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The Seamstress by María Dueñas

The Seamstress by María Dueñas

A friend recommended The Seamstress by María Dueñas when she heard that I’m studying the Spanish Civil War. This is a historical fiction novel, with the action taking place in the 1930s and 1940s Spain and Morocco. It is a story about a woman’s survival…

The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

The book The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson* – Universal Lessons on Finding Purpose, Meaning, and Joy – sounds exactly like the sort of book I would read, if you have a look at the Philosophy section of this blog. I…

Underground Cities by Mark Ovenden

Underground Cities by Mark Ovenden

A book with the name Underground Cities by Mark Ovenden: Mapping the tunnels, transits and networks underneath our feet* sounds very interesting, isn’t it? If you think this, like I do, then you would love this book. It is a captivating read, offering a lot…

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne is part of the Cambridge Essential Histories and it offers a different perspective about the Spanish Civil War. Unlike the others historians who have a left-wing bias, he is, as far as I know, the only right-wing biased…

Cosmic Calculations by Rosa Maria Ros

Cosmic Calculations by Rosa Maria Ros

Cosmic Calculations by Rosa Maria Ros is book #30 in Our Mathematical World series by National Geographic. The first books seemed interesting, but not all in the series are equally interesting and there are 60 in total. But, this one was very nice. I’ve enjoyed…

Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford

Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford

I usually start reading a book and after that I search for the author on youtube to watch lectures, talks, or interviews. But Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford* was different. I saw on twitter that the author will have a virtual book launch and…

Cave Art by Paul Bahn

Cave Art by Paul Bahn

Cave Art by Paul Bahn* is, as the subtitle says: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe. I marked it as a travel guide because it offers a lot of details on where the caves are, when one can visit, prices, tours,…

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom

I read the whole Matthew Shardlake series and enjoyed it. Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom is a stand alone novel, its history happening after the Spanish Civil War, in 1940. I had a short chat about the book with my tutor and he knows…

Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr

Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr

I had no idea that Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr would be such an interesting book. It shows a different perspective of war through imagines. The imagines are from both sides of the war and show the horrors of fighting, but…

30-Second Fashion by Rebecca Arnold

30-Second Fashion by Rebecca Arnold

My regular readers know how much I’m enjoying this series and 30-Second Fashion by Rebecca Arnold* is another book I loved. It contains 50 key modes, garments, and designers, each explained in half a minute. I read some biographies of designers before, such as Alexander…

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

How should I classify Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell? As a memoir or a history book? I’ve decided to add it to my memoirs category because it is very much about him and his experience. It’s also an important historical document, a first hand…

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A book with the title A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that is a shame, because this one is a really great book. First of all this is an unbiased book. Just…

Epic Vegan by Dustin Harder

Epic Vegan by Dustin Harder

I am always interested in reading new recipes and Epic Vegan by Dustin Harder* sounded perfect, especially with its subtitle: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes. How can I make a review of a cookbook better than trying one of the recipes to see how it…

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston is the second book I read by him. The first one I read, Doves of War, was published more recently and it’s not as biased as this one. The [left-wing, if it matters] bias…

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst* is a book on, as the subtitle suggests, writers and artists in the conflict of 1936-1939. I will start with the good parts, which were many, hence the 4 stars. The book deals with the…

Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell

Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell

Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell or The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Herbs: The Art and Science to Grow Your Own Herbs* is a fascinating book on how to grow your own herbs. I am a beginner when it comes to gardening and I love…