A Room of One’s WOW

I wanted to write just to say that I had never before felt overwhelmed by art, and that this is the first time it has ever happened to me. I am reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and I am absolutely loving it. I am listening to the audiobook while reading it, and I must say that it enlivens the book a lot, as I read in a comment in the AudioBooks app. 

But I am not here to talk about the audiobook. I wanted to express the thoroughly new feeling of a river flowing through me while reading this… I believe it is because of two things: first, the amazing comparisons and similes, the language Virginia Woolf uses to describe everything is so understandable and easy to picture in one’s head. And second, because the topic is a topic which I am very passionate about, and to so see it written so passionately about makes one feel stronger emotions.

As well as this, Virginia Woolf wrote this book-essay based on two papers she read to two universities of women. She was actually talking to female university students, which is what I am, therefore, it touches me in a more personal level.

While reading I cannot stop thinking that I want to make so many people I know read this book – what will X think of this? what would R say of that?, and I have come upon the thought that it would be a very good idea to buy several copies of this book in Spanish to give as presents to as many people as I can.

This is a book that should be read by everyone, I want to conclude. It is important that men read this book so that they can understand women and the reasons behind what women have and haven’t done in history. And women should read this book as well so that they feel understood, or they can understand the struggle that their female predecessors went through so that they might be sitting today in class in university, probably thinking how best to ditch class, or how to avoid coming next week.


Anyway, pardon me on my rambling, but these are the thoughts that appeared, one after the other, in my head. I am not yet in position to state that Virginia Woolf is my favourite author, not having finished one book by her, but I can say that no other author had shaken me in this way ever before.


Bout of Books 9.0 TBR

Here are the books that I plan on reading on this readathon 🙂

First, I’d like to finish Persuasion, by Jane Austen. I am halfway through with it, and it’s very easy to read. I am quite enjoying it so far, so I think I will read it fast. I plan on staying up as soon as the readathon starts until I finish it.

After that, I will read Beloved, by Toni Morrison. I am not going to lie: I am dreading reading that book since I bought it, last year. But I have to read it for my university, so I’d better take advantage of the readathon and be done with it soon.

The last book I am planning on reading is The member of the wedding, by Carson McCullers. It’s another book for my university, but I have no problems with it (yet). It’s quite a short book, so I think it will be a fast thing.

If I finish all those books and still have some time (which would be quite surprising, but very welcome), I would start A clash of kings, by George R. R. Martin. It’s the second book in the Song of ice and fire series, which I am enjoying quite much so far. I have just started watching the first season of the TV show and I am really pumped to start it as soon as I finish the show, and I believe that I can give myself a break after all those university books 🙂

So, I will let you know how it all goes. For now, I will go to prepare everything I need, because, for me, the readathon starts in 30 minutes. Bye!

Book shuffle tag

This is a very cool book tag I found on YouTube and it consists of putting the shuffle mode on on your music device and choosing the book the random song suggests to you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it! 🙂

Emerson Lake and palmer – Food for your soul

It reminded me of The great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because it appears to me as a very glamorous song, and I believe this book is glamorous as well, because of the time it is set in, the parties given then… Also, the song is quite fast paced, and to me this relates too, because the book is really short and, in my opinion, fast paced.


Beu Sisters – Once upon a broken heart

It reminds me of P.S. I love you, by Cecilia Ahern. It’s a story about a woman who is suddenly widowed very early, and has to learn to cope with the loss of her husband, who’s left her some letters she has to open as months go by. The lyrics talk about feeling alone and finding someone and being happy ever after, but I found the melody quite sad at first (as the book), and happy at the ending, which is also like the book.


Rush – Cygnus X-1 Book II
It instantly reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell, because certain sounds always remind me of dystopian stories, but old dystopian stories. Probably because my mind relates this music to Roger Water’s The wall, which is highly dystopian, in my opinion, and quite “old”.


Muse – Innocent voices

I will choose, for this one, The neverending story, by Michael Ende. The music sort of reminded me of travelling in the air, swiftly, through a magical land, and that is just what Atreyu did on Fujur’s back, discovering the wonders of Fantasia. ♥ Great!

The cranberries – Just my imagination

At first it made me think about travelling great distances by car/bus and seeing the monotonous landscape swiftly go by, but when I heard the chorus, “Just my imagination, just my imagination it was”, it made me think of Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen. The character there gets way too carried away by her imagination and is about to make a big mistake thanks to this, so it is clear why it instantly made me think of it 😛


Read you soon, and happy reading ♥

Reading push: bout of books 8.0 read-a-thon

So I decided to participate in the bout of books 8.0 read-a-thon, because I am taking way too much time to finish Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin.

Bout of books is a reading marathon in which the goal is simple: read more than you usually do. It was created by Amanda and Kelly from Bout of Books Blog.

I am studying at university and working at the same time, so I have very little time for reading. But this week I wanted to give myself a push to finish GoT already, and have decided I must finish it by Sunday.

