Cover of the book The Monk of Hilendar from above.

The Monk of Hilendar by Dimitar Talev

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 saint by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, he is celebrated on … Continue reading The Monk of Hilendar by Dimitar Talev

Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev - Bookcover

Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev

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 a good short story, though I find I am very picky … 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]

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Vel’s Perspective Here it is, our last book of the year! And what a book it is. As it was Nelly’s choice, I have to admit I did not look at any reviews or research the author as I had done with the titles I’d chosen. I found the title itself pretty vague - I … Continue reading Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

The Hate U Give Book Cover

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Vel's Perspective The Hate U Give is the last of the books I got to choose from the Goodreads awards for 2018. The title intrigued me, as well as the premise and some of the reviews, so I decided to give it a go. After I had chosen this title, I realised the number of … Continue reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Corset by Laura Purcell - Bookcover

The Corset By Laura Purcell

Nel's Perspective: Vel made me happy this summer, not only by visiting me, but also by bringing books along with her. 🖤 This was very fortunate, because our plan for the year included Dacre Stoker’s Dracul and we were unable to get the book on time to write a proper review. However, I think one … Continue reading The Corset By Laura Purcell

Side View of the Book Cover of Catch 22

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Nel's Perspective This time I don’t even know how to start my review... And I still have no idea whether I like the book or not. I hope I get to a more precise opinion by the end of this review. Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 is a very bizarre experience from start to finish. The … Continue reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

The Outsider by Stephen King on the Kindle

The Outsider by Stephen King

Vel's Perspective Stephen Kings is an extremely prolific writer, with nearly 60 novels published to date, and I doubt there are many places in the world where people haven’t heard of him or his stories. The settings for his novels vary widely from science fiction, to today, to a post-apocalyptic future. Overall, his writing explores … Continue reading The Outsider by Stephen King

Circe by Madeline Miller


Nel's perspective I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Greek Mythology. On one hand, I’ve always been interested in stories about heroes, magical creatures, and adventures. On the other, most, if not all, of the characters in Greek mythology are all-mighty, none can be beaten, none can be bested. This irritated me. If all of … Continue reading CIRCE BY MADELINE MILLER


Vel's perspective I received a long-awaited parcel from Nelly around 6 March, and along the treats she always sends me was Milen Ruskov’s bulky creation - Chamkoria. I started reading right away. Though many days I was unable to revisit the book due to personal engagements, I managed to finish the book right before the … Continue reading CHAMKORIA BY MILEN RUSKOV