The Atlas of Red and Blues – Devi S. Laskar

Second one of my book subscription boxes surprises. This one came from the Willoughby Book Club. Beautiful cover and a writer I didn't know before had me intrigued. Also my shallow side was happy that it was not too long, at just around 200 pages. My brain is now tired of long books, like I'm …

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Somewhere Close to Happy – Lia Louis

Before finally going to my family home in August (after six months of not seeing my mum) I succumbed and ordered subscriptions for three book boxes. One of the was with How Novel. It was the first to arrive, as I signed up just before their cut off date for book selection. The premise is …

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The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White – Quotes

Just because we’ve been hardwired to be self-critical and distracted by meaningless, unattainable goals doesn’t mean we aren’t feminists. It’s one reason we need feminism! We’re allowed to acknowledge, to try to reverse and even laugh at our own cultural brainwashing while we tackle the big stuff. When I first wrote this list, I did …

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Zrób Sobie Raj – Mariusz Szczygieł

Mariusz Szczygieł is a Polish journalist, at some point more known from his TV presence (he chaired one of the first Polish talk-shows) in the 2000s he focused again in writing. This is his third book I'm reading. I loved Gottland, his tribute to Czech Republic, blending beautifully the funny absurdities with quiet despair. Nie …

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Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and The Parting of Friends – Anne Applebaum – Quotes

What, then, has caused this transformation? Were some of our friends always closet authoritarians? Or have the people with whom we clinked glasses in the first minutes of the new millennium somehow changed over the subsequent two decades? There is no single explanation, and I will not offer either a grand theory or a universal …

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Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and The Parting of Friends – Anne Applebaum

This is my first book by Anne Applebaum. She is a journalist and historian, but this one is certainly written more from a journalistic perspective. What drew me to this book is the fact that Applebaum is closely associated with Poland (her husband was at some point a Minister for Foreign Affairs in Poland). So …

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