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

Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

When a couple of months ago I asked the blog's readers for recommendations of books written by Australian authors, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan was one of the books I was told about (thank you, Robin!). The novel was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize, being described by the jury … Continue reading Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

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 dual perspective on war: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (book review)

Have you ever started reading a book with no expectations at all? That's how I started reading "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, a book I received as Christmas present. Little did I know that this book would irreversibly win my heart with its touching stories and beautiful language, all wrapped up … Continue reading A dual perspective on war: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (book review)

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)