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Liliana by Blaga Dimitrova

Edition published: Collected Works, v2, 2003, First published: 1959Language book read in: Bulgarian Nel's Perspective It’s time for another poem! Vel and I had a long discussion on which of Blaga Dimitrova’s works we should do a review, because, you see, she was a very prolific writer during her life. The complete works collection spans … Continue reading Liliana by Blaga Dimitrova

Bone China by Laura Purcell

Edition Published: 2 April 2020, First Published: 19 September 2019Language book read in: English Vel's Perspective For a third year in a row, we have trusted ourselves to read and review a Laura Purcell novel, this year it is Bone China. There are many similarities between the novels - the main characters are all women, … Continue reading Bone China by Laura Purcell

Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

Partial front cover of Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

Edition Published: 2015, First Published: 1988 Language book read in: English Nel's Perspective Rarely do I feel the need to write down everything going through my mind whilst reading something. This usually happens when I read non-fiction, however, Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss is probably one of the few exceptions. Hence, I’m typing this just after finishing … Continue reading Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

Transki Stories and Balkan Suite by Petar Delchev

Front and back cover of Transki Stories by Petar Delchev

Edition Published: 2019, First Published: 2013Language book read in: Bulgarian Vel’s Perspective Transki Stories is used as the umbrella name for two separate sets of stories - Transki Stories and Balkan Suite, which have been collected under one edition. The two sets of stories have many similarities - they take heavy inspiration from Bulgarian folk … Continue reading Transki Stories and Balkan Suite by Petar Delchev

The Stricken by Teodora Dimova

Edition Published: August 15th 2019, First Published: August 15th 2019Language book read in: Bulgarian Nel’s Perspective Teodora Dimova’s The Stricken is a very raw and honest narrative of the days just before the 1944 Bulgarian coup d'état, which marked the end of the Kingdom of Bulgaria and the start of the People's Republic of Bulgaria … Continue reading The Stricken by Teodora Dimova

Morse Code Wrens from Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

Nel's Perspective As we were choosing the books for the 2020 reading list, Vel asked me to suggest a book, in which the focus rested on the role of women in society throughout the decades. To make it even more interesting, I pitched her the idea of comparing the lives and roles of women in … Continue reading Morse Code Wrens from Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D.Barker next to a bowl of cherries

Edition Published: October 17th 2019, First Published: October 2nd 2018 Language book read in: English Nel’s Perspective Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker’s Dracul has been on my waiting-to-be-read list for a loooong time and I knew I had to wait, because generally ordering English edition books from overseas takes a lot of time. But, … Continue reading Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

The Monk of Hilendar by Dimitar Talev

Cover of the book The Monk of Hilendar from above.

Edition Published: 1972, First Published: 1962 Language book read in: Bulgarian Vel’s Perspective The Monk of Hilendar is written by Dimitar Talev, a very prominent contemporary Bulgarian author. He tries to portray the life of one of Bulgaria’s most famous national heroes - Paisius of Hilendar. Paisius is widely loved and venerated, he has been made … Continue reading The Monk of Hilendar by Dimitar Talev

Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev

Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev - Bookcover

Edition Published: 2018, First Published: 2018 Language book read in: Bulgarian Vel's Perspective Yavor Tsanev is the first of a few Bulgarian authors who has made his way to our selected books of the year list with his Kissed by God, a collection of short stories, titled after one of the featured tales. I love … Continue reading Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev

The NoSleep Podcast – European Tour 2020 [Updated]

Update: The NoSleep Podcast team was kind to provide the correct names of the authors and their respective stories, so we can spread the love accordingly (29.01.2020) Vel's Perspective We arrived early, as one should, and shuffled coats, umbrellas and wine on our seats with great anticipation. Nelly was definitely more nervous and excited, but … Continue reading The NoSleep Podcast – European Tour 2020 [Updated]