Why I don’t mind my reading challenge anymore

I know, I know! It has just been a few months since I decided I would read 55 books this year, taking part at the Goodreads reading challenge.  However, I now think I’ll not complete it. Or, better said, I will not put any effort into completing the challenge. I found myself behind schedule and…

Peculiar things around the world – Elephant in the Alps

I live in Bressanone, South Tyrol, Italy. A small city in a narrow valley, founded in 901 A.D. and where the influence of the Catholic Church has been pretty high in the last centuries. In the center of the city, there is – guess what – a couple of churches: a small chapel, another church,…

My holiday reads wrap-up

After 6 long years, I finally went to the sea in summer! And what could I do on the beach other than reading a book?! In fact, I’ve read 4 (and one manga): The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young; The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. All of them dystopian novels. The Program:…

Socrates in love

I’ve read the book by Kyōichi Katayama years ago and it became one of my favorite books of all times. I loved it so much that I never read it again, fearing that I might think something different afterwards.  Sakutaro is going to Australia with the askes of his beloved one, Aki. She died at…

Peculiar things around the world – Chamberí (Madrid Metro)

The subway station Chamberí in Madrid is a now closed station located between the stations of Bilbao and Iglesia. Opened in 1919 it was built with light colored azulejos to make people use the subway more. In 1966 it was closed due to the impossibility to enlarge it to accommodate longer trains. It was kept…

The dog who slept under the stars

“Stargazing Dog’s Family“, a manga by Takashi Murakami, is one of the best mangas I’ve read so far. It’s the sequel to “Stargazing Dog”, which I haven’t read yet. It is totally fine to read even starting from the 2nd one. Three short stories (Twin Star, The Brightest Star and a final epilogue to the…

Photobook @ Saal Digital

Today I’m here for a different review. I was kindly given a voucher for the purchase of a wall decor on the Italian website http://www.saal-digital.it (there’s also the English version www.saal-digital.com) and I’m writing my review on the product right now. I could choose between six different types of wall decor and I chose something I’ve […]

Weekend recap #1

Hi everyone! This weekend has been a good one for me, so I’ll tell you about it. And let me start with Friday evening when I went around Bressanone to watch the fountains that have had a makeover for the Water Ligh Festival. This festival will end on the 21st of May, but I’ll bet something…

4 days in Madrid

No, unfortunately, it’s not me who’s going to Madrid. But I’ve been there twice and I’ve been asked to sort of organize a 4-days trip there for friends… So, why don’t share here a nice list of places you can see if you happen to be in Madrid? It will also give me the opportunity…

Read “The Circle” with me

The movie “The Circle” has just come out and I wanted to read the book by Dave Eggers before watching the movie. I have mixed feelings about the book. The idea is great, I was excited to read about a totalitarian company controlling all the information (and people’s choices). But then it developed in a way…

Watch “The Martian” with me

Today you’ll read another kind of post. I’m watching The Martian right now, after reading the book. And be warned: there will be spoilers ahead! Ok, it is true to the book, leaving out some things that are not too much important. But what about the journey from the hub to the mav?! What? Everything…