My thoughts on the books I finished reading in January.
These 13 short stories about loneliness, ageing and mortality are all connected by a very interesting, quirky protagonist.
This book raised some interesting questions about the environment a child grows up in and also shed a light on mental illness.
This well written book, based on real life events, follows two black teenage boys in an abusive segregated reform school.
A very powerful read that taught me a lot about Jeju's haenyeo culture and the brutal history of the island.
An astounding memoir about being raised in poverty by two very dysfunctional parents.
Hamnet is not just a retelling of the untimely death of Shakespeare's son, it also beautifully describes a family in grief.
In this fascinating memoir the author is brutally honest about her struggle with alcoholism, her marriage and her trouble finding faith.
A very entertaining retelling of the Trojan War, now from a female perspective.
A very entertaining collection of short stories by an author who is not afraid to expose the bad and ugly of the events in her life.
A powerful story of survival, courage, love and personal growth told in two different timelines that are linked together.
This memoir is a great example of the influence your upbringing and education can have on your life, and how difficult it is to break free from that.
The story of the youngest sister saved this book for me as it wasn't just heartbreaking, but I also learned a lot from it.
A memoir that seemed chaotic to me in the beginning, but left a huge impact on me after reading the amazing last two chapters.
A story about a fictional band in the 1970s that was so realistic I had to remind myself they were not a real band.
An amazing book by one of my favourite Spanish authors, who intertwines the past and present of the characters in a very intelligent way.
I ended up loving the main character more and more over the course of the book as she turned into a very independent woman.
This book reminded me of my difficult relationship with my own father, but this actually made me appreciate it even more.
This book is written beautifully and I learned a lot from it, but I unfortunately did not fall in love with the characters.