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Top Ten Hidden Gem Books in Classics

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  1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Eugene O’Neill): This play touches on addiction and what does to a family. I read it in high school (way way back in the day), and I hope kids are still reading it today.
  2. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe): If you are looking for diverse reads, look no further. It is written by a Nigerian author about the colonization of East Africa. It is a modern classic for sure.
  3. Collected Novellas (Gabriel Garcia Marquez): Pretty much anything that GGM writes, I will read. He is most known for Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, but I think he is a much better novella and short story writer. He really grabs your attention from the beginning and completely engulfs you in the world he has created.
  4. The Pearl (John Steinbeck): I also read this in high school, and I loved it. Like many of Steinbeck’s books, this is not a happy book with a happy ending, but it is short and very poignant. Definitely check it out.
  5. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert): One of my favorite authors. Love this book. Adultery. France.
  6. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Garcia Marquez): Again, if GGM writes it, I will read it. This is my absolute favorite novella that I have read from him. It looks at a community after something happens and how the community deals with it. Want to explore the mob mentality? Read it.
  7. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh): One of the BEST Catholic fiction out there. Even if you are not Catholic, this story is absolutely amazing. If you don’t want to read it, listen to the audiobook narrated by Jeremy Irons or watch the miniseries with Jeremy Irons. By the way, this is the miniseries that all other BBC miniseries is modeled after. It is so true to the book.
  8. A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Conner): I feel like Flannery O’Conner (aka the Queen of Southern Gothic Literature) is not as widely read as I like. Maybe it’s because I live in the South, that people know her, but not many have read her work. It is dark. Really dark. However, her writing is amazing, and she packs so much meaning into her stories.
  9. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein): A true modern classic.
  10. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote): I don’t know if people consider this a classic, but I do. It explores the murders of a family in Kansas and the motives of their killer. It is fascinating and a page-turner.

Let me know what you think of these books or what your top ten hidden gems are. Leave a comment below!

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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

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  1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez All of his work is amazing, but if you don’t want to commit to a full novel, his short stories and novellas are amazing.
  2. Alexandre Dumas Count of Monte Christo anyone?
  3. Pope Benedict XVI aka Papa Benny He is the man when it comes to Catholic Theology. While his writing can be a little dense, it is so beautiful and profound. It warms the cockles of my heart.
  4. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter is one of my absolute favorite series ever. What else can I say?
  5. Gustave Flaubert I read Madame Bovary when I was in high school and loved it.
  6. Khaled Hosseini His writing is powerful and emotional. I would recommend him to anyone.
  7. Barbara Kingsolver She is a wonderful writer, and she has been one of my favorites ever since I read The Poisonwood Bible in college. If you haven’t read it, read it.
  8. C.S. Lewis I didn’t read any C.S. Lewis until I was in college, but I have really come to enjoy his works.
  9. Haruki Murakami I just recently discovered and have really enjoyed his writing. It takes a little to get use to, but it’s wonderful.
  10. J. R. R. Tolkein What can I say about Tolkien? His ability to build worlds is unparalleled. I’m a total LOTR nerd.

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Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

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Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR

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  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  5. Mort(e) by Robert Repino
  6. The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
  7. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  8. Gwendolen by Diania Souhami
  9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  10. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Life of a Blogger: Organization

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 Organization. I love getting things organized. My closet: color-coded. No joke. It looks like a rainbow.

Not my actual closet, but you get the point.

My books: alphabetized by author. My only problem really lies in keeping it organized. I get lazy and distracted by other things. However, when it comes to calendars, oh baby, I am all over that. I keep a paper calendar for work as well as my outlook calendar. For my blog I use Trello, which is an organization site that is similar to Pinterest but for tasks. I use it to organize my blog posts and ideas.

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Top Ten Book Problems

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  • Library books that smell funky. You all know what I’m talking about. You get super excited to read a book from the library only to find out that it smells terrible. You then proceed to imagine 1000 scenarios of what happened to the book.

  • Annotated books. No, thank you.
  • Having a heavy purse because you are constantly carrying a book or an e-reader and a million other things. I am especially guilty of this when I travel.
  • Getting distracted by new books. This happens all the time. I’ll start reading a book, and immediately start reading another one because it’s new.

  • Having book budget. You know that you have a problem when you have a “books” line item in your monthly budget. I’m getting better about decrease the amount of money that I spend on books by using the library and Oyster. I just discovered this week. It is described  as the Netflix of books. Basically, you pay $9.95 a month, and you can access millions of books for free. If you click here, you can start a free monthly trial AND $15 off.
  • Returning unread library books because you checked out too many. Oh yeah. This is the story of my life.
  • Buying multiple copies of books. This usually happens when I can’t remember if I have previously bought the book, and I already own it. I should just check my Goodreads, but no. That would be too logical.

  • Resisting the urge to buy hundreds of books. Every time I walk into a store that sells books.

  • Walking by your huge TBR pile and feeling guilty and excited all at the same time. Like a good book lover, the rate in which I buy books does not match the rate in which I buy them.

  • Not being able to focus on anything because you want to read. You all know the feeling. You have to interrupt your reading time to go to a “job” to do “work”. However, you are sitting at work, and all you want to to keep reading.

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Life of a Blogger: Most Used Websites

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  1.  Goodreads: It’s my life. At least, my bookish life. I keep track of all my books through this app and website.
  2. Online Library Catalogue: I use this all the time to put books on hold and get them transported to my local branch since it is quite sad. Also, the main library is really sketch because the homeless people spend all day there since it has air conditioning. It gets super sketch….
  3. Imgur and Tumblr: I am guilty of browsing these to just kill time. Many gems have been found in these sites.
  4. Youtube: I have to keep up with certain channels like You Deserve a Drink, My Drunk Kitchen, and all other book tube channels.
  5. Canvas and PicMonkey: I use these to create all the graphics on this blog. They are both FREE and super easy to navigate and use.
  6. Trello: This is my lifeline for scheduling and planning for my blog. One of the best organizational apps I know.
  7. Runkeeper: Gotta look good in my wedding dress. This app and website keeps track of your running through GPS, let you add goals, and has training plans to get you out there and running. It’s seriously the best!

