Woman at point zero, by Nawal El Saadawi

One of the best things of being in a bookclub is to discover new authors you never heard about before, and reading books you would have never chosen on your own. Of course, it could be a disaster, but in this particular case it has been an amazing discovery. Continue reading

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La ridícula idea de no volver a verte, by Rosa Montero

My parents were visiting us this summer, and brought me this book, while I was writing the Marie Curie Fellowship.

The book is like a reflexion about life and death. Rosa Montero started to write it after she received the diary that Marie Curie wrote after the death of Pierre Curie. Although it could seem that is a sad book, I enjoyed reading it, since apart from speaking of the death it speaks much more about life, specially about the hard life that had Marie Curie. It also speaks about the life of women in general. As a woman scientist Marie Curie is one of my heroes, among lots of oder less known woman scientist.

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Marie Curie and her daughter Irene in the lab

I strongly recommend the reading of this book, and if you don’t speak spanish, you could always wait for the translation of the book.

Do you have any heroes that serve you as an inspiration?

The grapes of warth, John Steinbeck

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First edition cover (1939)

Some time ago, in the reading group of which we are part, we read the classic book of “The grapes of warth” by John Steinbeck. Two of the members of the group decided that we should read it, and at the beginning, none of us was really in favor, but anyway we started reading it. The beginning was hard, since the second or third chapter is about how a tortoise moves (slowly), but then the action begins.

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A game of thrones, George R R Martin

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Me reading this book.
In the background the phrase “Live reading”

After being the whole day trying to write something coherent for a fellowship I’m trying to apply (Marie Curie fellowship, for those who are in research), I need to write anything else. That’s why I decided to start this post, about the famous book in which is based the even more famous TV series.

I have to recognize that I am not a big fan of fantasy books, but after many people recommended this book, I gave a try and look for it in the library. I had to reserve it, and wait two or three weeks until I finally got it, and since it’s such a famous book, I couldn’t renew it. So, there you have us (my boyfriend wanted to read it too), the two of us, with one book of 400 pages, and three weeks to finish it. Impossible. He had to reserve it again, so we had an intermission, as in the films in the past. Continue reading

“Plomo en los bolsillos” by Ander Izagirre

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Podium in Paris of the Tour of 2013

This Saturday starts one of the biggest events of the year, the Tour de France, that this year will celebrate the 100th edition. Although Wiggins won’t be there this year, the competition is ensured, with Froome, and of course, with Contador. I am a big fan of cycling, specially of the Tour, that I have started watching on the TV when I was a child, with my brother and my aunt. Continue reading

Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

I would like to start this blog with one of the last books I have read, that must be in every list of books. I’m talking about “Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri. My parents brought me the spanish version of this book, “Tierra desacostumbrada”, that they discussed in their book club. After many months in my library I finally decided to give it an opportunity, and once I started, I couldn’t stop reading. Continue reading

“The fall of giants” by Ken Follett

In the Bethnal Green library, I saw this book that a friend of mine has recommended. At the beginning I was scared by the dimensions, since as a non-English speaker, to attack this book was a great challenge. After a few pages, I got involved into the story, and I forgot that I was reading in another language.

Like the other books of Ken Follet, the story is really powerful, with different characters that tell their own point of view, to finally learn that all of them are related to each other. It’s a book about the first World War, about how it started, how it affected to some of the countries involved, and how it ended. Mixing fiction with historical events makes it easier to get an overview of how was this period of time.

It’s a good written book, along the same lines of Pillars of the Earth or A World Without End. This is the first time I’ve read something of Ken Follett in English, and I appreciated the use of the language. I will try to find the second book of the series in the library to know how it continues, and to revise the horrible period of World War II.