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Book review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | An important and beautiful examination of racism in America

In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates examines the root causes of racism, what it means to be black and what it means to be white, and how racism relates to capitalism, the American dream, and the destruction of bodies.

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Book review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty | Cremation, society & death denial

There is good non-fiction, and then there is non-fiction that blows your mind and haunts you forever. I have lost count of the people I’ve told about this book, of the new and changed ideas it’s formed in my head, of the things it made me consider. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is one of the most amazing books I’ve read all year, and if you’re in any way interested in death customs, rituals, or even just society and the ideas humans have about death and aging, you need to read this book.

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Book review: Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ | Nigerian family drama turns into my favourite book of the year

Hello everyone! The very exciting #TheReadingQuest read-a-thon is starting in just three days, so I thought it would be a good idea to get a review up before I start to tackle my massive TBR. Today I bring to you my review of my favourite book of the year so far – Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀. If you want an amazing family drama that turns out to be much more than it seems, definitely keep on reading!

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Book review: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (Alexander the Great #1) | Gay historical fiction and a lot of war talk

I know, I know, I’ve been gone for a while. If you read my last post you might know that I’m currently on vacation in Germany, visiting friends, and when you’re spending time with people you only see once a year, you can’t really fit blogging in. However, my best friend happens to be busy right now, so I figured I might as well catch up on some of the posts I’ve been planning for ages.

This is going to be a review of the historical fiction novel Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault, which is the first book of three following the life of Alexander the Great.

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Poetry collection review: Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi | On masculinity, music & race

On these papers will be written, in a script only you can decipher, your original name.

I first saw Kayo Chingonyi read some of his poems when I went to the London Book Fair, and I immediately decided to request a review copy of his collection, Kumukanda. His poetry deals with race, identity, and masculinity, and his language is beautiful.

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Play review: No Dogs, No Indians | Colonialism and revolution in India

Hello everyone! I just quickly want to say that this review is a bit less personal and more ‘fancy’ than my usual posts. That is because I originally wrote it without knowing if I would put it on my blog or publish it somewhere else, so I went with a more safe and ‘professional’ (whatever) approach. Of course, it still consist of my own opinions and thoughts, so I hope you like it!

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Book review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase #2)

If you know me at all, you know how much I love Rick Riordan’s books. I am obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series. However, you might also know that I wasn’t super impressed with his two current spin-offs, the Magnus Chase and the Trials of Apollo series. I gave both first books five stars, because they are still fantastic, but they just pale when compared to his other novels.

Now, this book completely changed my mind. While The Sword of Summer was, in my opinion, a weak start to the new series, The Hammer of Thor brought back everything I love about Rick Riordan’s writing. It’s funny, it’s interesting and fast-paced, and it’s lovingly diverse.

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