Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa {review}

Hi everyone! Today I'm celebrating the book birthday of Mia Sosa :) Here's my review of The Worst Best Man!
Book title: The Worst Best Man
Publication date: February 4, 2020
Author: Mia Sosa
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 368
How I got the book: Sent for review; the publisher provided me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Review

I don't even know where to start! I really hate when I love a book so much because I honestly don't know what to say... This is my first time reading a book by Mia Sosa and I just can't wait to read the rest of them! I was hooked since the very first chapter; so I guess you can tell how good is the storyline. Sosa's writing style and sense of humor is amazeballs very impressive! I enjoyed the POV. One of my book club friends asked me about the book, because she saw me gushing about it on social media, and I just told her: "it's an adult romance and VERY funny; I can already see it as a romantic comedy movie!". I enjoyed the characters, they are SO good, especially Max. Also, I'm a HUGE fan of Lina's family. But yeah, poor Max... I don't want to give any spoilers; I just think Lina could have treated him better at the beginning. Although that's kind of the point! So if you love the enemies to lovers trope, you are absolutely going to love this book.

This may sound a little weird but I hope you can understand what I mean... I'm a fan of books where a character speaks another language (instead of English), and the phrase or word is just thrown right there in the text, without any explanation. I don't know how to explain this, OMG! But yeah, I love that! I don't understand when people get mad about having words written in another language instead of English. I mean, if you don't understand a word, just search for it! Is not that complicated... But anyway, I also love the details about the Brazilian culture. I can honestly say this is one of my all-time favorites. And in case you were wondering: yes, I highly recommend The Worst Best Man!
If The Worst Best Man sounds like something you would enjoy, be sure to add it to you TBR!
Have you read it yet? Let me know so we can talk about it ;)     
  
          

Monday, December 16, 2019

Cartonera Books {review} / Libros Cartoneros {reseña}

Have you ever heard about cartonero books? I honestly didn't know anything about it but lately, I've been learning a little bit. This movement started in Argentina in 2003 because of an economic crisis. The books are made with recycling material. They use cardboard as the book cover and all of them are hand painted. So they are unique! They are super accesible and affordable. That's why the movement helped with promoting literature and increasing access to it. Cartonero books can be easily found in community book fairs or directly with the editorial. Some of them have shipping available! This is a great choice for newbie authors because the cartonero editorial usually make less than 100 books of every edition.

There are cartoneras in: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The cartoneras located in Puerto Rico are: Atarraya Cartonera, Mabrú Editorial Cartonera, Coquí Cartonero and Editorial Rincón Cartonero & Digital.

I highly recommend you to search for more information about this movement. In the meantime, check out these cartonero books I received from Coquí Cartonero Editorial!
Thanks to Betsy from Editorial Rincón Cartonero & Digital, for providing both books to me for this review.

Book title: Cuentos Puertorriqueños
Publication date: March 2019 (originally released in 1822-1889)
Author: Manuel Alonso
Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
Publisher: Coquí Cartonero Editorial
Pages: 89
How I got the book: Sent for review; I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.




Review


I believe you can tell these short stories are from a different time. Maybe it's the writing style. This book contains seven stories; some of them were good and the others were kind of average. I personally enjoyed El Jíbaro en la Capital. When the characters started to describe things from the streets, I could imagine myself walking around those places. I love when I can transport myself to the setting of a book! When my husband's grandfather saw I had this book, he grab it and immediately started to read it. I saw him so involved with the stories! Now I have to give it to him so he can finish reading it :) In general, I have to mention something I really like in these cartonero books. Both of them had a built in bookmark! This made it so easy for me to read and mark.

Book title: Andanzas del Amar - Wanderings of Love
Publication date: 2019
Author: Ivette Crespo Bonet
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Romance
Publisher: Coquí Cartonero Editorial
Pages: 109
How I got the book: Sent for review; I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Review

I was surprise when I saw the book was in Spanish and English! Although I have to say I enjoyed more the poems in Spanish. For me, some of the poems in English, kind of lost their essence with the translation. But anyway, I was reading and enjoying all the poems and when I thought I was about to finish, I saw the book began again but with the poems in English. It was such a nice surprise! I was able to feel all the emotions in every poem. I particularly loved three of them: Letter to my Mother, Dear Sister and Those Who Left. Mostly because I was able to identify myself with them, but also because they were all a beautiful piece. If you have the chance to read this poetry collection, I highly recommend it.

With all the moving process and a trip coming up, I think this will be my last blog post for 2019. But I'll be active on Instagram and I'll come back in January with more book reviews and bookish events posts :) I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
         
          
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¿Alguna vez has escuchado sobre libros cartoneros? Sinceramente, yo no sabía absolutamente nada, pero últimamente he estado aprendiendo un poco. Este movimiento comenzó en Argentina en el 2003, a causa de una crisis económica. Los libros son hechos con material reciclable. Se utiliza cartón de portada para el libro y todos son pintados a mano. ¡Así que son únicos! Son súper accesibles y económicos. Es por esto que el movimiento ayudó con promover la literatura y aumentar el acceso a esta. Los libros cartoneros se pueden conseguir fácilmente en ferias de libros en la comunidad o directamente con la editorial. ¡Algunas tienen disponible el envío por correo! Esta es una opción estupenda para autores novatos, ya que las editoriales cartoneras usualmente hacen menos de 100 libros de cada edición.

Hay editoriales cartoneras en: Argentina, Alemania, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estados Unidos, Finlandia, Francia, España, Guatemala, Guinea Ecuatorial, México, Mozambique, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay y Venezuela.

Las editoriales en Puerto Rico son: Atarraya Cartonera, Mabrú Editorial Cartonera, Coquí Cartonero y Editorial Rincón Cartonero & Digital.

Altamente recomiendo que busquen más información sobre este movimiento. Mientras tanto, ¡miren estos libros cartoneros que recibí de Coquí Cartonero EditorialGracias a Betsy de Editorial Rincón Cartonero & Digital, por proveerme ambos libros para esta reseña.

Título: Cuentos Puertorriqueños
Fecha de publicación: Marzo 2019 (originalmente publicado en 1822-1889)
Autor: Manuel Alonso
Géneros: Ficción, Cuentos Cortos
Editorial: Coquí Cartonero Editorial
Páginas: 89
Cómo obtuve el libro: Enviado para reseña; recibí una copia a cambio de mi reseña honesta.




Reseña


Creo que una persona puede saber que estos cuentos son de otra época. Tal vez sea el estilo de escritura. Este libro contiene siete cuentos; algunos son buenos y los demás están a nivel promedio. Me encantó el cuento El Jíbaro en la Capital. Cuando los personajes comenzaron a a describir cosas de las calles, me pude imaginar caminando alrededor de esos lugares. ¡Amo cuando puedo transportarme al escenario de un libro! Cuando el abuelo de mi esposo vió que tenía este libro, lo agarró y comenzó a leerlo inmediatamente. ¡Lo vi tan envuelto con los cuentos! Ahora tengo que dárselo para que pueda terminar de leerlo :) En general, tengo que mencionar algo que me gustó muchísimo de estos libros cartoneros. ¡Ambos tenían un marca libros incorporado! Esto me facilitó el leer y marcar.

Título: Andanzas del Amar - Wanderings of Love
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Autor: Ivette Crespo Bonet
Géneros: Ficción, Poesía, Romance
Editorial: Coquí Cartonero Editorial
Páginas: 109
Cómo obtuve el libroEnviado para reseña; recibí una copia a cambio de mi reseña honesta.
Reseña

¡Me sorprendí mucho cuando vi que el libro estaba en español e inglés! Aunque tengo que decir que me gustaron más los poemas en español. Para mi, algunos de los poemas en inglés, perdieron la esencia con la traducción. De todos modos, estaba leyendo y disfrutando cada poema y cuando pensé que ya estaba por terminar, veo que el libro comienza nuevamente pero en inglés. ¡Fue una sorpresa muy buena! Pude sentir todas las emociones en cada poema. Me encantaron tres de ellos: Carta a mi Mamá, Mi Querida Hermana y A los que nos Fuimos. Los disfruté mayormente porque pude identificarme con ellos, pero también porque todos fueron una pieza muy hermosa. Si tienes la oportunidad de leer esta colección de poemas, lo recomiendo al 100%.

Con todo el proceso de la mudanza y un viaje que se aproxima, creo que esta será mi última publicación en el 2019. Pero seguiré activa en Instagram y regresaré en enero con más publicaciones de reseñas y eventos relacionados a libros :) ¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!
         
          

Monday, November 11, 2019

Bookish Events: Book Fair at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico

Who gets excited every time there's a book fair? I do! I remember the book fairs at school and even at college. It is a great way to find beloved books and discover new books as well! For this Bookish Events series, I started last week telling you about when I met the author of El Finalito, Ricardo Martí Ruiz. This time, I'll be telling you about the book fair I attended in August!

First Book Fair at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico
As I mentioned in my last post, many book events here in Puerto Rico take place like 3 hours away from me. And this was one of them! Fortunately, it was on a weekend day. So I made plans with my parents and my little sister, to attend to the First Book Fair at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR).
This was my first time visiting the MAPR and I was really excited! My friend Ana Cristina was the one who told me about this event. And here's little back story for this: we are online friends! We met through our blogs and we've been friends for more than 2 years. This was actually our first time meeting face to face. It was awesome! So yeah, besides enjoying this event, I finally had the chance to meet Ana in person.

When I arrived at the book fair with my family, we already knew what we were going to do, because we studied the schedule of every activity. There were activities for kids and adults. My parents attended a presentation with Chef Piñero, Ana and I attended a workshop called Editing and Assembly of a Book (which was very cool!) and at the end, we all attended a presentation with Douglas Candelario; and of course, we got our books signed! We spend most of our time at the exhibition area, where I got the chance to meet two other bloggers I've been following for a while (Leamos Más PR and Melanie). I definitely had an amazing time at this event!

By the way, my bookshelf necklace from Coryographies was a great conversation starter!
Did you saw everything I got at this event? ICYMI, here is my Instagram post about it:


You can also check out my IG highlighted stories from this day! Have you attended a book fair? (Besides the book fairs at school). Tell me about your experience! Soon I'll be posting about a book store opening near my house :)
         
          

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Bookish Events: Meeting Ricardo Martí Ruiz, author of El Finalito

Hi everyone! Today I'm starting a new blog series: Bookish Events! And for my first post, I'll be telling you about a book signing event I attended back in August. I've been wanting to write a post about this for a while because I adore bookish events. But unfortunately, I've only attended a few of them. I wish one day I can be able to attend BookCon or any other book convention. It's my dream! Anyway, here in Puerto Rico we don't have many book events and many of them take place like 3 hours away from me. So every time I see an event near me, I try to attend. In August, I had the opportunity to attend a book signing event and a book fair. And in October, I attended the soft opening of a book store and coffee shop near my house; they also hosted a book presentation (meet and greet) event. I will tell you all about it on this new blog series, but let's start with the book signing event in August!

Meeting Ricardo Martí Ruiz, author of El Finalito at Biblioteca Juvenil de Mayagüez
I remember when I saw the event announced on the Facebook page of the Biblioteca Juvenil de Mayagüez. I was really excited because I love El Finalito, so I couldn't believe I was going to have the chance to meet the author. I immediately told my friend Andrea Carolina to come with me to this event! When we arrived, I was surprised to see people from all ages; there were kids, young people, adults. It was so cool! Ricardo Martí Ruiz started the presentation telling us a little bit about the history of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Then, he told us about how he decided to somehow continue the story. I got emotional when he explained why he started writing the book; it made me think of my abuela.

For me, El Finalito is a great sequel and it gave me closure with The Little Prince. The book is also available in English as The Elderly Prince, in case you want to check it out. Which I highly recommend you do! So yeah, when I got my turn to get my book signed, I spend a little time with the author, telling him how the book helped me throughout a tough time. He was super sweet! By the way, he had available some of his other books there with him so of course, I had to get them!

And of course, I had to wear my stack of books earrings from Coryographies!
This event was so much fun! And please, if you get the chance, visit the Biblioteca Juvenil de Mayagüez. I love this place! The even have a Blind Date with a Book spot! But what I love the most about this place is that you'll find people from all ages.

ICYMI, here is my Instagram post about the event:


Be sure to watch my IG highlighted stories from this day because it was so much fun! Andrea and I decided to spend a little time at Friend's Café after the event. We even got soaking wet because it started to rain SO bad...

Have you attended a bookish event? Tell me all about it! Soon I'll be posting about a book fair at a museum :)