Sunday.April.14 – Saturday.April.20

AKA: An incredible reading week!

FINISHED READING: 4

Del amor y otros demonios (Of Love and Other Demons) by Gabriel García Márquez

​A relatively short tale about a 12-year-old girl bitten by a rabid dog. Although she shows no symptoms, she is sent away to a convent where she undergoes various exorcisms to “cure” her of the sickness. The language was a bit difficult for me but I did like the story (for the most part). A 36-year-old man falls in love with the little girl. Yeah. A whole lot of nope at the last 20% of the book. [3*]

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (#1) by Douglas Adams

​Ha! This book is weird but amazing. I can’t even summarize the plot. It’s too indescribable. There’s a mystery involving 2 ghosts, the fate of humanity, and a whole lot of science fiction. Funny and odd, just like the adaptation. [4*]


The Orange Girl
by Jostein Gaarder

​My goodness, this book! A 15-year-old boy reads a long-lost letter his father wrote to him shortly before he died 11 years prior. In it, the father spins a fairytale-like story about meeting the orange girl (the boy’s mother). This book is so therapeutic, that I was sobbing by the end. Because it’s not only about love, but about our very existence in the world. [4*]

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

​The life-story of our foreign-born U.S. Founding Father. I absolutely loved this book!! Because it just goes to show how incredibly hard immigrants have to work to prove themselves just as capable as their colleagues. Hamilton didn’t take anything for granted, using every opportunity he earned, and relentlessly striving to preserve the sanctity of his adopted country’s constitution. He not only fought for the states and created our financial system, but actually shaped our beloved country. One of the best biographies I’ve encountered as it covers all aspects of Alexander Hamilton’s life (i.e. The good, the bad, and the controversies) and the American Revolution. Recommend the audiobook narrated by Scott Brick [5*

CURRENTLY READING: 1

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

My 30-Day buddy read. About 76% of the way through. The story is okay. Simply okay. Some things are interesting. But it really hasn’t held me captivated. As of now, it’s looking like a 3* star read. 

UPCOMING READ: 

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

I have this audiobook all ready to go! I am so damn excited!!! 

BOOK HAUL: 9

Anyone else get all 9 books on Amazon for World Book Day?? I can’t say no to free books! Especially since 1 of them was on my TBR haha. 

IN OTHER NEWS:

I know everyone is watching Game of Thrones. But is anyone watching the BBC  Les Misérables adaptation on PBS?? I really liked the first episode!  Hallelujah to the No Singing!! Plus having read the book recently, it seems like a pretty faithful adaptation which makes me very happy 🙂

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

6 thoughts on “2019: Week 16 Reading Roundup

  1. Why… is it that every time I read one of your reviews of Marquez that there’s a Woody Allen film type of relationship in them? 😪 Marquez feels like the Woody Allen of books. I need to do some research on GGM.

    I 100% need to read Orange Girl. My heart has already melted.

    Okay, fine, 5* means I’ll have to read Hamilton. And then maybe go to theatre and watch the musical. Plan sorted.

    Need to watch Les Mis! I’ve got BBC iPlayer, so I need to make it happen. After I’ve recovered from GoT though!

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    1. Haha I know what you mean! When the “love” aspect appeared, the first thing I thought was… again? Why are young girls “falling in love” with older men in all these books?? From what I remember, Love in the Time of Cholera didn’t have any of that. I think…

      The Orange Girl is such a simple story. But Gaarder is able to give it this big semi-existential spin. So good!

      I recommend the audiobook! It’s long but I was never tired or bored.

      Loved Les Mis! Some things were changed but I think overall it was a fairly good adaptation. Idk who was in charge of scheduling this show lol. Because it started the same day as GoT and ended on the same day too! How was the finale?? I’ve seen all the memes and whatnot haha

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      1. Love in the Time of Cholera didn’t have it thankfully and I think they were around a similar age as well… ooh. Once is exploratory, more than once is a disturbing trend. I might need to do some research on GGM too lol!

        Wait… what?! It did? I thought it started earlier than Game of Thrones cos I saw it mentioned a lot on twitter! Need to watch it, there’s no music, right? (I’ve forgotten again). Personally I loved the ending of GoT because my faves got happy endings – deservedly, I like some other trashy characters.

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