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1000 before 30 #45: The house of the spirits – Isabel Allende

A bizarre family history ties in with the tumultuous destiny of an entire country in this epic story by Isabel Allende It's true, I read this in Spanish. I have read some Allende before (see my 'Como Agua para Chocolate'... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #44: A Wild Swan and Other Tales – Michael Cunningham

Classic fairytales retold with a current (and often gruesome) twist.With little over 100 pages, Michael Cunningham's short story collection packs a punch. Reinventing fairy tales isn't anything new, which is why it's slightly hard to get into this book. For... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #35: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman

These 23 stories and pieces of poetry may not be Gaiman's best work, but as it says on the tin: you've been warned. Have you ever wondered where all the scraps that writers don't end up using go? Well, in... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #25: The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

'The Luminaries' is kind of like when a very drunk person at a pub decides to tell you a very detailed story, only to start at the middle, get confused, tell you a lot of shit you didn't want to... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #4: Divergent – by Veronica Roth

I know, I indulged. Sue me. For today's literary review, I jumped in this year's best example of popcorn literature. It's an uncomplicated, adventure/love Sci-Fi story, with an initially awkward and weak female lead who finds her feet and starts kicking ass,... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #3: The Scarlet Plague – by Jack London

Another classic, this time set in a post-apocalyptic California. Everyone worthwhile has been wiped out after a mysterious disease swept throughout the world in the year 2013. Now just 60 years later, the primitive, pathetic shadow of the human race still... Continue Reading →

1000 books before 30 – kickstarting a literary marathon

I have to have read 1000 books by the time I turn 30. That is to say, on 8 April 2019, I will have read one thousand (ONE THOUSAND!) significant pieces of literature in my lifetime. At almost 26, my time... Continue Reading →

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