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

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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

Reflecting on one’s own life while preparing a party: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

For a long time I've been interested in reading a book by Virginia Woolf. However, I became more aware of her literary importance after taking the online course "How to read a novel", where her novels were mentioned during discussions about flashbacks / flash-forwards and pace. That's how I found out that she is most … Continue reading Reflecting on one’s own life while preparing a party: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Learning to be a better reader: How to Read a Novel (online course) #week4

Uhuu, I’ve completed week 4 of the online course How to Read a Novel from The University of Edinburgh. If you’re interested in reading how I experienced the other 3 weeks, you can check out my posts about week 1, week 2, and week 3. The main theme of the second week was geographical setting. Here are some … Continue reading Learning to be a better reader: How to Read a Novel (online course) #week4

Spreading love in the bookish community: 5 book blogs I like A LOT

Summer is coming, sun is shining, birds are singing ... and I want to spread love in the bookish blogging community! From my point of view, blogging is not only about having your own corner on the Internet, but also meeting other people and chatting with them about common interests. So here's a post to … Continue reading Spreading love in the bookish community: 5 book blogs I like A LOT

A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

What approach do you take before reading a book? Do you do a research on the story, or you just start reading the book without any prior information? As I personally prefer the latter option, I started reading "When Nietzsche Wept" without having any idea what it was about ... The enthusiastic recommendation of my friend … Continue reading A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom