Ritter's first novel isn't a forgettable vanity project as many other actor-turned-fiction-author projects are: Despite its shortcomings, it's a solid and enjoyable debut that far exceeded my expectations, one that would've succeeded even without her added celebrity status.
Renowned for its architectural oddities, the huge Victorian mansion used to be the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of the firearm magnate. Construction was ongoing for 38 years without a master building plan, and it's claimed to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles.
Written in the early 60s, Fowles' debut novel about a lonely young butterfly collector who kidnaps a pretty art student and keeps her in his basement is the most chilling book I've ever read, while being one of the most beautiful at the same time.
A reflection on Tori Amos' stunning feminist fairytale musical The Light Princess, five years after its debut on the National Theatre stage in London, adapted from my notes jotted down after originally seeing it.
Full of hand-written notes and sketches from journals and stray pieces of paper, Useless Magic is an artfully done scrapbook that provides an honest glimpse inside the mind of a passionate artist; a gorgeous keepsake for any Florence + the Machine fan.
The number one florentine landmark is notable for being one of the largest churches in Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and boasting the largest brick dome ever constructed. The inside of the cathedral can be visited for free, but a tickets gives you access to five additional sites: The bell tower, dome, museum, baptistry, and crypt.
In the second sub-trilogy in the Realm of Elderlings series, Hobb gifts us with a new cast of multiple POV characters, as well as the possibly most original take on a fantasy fiction trope I've ever come across.
My luck would have it that my favorite musical discovery of the year would play their first Vienna show featuring Gavin Harrison in support of their new album Dissolution just a few months after my getting into them!
Foer's much anticipated third novel after a dry period of over a decade is an outlandish, convoluted, messy, chaotic epic which details a series of events and their consequences in the lives of a Jewish family in Washington, DC.
The Ragaiolo suspension bridge is about 100m long and hangs 60m over the stream and waterfall of the same name. It's a short and family-friendly hike in one of Trentino's most beautiful valleys within the Stelvio National Park boundaries.