The girl and 15 Books (Part 1)

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At work we have a thing we do, when we have a new member of the staff. Since We are a lot, and it takes a while for us to complete introductions, we do it in a pretty simple way:

  1. Name
  2. Position
  3. How long have we been on the company
  4. Say something that you like (to do, to eat, to whatever)

These are usually my responses:

  1. Kourai (yes, people in real life actually know me with that name)
  2. Director
  3. 11 years, I started in the company since I was really young
  4. I like to read.

Yes. I read. That’s my defining feature. I may not have a lot of time to do it anymore, or even this year in general, but I like to do it as often as I can and I like to set myself unrealistic goals pertaining the amount of books I intent to read on a given year. This year it’s 15, and even though I hadn’t had time to do it much, I actually intend to carry it out. I am a reader.

The Last few weeks I’ve been tagged in a lot of “20 books to whatever”, “Famous person’s list of favorite books” kind of articles, and actually found some really interesting additions for my wish list, which got me thinking of my list of favorite, life-changing books. I’ve read a fair share of famous and non-famous books and even though you can easily access it through my Goodreads account, I decided it was about time to share it here, so, without further ado, here you have:

The Ponicorn’s 15 favorite books

(books that changed, defined and facinated me)

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These up here are my favorite books, in no particular order, and I’m going to tell you why.

  1. Of scars and star dust – Andrea Hannah
    heridasI picked this book, merely because I liked the cover, and it turned out to be a surprise. First thing you have to know it’s that it’s YA (for the uninitiated, that means Young Adult) which means, there’s a good deal of teenage drama, angst, snowflakey thoughts and the like; it even plays a little with the idea of something supernatural going on, but don’t be fooled, this is not a twilight story, it’s not the Fault in our stars romance; it’s something else. The narrator is unbelievably unreliable in a way that plays with the tropes commonly associated with YA stories, to deliver an ending that changes everything you understand about the story.
  2. Welcome to Night Vale – Joseph Finknightvale
    I’ve been into Nightvale for about 2 years, I got into it last year, when I found a post on tumblr talking about Sext from the Void, saying that’s the way someone imagined sexting working on Nightvale, it caught my attention. The story itself is not really focused on the podcast, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it’s something you can fully enjoy if you don’t have at least a minimum knowledge of how the Podcast story goes. Nightvale has its own intricacies, and even though the protagonists of the book are barely mentioned on the podcast, the mere workings of the town play a relevant role.
  3. Ready Player one – Ernest Cline
    readyThis was recommended by my boyfriend last year and I hold very fond memories of it. I was reading it a little before we decided to finally be together, and when I think of the book I remember how I felt in that moment. Yes, I’m sappy like that. But I digress, we’re kind of into 80’s-90’s nostalgia so this book was super fun to read. If you’re into old school video games, 80’s movies, music, series and internet in general, this book is fun, super-entertaining and well written. It’s not a masterpiece, but i enjoyed it a lot and will read it again very soon. It’s being made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg in 2018.
  4. Before you sleep – Linn Ullmannbefore
    I read this book when I was about 15 and going through a very strange moment in my life, I was struggling with depression, on a new city, with barely any friends (which, to be honest was not really surprising, cause that’s me, but together with everything else was kind of heavy). The story itself moves between really adult topics, like adultery, mental illness, etc., while presenting fascinatingly charming characters. I felt very touched by the way the story was presented, and read it multiple times in the future. Years later, I even found another book written by Ullmann (She’s a Norwegian writer, so it’s kind of hard to find her books in spanish -I don’t like to reading English), the name was The Cold Song, and even though I was kind of scared to read it and end up disappointed by the weight of the idol I’ve built in my head, I ended up really pleased. No one portrays family realities the way Ullmann does.
  5. Paper Towns – John Green
    paperYes. I have John Green here. I know there’s a huge stigma attached to very representative YA authors and novels, and if the book was made into a movie, god forbid you ever like it, cause your intellect will be in question. But I love Paper Towns, I once read somewhere about John Green saying that Margo Roth Spiegelman is the deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and I couldn’t agree more. Besides, reading Paper Towns after reading Looking for Alaska brings a sort of emotional closure that even though it’s not meant to, made me feel better. I like the happy ending that is not a happy ending in the traditional sense. I like the feeling that some things are not meant to be, and still, life goes on, and you learn and live through.

So that’s it for Part 1 of my list. The First 5 books. It takes a little to give you my impressions on books guys and I really don’t want to bore you with super long posts.

What’s coming in part 2 or 3? Some Existentialism, Magical Realism, Erotica and more. Very, very soon, like probably this weekend. On the mean time, tell me if you’ve read any of the ones I’ve mentioned here, in this particular list you can find some relatively new titles. and I you did, what did you think of them? Are you planning on reading any?

Tell me!

Firma

The unbearable lightness of being

 

Spanish, cause I love it.

Tomorrow I’m lending my favorite book to my boyfriend. Together, we’ve done so many things, silly, cliché, serious and off-the-list, and I love it, but borrowing each other’s favorite book has not been one, until tomorrow.

Anyone reading this book sees into my soul, through the hardest years of my life, the biggest revelations, the lowest points. It is a big part of a really complex puzzle that shaped the woman I am today. And sharing it, with anyone, scares me a bit. It’s like being naked without really being naked.

So tomorrow, I’m going to hand it to him and in the process, I’m going to open up a side of my heart that I think I’d never open for anyone before.

Love,

 

Books and Movies for 2011

2011, Finally!! And I am ready to get the most of it. That’s why I decided to share this: As I’ve said before, I am a movie Watcher, last year, I ran a challenge for myself, which consisted on watching 52 new movies, one per week. I used flixter to keep count of it. Sadly, at some point around 35 I lose my count. I am pretty sure I got over 32, but I couldn’t really know.

This year I am doing it again, but now I am also adding books. It will not go as A movie/A book every week, it’s more of a ‘whenever it happens, it will happen’ and since I’m mad like that, I’ll keep a registry here.

On top of the right column you will find two links referring to 52 books in 2011 and 52 movies in 2011, check them constantly as I will be adding more and more.

I you want you can join me on my madness, the only rule I keep (at least for myself, but you don’t have to keep it) is that these have to be new books and movies, I constantly re-read and re-watch movies, but I won’t be posting these, If it were like that I could easily reach over 200 movies.

Wish me luck!

Ohh the new year…

Wow! The New Year is coming and you wouldn’t believe just how excited I am.

For a couple of months my creative drive went insanely dry, I worked in some projects and explored things I hadn’t explored before, but for some reason, I just couldn’t keep working on the things I used to work. Well, not anymore! About an hour ago, I dipped my toes in the creativity pool (I can’t stop stressing the creative power of Tumblr), and something too perfect to be true just materialized in my head; and boy, it is perfect! I think I can’t even describe it in the fear of spoiling it.

I already have lot’s of plans for 2010, they go from reading a book  and watching a new movie every week, to keeping a paper journal and training my dog, So I’m just waiting for this vacation to be over, so I can go back to my house and start working on everything.

What about you? Do you have any New Year resolution?

– Kou

Your bookshelf

One of my many bookshelves

One of my many bookshelves

This has been a really long and unproductive weekend, I still have a free Monday ahead and i get to spend it in Leon, with all the things i have pending in Guanajuato, so, well, i just suddenly felt really inspired and decided to take some pictures (You can keep track of all of this non-stop silliness through twitter). This one you have here is one of the many bookshelves i have here and there, this one in particular is at my mother’s place.

A few days ago I had a friend visiting my tiny bitty house in Guanajuato, and for some reason we ended up in my kitchen, which (quite conveniently) is full of books and art supplies. I normally don’t pay any attention to them, I mean, they are there and i love them, but i get to see them every single day, so i’m more than used to them, however, sometimes i forget it’s not common to have that amount of books in one’s kitchen (they are a lot, believe me, shelves and shelves full of books).

He immediately went and check them out, and started talking about how great some of them were, all that russian classic literature, all the naturalism, the modernism, latin american boom and more. To be quite honest, these are books my mom and dad gathered together when they were younger and I was a baby, so I hadn’t even read half the books I have, so I got really surprised to noticed I have some of the books I’ve been wanting to buy for ages and even some repeated ones, like a really old edition of The unbearable lightness of being, and one i got from a friend about 5 months ago, and a Lolita edition I’ve been wanting for quite a while (duh!).

Lo-li-ta

Lo-li-ta

This very morning, I had a really small conversation with @peremartinez about the books I normally read, and some recommendations, which got me thinking: It’s been a while since i don’t read anything that really strikes my fancy, I mean, I just finished reading The Twilight Saga —but I wouldn’t call that my regular kind of books, as i stated before, I started reading them out of curiosity, but ended up liking the story, but i digress,  and right now I submerged on reading Lolita, but still, I’m looking for more.

So, I thought: Why don’t you guys tell me what’s on your Favorite Bookshelf? I love biographies, novels, and poetry. I enjoy from Almudena Grandes to Jane Austen, so i’m sure i will enjoy pretty much whatever your suggestion is. Leave a comment here or send me an email with your weapon of choice, tell me what really makes you shiver down your spine. What makes you feel passionate while reading? What do you consider an unvaluable piece of literature none should be allowed to walk on the streets without reading? For me it’s The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera, I cannot stress enough how importat that book has been for me and the impact it’s had in my life (there you have my very own suggestion).

I promise I’ll read as many of your books as I can!

Amino Love and Acid Kisses

– Kou

The vampires…

I do have a sense of humor

I do have a sense of humor

Ok, As I told you on my last post, I just finished reading The Twilight Saga. I know, I know pretty much everyone has an opinion already formed on this matter, But please, read what i have to say before you immediately judge the story.

I stared reading Twilight about a week and a half ago, I was really sick at home and honestly bored  after watching Phineas and Ferb for hours non-stop, I adore Phineas and Ferb, but after a while of singing the same songs, it can get a little boring. So I thought, Why not give it a chance? I Hate to judge something just based on other people’s opinions, i always DEMAND to experience something myself before I can give you a piece of my mind, So that’s what i did with this.

I’ve already watched the first movie, and liked it as a romantic story, but being a hardcore Anne Rice fan, I found it extremely silly to fit my vampire standards, I won’t say i’ve changed my mind right now, cause i would never compare Edward Cullen to Lestat de Lioncourt, they belong to different worlds, but in my mind i realized they can co-exist.

(Expand if you don’t mind to read some spoilers.)

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Not like I actually have something to say…

Digital Silliness

Digital Silliness

Wow, I took a brief vacation from Internet.What did I do during this time? Well, Read. Yup, i’ve been reading these past week and a half, and to be precise, i’ve been reading the Twilight saga. I’m About to finish the last book (Breaking Dawn). I already have some things i want to say about the Whole saga, but let’ wait for my next post. I swear you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway. So A  lot of things are happening in my life right now, So far, all of my September Holidays are over, And I have to tell you, September has been a month to remember. I’ve been watching a lof of Cartoons, A lot of SuicideGirls, Stimulating conversations, new clothes, new shoes, Art, Art, Art…  And a Daring girl, willing to try it all out.

And one more thing: I think I’m starting to fall in love.

I don’t want to get excited, cause at this point, I’m sure i can easily and painless fall out of love,  but still, the perspectives and the mere idea that my heart is not as cold as I thought it was, is refreshing, I think that’s what i’m liking the most about this. Anyway, i’m not really planning on doing anything, He’s in love with someone else, so i’m sure it will go away… But God, I want to kiss him so bad!

I’ve been thinking about getting a new tattoo. Expo Tattoo will be on Oct 3rd and since I adore The Little Mermaid so much I may get a Little Mermaid tattoo. Who knows? 😛 I may be showing you pics soon, but i can’t promise anything.

For the Last 6 months I’ve been working on a project, I call it ‘Doing the impossible’, I gotta tell you that the last month has been the hardest, but the most productive ones, I’ll tell you more of this on the following posts, and as soon as it’s over, I’ll post pictures of the final product. I’m really happy, tomorrow I am going to do something huge related to this. It really really makes me happy.

So, that’s all for now people, I’ll be posting more as soon as I finish with Breaking Dawn, Oh, and i sure have something to say about it. Also, be sure to check the new links i added to my list, Some are really breathtaking

Love

Kou

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