Friday, 16 February 2018

University Reading List | Semester 2 | 2017-2018


University break is almost at an end and next Monday I'll start not only my courses for Semester 2 but I'll also have to start writing my dissertation now that all I want to do is laid out and my tutor said I'm ready to start. I have four courses; two are related to linguistics and the other two are literature-related and today I wanted to share with you my reading list for them. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman {Goodreads}
Published by Picador in 2007
Paperback edition; 248 pages

Call Me By Your Name is the love story of Elio and Oliver, a love that blossoms during summer in Italy. Elio is there with his parents and Oliver is their guest for the summer time while he works on a book. There, they fell in love but are unprepared for the consequences of that love; a love that will stay in their hearts forever.

Friday, 9 February 2018

weekend reads | 9.02.18


I've read Charlotte and Emily in the past but never ventured into Anne. But it was time. And I'll be dedicating all my free time to read this story. I'm almost at page 200 and although it took me a little to get used to her writing style, I'm enjoying the read nonetheless. Happy Friday to you all!

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Por fin he podido empezar a leer a Anne Brontë, que ya tocaba. Siempre estoy diciendo lo mucho que adoro a Charlotte y Emily, y espero que mi reacción con Anne sea la misma. Llevo unas 200 páginas o así y aunque es cierto que me costó un poco al principio acostumbrarme a su forma de escribir, estoy disfrutando mucho la historia. ¡Espero que tengáis un muy buen finde!

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Book Haul | January 2018


"I won't buy any more books" I said at the end of 2017 and clearly, I didn't keep my promise and you know what? I do feel bad about it but I'm also happy with what I got so I'm just going to try and wash away the guilt. However, this is indeed the last book haul in a while and I mean it. I've made a bet with my sister and my mother: after my last final (the 6th of February) I can't buy anymore books until April when Circe by Madeline Miller comes out. I need some cheering on this one though. My will power is non-existent.

There is again a mix of a lot of things and some titles in Spanish. I haven't really made a post talking about it but I'm gonna start writing my posts both in English and Spanish. I've already started doing it on Instagram. For that reason I'll try and be as brief as possible so we don't get a very long post. Let's focus on the books!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Reading Diary | January Books | 2018


The first reading diary of 2018, and I hope this year I can make one for each month. Last year, I didn't do one for December because I literally read one book and I felt like one book was not good enough for a whole 'reading diary' post but I've decided that even if I read one or ten, I'll do one. They're my wrap-ups in a way.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

La amiga estupenda by Elena Ferrante

La amiga estupenda by Elena Ferrante {Goodreads}
Published by Lumen in 2012
Paperback edition; 389 pages

If someone hasn't heard about Elena Ferrante yet, they've probably been living under a rock. This writer, whose identity is completely unknown, has become a complete literary hit. I've been meaning to give her a shot for the past two years and it finally happened. I have to say the first book didn't disappoint.

La amiga estupenda (My Brilliant Friend being the English title) starts when Lenù, our narrator, receives a call from Rino, Lila's brother, to say Lila has left without a trace. After that, Lenù takes us back to her childhood to tell us about her friendship with Lila. This first installment of the quartet talks about the childhood and adolescence of these two girls who live in a very poor neighbourhood in Naples. I have to say the most interesting aspect of the novel is indeed this friendship - a very dark and toxic one in my opinion. As I said Lenù is the one telling the story but there were some moments when I wished to read Lila's point of view to get a glimpse of her feelings as well because Lenù lets us see that they are very competitive with each other and I wished I could've known if Lila felt the same way.

Monday, 22 January 2018

New Year, New Books | Tag


Lucy of Lucy the Reader did a video with Penguin Platform and then I saw Simon's video and I actually liked the idea of the tag and I decided to do it so here we go: 

First read of 2018.
The Changeling by Victor LaValle. This is a story about a father who must overcome his fears and look for his wife once she disappears after seemingly committing a horrible act. I did write a full review of it if you're interested but it was a phenomenal read and one I highly recommend.