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… Continue reading Homage to Galdós
Just a quick update of my current reads. Choosing Civility. This is a gem of a book. Not too long. Nothing new. Just a warm and wise way of expanding on the concept of civility. We exist and we perceive our identity not in a vacuum but rather in relation to others. Life is relational.… Continue reading Serendipity
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… Continue reading Beauties
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.… Continue reading My reads in pictures
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… Continue reading The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa
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.… Continue reading Latest and Current Reads
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… Continue reading Nothing to Envy
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… Continue reading Small Book Haul
Maybe I have found the reason why I can't read most modern and postmodern literature. As I read Frenzen's interesting essays in How to Be Alone, I am impressed by how much I enjoy his writing. His essays are about contemporary topics: The first essay, My Father's Brain, was about his father's Alzheimer. His perspective… Continue reading Maybe
These are the absolutely beautiful Cedar Waxwing birds that are visiting Houston these days. They come in the evenings. These are pictures I took from my youngest daughter bedroom's window. A simple meal. Pork breakfast sausage, frozen sauteed veggies, sauteed cauliflower, tomatoes with our basil, and peanut sauce. And one of my current readings which… Continue reading This and That
And I type a question mark, because I have been pondering if to make one or not. Years pass by, I thought I read much yet I do not know how others can read tons, literally. I get dizzy, upset even (seeing how little I read in comparison), when I look at books lists, if… Continue reading Book lists?
A book that will make you think and laugh and that will become and instantaneous favorite. You won't believe it, you would have heard bad press about it. You may think you need other books to understand it, or other commentaries on it. They may discourage you, or you may yell at me (please do… Continue reading I urge you to read…
This is the THIRD Charlotte Mason Carnival and I have been late to the previous two. I do want to make it to this one for I am passionate about living books. I would like to talk about what LIVING BOOKS have done for us at home. They are our antidote to burn out, to… Continue reading Got Living Books?
I found this in an online net of old books book stores in Spain. My sister got it for us. THANKS Did you know about this online bookstore? (WARNING: it is very slow charging but it comes up eventually). I did not know about it, I stumbled upon it yesterday, and I found out that… Continue reading Thriftbooks.com