A dark adrenaline-rushing story of murder: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

After enjoying so much "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt, I could not resist reading one more books written by her. Though I'm not sure how I heard about "The Secret History" - was it from a friend, or maybe from a fellow blogger? - I had a feeling that I have to read this book. … Continue reading A dark adrenaline-rushing story of murder: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Books+Tech: The book that enables you to feel characters’ emotions

Welcome to a new post about the intriguing ways books mix with technology and create new forms of art. While the previous post of this series was all about the book cover that judges its potential readers, this post is about sensory fiction. Long story short, three MIT students (Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope, and Julie … Continue reading Books+Tech: The book that enables you to feel characters’ emotions

Books+Tech: The book cover that judges you

Whether we like it or not, we do judge books by their covers. But how would you feel if you were judged by a book? Well, someone thought about the same question and actually implemented a system to help find the answer. The Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker beautifully combined technology and books, creating a book … Continue reading Books+Tech: The book cover that judges you

A servant’s life and a master’s obsession: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (book review)

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 … Continue reading A servant’s life and a master’s obsession: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (book review)

The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story by Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann (book review)

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 … Continue reading The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story by Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann (book review)

Book Review: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (book review)

A few months ago a friend sparked my interest in this book by recommending it as one of the best books he's ever read, so I decided to try it out. The story in a tiny nutshell: communism, amorous relations, censorship, sex, and lightness/heaviness of being, all under an umbrella of philosophical reflections. In a … Continue reading Book Review: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (book review)

The Godgame: The Magus by John Fowles (book review)

During my teenage years I've read three of John Fowles' books (The Magus, The Collector, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman), but recently I've realized that for the book I remember I liked the most (The Magus) I couldn't really remember the plot ... So I decided to read it again, to see whether after almost … Continue reading The Godgame: The Magus by John Fowles (book review)

The memoir of the Israeli writer: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (book review)

I am sure there are many better and more academic ways to review this book, but I will not go on that route (for the simple reason that I would not be able to do that). Instead, I will share how I perceived the book, what I made of it and what it made of … Continue reading The memoir of the Israeli writer: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (book review)

Murder mystery in the abbey: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (book review)

This book fell into my hands while wandering through the second-hand section of a bookshop in The Nethelands. I’d heard about Umberto Eco before, so when seeing “The name of the Rose” and its beautiful cover, I could not resist buying it. I started reading it that very afternoon. Image from librarything.com In a nutshell … Continue reading Murder mystery in the abbey: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (book review)

Deep dive into criminals’ psychology: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (book review)

After having reviewed a book written by a contemporary writer (The Circle by Dave Eggers), now it’s time for a classic one - Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This book was recommended to me by my brother as an “easy one” compared to other Dostoevskian masterpieces, and it is the first book by Dostoevsky … Continue reading Deep dive into criminals’ psychology: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (book review)