Weekly recap: good books and new project


I'm just getting home from the library after returning a couple of books I picked up last month.

Since I don't have a TV, I decided that I have to entertain myself the way old people did: solely through books (I don't have a boyfriend either so that part of the old-fashioned entertainment is also eliminated from the equation).

I know this is probably too basic, but I feel all Matilda here going to the library and coming back with several books to check out.

I think that you should balance everything out; so I wanted to read a great piece of literature and something really light that didn't require too many brain cells to work.

Since I wanted a great page-turner fiction, I got the classic La Casa de Los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende per my friend Maria's recommendation (BTW you should definitely check her Goodreads account if you're looking for something great to read next. She always has the best recommendations. She's basically my most culturally developed friend and 60% of the time I just pretend that I know what she's talking about and Google it as soon as I can).

So yes, I finished reading that one and even though it's not my favorite book ever, I LOVED the way it was written. I really admire writers, real writers. Nothing against celebrity-written books (Lauren Conrad probably booked her Honey Moon thanks to the royalties from my purchases), but something about writers whose only job is to write feels rare and special these days. 

Anyway, La Casa de los Espíritus makes you feel like you really know the characters. I’m a psycho who loves imagining characters’ zodiac signs (I even do that with people I meet. As I said, PSYCHO). The characters from this book were SO real that I’m sure that Esteban was a Capricorn and Clara a Pisces. The point here is: they are perfectly described; you get attached to them and get to really understand their actions and motivations.

The second book I got (to balance things out) was Sherry Argov’s Why Man Love Bitches (ok before you judge, hear me out). The whole premise of the book is that humans want to be with emotionally independent people that are doing their own thing and that are in a relationship with you because they WANT to, not because they NEED to (it's like I always say here on the blog; DO YOU).

I feel like in relationships it's super easy to forget about your needs and always think of the other person’s first... so reading this was a good reminder that relationships are like airplane emergencies: you have to put your own mask on before trying to help the person next to you.

I don't have much else to recap from this past week because I'm working on the final details of a podcast I'm doing with a friend that should be out next week. I know I'm not supposed to talk about things until they actually happen... but I can't help it; I'm like this person when I have news.

Anyway, I hope you have a great week. If you speak Spanish (or just want to practice what you learned in Duolingo), you can go ahead and follow our podcast account @DeVinosyOtrosCuentos. Thanks for the support⁠!