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Read The World

I would read every last book on this planet if I could. Rationally knowing that I can't, I'll sure try to read as many books as possible before my time's up!

Currently reading

The Elephant Vanishes
Alfred Birnbaum, Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami

Unconventionally Honest

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

I recently finished listening to "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" in audible. I used to listen to a little while of it whenever I walked my dog, and it took me quite a long time to get to the end. 

 

I found this book to be very fun to hear. It has many interesting ideas and views that actually make you reflect for a while on how you see the world, in a hilarious but honest way. Some of the main focuses are how you choose your values (how you measure yourself and your success) and, well, how you choose what to give a f*ck about. Mark Manson's narrative voice kept me engaged at all times, as he did not leave his ideas in just theory, but used anecdotes (many times funny, many times painfully honest) and examples to help explain his point. I personally loved all the historic figures and various people he mentioned to illustrate his ideas. Reading or listening to a narrator who was not afraid to curse or to laugh at himself was very refreshing, and in my opinion this was a great companion for my walks.

 

— feeling alien
"Your existence is not impossible, but it is unlikely"

Welcome to Night Vale

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

...and the TV shows and movies we watch.

 

I found this a very interesting article! It discusses why we forget a great part of what we read, and what is it that we remember.

A few weeks after reading a book, we already remember just a very general idea of it, probably the main plot or the main focus. As time passes, we loose more and more details. The same thing happens with shows and movies – it is very interesting to see what this article says about memory in modern times and the amount of information we consume. 

 

  • Some of the ideas I liked most of the article are:
  • - The fact that our mind tries to remember not the content of the information, but where to find it
  • It is probable that you remember more of where you were and what you were doing when you read the book than the book itself
  • - The fastest you consume the information (binge reading, binge watching), the less you will remember later: you never had the time to fully process and save everything in your long-term memory.

 

I love the topic of memory, specially when mixed with books!

Another cool link on the topic: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-curse-of-reading-and-forgetting

 

Quick Comment: To All The Boys I've Love Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

If it wasn't because my friend recommended me the book (or rather, forced me to read it) I probably wouldn't have picked it up myself. I'd just think "it's not my kind of book".
To All The Boys I've Loved Before surprised me. It has a kind, funny story that develops the characters beyond the main romance arc, and I found many aspects of Lara Jean's life (the protagonist) relatable. I guess I don't see it as a literary "masterpiece" or anything, but I really did enjoyed reading it. It was fun, and quite fast to read. I'd say that in general it's a light read, but I must confess some parts had me burying my face in the book, putting it down to breathe, or tempting me to turn to the end of the chapter to see how things turn out.
My friend's goal all along was for me to finish it before the movie came out (last Friday on Netflix) and I did, just in time. Of course, as always, I have to say it... The book was better! But the movie is still very good to watch if you are in a rom-com kind of mood. Books always have more space for character development and exploration, so that's probably why I prefer them.
Now, my friend lend me the second. Lets see how it goes!

 

 

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Read The World

I've been reading for a long time, and I love it.
I love keeping track of the books I read, and for a few years now, I've been keeping a "Book Jar": every time I finish a book, I add it to the jar. Usually, it's around 50 books a year. But recently I decided that I should do more than that –more than just writing the title in a piece of paper and storing it away– if I have the opportunity of sharing this experience, why don't I?
Thus, the creation of this blog.
My goal is to read as much as I can in my lifetime, and hopefully my bookshelf ends up being as varied as possible. I know so far my reads have been mainly in English and of occidental origin (mainly classics, YA Lit, and some Latin American books sprinkled here and there) but I want to change that soon enough. Fiction has always been my first choice, but this year I have begun to read more science and not-fiction books too.
This blog is kind of a test drive, so I don't know if anyone will see or read this. Anyway, if you do, I hope you enjoy this journey too!