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[BOOKS] 10 Books I Love

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Hello! Today I wanted to share with you 10 of my favorite books of all times. A bit of backstory for this post. A month back I won one of those Facebook raffles, where the winner would get a book given by a book blogger called Libros de Pastel (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-which is my fav), and a handcrafts page called Clover, who would give away a hand painted and framed picture of the winner’s 10 favorite books. I was really excited to have won, but the choice of my top 10 was a really difficult one, so I tried to choose from different genres. Here they are from top to bottom:

  1. The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl (Crime and Mystery, 424 pages)

If you’ve read the Divine Comedy and loved it, this book is for you. Our story takes place on the streets of nineteenth-century Boston and we follow a group of scholars who are reading, translating and discussing Dante Alighieri’s work. It’s interesting to note that Matthew Pearl used real historic figures, such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields, and Longfellow did get help from the Dante Club in finishing the translation of the Divine Comedy from Italian to English.

All around the city there’s been a series of grisly murders and they soon come to realize that they resemble the punishments sinners receive in death in the first book of the Divine Comedy: Inferno. At this time, the Divine Comedy was not known and so, afraid that they would be the prime suspects due to their intimate knowledge of the books or that it would poison the public’s perception of the poet, the scholars decide against going to the police. They are determined to catch the murderer themselves. The book reads like a Victorian Era detective story and it’s really great.

 

2. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan (Young Adult, Mythology – 377 pages)

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One More Light Has Gone Out

We hear about celebrities dying more often than we’d like. Some of them people know by name only. Others by their unique personality, like Robin Williams. Last year was a terrible year for the music and film world, as many great artists left us. Alan Rickman, Prince, David Bowie, Anton Yelchin, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and so many others. While I loved these people, and felt sad. It didn’t hit me as hard as the latest and tragic death of Chester Bennington (March 20, 1976- July 20, 2017).

If you’re not familiar with the name, Chester was one of the lead singers in the band Linkin Park. Their popularity came from the fact that they broke away from the typical rock and simply did what they wanted. Linkin Park mixes elements of rock, hip hop, electronica, alternative metal and even rap rock. Let me tell you, it’s always difficult to answer when someone asks you what genre they are. Lately they’ve been describe as Nu Metal, basically a genre of mostly alternative metal but with elements from any and all other genres. This gained them quick popularity as people could find something they loved in all of their songs. If you don’t like heavy metal, no problem. A lot of their songs are way softer. If you don’t like a pop vibe, not to worry: many other songs are electronica and rap. There’s a song for every style you might like.

My personal favoriteMeteoras come from the album Meteora. Numb, Breaking the Habit and Somewhere I Belong are just a few.

I started listening to them in middle school. I had my Walkman with me at all times, carrying a small disc case with all my best-loved discs: Linkin Park, Evanescence, Nightwish and so on.

I felt that I could relate to Linkin Park‘s songs. It was one of the few bands where, when I sang the lyrics I felt I was venting about my life and it was very therapeutic.

At the time I was already living in Peru, and my dream was to see them. I’d never gone to a concert before, and the thought was both terrifying and exciting. At one time there was even a rumor that they would come to Lima. My best friend and I went crazy when we heard, but in the end nothing came of it. Peru was still getting out from the shadow and fear of 30 years of terrorism, so there wasn’t a lot of movement of famous people going and going.

And then… December 2016 it was announced that Linkin Park was coming. I’d been waiting from than ten years for this! Of course, I bought a ticket right away. I went with a friend from work, and it was one of the best nights in my life!18404239_10155249789269328_6687063202603381865_o

The power displayed was awesome. The energy of the people jumping and singing. I was amazed at how well they knew the lyrics. Especially in English. Though there was an amusing moment when the music cut off and people kind of started mumbling before Mike and Chester helped them out.

Now, looking back, I can’t help but feel extremely lucky and honored to have seen them live. I wasn’t very close, and thanks to my short height I didn’t get to see much. But I was there, and it was a unique experience.

When I heard the news, I was crushed. I felt like a lost a friend and we wouldn’t get to listen to Chester singing anymore. It was terrible. Even now, I started writing this the day after his death, and only now am I posting because I could never finish.

I’ve read many comments about him, and his bandmates posted a letter to him which was just heart breaking. You can read it here.

Someone wrote: “Sometimes a person can save so many people, but can’t save themselves.” It was a depressing thought, but Chester, Mike and the rest of Linkin Park, have touched many hearts and given people struggling a voice. Thank you Chester for being there when I was going through difficult times. I could always but my headphones on and feel like someone out there understood.

