Fake Like Me

When I read Bellezza‘s review of this book, and found the audio available through my library, I jumped to the opportunity. I wanted something to listen to, and books about art interest me. The audio was done by the author herself. My impression of the book is that it felt like a mix of a…

When The Emperor Was Divine

I’m happy to announce I have a second contribution to the #JapaneseLitChallenge13 What a pleasant surprise, this short book, written in 2002. At 144 pages, it had literary quality while feeling fresh, Japanese at the core, and timeless. Over the years, in literature, I’ve read books about this time in the States, where the Japanese…

The Unconsoled, Formal Review

It feels not quite right to add The Unconsoled to the Japanese Lit Challenge #13. Ishiguro has talked himself about his Japaneseness, ūüôā It may be that we see it in him because he was born in Japan to Japanese parents, and lived there until the age of 6 when the family moved to Britain.…

Marco Aurelius, Meditations

I remember reading this book when I was young, and finding it of profit. It’s zero intimidating. Doesn’t it startle you a bit, to commune in thought and gain wisdom from a Roman Emperor who was born on April 26th, year 121, and died on March 17th, 180? His stoic philosophy came across clearer this…

2019 Reads and my Life Around Them

*Scroll down to the bottom of post for full list. Thanks* My time has come! It’s one of my favorite posts to write. I do love reading your recaps as well. Don’t be shy, and share your links to your yearly recaps in the comments if you wish. I count these posts as Christmas/Birthday presents.…

December

It’s the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m subbing, and typing this at a break. How can it be December? In another sense, I’m glad it’s December. The Thanksgiving holiday week was amazing. I hope it’s a foretelling of more good times to come. Thursday we had our neighbors over for a long Thanksgiving lunch.…

104 Thrilling Pages

My reading week looks like this: Moby Dick, -currently on chapter LVI, almost half way through it-, Eco’s book on translation, the latest article by Imprimis, my daily Scripture reading, and this short book by M√°rquez, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor. I will never tire of saying how amazing Moby Dick is. Not only…

Lewis Lambert Strether

I’m still dwelling on this unforgettable character from The Ambassadors. Some have called this novel by Henry James one of the greatest American novels. The novel is set in Paris, with a few first days in London. But Strether is from Woollett, Massachusetts. It’s a New World, and Old World Novel. Much has been said…

Favorite books in Spanish

Some of you have asked me which my favorite books originally written in Spanish are, thus this post. Here I’ll only include books you can find translated in English, and I’ll tell you how, when, and why I came to love them, and maybe a bit about the author. As you can guess, literature in…

Showing Up

I last wrote in February 26th. I’ve been gone so long that it’s been harder to know how to come back. I’m just going to share a bit of what’s been going on with me at home, and, you guessed it, my reads! My husband’s health last year was in a pretty dark place. He…