Mis libros de Alfaguara

Mis libros de Alfaguara

 

Hola y feliz miércoles. Creo que en este blog les he dicho que mi editorial favorita en español es Alfaguara. Me gusta el diseño de las portadas, el tamaño de los libros, la letra que utilizan. En fin, si tuviera que escoger una editorial en español y solamente tener libros de ella, sería Alfaguara.

Últimamente he estado en la onda minimalista, si se puede llamar así, por lo que decidí sacar de mi biblioteca los libros que ya no me generan alegría. Antes tenía un grupo de libros de Alfaguara que “coleccionaba.” Eran libros que yo ya había leído y que atesoraba, pero que sabía que no iba a volver a leer. Entonces se los pasé a mi mamá para que los tenga en su biblioteca que es mucho más grande, variada, y menos selecta que la mía. Me quedé únicamente con los dos libros de mi editorial favorita que no he leído:

Ambos autores son colombianos y he tenido la oportunidad de leer una novela de cada uno de ellos. ¿Los conocen? ¿Me recomiendan algo más de ellos o de algún otro autor colombiano? También quisiera que en los comentarios me dijeran, o mejor, me recordaran, porque sé que esta pregunta ya la he hecho, si tienen una editorial favorita y por qué.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

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Organizing My Bookshelves

Organizing My Bookshelves

Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m excited about today’s post because I love everything related to organization, and I think rearranging my bookshelves was long overdue.

This is how my main bookshelf looked before. You’ll notice that there aren’t any criteria behind the arrangement, besides size, probably, but I say “probably” because if you look closely, you’ll notice some books here and there that clearly are not where they’re supposed to be.

There’s even a hardcover, which should have been in the other shelf, but spoiler alert, I only noticed I didn’t return it to its original home until after I was done organizing.

This little cutie is where I have my hardcovers. I’m not a fan of hardcovers because I find them unpractical to read, but they are pretty, and I have gotten most of these titles either in subscription boxes or for very cheap online, cheaper even than the paperback edition.

Like its mother shelf, there was no real rationale behind the organization of this baby, but I still wanted to change the order of the books a bit, make it seem like I did something.

Also, I’m sure you noticed that stray copy of An Abundance of Katherines. It is waiting in the pile with other books I will be reselling or giving away when I’m done with them, which is why it isn’t on the bookshelf.

This is the final product. I put all the books down, cleaned the inside of the shelves, and then arranged the books by color. I’m thinking about doing a haul series, in which I haul the books by color in each post, so I’m not going to go in detail today about the titles I own.

The top row has my books from Alfaguara, one of my favorite publishing houses in Spanish. Then we move on to the purple and pink books. The next shelf is for the black and gray titles. The bottom row is comprised of white books, then yellow, then red and orange, and finally green. My previously unoccupied bottom shelf now holds the blue books and the teal/aqua ones.

This is the new version of my hardcover shelf. I don’t know if it’s just me, or if it looks as if there are more books now. I wanted to go with the rainbow theme too but gave up on it because this is a very small shelf and there are many big bulky titles I have to fit in. I finally decided to be practical instead of creative.

I do feel that this organization is more aesthetically pleasing, more inviting, although I guess you’d have to be the judge of that.

How do you organize your books at home? Let me know in the comments below, and if you can, link me to your shelfie, I’d love to see it.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

21 Mini Reviews

21 Mini Reviews

Hello and happy Wednesday. I recently read 21 Proms and I was over the moon. Seriously, the fact that so many awesome authors collaborated in this book made me feel like going to a reunion party with a bunch of my old friends. Now because each of the 21 stories was written by a different author, I only think it’s fair to dedicate a little time to each, so that’s what we’re doing today. It’s going to be a long post, so be sure to grab some snacks and water and to get really comfy. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

 

You Are a Prom Queen, Dance Dance Dance by Elizabeth Craft 

I feel that the main character of this story was way too harsh, and I got the feeling that were she a real person, she’d hate me and everything I stand for. I honestly could relate more to her best friend and how she was obsessing over a guy who’s not her prom date. Yep, that was me. Also yes, as an afterthought, I’m pretty sure the hating would be mutual. I didn’t think this story was a good opener to the book.

