Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last wrap-up of the Year

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're very well and you have a great evening and night. 

Today I just want to share with you the books I have read from the 14th of December and also I want to share with you how I did in the Booktubeathon. I hope you like it.





Books I mention:

Tragoncete en navidad (Big eater at Christmas) by Jacqueline Held https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964 (Complete Peanuts #7)
by Charles M. Schulz https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

The Westminster Alice: A Political Parody Based On Lewis Carroll's Wonderland by Saki https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls #2) by Sheila Roberts https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Peanuts: Merry Christmas Snoopy! by Charles M. Schulz https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1) by P.L. Travers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Macanudo 7 (Macanudo #7) by Liniers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

End Of The Year Book Survey 2015

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're very well.

Now that the end of the year is coming is time for:


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This idea was created by Jamie @ perpetual page turner I really like her ideas, her blog and her booktube channel. If you don't know her, please check her blog here.



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Number Of Books You Read: 207
Number of Re-Reads:
3
Genre You Read The Most From:
Mmm I think children books and non-fiction

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015? 

Seconds by Brian Lee O'Mallery

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?  

Scenes from an Impending Marriage by

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? 

I hadn't "pushed" to read any book.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015? Dealing with dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) by Patricia C. Wrede. i haven't read many series this year, but this book was good.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015? Mary Ann Clark Bremer.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Through the Woods by

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (Scott Pilgrim #6) by Bryan Lee O'Malley

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? 

Seconds by Brian Lee O'Mallery and The story of the Mr Sommer by Patrick Süskind

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015? 

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11. Most memorable character of 2015? The young boy in The suicide shop by Jean Teulé. I think he hasn't name in the book.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015? Confessions of a little liar editor by

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015? A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? None

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

  Mmm this year I have nothing :(

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015? 

Longest: Watch out! with the little Nicholas by

The Egg by Andy Weir(4pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most 

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.) 

I'm going to say Confessions of a little liar editor by Esther Tusquets. It's non-fiction, but i didn't expect that the book finished that way.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Ella and Jake from Merry ex-mas by Sheila Roberts

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Helene Hanff and her friend Patsy from Apple of my eye by Helene Hanff. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

  La primera tarde después de Navidad (The first evening after Christmas )by Marta Rivera de la Cruz

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: 

La noche en que Frankenstein leyó el Quijote (The night Frankenstein read The Quixote) by

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Jake from Merry Ex-mas by Sheila Roberts


23. Best 2015 debut you read? 

None


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? 

La biblioteca de los libros vacíos (The library of the empty books) by


25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? 

La volátil Mamma mia by Agustina Guerrero (really, really funny)

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015? The last lecture by Randy Pausch




27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?  

Confessions of a little liar editor by Esther Tusquets


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? The last lecture by Randy Pausch 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015? 

The suicide shop by Jean Teulé


30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu,


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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

 I don't remember right now which one is a new discovery for me :(


2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015? 

None

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? 

None 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? 

I don't usually go to these places because the ones I want to go they are in other countries.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

When I had the opportunity to buy books that I really really wanted in English and for a good price! :D

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Nothing that comes to my mind right now.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? 

All my Top Ten Tuesdays are always popular :)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? 

None

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Nothing

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I managed to complete my goodreads goal

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016? 

Tales of winter by Grégoire Solotareff

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)? 

 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? None

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016? None

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016? 

 Be able to read books whose gender is a bit out of my comfort zone

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: 

None

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Number Of Books You Read: Number of Re-Reads: Genre You Read The Most From: - See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2015/12/6th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2015-edition.html#sthash.HmgLQgoB.dpuf
e can chat further as sometimes that is easier for me to get to when I'm on the go!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?



2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?


3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?


6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:


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6th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 edition!!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

2016 Alphabet Reading Challenge

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you are very well and today I want to share with you another challenge that I saw in Anya's blog this time hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book blog (click in the word blog if you want to know more about this challenge)


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This challenge will run from January 1st, 2016 until December 31st, 2016.

You can join anytime. You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre. You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.The First Main Word Needs To BeThe Letter You Are Counting Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

OR
B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – The Art of Murder by Elaine Viets  B- Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams  C – Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay   D – Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs etc.
Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

I have decided to pick it up the A option and as Anya I'm going to keep track how I'm doing it in this post. 

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Booktubeathon (Holiday Edition) TBR

Merry Christmas!!! :)

I hope you are very well and today I want to show you the books I want to read in the Booktubeathon.

The Booktubeathon starts tomorrow and finishes the 29th of December. I hope you want to join us. 

I wanted to show you the books I wanted to read during this read-a-thon, but it wasn't in the mood of recording a video. So, I've decided to create this video and I hope you like it.




