A Rich Life

The other day, my youngest was telling me that I always buy books. I believe that’s true. I told her that books are to me more than just buys or expenses, they are my life. From bibles, to non fiction, classics and contemporary books, books in English and in Spanish, books are part of who…

High Tide

When I homeschooled the girls, this author and homeschooling mom, Melissa Wiley, wrote about her homeschool being tidal. I believe my reading life to be tidal as well. This means there’s moments of high energy and activity, followed by other times where for some reason, I’m not as engaged, and I may feel a bit…

It’s so Classic Book Tag

I was reading Ruth’s interesting entry with this title, It’s so Classic Book Tag, hosted by Rebellious Writing, and I realized that she tagged me to do it. I’m supposed to tag five others to do this, but I don’t know if you’d like to do it. I’m thinking about Janakay, Chris, Kim, Sherry, Maria…

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…

Giving new authors a chance

Without much planning, this year, my reading is taking very good shape. Maybe I made a good move the moment I looked at my own shelves, thought about the challenges out there that fit myself as a reader, and committed to being patient when adding to my current pile. Now I want to add some…

Thanksgiving with a Mediterranean Flair

My husband and I, we are adopted Americans, both born in Mediterranean countries. We have adopted many American customs, we consider ourselves Americans, after over 20 years of living here, and 18 years of marriage this November. This Thanksgiving, we celebrated it with our friends and neighbors. We prepared everything the same Thursday. Easy going…

Homage to Galdós

Here you see Galdós painted by master Sorolla. And below, a picture. Benito Pérez Galdós was born on a May 10th, 1843, 175 years ago. I missed my other favorite author, Cervantes, who died on April 22nd of 1616, on different dates (different calendars), but same day as Shakespeare. My first encounter with Galdós was…

Beauties

Isn’t this a decadent copy of Wuthering Heights? My dear friend Kim gave it to me for my birthday. Last year we read it together, and both of us loved it. We are in the fun process of picking other 4 or 5 books for these upcoming months. We have To the Lighthouse, by Woolf, The…

My reads in pictures

I listened to Murder on the Orient Express, -a book I had read already, for my first time with the crew at Close Reads. The first podcast was released last Saturday, and they’ll have four more, two more on the book, and two devoted to questions and answers and to discussing specially the new movie.…

The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa, 1987, ★★★★ I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an…

Latest and Current Reads

  Yesterday, I had some time in the afternoon, and I decided to open the YA short book Maggot Moon. It was a fast and fascinating read. Yuri had mentioned this book because he translated it into Russian. He also translated another one, -non YA, but for adults- called Omon Ra, this time into English.…

Nothing to Envy

Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick December 29, 2009, 5 Stars, ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading Where to start? Thanks to Lisa for writing about this book. That same week I had finished reading Pyongyang, an interesting comic by a Canadian author, Delilse, and in my ignorance, I never thought about looking for a…

Small Book Haul

My favorite local book store semi annual sale has come. Yesterday it was the opening day, and this is what I got. (I went back today for a few minutes and got: A Movable Feast by Hemingway, Far from the Madding Crowd, by Hardy, and Henry V by the Bard.) First book I saw at the…