*BLOG TOUR* From My Balcony to Yours – Nino Gugunishvili

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Genre: Non Fiction | Memoir

Pages: 80

My Rating: ☆☆☆/5

Synopsis: “From My Balcony to Yours,” author Nino Gugunishvili shares her personal account during the first several months of the COVID -19 global pandemic in the form of short stories and observations.

My Thoughts: I want to just start by saying that this time last year I vowed to never watch or read anything pandemic related because I didn’t want to relive it, but 12 months later here I am, reading a book about lockdown. From My Balcony To Yours is only a very short book – 80 pages long – but documents Nino’s experience in lockdown from the day it was announced until September 2020.

In a way, it was quite nice to reminisce on the past 16 months, in a very strange way – there are elements of the first lockdown that I do truly miss now that life is getting back to normal (like not having to speak to people to be honest). Nino’s lockdown experience was fairly different to mine, but I enjoyed having an insight into someone else’s life and experiences – mainly because I’m really nosy.

What I enjoyed about this book is how there were parts of it that I’d completely forgot we ever had to endure, and so there were elements of this book that I feel like we experienced as a nation – Zoom quizzes. At times I laughed out loud and I managed to read the book in about half an hour.

The reason I gave this book 3 stars is because I felt that sometimes the writing wasn’t the easiest to follow. I found that on some occasions I couldn’t really grasp at what was being said very well. I know that it was supposed to read like a diary (because that’s essentially what it is!), but it did sometimes feel like a very much unedited diary and it didn’t flow very well from one page / diary entry to the next.

That being said, I think it’s a really fantastic concept to have written a diary throughout the (hopefully) once in a lifetime scenario that we found ourselves in. As I was reading I did wish I’d done the same and documented my experiences – although mine was mainly just ‘get degree coursework finished’ until the end of June, so perhaps not overly entertaining.

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