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Paulina Sanchez
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Pues el año empezó con un día en #Acececa, #Veracruz.
Muy tranquilo, despertamos tarde, básicamente seguí al gato y tomé fotos en el jardín :D #AFTAN17 #YNYPT17 
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This fall I've had some interesting books that I've read quickly and others that I am still getting through...

Read since last update:

-Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling: Reread, love it. Unlike other times when I read this in a day or two, this time I took a week to read it, savoring it and immersing myself in the world once more. Simply wonderful.

-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Interesting book about a home for children who have certain "peculiarities" like being able to fly, fire manipulation, reanimation of cadavers, and such. The story is really interesting but I felt that the writing was not up to par. I also watched the movie and I have to say that I liked the movie better (::gasp::!)

-Choke by Chuck Palahniuk: What a change of pace with this one. It is by far Palahniuk's least disgusting book (that's saying something), it is about a man who chokes at restaurants in order to be saved by strangers who then give him money because they feel responsible for his life now. It's about sex addiction, dealing with a parent with Alzheimers, and plenty of social commentary about consumerism, entertainment, and life in general. I don't think I would recommend it to everyone but if you want to read something very different then this might be it. (Just be ready for weird stuff)

-Survivor Type by Stephen King: Short story about a man stuck on a deserted island with no food and no way out. I felt so claustrophobic reading this, so much anxiety, and very disgusting. Amazing storytelling though, if you can stomach it then please read it!

-The Pelican Brief by John Grisham: Recommendation from my boyfriend. This was a really good read! I really liked the leading strong female character. Basically she writes a brief that implicates some people on a plot that killed two supreme court justices. Then the people who come in contact with the brief are getting killed and they are after her now. It's the story of how she tries to survive. I also watched the film and liked the book much better. If you like crime mysteries this is a good one.

-Fairest by Marissa Meyer: The next book in the Lunar Chronicles, well, it's really a prequel of how Queen Levana came to be who she is. Really impressive retelling of the evil queen from Snow White. Loved the twists and the perspective from Levana from when she was a child to the present. This book can be read on its own but it's richer with all the others.

-Trece Historias Sobre la Muerte by L. Acosta Moro: This is a really interesting book by a Spanish author/photographer. He incorporates photographs he took in a cemetery along with stories about death, loss, fear, sorrow, nostalgia, and all the feelings surrounding mourning. The photographs are impressive and really capture that feeling of loss or anger or fear. I really enjoyed it though I probably shouldn't have read it all in one sitting because it was emotionally draining... A good reading for Day of the Dead though!

-Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany: Many people didn't like this play but I have to say that I really liked it. It's a completely different perspective, we are no longer in Harry's head, and the magical world is seen through his son's eyes. There are some things that I couldn't quite believe, and which I am still struggling to accept. Other than that I really enjoyed it and I want to see the play because some things I could picture in my mind but have no idea how they would work in a theater O.O! I recommend it to Harry Potter fans with open minds ;)

-Macario by B Traven: Man this author is really becoming one of my favorite authors ever! Macario is the story of a man whose dream in life is to eat a whole turkey all by himself without having to share with anyone else. He's a man who has a loving wife and eleven children. They are very poor so the food he gets he usually gives to his children after having just a few bites. His wife knows what he goes through so she buys and cooks him a turkey with money she has saved over the years. As he goes to the woods where he chops wood to sell in town he encounters the Devil, Jesus, and Death who ask him to share his turkey. What follows is an amazing story about the love for family, wanting to do the right thing, life, and death. I also saw the film adaptation which incorporates the Day of the Dead in Mexico and it's a wonderful film (although a bit different from the book). I highly recommend this to everyone.

-Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie: This book was originally written in French and translated to English. It is about two boys who are being reeducated in the Chinese cultural revolution. In their town books are forbidden, as well as any modern tool. However they come to find a suitcase full of books with western literature translations and their world changes in many ways. It's a beautiful book about the love for literature, how books can change the world, and we also get a glimpse of how life was in China at this time in history. Great book, highly recommend it!

Currently reading

-Cloud Atlas by David Mitchel: Still working on this one, rather slow going...

-Musicophilia, Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks: Reading this for nonfiction November. It talks about all the things I knew happened but had no idea why or if they happened to everyone, like music stuck in your head, how sometimes a song from a long time ago comes to mind, why during this time of the year our head gets filled with Christmas carols or other holiday music. It's really interesting but a bit rushed in some of the stories about patients. A tad repetitive right now but we will see how it goes...

By the end of the year I don't know if I'll read the 75 books I had as my Goodreads challenge but I'll try my best. I will likely switch to some lighter reads soon since I have quite a bit of heavy reading at work in the coming months. 

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Current Favorite Artist: Yemi Alade, such good beats! I love the videos too :D
Ah this song is just so much fun! ::dance dance::

Reading update (aka. what happened this summer?)

Books read during summer:
-The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: Great great book. Talks about an 18 year old, son of a preacher who does snake handling in his sermons (basically grab the snake, if it bites you you will not die if you have faith). It's about his struggle to get out of his town, to try and help his family but also himself. Great book.
- Da Vinci's Tiger by L.M. Elliot: I hadn't read much historical fiction but this one is set in the time of Da Vinci's start in the arts. It's told by a woman who has very strong opinions about what a woman should be able to do in life, not just follow her husband's orders and whatever society expects of her. Da Vinci gets tasked with painting her and from there he comes up with a new kind of portrait, the kind where the woman is not facing demurely away from the viewer, but right at the viewer. Not Mona Lisa, something different and, in my opinion, more powerful.
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: Such a good book! Tells the story of Lily and Rosaleen, her black nanny, during the years when African Americans could finally register to vote. Rosaleen tries to register to vote and she is attacked by some men, she fights back and is jailed. This story is so powerful, it's full of strong women who live their lives with more heart and more bravery than most. Really recommend it!
-Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton: So much fun! Adventure, pirates, plots! Just read it, if you are looking for a fun read you won't be disappointed. :D
-How the García Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez: A story about four sisters who grew up in the Dominican Republic and move to New York because of political persecution. The story is told from present to past and it's really powerful and interesting to see the different ways each girl developed and grew. How their parents' decisions shaped their lives, but more importantly, how they chose to shape their own.
-The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: I didn't like this one much. The story is told by a friend of Oscar's. The friend really isn't much of a friend and seems to be telling the story to rid himself of guilt or something. The stories I found most interesting were the ones set in the Dominican Republic, about Trujillo, about Oscar's mother and how she got to be in the US after fleeing the DR. There are really good things in the book but I felt that the way they were told was not successful and made me care less for Oscar and the narrator.
-La Carreta by B Traven: Wow, this book was just amazing. Please read it, it's a book originally in German, translated to English and Spanish by Traven's wife. It tells the story of Andrés, a young boy who is a laborer and then a carretero (transporter of various goods in wagons) across the mountains in southern Mexico. It's a story about the harsh life these laborers and carreteros lead and how, in their ignorance, they accept and live as best as they can. It's a love story really, but of love so pure and honest and just beautiful. It's part of a series of books Traven wrote about the lives in this part of Mexico (he lived there a long time), about corruption in government, the way the church manipulates the indigenous people, etc. I'm on a mission to read all of them now.

I also kept reading the Lunar Chronicles, read Cress which was wonderful, I'm holding off reading the next one for a bit though.

Currently reading:
-Desde mi muro by Benito Taibo: Basically short snippets of thoughts he has that he's published on facebook. Seems really odd but it's really good. He tells stories about history in Mexico, about social and political things that have happened to him or that he's witnessed that have intrigued him. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always leaving you thinking.
-Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: Just started this, I'm not sure what to think yet, I can tell it's one that will take more effort but that I hope will be worth it in the end.
-Rebelión by Julian Maldonado Luis (my uncle): So my uncle wrote a book! I'm beta reading it and it's really good, basically a retelling of what happened when Lucifer was thrown into hell, why did it happen? Why did he rebel? He's escaped from his prison and seeks something, not sure what yet. Oh, and he's got the help of a young boy he finds on his way. Really interesting interpretation for sure.

What to read next?
No idea hahaha, depends on what I'm in the mood for. I'm currently 4 books behind on my Goodreads challenge (48/75) so I might go with The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce.

How are you all doing with your reading? Super long post, wow hahaha >.< 

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Reading update!

Well I've been away from G+ for a bit but here's an update on what I've been reading and what's next:

Currently reading:

~I've been reading through the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These are young adult novels, basically retellings of fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, etc. but all set in a futuristic world with cyborgs and aliens. They are really quite fun and imaginative in the way Meyer has reinvented these stories. If you want a taste of them Meyer has some short stories from this world online. If you are at all interested in this I do recommend the story Glitches https://www.wattpad.com/story/10535656-glitches ~I've been sloooowly reading El Otoño del Patriarca by Gabriel García Márquez but man I just can't quite get through it. Between the long sentences (one sentence can be as long as two pages) and some obscure vocabulary choices, it's rather difficult to read. I might stop reading it and try again another time or push through with a dictionary. I haven't decided yet.
~Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood started a bit slow, I wasn't sure where it was going but about 60 pages in everything started to click. It's about an artist named Elaine who is back in her hometown for a gallery show. There are chapters set in the present and others that tell us the story of Elaine's life. It's about the creation of memories, how do we remember certain things and others are forgotten? It's about friendships, bullying, and self harm (both physical and emotional). It's about getting older and changing, about learning and accepting mistakes and moving on (or sometimes ignoring them completely). At times it is definitely sad and tough to read but there's also a part of it that is not exactly happy but something that feels right and simply true. Probably not the happiest read but (like all of Atwood's works that I've read so far) definitely one I would like to reread in a few years.

