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 gwrown-up book I read was Kon-Tiki. mi 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 hobbie. 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.
Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull y Amy Wallace
last Saturday I saw a dude reading it on the bus and it was like 😍😍😍 are we meant for each other or what? everytime I can, I recommend this book. if you’re reading this, there’s a big possibility you like Pixar’s movies -at least one-, if not. stop reading. bye.
this book tells you the story of Pixar and how it works on the inside. like, how do they make their movies so pretty? how can the tell those stories the way they do? you can even read how Toy Story was made.
for all those that have creative jobs (whatever that means), it’s a MUUUUUST. I mean, one of the perks you have for working at Pixar is that you can use the title you want on your business cards. mine would be gossip enthusiast.
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.
Narconomics: how to run a drug cartel – Tom Wainwright
I learned about Matt Bowden in this book. he’s like the father of the synthetic legal drugs (legal in the sense that they’re not illegal yet). Tom Wainwright’s theory is that if you want to deal with cartels you have to think about them as businesses. you have to know how they work on the inside and focus on legalization more than on eradication.
an example of something that I didn’t know. drug trafficking works like a monopsony. but what the hell does that men? drug dealers -almost- never harvest, they buy from normal people. farmers harvest, dealers buy, “package” and sell to the final consumer. many government strategies (I’m talking mostly about Latin America) focus on eradication by burning down plantations.
the idea behind this is that supposedly there’ll be less offer and the final price of the drug will go up… so people will stop consuming it (?). but after some research in Colombia, specifically, they’ve come to the realization that there’s really not that much fluctuation in the prices the final consumer pays.
and why is that? well,
and that’s just the beginning. the book is super interesting.
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 likeDiversity 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 books 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 on 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.
Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all – Jonas Jonasson
I don’t know if I really liked it because of the time I read it (my guess is yes) or if it’s really that good. I read some reviews and some of them say that Jonas Jonasson lost his mojo with this book. sooo, I have to read the rest of his books I guess. my super professional opinion is that it’s good and you have to read it. the story is something you’ve never read before or even imagine could exist.
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. 📚