How do you rate books?
I rate books mostly with my gut, but if it’s something I disliked, I try to be fair and point out how other people might like the book even though I didn’t.
What do the leaves 🍁 mean?
🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁: loved it, supes amaze, waoooow
🍁🍁🍁🍁: loved it but didn’t blow me away enough to be 5 stars (in other words, pretty great but something kept me from rating 5 stars)
🍁🍁🍁: it was good (there’s nothing bad with good, sometimes things just don’t blow you away)
🍁🍁: ugh (did not like)
🍁: 👎 (disliked immensely, downright offensive, or just not good)
How many books have you given X amount of stars/leaves to?
As of Sep 2018:
How many books do you read every year?
Why do you like to read so much?
When I was a little Tati (~6 years old) my favorite activity in the world was to ask questions because I like to learn things, and the only two adults around me who always had satisfying answers instead of “because that’s just the way it is” were my dad and my sister. I asked them how they knew so many more things than other people and they both said it’s because they read a lot of books. They also said the best way to learn English was to read a lot of books. So I did.
Why do you review books?
Every year since 2008, I’ve kept a list of everything I read that year, and would also challenge myself to read at least one book per week. Eventually I found Goodreads and started adding everything there, but I realized I didn’t remember enough about a lot of books to give them an honest rating, so I started writing little one sentence reviews every time I finished a book, and then eventually those grew into longer reviews because I enjoy writing.
Why since 2008?
Because that’s when I went to college to another country and finally had wider access to the books I wanted to read.
Why don’t you read more books in Spanish?
Not for lack of searching.
Generalizing a lot here but: books in Spanish are often Very Serious and Very Sad because of the Very Painful history of Latin America. Other Spanish speakers have pointed out how that is Not Necessarily True, but they usually don’t follow up that statement with actual book recommendations. I would like to not Always Be Very Sad and Very Serious while reading. Also my favorite genre is fantasy, in any iteration (including: urban, young adult, etc, but especially middle grade).
For years I’ve looked and looked but haven’t found the boom of post-Harry Potter middle grade fantasy in Spanish (idk, maybe it’s existed all this time and I just have no idea!), and that section of the bookstore is all TRANSLATIONS OF BOOKS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH ALKSJDF. I’ve also asked but people aren’t forthcoming with answers and would often rather paint themselves as Superior Readers and judge me for not reading in Spanish than admit they also cannot think of a single example of what I’m asking for.
If you have any recommendations of books in Spanish fit into the fantasy or middle grade genres, I would LOVE to hear them! Please recommend some! (I am already a big fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafón.)
p.s. This is my favorite book in Spanish: Viaje al reino de los deseos, by Rafael Ángel Herra (Journey to the Kingdom of Wishes).
“If you had to recommend someone read 5 books to really get a feel for you and your tastes, which 5 would you pick?”
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ✨
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo 🐘
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill 🧞♂️
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire 🚪
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville 🕷