domingo, 28 de abril de 2013

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 24

I finished the readathon! Yay! It has been so much fun, you guys. The readers, cheerleaders and organizers make this event what it is: a total blast! Thanks for the most awesome 24 hours I've ever had as a reader.

Eaten: toffee cake and rooibos.
Read: Ready Player One.
Pages read: 391.
Hours reading or doing something related to the read-a-thon: a little less than 15 hours in theory. I think I'm going to record them in the next read-a-thon.

End of the Event Meme:

1. Which hour was more daunting for you?

Hour 1, because I was way too excited to focus (I'm a noob!) and Hour 16. My eyes hurt and reading wasn't fun any more, so I went to sleep. Seven hours later I was up and ready to read again!

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

  • Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  • The Vanishing Act of Esmé Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell
  • I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
  • The Sandman comics - Neil Gaiman
  • The Map of the Time and The Map of the Sky - Félix J. Palma
  • Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
I've tried to list different genres and length to suit a wide range of tastes, but all of them are page-turners.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I honestly cannot think of a single thing I would improve. This thing is the bee's knees!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-thon?

It's my first, so I can't say if there has been any differences with past events. The organization seemed perfect, the cheerleaders cheered on me through the whole event and everyone took care of answering both comments and emails really fast. 
My favorite thing has been meeting so many great book bloggers and seeing everyone participate and enjoy themselves. I never met Dewey, since I only started blogging this month, but I'm sure she would have been proud.

5. How many books did you read?

Okay, I'm a slow reader. Just two. I finished Ready Player One and advanced my reading of In Search of Lost Time.

6. What were the names of the book you read?

See question 5 ;)

7. Which book did you enjoy the most?

My only finished book, Ready Player One! (Please, don't think I'm a bore, the book is really that good!)

8. Which did you enjoy the least?

Technically, the Proust because is the only other book I read, but not really. I do enjoy the Proust in all its slow-paced glory.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year's Cheerleaders?

Not on the cheering teams here, but you were awesome! You are all great motivators. :)

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

100% likely, unless real life events interfere. I'm going to sign up as a Reader. I'm not still sure I'll be able to take another role just yet. If I felt prepared, I might end up signing as a Cheerleader, too. 

sábado, 27 de abril de 2013

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 16

Eaten: it's 5 am. Can't eat anything right now.
ReadingReady Player One, by Ernest Cline.
Pages Read: 307.

Turn the Page, hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic

"I would rather read than brag about some new magic item or artifact any day!"
From page 32 of my edition of Ready Player One. It isn't one of the best pages, but you get the idea :)

Unfortunately, I'm calling it quits. I can't focus on the words. I really want to know what is going to happen to Wade Watts, but I need to sleep first. I'll be sure to update the blog if I wake up in time to catch up with the final hours of the Readathon.

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 12

Yay, I'm still awake!

Eaten/ing: nothing since dinner (it's past 1 am here, you guys). I feel a strong tea is now in order to keep me awake in the wee hours.
ReadingReady Player One, by Ernest Cline.
Pages Read: 211. I'm going to finish this book. Sometime. Today.

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

I'm starting to feel pretty sleepy. Again, it's 1 am.

2) What have you finished reading?

Nothing! Not a single book! Boo :(

3) What is your favorite read so far?

My current and only read (hahaha - lame I know). But it would be even if I had finished more books. Ready Player One is amazing.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

The grilled-cheese sandwich might have gone awry because I might have been too much into the book. But it was tasty and nutritious. The chocolates were also outstanding.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

Yes! That is the best part! I've left a few comments here and there, but plan on exploring the blogs I've discovered when my eyes are not about to fall out of my sockets.

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 10

Holy cow, I've won a Readathon prize! I'm excited and thankful. Not only for the prize, but for the challenge itself. It is even more awesome than I had anticipated! I'm discovering lots of interesting book blogs that I'll explore calmly next week. Now I have to read!

Eaten/ing: I had a grilled cheese sandwich as a second midafternoon snack. Now I'm having dinner - bean stew. It's protein packed!
Reading: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. Wow!
Pages Read: 186. I'm getting speed (yeah, I'm a slow reader). Seriously, Ready Player One is hooking.