I am currently on page 482, so I have 325 pages to go. It isn’t much, but most days it’s hard for me to read because I’m really tired. This is why I made myself undergo this challenge: it’s less than 70 pages a day, and I can totally do that. Let’s see how I do! I’ll keep you updated.

How about you? Are you participating? How many and which books have you decided to finish? Let me know!

Read you soon!

Bout of books 8.0 readathon wrapup

So I’ve been away for a while… Yeah. I’m sorry, but I’ve been reading a lot! (Also busy with work and university…)

I finished Game of thrones, by George R. R. Martin and gave it 4 stars (out of five). Then I started reading Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and listening to the audiobook at the same time. This way I can learn the pronunciation of many words! 😀

I did enjoy participating in this readathon, but I couldn’t enjoy it very much since I had (and still have) a lot of work to do. So when my holidays come, around December 15th, I will participate in a readathon again 🙂

What are your thoughts? Did you like it? What do you think about readathons? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Read you soon!

Reading slumps and how I got out from mine

I’d been on a reading slump for a long time when I got in touch with books again. I will now endeavor to tell you a little bit about it.

I’m an avid and quick reader, and have been since I can remember. On school holidays I used to read until my eyes fell off, and stay up until crazy hours just reading on my bed (in fact, when I was twelve years old, I read  Harry Potter VI in four days, and ended up seeing black and white dots everywhere, from eye-exhaustion). During school time, I used to think it was virtually impossible to read, because it took me years to read a simple book (it’s evident that you’ll take several months reading a classic such as Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield if you’re fifteen, studying for school, and reading it in a foreign language, but I didn’t realise this at the time), but I now know you can read AND be at school/university. There is another reason why I held this mistaken belief: I’d been on a reading slump for a long, long time. Only, I didn’t realise it.

It started some time before I had my first boyfriend: I was obviously distracted by the infatuation of it all and didn’t care much for reading, or anything other than staring stupidly at him and smiling. Last Summer holidays, however (last January and February), I read quite much; still, I didn’t break the slump, because they were books for university, and I didn’t read that much anyway. When I got back to classes I was so busy with study and work that I completely neglected any books that wouldn’t help me pass a mid-term. It wasn’t until Winter break that things changed: I got introduced to the BOOKTUBE concept. And fell in love with it.

I saw so many people who read SO much! They read at least five books per month EVEN when they were in schooltime… I was amazed, and realised it could be done. But the real realisation came when I saw this girl’s channel, Katytastic (link below), and it became my constant companion. She’s a regular BookTuber with really good ideas, charisma, and great “camera-talking-abilities”, though she talks about a genre, young adult books, which I hate. So why be awaken by her specifically? I hardly know. Maybe, because she was the one owning the most books, or the one who read the most, or the fact I was introduced to the concept of “book challenge”. The truth is, after watching most of the videos on her channel, she inspired me to start reading again, and reading a lot.

She was doing BookTube-a-thon at the moment, and I wanted to do something similar, so I created my own book challenge: I had to finish five books before 08/10/13, which was a big enough challenge for me. It worked out really well: I finished a book I had been reading for some months, read another in less than four days… And then really messed it up when I learned the concept of “book haul”. I couldn’t avoid starting the new books I’d bought, so the titles on my book challenge were altered. I am not unhappy, though: the aim of it all was to get me reading again, and it did excellently, so I’m very satisfied 🙂 It kept me reading a LOT, and I’m planning on finishing GoT next week to start with the next one as soon as possible.

So this is the story of my reading slump, and how I got out from it. Of course it doesn’t end here: I have already created a new challenge for myself which I’ll explain in future posts, but that’s all for today.

What are your experiences in regards to reading slumps? Have you got out from them? If so, how did you manage? Leave me a comment with these or any thoughts on the topic, I want to know your opinion!

Read you soon!

Useful links:
Katytastic Book Vlog

Cool feeling

I’ve been reading Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin for about a week now, but because I’ve been doing other stuff as well, I’ve only read about 150 pages. This is why you can’t expect me to know too much about the story yet, but there is one thing I can and will talk about in this post: feelings.

The Stark family, the first family that is presented to us, lives in a cold and snowy region; they are known as really cold people; and their words are “Winter is coming”, you get the picture. So much presence of the cold in this book (so far) made me want to talk about sensations in books.

Sometimes, when an author is skilful in their art, they will make you feel things, and probably the things they want you to feel. George R. R. Martin’s great ability for images and description has done this: he manages to literally chill me to my bones every time he talks about that extreme winter. Probably, to be fair, much has to do with the fact that I am currently in Winter, and a cold Winter like I haven’t felt in a long time, but his writing craft cannot be overlooked: every word, every description helps build the sensation of cold.

All his characters are stern, all weather conditions are harsh, and all places give you the feeling of deadly cold. He has managed to make me feel actual cold! (And that is a lot to say, I don’t usually relate so much to books, much less books so descriptive).

I have discovered a new thing about vivid descriptions and I love it! And if you haven’t started this book yet, you SHOULD!

What about you? What did you feel reading this book? Or what other sensations or feelings have you got from books? I’m interested to know! So leave a comment or make a blog reply.

Read you soon!