As someone who did not enjoy learning about history at school, I find myself surprisingly intrigued by historical fiction books. When I saw "The Tattooist at Auschwitz" on the shelves of Nautilus bookstore, I bought it immediately and read it only few days after.
Don't you love the feeling when you read a book review and you think "oh, this sounds like a book I must read"? That's exactly what happened when I read Izzy's review of "The Miniaturist". And here I am now, writing my own review of this lovely book.
Slowly but surely Murakami is becoming one of my most read authors! After reading "1Q84", "Kafka on the Shore", and "Norwegian Wood", next on the list was "A Wild Sheep Chase".
What images come to your mind when you read or hear the word "Frankenstein"? A scary monster, crazy experiments, a lab with fuzzy light, a mad scientist, horror slow-motion scenes? Well, let me tell you this is NOT the image you get when reading the book written by Mary Shelley. "Frankenstein" was one of the … Continue reading The idealistic creator and his Creature: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (book review)
Let me start with this: "Never Let Me Go" is one of the best books I've ever read. Maybe this is why it was so difficult for me to write this review and find the right balance between showing my excitement and not spoiling your future reading experience. It's funny now when I think that I … Continue reading A dystopian story about fate and friendship: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (book review)
Earlier this year I published a list of recommendations of books written by Japanese authors, list suggested by a very knowledgeable friend. At that point I found out about "The Old Capital" by Kawabata, a novel published in 1962. It was one of the books cited by the Nobel Committee in their decision to award Kawabata the 1968 Prize … Continue reading Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata (book review)
Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)
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 (book review)
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 (book review)
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 … Continue reading A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom (book review)