Village of Stone

Title: Village of Stone (original title: 我心中的石头镇 ) Writer: Xiaolu Guo Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: January 31st 2012  (first published January 1st 2003) Rating: 5 stars ‘’But the Village of Stone- that tiny corner of the sea that, on a map of China, appears as nothing more than a deep blue stain, with no air or shipping routes to…

Chinese Ghost Stories

Title: Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Lafcadio Hearn Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication:  September 10th 2011 (first published 1887) Rating:  4 stars “You will ask me who she was-beautiful Xue Tao…Gor thousands of years and even longer, the trees have been whispering over her stony bed. And the syllables of her name reach…

Christmas Dinner

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικο Δέιπνο Writer: Various Publishing House: Νάρκισσος Date of Publication: November 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’…Paris with the snow falling. Paris with the big charcoal braziers outside the cafes, glowing red. At the cafe tables, men huddled, their coat collars turned up, while they finger glasses of grog Americain and the newsboys shout the evening papers. The buses rumble…

Christmas Stories

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικες ιστορίες Writer: Hans Christian Andersen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bowen, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Michel Tournier edited by Κατερίνα Σχινά Publishing House: Ερατώ Date of Publication: November 2001 Rating: 5 stars ‘’One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant…

The Snow and The Sun (La Nieve y la Sol)

  Title: The Snow and The Sun Writer: Antonio Frasconi Publishing House: Dover Publications Date of Publication: 17 Oct 2018 (first published June 28th 1961) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Snow that hurts my feet Why are you so bad? I am not bad; The Sun is bad That melts me.’’ Progressive poems have long been a vital part in the tradition of…

Literary Witches

Title: Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Writer: Taisia Kitaiskaia, illustrated by Katy Horan and forwarded by Pam Grossman Publishing House: Seal Press Date of Publication: October 10th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Why would we dare call someone a Literary Witch? Because all artists are magicians, and Witches wield a special magic. Witches and women writers alike dwell…

Travelling in the Dark

Title: Travelling in the Dark Writer: Emma Timpany Publishing House: Fairlight Books Date of Publication: July 11th 2018 Rating: 2 stars Sarah and her young son leave London for Sarah’s home country, New Zealand. Sarah wants to reconnect with an old friend, to make sure that the past can no longer haunt her. Her country is in a dark situation,…

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Title: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Writer: Edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman Publishing House: Greenwillow Books Date of Publication: June 26th 2018 Rating: 2 stars This is a collection I couldn’t wait to start. When I was about eight years old, my grandma bought me a volume of Asian Folk Tales and thus, she opened a window to…

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: March 6th 2014  (first published 1981) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There had never been a death more foretold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town. The perpetrators are two brothers. His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a…

Of Love and Other Demons

Title: Of Love and Other Demons Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin House Date of Publication: May 1st 2008  (first published 1994) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ideas do not belong to anyone {…} They fly around up there like the angels.’’ Neither Colombia nor Gabriel García Márquez need any lengthy introduction. One of the most fascinating countries of our planet,…

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Title:The Travelling Cat Chronicles Writer: Hiro Arikawa Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:  November 2nd 2017 (first published November 1st 2012) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Human beings are basically huge monkeys that walk upright, but they can be pretty full of themselves.’’ Confession alert: each time I see a cat- and I literally mean EACH time- I shout ‘’Kitty!’’ at…

The Language of Thorns

Title: The Language of Thorns Writer: Leigh Bardugo Publishing House: Imprint Date of Publication: September 26th 2017 Rating:5 stars ”You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled- not with all the good food or sunshine in the world.” Leigh Bardugo is a writer that doesn’t need introductions….

In Search of Lost Books

Title: In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes Writer: Giorgio van Straten Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Could it be the void itself which fascinates us, since it’s possible to fill it with the notion that what is missing might be something crucial, perfect, incomparable?’’ One…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

Lovely Marina from the extraordinary, super magical and dreamy blog https://booksofmagic.wordpress.com created a beautiful post joining Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl. There is a different themed post of top 10 choices every week and this Tuesday’s theme was just perfect! I adore lists, although I am the worst person when it comes…