Reconsidering

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Reading with Kim, 2018 edition

It's that time of the year when I get together with my dear friend Kim, to choose what books to read together. We love doing so, and then we talk about them and many more things when we meet for a coffee. These were our past titles: Brothers Karamazov ,which we will read from April till…

A Circle of Quiet

A Circle of Quiet, by Madeleine L'Engle,  #1 in the 4 of her Croswicks Journals Published in 1971, ★★★✫ I saw that my friend Anne White read and recommended this book, and when I saw it at the last book store sale, 6 months ago or so, for $1.00, I was excited. This book and  Flannery…

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…

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…

Caffeine or non Caffeine

My husband has suffered a challenge to his health twice, and caffeine, though not the only culprit, has been a major offender. Finally, this year, he's decided to quit having caffeine, but he did not want to give up the coffee experience somehow. While in Madrid, my mom introduced us to soluble cereals, that come…

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.…

Alfanhuí

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…

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…

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…

A Man Called Ove

I didn't know that this book was made into a movie. This was our first book for our February book club appointment. These are our selected titles: From Wikipedia: A Man Called Ove (original title in Swedish: En man som heter Ove) is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer.…