Tamara Reads

As an avid book reader I always feel like I want to talk to everyone and anyone about the most recent book I’ve just finished reading. To my surprise, it seems not everyone cares about the 753 page World War II novel I’ve just read and why I thought it was great, or what could have been better.

For that reason I’ve started Tamara Reads a place for a cathartic release, where I can blog about the books I read (and occasionally about life).



The Liberation – Kate Furnivall

1945 post war Italy. Furnivall transports us to the Southern city of Naples to follow the riveting story of Caterina Lombardi and the course of events which turned her life upside down. Historical fiction at its best, this book is a fine insight into the devastation and destruction felt by the Italians at the end of the second world war.

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The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall

Set in 1938 Paris, France. The story of Romaine and Florence DuChamps – twin sisters whose lives are thrust into turmoil after a shocking series of events that unfolded in their fathers study eight years earlier. Who killed him? And why? Continue reading The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall

Why the Amalfi Coast is the most substantial holiday you will ever have.

South of the chaotic and fascinating town of Naples, the vertiginous Amalfi Coast is memorable for its amazing views, culinary delights and ancient history. With three island outposts; Capri, Ischia and Procida reachable through a simple boat ride, the Amalfi Coast has been a holiday destination since the Roman times.

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Recipe for Life – Nicky Pellegrino

Although I have to appreciate that this novel was one of Pellegrino’s older works, I must admit I was extremely disappointed. Having read two other novels for Pellegrino. Food of Love Cookery School and Under Italian Skies  I can say that I have had a very similar gripe with both of them too.

The characters always lack depth and personality because she crams too many people into the story. I can understand that they were all imperative to the progress of the story, but nevertheless she could do much more justice to the novel by focusing on a few central characters. I say this particularly because Pellegrino has a knack for descriptions. I really feel she could do a lot more to connect the reader with the characters using her beautiful descriptive writing power if she focused on a few rather than many.

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The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: The Harrowing lies which cost the lives of hundreds.

In the early hours of April 26 1986, at a nuclear facility in Chernobyl, Ukraine, reactor number 4 exploded heaving ridiculous amounts of uranium, cesium, plutonium and tons of radioactive poisons over five kilometres into the atmosphere.  

In the weeks following the disaster, numerous journalists attempted to gain access into the area in order to provide an insight into the extent of the disaster and just how devastating it really was. Soviet powers in Moscow however, had a different agenda for the area. “Everything is fine” they would proclaim, immediately adopting a “nothing-to-see-here” attitude and attempting to downplay a nuclear disaster which is said to have released 400 times more radioactive material into the atmosphere than “Little Boy” the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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The Bronze Horseman Trilogy (Book 1 Review)

It has been a long time coming. This review has been one that I have written and re-written over and over again just plainly because my feelings toward it have been so hard to articulate effectively. They are a comfort, an excitement and a reminder that literature can still evoke in us a certain indescribable feeling.

I have read and re-read all three books so many times that I can almost tell you the series of events that transpired blindly. I speak of the characters as people that I know personally. And whilst there is nothing predictable about these books you find yourselves with such an affinity to the character you would scoff to yourself and say “ha! Typically Tatiana”.

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Why Lagos is one of the best places in Europe.

Although my European city count isn’t the biggest in the world, I have visited 12 European countries and 26 cities among them. My selection criteria for best city wasn’t extensive. I know that I’m not an extremely fussy person and it’s kind of difficult to piss me off… so generally all the cities were enjoyable to me. But reflecting on my two trips to Europe in two consecutive years – there really was one city that stood out for me. That was Lagos in the Algarve Coast of Portugal.

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