The recent passing of my grandmother has made me think of how some of my favourite books depict grandparents and family relations.
About Lucas Amaro García
Lucas was born in Granada, Spain. After studying Translation and Interpreting and living in Italy and Ireland, he met his Dutch partner in Malaga and decided to move to Haarlem, where he has been living since 2013. Lucas is interested in all kinds of literature and loves travelling and getting to know new cultures. If you want to know more about him you can find him on Instagram: @lucasamaro84
Entries by Lucas Amaro García
During these recent strange times and periods of uncertainty, I have found myself going back to the comfort of Agatha Christie’s classics and, again, the ‘Queen of Crime’ did not disappoint.
I have always loved locked-room mysteries and since we all seem to be in a locked-room life these days, I thought it might be timely to recommend a few ‘impossible crime’ reads that might help to pass the time.
International Women’s Day (Sunday 8 March) is a global day of celebration of the social and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This list contains some of the books that have helped me educate and continue educating myself to understand what feminism is and the impact it […]
Three gateway poetry books for beginners
Pride Amsterdam 2019 is just around the corner and many people are looking forward to celebrating diversity and equality during the canal parade. Parties and activities will take place all over the city between July 27th and August 04th. Pride is always a hugely important celebration but this year is particularly special as June 28th marked […]
My friends are having children. And I am happy for them. I am also very happy for myself. Not only do I get to be the cool in-law uncle who spoils them without worrying about bed times and healthy meals, but I also get to buy them books. Children’s books have changed so much since […]
If you have read any of my previous articles, I am sure you will not be surprised to know that I am not a native English speaker. If you had the misfortune of listening to me speaking in Dutch, you could easily tell that I am neither Dutch-born. If you see me in a bar […]
Reading a good mystery novel can be a very satisfying experience. I believe it has to do with the fact that, while crime is always terrifying, as readers we know that the crime will most likely be solved at the end of the book and the murderer, if not caught, will at least be identified. […]
When I was a little king my mother used to read to me and my sister horror books during stormy nights in our little village up the mountains in Granada. One may think that legends about headless horsemen and haunted hills are not the best way to entertain children, but I believe that listening to […]
‘Little free libraries’ are an American initiative that arrived in The Netherlands in 2013. ‘Little free libraries’ are places where people can exchange their books.
When I moved to Haarlem in 2013, one of my biggest goals was to make local friends. I wanted my life to be Dutch and for a period I avoided things I considered not to be Dutch enough like meeting with expats or watching tv in English or Spanish. Because of this, I spent my […]
Getting to know a new culture can be difficult, especially when there is a language barrier. I moved to Holland five years ago and even if I have taken lessons and try my best to speak Dutch on every available occasion, my Dutch is still not completely fluent. However, I have found that reading Dutch […]