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  1. Thank you! This was in Barcelona at the Palau de la Musica Catalana. I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful opera house/concert hall for anyone planning a visit to Barcelona. Seville was our second favorite city. I would also love to go back someday.
  2. Thank you. If you do get the book, I hope that your kids and MIL all enjoy it. Thank you also. And yes, it's such a lovely book.
  3. I read A Day on Skates - 4 Stars - This children’s book, written in the early 1930s, is charming and sweet. I don’t usually read children’s books now that my two are grown, but this was well worth a read. It makes me wish that I had known about it back when they were young. It’s fun to get the whole Dutch feel with the story and the illustrations are an absolute delight. Some more pictures from Sevilla. The first two are from a quinceanera or some other Catholic festival. Spain is full of festivals and parades. We loved it. We loved all the warmth and friendliness.
  4. Kareni, I believe that it was you who recommended "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote on the Christmas books thread. I can't find that thread. This book has been on my wish list for a while. Quick question: is it illustrated? If so, I should probably get a hard copy. I need to know if I can get a Kindle version or if I should get the hard copy. Thank you!
  5. Going to look into the Mark Hyman book. Thank you for the suggestion!
  6. Thank you all for your kind and sweet words re: my pictures.
  7. Robin, thank you for this wonderful thread, as always! I have yet to read any of the Daniel Silva books. I think that I have a few, but would prefer to read them in order. I read Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers - 1 Star - I thought that this would be a fun read and loved the idea, but it just ended up being “meh”. Most of the maps and print were too small and/or illegible. Most of the stories and poems were boring also. Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book - 3 Stars - This series (for adults, mind you) is pure nostalgia and cuteness. Although this one wasn’t my favorite, it would still make a nice gift for anyone who loved the Golden Books as a child. Pachinko - 5 Stars - I recently read and reviewed The Lords of Discipline and said that it was my favorite read of the year. Now, this book is my new favorite. I have a soft spot for multi-generational family sagas. Evergreen is another one that comes to mind. I read that one earlier this year (and loved it also). This gorgeously written story deals with the displacement of Koreans in Japan across a fifty-year time period. So much of it was truly eye-opening. It’s the sort of book that I could barely put down. I became obsessed with the story and felt irritated any time that I couldn’t read. I love books like that. My only complaint is that the ending felt a tiny bit rushed and there were a few unresolved stories, but honestly, that was relatively minor. All in all. I absolutely loved this book. My favorite quotes: “You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let’s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.” “...a God that did everything we thought was right and good wouldn't be the creator of the universe. He would be our puppet.” “a man must learn to forgive—to know what is important, that to live without forgiveness was a kind of death with breathing and movement.” “Patriotism is just an idea, so is capitalism or communism. But ideas can make men forget their own interests. And the guys in charge will exploit men who believe in ideas too much.” “There's no such thing as a benevolent leader. ... Those communists don't care about you. They don't care about anybody.” “For people like us, home doesn't exist.” Some more pictures from our time in Sevilla. Sorry if this is all getting a bit boring and repetitive. You might recognize the last one from a scene in one of the Star Wars episodes.
  8. I read The Lords of Discipline - 5 Stars - My favorite read of the year! Pat Conroy wrote beautifully. I’ve read a few of his books and have loved them all so far. This one is probably my favorite, or at least a close tie with Beach Music. This is the story of a cadet at the Carolina Military Institute in Charleston during the turbulent 1960s. It’s based on Conroy’s own experiences at The Citadel. I read that when Conroy first published this book, his alma mater shunned him for thirty years. While reading this, I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the story is based on fact. Just to prove how great of a writer he was, military stuff would normally not interest me one bit. This book had me hooked! The friendship between the protagonist, Will, and his three roommates is just lovely. Parts of the story are truly painful and raw at times, especially all the awful and monstrous freshman hazing rituals. Those descriptions are not for the faint of heart. They’re intense and gruesome. After all that, the story is incredibly powerful and moving. Conroy’s rich descriptions of Charleston make me want to visit there more than ever before. “Though I will always be a visitor to Charleston, I will always remain one with a passionate belief that it is the most beautiful city in America and that to walk the old section of the city at night is to step into the bloodstream of a history extravagantly lived by a people born to a fierce and unshakable advocacy of their past. To walk in the spire-proud shade of Church Street is to experience the chronicle of a mythology that is particular to this city and this city alone, a trinitarian mythology with equal parts of the sublime, the mysterious, and the grotesque.” “No city could be more beautiful than Charleston during the brief reign of azaleas, no city on earth.” I’m sad that I finished this book and can’t stop thinking of all the characters. They seemed so real. As with most fabulous books, whatever I read next will likely pale in comparison. Some of my favorite quotes: “Honor is the presence of God in man.” “… the world needs more roses far more than it needs more basketball players.” “Young girls have an infinite capacity for being attracted to the wrong sort of men.” Some pictures from Sevilla. We visited where part of Game of Thrones was filmed. My dh and dd loved that. I'm not a GOT fan, so I just enjoyed the place. We also went to a fabulous flamenco show.
  9. What a beautiful gift. Mumto2, that's just gorgeous!
  10. Thank you, Laurel. What a lovely anniversary you had! Also, how lovely that your brother got to experience living there.
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