Category Archives: Books

Paint It Black

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If you read my blog you might already know that White Oleander is my favorite book and if you don’t, well, I just told you. It was written by Janet Fitch who, according to Wikipedia, has only written two other books one of them being Paint it Black. If I remember correctly, after the Rolling Stones’ song.

Paint It Black is the story of Josie, an artist who is devastated after her boyfriend’s suicide. Fitch explores the healing process Josie undergoes after Michael dies. How she reevaluates her whole relationship with him and her life and how, slowly, she begins to accept his death.

I don’t think this book is as good as White Oleander but, she is a great writer, so it is still pretty good. I like the way she is capable of transmitting Josie’s agony and despair, how she takes you with her in her trip to rediscovering Michael’s life and how she makes you feel as perplexed as Josie. I know I say this about a lot of books but this is definitely a must read. And, while we are at it, you should also read White Oleander.

Crank

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The first thing the author explains in the book is that this story is based in the story of her own daughter and her addiction to meth so it already gives you an idea of what is coming and yet I did not expect to be so moved by this stiry.

The story is pretty straight-forward. Kristina, a good girl and student, gets into drugs over the summer and then her whole life becomes controlled by them. Nothing you haven’t heard before and not less devastating because of that. Written on first person and in verse it is a very intense novel that had me uneasy and in tension the whole time I was reading it. This is a novel that will really get you in the shoes of the protagonist  and strike a chord.

There are two other novels after this one, Glass and Fallout, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading them. I have to prepare myself for such an intense read, and also find them at a reasonable price.

Harry Potter

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Football, student’s evaluations, finding a place for the summer and a long etc. have kept me but I’m back and refreshed. Among the everything I have been doing I have been rereading Harry Potter. I’m still on the first book but I can’t believe it had been so long since I last read it.

I know there are a lot of people who think rereading books is a waste of time because there are so many others to read but I just don’t share that thought. Reading a bok one more time gives me a chance to focus on the details I missed the first time. In this case I was able to relive how Harry discovers the magical world and how, well, magical it all is. I love to read about how he became friends with Ron and Hermione and what his first days at Hogwarts were like. The last books were too dark but this one really allows you to enjoy the castle, the classes and all the little things of the magical world.

May be it’s because I’m a bit nostalgic lately but I’m falling in love with these books all over again.

Pottermore

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Friday is finally here and I have a fried brain and weird smelling hair. The first is due to spending the whole week trying to figure out what “vente parfaite” , “épouvantal fantasmagorique” and “enfilage de la machine” are. In other words doing a French translation that has been a nightmare because, let me tell you, translators need context for a reason. The second part is due to permanent straightening creme that didn’t even work. Well, actually, it worked a little but I will still need to use the flat iron to make it look the way I like so basically 16 € and one and half hour totally wasted.

It is the beginning of the weekend, though, so I put it all behind me and went through my usual routine of checking Facebook, e-mail… And turns out I had an e.mail notifying me that the Pottermore House Cup will be awarded in a weeks. I registered to Pottermore ages ago but I ever really used it because I didn’t really get what I had to do. But since it was the House Cup I felt like I could give it a second chance, and be sorted into a House for that matter. I still don’t get what I am supposed to do exactly but Imoved on from chapter 1 which is good. I was disappointed that they didn’t let me keep a white owl as a pet so I had to settle for a white cat but the Sorting Hat put me in Gryffindor so I had decided to let it go. And then the brewing potion thing happened. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do that. It was so incredibly frustrating that I don’t know if I will ever log in again. It kept me entertained though and I made me want to reread the books for the hundredth time so it wasn’t so bad after all.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, try Pottermore at your own risk.

Sunset Park

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I read this book a few months back but I didn’t write anything about it because I didn’t know what to make of it. I am still not sure I am really satisfied with it. At first the stories seem too foreign I felt  too alienated from the characters to actually care about them or feel sorry for them. The book is easy to read so soon I found myself in the middle of the book and starting to understand what the whole thing was about and the hope and happiness that seemed indeferent to me at beginning are now of extreme importance. By the end Auster had me at his mercy because I was extremely engaged in the story and reading page after page begging for a happy ending.

What I am trying to say is that it is a book I found mildly interesting but not very exciting at the beginning but managed to capture me throughout its pages and left me with a feeling of emptiness after reading the last lines. So, did I like it? I guess. It is obviously well written, all that I have read from Austen is. It is a beautiful story about characters with strange personalities that give flavor to the plot. And yet, despite all of this, I can’t help but have some reservations only because the main character gets on my nerves. He is the kind of person that I would like to shake and ask if he still has blood on his veins. So yes, I should like it, not liking a character but liking the story should yield positive opinions and yet this story and I just don’t click.

Book Fair

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I just got back from the book fair that is celebrated in Madrid these days and my feet are just killing. What is the result of browsing books for two hours? Just this:


And only because my mum offered to buy it and I thought it would be a good idea to practice my Italian. All in all, it was a very unsatisfying evening. First books are ridicoulously expensive in this country but there is nothing new there. Secondly, buying books is not the same since I got my e-reader. It’s not just that electronic books are usually cheaper, it is just that now I wouldn’t buy a 400-page book because I am not willing to carry two extra kilos in my bag. And also, unless the edition is pretty or has something special I just don’t see the point to paper over electronic. Spanish editors really need to wake up and start making improvements because with things as they are they are losing money by the second and then they will blame piracy…

I’m digressing, though. The fair was nice, as always, and I love being surrounded by books but it’s just not the same anymore.

By the way, I will announce the giveaway tomorrow, and yes it is book-related 🙂

Danaerys

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Ever since I started the blog I knew I wanted to talk about Game of Thrones and yet I kept postponing because there is so much that can be said about it that I just didn’t know what to say. For one thing, if you still haven’t read the books you should, they are the best fantasy books I have read, by far. Except for Harry Potter, but that is a whole different thing. So go read them, or at least watch the show.

Anyway I decided that I am only going to talk about Danaerys because she is my absolute favorite. Tyrion is great and very sharp and he is certainly next on my list but Dany is awesome. Women tend to be left in the background in a lot of fantasy novels but that is not the case in Game of Thrones which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. Dany is strong while being caring and fair. Her youth makes her makes mistakes sometimes but she always tries her best to make the right decision even if she doesn’t like it. Unlike the Starks, however, I feel that she is not so blinded by stupid honor that leads nowhere and is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. And she has dragons, how cool is that? I wish they had kept the purple eyes in the show but I won’t be too picky though because I do like the actress and I think they are doing a great job.

I hate her story line in the last book but I have high hopes for her and wish that someday she will get the seven kingdoms back, if Martin ever decides to finish the series, that is.