update: April 23rd, 2019. you can skip everything in italics to go to my list. the books that were on this list last year were: Bossypants, Creativity Inc., We should all be feminists, El principio del placer, Narconomics, One More Thing, Never let me go, and Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all. did all of these survive?
update: April 23rd, 2018. the first version of this post is from October 2016.
update 2: I was super pretentious and I used a photo from some José Saramago’s books even if I’ve never read any of his books #sorrynotsorry… but these books were super pretty, I couldn’t help it.
reading is one of my favorite activities. I’ve enjoyed it since I can remember. my home was always filled with books. there was something for everyone. books for me and my sister, art books, inherited books from a cousin (The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley 😻), novels (I very inappropriately read Flowers in the Attic at a very young age)
the first grown-up book I read was Kon-Tiki. my dad gave it to me because it was also the first grown-up book he had read. it’s a tragedy that I don’t know where that book is now. when I was in 5th grade, the teacher asked us to read a book for Spanish class. I chose that one. all my classmates were like: she’s super nerd, she likes reading, ew, will you be able to read it?
something broke inside me at that exact moment. I was super young and I didn’t know I could do whatever I want. I didn’t know people shouldn’t affect my decisions. but I was like 12… I didn’t know anything about life. after that, I hid my reading hobby. the main reason was I didn’t want anyone else to think I was super lame… ALTHOUGH I TOTALLY AM.
then I grew up and I didn’t care about anything else. I’ve no problem staying home to read because that doesn’t make me special at all and there are a lot of people like me haha. I also have a Goodreads annual challenge that motivates me to read more.
so after this very short introduction, these are my favorite books (at the moment) in no particular order.
Bossypants – Tina Fey
when I read it the first time I was stoked to know that someone I look up to had a really normal life, and was also super nerdy and geeky like me. Tina Fey is proof that no matter how marsupial you’ve been, you can always glow up.
We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi
I had already recommended it to you so I’m not gonna say more. I hope you’ve already read it. a test will
El principio del placer – José Emilio Pacheco
José Emilio Pacheco went to my university once. he came in late because he
😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 we love you, José Emilio.
when the people speaking realized it, they asked him to join them but he was like, no, no, finish please. and everybody was 🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊 we love you, José Emilio.
then he read some poems he had just written and said jamón instead of jabón (jam instead of soap in Spanish) and he corrected himself laughing and everybody was like 😭😭😭😭😭 we love you, José Emilio.
and from that day on, I loved him even more. I had already read Las batallas en el desierto but after that, I became a fan from hell.
but I’ll stop fangirling now. El principio del placer is one of those books that change you. nothing is the same after reading it. if you have heard me say tenga para que se entretenga (get entertained with this or something like that… the translation doesn’t work that well haha), I read it there.
One more thing – B.J. Novak
chances are you already know I’m a big fan of The Office US. well, B.J. Novak was one of the writers. he wrote some of my favorite episodes like Diversity Day, Happy Hour, Threat Level Midnight, and Sexual Harassment. obviously, none of those compare to Pam and Jim’s wedding but they’re good.
this book is a collection of short stories and all of them are super goldeeeeeen. they’re… different. I don’t know. you have to read them. all of the stories could be the pilot of a sitcom. when I started watching The Good Place it just reminded me of it (well, Mike Schur created that… I guess they’re related haha).
Never let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro
the only book in herstory that has left me like:
this was my professional review when I read it in 2015:
it’s still relevant and awfully written (my review, not the book). the movie is also a great adaptation if you’re wondering. this book is so beautifully written. reading this book is like being in a field during the sunset while the wind gently runs through your long hair and you realize you’ll never feel this way again.
Yes means yes!: visions of female sexual power and a world without rape – Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
this book is all about changing the no means no to the yes means yes. basically, going from she didn’t say so I assume it was a yes to enthusiastic mutual consent. how to do that? understanding and respecting the feminine pleasure. and it sounds super easy but when I read the book it was like woaaaa I had never thought about maaany things. there are essays that come from all kinds of perspectives and that talk about many different topics. if you don’t want to read all the essays, just read the first one.
in theory, if we all appreciated the feminine pleasure as much as the masculine pleasure is (and many times it’s even the only considered thing), we would have a world where rape is uncommon and has the right consequences. unlike now, pf.
it doesn’t matter if you identify yourself as a man or woman, this book will give you a new perspective on how you relate to others and how you think about pleasure.
Miracle workers – Simon Rich
such a beautiful and heartwarming book. I started reading it because I read somewhere that it was being adapted to a series with Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi AS GOD. can’t imagine a better God.
the premise is crazy good and funny. God decides to stop all operations in the Earth so he can finally accomplish his true dream: to open a fusion restaurant. BUT Eliza and Craig, two very committed to their jobs as miracle makers angels, won’t let the Earth be destroyed so easily.
I read it in like 2 days because I loved it. the story goes super fast and you can’t believe us humans are so stupid… although we completely are. ash… and I haven’t seen the series yet!
and that’s all folks. the cool thing about this is that the list will always change. some books will stay and others won’t. and that’s life. 📚