/23

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT: @ANNATHERBOOK

I have another bookstagram account to share with you today; this time it's the lovely Anna from @annatherbook. I found Anna quite recently and I just love her feed and her style.




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