Clear the cobwebs, hosted by Elizabeth Michelle:

I've done the Mountain Pose, the Standing Forward Bend and the Downward Facing Dog. I ended with the Sun Salutation, my favorite yoga pose. I spent some time between 15 and 20 minutes and loved stretching for a while. Yoga never fails to make me feel better - even more after having read for a long time in the same position!

The Book Cover Quiz, hosted by Bart's Bookshelf:

It has been answered in its Google form. Try it, it's really fun!

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 6

Eating or eaten: oranges, herbal tea, chocolates (in the picture).
Reading: Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Pages read: 64. I'm only starting to warm up ;)

Well, I actually spent hour 5 looking up references in the Proust. I've since then started reading Ready Player One, much more readable for a readathon, and I'm advancing at greater speed. Yay!

Onto the mini-challenge:

Re-Title Your Current Read, hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog:

Ready Player One becomes Geeks and Nerds Unite! It's not that fun. I'm not that creative. Buh :(

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 3

Eating: a delicious lunch prepared by the boyfriend - pesto and green tea salmon with rice and smashed potatoes.
Reading: Within a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time, #2) - Marcel Proust
Pages read: 17. I know, lame. I already said that I average 10 pages per hour when reading Proust. The man was dense!

Onto the mini-challenge:

Book Appetit! hosted by Book Journey

This is fitting for the book I'm currently reading:
1. Within a Budding Grove - Marcel Proust
2. Menu:
  Starters: Boeuf Mode en Gelée (see the recipe here) and caviar, for the dinner with Norpois and Bergotte, respectively.
  Main Course: Nev'York Ham (see the recipe here) with a side dish consisting mainly of asparagus (prepared by an allergic domestic, if possible, as Françoise would have liked it).
  Dessert: a massive chocolate cake with red fruits (see recipe here) and madeleines (see recipe here).
  Beverages: I'm sorry to say we're only allowed to drink linden tea (yuk!), to achieve a truly Proustian atmosphere.
  Music: an inexistent perfect sonata that makes you remember times past.
  Decoration: chinoiseries and Louis XVI furniture, for sure.

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 1

It's 14.07 and I'm ready to start the readathon! First, the Intro Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

April-showered and not-so-sunny Spain!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Grilled cheese sandwich! I love grilled cheese everything.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love cats! I play the piano and learn new languages for fun. I'm a nerd, in the good? way.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what's one thing you'll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I'm a newbie! I'm excited about everything!

Here is my stack. I'll be starting with Proust now that I'm still fresh.

viernes, 26 de abril de 2013

The Stack

So... just one day until the read-a-thonOf course I won't read this much, but I wanted to have options. This is what I have in my stack:

1. Within a Budding Grove - Marcel Proust 
    Second volume of In Search of Lost Time. I have already read a few pages of this one, but not enough to finish it in the read-a-thon. It is extremely slow-paced. I average 10 pages per hour. Shameful. But I count on advancing my reading quest a little.

2. Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories - Mollie Panter-Downes
    Short stories as palate cleanser. This is a collection of 21 short stories written during World War II for The New Yorker. They explore different aspects of the London home front.

3. The Victorian Chaise-longue - Marghanita Laski
    Timetravel in a chaise-longue. A 1950s woman lies down to rest and wakes up in Victorian era. But nothing is light-hearted here, this is a tale of true terror showing the stifling moral standards of the time.

4. A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
    The interwoven stories of a Japanese bullied girl on the verge of suicide and an American novelist, united by a Hello Kitty lunchbox found ashore after the 2011 tsunami.

5. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
    Futurist dystopia-ish world full of retro pop culture references. Need I say more? This is the single book I'm more excited to read during the read-a-thon.

6. The Hand that First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
    Two apparently disconnected stories revolving around two different women embarking in motherhood for the first time, one in modern day London, the other in the 1950s. In usual O'Farrell fashion, the two separate timelines finally converge in (what I expect to be) an awesome way.

7. Zone One - Colson Whitehead
    A literary take on the post-apocalyptic world full of vampire-like creatures. It was very acclaimed when it was published in 2011.

