Reading shorties: “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold

Reading shorties: “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold

"The fibers that have clung to and defined the shape of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Kate, and Mary Jane’s stories are the values of the Victorian world. They are male, authoritarian, and middle class. They were formed at a time when women had no voice, and few rights, and the poor were considered lazy and degenerate: [...]

Reading: “The Makioka Sisters” by Junichiro Tanizaki

Reading: “The Makioka Sisters” by Junichiro Tanizaki

“She [Sachiko] was sometimes startled at the thought that she spent more time worrying about her sisters than about her husband and her daughter, but they were like daughters—they were on a level with Etsuko in her affections, and at the same time they were her only friends. Left alone, she was surprised to note [...]

Reading: “Sweet Forgiveness” by Lori Nelson Spielman

Reading: “Sweet Forgiveness” by Lori Nelson Spielman

As I’ve already stated several times before, I’m a cover whore. Most often, this leads to interesting books I wouldn’t necessarily read. Sometimes, this leads to me discovering that the beautiful cover is indeed the only remarkable feature of a book. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” goes both ways I’m afraid. Unfortunately, Spielman’s [...]

Reading: “L’art de la simplicité – How to live more with less” by Dominique Loreau

Reading: “L’art de la simplicité – How to live more with less” by Dominique Loreau

This week’s minimalist reading is sort of mixed a blessing: Dominique Loreau introduces different ideas of minimalism from ‘oriental’ (as she calls it), European and American backgrounds. Born in France, she lived in England and the US and traveled through Canada, Mexico, and Central America before settling in Japan, where she has been living for [...]

Reading: “Goodbye Things: On minimalist living” by Fumio Sasaki

Reading: “Goodbye Things: On minimalist living” by Fumio Sasaki

I started reading about the concept (or rather concepts) of minimalism quite a while ago because in the end, I hate clutter. I'm not much of an interior design aficionado, I'm not interested in decorations and I'm all about efficiency when it comes to using the space I have. Though we live in a beautiful [...]