Books I mention:

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Macanudo 7 by Liniers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...


Please let me know if you're going to participate and what you're going to read :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Books beginning with CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas to everyone!!! :)

I hope you're having a great day and today I want to share with you this video. The other day I watched Lauren and the books video about books beginning with CHRISTMAS and I decided to do the same. This consists of creating the word Christmas with the titles of the books you pick up, so the first book start with c, the second with h and so and so on.

I hope you like it :)





Lauren's channel's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H-FO...

Books i mention:

Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Holly and Mistletoe (Hometown Heartbreakers #6)by Susan Mallery https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...

Restoring Grace by Katie Fforde https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

It's a Punderful Life: A Fun Collection of Puns and Wordplay by Gemma Correll https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13) by Agatha Christie https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Another reading challenge: French Bingo

Merry Christmas to everyone!!! :)


Today I want to share with you another reading challenge that I've found in Anja's blog http://reading2011.blogspot.com.es 

This challenge is called French Bingo and it's hosted by Emma at Words and Peace

It goes from the 1st of January to the 31st of December.

Here's the card:

 French Bingo 2016 card


 If you want to join, please click here

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Christmas Book Haul


Hi everyone!!! :) 

I hope you are very well and today I want to share with you some books I have bought recently. Given the fact that Christmas is around the corner I've decided to show you the ones that are set at Christmas time :)






Books I mention:

The snow globe by Sheila Roberts: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9...

Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls #2) by Sheila Roberts https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

The Lodge on Holly Road (Life in Icicle Falls #6) by Sheila Roberts https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Antiques Flee Market (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #3)by Barbara Allan https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years #1) by Jan Karon https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

Monday, December 21, 2015

New to you reading challenge

Hi everyone!!! :)
I hope you are very well and today I want to share with you a challenge. I saw this challenge in Kathryn's blog The Book Date and I decided to join. It's called  
New To You Square
And it's hosted by Anna in her blog The herd presents.
Challenge details: 
Challenge Dates: Jan 1, 2016 and ends Dec 31, 2016

Once you've read it...review it then link it up in the review linky you can find in her blog.

What Counts
  • Any book over 80ish pages counts (please no short stories)
  • Books MUST be read in 2016
  • All book formats count!
  • Challenge cross overs count!
Anyone can join! If you don't have a blog you can use a dedicated shelf on Goodreads or similar.

There's a FB group for the challenge--join to get book suggestions, socialize and get event news!

Levels
Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books
Level 2 (Dipping the Toes): 12 books
Level 3 (Wading In): 25 books
Level 4 (Going for a Swim): 50 books
Level 5 (Diving In): 75 books
Level 6 (Cannon ball! ALL in!): 75+ books 

**you can join at any level and move it around during the challenge
So what I have decided is to pick up the level 3(wading in): 25 books because, although I read a lot of books most of the time I pick short books so in this way I don't feel pressure to read longer books to review them.
So if you want to join, just click here.

Friday, December 18, 2015

More Chrismas Books (another wrap-up)

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're very well and today I want to share with you another wrap-up of the month of December. In this one you'll find more Christmas books reviews. I hope you like it :)







Books I mention:

Classic Christmas Stories by Ian Whybrow https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

The Gift of the Magi by Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator), O. Henry https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Christmas (La Navidad) by J.M. Parramon and Marta RIus https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

La Gota de Sangre by Emilia Pardo Bazán https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
Macanudo 6 (Macanudo #6) by Liniers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...


Thursday, December 17, 2015

First Book Of The Year


Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're well and today I want to share with you this cool idea I've found in Sheila's blog Book Journey

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This consists of picking the book that you will be reading into the new year.  It can be a coveted book that you have been waiting to read, a guilty pleasure book, a re-read of a favorite that you want to explore once again… whatever you want.
Our posts of what we are reading will go live on January 1st.  You do not need to be done with the book on January 1st, just reading it on January 1st and yes, you can start on the 31st and be reading into the New Year. 

Cool huh? 

So, if you're interested the only thing you have to do is to fill a short form (it is not even necessary that you know your book already)Click here to go to Sheila's blog to fill the form.

I hope you like this idea and decide to join us :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! + review

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you are very well and today I want to wish Jane Austen a happy birthday.
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This day, 240 years ago, Jane Austen was born and to celebrate it, let's talk about one of her books: Lady Susan.

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Lady Susan is about a woman, Lady Susan, who is tired of living in London and decides to go to visit to her husband's family. She is a widower who really likes manipulating people to take what she thinks is right for her.





My thoughts about this book.

