Your Next Favorite Read

Your Next Favorite Read

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I never thought that I would be here, gushing about just how awesome Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is and how you should totally definitely read it, but here I am.

I read this book between March the 2nd and the 16th and gave it a five-star rating. The reason why I loved it so much and I think other readers will too is that this is straight up a funny book. I was thoroughly entertained by it, so I think it would be great if you want to steer clear of the super serious reads for a while. It was also relatable to me. We all know that I love me some shopping.

British authors just get to me. I don’t know what it is about their style that differentiates them so much from American ones, but they manage to write in this fresh and fast way that keeps the reader hooked. I am also impressed by how descriptive they are. I think this is why when I watch the movie adaptation of a book by a British author I always feel that it falls short. To me, the book provides so much more. By the way, I tried to watch the movie adaptation for Confessions of a Shopaholic and I literally stopped it two minutes in. I could tell that the essence of the book had not been captured at all. If given the choice of reading the book or watching the movie, choose the book.

The only downside to this novel was the typos and editing issues that I found here and there. You know how picky I am with that, and how that stuff annoys me. Of course, it’s not the author’s fault, but it’s something that publishing houses should be more careful about, especially since this book is a bestseller.

I loved this book so much that I copied a quote from it and I want to share it with you. In the comments below tell me what you thought about it and whether it encouraged you to add this novel to your TBR list.

“It’s not just Luke, and it’s not just my new job with Morning Coffee (even though every time I remember it, I feel a leap of disbelieving joy). No, it’s more than that. It’s that I feel like a completely new person. I feel as though I’m moving on to a new stage in life -with a different outlook, and different priorities.” 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

How to Rock Black Eyeliner

How to Rock Black Eyeliner

Hello and happy Monday. If you’ve been around here for a while, don’t roll your eyes at the fact that I did another “classic” look. I’m just very basic and when I think about black eyeliner I immediately have to pair it with matte eyeshadow and red lipstick. It’s like second nature to me at this point. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this very basic, classic makeup look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Matte brown (eyelid base)
  7. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  8. Mascara
  9. Contour
  10. Blush
  11. Highlighter
  12. Red liquid lipstick
  13. Dewy setting spray

What makes a look “classic”? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Catrina Makeup

Catrina Makeup

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Hello and happy Sunday. Last Halloween my team teachers decided we should all dress up as Catrinas (sugar skulls). I thought it was kind of ironic that we would be appropriating Mexican culture, given that we were the English department, but I wasn’t going to refuse an opportunity to do crazy makeup.

I actually loved the idea of trying different looks I found online, even if my colleagues were suggesting others. I didn’t really want to copy a look from Pinterest; I wanted to create my own look.

My first attempt at Catrina makeup was an all-black version. I started using white paint, and even though it was supposedly made to work on hair and skin, it was a pain to apply. My suggestion is to use a super light shade of foundation instead of putting irritating products on your face. I don’t think I drew the circles around my eyes with a pencil eyeliner, but instead used black paint (which worked better than the white one) and black eyeshadow. I just worked with the shape of my eyes in a way that wasn’t super harsh. To make the eyebrows less visible, I did use gluestick. Then, I added the details with both pencil and liquid eyeliners, and used black paint for the lips. I used my darkest contour and black shadow for the details across the cheeks.

I’m going to go back to the eyes and explain how I did them the way I would on a makeup Monday. The first thing I did was glue my eyebrows and wait for them to dry. I then added black paint on the lid and worked with my brush on shaping the eye, by connecting the lower lash line. After this, I sealed only the eyelid with a shimmery black shadow because I thought it would give the eye a more realistic look. Then I blended the outside again to make it look seamless. I added mascara and eyeliner to my tightline and that’s pretty much it.

I wanted to see how some color would look instead of an all-black eye, so I tried this blue shadow, and I think it made my eye look amazing.

What I did was “cut” the eyelid as one would with a regular makeup look, using concealer, and I think the light concealer over the black is what made this color stand out so much. I packed the blue shadow on and only blended out the crease using black to create that gorgeous transition.

I did the same with red.

And pink.

At the end, though, I did something else for my makeup. If you want to see what I ended up doing, let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Reto lector de octubre: Cómo perderlo todo

Reto lector de octubre: Cómo perderlo todo

 

 

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Hola y feliz sábado. Este ha sido un año interesante en términos de lo que he leído. Por una parte, siento que he leído varios autores que son nuevos para mí, y por otra parte, me he aproximado a otros géneros, de autores conocidos y desconocidos para mí. Cómo perderlo todo no es el primer libro de Ricardo Silva Romero que leo, pero sí es la primera novela para adultos y creo que será la última.

