Candide, by Voltaire

Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. My rating: ★★★★ out of 5 stars I have no idea why I've waited so long to read this book. I listened to it, along with another short tale called Zadig. I will review Zadig... Continue Reading →

The Rescue Artist, by Dolnick

The Rescue Artist, by Edward Dolnick, ★★★✫ (3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars) I had read another book by the author, The Clockwork Universe. And this was my review: This was such a fast pace non fiction read. Fascinating to say the least. Very well written, very well. The part when he talks about Newton... Continue Reading →

Pavilion of Women

This review doubles up for the Back to the Classics, and the first completed title in my Classics Club list. Pavilion of Women, by Pearl S. Buck, 1946 Listened to book by Oasis Audio My rating, ★★★✫ Last year I read a few titles about China and Japan. My favorite was The Makioka Sisters. The Makioka Sisters... Continue Reading →

Planet of the Apes, a book review

Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle Published in 1963, 128 pages, Science Fiction My Rating, ★★★✫ Did you know that Planet of the Apes was a book? I didn't. Until we went to watch a play production of Charlotte's Webb, and my friend Tara told me she had loved this book. I read it in Spanish,... Continue Reading →

Reading with Kim

Last year, Kim and I started to meet regularly to discuss, among other things, books. Somehow, we came up with a plan of reading some books together, and pairing them in couples. We came up with these ten titles. And we both read them all, (except I didn't re-read the Odyssey). My favorite out of these... Continue Reading →

The Gray House Book Club

Some months ago, I wrote about a book that hunted me ever since I heard about it in  a documentary about Russian authors.  The book will be published in English under the title The Gray House on April 25th, 2017. You can pre-order it at Amazon in either format: paperback, ebook, audiobook. If you pre-order now,... Continue Reading →

Doctor Thorne, Book Review

by Anthony Trollope read by David Shaw-Parker My Rating, ★★★★ Before I review the book, I want to present you my new rating system inspired by a recent blogger I've found.   This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading. And now, what? (One feels at loss after an... Continue Reading →

The Classics Club

I'm doing this. Yes. It may sound insane, but it also makes sense. The Classics Club is a blog which offers the following proposal: make your own list of 50 classics or more, and read those in the span of 5 years (or longer). Looking back, I have read 50 classics in the last 5... Continue Reading →

Punic Wars, Lessons in Character

  This week we were learning about the Second Punic War. Hannibal and the Carthaginians against the Romans. The Romans have had Fabius as dictator, with plenary powers, and Minucius as the second in command, or man of the horse. Fabius has a plan that is not popular among Minucius, the soldiers, or anyone in... Continue Reading →

Unleavened Bread

A few weeks ago, I baked unleavened bread just because. I followed this recipe here  with some changes. We loved it, but it was too buttery, more like shortbread (which I love) than unleavened bread. Last week I baked it again, and I made some changes. I love the way it turned out. I prefer it... Continue Reading →


The book review that wasn't meant to be. Belgravia is the title for our April book club meeting. I love our book club time together. And the ladies in the book club. I adore Miss Donna, the lady who suggested Belgravia. But a friend and fellow blogger whose opinions I respect, told me this was such a... Continue Reading →


Nazarín, by Benito Pérez Galdós Published in 1895, 247 pages My Rating,  ★★★★✫ (Buñuel made a movie based on it) Nazarín can be found in English, though I read it in Spanish. I read it because Galdós is one of my favorite authors. And it happens to fit into the book in translation category of the... Continue Reading →

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