Book Deals: 1.99 USD Ebook deals on Amazon Kindle.

All these ebooks are $1.99 usd each on Amazon Kindle right now:

  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • This Savage Song Victoria Schwab
  • Rommies by Christina Lauren
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White

If one or more of them are in your Reading List and you don’t have it yet this is a good time to get it (before the price goes up).

Happy Reading!

Book mail and favorite quotes from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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This arrived today in the mail and I’m so happy!!

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books (I also love the movies) and for that reason I decided to share some of my favorite quotes from this book:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

“How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

“You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least.”

“Pride is a very common failing, I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what would have others think of us.”

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will no longer be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”

 

What are your favorite quotes from a book?

June Library Haul, more books to read during this Summer season.

 

This month I decided to check some books from the Local Library that I’ll likely read during the Summer (among others that were already on my growing TBR list), after browsing the catalog of the ones available at the Bellevue location I decided to pick up the following books:

  1. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. This will be the first of her books I read and I’m really excited about the plot (best friends-turned-best enemies find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.), I recently bought the paperback of The Anatomical Shape of a Heart also written by Bennett that was only $3.77 USD in Amazon.
  2. Miles Morales Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds, I saw the trailer of SPIDER-MAN : Into the Spider-verse (2018) First Miles Morales Spider-Man Movie (to be released on December 2018) and I really liked it, so I decided to read the Miles Morales Spiderman book written by Jason Reynolds.
  3. From Twinkle, with love by Sandhya Menon, I have the audiobook but I really really wanted to get my hands on a printed copy too and read it.
  4. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro, I’ve read a lot of comments about this book and I found it intriguing so I knew I had to add it to my TBR list.
  5. When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker. First time I read about this book was in a Twitter post by Eric Smith, and as I saw that he’s quite good at recommending books I decided to pick up this one, the story is about seventeen-year-old Mira who is a music prodigy in a family of athletes.
  6. This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi. A contemporary YA book about a girl who wins a scholarship to a theater camp, this books seems like a good option for a summer read.

 

Have you been recently to your local library? Which books did you pick up?

Audiobook recommendation: The Art of War narrated by Aidan Gillen.

To me The Art of War is a must in any library, I have several E-book versions and three Audiobooks (narrated by different people, two in English and one in Spanish).

This month I went out to walk by the city and decided to listen to the version narrated by Aidan Gillen and it didn’t disappointed me.

The length of this audiobook is just over an hour, which makes if perfect to listen during commute or while at the gym.

Aidan Gillen’s voice is perfect for this kind of book and, while I was listening I could see him in my mind  as “Littlefinger” from Game of Thrones while imparting this pearls of wisdom (I’m a Game of Thrones fan and I loved it).

I haven’t listen to the other audiobook versions yet, but I think it will me hard to top this one.

Book Review: Understanding the Alacran by Jonathan LaPoma

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Synopsis:

-Silver Medal Winner of the 2017 FAPA President’s Awards (Contemporary/Literary category)

Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.

But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death?

A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN explores many of the questions that haunt young people searching for love and their place in this world, and offers a poetic look at the raw beauty and healing power of Mexico.

My Review:

Will moves from Buffalo to Mexico to try to find some freedom while living with his friend Sal in a place called Lila. In Lila, besides the locals, he meets some people that like him are just looking for an escape and to explore Mexico.

Things are not easy for Will, yes there’s a lot of partying, drinking and meeting women but the cultural differences and the language barrier proves to be a struggle, especially at the beginning.

This book and Will’s experience while in Mexico shows how living on a budget in a different country can be a hardship, how prejudices can go both ways and the real weight of dealing with insecurities and society expectations.

The descriptions of the places Will visited during his stay in Mexico are good and it was a nice surprise to find out that I’d been to some of the cities mentioned in the book and, reading, made me go back to the times I visited some of them (like San Cristobal de las Casas, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Vallarta, Guanajuato and Puebla).

The writing is engaging, with the right flow and a dose of dark humor to make it an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

I found myself highlighting many parts of this book and next are some of my favorite quotes:

“And it was that very face that drew me – a beauty that could cut through any chaos without losing a hint of resolution”.

“It’s ok, Will. Keep writing. Maybe someday you’ll realize your ‘nothing’ is really something beautiful”

“The darkness had made its way back in full force. It was crippling and consumed me whole. I’d gotten away for a short time, but when it caught up again, it hit me with an extra viciousness – perhaps to punish me for running. Nobody truly gets away”.

“It was soft, and organic, and visceral. I felt alive in the darkness – alive and not alone. This was the Mexico I’d fled to see. The Mexico I’d invited to  sweep me away”.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

* I received a free copy from the author through a Goodreads Group.