Faustina Paustin

Faustina was reading when she popped out of the womb. Probably. Reading is her life, and she’ll read pretty much anything. After reading her way through primary, high school, and university, and finding she hasn’t gotten sick of it, she’s still reading now. Her favourite genres are YA, realist fiction, and magical realist fiction, with a strong focus on diversity. She believes that houses should have in-built bookshelves in all the rooms, and that ebooks and printed books can get along.

Books

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

With her second novel, Amy Lukavics has set the scene for a delicious Gothic story. In an isolated Victorian mansion lives Lucy Acosta, with her father, her cousin, Margaret, and her aunt and Margaret's mother, Penelope. Lucy's mother died when she was three. Ever since then her aunt Penelope has been looking after the household. [...]

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s new collection of short stories arrives with much anticipation. With her debut novel, An Untamed State, and essay collection, Bad Feminist, Gay has established herself as a strong contender in the literary world. Her newest work displays this strength. The writing is clean and incisive. Gay uses deceptively simple turns of phrases to [...]

It’s Reigning Women: Favourite Female Authors and their Works

March 8th was International Women’s Day - a day to mark the extraordinary and ordinary achievements of women throughout the world. Being a book lover, there's no better way to celebrate brilliant womanhood than to compile a list of my favourite female writers. It goes without saying that compiling this list was a torturous process. [...]

Reading Between the Reels: Upcoming Screen Adaptations of Books

This year seems to be a good one for book to screen adaptations. While we bookworms like to complain loudly about the discrepancies between the page and screen we are always a little bit excited to see written stories take on cinematic life. The complaints and yes, praise, come afterwards, of course. Gathered below for [...]

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe, by Jennifer Niven

Jack Masselin is the most popular guy at Martin Van Buren High. He has the prettiest girlfriend, the coolest afro, and everyone wants to be him. But Jack also has a secret. He is suffering from prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. He is unable to recognise anyone in his life, be they friend, foe, [...]

The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

Daniel and Natasha couldn’t be more different. Whereas Daniel believes in fate, destiny and the Great Meaning of Life, Natasha believes in facts, data, and that life is nothing but a repetition of patterns. Facts and data are what help her make sense of life, especially at times like the present. Her family is in [...]

Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Shakespeare’s last masterpiece, adapted for a modern novelization by a contemporary literary master? The temptation is surely too good to pass up, which is why I jumped at the chance to read this one. Unfortunately, the novel doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Felix is the innovative, pioneering Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre, bringing [...]

Complex Heroine

Austentatious Lessons: 16 Things Austen Taught Me

December marks the birth month of Jane Austen, literary great, and queen of barbed wit. Whether she’s hailed as one of the cornerstone figures of English literature, or lamented as someone who authored simplistic novels in which Nothing Much Happens, you can’t deny her pulling power. The woman is everywhere. And (not that I’m biased [...]

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