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