And for when I'm sick of reading, I'll be saving The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter. Re-visiting Peter Rabbit is always a pleasure.

miércoles, 24 de abril de 2013

I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak

Spanish cover for I Am the Messenger
I like it better than the UK/USA/AU covers
Summary (from the back cover):

Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

The plot of this book sounded only mildly interesting, but I trusted the skills of Markus Zusak after reading The Book Thief back in 2008 (although you can find my review here). Well, it turns out I was right: plot is the less interesting thing for Markus Zusak. I am now convinced he could write an interesting version of the Yellow Pages if he wanted to. In his own words:
“Of course, I'm being rude. I'm spoiling the ending, not only of the entire book, but of this particular piece of it. I have given you two events in advance, because I don't have much interest in building mystery. Mystery bores me. It chores me. I know what happens and so do you. It's the machinations that wheel us there that aggravate, perplex, interest, and astound me. There are many things to think of. There is much story.” 
Death - The Book Thief 

My favorite part of the book are the characters: each of the five main characters (yes, I'm counting Doorman) are unique and believable, witty and adorable, each in their own way.  I cared for them. I like that the love story between Audrey and Ed is not overdone, how real the feelings they have for each other are. The different expressions of friendships are also remarkably portrayed. Zusak knows his way to the human heart.

I also cared for each of the messages. I couldn't choose my favorite, but I'm sure Milla comes close to first. Even though every message was heart-breaking, special and original, and the solutions often surprised me, Milla's is just wonderful. I melted when I read this:
“I think she ate a salad and some soup.
And loneliness.
She ate that, too. ” 
I have a soft-spot for older people, I can't help it. When I realized Jimmy was Milla's husband (dead in a war maybe?), I thought I was going to cry. It was only perfect that their favorite book was Wuthering Heights. Although I don't consider it a love story, I can understand why it symbolizes love sometimes. If you aren't moved by the "Nelly, I am Heathcliff" passage, I'm afraid you're most definitely a replicant. Sorry.

Wuthering Heights is not the only novel that appears in I Am the Messenger. Zusak liberally sprinkled his book with great classics. It doesn't turn out like name-dropping at all, but like genuine love for literature. It inspires you to go read all the books. I appreciate that in an author.

And we're coming to the ending. I know it has been the subject of great uproar, but I liked it. It was the great ribbon to tie it all, only in a very unusual way. It helps that I like metafiction. But I think it was the only possible way for everything to make sense. Through the course of the novel, I couldn't help but being bothered by the blurry time-frame, signaled by the obvious lack of internet and cell phones, and by the abundance of coincidences that kept the plot going. Breaking the fourth wall explains everything in a very intelligent way.

If you fear you're not going to like Markus Zusak's previous novels after reading The Book Thief, give this a try. It is worth it. 

Rating: 4/5 - I really liked this.

lunes, 22 de abril de 2013

2013: A Year of Reading Proust

Every serious reader has some eight-thousander books in their life. You know that kind of books: usually hefty door-stoppers, packed to the brim with substance, dense, full of abstract concepts or difficult words so that you have to constantly keep a dictionary by your side, maybe full of literary gimmicks or with weird sentence constructions. In a word, difficult. But you are determined to read it. Who knows why? You might not even remember the first time you encountered that book, but it's there in your bucket list of literary accomplishments to achieve before you die, as if there was a medal granted to the most commited reader.

Well, my Everest is Proust's In Search of Lost Time (also known as Remembrance of Things Past, depending on the translation you read). It is a seven-volume novel that amounts more than 4,000 pages. It is famous for paragraph-long sentences, and paragraphs that span several pages. And because of the madeleine episode, of course. Enough to make me scared. 

If he's so nifty, he can't be a bore, right?
However, I'm tackling it in 2013. In part, thanks to the 2013: The Year of Reading Proust group, which is full of knowledgeable people who know their way around the Proustiverse. It is not a coincidence that both things are happening in 2013. This year marks the centenary of the French publication of the first volume of this masterpiece. 

