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Yesterday (5th March) was World Book Day so I decided to pick up a book. I don’t usually set aside enough time to read novels, and forgot what it’s like to really get engrossed in a good read.

I actually decided to finish a book that I had abandoned reading a few months back. The Witch of Portobello by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is about a woman (Athena) born in Transylvania to a Romani mother who is orphaned and later adopted by a wealthy Lebanese couple. The book begins with the death of Athena and follows her journey to find her birth mother. It is interestingly told from the point of view of 8 people who knew Athena well. Themes present throughout the novel include religion, love, searching for one’s true self, and opening to the energies of the world.

I don’t want to give too much away but I’d recommend it. But you’ll probably find that, as I did, when you get to the middle, you kind of lose interest. Things pick up but you have to make sure you observe every detail, clue and link given otherwise things won’t make sense.