Dickens, Charles

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I started reading Great Expectations back in late June 2013, by signing up to That way a piece would be sent to my email every day, and I just needed to read that part for that day. If I stuck through it, I would get through Great Expectations in 229 installments – or 229 […]

Miller, Madeline

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

After my trip to the site of Troy in Turkey, I finally got to reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I intended to read it before the trip, but didn’t get around to. It’s a question I often ask myself, is it better to read a related book before or after the trip? […]

Ismailov, Hamid

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov

In The Dead Lake, we meet Yerzhan, a boy growing up in a remote part of Kazakhstan, where there are only two family living in two houses. His body stops growing and keeps the look of a 10 years old. How does he get into this problem? What happens when his childhood sweetheart grows up […]