Ultimate Favorite Books

Some time ago, I made a list of what I called my Most Influential Literature. At times, there's a FB challenge, or a blog challenge or thread that asks us to state our top 3 favorite books, or our 7 best books ever. These are difficult questions, but they always motivate me to contemplate my... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Secrets Revisited

Five years ago, (time surely flies), my dear friend Judy Simon surprised me and others with her first book, Before the Door Closes. The book is not that short, yet I read it in no time. Judy's narration flows effortlessly. The topic is one of no importance to many, yet it concerns most of us,... Continue Reading →

Confused Review

I turned the last page of Return to Region today. Book by Juan Benet. I can't, however, stop thinking about this book. Do you see these two pictures? They were taken in 2008. The sepia one was at Pedraza, Madrid. I'm facing the camera, one of my daughters in the stroller. My husband is the... Continue Reading →

Icarus & The Long Shot

Some weekends or even some weeks, I need to slow down my reading, and I want to watch something on Netflix for a change. This time I went for two documentaries that were fabulous. Icarus was gripping, it took a different turn, it went from jovial to deadly serious, -never loosing the humor. What is... Continue Reading →

Reading Ishiguro

Starting May, we'll be reading The Remains of the Day at my friend Karen's blog. In June and early July we'll read The Buried Giant here. THE BURIED GIANT June 21st, WEEK 1, BEGINNING TO CHAPTER FOUR June 28th, WEEK 2, CHAPTER FIVE TO END OF PART II July 5th, WEEK 3, PART III TILL... Continue Reading →

The Ink Dark Moon

The full title is The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani. These two women wrote in the Heian era, which lasted from 794 to 1185. Ono No Komachi (834 - ?), and Izumi  Shikibu (974?... Continue Reading →


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 →

Magritte, Don Quixote, and Quantum Physics

More than twenty years ago, I stumbled upon a book with different paintings by Belgium Reneé Magritte. I felt an instant fascination for his paintings. I couldn't stop looking at them, dwelling on the many thoughts they inspired. I found his stone still life paintings captivating. Time, eternity, death, the futility of human activity and... Continue Reading →


A bit earlier in the year, I had lots of fun choosing books for a few challenges, for the book club, and to read along with some friends in real life and online. But now in March, I find myself at a halt, trying to decide how to proceed with my readings. So far, this... Continue Reading →

The Deshumanization of Art

The Dehumanization of Art, and Other Essays, Ortega y Gasset When I bought this book, the title sounded to me as something negative that art was, according to Ortega, undergoing, its dehumanization. As I read the essays, (the first one who gives title to the book, and which contains different sections, being the longest), I... Continue Reading →

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 →

Don Quixote, My Classic

It only took me two months of this new year to decide to get back to Don Quixote. I listened to it last year, and, after this podcast, I couldn't resist any longer. I guess we all have our classic, that book we can read every year and never tire of reading. I remember, reading... Continue Reading →

Change of Plans

And yet another, (albeit minor), change of plans. After I declared I wouldn't go on with The Unconsoled book club, I wanted to offer a generous alternative, and I may have gone a bit overboard committing to 3 book clubs over 2 months for the readers, maybe even 3 for myself. Good thing I have... Continue Reading →

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen, 1814, ★★★★★ How can one review this book? I don't want to review it, I just want to talk about it, -grin. I hope I will with Kim. This was one of those titles we both chose to read, so that we could discuss it. I have never been much of a... Continue Reading →

Classics Club Spin, #17

What's the Classics Club? It's an initiative for whoever wanted to participate, to pick a least of 50 or more classics to read in the span of five years. (A classic is difficult to define, thus, I keep it simple. I pick books that are 50 years or older, and that are acknowledged as classics,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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