The World Without (Half the) People

I’m not particularly a fan of people and their actions that destroy each other and the world. That’s one of the reasons why I especially like to escape our world by reading science fiction and watching superhero movies. Additionally, I enjoy reading and listening to scientific and philosophical books, which show what people are capable of when all that brain mass is put to good use.

The Expanse by James S.A. Corey

I remember the time I bought the first book in the Expanse series. It was in Tartu, in Tasku Center Rahva Raamat. I was looking for a sci-fi book series. I had done my research and all signs pointed to The Expanse. …

About Loss and Life Beyond It …

It wasn’t my intention to read three memoirs dealing with death and loss in January this year. The death of a husband, a mother and a father. All by very different people and written in quite different styles but all quite depressing. …

My Love Story by Tina Turner

I think most people know something about the life of Tina Turner. Maybe only that she was in an abusive relationship and started a solo career after that. Some have maybe seen the biopic with Angela Bassett. But there was so much more.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

I read this book a while ago, in three days. Loved it. Wanted to write something deep, or at least coherent about it. But well, it is not happening. So, just a few words …

Manual for Cleaning Women – short stories by Lucia Berlin

This book was absolutely f*cking fantastic! And I loudly join the choir of people preaching the gospel of Lucia Berlin.

City Lights Pocket Poets

I had an unconventional, but definitely not unique way to City Lights poetry books – through Rory Gilmore. Or, let’s be honest, though Jess Mariano, who picked the […]

Mukiwa – A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin

I have never been to the African continent, but somehow I have come to be deeply fascinated by it and very much hope to get the chance to […]

The Wayfarers books by Becky Chambers

In 2018, I was on a European solo trip (as usual). So, I had a lot of time for reading on park benches between sightseeing. This is why […]

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Okay, so this was something. From the description: “In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of […]

Educated by Tara Westover

I am always late to reading the super popular books because my to-read list is just too long and it is way easier to find classics in second-hand […]

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

I am extremely bad at relationships. In my almost 20 years of grown-up life, I have managed to spend a staggering 4 years in something you could kind […]

There There by Tommy Orange

My mom loves Native Americans. She read all the books with them that were available in Soviet Estonia in the 80s. The Last of the Mohicans was, and […]

‘There but for the’ by Ali Smith

Beautifully weird … or weirdly beautiful. Not quite sure, but either way, I loved this book. The back cover says: ‘There once was a man who, one night […]

Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Sometimes life is just chaotic and exhausting and gets you stuck in a reading slump. There I was some time ago with a mountain of started books by […]

The Secret Life of Books by Tom Mole

Throughout the book, Mole kept repeating that we don’t see books as an object on itself. That we just see the text it contains. Advising in the first […]

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

This (very illuminated) book confused the shit out of me… 😐 I found it in a second-hand store and bought it knowing, that it was on my to-read […]

Another two sci-fi books: Woman on the Edge of Time & An Unkindness of Ghosts

Two sci-fi novels by two women, written 40 years apart, with female protagonists. Two topics – slavery and feminism – explored through space and time travel. I think […]