Books: Review of Fábulas de Nuestra Tierra para contar en un Día de Muertos.


Written by the Mexican author Nora Girón-Dolce and divided into 6 short stories, this book is full of magic that takes you on a wonderful journey through Mexican customs and traditions that revolve around the Day of the Dead.

Reading this book was like sitting in front of the fire, drinking coffee and eating bread while someone told old legends in such a detailed way that it was as if I was there looking at the fields and the altars, smelling the rich food, listening to the wise words of a woman who enjoyed helping others and even understanding the incredible relationship between a dog and its owner.

The author has a style that allows you to easily connect with the characters, lose yourself between the pages and ultimately find you satisfied with the experience.

With a total of 56 pages the book is a quick read that is worthwhile and I highly recommend.

* The book reviews written on this Blog reflect my personal opinion and I do not perceive any kind of compensation for them.

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

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Reading Challenge Category: A book at least 100 years older than you.

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Format: Kindle and Audiobook

Rating: 5 of 5.

One of my Favorite Quotes: “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.”

Comments:

This book is a Classic and a most read, I found the narration by Rosamund Pike very engaging and I especially enjoyed it in the parts of Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet and Jane Bennet.
While listening the Audiobook I couldn’t help compare the book with the 2005 Movie adaptation (the one starring Keira Knightley), and to be honest even when I think the character of Lizzy is really well written, she wasn’t my favorite. There are some things that I found myself questioning about Lizzy after finishing the book (particularly some of her attitudes towards people like Darcy and even sometimes her friend Charlotte).
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, I love how Jane Austen portrayed the characters and I would recommend it (specially this Audiobook version).

Book Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. 

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

Book Review:

I loved Catching Jordan and after spending several days on my Local Library’s waiting list, I was happy to finally pick up this book and start reading.

This book tells the story of Kate, who during the summer is working as counselor in the same Christian Camp where she was sent when she was eleven years old, however things and people have changed over the years and she is going to learn that.

In this story we find romance, friendship and all the fun that comes with summer camps, but also certain sensitive issues are addressed by the author, one of them refers to the secret that Kate keeps (I will not give any spoilers here), also religion and people’s beliefs are an important part of the story.

The author has a great talent to create good characters and this book wasn’t the exception, Kate wasn’t my favorite in this book but is a well-developed character, quite interesting to read and I really enjoyed follow her emotional journey.

There were other characters that I liked better, among them were Will and Parker (I thought they were a lovely couple) and of course Matt (romantic, loyal, adorable, I couldn’t find any fault in him) this character has become (so far) in my favorite from the two Miranda Kenneally’s books I have read.

The things I loved about this book were the friendships, the chemistry between Kate and Matt and Kate’s relationship with her parents (they were sympathetic, supportive and I found them likeables, especially her father).

Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is a great summer reading and even when at times I found that Kate’s character was quite judgmental for my taste, this is an engaging book that I enjoyed reading and that reminded me the wonderful summers I spent meeting people and making new friends.

Book Review: Falling for you by Lisa Schroeder

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Book description (from Goodreads):

“Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give. 

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. 

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.”

 

My Book review:

I really liked this book and it was impossible for me to put it down until I finished (that was around 3 or 4 am).

The story was really heartbreaking at times, this book is so full of emotions and I found myself so immerse that in some moments I was sad, but in others I was angry because just couldn’t understand why some characters acted the way they did, I think this is what happens when the characters are well written and you can relate to them (is easy identify who are good people and who are not).

For some people this may no be an easy read, it’s not your typical love story, it’s dark at times and addresses some hard topics, but I think the author developed the story really well and everything fitted into place.

I think this book did a good job of showing that in difficult and hard times, we have to keep strong and hold on to the good stuff, even when sometimes may seem impossible.

The poetry in the book was good and the idea of share your feelings through the writing made me remember the time I got my first journal (diary) and I used to write in it all the time.

Overall I really recommend this book.