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Tope Ten I Like and Dislike about Romances in Books

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Like:

  1. I love me a good love triangle. I think this dynamic really adds to any storyline.
  2. Friends that become more than friends. This one is probably my favorite probably because it reflect my own personal life. However, I like rooting for the underdog who perseveres until the other person falls for them.
  3. I also really enjoy seeing a book couple go through real life struggles in their relationship. I think it creates healthier examples of relationships for people as well as makes it relatable. I want to read a story about a couple in a relation going through the same struggles that I am.
  4. Long distance loves are also great reads for me. This has to do with #3 above.
  5. Hate-to-love relationships are also great. Yes! 10 Things I Hate About You anyone?
  6. Happy endings. Who doesn’t love a happy ending? Give a good The Notebook ending anytime. It might be childish, but I like my endings happy. That’s just who I am.
  7. I also love me a good twist in a love story especially when you find out that a character is not who you think they are. *cough* Pride and Prejudice

Dislike:

  1. I absolutely despise instalove. Nothing could be worse. It goes against my #3 above.
  2. I hate when authors don’t take a very realistic look at love. See #3 above.
  3. One of the most traumatizing things for me is when one of the people in the relationship dies leaving the other behind. I have been traumatized by this too many times. I trusted you, authors. I trusted you…

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Life of a Blogger: Superpower

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 I think if I had have one superpower, it would have to be healing power. Like Wolverine, I wish I could heal myself as well as others. I would be invincible!! However, at the same time, I want to help others, too. Had an accident and nearly died? No problem, I can heal myself. #bestsuperpower And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to be like Hugh Jackman? Am I right?

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Teaser Tuesday // 7/8/14

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I thought he was going to cry. And I whispered in my own brain, don’t cry, don’t cry. And it was like he heard me – and he didn’t cry.”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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Answer Me This // 9


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This week’s questions involve walking out of movies, meat, and thievery.

1. Have you ever walked out of a movie?

No. I have this weird thing where once I commit to something, I see it through. If I paid and committed to the movie, I am going to sit there and watch it no matter how bad it might be. Does that make me weird?

2. What do you most often use for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone?

I use my laptop (Mac) and my Kindle.

Trusty and reliable!
Kindle Fire. Oh yeah.

3. Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

Not that I can recall.

4. Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group?

Yes. I was born and raised in Mexico, so yeah… Mexico is kind of what I love. I absolutely adore Mexican culture and traditions. I love that some are rooted in the Catholic Church like posadas and some of our holidays (we nationally celebrate holidays such as the Epiphany 1/6 and Candlemas 2/2). I also love to cheer all the Mexican teams during the Olympics, World Cup, and any other soccer event. My national pride runs deep. So deep, in fact, that I sometimes since the national anthem from time to time while I clean or am in the shower.

Our Three Kings’ Cake. Nom!

5. Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?

Only in Lent or when I remember to abstain the rest of the year. I try to follow the traditional rules, but this one is harder than the rest because Friday nights are usually the nights I eat out. This might sound a whiny, but it’s so hard. Somehow, it’s easier during Lent than the rest of the year. Kendra has a wonderful explanation for abstinence.

6. Seen anything weird lately?

I did see a lot of mud and dirt on the stairs in my apartment building today. It was weird. That’s about it.

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Answer Me This // 8

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This week’s questions involve grilling recipes, movies, toothpaste, Father’s Day, and over reacting.

1. What’s something you intended to do today, but didn’t?

Laundry. It is the my arch nemesis. I can never keep up.

2. What’s your favorite grilling recipe?

Grilled veggies with a Chimichurri sauce. It is delicious! You could also add some protein (yum beef) to go with the veggies and the sauce. I would recommend a flank or skirt steak.

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3. What movie did you see most recently?

I think the last movie I went to see was The Fault in Our Stars. I read the book last year, so I felt like I needed to see the movie. IT was wonderful, and I highly recommend it. I knew what was going to happen; I prepared my brain for it. However, I still cried like a baby. Ugly cried. I think it was a beautiful yet tragic love story, and John Green did a wonderful job of transforming his book into something so well done. Bravo!

4. Would you say your tendency is to over or under react to medical situations?

Over react. I get really overwhelmed with medical situations because I don’t really know much about anatomy or medicine. Also, I’m not the best when it comes to emergency situation. I kind of, maybe go into panic mode. That’s what my boyfriend is for. He is seriously THE BEST. He calmly takes care of things if it is an emergency, or he researches the heck out of a condition to better understand it (classic academic). This is not one of my strong suits.

5. Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?

It depends on how tired/lazy I am. I try to roll it, but sometimes it’s easier to squeeze. However, I do roll it when it starts getting close to the end. I have to get the last of the toothpaste, or else I feel like I’m wasting money. Is that weird?

6. What are you doing for Father’s Day?

Since today is Father’s Day, I can tell you what I have done so far. I called my dad before going to mass. We live 8.5 hours away, so I can’t visit him for the weekend. I also spent some time in the adoration chapel to pray for my grandfathers and all the fathers I know who have passed away. I don’t want to forget all the wonderful people that have shaped my life even after they pass away. We shall see what else gets done today, but I feel like it will mainly consist of laundry (yuck) and Game of Thrones.

 

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