Esta biblia de más de seiscientas páginas la leí entre el 17 de agosto y el 8 de septiembre de 2019 y la puntuación que le di fue de dos estrellas. Toda esta reseña podría resumirse en que este libro no es para mí, sin embargo quiero hablar a fondo sobre esto y sobre las razones por las que creo que no le volvería a dar una oportunidad a este autor. En primer lugar, digo que este libro no es para mí por preferencias personales. Este libro, que no sé si podría llamarse novela, narra las diferentes historias de personas que están frustradas en sus relaciones amorosas. Ese es el resumen más breve que podrán encontrar, y que, si lo hubiera leído antes, tal vez no habría abierto este libro. Otra razón por la que me sentí casi que obligada a leerlo fue que mi mejor amiga me lo regaló de cumpleaños, y vi el regalo como una recomendación. Sin embargo, ella me dijo después que nunca había terminado de leerlo.

Otra razón por la que este libro no es para mí es que no me gusta leer sobre personas que “se están volviendo viejas.” Estoy segura de que ese tema tendrá muchos seguidores alrededor del mundo, pero a mí simplemente no me llama la atención. Ligado a esto estaba el asunto de que muchos comentarios y chistes iban dirigidos a, de alguna manera u otra, burlarse de los millennials. Puedo predecir un par de contra-argumentos, como que en la historia había personajes “de mi generación.” Sí, había un par, y me parecieron caricaturas totales Otro contra-argumento podría ser que, en efecto, al ser Silva Romero un autor “de otra generación,” el libro pretendía ser leído por personas mayores que yo. Estoy especulando, pero de ser ese el caso, creo que estaría atentando con el principio democrático de que los libros son de quien los lee y que deberían poder ser entendidos y apreciados por todos.

Si ustedes han leído otras de mis reseñas saben que a mí me gustan los libros con múltiples perspectivas. Este libro, sin embargo, estaba compuesto por las historias de muchísimos personajes, tantos que no podría nombrar ni la mitad ahora, así lo intentara. Por esta razón, aunque el libro fuera tan grande, solamente un par de todas las historias siguieron una trama coherente; las otras quedaron abiertas, sin una resolución clara. Personalmente, no entendí el sentido de introducir tantas historias si no se les iba a dar continuidad. Lo que me dio más rabia fue que de los dos personajes que más me interesaban sólo se escribieron dos capítulos. Creo que habría disfrutado mucho más (o me habría disgustado mucho menos) este libro si hubiera tenido trescientas páginas y quince personajes menos. También creo que, al ser tan extenso, se fueron varias fallas de edición que habrían podido ser corregidas si alguien hubiera estado más pendiente.

Otra razón por la que este libro no es para mí es que, a pesar de los muchos personajes y las muchas historias, todo se reducía a estereotipos. Los hombres eran todos pusilánimes que estaban pasando por una crisis porque se estaban volviendo viejos. La mayoría de estos hombres terminaba siéndole infiel a su esposa. Las mujeres no tenían ningún valor y ningún sentido en la historia más que cumplir el rol de pareja sentimental o dependientes de sus papás. Aparte de estos estereotipos, Silva Romero hizo lo que muchos creadores de historias han hecho: sí, incluyó a un personaje gay y a una lesbiana, pero ninguno de los dos tuvo un final feliz con su pareja, a uno porque mantenía sus relaciones a escondidas y terminaron intentando extorsionarlo, y a la otra porque mataron a su novia, que además estaba embarazada…como de novela de mediodía.

Honestamente, creo que, además de aburrimiento, el sentimiento que este libro me generó fue el de rabia. Si son jóvenes liberales, este libro no les va a gustar ni un poquito. Como dije, no entiendo por qué se escriben libros de ficción dirigidos a “cierto tipo de personas” cuando la literatura debería estar al alcance de todos sus lectores, especialmente en un país que no lee. Hay secciones completas que están escritas en inglés y que no tienen traducción o alguna explicación de qué fue lo que se dijo. No todos los lectores saben inglés ni tienen por qué saberlo cuando están leyendo a un autor colombiano en su lengua. Este punto me pareció elitista, como si el autor estuviera insinuando que hay que entender inglés para entender su libro.

¿Y a ustedes? ¿Qué les da rabia de algunos libros o autores? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

A Very Cute Halloween Read

A Very Cute Halloween Read

 

Hello and happy Friday. Let me tell you a story that makes my blogger heart happy.  I’d been getting these emails from Rabbit Publishers promoting a series titled Harry Moon by Mark Andrew Poe, and  I wasn’t really sure whether I’d requested a book from them via NetGalley or what, so I replied to an email saying “hi, you’ve been sending me publicity about your books, and it’s probably because I’m a book blogger and I somehow ended up in your database. I can read and review one of your books if you have them available digitally.” The guy who replied was so nice, and after emailing back and forth for a while, he sent me the digital copies of Wand Paper Scissors both in English and in Spanish. Of course, I am super grateful to everyone at Rabbit Publishers and the author for these copies. Let’s get started, shall we?

