Book Club, Ishiguro, My thoughts, Steinbeck


A bit earlier in the year, I had lots of fun choosing books for a few challenges, for the book club, and to read along with some friends in real life and online. But now in March, I find myself at a halt, trying to decide how to proceed with my readings. So far, this… Continue reading Reconsidering

art/craft/cooking, Classics, Ortega y Gasset, The Classics Club

The Deshumanization of Art

The Dehumanization of Art, and Other Essays, Ortega y Gasset When I bought this book, the title sounded to me as something negative that art was, according to Ortega, undergoing, its dehumanization. As I read the essays, (the first one who gives title to the book, and which contains different sections, being the longest), I… Continue reading The Deshumanization of Art

Jane Austen, Machado, My thoughts, Nabokov, Neruda, Poetry

Tomatos, Flies, Poetry, and Randomness

Recently I finished two different books of poetry. One was Soledades, galerías, otros poemas, by Antonio Machado, which has many of his books in English too, the other is a bilingual edition of Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda. Reading poetry in Spanish is what made me, in particular, a constant reader of poetry. Before I… Continue reading Tomatos, Flies, Poetry, and Randomness

History-Geography, non fiction

A Moonless, Starless Sky

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, by by Alexis Okeowo. I knew about this book thanks to a Goodreads friend, Ina. who also blogs here. The book writen by American journalist Alexis Okeowo, who grew up in Texas, and whose parents are from Nigeria, relates to us the lives of… Continue reading A Moonless, Starless Sky

Back to the Classics 2018, Sigrid Unset, The Classics Club

Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy

I believe this post on Kristin Lavransdatter will be more popular than last, -at least, this trilogy is better known and well read everywhere around me. Sigrid Undset was born in Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. She was a novelist that was awarded the Nobel Prize for… Continue reading Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy

Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, Episodios Nacionales, Galdos, The Classics Club

The Court of Carlos IV

It's possible that some of you know that Cervantes is my favorite author, but over the years, Galdós has been gaining in ranking. Now I would say the #1 position is shared between these two. Benito Pérez Galdós was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and his mom sent him to Madrid to study… Continue reading The Court of Carlos IV

Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, Classics, The Classics Club, Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf Essay, published in 1929, ★★★✫ My first longer book by the author (I had only read and much enjoyed another essay, How Should One Read a Book? in a collection of essays by various authors. This essay is aimed to answer the question of the role of women… Continue reading A Room of One’s Own

Book Club, Book reviews

The Other Einstein

The Other Einstein, ★★✫ (To be placed between very enjoyable read, recommendable, and meh, nothing remarkable.) Marie Benedict, Published in October 2016 This was another of our book club books, 11 fairly recent books. I'm fine with that. Book club provides me with a list of books I'd otherwise not pick. I like the non fiction choices.… Continue reading The Other Einstein

Alfanhuí, Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, The Classics Club


Alfanhuí, by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, ★★★★★ Worth Re-reading! Published in 1951 In English, Alfanhuí Considered the first magic realism book in the Spanish language. Alfanhuí has made a dent in my soul. Colorful and tender, unexpected, unassuming, Alfanhuí is magical. An ode to language, but language that draws with it solid meaning and pregnant with the… Continue reading Alfanhuí

art/craft/cooking, Artist-Composer, Book reviews

Art, anyone?

I'm enjoying reading from my art book small collection. I've bought several books through the years, primarily for the pictures, to enjoy the art with my daughters, but since last year, I'm rediscovering the pleasure of reading the actual text. I've been lucky so far. Last year I read a wonderful pocket size book on… Continue reading Art, anyone?

Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, The Classics Club

Look Back on Happiness

The title is strange, the book is different, the author is a mystery, but I couldn't help but loving my experience reading it. It's short, 180 pages my Kindle says. I met Knut Hamsun reading a book reviews blog that reviewed his more well known title, Hunger. Then I found out he's also a Noble… Continue reading Look Back on Happiness