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?
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.
-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.
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.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is my favorite book from all times, when I was little I read this book so many times that after some time the hard copy I owned started falling apart (now I have the Ebook in English and Spanish, and the Audiobook).
This book is again on screen (now with the wonderful Masterpierce from PBS) and I can’t wait to watch it.
Here’s the trailer:
What’s your favorite book that has made the transition from page to screen?
Lately due to a personal situation I haven’t read and review as many books as I wanted (hopefully everything can be resolved favorably soon), yesterday I distracted myself by watching my Wedding video and decided to create a Playlist in Spotify and Youtube with my favorite songs from that day (from music played at the church, the reception and the after party).
The link to the Playlist in Spotify is here.
The link to the YouTube Playlist is here.
And here’s a list of the songs:
In the Church:
- Pachebel Cannon Suite
During the Reception:
- You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
- You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
- When You Love Someone by Brian Adams
- What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
- The Way You Look Tonight by Tony Bennett
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
In the After Party:
- Tu Luz by Azul Violeta
- Amarte a la Antigua by Pedro Fernandez
What are your favorite Wedding’s songs?
An electric debut novel about love, addiction and lost; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. (From the synopsis on Goodreads).