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

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A coffin and a family journey: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

I first heard about "As I Lay Dying" from Holly from The Nut Free Nerd, whose passionate review convinced me to add it high up on my 2018 reading list. And I don't regret doing so, as it's different than anything I read before! I must confess that reading this book was more challenging than … Continue reading A coffin and a family journey: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Oedipus myth wrapped in surrealism – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I start this post by making a confession: reading two books in a row (not part of a series) written by the same author was a first for me. After reading a book, I usually want to try something else, or I already decided what book to read next and I stick to the plan. … Continue reading Oedipus myth wrapped in surrealism – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

The world with a question mark – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 - the book* I got so hooked on that I spent late evenings and early mornings reading it. Interestingly, I did not know any single bit about this book before I started reading it ... I was very excited when I received it as Christmas present, but I had no idea about the fascinating story … Continue reading The world with a question mark – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Leaving everything you love for duty: March by Geraldine Brooks

A few months ago, before going on holiday to Australia, I decided to "prepare" for the trip in a bookish way - by reading books written by Aussie authors. That's how I discovered Geraldine Brooks and her Pulitzer-awarded book "March". Let me begin by explaining why this book is special. You might already be familiar with the … Continue reading Leaving everything you love for duty: March by Geraldine Brooks

3 reasons why War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy deserves a chance to be read

What comes to your mind when you think about "War and Peace"? Long and boring? Detailed war scenes that are not read by anyone anyway? Too many characters? Why the need for philosophical interventions? If you answered "yes" to at least one of the questions, I totally understand you! I read the book last autumn … Continue reading 3 reasons why War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy deserves a chance to be read

Studying for Hogwarts: Harry Potter – A History of Magic

If you're also a Harry Potter fan, you must have heard about the Harry Potter exhibition organized by the British Library in London. And you must have also heard about the corresponding book that was published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone“. Yes, in this post … Continue reading Studying for Hogwarts: Harry Potter – A History of Magic