In recent years I’ve taken a real interest in reading books about the places where I am from. While a lot of the books I read take place in the U.S., where I live, they rarely take place my state, Florida and much less Miami. I was also born in Cuba and lived there until my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was four years old. I don’t remember much from living there but my parents make sure that I don’t forget where I come from and why they chose to make that move.
In today’s post I want to talk about some of the books that take place either in Miami or Cuba, some of them have been horrible, others great, and some I’m looking forward to reading soon.
Normally, I don’t read non fiction. I don’t really read memoirs, autobiographies, or biographies. I have nothing against them, I just find them weirdly intimidating. Maybe that’s why I’ve resorted to watching documentaries, podcasts, biographical movies, and graphic novels.
Yes, I said graphic novels. They can be just as insightful and detailed as any biography or memoir, plus they have pictures.
It’s true, I haven’t been reading much YA recently. My interests are not solely in the YA genre anymore, but that doesn’t mean there are not exceptions. There will always be exceptions, and I noticed them the other day looking at my bookshelf. Some of them are series I started and haven’t finished and others were anticipated books from last year that I haven’t gotten to yet.
Maybe writing this out will push me to pick up some of these titles.
As a person who enjoys reading and lives in a world where almost every movie and every show is based on a book, I try my best to read the books first and then watch the movie. However, that’s not always the case, and to be honest, I’m not super strict about it either. But, there are exceptions, there are book to movie adaptations I refuse to watch until I read the book, and sometimes I do a reread of them before watching the adaptation if I can. So, here’s a list of those books I haven’t read, that I want to read, before I watch their movies or TV shows.
Audiobooks are a godsend! They are the solution to all those times you want to be reading but cannot.
Have a long drive ahead of you but you need to know what happens next in the book? Listen to the audiobook.
Can’t decide if showering is more important than reading your book? Listen to the audiobook while showering.
Need to catch up on your school reading by the end of the day? Listen to the audiobook all day until you do catch up.
There’s no book reading problem that an audiobook won’t solve. I’ve been using them for a while now and it has been life changing. However, I don’t actually buy any of them. Instead, I have magical ways of listening to them for free.
Ok, not really, but as a person who loves free stuff and great deals, I’ve made it my life’s mission to find them. Continue reading
There’s not a lot of books I would say no to. I like to think that I can put aside the controversies, the hype, and any differences I might have with the book. For the most part, I think I can, but there are exceptions. There are books I have absolutely no interest in reading now or never. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say never.
I don’t like series, and big books intimidate me. That’s why Anna Karenina is still on my shelf unread for the past two years. Sometimes, it’s okay to read a short book instead of the monstrosities like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which not only has 800 pages but it’s a crucial book in the series, so you HAVE to read it. Apparently, nobody told Rowling that quick reads can be just as good and just as gratifying as big books, so here are some of my favorite books that happen to be under 200 pages.