The group has set a marvelous schedule to ease the reader's path to In Search of Lost Time. I'm sure it works wonders, but I'm lousy at following this kind of schedules. I need breaks from Proust. But I am following the threads. They help me notice very interesting things about the text that would have otherwise been way over my head. It's making my reading experience hundreds of times more awesome. So far, I've read and enjoyed the first volume, Swann's Way. Now I'm about to start the second, Within a Budding Grove.

What are your eight-thousanders? What are your plans to tackle them?

viernes, 19 de abril de 2013

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

© Markus Zusak
Summary (from the back cover):

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book, because it looked strange when I flipped through the pages. I mean, there’s a comic. And I didn’t know much about the plot either, since I bought it in a whim just because of the title.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the story was about a girl that lived the hell of World War II in Germany. I am quite biased because I eagerly enjoy these books, and The Book Thief was not an exception. (Coming back to this paragraph: doesn’t it sound as if I was a sadistic nazi or something? Enjoy and pleasantly are not the best word choices, I guess.)

It all starts when the narrator, Death, picks up a book that contains the story of a girl, Liesel Meminger, the book thief, who was separated from her family and confronted to Death. Around the same time, she starts working to become a thief. She is later received in a foster home, and brought up by the Hubermanns, where she founds love and understanding. After some humiliating episodes, Hans Hubermann, her step-father, teaches her how to read, painting words on the wall of their basement and reading with her every night. Around this time, too, Liesel meets Rudy Steiner, her best friend and her future first love. But he wouldn’t ever know it.

One day, Max, a Jew, hides in the same basement Liesel learnt to read. And then everything rushes in a calm way. Here Liesel, as a character, begins being real. She feels, she thinks, she acts. I can’t do a proper review, and I won’t, but it was here when I plunged completely into the story. So much that, at the end, I almost cried. I think Zusak did a wonderful work concerning the emotional growth of his characters. It was believable. I specially love the bound between Ilsa and Liesel, and Hans’ story.

Also, Zusak’s experimental writing was great, the book turned out a piece of art. In a visual way, I mean. And I celebrate his choice of Death as the narrator. At first it may be strange and unnatural, but by the end I was used to it. I even thanked the introduction for the last part -Death does one in each part-, because I was already warned when everything happened (and still…)

Highly recommendable, in my opinion.

Note: this is and old review. They will appear here from time to time. I read The Book Thief in May, 2008, and I still haven't forgotten the characters. I actually cried at the end.

Rating: 5/5 - I loved this book and will make everyone around me read it.

miércoles, 17 de abril de 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

Button by Bitsy, from Ex Libris Bitsy,
via Dewey's Read-a-thon
You guys, I'm excited! On April 27th I'll be participating in Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon. For the first time! But you might be wondering what this is all about. According to the official FAQ:
What is the 24 Hour Read-a-thon?
It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes.
Isn't it awesome? Now I have to plan ahead: buy snacks and get a library stack. It does sound like paradise.

If you have any recommendation (books or anything read-a-thon-related), please tell me in the comments!

lunes, 15 de abril de 2013

Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gorgeous Art Decó Cover

© Coralie Bickford-Smith
for Penguin

First of all, I wanted to make something clear as mud: as cool-looking as this Penguin edition is (like every Coralie Bickford-Smith design) , it is not the actual Tales of the Jazz Age collection. The short stories comprised in this edition come both from Flappers and Philosophers and the original Tales of the Jazz Age and are (along with my rating):

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (3.5/5)
2. Head and Shoulders (2.5/5)
3. The Cut-Glass Bowl (5/5)
4. The Four Fists (2/5)
5. May Day (5/5)
6. 'O Russet Witch!' (4/5)
7. Bernice Bobs Her Hair (5/5)
8. The Lees of Happiness (4.5/5)

These were all written when Fitzgerald was in his early twenties and it's so awesome that something written around a century ago feels so relevant and current. Sometimes so up-to-date that it could be an episode of the HBO show Girls.

