War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey

Yes, I am reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy! It was on my reading list for such a long time ... I just needed a recommendation from a good friend (thank you, Elena!), a persuasive Ted-ED video, and loads of motivation to start reading this masterpiece. Now here I am, end of August 2017, reading … Continue reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey

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Book & TV Series Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Women's position in society has been a long-debated topic, starting from women's rights to wage inequality and discrimination. It is also the leitmotif of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, a dystopian novel about a society where fertility is a major issue and fertile women, called handmaids, are obliged to give birth for rich families. In a nutshell, … Continue reading Book & TV Series Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden is the second book written by the Nobel and Pulitzer winner John Steinbeck that I read, after previously reading the short story The Pearl. Considered by Steinbeck his magnum opus*, East of Eden is a book about family and brotherhood, about good and evil, about jealousy and pride, and about the way history repeats … Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Book Review: The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici

The "​Book of mirrors" was a hyped book when it was published, receiving a lot of media attention world wide. However, most of my curiosity arose from the fact that the author is Romanian, and it intrigued me that the book was originally written in English. "Let's see what's all this fuss is about!" I told … Continue reading Book Review: The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

What comes to mind when you think about Italy? La vita è bella, pizza, Vespa, Romeo & Juliet? After reading My Brilliant Friend, you can add something else to the list: Naples and the Neapolitan novels. My Brilliant Friend is the first book of the four Neapolitan novels (where Neapolitan refers to pertaining to Naples), … Continue reading Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Most times I venture myself into reading fairly long books, with many characters and complex plots. At one point I was asking myself: why don't I read smaller books? Is it because I don't hear much about them? Or maybe I just avoid buying them, thinking they're not interesting enough? With these questions in mind … Continue reading Book review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck