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BOOK REVIEW, MORE STORIES FOR THE HEART: THE SECOND SELECTION BY ALICE GRAY

This was my first book by Alice Gray. Since we're talking about a collection of stories she has put together, I'm not sure can I say it is my first book by her. Should I also credit the sources Alice Grey used? I'm not sure what is the procedure in this kind of cases. One of the things that bothered me a little was that I was unsure of how much edited or even rewritten these stories were. I much prefer the compilation of stories that are just composed of different authors (preferable the ones I already know and like). 





WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS THIS?
 I believe that it is supposed to be a motivational book. Some of these stories are indeed motivational, and others not so much. How would I describe this book? Perhaps as stories for the heart that didn't exactly appeal to my heart. Most of them, anyway. To put it simply, I have very mixed feelings about this collection of stories. Some stories were touching and inspiring, while others were overly preachy, sentimental and emotio…
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BOOK REVIEW: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO NATIONAL PARKS OF UNITED STATES

I believe this is my first time reviewing a National Geographic book, but I hope it won't be my last. As much as I love reading literature and fiction, it is nice to branch out a bit from time to time and read something different. I was always fascinated by National Parks in USA. There are so many of them. So, I thought, why not read and review this one? It's been a while since I reviewed a non-fiction book, so this should be fun. Reading this book was exactly that- fun. An easy read that won't be hard to review at all.
WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS IT? 
This book is certainly an excellent guide to national parks of USA. I would say it's exactly what it presents itself to be.  I got what I expected from it, I'd say. This little book is packed with useful information and a lovely selection of photographs. Its pocket size, so don't expect too much from these NG photographs, they're quite small- and so is the writing, which strains the eyes a bit. I think this one is mea…

BOOK REVIEW: THE HISTORIAN, A NOVEL BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

I'm trying to read more new authors this year, and Elizabeth Kostova is a new author for me. The Historian is my first novel by her. While I do have mixed feelings about this novel (as you will learn if you read my review), I don't regret reading it. I might check out her other writing as well. The Historian was first published in 2005 (fourteen years ago) making it Kostova's debut novel. It remains the novel Elizabeth is best know for. 
I have so many photographs of this book. I have to admit that this particular edition is quite gorgeous. I actually borrowed this book from the library. The hard cover edition itself is wonderful, feel free to browse my photographs if you're considering buying it. I didn't like this novel enough to want to buy it, but I did enjoying it, even if I think the writing could have been much better. The premise behind the book is very interesting. Supposedly, Elizabeth Kostova has been interested in Dracula for most of her life. Her fath…

BOOK REVIEW, READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN: A MEMOIR IN BOOKS BY AZAR NAFISI

I readReading Lolita in Tehranlast year, but I have a feeling that I have only finished this book yesterday. In other words, this memoir in books stayed with me. Reading Lolita in Tehran was a very emotional read for me. It is a story about a devoted teacher of literature, who is attempting the impossible, and that is being herself  an Islamictotalitarian regime we learn. At the start of the novel we meet her as she prepares to host a secret book club that will give her the chance to connect with her old students and teach literature in a way it should be taught. Beautifully written and filled with literary references, this is a novel that has moved me deeply, on so many levels. The author herself has such a beautiful and sincere voice. It was very easy for me to relate to her. I have wanted to read this book for such a long time, and I'm happy I finally did get the chance to do last year. Without a doubt, this has been one of my favourite books of year 2018. 

But first let's …

BOOK REVIEW: THE TIME OF INDIFFERENCE, A NOVEL BY ALBERTO MORAVIA

Finally the time has come for me to sit down and prepare a review of one of Moravia's book. The Time of Indifference is a beautiful and complex novel. I read and reviewed this book last year, but for some reason I forgot to review it here as well. My review will be very similar to the one I have already shared on goodreads, I'm just going to add up a bit of commentary. Reflecting on this book gives me great joY, because it is truly a fascinating novel. I'm a big fan of this Italian writer. Moravia was,  in my opinion, an excellent novelist, one of the best. His portrayal of characters is always very human but at the same time very detailed and precise. In many ways, Moravia reminds me of great Russian novelists. Psychological realism is definitely one of my favourite genres. Anyhow,  I listened to an audio version of Gli Indifferenti, so I don't have photographs of this book. I do have photographs I took of another Moravia's book, so I decided to use those ones fo…

Book Series Review: Anya and Her Wings & Superseal, written by Natalia Lialina and illustrated by Andrei Lialin

Today for the first time on my blog I'm reviewing two books in one post. The reason being that both are from the same author (Natalia Lialina) and designer/illustrator (Andrei Lialin). Moreover, both of these books are the work of The Chickenleg House creative group. If you want to know more about this children's book series, I recommend visiting Natalia Lialina's official site (here). 
Before I get into reviewing these two lovely books, I want to take a moment to stress the importance of reading to children. In this screen and technology dominated age, a nice book is every parent's best friend.  As a parent, family member, friend or educator, you'd want kids to rest their eyes from the screen as often as possible. If you want to improve your children's language skills, one of the best ways to do it is by reading to them. 
Reading to (and with) children will not only help them improve their vocabulary and literacy, but will also help to develop their imaginati…