My best reads of 2016

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2016 was the year I decided to read more.My younger sister is the kind weirdo that can devour a book in a day, like a mental word goblin.But, Not I. At times,  a book takes me  3 or 4 days  to read, depending on the book’s length and my laziness levels that week.So , to challenge myself, I set out to read 12 books and almost reached my goal. But, To make up for my crippling failure, this year I increased  the game to 2 books for a total of 24 in  2017. Here are a list of the books I read, along with my top five  favorite reads of 2016. Did you read any of these? And what were your favorite books of 2016 (or all time favorites)?  I’m always looking for recommendations, so do comment some of your favs. Happy reading.

1.  Girl at War-Sarah Novic

2. Stoner-John Williams

3. Our souls at night-Kent Haruf

4. Girl with the pearl earrings-Tracy Chevalier

5 Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins

6. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman

7. Everyone’s hanging out without me-My BFF(I wish) Mindy kaling

8. Persepolis 1+2-Marjane Satrapi

9.The Book Thief (Forgot I read, it was amazing)

10.Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps-Kelly Browm

11.I failed and did read an eleventh

12. or twelfth, But it’s ok that life, that life

 Best 5

(Order does not display more favoritism , I share the love equally)

1. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman


 I adored this book. Between Ove’s delightful hate for people and his hidden compassion, I enjoyed it. Somehow, watching Ove’s growth from losing everything and wanting to take his life, to finding some purpose through the people around him was a satisfying touch. I found myself laughing, shedding a tear and clinging on to these pages.


2.Girl with a pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier


I caught myself grinning in the middle of publicly folding my clothes at the Landry mat today. Why? This book. That’s how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite a simple book, but it had a lasting impression. I enjoyed Griet’s character’s fight for survival. She comes from a family of nothing yet has to do everything she must to cope with her new life. In addition, something about the relationship between her and Vermeer’s character was fascinating. Mostly because the meaning of the relationship was completely different when views from each side. I’m not going to spoil anything, but it was one of my favs that drove me to write this post.

3. Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins


Aka the book everyone and their mother read. I hate plunging into mainstream things. Why do it, when there are other things that are better. But, I sucked it up and devoured this book. I sneaked under my covers, flipping pages after pages, while having to tell myself to breath and control my squeals. Once a year, I have this craving to read a good mystery and this hit the spot. I can usually tell the who, but this kept me in the dark till the very middle or so. I guess sometimes you have to dive into the mainstream pit and I liked the fall.

4.Stoner-John William



The tone of this book is spot with the cover. It was a slow moving, but once you pass the background info, it’s one that you’ll remember for a very long time. The recommendation came from my ethic literature professor, a year ago, despite having other projects and stuff to complete, I gave it a go. This follows William stoner, a farm boy who finds himself falling in love with literature. So, he become a professor, settles down and we the reader follow his so called “Unfulfilling life”, from his failed marriage and relationship with his daughter, along with an affair. The author forces you to ask yourself, did this man live a good like? The take way for me, reflects on life and how depending on the path we take we at times spend it feeling unfulfilled. But despite our failures and emptiness, does that mean we stilled lived fulfilled life in the end?

5. Girl at war-Sarah Novic


This was also a read from my ethic literature class. The identity struggle of the main character pulls you into the book. Torn between the girl she is and the one she was, she fails to realize that old girl is her now, despite the memories she tried to bury.


How to start learning spanish part 2-Grammar

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Now that you’re enjoying the wonderful sound of the Spanish language, it’s time to talk about the big G. Grammar is essential.When learning a language at an earlier age, it’s not a big fuss, but learning later makes this big G even more important. Through grammar, you will master the art of words and can dazzle people by writing sweet notes to them, in another language.Here are my two recommendations.

  • Easy spanish step by step by Barbara Bregstein-I adore this book, I use it on the bus, and love the ton of practice that comes with all the lessons.It teaches you the basics, from your yo, tu and el subject pronouns, to the reflexive verbs, along with expressing the past.Most of all, I love how in the end of each chapter, there is this giant paragraph that enables me to understand the grammar and learn vocab.Ademas, those stories are quite entertaining.I purchased it on ebay for $8 or $9 including shipping and there are no regrets.


  • Practice makes makes perfect spanish, verb tenses 2nd edition by Dorothy Richmond-I’ve scrolled through this book , as a member of the spanish chat I’m in, recommended it (wait, I’ll share the link in pt 4 or 5). It’s pretty much the same thing as easy spanish, pero less lessons in the end.Best of all, it’s free and you just have to google it and find a free pdf.But, I love a physical copy because I get to make corrections and take notes.


Stay tuned for part 3, Watching spanish content

How to start learning spanish.Part 1-Listening

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At some point, we’ve all played ourselves with the I can’t wait to start learning _____ , only to give up sooner or later. Maybe that was you, or you’re the other person, who has no idea where to begin. Well, I’ll be your guide. So, chill, no need to run out and purchase Rosetta stone because most of these tools are completely free and most importantly, effective. I’ve been learning spanish since summer 2016 and It’s been fun. No, I’m not crazy, it really has been. I can now have conversations with natives, read signs and words from stores, bus ads, and most of all, I can jam to reggaetón, while pulling out my sweet moves and learning new words at the same time.

1. Listening

Let’s start at the beginning, a good perfect place to start. ♫♫♫

Listening is key, it familiarizes you with the language and it helps you understand proper pronunciation and flow. This is how I kicked started my journey into Spanish and It’s still a big chunk of how I learn

  • Pimsleur-This is a 3 level program with some bonus lessons after level 3. Each level has 30 lessons, lasting 30 minutes each. They lesson start with a 1 minute conversation that repeats itself a second time. After that it’s one giant conversation with the words that was in the first conversation the time you get to the end, if you did not get the first conversion, you will have by the end. I still remember listening to level 1 lesson and being shaken at the fact I could not understand a thing, but towards the end, I blew myself away, I could. I’m currently on the last level and have 4 lessons left , yahhhhhh. The only downside to this program is cost, but, but, but if you have good internet detective skills you can easily find all three lessons ;D. (CLUE: argggggggg)
  •  Notes in Spanish-This is free and it’s a podcast type thing where these two lovely humans named Ben and Marina just talk to each other and teach us words through telling us about their city, Madrid and their lives. On this program, you will hear talks about the weather, vacations and they even help us with the tough stuff like figuring out when to use por or para. There are beginner, intermediate and advance conversations, so everyone is catered to.
  • Music-This is one of my favorite ways to learn. I recommend listening to Marc Anthony first, as he talks at a good pace and you’ll learn alot of vocab through his songs, along with pronunciations. Some of my favorite cancions from him are vivir mi vida, valio la pena and tu amor me hacer bien.I mostly listen to the lyric videos , so I can follow the words and pronunciations. Then, listen to the some Shakira and Maluma.They speak slightly faster, but their songs are great.Maluma’s el perdedor (loser) and Borro Cassete ( erased cassete) are my current ear worms. I almost forgot this, but I love Putumayo music.They are this international music company that share music from all cultures. You can find tons of music from them on youtube.I highly recommend dancing to the Latin party album, the Colombian mix (I love me some Cumbia), and one of my favs the Cuba album.But I love them all and you too will find yourself busting out some moves.
    Stay tuned for part 2 -Grammar