First of all I didn't want to read this book because I had the impression that this one was incomplete. I think I heard that because this one was found between her papers after her death and there was no title on this work. It was (if I remember correctly) her nephew who put this title on it. But I saw a booktuber talking about it because she really liked it, so I decided to give it a go.

One thing I really liked about this book was the fact that even though this book was written long time ago the characters are not out-dated. You can easily recognize them, you know people like them.

Another thing that I really liked it was that this book was easy to read. The book is a compilation of letters that characters send to each other and you can read them now and then. The book is also very short (150 pages) and you can read it in just one day.

Something that I didn't like was that sometimes was difficult to follow because I didn't remember who was who and I tended to mix up characters. People who shared surnames, but they weren't in reality sharing blood, confused me.

Overall, I liked this book and I had a great time reading it.

If you want to read more Jane Austen's book, please check it out this one because it's a good one.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

                                             hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish


Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you are very well.

Today I want to talk about my Top Ten Books I Read in 2015. I decided to record a video where I tell you what I liked the most and why. Please don't forget to share with me your favorite books in the comment section below.




The last lecture by Randy Pausch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7zzQ...
Books I mention:

A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Silly Novels by Lady Novelists by George Eliot https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9...

I feel bad about my neck by Nora Ephron https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...

The last lecture by Randy Pausch https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Confessions of an editor a bit liar by Esther Tusquets https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Women astronomers by Sara Gil Casanova https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

The story of Mr Sommer by Patrick Süskind https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Seconds by Brian Lee O'Mallery https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

La volátil. Mamma mia by Agustina Guerrero https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sundays in bed... with a dog???



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                                                hosted by: Midnight Book Girl


Hi everyone!!! :)

How are you? I hope you're very well and today I want to share with you the book I'm going to spend the day with.


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This one is a compilation of cartoon strips that Charles M. Schulz wrote between the years 1963 and 1964. It has 300 pages but I'm reading it very quickly because it's funny, entertaining and engaging. I knew that I was going to like, but I never thought that I was going to have such great time :)

I hope you're enjoying with the book you're reading today.

Kisses.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Christmas wrap-up

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you are very very well :)

Today I have decided to share with you a video telling you the books I have read this month so far and I have realised that all of them are Christmas books. I hope you enjoy this video and find here your next read.





Books I mention:

Christmas tales by Enid Blyton https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

The first evening after Christmas (La primera tarde después de Navidad) by Marta Rivera de la Cruz https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

Little Miss Christmasby Roger Hargreaves https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

The Christmas Handbook by Malcolm Bird (Goodreads Author), Alan Dart https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop


                                     hosted by: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Hi everyone!!! :)

Today I want to share with you the question of the week. Feel free to share your answer in the comment section leaving a comment or a link to your blog :)

The question is:

Do you read every day? If so, do you have a "page goal"?

My answer: 

Yes, I do.  I love reading and I try to read as much as I can every day. I don't have a page goal because, I think, that if I had one, I would feel a lot pression meeting that goal and I wouldn't enjoy my book.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop


                                     hosted by: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Hi everyone!!! :)

Today I want to share with you the question of the week. Feel free to answer in the comment section below or just let me your link to your blog. Thanks! :)

The question is: 

How long does it normally take you to read a book?

My anwer:

Well, it depens on the size the book and the language I'm reading it, but normally it takes me a week more or less to be able to finish a book.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop


                                     hosted by: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Hi everyone!!! :)

Today I want to share with you the question of the week:

As you are reading a book, do you take notes for your reviews, write your reviews as you read, or something totally different? 

My answer:

Yes, I try to take notes while I'm reading the book because it's a good way to remember all my feelings and my thoughts about the book, although, I have to say, that many times I don't use all the notes I have written. Sometimes I read the book very quickly (a children book normally) and i don't have paper with me, so I try to write the review as quickly as possible so I don't forget what I have thought about the book.

As usual, don't forget let me your links/comments in the comment section :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November TBR

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're well.

Today I want to share with you the books I have decided to read this month. This month I didn't know what to read. I just come back to Spain and I wasn't sure what to read next. Thanks a trip to the library, now I have 1000 books that I really want to read, but I am going to show the 6 books I think I'm going to read or at least the ones I'm more excited about.

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Lady Susan by Jane Austen. This book is about a woman who likes manipulating people. I have never thought to read this book because, I think, it is incomplete, but I saw a booktuber talking about it and I decided to borrow from the library. So far, I really liked it and I hope to finish soon.






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Biblioholism by Tom Raabe. This book is about book lovers and their book buying problem (I don't relate at all ;) ;)) It's told in a funny way and I really liked it, but undfortunately I have problems with the vocabulary and I'm not enjoying it as much as I expected.





