World Book Day celebrated by Uber in Bucharest #UberCitiDoR

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More than 20 years ago, on the 23rd of April 1995, UNESCO organized for the first time the World Book Day (also known as World Book and Copyright Day). According to UNESCO, 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature: Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died on the 23rd of April 1616, and many more authors were born or died in the same day (in different years): Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo (UNESCO).

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Have you ever started reading a book with no expectations at all? That’s how I started reading “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, a book I received as Christmas present. Little did I know that this book would irreversibly win my heart with its touching stories and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a mysterious aura.

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Image from Simon&Schuster

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Book Review: Bloom – Navigating Life and Style by Estée Lalonde

As I enjoy fiction stories and complex plots, I haven’t been much interested in biographies. But when my favourite youtuber, Estée Lalonde, published a book about her life, I knew her book was going to be the first biography that sparked interest for my reading soul.

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Image from esteelalonde.com

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Series Spotlight: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Just one more chapter and then I should go to sleep… one hour later: Ah, I want to read the next chapter as well … two hours later: This will be the last chapter for this evening, I promise!

In a nutshell, that was my experience while reading each of the three unputdownable books that are part of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. Needless to say, it is my favourite series and it charmed my heart with a great mix of intrigue, mystery, gothic fiction, and unexpected plot twists.

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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic of the modern American literature. Having heard only good things about it, I made a wish to receive it as a present from Saint Nicholas … and my wish came true ♥

More than depicting children’s feelings toward unfair attitudes they do not fully understand, the story gives us a glimpse into the Southern U.S.A. society of the 1930s, a society segregated by racial injustice. The plot and characters are based on the author’s observations of her family, her neighbors, and an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old (The Telegraph, 2015).

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Book cover. Image from penguin.co.uk

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Theatre Review: The Diary of Adam and Eve (Jurnalul lui Adam şi-al Evei)

Have you ever wondered what did the first woman and the first man think of each other? And how did their relationship develop, as they were the first couple on Earth? Last Sunday I went to a play that imagined the answer to these questions by taking a playful and witty approach to the widely known religious subject.

The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain (adapted by Eugen Gyemant and interpreted by Dana Rogoz as Eve and Dan Rădulescu as Adam) tells the story of the two biblical characters, who were not only the first man and woman, but also the first husband and wife.

We are presented their lives from their own perspectives, from Eve’s birth to her death. If you imagine they were sad and bored, being just the two of them on Earth, think again! Just like anyone’s life, theirs was a journey of self-discovery sprinkled with funny moments, couple issues, care for their children, and curiosity toward everything around them.

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Eve sitting in a tree (Ro: pom), and Adam sitting on the grass (Ro: iarbă). Picture from danarogoz.com

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Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

When a novel gracefully combines facts and fiction about a famous person whose life is very little documented, you may end up not knowing where to draw the line between reality and fantasy. That’s what I experienced while reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, a book that fell into my hands by chance at the most appropriate time possible: when I was living in Delft, the place where the story’s action takes place.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story by Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann

There are countless ways a book can leave its print on reader’s conscience, but a well-told real story is all the more haunting and dreadful, as the factor of authenticity adds weight to the events. It was the cold, fearless look of the Arabic woman on the cover that sent chills down my spine and drew me to read Farida’s story.

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Image from libhumanitas.ro

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