Around the World in 12 Books 2015: Challenge Wrap-up

Bye-bye 2015! It was a good solid year for the Around the World Challenge, with a delightfully diverse range of countries and continents visited. The list of all reviews submitted to the challenge is below.

I won’t be hosting the challenge for 2016 – I just don’t have the time to do a proper job […]

Mini-Reviews: Australian Women Writers

Each of these books deserves a proper, full review, but since they cover a long time period – the first one I read back in March – my memory of each is just not strong or clear enough to do so. So, apologies all ’round. I’m grouping them together for reviewing purposes based on the […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: December Round-up & Challenge Winner

The final round-up of book reviews for 2014’s Around the World reading challenge shows a gallop to the finish line, especially by Aloi of Guiltless Reading who linked up an impressive 23 reviews! Congratulations to everyone for participating and achieving your goals! Previous round-ups can be found here:

January February March April May June/July […]

Review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo Other subtitle: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Portobello Books 2012 Trade Paperback 254 pages Non-fiction: Narrative Non-fiction; Society & Culture; Economics; Religion; Education

Between 2007 and 2011, journalist Katherine Boo followed the lives of several Indian […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 2015 ~ sign-up post

As the 2014 Around the World in 12 Books Challenge draws to a close, it’s time to launch the 2015 challenge. It’s a simple enough challenge that can fit into your usual reading pattern, or motivate you to try something out of your comfort zone. The idea is that the setting in books read […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: October & November Round-up

We’re coming to the end of the year and the end of this challenge, which seemed like a good time to do a quick overview of how people are going – especially as, in case you’ve forgotten, there is the added incentive that every participant who completes the challenge (at their nominated level or […]

Review: Prairie Ostrich

Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi Goose Lane 2014 Trade Paperback with Flaps 196 pages Historical Fiction

1974, Bittercreek, Alberta. Eight-year-old Egg Murakami is the youngest of three children born to Japanese-Canadian parents who have an ostrich farm in outside this small prairie town. Her older sister, seventeen-year-old Kathy, is a star basketball player and […]

Review: The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Fourth Estate 2009 (1997) Trade Paperback 340 pages Fiction; Historical Fiction

In December 1969, Rahel and her twin brother Estha accompany their mother, Ammu, their great-aunt, Baby Kochamma, and their uncle, Chacko, in Chacko’s skyblue Plymouth to Cochin. They’re going to see The Sound of Music […]