Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Delirium by Laura Restrepo

Sorry guys, once again I forgot to take the picture before bringing the book back to the library :/

Every story is like a big cake, everyone gives account of the piece he or she is eating and the only one that can account for the whole thing is the baker.

Why I read this book

My reading of Hispanic authors has gone down in the last years, let alone Colombian authors. Restrepo's book has been acclaimed with several prizes and my family liked it, so I decided to jump back on the horse with this one.

What the book is about


This book takes us through the loose of sanity of Agustina and how this affects the people around her in the present while at the same time showing us what was it in her past that brought the fall. As side players we also have a view on the money laundry that was taking place during the Pablo Escobar and narcoterrorism period that took place in Bogotá during the late 1980's.

First impressions

I can see how the prose in this book has been compared to the one often found in Saramago's work. The jumps in phrasing, sometimes abrupt might make it hard to follow as it happens with Saramago. However, as you advance in the story it gets easier and at a certain point the changes between voices became seamless.

Final thoughts

The way this book not only explores the psyche of Agustina, past and present, but also the very intricate situation that the country was going through makes it unique. Is not the first (nor it will be the last one) to deal with the drug’s problematic in Colombia, but it is the first one I read that doesn’t gravitate solely around the people implicated in the trafficking or in this case the money laundry. In here, the pain and fragility that Agustina goes through is not due to it.

Her whole back story, going all the way back to her grandfather is accompanied by “insane” outbursts, with behaviours that were hidden but that could have point at a very delicate personality. The whole family dynamics that is shown, her relation with her father, her 2 brothers, her mom and aunt; those dynamics alone could have shown a part of the reality if the country, with the blatant machismo of the father and the dependence on appearances of the mother.

When you add the fact that the status of the family, or better say the money that keeps this status is related to the biggest drug lord the country has known, it allows the author to discuss, if not critic, the behaviour towards this illegal operations and how it touched different levels of society, both directly and indirectly, to a point that people would be deep into their knees without knowing anything at all.

What prevent me from giving to this book a full 5 stars is that I was left hanging at the end with a lot of questions unresolved and not enough bases to construct my own ending. You see, and abrupt end is not a bad thing in itself to me, but a lot of the books that have done so and that I have loved, left me with whispers during the whole story that allow me to construct a possible array of conclusions. In this book at the end I felt like, in the vertiginous life of Agustina and her family, we all crashed into a wall disguised as a final period, while a lot was left unsaid.

Isn't it right father, that one is crazy inside?



Monday, April 28, 2014

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


All of us are lonely at some point or another, no matter how many people surround us. And then, we meet someone who seems to understand.

Why I read this book

I bought this book one day at CostCo (yes I shop at CostCo, you guys, I get paid once a month and so I have to stock up, don’t judge me!) because I saw the cover, read the back and thought…hu, this seems interesting. And then, I put it on my shelf while I caught up with other books I previously bought. And then, all of the sudden I start seeing reviews of it all over the place! And the Once Upon a Time challenge was coming so…here we are!

What the book is about

The book follows two mythical creatures of two different cultures. A female Golem who loses her master from the beginning and a Jinni who has been trapped for the last millennium. Faith has it that they both arrive to New York during 1899. Two very different characters that will touch other people’s life in very different ways. When they finally meet, a strange friendship is formed as there temperaments collide at first and complement later.

First impressions

The book has a very beautiful prose. It is easy to get deep into the story, and since inside every chapter there are jumps from the different POVs (not only the Golem and the Jinni but also others around them) you get this eagerness to continue reading to know what happened to every single one of them.

Final thoughts

I quite enjoyed this book. It has a lovely story and particularly liked how the personalities of the main characters somehow balance each other out. At some points their conversations felt to me like I imagine a shoulder angel and devil would be. Not to say that the Jinni is evil, but is creature of desire, who doesn’t have the reflex to think of others and in the other hand you have the Golem who has a very hard time thinking of herself.

It was very beautiful to see how the first companions both the Golem and the Jinni tried to explain human nature and their behaviour to each one. Trying to explain the limitations and advantages of both tendencies (self-absorption and self-ignorance if you will).

