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Recommended Reads – The Eternal Husband

Recommended Reads The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars I picked up this book by impulse when abroad. I hadn’t before heard of this title, yet am fond of novellas, and regard Dostoyevsky highly. Some of his larger novels can be difficult at parts to follow – peculiar character names,…
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The Unclassed (Recommended Reads) Book Review

Recommended Reads: The Unclassed by George Gissing  My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book Review   I stumbled upon this book almost by chance. Every now and again I browse the Kindle store for classic fiction. I hadn’t heard of it before and found it through browsing. Yet I am glad I did. It starts off…
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recommended reads, book review of John Steinbeck 'The Pearl'

The Pearl (Recommended Reads)

Recommended Reads: The Pearl by John Steinbeck My rating: 4 of 5 stars John Steinbeck is perhaps most remembered for ‘Of Mice and Men’. Although I cannot remember much from a literary perspective of that book from English in school – the story itself still remains a prominent memory. I revisited him as an author…
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The Blink That Killed The Eye (Recommended Reads)

The Blink That Killed the Eye by Anthony Anaxagorou My rating: 4 of 5 stars From the title, this short story collection draws intrigue. As with some other reviews, this book is definitely more along the 4.5 than 4 rating. Anthony Anaxagorou has an awe-worthy grasp on words. He often strings them together effortlessly with…
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When Breath Becomes Air (Recommended Reads)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is to be fair closer to an upper range – more a 4.5 than a 4. Yet rather than dwell on the star rating (one of the more difficult elements of goodreads) let it not detract from the fact that…
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The Sorrows of Young Werther (Recommended Reads)

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s surprising how many short novels can create such an impact. Apparently written in six weeks by a then 24 year old Goethe (according to Wikipedia at least), it is the descriptive language through which the passions are expressed…
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1984 (Recommended Reads)

1984 by George Orwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars Before I begin this one, let me tell you this is about the third attempt as the two, I believe, previous drafts disappeared with no trace, accompanied by my expletives and helplessness. Yet this book, cannot be left out of a recommended list. So I…
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The Prophet (Recommended Reads)

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran My rating: 5 of 5 stars You know a paragraph is excellent when you deem it to be highlight-worthy – where it becomes worth memorising and quoting back in a given context. So, upon reading this book, I started to highlight such potential quotables, soon realising that such an endeavour is…
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The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up (Recommended Reads)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now here was a book I had a hard time rating. Three months on – it stands among those, that I definitely recommend. Having read the contrasting reviews myself before starting and just…
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Brave New World (Recommended Reads)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are some pieces so well-known and renowned for being thought-provoking classics that you always seem to come across them. Eventually, the time comes when you eventually cave in and decide to commit yourself to reading that book. In some cases, you will…
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