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Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. This book is about a princess that she doesn't like the life her parents have decided for her, so she runs away from the castle. Fantasy is not a genre that I normally pick up, but this book seems to me a fun read, so I have decided to buy it (because I couldn't find it in my library) and see if I like it. I have already started reading it and I like it so far.



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Under the duvet by Marian Keyes. This book is a compilation of essays. I think they are funny although I haven't had the chance to read it yet.







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La felicicidad es un té contigo (The happiness is a tea with you) by Mamen Sánchez. This book is about a man who is trying to find his son. He is the owner of several magazines and he sends his son to Spain to close a magazine in Madrid because it is not giving him benefits. The son arrives, but then he disappears. I have already started it, but I put it aside to read other books, so now I have to re-read some parts because I don't remember what has happened. 

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El arte de no amargarse la vida (The art of not embitter your life) by Rafael Santandreu. This is a psychological book about life and about trying not to worry or feel scared about the things that surround us. I really like this author, I have read another book by him and I listen to him in conferences and he helps me a lot. I hope this book helps me too.






I want to read more books, but I think if I am able to read 6 books, if I am able to read all these books and I like them, I will be happy.

Feel free to share with me the books you want to read this month. I hope you have a great time reading your goodies :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review: Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're well.

Today I want to share with you my thoughts about this book:

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In Daily Rituals by Mason Currey you will find the daily routine of writers, artist and composers such as Patricia Highsmith, Picasso or Simone de Beauvoir among others. You'll see what these artists do the whole day, what routine has decided to appy to their lives, and how successful it is. 

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to read this book for a long time and when I could borrow from the library I was really excited about it. For months I wanted to know what artists did the whole day, how they did things, how they sticked to routine, etc. 

Once I started reading, I fell in love with the book because in it you could see clearly what the artists did from the morning until night. Sometimes it was explained in a short way (1 page long), sometimes you could read a routine with more detail (3 pages), but normally the routines were short. I really liked knowing how people I admired did the whole day and, if I liked them, I could even try their routines myself. Cool huh?

But, there were some things that started bothering me. The first one was I didn't know how the book was built. It wasn't chronologically, it wasn't built based on how famous an artist was, so I still don't know why the author decided to put these artists in this particular order. (If you know, please let me know). The second thing that started bothering me was the fact that I didn't know the majority of these people and it was a pity because I would enjoy the book way more if I had known them before reading the book. Sometimes I checked who they were, but even knowing that they were painters or composers didn't make me more excited about them.

In the end, I felt that there were too many routines (once you have read 20 you are tired of reading routines) and most importantly that there were a lacking in women. I was surprised that I couldn't find more women. Why was that? Was it because the author couldn't find their routines or he wasn't interesting in artist women?

Overall, I liked this book. I felt really interesting specially when you saw how people who were performing the same art had totally different routines and they had success in their field. 

I gave it *** starts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How to read more books

Hi everyone!!! :)

I hope you're having a great day! 

Today I want to share with you some tips that can help you to read more books.

  • Pick short books. This year I was in the mood of reading short books, I don't know why, just happened. It was an interesting experience because, if you're like me, a slow reader, you feel accomplished and happy to add another book to your goodreads account. Graphic novel also can help you here :)
  • Spare time to read books. Instead of watching that really bad movie, why don't you pick up the book you want to read since, well, forever? 
  • Read books you really want to read. Sometimes I pick up a book thinking that I'm going to love, but I don't. Instead of putting aside, I try to read at least a little bit more and I struggle. I have read 5 pages, but they feel like 50. That is the moment to stop and pick another book. You will see the difference because if you're reading a book you really want to read, you're reading so fast that you can't believe you've read 50, 100, 300 pages. AWESOME! :)
  • Focus in one book. Just read one book and not let other books distracted.
  • Or focus in several books at the same time. Because if you're like me, sometimes you need a break from the book you're reading at that moment. I love you Lizzi and Mr Darcy, but now I want to know how Sherlock is going to solve this case.
(I do both. Sometimes I read only one book because I feel otherwise I'm going to start a lot of books and not finish anything, and other times what helps me a lot it's reading 2 or 3 books at the same time, so I can take breaks. Do what is best for you. No rules here.) 

  • Take a book always with you. I don't do this anymore because I have back problems, but i have to say that works perfectly when you want to read more. You're wasting time waiting in a queue, just take out your book. Read in the bus, at the doctor's office, in the destist's office, in a queue. If you do this, you will see you're reading more without noticing and having fun while you have to wait.

 I hope these tips have helped you to read more. Let me know in the comment if they helped you. 

Kisses