The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

I read The Handmaid’s Tale a few years ago before this blog existed. It has really shaken me, especially the fact of how easy it would be to introduce the rules described. How very fragile is the balance in which we operate. And in late October I’ve had my worst fears confirmed, for the Polish …

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In The Woods – Tana French

This book is one of the examples why I love reading crime fiction. There are many authors that I could describe as dependable, we know what to expect when we pick up their books and usually it’s very decent entertainment. But every once in a while you come across a book that refreshes the whole …

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Łódź. Miasto po przejściach – Wojciech Górecki, Bartosz Józefiak

You know this annoying situation when you’re at the airport and still have over an hour to your flight and you finish the book you had with you? Well, this happened to me recently, so I did the only reasonable thing and went to the airport bookshop. As always the selection is pretty skewed, but …

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The Adventures of China Iron – Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

Back in July I was getting a bit restless staying at home and not being able to go to a bookshop. I hate buying paper books on Amazon, their search engine and browsing is pathetic. AbeBooks is a bit better but nothing online will ever replace the joy of a random find in a physical …

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova – Quotes

The weeks went by in the Village in the Valley, and I felt dark and heavy like the plums in the abandoned gardens. The sizzle of insects intensified with the fragrant decay of summer. I didn’t even have the motivation to take myself to the beach anymore. My sense of impasse was mixed with languor, …

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