Happy New Website

As you probably saw, if you are a “coming back” visitor, the site changed a little bit. Even if the site header is the same and so the base colors, this is a brand new theme, coded from scratch. First of all I wanted to have a double site, both in English and Italian and since I had to translate the theme in Italian I decided to code it again (and I did have some errors in the validator that I wanted to eliminate, but I found out they are from wordpress and various script that I can’t do anything about, or rather I will try to check them when I’m finished with the translations). Anyway, New Year (Happy New Year by the way) Newish Site.

So today I’m going to present you the Italian version of this site, even if very few articles are translated. I wanted to have primary my book reviews in Italian, that’s why I created it and because I’m Italian and I think I express myself better in my language (not sure though, sometimes I can say the English word but not the Italian…). Each article is linked to the Italian version and vice versa with the little flag on the right. If there isn’t a translation yet, it links to the homepage of tinghe IT site.

Another good thing, I think, is that the site now is secure; I already had a certificate but for some reasons it wasn’t secure (and this is the second reason why I changed the theme, even if the theme coding was secure anyway). Not every article is “secure” meaning that I still have some images and links without the https so it gives the insecurity, I’m slowly changing all the articles but the site is secure even if there is the not so from google.

Other than that, my friend Janet challenged me to do the Popsugar Reading Challenge so I’m looking for book titles for that (it’s not easy! since I want to do it with crime/mystery books). I won’t have a problem with Nordic Noir since there are a lot of Nordic books translated in Italian (I saw that lots of good ones aren’t translated in English) but others have me stumped…

December Haul

Oh yes, in December I spent a little bit… Among books, tools and gifts let’s see my Christmas haul!

First we talk about books. In December there were many offers, before and during Christmas, because what could be better than gifting a book? So here the books I bought, they are three (I thought more!).

Gli adepti by Ingar Johnsrud.

This is a Norwegian book, translated in many European languages but not English; the Original Title is Wienerbrorskapet

It seems a simple case of disappearance, the one on which the inspector Fredrik Beier, of the Oslo police, begins to investigate. Of course, it risks clamoring, because to disappear into nothingness was the daughter of a prominent exponent of the ruling party and because the girl lived within a Christian sect, the “Light of God”. But the picture is immediately complicated: in the villa that houses the sect a massacre is consumed and in the basement a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory is discovered, of which the use is not clear. There are those who call into question fundamentalist terrorism, who blows on the fire. But Beier, joined by a young and brilliant Muslim agent, Kafa Iqbal, understands that behind the laboratory and the massacre, there is a much more complex truth and that it sinks its roots to Vienna, in the years of Nazism. Critically acclaimed at home and already sold in twenty countries, “The adepts” marks the debut of a new master of Scandinavian crime.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

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Befana

So, here in Italy January 6 is still a holiday, it’s the Epiphany day. Everyone (well almost, unfortunately shops are open) is at home enjoying the last family meal of the holiday season.

When I was little I thought the Befana (an old lady who flies her broom, like a witch but without witchy powers) was Santa’s wife and this view is commonly found among children. The concept of Befana is actually the same to Santa, thus the misunderstanding of her being his wife. She brings small gifts and candies to kids, but here where I live since we have Saint Lucia, she brings a stock full of sweets. And she can bring coal to bad kids, just like Santa,

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Christmas Food

There are a lot of traditional Christmas food served on Christmas day and the day after (since it’s still a holiday for us) but it depends on where you live.

Everywhere, anyway, the most traditional food is the Panettone and for us who don’t like candied fruits, the Pandoro.

Where I’m from, Lombardy, staffed capon is the main dish even if we, as family, don’t have it.

Moreover, there are families who celebrate and have a big Christmas Eve dinner (usually fish based), and families who celebrate on Christmas day, but anyway both have hors d’oeuvre, first course, second, cheese, fruit and dessert.

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December Celebrations

What are the most important dates in the Italian calendar?

The Christmas season starts on December 8th when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception which is the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church teaches that God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception keeping her “immaculate”. Usually families get together for lunch and it is traditionally the day that the Christmas tree and Nativity Scene are built.

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