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  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Muse by Jessie Burton

    Author Jessie Burton became an international sensation when her first novel The Miniaturist became a best-seller across Europe. Back then my Twitter feed was full of praise for Burton and her debut novel. However, the story did not appeal to me at all, and after discussing this with other bloggers I decided I did not have to read a book just because everyone loved it. When Burton’s next novel The Muse came out last June I knew it was the right time to discover the author everyone loves. Thanks to Picador for the review copy. The Muse tells two different stories, both with women as main characters. In 1967 Odelle…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Nada by Carmen Laforet

    As many of you know, I am Spanish, but I am not a huge fan of Spanish literature. However, I had to take a subject on national identity and one of the professors teaches Spanish literature. That is how I discovered Nada by Carmen Laforet, a very inspiring, complex and overlooked book in 20th century Spanish literature. I fell in love with the excerpts we read in class so much, that I borrowed it from the school library and got ready to read my first Spanish novel since high school. From Book Depository: Eighteen-year old Andrea moves to Barcelona to stay with relatives she has not seen in years while…