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

Book reviews, Classics, Classics Book Tag, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Classics Club

The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables, ★★★✫ Nathaniel Hawthorne, written in 1850, published in 1851 ★★★★★ 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 in-between of sorts.… Continue reading The House of the Seven Gables