Tuesday, August 16, 2016

THE SINNER by Amanda Stevens
September 27, 2016 | MIRA

I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place… 

I'm a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 
...

Book Review | THE SINNER by Amanda Stevens

Thursday, August 4, 2016

 LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman
September 6, 2016; Algonquin Books

I highly recommend LEAVE ME.

Book Review | LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman

Monday, July 18, 2016

BEST BOOKS of 2016 (so far)

As we reach the middle of 2016 -notwithstanding my expedient tardiness- it's time to take a look back at the best books  I've read so far. Presented in no particular order, here are the reads I've shelve from January to June with my highest rating.

BEST BOOKS of 2016 (so far)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr
August 23, 2016;
Random House


Ambitious and brave. I expect nothing less from a Caleb Carr novel.

Book Review | SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Why Read Translated Works?This was a question sent to me a few months back. I never had the chance to answer this earlier, mainly because I feel I have no substantial answer to begin with. You see, I’m no expert on the subject, and anything I’ll say here is purely based on my opinion as a reader or a person who delights in reading good books. If it’s an expert’s opinion you’re after, then you’re on the wrong page. If you want to stick around, you have to take everything with a grain of salt.

Did I buy them because they were translations? No. 
So far I have read a number of translated works, none of them I bought for that reason. The truth is, only after reading most of them did I realize that they were translations. (Just to show you how deep my expertise on this subject.) And it took a while before I did realize what I like about them.  

Translation in literature, for me, is more than breaking the language barrier. It helps us learn about other cultures, their fashion, their spirituality, and their political views, how they really feel about family values, and their passion for food. Most of the answers to these made me laugh, shocked at the huge difference with mine, and marveled at the similarities.

Transmitting cultural aspects through literature is a difficult mission. It is a multifaceted collection of experiences in daily life. And I am often fascinated with the translator’s ability to capture and project them, and to be understood by readers outside the original cultural condition. Sure, some readers are vexed because some sense do get lost in translation, but heck, it's not about to cause World War III, right?
Without translation, I would be limited to the borders of my own country. The translator is my most important ally. He introduces me to the world. -Italo Calvino

Translation is also akin to travelling to places we have not reached yet.  It’s been years, but the image of Stockholm is stockpiled in my memory on how Reg Keeland translated it for Stieg Larsson. I felt the melancholic voice of José Saramago, when Margaret Jull Costa translated his memories of Azinhaga and Lisbon. I will always miss the lights of Barcelona as Lucia Graves translated it for Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Lastly, whilst I read English-written works more often, I also read translations because I think it’s abnormal and restrictive to lock myself from the rest of the remarkable literature mankind have written.
It is better to have read a great work of another culture in translation than never to have read it at all. -Henry Gratton Doyle

While we’re at it, here are the Best Translated Novels and Favorite Translated Literature from Goodreads Listopia. And THE MILLIONS announced the Winners for the Best Translated Book for 2016.

I'm also interested in your opinion on this matter. Please, do share.



Why Read Translated Works?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Guest Blogger | Mawi Lopez

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Say It With A Book #10 | All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Sunday, May 22, 2016


INK AND BONE  by Lisa Unger
June 7, 2016; Touchstone
INK AND BONE leads us to a world beyond strange… and yes, beyond death.

Book Review | INK AND BONE by Lisa Unger

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Spot | The Prophecy by Erin Rhew

Today, I'm joined by one half of the Rhewination: Erin Rhew. For those that don't know, Erin is a young adult fantasy author who is married to adult thriller author, Deek Rhew. Together, they are "the Rhews," and their street team is the Rhewination!


Deek and Erin-- Join the Rhewination! ;) 

Wednesday Spotlight (+Giveaway)