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Reader of mostly #contemporary #fiction, occasionally #thrillers, #fantasy and #scifi, in English and Italian.

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Review of 'Diary of a Confused Feminist' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

This is the diary of a 15 year old who navigates all the issues of the teenage years while trying to be a feminist and coping with her anxiety. She asks herself what it means to be a woman and a feminist and I found it very relatable. The style is fun, bright and engaging, even when touching the more serious topics, I'm 40 and I enjoyed reading it, I'd have loved it at 15. I recommend it for teenagers and as a light read for their parents.

Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other (Hardcover, 2019, Penguin Books, Limited, Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books) 5 stars

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, …

Review of 'Girl, Woman, Other' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

This book is a collection of portraits of women, all linked together around a play at the National Theatre. Each portrait is deep and interesting and real, it feels like falling deeper and deeper each time. I enjoyed it and I recommend it. It is written as an internal monologue, with minimal punctuation, which means it requires concentration, and it's quite long.
Thanks to NetGalley for sending me a copy in exchange for my review.

Beth Miller: The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright (Paperback, 2020, Bookouture) 4 stars

Review of 'The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

This novel is about Mrs Bright who, one day decides apparently out of the blue to leave her home of 20 years. It's a story of second chances, sorrow, love, friendship. The tone is always light and easy to read, and I enjoyed it, I liked the idea of reassessing our skills and wants/needs and be happier as a result, despite life set backs and keeping a positive, non judgemental view. I recommend it as a light reading on deep topics.

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review of 'Grandmothers' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

This book is the story of three women who are grandmothers or look after children and how the relationship with them and their children affects their life. The three women are very different and had led different lives, however they meet and create a bond.

I find the story interesting, because it explores an age that it is rarely found in books, but it is such a big part of our life. The three women have had (or not) a career, a family, a partner, and now need to find themselves again, to feel they are still individuals with their own interests and skill set, Sort of a second coming of age story.

The style is smooth, kept me interested. The characters are well described although I noticed there isn't almost any mention of health issues they might have, which makes it less realistic and misses the point a bit. …

Review of 'Unreliable Man' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

The book is a long letter written by the main character, Jakop, to a women, Agnes, about his life and his encounters with the members of the Lundin family through the years. Jakop is a university professor of humble origins and with poor social skills - he makes me think of Stoner, and similarly I couldn’t relate to him but ended up feeling some sympathy for him. The pace of the story is quite slow, so much that I was tempted to leave the book unfinished at some point, but various colourful characters are presented along the way but the second part becomes more interesting and we slowly see Jakop changing and becoming more aware of his needs.
I loved Gaarder’s books in the past and I was happy to read him again after many years. The theme of storytelling is one he has used in the past, but here …