Rest in peace Chester, you were and always will be loved.

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25 Crisis de un Lector

Todos pasamos por alguna crisis de lector. Estas son solo algunas de ellas.

Recuerden, los videos estarán en español y el blog será escrito en inglés. De esta manera más personas podrán formar parte de este grupo. | Please remember that the videos will be in Spanish while the blog itself will be in English. That way more people can be part of this group.

Book Reviews

[BOOK REVIEW] Illuminae – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Year Published: 2015
Page Number: 599
Genre: Sci-fy, Dystopian
Personal Review:

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Let me just start by saying that regardless of your thoughts on the plot of this book, the hardcover product is in itself, a thing of beauty. Illuminae is a tale told as if it were a recompilation of interview transcripts, classified documents, video camera analysis with documentary, including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, internal computer statistics and information. And so on. At first, I admit I thought it was going to be a pain to read, but it wasn’t. Anyone ever read World War z? It’s something along those lines.

Plot (NO SPOILERS)

This dossier is set after the events that transpired on the illegal mining colony Kerenza and the subsequent escape aboard three ships: The Alexander, The Copernicus and The Hypatia. The problem starts when a rival mining corporation called BeiTech massacres the Kerenza colony. In a universe where colonies are lightyears away from mayor planets, it’s a miracle they receive any help at all. The Alexander and its fleet come to help, but every surviving ship is damaged, and on board they’re full to capacity.

The dossier focuses on two refugees: Kady Grant and Ezra Mason. Kady is aboard the Hypatia and Ezra is on the Alexander. They’re on a six to seven month journey to the nearest port, which also acts as a wormhole they can pass through to civilization and help. The problem is that one of BeiTech’s ships, the Lincoln, is chasing them. Probably to make sure there are no witnesses. But that’s not all their problems. Aboard the Copernicus something dangerous is lurking. Kady, quickly becoming hacktivist, is set on finding out what the hell is happening, while communicating with Ezra who is conscripted as a pilot.

~{THE REST CONTAINS SPOILERS!!}~

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Film Reviews

[Film] The Great Wall

great_wall_xlgTitle: The Great Wall

Date of Release: 2016

Director: Yimou Zhang

Genre: Fantasy

Main Actors: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Tian Jing.

Personal Review: 

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Hello everyone! Happy Sunday.

Okay, so I saw the trailer of this film when it came out and part of me rolled its eyes, because… okay apparently aliens were the reason the Great Wall of China was built. And of course a guy from the USA is gonna be the savior, yada yada yada.

I didn’t have much of an interest, more than anything because I simply didn’t have time. But then I saw it available for download and decided to watch it. Saturdays are a tough day from me cause I work from eight to four with minions who appear to be perpetually high on sugar and determined to make their teachers cry. I think one of these days I’m gonna damage a vocal cord with all the pleading and yelling to be heard over the chaos. So, yesterday I arrived home completely braindead and decided to watch it.

Guys… I LOVED IT! Okay, here’s the general plot…

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Book Hauls

[Book Haul] Books and Ebooks Big May Haul!

Wahhhh sorry for not posting anything for so long! I’m a bit upset that as soon as I decided to return to Booktube and blogging, I got promoted at my job to full-time! Of course I’m really thankful about it because work is always welcomed, but I have almost to no time left! | Wahhh disculpen por no haber posteado nada por tanto tiempo. Estoy un poco molesta porque ni bien decidí volver con todo a Booktube y blogging, my hicieron tiempo-completo en el trabajo. Por supuesto que estoy agradecida, ya que el trabajo siempre es bienvenido, ¡pero les juro que no tengo mucho tiempo libre!

Recuerden, los videos estarán en español y el blog será escrito en inglés. De esta manera más personas podrán formar parte de este grupo. | Please remember that the videos will be in Spanish while the blog itself will be in English. That way more people can be part of this group.

Book Reviews

[Book Review] Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

CrookedkingdomTitle: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Year Published: 2016

Personal Review:

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(*SPOILERS FOR SIX OF CROWS-AND ALSO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET)

The Plot

The plot continues on from Six of Crows. I won’t give much away, but in Six of Crows we were left with our criminals returning to the city of Ketterdam and one of their own being kidnapped.

Crooked Kingdom has a few things going on. One, to retrieve their comrade. Two, get vengeance for the slight. Three, find a way to make everyone pay and at the same time get what they all want. Kaz Breeker’s mind is put to the test as he tries to juggle different schemes at the same time.

Jesper tapped his fingers restlessly.

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”

“So?” said Kaz.

“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”

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