Well that was depressing…at least that’s what most people tend to think of it. As a psychology professional in my other life, I found her novel to be a fascinating and accurate depiction of one’s descent into mental illness and subsequent suicide attempt. The Bell Jar is considered a roman a clef (French for “novel … More The Bell Jar Review
Last year, I did the GoodReads challenge and read 40 in one year. If you’re like me, and you want to read ALL THE THINGS and get overwhelmed when you walk into a bookstore or a library, this is the spot for you. Speaking of GoodReads, they have a great app with reviews, including … More Welcome to the Club!
Elizabeth Strout’s most recent novel is well written and intriguing. Lucy Barton and her estranged mother fill the time as they reminisce on the not-so-good-old-days. They artfully manage to avoid the difficult topics and instead catch up on the town gossip and connect through their memories of others’ lives. Strout brilliantly tells Lucy’s story and … More My Name is Lucy Barton Review
A best seller in Spain and taking place in Barcelona, this novel was one of two highly recommended reads (by locals) for our own family’s trip to the beautiful city on the Mediterranean. The Shadow of the Wind has it all-murder, mystery, romance, and adventure. The main protagonist, Daniel, is 10 years old at the … More Zafon’s Shadow of the Wind Book Review
Cathedral of the Sea was the second novel I read while in Barcelona. It has added such a richness to the experience of being in Barcelona and visiting Santa Maria Del Mar (original church built in 998 and then the cathedral built over it between 1329-1383). See below for photos. Also, learn more about this book’s … More Cathedral of the Sea by Idelfonso Falcones Book Review