“How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center

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If you really enjoyed “Me before you” by Jojo Moyes (either the movie or the book) I would completly and with no doubt recommend this book. I got an ARC of it a few months ago and I still keep coming back to it. Like “Me before you” its dialogues and sense of humor was on point! If your are looking for a lovely, fun and heart warming story don’t look any further.

 

 

If you loved “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett…

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Then I would recommend “Small great things” by Jodi Picoult. This book blew my mind.  A must-read for EVERYBODY.
I simply couldn’t put it down. It made me cry and laugh.
It’s about our story, our past, our (actual) present and our future. It’s a mirror and a wake-up call.

Now I have to get my hands on all Jodi Picoult’s books.

I can’t recommend it enough. Just READ IT, please!

A.C. Gaughen is back!

The sequel of Reign the Earth,  Imprision the sky (The Elementae #2) has finally a date: January 22nd 2019 by Bloomsbury YA 

I actually just read Reign the Earth and completly loved it! It’s fun, dark, heart warming and it’s set in a very interesting world with a very very very rich culture.

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Great reading lists for 2016 (so far)

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Take a closer look at this very interesting and original summer reading list! Lately I have been trying to expand my horizons with my reading, I would like to take more risks and just try new genres and even different types of narratives. For starters I have been reading more non-fiction books and I have actually enjoyed them very much. I’m also thinking to read certain books about different lifestyles and philosophies, some like: The Vegetarian by  Han Kang, A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Ship of brides by Jojo Moyes, Everything that I never told you by Celeste Ng and lastly Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. (No particular order)

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I got convinced to read some of these books because of the recommendation lists I found on these websites so I truly suggest you take a peek, they really have an interesting selection (not more of the over-hyped books that we see everywhere)

http://bookriot.com/2016/08/08/best-audiobooks-of-2016-so-far/

http://www.bustle.com/p/31-beach-reads-for-summer-2016-because-vacation-should-be-filled-with-incredible-stories-13147

Let’s read more books! Let’s read more diverse books, who’s with me?

P.S: Please don’t think twice and feel free to comment, I would love to know what your thoughts on this are, which books are you interested in? Have you read any of them? What did you think?

 

“Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

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I certainly don’t read poetry very often, meaning almost at all. The only poets that I remember really loving are Mario Benedetti and Shakespeare. Their works, though completly different, are just as beautiful to me. So anyways, I picked up this book out of curiosity and it was actually pretty good, not amazing but good. I will describe it as a very “raw” and down to earth kind of poetry and I like that. My favorite thing about it is how well the drawings match and somehow complement the poems. As a graphic designer I can tell you these drawings aren’t extraordinary, they were in fact very naïve, but that was what made them so perfect as to express the very primitive and passionate feelings that the poems put so well together. This book is written as a story about a women going through different experiences in life, like being in love, breaking up, finding herself and understanding not only what a strong woman she is but how all of us women should be proud of being one. I love how the writer embraced her flaws and somehow made it seem like it was okay to feel broken, lonely, damaged because we are humans and that’s what we do, we feel and we think, no matter which comes first. I like how this last section of the book seems to be about simply understanding circunstances, why we feel how we feel but must of all, standing up and deciding what do about it.

If you are into contemporary poetry and feminism or just looking for something for a short and quick nice read I’d recommend this book. I gave it 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you would like to know more about this book, the writer and her art work I suggest you go to her website, which by the way it’s beautifully designed.

https://www.rupikaur.com/

“Bee Season” by Myla Goldberg – and What I learned from it…

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My husband recommended me this book a long time ago and now that I have finally read it I can firmly say: I wish I had never wasted my time with it. I should admit that I went in not knowing too much about it but still hoping for something light and short. This could possibly be a mistake that us, readers, sadly tend to make. In my belief and based only on my experience I think (just learned) we should never go blindly into a book when we are truly not ready to get whatever we may get. Believe me, it’s not as easy as it seems, or at least not to me. I guess that’s partially what happened with this book, I went in blind somehow expecting the book to deliver what I felt like having at that precise moment, not because there were some things that hinted to me it had a few of those elements that I was actually hoping for, but because I, in this crazy little world of mine, somehow assumed that it looked like “that kind of book”. So, was it arrogance or lazinees disguised as “bravery” to have gone blind into this book? I don’t know but I guess what I learned is pretty simple, if you truly don’t feel like taking a risk by reading a book you know nothing about, then don’t.

Anyways, where was I? Right! If I could give this book a -5 stars I would. I finished it because I wanted to be DONE with it. I saw no point in the story and I reaaaally wanted to punch each of these characters in the face. It was craziness over craziness. I couldn’t identify with any of the characters and even though (and to a point) I could see why or how they did what they did or thought what they thought I just don’t buy it, it’s not believable. Don’t waste your time with it, there are faaaar too many good books to read instead, and far too many good books to make a movie of (yes this is directed to you film makers). I must admit… I will still watch the movie online, but only and JUST only because I’m curious about it and also because Richard Gere…

So what did you guys think?