All She Wants by Cecily von Ziegesar 

Oh, I so related to Brooke and her private-school life. Yes, I was that Catholic all-girls school girl. I fell in love with that story almost immediately and from the start I knew it was going to be super cute. Like, honestly, I only have fluffy adjectives to describe this story. It was so nice, and I loved the Molly Ringwald references and Brooke’s innocence. This should’ve been the opening story.

In Vodka Veritas by Holly Black 

This is not your “typical” prom story, okay? I could relate to the main character’s fear of prom approaching and not having a date. Again, been there. If you’ve read Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, then you probably thought that the prom resembled the Cotillion scene. I totally thought that, and still, I also thought it was oddly cute for some reason.

Your Big Night by Sarah Mlynowski 

I was into this story from the start because I absolutely adore second person narration and I know it’s not something easy to pull off. I was all for the text-message inserts. You know I love that kind of stuff, and I think this story had many great elements. Sure, I could relate to Drew overthinking everything, and not just strictly prom stuff. The only bit I didn’t like was the whole not eating/dieting. You know I find this problematic and honestly the story could’ve done without that bit.

Off Like a Prom Dress by Billy Merrell 

I don’t have much to say about this one because it really was super short. It’s written in verse, and it’s a cute little thing.

“Mom called, she says you have to go to prom” by Adrienne Maria Vrettos 

This is one of those stories I couldn’t believe it wasn’t like a complete novel because I felt that there was so much in it. The main character is allergic to cats, just like I am, and I always like it when I can relate to what I’m reading. This story is really deep in terms of the main character’s family situation, as well as her own. There are issues regarding a dysfunctional family and a character with a mild cognitive disability, so it clearly goes beyond just “prom.”

Better Be Good to Me by Daniel Ehrenhaft 

I love the fact that this author sort of twisted the rules and actually had the dad tell the story of his own prom. I loved the formatting of the stories, with the subheadings, which may or may not have been song titles, and then an insert of a letter (yes, a full letter). Again, I felt like I was reading a whole novel. This was probably my favorite story of the book, and I will definitely be looking up this author in the future.

Three Fates by Aimee Friedman

Again, I totally relate with the whole not having a prom date issue. I also asked a guy and got rejected, and then found out he was going to prom with another girl, so, yes, that happens. All in all this was a cute story. Super improbable, but still cute.

The Question: A Play in One Act by Brent Hartinger 

Yes, this is a play, which is cool because it means a change in the format in which most of these stories were written. I really liked the fact that the main character was a guy because there’s a clear majority of female main characters. This is a very angsty piece, full of tension and anticipation. Prom is one of the themes, but is not like what they whole thing is about, which was pretty cool.

Shutter by Will Leitch 

This story is told from the main character’s dad’s perspective, but it’s actually about the main character’s prom. There is family drama involved, which makes this story way deeper than the other “typical” prom ones. It was good, kind of heartbreaking, really.

Geechee Girs Dancin’ by Jacqueline Woodson 

This story takes place in the 50’s and is written in a way that for me is odd. I know it’s like a jargon of the time or something, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, English is not my first language and sometimes that shows when I’m reading a certain kind of story. I don’t think I really “got” this story, and I think it has to do with the language barrier.

How I Wrote to Toby by E. Lockhart 

I really loved the format of this story because it’s actually a countdown to prom, so in a way it’s kind of like a diary with each day’s headings. I could relate to this story in the sense that I know what it feels like to pretend that everything is okay in your life when in reality your family is going through major shit. I know, and it’s horrible. This story is truly heartbreaking and it really got to me.

A Six-Pack of Bud, a Fifth of Whiskey, and Me by Melissa de la Cruz 

I don’t have much to say about this story either. It’s autobiographic, and I thought it was super cute. It also made me want to share my prom with you, so check out Throwback Thursday.

Primate the Prom by Libba Bray 

This was a very odd read because I thought the main character referred to his boyfriend as the “gorilla” because he was big and tall. Well, not really. This was the story of a guy who actually dated a gorilla. It did give me Will Grayson + Tiny Cooper vibes, and I think the whole gorilla thing was a metaphor.

