First review of the year!!

Yessss that’s worth a party! A book party! And lucky for all the book lovers out there… we will have three reviews in this last week of January. Next week I’ll show you the book I’ve chosen for the Reading Women Challenge. And on the last day, Dee’s birthday, she will post hers.

Now it’s time for a Spanish short story:

An old Spanish story

The three-cornered hat by Pedro A. de Alarcon

What are all the fires of torment compared to those which sometimes burn in the heart of man?”

Sometimes less is better?

This short story consists of just 114 pages. Each chapter has two, max. three pages, and read therefore quite fast. The three-cornered hat has actually been adapted and retold in many different ways. Yes, yes, lots of background but what’s the book actually about?

The story

Before diving into the story of Senora Frasquita and Tio Lucas, the author first describes the setting. He talks to us, readers, and takes us to another place and another time where Don Eugenio fancies Senora Frasquita, the wife of miller Tio Lucas. Don Eugenio plans to be alone with Senora Frasquita even when he knows she’s married (and let me mention: happily married). Then a lot of events take place (without spoiling the story) and nothing is what it seems. They say there are two sides of a story but this time there are three sides. What happened according to whom?

¿Sí o no?

It’s a… yes. It reads fast, gives you interesting point of views, and sometimes like life it isn’t going the way you think it’s going. It’s good to be reminded sometimes that we have to believe in one another and in love. 

January writing challenge

Let’s see if we can combine the reading challenge with our writing challenge? This month we have to read a feelgood book. So I want you to use this quote in your story. How? That’s up to you. You can make it the theme for your short story or something your character actually says. 

Today, I choose happy…

Are you ready? Grab your pen and… go!

Happy New Year

I want to wish you all a wonderful 2020. May the year be filled with beautiful memories, great stories, and wonderful books.

There are some great writing/reading things planned in 2020. What kind of things, you might wonder? Well, let me walk you through the list…

1. A new year means a new reading challenge. This year I’ll be reading books from the Reading Women Challenge. But! I’m not done yet. There’s going to be a slight (but good) change. My friend, Dee, is going to write reviews for this challenge as well. Below the name of the book and author you will find “Review written by Dee“.

2. The first challenge will be “A Feel-Good or Happy Book” because we should start the year with loads of happiness.

3. With the help of Dee, there will be more reviews so it might happen that the website will change a bit.

4. More book reviews also mean more posts on Instagram. 

5. I will finish my young adult in 2020. Right now, I’m in an editing mood. That’s already something, right?!

6. In the summer I’ll be on the market with my new business idea. This is still work in progress so I can’t tell you much about it… just yet! I’ll keep you posted.

7. My friend Maria and I will finally finish our screenplay. It’s time to tell Emma’s story.

8. Not related to any book or story idea but we will have a cat in January! 

That’s the list so far. What did you write on your 2020 list?

New year