Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

Earlier this year I published a list of recommendations of books written by Japanese authors, list suggested by a very knowledgeable friend. At that point I found out about "The Old Capital" by Kawabata, a novel published in 1962. It was one of the books cited by the Nobel Committee in their decision to award Kawabata the 1968 Prize … Continue reading Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

The Mystery Blogger Award with a touch of beautiful illustrations

Hello and welcome to a bookish tag post! I was tagged by Zuky from BookBum (thank you!) to answer her questions, so here I am, doing the Mystery Blogger Award for the second time. To spice up this post, I added some beautiful illustrations created by Bianca Martin. She is a young Romanian illustration "with a … Continue reading The Mystery Blogger Award with a touch of beautiful illustrations

When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Culture since 1891: the Eldorado bookstore, Oslo

I love adding a bookish touch to my holiday by visiting nice/unusual bookstores. And during my recent trip to Oslo I discovered an amazing place - Eldorado! It is situated in the city center and it is a must visit if you're in Oslo 🙂 The bookstore itself opened in 2003, and its motto “Culture … Continue reading Culture since 1891: the Eldorado bookstore, Oslo

A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

Not long ago I was sharing with you my thoughts about "When Nietzsche Wept" by Irvin D. Yalom. Through a series of fortunate events (you can call it serendipity) I started reading another book written by the same author: "The Spinoza Problem". Oh, how much I enjoyed it and I also started to appreciate "When Nietzsche … Continue reading A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

Reading inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun: 7 books written by Japanese authors

You might have noticed the recent Japanese vibes present on Readers' High Tea. I read two books by Murakami ("1Q84" and "Kafka on the Shore"), for "1Q84" I also wrote about its book covers around the world, and a WanderBook made it to Japan - a journey beautifully documented by my family (check Facebook page). … Continue reading Reading inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun: 7 books written by Japanese authors

Book covers around the world: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Welcome to a new bookish journey around the world! This post is about the book covers of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. As it is one of my favourite books and it also achieved a high level of popularity all around the globe, I was really curious how its covers were illustrated in different parts of … Continue reading Book covers around the world: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami