Top 10 Italian Books I’d love to read

Inspired by my trip to Venice, Italy, I decided to dive into the Italian literary world. What modern literature is popular there, and what was translated into English or Polish so now I can read it?

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No list of Italian books can complete without mentioning the international success of Elena Ferrante and her series Neapolitan Novels. So I’m adding My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante to my list, and to be honest, this is the only book I knew of before I made this list. It is the story about two friends, Elena and Lila, in which Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The second book on my list is I’m Not Scared by Niccolò AmmanitiIt is said to be immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, in which nine-year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini.

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Permission by Saskia Vogel

Title: Permission

Author: Saskia Vogel

Pub Date: 7th March, 2019

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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A raw, fresh, haunting, emotionally and sexually honest literary debut.

When Echo’s father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she finds herself sinking into a complete state of paralysis. With no true friends and a troubled relationship with her mother, the failed young actress attempts to seek solace in the best way she knows: by losing herself in the lives of strangers. When by chance Echo meets a dominatrix called Orly, it finally feels like she might have found someone who will be nurturing and treasure her for who she is. But Orly’s fifty-something houseboy, Piggy, isn’t quite ready to let someone else share the intimate relationship he’s worked so hard to form with his mistress.

Permission is a love story about people who are sick with dreams and expectations and turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they are in a desperate search for the answer to that sacred question: how do I want to be loved?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: Daisy Jones & The Six

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Pub Date: March 5th, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice. 

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Internment by Samira Ahmed

Title: Internment

Author: Samira Ahmed

Pub Date: 7th March, 2019

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

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19 Awesome Female Memoirs & Bios for International Women’s Day

You know those ladies from… POLITICS.

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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
feminism, justice, internet sensation,
gender equality
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clintonpresidential elections, motherhood, grandmotherhood, feminism, sexism
Becoming by Michelle Obamagrowing up, career, marriage, motherhood, presidential election
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Winter Bookish Bingo – Wrap Up

BOOKISH BINGO IS RUN BY BEKKA AT PRETTY DEADLY REVIEWS. LEARN MORE HERE.

The Details:

  • Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books to read in the months of the season.
  • The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
  • One square per book
  • You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months

– MY SCORECARD –

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ARCs I’m reading next – March

The ARC that I have and I’m planning to read soon are all being published in March in the States. I need to highlight the States part because some of those novels were already quite successful in the UK and Ireland last year.

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Internment by Samira Ahmed is a Young Adult novel set in horrifying near-future United States, where teen Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. This premise is truly terrifying… Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi is a magical realism novel that is influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories. It tells a story of seemingly average British schoolgirl, working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy, but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. Permission by Saskia Vogel is a novel set among the bright colours of L.A., a love story about three people sick with dreams and expectations who turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they ask themselves: how do I want to be loved? 

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