Did you read the book or watch the movie?

How has this “going-blind-into a book-thing” worked out for you?

How often do you do it? I’d love to know!

Sincerely, a disappointed reader.

“The Friday Night Knitting Club” by Kate Jacobs “El Club de los Viernes” por Kate Jacobs

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I just can’t express how much I loved reading this book, well I actually listened to it (I better be more specific so I don’t upset those purists out there).  I was never ready to finish it. The narrator (Carrington Macduffie) did such a wonderful job, and even though the book certainly didn’t need any help, she definitely made it sound so good and so real. I was immersed in the story since the beginning. The rhythm of the story is told from different perspectives and far from being confusing, it was engaging. I wasn’t dying to get to the next chapter in order to read from a particular charaster’s POV, as I find happens too often in this kind of book. You could say that the main character is Georgia or at least she and her daugther, but for me it wasn’t centered on any particular character. The story intertwined and braided each of the character’s lives together so well that it was just too easy for me to love each and every one of them. Each of these character’s flaws and back stories were a hundred percent believable to me, which of course contributed enormously to making this novel a very lovable and enjoyable one.

For you to have a better picture of my experience while I was reading this book I’ll tell you that I picked this one up on a whim. It really was mere luck, for I wasn’t even looking for a novel to read. I was playing around with my husband’s new kindle and since I recently picked up knitting (by watching youtube videos) I thought that it may be a good idea to look for books about it, you know for real beginners. This sent me to a recommendation list and before I knew it I downloaded it from Overdrive, which actually only had the audiobook available. I thought it was perfect, I mean, it seemed like a cute book and this way I could listen to it while actually knitting. I didn’t know what a genious idea this was at the time. I felt like I was there, right there in that little store in New York sitting and knitting next to all these wonderful characters. Of course, I know this had to have influenced me a lot into liking it but before you turn away thinking that you have to have a certain knowlege of knitting or be a crazy old lonely woman to like it or to even understand it, you are wrong, SO wrong. After making my husband crazy (I couldn’t stop telling him how much I loved it) he decided to trust me and dowloaded the ebook. Believe it or not, he actually really enjoyed it, and let me tell you, he’s a self proclaimed book critic, so it certainly was a tough one to crack. He was very suprised and touched by something in particular that happened and just couldn’t stop thinking about it. So if you are already intrigued by this or simply want to know what made him feel this way, go read it!  Really, if you like books that make you feel like all the characters are as real as you are, read this.If you like books that make you have that cozy warm feeling inside, read this. If you like books like “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, read this. And last but not least, whether you like to knit or not, still, READ THIS!

Obviously I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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I’m not a big fan of contemporary novels but once in a while I feel like reading something light and funny. This little novel gave me exactly that. The story takes place in Texas and this was the first time I read a book set there so I found it not only interesting but most of all very genuine and truthful to what the state seems to look like, how people in general tend to be, their accent, traditions, etc, plus the author, Julie Murphy lives there so I think  she probably had a pretty good reference.The characters seemed so believable that sometimes I found myself immediately imagining or comparing them to real people in my life, I think it’s very probable that we all have a jerk or a wannabe jerk in our life, a very traditional and maternal person that wants to take care of everybody, a very girly girl, a good honest friend, etc so I really sympathize with Will (the main character) on this. In a broad sense this book made me reminisce a bit on my teenage years, it made me think about the insecurities that we all had and how naive we could be back then. My favorite character was Micht, he won my heart over even though he was a side character, I love the way he saw things and how honest he was with Will , how nicely he put into words the few experiences in his life that taught him something that he thought was valuable, he seemed to learn so much from such little things that it just made it impossible not to love him.

So if you are looking for some light, easy but cute and funny read I recommend it.

I gave this book a solid 3.5 stars out of 5

Audio books read by famous people.

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If you like Audio books or if you were thinking of maybe giving them a try you might want to start with familiar voices therefore here I, your loyal book nerd friend, provide you with some.

http://bookriot.com/2016/02/26/8-classic-audiobooks-read-by-famous-people/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/16-audiobooks-read-by-a-list-celebrities#.lyNXBp5rBq

http://www.openculture.com/2015/02/90-famous-authors-celebrities-read-great-stories-poems.html

http://bettyconfidential.com/ar/ld/a/15-great-celebrity-narrated-audio-books-for-book-lovers-day.html

http://flavorwire.com/268020/audiobooks-and-the-celebrities-who-were-born-to-read-them

I particularly love audio books. Sometimes I switch from a print book to its audio version and vice versa. I did this a lot more often in college for lack of time and I really got into it, it’s a great way to continue with a book when you are busy driving, washing dishes, doing laundry, taking a shower or a bath (if you are too afraid to get your book wet). I also recommend it for safety reasons, believe me you don’t want to be reading while walking on a busy street or cooking, much less if you are as clumsy as me. There’s something funny about audio books, maybe this only happens to me but I doubt it, when I begin an audio book and then switch to the print version, either because I felt like it or because I suddenly want to read on my own speed (despite that, in case you don’t know, audio books now let you switch their speed), the point is that I hear the characters’ voices just like the narrator was reading it before, even more if they do these kind of performances with different tones of voice for each character, and it doesn’t matter how long it has been since I listened to the audio book I can never get rid of those voices which sometimes are very nice and funny but others not so much.

