Six Mouse Clicks

The most boring type of blog post?

A book review.

They all follow the same predictable pattern – understandably. After all, a reader will rightfully expect information about the plot, the characters and the style of writing, with some tidbits about the author. The result, as with any genre writing, is a complete lack of creativity.

That is why, although Waterblogged is ostensibly a book blog, I was never really in the business of writing book reviews. Nevertheless, over the past three years I found myself writing a handful. There are books that are so good that you can’t help recommending them to others.

(There was, of course, an exception. You’ll find it here.)

Six reviews; six mouse clicks.  Six books you will want to read.

Fiction – English-Speaking Countries:

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Fiction – Spanish-Speaking Countries:

Death in the Andes

Fiction – Rest of the World:

Moscow Stations


City of Fortune


The Novel Life of Britain’s Greatest Frigate Captain


The Bible in Spain

Throwback Thursday:
Revisiting the early days of Waterblogged

6 thoughts on “Six Mouse Clicks

    1. Each to his own. 🙂

      Book reviews do put me off. Perhaps because I had to write to many essays analysing books at university! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book after reading a review of it… (Which doesn’t mean I don’t take recommendations from other people.)

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      1. Oh, I don’t ever read them until after I’ve read the book. It’s a way to see how others saw the book. I’m about to start a master that will lead to a Ph.D in Spanish lit so I’ll be overanalyzing 20th and 21st century Spanish lit and film myself 🙂 Which might be why I enjoy book reviews. 🙂

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        1. I’m sure you’ll overanalyse a lot… seems to be par for any literature course (although I’ve only ever done MA, it can only be worse at PhD level 😂). In any case have fun doing it! I might not want to repeat my essay writing days now but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them twenty years ago… The best of luck to you in your studies, and I hope to read about them in your blog!

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          1. We’ll see if I have the energy to write about it at my blog after all the reading and writing and correcting (I have a teaching assistant position to pay for it), but I’ll try to keep up with yours as it’s one of my faves 🙂 We’ll see how much writing on mine will be done once I get started, lol.


            1. I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog… For reasons out of my control, I barely managed to keep it going this year – I hope to pick up the pieces this month and get it going again!

              Please don’t abandon yours (as long as you’re enjoying it)! Although I do know how hard it is to keep going on at times, it’s worth it… I, for one, love reading about your experiences in Spain. I’d’ve loved to retire there but that’s never going to happen now. I’m glad (and a bit envious) for you being able to live and study there, ¡Suerte!

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