As you can tell from the short list above, my favorites are Bernice Bobs Her Hair, The Cut-Glass Bowl and May Day. This last one is more of a novella than a short story. It is long. And at first, I would have said it was a little long-winded and slow, but it soon speeds up until the ending. And oh, what an ending. It has serious cinematic qualities. In this short story, Fitzgerald presents three different sets of characters whose storylines intertwine and contrast throughout a day and finally converge, around a great jazz party and the tragic after-party. Wonderful.

He nailed the descriptions of failing marriages (of course, his own Zelda was inspiration enough), and he described the slow change from love to tedium to hatred in swift but accurate sentences. This is a predominant theme in Head and Shoulders, The Cut-Glass Bowl and The Lees of Happiness.

But he didn't stop there, he also had a deep knowledge of friendship (real or selfish), depression, bitterness, women (specially the kind that is mean and artful, as in Bernice Bobs Her Hair) and the most impressive one, the lies we sometimes tell to ourselves to keep on living. He saw right through the excesses of the Jazz Age, he saw that desperate need for constant flare and also what comes after. This doesn't mean it's a depressing collection. It's full of humorous fragments! And also beautiful prose. I've -virtually- underlined some:

"It was a gorgeous evening. A full moon drenched the road to the lustreless color of platinum, and late-blooming harvest flowers were like low, half-heard laughter. The open country, carpeted for rods around with bright wheat, was translucent as in the day. It was almost impossible not to be affected by the sheer beauty of the sky - almost."

"The wealthy, happy sun glittered in transient gold through the thick windows of the smart shops, lighting upon mesh bags and purses and strings of pearls in gray velvet cases."

I have wondered how much more awesome these stories would have been if Fitzgerald didn't have to "whore" them, as he said. Which is, of course, to shape them for the public so as to be published and get some money.

sábado, 13 de abril de 2013

About Me

Hello, I am a reader.

I do many more things with my life, but literature is and has always been a great part of it. I also have the worst memory ever, so I started recording my thoughts about books a long time ago. But only recently thought about starting a blog. Sometimes, I'm that slow with things. In this case, I have to thank Amazon. It triggered my fight or flight response regarding Goodreads, and I felt I needed to put my eggs in different baskets.

I read both for entertainment and to expand my mind, so you can expect a healthy mix of genres here. Although it’s true that I’m usually drawn to classics, dystopias and WWII. Don’t say I didn't warn you.

I also have a problem with book purchases. Namely, that I can't stop buying books and don't have nearly as much shelf space as I need, so my house looks like a book shelter.

When I'm not reading, I'm doing science, watching films and series, exercising or cooking and eating. My pinterest account faithfully reflects my other hobbies.

You can ask everything else you want to know about me in the comments!

viernes, 12 de abril de 2013

Review List (by Author)

Aiken, Conrad - Collected Short Stories
Anonymous - The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
Asimov, Isaac - I, Robot
Atwood, Kathryn J. - Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

Bechdel, Alison - Fun Home 
Bly, Nellie - Around the World in 72 Days

Carr, Robyn - Deep in the Valley (Grace Valley #1)
Carr, Robyn - Virgin River (Virgin River #1)
Christie, Agatha - The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
Cline, Ernest - Ready Player One

Dixon, Chuck - Doom
Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #4)
Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes #5)

Edsel, Robert M. - The Monuments Men

Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Tales of the Jazz Age
Flynn, Gillian - Gone Girl

Gaiman, Neil - The Graveyard Book
Gaiman, NeilThe Ocean at the End of the Lane
Green, John - Paper Towns

Hill, Joe - Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1)
Hill, Joe - Head Games (Locke & Key #2)
Hodgson, Vere - Few Eggs and No Oranges
Hodgson Burnett, Frances - The Secret Garden

Koch, Herman - The Dinner

Laforet, Carmen - Nada
Larsson, Stieg - The Girl who Played with Fire (Millennium #2)
López Barrios, Cristina - The House of Impossible Loves

Mackail, Denis - Greenery Street
Maroh, Julie - Blue is the Warmest Color
Martin, George R.R. - A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)
Matute, Ana María - Fireflies
Miéville, China - Kraken
Millar, Mark - Superior
Miller, Frank - Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Mitford, Nancy - Christmas Pudding
Mitford, Nancy - Wigs on the Green
Moore, Alan - Watchmen 
Morrison, Grant - Marvel Boy
Morton, Kate - The Forgotten Garden
Munro, Alice - Too Much Happiness

