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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Two sci-fi books: Project Hail Mary + Sleeping Giants

I love sci-fi. Be it movies, TV shows or books. Some crazy imagination paired with real science just hits the right spots for me. So it is a […]

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats […]

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

I read Bridge of Clay last Christmas. It was my last book for 2021 (I still have 2 and a half books planned for this year) and so, […]

Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Continuing with the accidental “British gay entertainer turned writer” series. This time a chat show host and fiction for a change. Graham Norton is charming, smart and funny […]

Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley

Huxley is as wonderful as ever. First of all – have a look at this wonderful used, 55-year-old copy of the book, with obviously a lot of history, […]

Kurt Vonnegut and a ‘Breakfast of Champions’

So after my fourth book by Vonnegut, it is clear I will read everything else by him as well. So 10 novels to go + a bunch of […]

The House of Sleep – Jonathan Coe

I have had trouble sleeping for the better part of my life. So a sun-bleached copy of a book about people with sleeping issues, of course, caught my […]

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

I must say I do enjoy books by/about creepy old men being, well, creepy and depressing or weird or drunk or fantasizing about too young girls… or all […]