I read this book between June 3rd and June 19th, 2019, but I assure you, you can read this in one sitting if you have the time. I rated it four stars and kept thinking about what a great read it could be for elementary students. I love that it has a preface that gives some context regarding the characters in the series. I believe this is the first book, but still, you sort of get an idea of what the book is about. My teacher brain got really excited with ideas about character analysis that can be applied with just the first couple of pages.

I’m a very visual person, so I was really excited to see the colorful illustrations. These books must be gorgeous in physical format (and also a great gift for young readers who are getting into chapter books). I will say, though, that I think readers might need a bit of guidance because there are some “big” words I’m almost certain a fourth or fifth grader will not understand. Again, this is a great opportunity for teaching and reinforcing vocabulary.

Harry, our main character, is an aspiring magician, but his deal is good magic, and I just love how positive this book is. I also enjoyed reading about the societal differences in middle school, that are sadly determined by who’s got more resources and who hasn’t. And yes, there is bullying, and yes, there are scenes that broke my heart because I couldn’t fathom that someone could be so cruel to a classmate for no reason.

Like the title indicates, this is a Halloween read, which you know I absolutely love. It is set in a town called Sleepy Hollow and everything there is spooky. Basically in that town Halloween is celebrated year-round. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love reading about the town and all the crazy things in it.

Finally, this is a book about being decent human beings. Harry Moon’s motto is “do no evil,” which is a message that gets spread among the characters and that is evident throughout the plot. There is no doubt that this message is key for kids of all ages to learn and apply to their lives.

Have you read any of the Harry Moon books? What did you think about them? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

I Covered My Bad Tattoo

I Covered My Bad Tattoo

 

Hello and happy Thursday. I know I haven’t done a Throwback Thursday in a while, but I think today it’s a must. You see, when I got my bad tattoo, I told you all about it, mainly because, as someone who’s gotten her fair share of tattoos, I never thought I’d accidentally get the wrong thing inked, but it happened.

I was in a bad place when I got that tattoo, and although there was no way the guy who did it could’ve noticed, getting a misspelled word in a foreign language on my wrist added to the list of things that went wrong in my life during 2018.

After not taking proper care of it in the hopes that it would simply vanish (it doesn’t happen that way, though, please don’t be stupid and avoid infections), I started covering it with makeup and micropore every single day of my life. I’d tell people that I covered it because I wasn’t allowed to show it at work, but the truth was, even if nobody would understand what it said or why it was wrong, I was ashamed of it and of myself for having gotten it.

Now, if you know me, then you know that I’ve never considered laser as an option for me. I think that any tattoo that I get is special, and that laser is ultimately expensive, painful, and not totally effective. People don’t get that the ink will be gone but they’ll have a scar in turn. I didn’t want a scar, so I kept covering my tattoo.

It wasn’t until a few months ago when I was thinking more clearly, that I realized I could cover the one misspelled word with something equally small. I considered a feather because they’re cute and dainty and they have this angelic sort of meaning to them. You see, “baruch,” the word that was actually spelled correctly, means blessed, so I thought that accompanying with a feather was fitting.

I’m telling you this story for many reasons. To let you know that there are some stupid mistakes that we make, and that sometimes we won’t see a solution for them until months later. To tell you that, like me last year, you might not be thinking or seeing things clearly, but hopefully in the future, you will. I also want to check up on you. Are you doing alright? Are you taking care of yourself and the decisions you make? Hopefully, you are.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

March 2019 Kindle Haul

March 2019 Kindle Haul

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Welcome to another episode of “signs Camila is a very cheap person, but still manages to compulsively buy books every month.” I know, I know, it’s a problem and I don’t want to fix it any time soon. In March 2019 I did change my book-buying system, so instead of getting a bunch of books at the beginning of the month, I decided every time I finished reading one, I would get a new one. I managed to read five books, apparently because that’s the number of titles that I will haul for you today. Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran  

Sale price: $1.99

Current price: $9.99

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett 

Sale price: $1.99

Current price: $8.99

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker 

Sale price: $1.99

Current price: $9.99

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

Sale price: $1.99

Current price: $12.99

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau 

Sale price: $1.99

Current price $1.99 (yay!)

As you can see, I got my fair share of nonfiction in March. Do you read any nonfiction books? If so, what kind? Also, which is the last nonfiction book you bought? Tell me all about this in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila