Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

Stars: 3 of 5  I'm reviewing these two together because I had the fortunate ability to read them in succession and am not even sure where the one left off and the other started. Of course, this wouldn't have been a problem if I had stopped to write the review of Sapphie Blue before starting … Continue reading Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

Stars: 4 of 5 I have to admit that I was spellbound by this book almost as soon as I started it. The prologue has just the touch of mystery that intrigues me and then the story never loosened it's grip. This is actually one of the quickest books I've listened to, finding any excuse … Continue reading Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

Review: This was supposed to be one of my WIT books this year, but my August fell apart and I was grateful to have worked far enough ahead of the Bible posts to get anything posted last month. Despite the timing not working out, though, I am so glad I read this book. Not only … Continue reading The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Review: I will definitely have to read the full translation of Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book one day. The best copy I could find was on Scribd, but I’ll find a full translation somewhere, hopefully with context added in by the translator like in this one. Shonagon records random thoughts, short poems, and snippets of stories from … Continue reading The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

Review: This book really makes me want to go to her country and see all the sights, especially the historical ones. I’m so accustomed to thinking of that region as a wasteland, I forget that it isn’t really like. It’s unfortunate, but she does also mention how much has been destroyed in recent years. I … Continue reading The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Review: There is so much to love about this delightful classic, I had no idea. I had been saving this one for WIT Month but had chosen it for task 11 for Read Harder 2018, a children's classic published before 1980. It's the kind of book that really shows how impressionable children can be and … Continue reading Heidi by Johanna Spyri

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, translated by Ann Goldstein

Review: I love the concept of this memoir. It's not a memoir of Lahiri's life, just her obsession with learning and speaking Italian. I can relate, having lived in Italy a while and falling in love with the language, but my desire to learn it is nowhere near Lahiri's. Finding out that it's actually a … Continue reading In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, translated by Ann Goldstein

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

I originally posted this for WIT Month a few months ago but wanted to repost today. Unfortunately, this is my only memoir by an indigenous author. I do plan to read "Strong Medicine" Speaks, which is a narrative that has been in my TBR for far too long. I also need to find some more … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Review: The Lake was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I didn't really know what to expect. As usual, I read the description when I first chose to put the book on my TBR and didn't bother looking at it again when I sat down to read it. What's the point, I … Continue reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

TTT: Classics by Women in Translation

It's Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly meme put on by the Broke and Bookish where they give a topic and book bloggers post their top ten choices on it. This week's topic is: August 29: Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have … Continue reading TTT: Classics by Women in Translation