In a way, the struggle both parties have to fit in, to involve themselves with a community resonate with how hard is to be the new person arriving, particularly when you arrive to an established community. It also touches the fact that there are always people who can see your true nature and people who are predisposed to see you only under a certain light.

I think the book was beautiful. I just felt that the conclusion, while very fair and what I was hoping for, was a bit rushed; at almost 500 pages I believe giving us those extra 16 (making it a round 500) would’ve allowed for a more round finale. Completely recommended for people who love fantasy intertwined with a bit of history and community building.

One can travel the desert for days, months, years, and never meet another soul



Sunday, April 27, 2014

24 Read-a-Thon Reading Challenge: On Food and Books Winner


So many wonderful recipes! My mouth was watering you guys!. However I want to mention that the winner was determined at random, considering that I could not say that a recipe was better then another. 
 
So with no further delay the Winner for this challenge is: Mrs. Soule from Thoughts in a Leather Journal. 

Congratulations! You've won any book of of your choice from the Book Depository for a value of 15$.  Please contact me at: cplazasg(at)gmail(dot)com.


24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 24 and End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
At hour 20 I just couldn't hold my head up, so I gave up and went to bed.

2.Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
From this event's reading list I would suggest The Golem and the Jinni or  Going Over. They are very different books, yet they both share characteristics that made them quite engaging for me.

3.Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
As I mentioned in the mid-event meme, I believe that you guys have done a wonderful work so I can't really think of anything that the event would be missing, IMOO.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I was a amazed by how many VERY different challenges were. I think the variety of activities we had this year help me to change my mind when I needed, during my tiny breaks.

5. How many books did you read?
I manage to finish 4 books this year. I started a fifth, but didn't advance much in it.

6.What were the names of the books you read?
Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle 

7.Which book did you enjoy most?
This year I do not have a favorite; basically since the books I read were so different from one another, they all had a lot to offer to me. I was very satisfied with my selection. 

8.Which did you enjoy least? 
I am very happy to say that there wasn't a book that I read in this event that I didn't enjoy!.

9.If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a cheerleader this year...I will say however that I would've liked to have a bit more of comments from the group that was supporting me. Karsyn from Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog (wow that's a mouthful!) Did a wonderful job though. I hate to sound like I am complaining, and I do know that this year we had 800 people to cheer for! But a bit more of presence would've been nice.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I definitely would like to participate again in the Fall; I'm thinking since I've only been a Cheerleader once, I would like to do that, and maybe even be a team leader?. For sure I would like to host another challenge, I have so much fun coming up with those!

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 20


Hello everybody, I am afraid this will be the end for me. I had a big week, and as I mentioned before, I had to wake up quite early today. I will try to wake up to make the wrap-up meme.

Thanks to all the lovely people who participated in the challenge. I will announce the winner today 27th of April at 19h (Eastern Time)

Books finished: 4--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Books started: 2-->The Giver
Pages read:945

Hours slept: 0
Total hours reading: 19

Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ the Geeky Bloggers Bookc Blog)

Best off lucks to all of you guys!

24h Read-A-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 19


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 4--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Books started: 2-->The Giver
Pages read:945

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ the Geeky Bloggers Bookc Blog)

24h Read-A-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 18


Hello everybody, I am starting to feel sleepy, but I am afraid of taking a nap because I think I won't be able to wake up again! It's midnight here and I might end up turning into a sleeping pumpkin if I don't get some caffeine in me soon!

Books finished: 3--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Books started: 1-->The Last Unicorn
Pages read:853

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ the Geeky Bloggers Bookc Blog)

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 17


Hello everybody, I am starting to feel sleepy, but I am afraid of taking a nap because I think I won't be able to wake up again! It's midnight here and I might end up turning into a sleeping pumpkin if I don't get some caffeine in me soon!

Books finished: 3--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Books started: 1-->The Last Unicorn
Pages read:791

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ the Geeky Bloggers Bookc Blog)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

24h Read-A-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 16


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 3--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Books started: 1-->The Last Unicorn
Pages read:743

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ the Geeky Bloggers Bookc Blog); Page 35, 3rd Sentence (@ The Bibliophibian).