So what do you think about audio books? Which kind do you like? How picky do you get?

I personally prefer one narrator with a single voice for all characters though to be honest I think I have only listened to a couple of audio books with multiple voices. If they make different voices for each of the characters they have to be pretty good at it because if they’re not I get confused or annoyed by it. Other things to consider are the accents and speed, in Spanish I don’t have too much trouble with it, being my native language and all but some accents do bother me. In English it’s simple, in my opinion if the narrator has a strong accent it can be a big plus for the book and the characters, it makes it more unique and special. On the other hand if this gets in the way of understanding what’s actually going on it loses its charm. The natural speed of the audio books can either help to understand and to even make the listeners like the book or almost ruin it for them, I don’t like it when they sort of drag the words and make it very slow and tedious and obviously the other extreme isn’t any better, like when they speak so fast that you don’t understand what they are saying or simply they don’t take the proper pauses which totally stops you from absorbing the words and the full meaning of the story as a whole.

So tell me what you think about it! I would love to know.

Great article for frustrated parents who love to read

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The Long Summer of Not-Reading

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

So I started reading this book a few days ago for two reasons, one, out of curiosity, I wanted to know what was the big deal with such a little book. Obviously book sizes don’t make them either good or bad, but let’s just say that I was intrigued. And two I read/heard that it is one of the classics that at the time when it was published was kind of groundbreaking. I think this is because of the language the author used, the way it’s written was very different for a novel published in 1951, but I guess the main thing that’s supposed to make it so special is the way Holden challenges society, how rebellious he is and all, and I get it I really do, I can appreciate how and why he acted the way he did in the book, he was trying to find his identity, his role in the world, he had this need that most humans, if not all, have to feel like they belong somewhere and that they can somehow form a meaningful connection with somebody. But is this enough for a book to be considered one of the best books of American literature? I don’t think so. I’m not trying to be controversial or to start a heated argument but I certainly didn’t get the point of this story. What was the conclusion? what was the point? I didn’t see what the plot really was about. For me it pretty much seemed like somebody had the idea of putting a GoPro camera on a very depressing person’s forehead for three days or so and kind of just hoping for something interesting to happen. I’m telling you, it did not.

Here is maybe an interesting question, do you think this book’s popularity  was sort of related to, if not totally due to the fact that John Lennon’s killer had a copy with him when he killed him? I really don’t know if the book was already so popular before this happened but I was just wondering…

So am I missing something? I certainly don’t think it is an age thing if that’s what some of you may want to suggest, I’m 26 and I think that I have read many other books with bigger rebellious main characters and far more interesting. For example, I read The Portrait of Dorian Gray by one of my favorite authors, of course, Oscar Wilde, and that book, being also a pretty small book by the way, it’s so beautiful! So interesting, perfectly written and has such thought-provoking dialogues! Obviously, I fully recommend it.

So what do you guys think? Overrated? Totally deserves the hype? Please leave a comment below, I would love to know your opinion.

P.S: I was right! two of the most used words in this book are depressed and goddam.

Welcome!

Hi everybody, everybody meaning whoever is there. My name is Mayrí, a graphic designer from Venezuela who somehow ended up living in Chile, where I met the love of my life with whom I’m leaving, meaning going back to the US, hopefully not too late this year. Yes, I have moved many times and each time has been a great, interesting and very rewarding experience. I’m writing here because I want to talk about books! I want to share my opinion like booktubers do and because it seems like I’m not brave enough to do it in front of a camera, or at least not yet, I’m doing it this way. These booktubers really inspired me to make my En tinta blog. By the way here are my favorite booktubers in no particular orther:

Thank you all very very much for sharing your love for books to the world! And please keep doing it!

Anyways let the adventure begin!

¡Bienvenidos!

Hola a todos, con “todos” me refiero a quien sea que esté por ahí. Mi nombre es Mayrí, diseñadora gráfica de Venezuela quien de alguna manera terminó viviendo en Chile, donde conocí el amor de mi vida y con quien me iré, o más bien, regresaré a US, ojalá no muy tarde este año. Sí, me he mudado muchas veces y cada vez ha sido estupendo, interesante y una experiencia gratificante. Escribo aquí porque quiero hablar de libros! Quiero compartir mi opinión como lo hacen los booktubers y porque al parecer no soy lo suficiente valiente para hacerlo frente a una cámara, o al menos no aún, lo hago de esta manera. Estos booktubers realmente me inspiraron hacer mi blog En Tinta. Por cierto aquí están mis booktubers favoritos en ningún orden en específico:

¡Muchas muchas gracias a todos por compartir su amor por los libros con el mundo! Y por favor ¡sigan haciéndolo!

En fin, ¡dejemos que la aventura comience!