Apology #1 by Ned Vizzini 

I got the feeling that this story was also autobiographic, and it’s actually pretty cool because it’s the guy explaining why he stood up a girl. I don’t know, I really like it when we get both sides of a story.

See Me by Lisa Ann Sandell 

I really liked that the main character of this story was an “invisible girl” because I think that was necessary. What I didn’t like was that this girl was just sitting around, waiting to be asked. Sorry, that’s not how we do things in 2018.

Prom for Fat Girls by Rachel Cohn 

Literally the only note I took was “judging by the title, I’m sure this story will at least be interesting.” It was okay, but not outstanding.

Chicken by Jodi Lynn Anderson 

This story kind of reminded me of the week I spent in rural Maine because everything seems so…well, rural. It’s about unrequited love and going to prom as buddies, which weirdly enough, is a topic that is not really explored much in this book.

The Backup Date by Leslie Margolis 

I thought this was your typical “rich people” prom story. The hidden romance factor, though, was what really made it interesting.

Lost Sometimes by David Levithan 

My hopes were up in the sky for this story because I hadn’t read anything by David Levithan in a while. It was alright but it wasn’t the best, and honestly I was sort of disappointed.

The Great American Morp by John Green 

I think closing with a John Green story was absolutely genius. I simply LOVE his writing style and I was super hooked with this particular story. I know a girl just like Maggie, the main character, and she would’ve totally thrown a morp with her best friend. Although, okay, Maggie had way better luck than the girl I know.

We’ve come to the end and if you’ve made it this far, then treat yourself to an ice cream because you rock. In the comments below, let me know which of these authors I listed is your favorite and why.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

I Don’t Know Why I’m Disappointed

I Don’t Know Why I’m Disappointed

Hello and happy Wednesday. I gave Jay Asher another chance by reading What Light, and yes, as the title indicates, I was disappointed. It was partly my fault, though, because this is a Christmas novel and I decided to read it in the summer, so clearly the mood and the vibe weren’t there. Of course, there’s more I have to say about this novel, so just keep reading this post. Let’s get started, shall we?

We all know what I thought about Thirteen Reasons Why, so it’s no surprise that my expectations towards this book and the author in general were pretty low. It wasn’t that I was determined to hate this novel, but I also kind of knew that I wasn’t going to love it. Again, the fact that I read this novel in June and it was set in Christmas didn’t help at all. Even if in Colombia we don’t have seasons, I’m a season kind of girl: I read about love in February, vacation in the summer, magic and horror in October, and yes, I like Christmas stories in December. There are many books that aren’t themed like this, or tied to a specific time of the year, but if one is, I want to read it in that time.

This story has nothing to do with the 13 Reasons Why universe (thankfully), but there are some similarities. There’s the family going through money issues, just like Hannah’s parents. I might be exaggerating here, but I really don’t like it when authors hold on to common places like this one and just exploit them in all their books. It just seems unoriginal.

So okay, at first I thought this was the typical story of the girl who moves away and has to start over or whatever. It’s not. I mean, she does move but only for the Christmas season every year, and she’s done that for her entire life. Still, her friends make a huge deal about it, like there’s a chance they might not see each other ever again. No overreacting at all, as you can see.

I believe the main character is called Sierra, but I just can’t remember. Anyway, she does go away for the holidays because her parents sell Christmas trees in California and oh, she meets a guy. And she’s just like me when I meet a new guy because even if she literally just saw him for the first time and doesn’t know his name, she’s considering that maybe they can date during the holidays. I clearly can’t criticize that, now can I?

Sierra’s love interest is not a regular guy because that would be too cliché, right? No, instead, he’s all mysterious and has a deep dark secret. Original, Mr. Asher. As you can see, I wasn’t really too thrilled about this book. I mean, I usually devour novels like this, especially if they’re in physical formal. I actually thought I could finish this entire book in my flight from Bogota to Madrid, because it lasts ten hours. Instead of that, I alternated between reading and watching movies.

I honestly got bored at how normal the book got. I mean, yes, we have the guy with the deep dark secret which is then revealed, so actually now he has a deep dark past everyone knows about, but other than that, it’s all a bunch of teenage drama and the main character overthinking everything. Here is where I could have appreciated a little more 13-Reasons-Why kinda drama, at least something small and juicy. I mean, I even wrote in my notes that I thought Caleb, Sierra’s love interest, reminded me of Steve from Full House. I’ll talk more about him in another post.