Here is my entry for Page 35, I also left it in the comments section.

From The Last Unicorn
“I enjoyed that” Mommy Fortuna said to Rukh. “I always do. I guess I’m just stagestruck at heart” (end of original text)
Fortuna always felt that rush of excitement after leaving the set. Being an adult film star had it’s ups and downs, but, she told herself, at least she was acting, like she always wanted. If only she wasn’t ashamed of her work; if only she could share it with her family back in the country…

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 15


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 3--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Books started: 1-->The Last Unicorn
Pages read:687

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ the Geeky Bloggers Bookc Blog)

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 14


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 3--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Books started: 1-->The Last Unicorn
Pages read:651

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society); Book Blending (@ Things mean a lot); Your Name in Titles (@ The Geeky Bloggers Bookclub)

Here is my entry for the Book Blending Challenge:



And my entry for Your Name in Titles (CaroG)


Catching Fire; Anna dressed in Blood; Rachel's Secret; One Flew over the Cukoo's Nest; the Giver



24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 13


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read:613

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society)

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 12 and Mid-Event Meme


Hello everybody, we are almost half way there!!

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read: 551

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society)


Mid-Event Meme

1. What are you reading right now?
I am finishing The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
2. How many books have you read so far?

Only 2 :/
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Since I should be done with my "To Finish" stack I think I'm going to read The Giver, but mostly I can't wait to read The Last Unicorn.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Oh man, yes, an unexpected experiment made wake up at 5h30 am to be at the lab at 6h so I could be free all day to read...but it was worth it!
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

No many so far, except self imposed, to stretch and exercise a bit.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I don't know if surprise is the word, but every time I do this I feel this bliss, just curled in my chair, enjoying a day dedicated to books.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

You guys always do a terrific job, I can't think of anything right now.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

Hopefully get more sleep and not have an even earlier morning, hehe.
9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not yet, no.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

Well, this year is the first time that I had put a bit of movement in my Read-a-Thon and I think that has helped to feel more awaken and energized.
 

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 11


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read: 510

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters); First Editions (@ The Bluestocking Society)

Here is my picture of the edition info of the book I'm currently reading:



Allow me to share a picture of my "reading companion": Fiancé being weirdly comfortable in this position. I think he is actually falling asleep!



24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 10


Hello everybody, a lot of entries for the challenge, that makes me happy...and hungry, you guys have amazing recipes!

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read: 475

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters)

Here is my selfies, pardon the tired look, the early morning is starting to show on me :/





I think this is the first time I show my full face in the blog! That's me and one of my Fiction Shelves

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 9


Hello everybody, My challenge has started, but you know that already don't you? I took a tiny break to do some exercise and now I'm feeling re energized! Got to love endorphins ;)

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read: 433

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge)

24 Read-a-Thon Reading Challenge: On Food and Books (Hour 9)



This Challenge has been closed (19h Eastern Time) The Winner will be announced on the 27th of April at 19h Eastern Time. Thanks for participating!! 


Hello everyone and welcome to this mini-challenge. How is it going? Feeling tired yet? How about hungry? 

It has happened to all of us. We are reading our book and then they talk about food; food that is described so perfectly that you start to salivate. It might be an actual dish like every chapter of Like for Chocolate, it might be fantastic and sadly not real like the carnival food of The Night Circus. The later are my favorite since it inspires me to try something different. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. So here is the challenge my fellow Read-a-Thoners: Make a post where you will share your best "book-inspired" recipe and explain its origin, inspiration, etc. Be as original as you want; as whimsical as you feel. If you do not have a blog, don't worry, just leave your entry on the comments down here :)


Leave your name and the link to your post in the Mr Linky down here. The winner will get a book from the Book Depository of 15 CAD (or the equivalent). This challenge will be open for the next 3 hours, hence finishing at the beginning of hour 12


Hope you have fun! 



24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 8


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read:409

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge)

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 7


Hello everybody,

Books finished:1: Going Over by Beth Kephart; almost done with Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read: 327

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge)

My Six World Celebration:


Bringing happiness and friends through books




24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 6



Hello everybody,

I don't know about you, but I am starting to get hungry!

Books finished:1: Going Over by Beth Kephart
Books started: 0
Pages read: 285
Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader); Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books)


Here are my answers for Best of Your Reading Year:


Best Book of Your Reading Year
Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year
Best YA Book of Your Reading Year
Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year
Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year
Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year
Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year
Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Main Character of Your Reading Year
Best Author of Your Reading Year
Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year
Best Cover of Your Reading Year
Best Character You Love To Have of Your Reading Year
Best Setting of Your Reading Year
Best Story Line of Your Reading Year
Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year
- See more at: http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/2014/hour-6-mini-challenge-best-reading-year#sthash.7cC2QXH0.dpuf
Best Book of Your Reading Year
Best Book of My Reading Year
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. It was a wonderful dramatic book, full of art and emotion

Best Non Fiction Book of My Reading Year
I haven't finished it yet, but The Life of Elizabeth I by has been so interesting and so well researched that I am going to say that one.

Best Supporting Character of My Reading Year

Hands down it's Polly Cradle from Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway. The book in itself was amazing, but Polly was such a fun, strong well developed character that I wished she was the main character!

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading YearBest
Best Book of Your Reading Year
Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year
Best YA Book of Your Reading Year
Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year
Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year
Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year
Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year
Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Main Character of Your Reading Year
Best Author of Your Reading Year
Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year
Best Cover of Your Reading Year
Best Character You Love To Have of Your Reading Year
Best Setting of Your Reading Year
Best Story Line of Your Reading Year
Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year
- See more at: http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/2014/hour-6-mini-challenge-best-reading-year#sthash.7cC2QXH0.dpuf

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 5



Hello everybody,

Books finished:1: Going Over by Beth Kephart
Books started: 0
Pages read: 240
Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader)


24h Read-A-Thon (Sping 2014): Hour 4



Hello everybody,

Books finished:1: Going Over by Beth Kephart
Books started: 0
Pages read: 207
Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader)





Hoppi has been making this face all day begging to get pet. He gets like that every time he sees me reading.  I also did some stretches with Blogilates. Do you know her? I love her videos on YouTube, I am doing her Beginner's Calendar now, and I have to say, I'm so happy with the results, and it has been only a week!

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 3



Hello everybody,

Books finished:0 but I am almost done with Going Over. I am relly liking it but I am afraid of the end...I have this feeling it won't be a happy ending you guys.
Books started: 0
Pages read: 122
Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK)

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 2



Hello everybody,

Books finished:0
Books started: 0
Pages read:60
Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating:Intro Meme

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 1 and Opening Meme


I've been awake for 2 hours now (it's 7h50 as I write), since I had to go to the lab early, it was hard you guys, to wake up for something I really didn't want to do. But is done know, I am back at home, I took a nice shower and the smell of coffee is helping me to feel actually awake :) Now let's answer the opening meme
 
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am in Montréal, Canada

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

For now in my stack I have books that I seriously have to finish, so I am looking forward to tackle all of them. However, if I manage I would like to finally read The Last Unicorn.

the books that I shold finish today :)
 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Mmmm, we did get the time yesterday to buy the ingredients so I am very happy to know I will have my Read-a-Thon Chili!!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Well if you follow my blog you already know that I am doing my PhD in science and that I recently got engaged. I can also tell you that even though I am not an early morning person I prefer to start my things early, so then I can relax at home. I love sour gummies and chocolate.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my 4th Read-A-Thon, the 3rd one as a reader. I am not sure I will be able to make it  like I did last year, so what I will be doing different is not forcing myself to do the 24h, but sticking to what I can. 

Hope to see you during my challenge! Best of lucks and have a great Read-a-Thon!

24h Read-a-Thon (Spring 2014): Hour 11


Hello everybody,

Books finished: 2--> Going Over by Beth Kephart; Delirio by Laura Restrepo
Books started: 0
Pages read:510

Hours slept: 0
Mini-challenges in which I'm participating
:Intro Meme, Pick a Paragraph (@ Cautious dot DK); Jigsaw Cover Puzzle (@ Little Miss Reader);Best of your Reading Year (@ Lisa's World of Books); Six Word Celebration (@ Estella's Revenge); Selfie (@ The Book Monsters)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brace yourselves...the Read-a-Thon is coming



You guys, is finally here, the Read-a-Thon is here...and I am a mess.

See, this is my third time participating as a reader and second hosting a mini challenge (yeii). But all of the other things I managed to free my scheduled completely for the day, as in, I had nothing else to do, but sit and read. I also had my book club books done, a stack of books selected and off course: chili.

And now I am writing this post on Thursday night, after barely finishing my presentation for tomorrow morning at the lab, knowing tomorrow I will have to come in extra early so I can start my experiment before 8am so on Saturday I can go around 6am to finish my experiment in order to be back home by 8 and start reading as I planned.

Do I have my books ready? I would hardly say so. I have 4 books that I am reading right now and of them I expect to finish 3 one of them and ARC I am expected to send a review about; but I also had planned to use the Read-a-Thon to catch up with the pick of the month for Sword and Laser, start another book I got in exchange of a review and catch up with my Once Upon a Time challenge. To make this a bit messier, I received a call today from the library. I forgot I had reserved The Giver! How on Earth did I forget, I have no idea, but since you may have noticed, my reading schedule is kind off tight, so I don't know if I will be able to squeeze that one in. Last year I finished 4 books, started 4 (not the same 4) and it accounted for 1565 pages read. Only a tiny nap of 30 min. Wonder if I will do better this year.

The worst part? No chili you guys! And this is like a tradition by now. But I've completely forgot to buy the ingredients and I'm not sure I will have time tomorrow. Mr. Fiancé is saying here that he will take care of, and I am sure he will, is just that getting ready was part of my fun, but as it happens my cells didn't cooperate for a free Friday night nor a Saturday free schedule.

But at the end is ok, you know why? Because I will still get to curl into my chair, read as much as I can in one day (I might need to get a nap though) and share it with all this wonderful people that are also taking the challenge. So let me hear it for a day full of books and friends! Are you ready?

Angelmaker by Nick Harkway





We can land in the moon […] but we cannot be good, we are wicked. This is a wicked world
Why I read this book
 
All through 2012 and 2013 I read bloggers praises for this book, however I kept forgetting to get myself a copy. Luckily for me the Audible Algorithm showed to me last time I had an available credit and then I was a click away from a wonderful book.

What the book is about

It's hard to put into simple terms what this book is about. I could tell you it's about the end of the world and I wouldn't be lying, but then again is also about love and spies and the underworld of crime. I can tell you it is about a guy coming into terms with whom he really is...and all of these would be true and appropriate, but is not enough to describe what this wonder is about.

First impressions

This book reminded me at first of The Goldfinch, with the delectable descriptions of art work and the rhythm of the story. It was much funnier though and the after a while it got to considerably faster pace. Granted I was listening to it at a 1.25x speed, but what I mean is that little by little the book turned out to be packed with action and hilarious characters that made the whole experience absolutely magnificent.

Final thoughts

Harkaway took what could've been just a crazy story and made it one of the best books I've read that also made me laugh. A lot of the effect has to be awarded to Daniel Weyman, an incredible narrator.

The book is narrated in present tense and in the third person which made me feel like I was watching a movie. This is a good thing for me, since I'm still getting used to building my imagery based on audio. Too many years relying on paper I suppose ;).

What made me love this book so much were, besides the story itself, the women in it. Women of substance, to quote the author, is what made this book unforgettable for me. Most of all: Polly Cradle, Frankie and off course Edie Banister. They are strong, determined, funny...and this is me controlling my major girl crush on them.

At a certain point of the book I was listening to it on speaker in bed, since sadly my headphones weren't working. A sex scene came up and then I got a weird look from my boyfriend...because I was laughing like crazy. It had to be one of the funniest, most witty written sex scene I've read in a loooooong time. This wittiness applies to the whole book.

I would (and I have) recommended this one to everyone I could. I've found ways to drop the book in a conversation that might sound force, but they will thank me when they read the book.
 
The trouble with shooting people [...] is that is hard to do just one