Goodreads Monday ~ The House of the Spirits


Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

The House of the Spirits
By Isabel Allende
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9780553383805
Pages: 448
Genre: Magical Realism/Historical Fiction


In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies.

Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

This sounds like a wonderful saga that comes backed with an outstanding number of rave reviews and ratings. Have you read The House of the Spirits or any of the author’s work? Do you have a favorite saga you would recommend?

Happy Reading!


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36 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday ~ The House of the Spirits

      1. It’s been awhile, but I thought it was good. Straightforward, a little simple, but draws you in to a culture. I only read the one, and this was the shortest book, if I recall correctly. I do want to try another. It’s a good question.

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  1. When I saw the title of this book, I immediately thought it was a horror of some sort. I was quite surprised to see the bright, cheery cover! It sounds like a complex, intricate yet intriguing novel ❤

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  2. I’ve read ‘Daughter of Fortune’ and ‘Zorro’ by Allende and they were both compelling stories, though it took me a while to get through ‘Daughter of Fortune’. I zipped right through ‘Zorro’ in a few days.

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  3. I’ve read this book and found it amazing! The movie was okay, but the book was fantastic. I’ve read other books by her as well, and House of the Spirits and Daughter of Fortune were my favorites. She also wrote one about Zorro (don’t remember the title), but I didn’t like that one as well. I hope you enjoy this one.


  4. Great pick! I had to read a few of her books during Uni, but I haven’t read that one yet… It sounds really good though! I remember enjoying Daughter Of Fortune. 🙂


  5. I haven’t read anything by this author, but I do know about her books. I actually have one book by her that I’ve been meaning to read.. for almost two years now: Zorro!!! My copy is picking up dust now. I wish time could freeze for a moment so I can shorten my TBR… Just a little bit.. 😛

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  6. I *adore* magical realism! I didn’t have this book on my TBR before, but I certainly do now! I do have Allende’s Paula on my TBR already– she’s on my list of “magical realism authors to check out”. Because obviously, I have one of those. I also agree with Krysti, the cover is gorgeous.

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  7. Nice pick Danielle! all the stars!!! Isabella Allende is one of the authors on my list of MUST READ. I actually own a copy of Island Beneath the Sea & my sister borrowed it a few mths ago. She is not a reader but from time to time she browses my shelves & this one caught her eye. She told me it was slower paced but that she LOVED it. All her books have a touch of Magical realism in them to my understanding. Allende’s works are priority for me, she is Latinx legend material in the literary world 🙂

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  8. Oh my gosh is that cover AMAZING! I find that magic realism can be pretty hit or miss for me… I think it is definitely a hard genre to write. Often I find that the magic elements don’t fit in or feel odd. BUT if it’s done right, I love it! I’ve been looking for more Latinx authors/settings since it is a big gap in my reading, so thanks for bringing this one on my radar 🙂

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