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An Untamed State – Roxane Gay

Ever read a novel that’s beautifully written but horrifying, disturbing and heartbreaking, and yet so riveting that you can’t put it down, even during the very worse parts. That’s how I felt reading An Untamed State. I had all the feelings from page to page. Fear, anger, despair, anxiety, hope, relief, joy all jostled for attention as … Continue reading

Minaret

Initially I had mixed feelings about Minaret by Leila Aboulela but on the whole I did like it.  It’s a fascinating glimpse of Sudanese culture, politics and Islam. These elements of the novel I thought were well written in way that wasn’t attempting to ‘teach’ the reader or explain or justify. Therefore, any aspects I didn’t … Continue reading

The House of the Spirits

I’ve had Isabel Allende’s debut novel sitting on my shelf for about five years or so. I’d started to read it and then stopped a few pages in for reasons I can’t remember. When I started reading it again, I half suspected I was going to give up on it again, but I persevered and soon … Continue reading

Just Read It re-launch

It been a while since I last posted, and those of you who were following this blog have probably all given up hope of ever seeing another post on Just Read It. Continue reading

Americanah

I actually read this novel earlier this summer and admittedly I am very late the review but it such was a long awaited read that it would be a bit of a disservice not to review it especially as it was for me one of several reading highlights of 2014. Readers expecting another multi-layered epic novel like Half of … Continue reading

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