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Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
I was utterly compelled. When I got to the end, I was so hungry for the next book I was actually frustrated not to have it to hand. The last book I en ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
 
The Myth of Sisyphus
4.15
really liked it
A good friend introduced me to Nietzsche in my early teens, and Nietzsche and I have had a turbulent relationship ever since. One of the first adult b ...more
Dec 18, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
Who Fears Death (Who Fears Death, #1)
3.96
it was amazing
I read my first Octavia Butler novel, Dawn, late in 2014, and late in my life! Reading it I was like oh no black women authored speculative fiction, w ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Jan 03, 2014
 
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
4.48
it was amazing
There is something spellbinding about reading this book, as though one had stepped into a room where someone was speaking, quietly and clearly, and a ...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
 
The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory
3.92
really liked it
Recently my adult English class were studying the topic of 'nature' which had a section on 'animals'. One of the opinions on the page was something al ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Sep 23, 2013
 
A History of the World in 100 Objects
4.19
really liked it
In the British Museum I usually feel nearly overwhelmed by conflicting emotions. I am ashamed of my country's heritage of colonisation and our seeming ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
 
The Grass is Singing
3.83
it was amazing
Re-read after about 7 year's break.

One of the unusual things about this, Lessing's first published book, is the extreme omniscient author position she
...more
Sep 19, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.09
it was amazing
4.5 stars

Before I comment on this book, a little personal history. My parents encouraged me to read one of their favourite books, 1984, and I accompli
...more
Jul 30, 2015
Sep 23, 2014
 
The Translator
3.56
it was amazing
Warning to readers! This edition includes an incredibly annoying introduction by Anne Donovan which praises Aboulela's text in rather general terms an ...more
Aug 27, 2015
Jul 12, 2014
 
How Proust Can Change Your Life
3.76
liked it
With the gentlest possible mockery, de Botton makes a compelling case for celebrating and learning from an unlikely teacher: Marcel Proust. Here is so ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 29, 2013
 
The Architecture of Happiness
3.85
it was ok
First read January 2008


Casa P, Sao Paulo, by Marcio Kogan

That most of this feels like something I might myself have written, I take to be an indictmen
...more
Jun 12, 2014
Aug 01, 2013
 
Love Medicine
3.99
it was amazing
Sometimes the books I enjoy most are the ones I have the least to say about. And what can I add to Toni Morrison's comment that "the beauty of Love Me ...more
May 13, 2015
Aug 20, 2014
 
"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity
4.18
it was amazing
I have learned that a sincere, though imperfect attempt to interrupt the oppression of others is usually better than no attempt at all
This is a really
...more
May 16, 2016
Sep 04, 2013
 
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
3.95
did not like it
Morris makes a great song and dance about the 'outrage' with which his book was first received. Why are people so resistant to contemplating, in the c ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape
3.99
it was amazing
Well, you see, Aborigines don't own the land.They belong to it. It's like their mother. See those rocks? Been standing there for 600 million years. St
...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 04, 2014
 
In the Eye of the Sun
3.89
it was amazing
After 800 pages of easy reading emotional turmoil I was so involved with the characters I wanted to read on and spend more time with Asya and her gene ...more
Mar 02, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
 
Asleep
3.75
really liked it
I find Banana Yoshimoto's style so distinctive, full of feelings and sensations expressed with touching openness, so unassuming and informal. Under th ...more
Dec 09, 2015
Nov 26, 2015
 
Americanah
4.30
it was amazing
Hah! I finished this book exactly one year after the publication date. It feels like much longer though, as its arrival coincided with my arrival to t ...more
May 14, 2014
Nov 04, 2013
 
From the Ruins of Empire
3.96
really liked it
Mishra's approach here can't be faulted; it would be preposterous to offer the sweeping statements and crisp conclusions of the sixth chaper 'Asia Rem ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
 
The Woman from Tantoura
4.31
it was amazing
This narrative opens with a gloriously ambiguous, searingly romantic image that heralds a lyrical portrait of life in the narrator's idyllic home town ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
Wizard of the Crow
4.18
it was amazing
In Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature, Ngugi wa Thiong'o complained that African neo-colonial leaders behave so rid ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
Mr. Fox
3.59
it was amazing
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Well I liked the opening, but it took me a while to get over the slime of St John, the sleaziness he spread eve
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Sep 29, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
 
The Hearing Trumpet
4.08
it was amazing
Ali Smith's introduction to this edition very effectively renders any comment from me superfluous, since Smith seems to be coming from a perspective b ...more
Aug 29, 2015
Jun 14, 2015
 
Passing
3.83
it was amazing
Judging by the fact that this book has an introduction by the awesome Ntozake Shange, extensive notes and a detailed critical foreward by Mae Henderso ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jul 28, 2014
 
The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality
4.53
really liked it
Soundtrack to this review - please listen :-)

The Ancient Egyptians, the founders of the civilisation that built the pyramids and brought writing, geom
...more
Feb 27, 2016
Jul 27, 2013
 
The Coldest Winter Ever
4.47
it was ok
I would be rating this book more highly if I hadn't read the explanatory notes at the back! It had me struggling to drop off at night as I couldn't wa ...more
May 08, 2014
May 04, 2014
 
Year of Wonders
4.01
it was amazing
I loved reading this because

I've known the story since I was very small & been to the place
The protagonist is a poor woman
The most heroic characte
...more
Mar 03, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
 
The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
3.87
really liked it
Reading this reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend recently about the films of Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch, how I love their artistic se ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
 
Ceremony
3.76
it was amazing
"There are some things I have to tell you," Betonie began softly. "The people nowadays have an idea about the ceremonies. They think the ceremonies mu
...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 11, 2014
 
Offshore
3.61
it was amazing
When I was a child, I occasionally watched a TV show, familiar to most British people of my generation, about two puppets who lived on a canal barge c ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Dec 19, 2013
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