January Reads

It has been a circus lately and there was barely enough time to sit down. However, I did manage to squeeze in these delightful reads:

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins


The Diviners is a crazy sexy cool novel, which is the first in a planned series. A lot of research has been put into it and Bray does a remarkable job of transporting the reader into the world that she has created. It is heavily laden with references from the culture of the roaring twenties and it makes the reader feel as if he/she is actually there, witnessing the events and eavesdropping on the conversations of the characters, who are wonderfully diverse and multidimensional. Bray is a brilliant writer, as evidenced by the way she handled the narratives and different perspectives as well as the combination of mystery, suspense, horror, and history. It’s a hefty book and I felt like it still could have been trimmed down more but all in all, it was a good read and I enjoyed it.

Sailing Alone Around the Room is a collection of new and selected poems by Billy Collins. I have always been an admirer of his work because he has mastered the art of telling captivating stories that squeeze your heart dry and make you think or reminisce by using the simplest words and combining it with the most beautiful imagery. This anthology couldn’t have come at a better time in my life and I am just happy that these poems exist.

There is a multitude of things swirling about in my head at this moment and all I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep. However, I do have a new book (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu) to keep me company and the world makes sense again.

This was a post by Hanna, who needs beautiful distractions and cake.

January Reads

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