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What's next:

~June 1-7 is a science fiction readathon so I'll be reading Assimov's Foundation trilogy and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If I get through these I'll continue with The Lunar Chronicles (Cress and Fairest are the two that I haven't read yet).
~ The rest of the month I want to read some (or all) of the hardcovers I have here in SoCal because I'm going back to Mexico City in July (that way I don't have to carry them all back). The ones at the top of the list are:
-Only Revolutions by Mark. Z Danielewski (crazy book where you read it front to back and back to front at the same time, stories meet in the middle apparently)
-The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (:D)
-Everland by Wendy Spinale (Retelling of Peter Pan in a steam punk dystopian setting O.o )
-Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (Hacking competition set up by a young CEO in India)

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Finally, I'm restricting my book buying for the rest of my SoCal stay to used Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. The ones I need most right now are Mort, A Blink of the Screen (it has all the short stories in Discworld plus others), Pyramids, and Moving Pictures. The chances of finding them are low but I'm optimistic :)


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This is a very nice description of magical realism and a bit of its history. +Aaron Helton, I kept thinking about it from your post about The Vegetarian and was glad to find this video today, I also saw her review videos of the books she read and found them very helpful in trying to define what it means.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShzOBA2kINk

So January went quite well, with moving to San Diego (just 6 months) and all I still managed to read five books.
Among them The Messenger by Markus Zusak, was quite a good read, it is about a teenage boy who starts getting cryptic messages on playing cards and which lead to him doing random things for strangers (though I didn't quite like the end so I'm trying to forget about that part). This was one of two books I've read for an international readathon in which we got paired with people from around the world and they basically recommended a book set in their country. I got paired up with someone from Australia and one from the Canary Islands (though she recommended a German book since she had lived there for some time).
The German book I am referring to is called The Reader by Bernhard Schlink which was excellent. It is about a boy (15 year old) who meets a woman twice his age and ends up having a romantic relationship with her. Years later he finds her again but this time in a trial for crimes committed during the Holocaust. It's a very interesting perspective on the Holocaust and how it affected the whole country and the generations that came after.
This month I'm reading:
-Tesoro de la Sierra Madre by B. Traven, a book about three men in search of gold. His books tend to have some autobiographical nature to them so it's always fun to think about how some of the things he describes could have actually happened.
-Messenger by Lois Lowry, the third book in The Giver Quartet. Finished this yesterday actually, really good, really enjoying Lowry's writing.
-The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness. Don't know much about this one but I have seen it in many places and checked it out of the library on a whim.
Goodreads challenge: I'm ahead by 3 books (7/50) let's seen if I can keep that up XD

New month and new year!

2015: I managed to read 45 books, including dystopian novels, horror stories, classics, comics and graphic novels. And, I did manage to read at least 10 books in Spanish so that was really good :) I went over my initial goal of the year which was 25 books I think.

2016: I want to read 50 books, again ranging in genres, from classics to new releases, etc. I will be in San Diego starting on the 15th and until June so my library will be a bit different (mostly classics that I have in storage and whatever new I buy there).

January: This month I will read:
-Erith de Planta y Hueso by Daniel Rodriguez Cano, which is a prequel to the Quidea Legends by Juan Comparán Arias. This universe has humans with second natures of plants, so people (and animals) have plant characteristics, for example, the main character Erith has the second nature of aloe and so she has aloe leaves coming from he top of her head. (Currently reading this one, half way through).
-Caballeros en Praderas Magentas Poesía 1986-1998 by Ernesto Lumbreras. This is a poetry collection which is something I never read but I will try and include more of it this year.
-The praying Mantises by Hubert Monteilhet, a mystery novel I know nothing about (ha!)
-El Tesoro de la Sierra Madre by B. Traven. I read a book by Traven. Last year and just loved it; my boyfriend lent me this copy so I could read his most famous novel about three men in search of treasure.
-Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk. I know this is about pornography but not much more, with Palahniuk I never know so I will not even try and guess what happens here.

I'm taking the Discworld books I have left to read that I own (Equal Rites, Sourcery, and Thief of Time) as well as American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Good Omens by both Terrry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. (The rest of my books will be in storage until I return).

What will you read this month? Do any of you have plans for the year?

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Por aquí les dejo el Foto Tour del 2016 :D 

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365/365 #365photochallenge A rather interesting thing that this should be the last picture of this challenge. This is the #street I grew up in :) #lookaround #colors 
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