O'Farrell, Maggie - The Hand that First Held Mine
O'Farrell, MaggieThe Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Ozeki, Ruth - A Tale for the Time Being

Palma, Félix J. - Las interioridades (Interiors)
Palma, Félix J. - The Map of Time (Victorian Trilogy #1)
Palma, Félix J. - The Map of the Sky (Victorian Trilogy #2)
Palma, Félix J. - The Map of Chaos (Victorian Trilogy #3)
Panter-Downes, Mollie - Good Evening, Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes
Pérez Galdós, Benito - Trafalgar (National Episodes #1)
Pérez Galdós, Benito - The Court of Charles IV (National Episodes #2)
Pérez Galdós, Benito - The 19th of March and the 2nd of May (National Episodes #3)
Pérez Galdós, Benito - Bailén (National Episodes #4)
Pessl, Marisha - Night Film
Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time #1)
Proust, Marcel - Within a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time #2)

Riggs, Ransom - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #1)
Roach, Mary - Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Salgari, Emilio - The Mystery of the Black Jungle (Pirates of Malaysia #1)
Satrapi, Marjane - Embroideries
Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
Shōnagon, Sei - The Pillow Book
Snyder, Maria V. - Poison Study (Study #1)
Snyder, Maria V. - Magic Study (Study #2)
Spiegelman, Art - Maus (The Complete Maus)
Swift, Graham - Ever After

Tanner, Haley - Vaclav and Lena 
Tartt, Donna - The Secret History

Viorst, Judith - It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life / People and Other Aggravations

Weaver, Eva - The Puppet Boy of Warsaw
Webster, Jean - Daddy-Long-Legs
Wells, H.G. - The War of the Worlds
Whitehead, Colson - Zone One
Woolf, Virginia - Mrs. Dalloway

Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief
Zusak, Markus - I Am the Messenger

Review List (by Title)

Titles beginning with 'The' will be classified omitting this word

The 19th of March and the 2nd of May - Benito Pérez Galdós

A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
Around the World in 72 Days - Nellie Bly

Bailén - Benito Pérez Galdós
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller
Blue is the Warmest Color - Julie Maroh
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Christmas Pudding - Nancy Mitford
The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken - Conraid Aiken
The Court of Charles IV - Benito Pérez Galdós

Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster
Deep in the Valley - Robyn Carr
Doom - Chuck Dixon & Leonardo Manco
The Dinner - Herman Koch

Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi
Ever After - Graham Swift

Few Eggs and No Oranges - Vere Hodgson
Fireflies - Ana María Matute
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel

The Girl who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Good Evening, Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes - Mollie Panter-Downes
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Greenery Street - Denis Mackail

The Hand that First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
Head Games - Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
The House of Impossible Loves - Cristina López Barrios

I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak

Kraken - China Miéville

Las interioridades - Félix J. Palma
The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

Magic Study - Maria V. Snyder
Marvel Boy - Grant Morrison & J.G. Jones
The Map of Chaos - Félix J. Palma
The Map of the Sky - Félix J. Palma
The Map of Time - Félix J. Palma
Maus - Art Spiegelman
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyles
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
The Monuments Men - Robert M. Edsel
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Black Jungle - Emilio Salgari

Nada - Carmen Laforet
Night Film - Marisha Pessl

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

Paper Towns - John Green
The Pillow Book - Sei Shōnagon
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
The Puppet Boy of Warsaw - Eva Weaver

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach
Superior - Mark Millar & Leinil Yu
Swann's Way - Marcel Proust

Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Too Much Happiness - Alice Munro 
Trafalgar - Benito Pérez Galdós

Vaclav and Lena - Haley Tanner
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell
Virgin River - Robyn Carr

The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Welcome to Lovecraft - Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez
Wigs on the Green - Nancy Mitford
Within a Budding Grove - Marcel Proust
Women Heroes of World War II - Kathryn J. Atwood

Zone One - Colson Whitehead