I just finished the most amazing book, House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. It has been a long time since a book has so completely moved me, so absorbed me in its world, and brought me to tears. I feel inspired to write. I think this a book everyone should read. It is a book about the lives of a most extradinary family, about laughter, about tragedy, hatred, mysticism, love, revenge, oppression and freedom. In short, you need to read it, asap.