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The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory is divided in four parts. The first one introduces us, individually, to the entire cast of characters. In the consecutive parts of the novel their stories unravel and at the same time come together.
This is not an easy read. It was quite tedious and repetitive at times in my opinion but the beautiful language (and here I have to shout out the impressive Spanish translation by Teresa Lanero) and the story that Powell wanted to tell made me turn the pages. I will be honest and say that I asked for the Spanish translation for my birthday because I felt very intimidated by the original text and I’m glad I did because I would’ve probably dnfed this if I had read it in English.
The Overstory is a thoughtful novel and it demands from its reader. It is a novel to reflect on our reality. The trees do not need saving (“As if forests were waiting all these four hundred million years for us newcomers to come cure them.”) Nature knows best; she adapts and regenerates. We, humans, need …
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How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

Say hello to my new favourite classic. How Green Was My Valley tells us the story of the Morgans, through the point of view of Huw, one of the children of the family.
Set in a mining community in rural South Wales, the author addresses quite a lot of issues. The most important is the fight of the miners to get a better life, the creation of Unions to try and fight the masters who took advantage of the workers because they either worked for less than minimum wage or they starved. The fight between progress and nature and how the relationship between them is shifting and how humans have forgotten to respect her. Religion also plays a big part in the lives of these miners and their families but there is a lot of criticism as well personified in the character of Mr. Gruffydd, a preacher himself. Llewellyn also addresses the problems a small village has when it comes to gossip and how reputations can be destroyed in a blink of an eye. He exposes the misogyny of the time and how women were t…

It is time to let go.

I didn't want to write this post. But after much consideration I've decided to stop blogging. I don't want to go into much detail but I felt bad simply abandoning the blog and not saying anything. I hate when others do that. So, this blog will remain open and I will not delete any post but that's that; I'm not going to post anymore. I haven't found any joy in blogging for the past few months. It saddens me quite a lot having these feelings but doing something for the sake of doing it it's counter-productive. This is also a way to say thank you to all the people out there I've met through this site, as well as everybody who took their time to read and share their thoughts with me.  Anyways, I will not disappear off the face of the earth and I will still use my Twitter,Goodreads and Instagram to share my love for books and reading if anyone is interested. Maybe I'll go back to blogging in the future, who knows, but it will be a new blog to have a fre…

weekend reads | 16.03.18

Happy Friday! As you can see my reads haven't changed much from the ones at the beginning of the month. The only book I managed to finish was The Hazel Wood but I'm so close to finishing Middlemarch -- I'm on book 7 and things are starting the get very very interesting. 
Now, I'm debating whether I should DNF Tender is the Night. The book simply doesn't make any sense but I feel bad not finishing it because it was the first choice for the online bookclub I recently joined. The book is divided into three books. I have finished the first one and I'm starting the second one. Truth be told, I only read 30 minutes per day of it because all my time is dedicated to Middlemarch. Once that's finished, I'll try and read more of Tender is the Night because I want to be done with it as soon as possible.

The 80th Anniversary Edition of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

I received this beautiful edition in the mail yesterday and I just couldn't not share it here. I read Rebecca last year and despite not writing a full review of it here on the blog, it became one of my all time favourites. Still today there are moments when I find myself thinking about the story and the characters. Du Maurier brings to life and incredible story and memorable characters and it's one of those books I'll recommend to anyone.

My Reading Plans for Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY! To celebrate it the Women's Prize for Fiction announced the longlist and I'm so so excited! I know I won't be able to read all of the books because I'm on my last year at Uni and I'm dealing with a dissertation but there are some titles I'm planning to get to before the winner is announced.
In this post my idea is to tell you all about the books I've already read, the ones on my immediate TBR, the ones I'm planning on getting and those that I won't probably pick up and why. Here we go!

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert {Goodreads} Published by Flatiron Books in 2018 Hardback edition; 368 pages

The Hazel Wood tells the story of Alice, a 17-year-old girl who has always been on the run alongside her mother never staying too long anywhere because when they do, bad things happen. One day she's told her grandmother -- the author of very dark and famous fairy-tales -- is dead and Alice's mother, Ella, believes their bad luck is over. They settle in New York. Little did they know bad things will never end and when Ella is kidnapped by someone who claims to come from the supernatural world Alice's grandmother created, she must try and find The Hazel Wood to bring her mother back.