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BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION: BEL-AMI BY GUY DE MAUPASSANT

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 Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers! How are you doing? Today I'm happy to share with you another book review and this time I'll be reviewing a famous classic: Bel- Ami, a novel by Guy de Maupassant.  Some of you might remember that I hold this French writer in high esteem.  Considered the father of the modern short story, Guy de Maupassant is possibly best known for his shorter prose works (he wrote about 300 short stories and is considered a master of the form). However, Maupassant also wrote three novels. I personally enjoyed both his stories and novels. If you remember, I devoted a post to his novel Mont-Oriol.  I've read an awful lot of Maupassant  (several collections of his short stories and the above mentioned novel) and I was always left wanting more. Classics do tend to make my soul sing, but some authors are still dearer to me than others and that is the case with Maupassant. Seeing that I've always enjoyed his writing immensely, I was looking forward to

BOOK REVIEW: ILL WIND BY NEVADA BARR (ANNA PIGEON #3)

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 Hello readers and fellow bloggers. Another day, another book review. Today I'll be reviewing a book I finished yesterday: Ill Wind by Nevada Barr. I don't remember when exactly I started it (without making much progress) but it was a while ago, maybe at the start of this summer. I forgot all about it until the cover grabbed my attention yesterday when I picked it up again and thought to myself: 'Why not?' This was my first novel by Nevada Barr. To be honest, I haven't even heard of her before. I must have picked up this book in Jelsa, where there are these wood boxes for book exchange (great ideas if you ask me, all cities should have them). I'm glad I picked this book up. Ill Wind proved to be a lovely read. It's a murder mystery set in a national park. The heroine of the novel is Anna Pigeon, a park ranger. Now, apparently there is a whole series featuring Anna Pigeon and this novel is the third one in the series. However, I think Anna Pigeon books can b

BOOK REVIEW: THE NEIGHBOURHOOD BY MARIO VARGAS LLOSA & STANKA ZOVKO HAUL

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Hello dear readers and/or fellow bloggers! Today I have another book review to share with you: The Neighbourhood by  Mario Vargas Llosa . Like the last book I reviewed ( Blackberry Wine ), this too is a novel that I enjoyed but felt that it could be better. However, this time the author Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian writer and a winner of Nobel prize  for literature) was already known to me. Moreover, I'll show you the rest of my recent haul i.e. the other clothing items I bought in Ozz store (run by a local designer fashion designer Stanka Zovko). If you remember, my husband took me on this shopping date to cheer me up exactly a week ago. You can see the first ( a tea green set ) and the second part ( lilac dress) of my haul here. If you want, you can also have a look at Stanka Zovko's fashion shows I photographed in the past  ( March 2013  &  October 2013 ) for more insight into her work. These photographs were taken on the same day as the last one I posted. I was plannin

A BOOK REVIEW : BLACKBERRY WINE BY JOANNE HARRIS

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Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers! Today I'll be reviewing novel Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris. I'm quite fond of magical realism, but this was my first encounter with this author. What attracted me to this book was the beautiful cover. The author name (Joanne Harris) didn't ring familiar. On the cover, she was mentioned as the author of Chocolat . Naturally, I heard about Chocolat . Who hasn't? I neither read the novel nor watched the movie adaptation (featuring Juliette Binoche and John Depp), but I saw the trailer for the film enough times to remember what it was about. I wondered what this novel would be like. Would wine play a similar role as chocolate does? Would it find ways to human hearts? Besides the book review there will also be a bit of fashion in this post. The beautiful lilac dress I choose to wear to present this book is from a local designer Stanka Zovko. I paired it with a statement necklace, a black bag and gold sandals. Isn't it simply t