Just to wrap up this review, I want to say that yes, despite my initial reservations and despite how cliché the story was, I did find this book entertaining. I think I would’ve found it way more entertaining had I read it during the holidays, which was totally my fault for always going into books blindly. This is not a BAD book, okay? It’s simply not great, and this is my personal opinion. I mean, I’m 24 years old, I’ve become a little bit of a cynic with time, and this type of novel is just not my cup of tea anymore. Last year though, trust me, I would’ve lived and died for this story, but my taste in books has clearly changed.

Now help me out here and send me recommendations for holiday novels you love so that maybe I can get in the spirit.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Physical Book Unhaul

Physical Book Unhaul

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you a list of books I’ve read and enjoyed but that I’m not taking with me to Baltimore and that I feel too guilty leaving them at home collecting dust. I gave all of these books away to friends, family, and acquaintances, in case you were wondering. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

 

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Unboxed by Non Pratt

Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

 

 

 

 

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

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S King

Freak by Marcella Pixley

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Book Fair Haul

Book Fair Haul

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. One of the many things I’ll miss about living in Bogota is the yearly book fair, for obvious reasons. I only remember going to one book fair and not buying anything, but in my defense I was in university and didn’t have a job, so I was pretty much broke.

This year I swore I wouldn’t buy anything because 1. I need to save as much as I can and books in Colombia are expensive, and 2. I was actually trying not to get more books because there’s no way I can take them to Baltimore with me and it breaks my heart to just leave them collecting dust in Bogota.

My resolve was intact until I saw a “Buy 2, get 1 free” poster. I’m sure you would’ve done the same. I got three books from my wishlist, two of which are still recent so even on Kindle they are expensive, and another one that is super hyped because a new movie version somewhat recently launched. If you look at the thumbnail, you’ll know which are the new release and which is the other one.

I bought a hardcover of Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, which means I now own all of his bibliography and have read none of it. I also bought Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, even though I’ve yet to read The Girl on the Train. Finally, I bought It by Stephen King, which is probably going to take me the next five years to read and is going to give me major nightmares.

What books have you recently bought? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Los Libros Que Dejo en Bogotá

Los Libros Que Dejo en Bogotá

Hola y feliz miércoles. Oficialmente en menos de un mes voy a irme a Baltimore a vivir, aunque cuando esto sea publicado ya habré pasado tres meses fuera. Ahora estoy organizando todas mis cosas y sorteando qué me llevo que de dejo. Estos libros que les voy a mostrar no los voy a dejar en mi biblioteca, sino que los regalé y ya todos tienen nuevos dueños. Voy a compartir los links de cada uno para que los miren si les interesan. ¿Comenzamos?

Plegarias nocturnas de Santiago Gamboa

Perder es  cuestión de método de Santiago Gamboa

Volver al oscuro valle de Santiago Gamboa

El cerco de Bogotá de Santiago Gamboa

Una casa en Bogotá de Santiago Gamboa

Océanos de arena de Santiago Gamboa

 

 

 

Siempre fue invierno de Piedad Bonnett

Después de todo de Piedad Bonnett

La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz de Antonio G. Iturbe

 

 

 

 

¿Para qué sirve un niño? de Colas Gutman

Un montón de unicornios de Ana María Machado

Volar de Yolanda Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los amores de Nishino de Hiromi Kawakami

Más oscuro de E.L James

La historia del amor de Nicole Krauss

 

 

 

 

 

El pasado de Alan Pauls

Nunca en cines de Andrés Burgos

Primero estaba el mar de Tomás González

Los afectos de Rodrigo Hasbún

La multitud errante de Laura Restrepo

El expreso del sol de Tomás González

 

 

 

El horizonte de Patrick Modiano

Más allá del olvido de Patrick Modiano

La puta diabla de Fito Páez

Cómo viajar sin ver de Andrés Neuman

Hablar solos de Andrés Neuman

Contigo en la distancia de Carla Guelfenbein

 

En los comentarios cuéntenme cuál o cuáles de estos libros han leído y sus ideas al respecto.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila