The girl and 15 Books (Part 1)


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)


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!


How Paper Towns Changed Me…

Whose art is this?

Whose art is this?

I guess It’s not a secret I am a John Green Fan. I bought Looking for Alaska about a year ago, and before I even had the chance to read it, I started The Fault in Our Stars and I was doomed.

That book ruined me for other books. It ruined me so much, I hadn’t even recovered from it.

But about a week ago I read Paper Towns. I have so many mixed feelings, I feel happy and sad, and overwhelmed. But what a magnificent book.

I’ve followed John Green everywhere I am capable of (that is to say, I do follow some of his tumblrs, but no all of them). He even has a specific tumblr dedicated to answering questions about Looking for Alaska, and one of his answers struck me as a lightening:

Books Belong to Their Readers

If books belong to their readers, Paper Towns is about my absolute inability to see others, to see past my imagination… I am encased in this person, I can’t see beyond myself…

And I am not even sure if it’s sad, or incredibly liberating…


Seriously, wanna know a Little secret?

I actually don’t fully get what Nerdfighteria is…

From what I’ve read it’s kind of about everything, and being awesome and stuff, so, if I think I am a nerdfighter I guess I am a nerdfighter, but that kind of collapses in my head cause I don’t even get it. Please, could a real nerdfighter explain it to me? Please!

That being said, I have to tell you, I prefer Hank over John… I don’t even know why, but just look at the man go:

How could you not love him? But seriously, someone please explain nerdfighteria to me


The Fault…

I refuse to tell you what’s going on with my mind and heart, so instead, I am going to tell you something else:

I am terribly invested in The Fault in Our Stars – John Green.  I just love it so desperately.

Just prior to this one, I read Silver Linings Playbook, and though I can totally relate to Pat Peoples and Tiffany for a hundred reasons, it was a bit hard to read, it took me about a week and a half to finish it. However, The Fault in our Stars, wow, it’s not even that intense, but I love it. I started reading it last night and I am really ahead, I had to convince myself to take a break to write this.

And it’s kind of funny, cause I think this is the very first time I am not relating to the main characters, and by this, I mean, I don’t see them in myself. I am not like them at all. But it’s one of those very quotable books that you treasure deep.

That’s not to say the book is fail proof, I’m 60% into it, and I’ve already picked some things that make noise in my head as improbable and such, but still… Suspension of disbelief, I guess.

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the book to anyone, but if you ever get the chance, read it. Read the hell out of that book (TW: It’s about cancer) and become a John Green fan, that is if you’re not one already.

Now I can hardly wait to read Looking for Alaska, but I have a long list before reaching that one.

Okay? Okay…


P.S. Just so you know, Things are not exactly happy in my life at the moment, I am ok, but trying to not over-think anything… I doubt I’ll tell you, guys, what’s going on, but thanks for the support and stuff. I just need a while out.

EDIT: Ok, I said the book wasn’t as intense as Silver Linings Playbook; well, I just finished and even though I still can’t see myself as one of the characters, it was definitively a very intense book. I had to hold my tears constantly… Read it, please, please, read it and love it as much as I do…

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