Russian aristocracy and the Napoleonic invasion: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (book & TV series review)

If you read "War and Peace" or at least you've seen a printed copy, you must be thinking "how can she write a single post as a review of one of the longest and greatest books ever AND also cover the TV series?" ... And you're right! A single blog post would not make justice … Continue reading Russian aristocracy and the Napoleonic invasion: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (book & TV series review)

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey – part II

Hello! This blog post represents the second part of my War and peace reading journey, where I cover the second half of the book. If you're interested, you can also read about my experience of reading the first half of the book. § Date: 20.10.2017, pages read so far: 736 (approx. 75%) As it was … Continue reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey – part II

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: My reading journey – part I

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 – part I

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)

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)