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Marcus Aurelius: Meditations (Paperback, 2003, Modern Library) 4 stars

was born on April 26, A.D. 121. His real name was M. Annius Verus, and …

Review of 'Meditations' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Lots of good quotes in this book, here are some of my favorites:

"I do what is mine to do; the rest doesn't disturb me."

"Wait for it patiently - annihilation or metamorphosis."

"Close to fogetting it all, close to being forgotten."

"None of us have much time. And yet you act as if things were eternal - the day you fear and long for them..."

"Bear in mind that everything that exists is already fraying at the edges, and in transition, subject to fragmentation and to rot."

"That to be remembered is worthless. Like fame. Like everything."

"Think about your life: childhood, boyhood, youth, old age. Every transformation a kind of dying. Was that so terrible?"

"Fear of death is fear of what we may experience. Nothing at all, or something quite new, but if we experience nothing, we can experience nothing bad. And if our experience changes, …

F. Scott Fitzgerald: This side of paradise (1996, A.A. Knopf) 4 stars

The debut of an American original. Here is the accomplished first novel that catapulted F. …

Review of 'This side of paradise' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This was the second time I read this book, this time in its original language...
I loved this book back when I was a teenager (gave it 5 stars!), I thought it was great, like everything Fitzgerald had written (I was a huge fan back then, I still feel quite a lot for his stories today), but this time around, at my 25 years of age, I found it boring most of the time, I found Amory dull, I couldn't see the charm I found all those years ago, it was just gone. This is why re reading favorite books is a risk but to see that I've changed in such a drastic way is kind of... relieving? Maybe that's the word, I am not sure.

But one thing I am sure of is that I still love very much Amory's final line and I couldn't feel more identified with …

Review of 'Boku wa ierō de howaito de, chotto burū' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars


It was interesting to see how a Japanese mother saw the English society through his son's experiences with discrimination as a half Japanese-Irish boy.

Juan Rulfo: Pedro Paramo (Paperback, Spanish language, 2012, Editorial RM) 4 stars

Desde su aparición, Pedro Páramo provocó una convulsión en el panorama literario de la época. …

Review of 'Pedro Paramo' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

en realidad estaba leyendo otra edición que sí tengo pero el otro cuento es tan lento que ya fue
la verdad que no está mal pero es medio difícil de seguir los saltos y la historia no es muy interesante

Stephen Hawking: Historia del tiempo / A Brief History of Time (Paperback, Spanish language, 2002, Critica) 4 stars

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a book …

Review of 'Historia del tiempo / A Brief History of Time' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Muy bien explicado y muy interesante, marqué varias partes para volver de nuevo a ellas! No es tan avanzado, quizás sí que se pone bastante abstracto con la teoría de las cuerdas pero eso es de esperar.

Probablmente esté bastante desactualizado actualmente pero me gustó mucho enterarme del conflicto entre la teoría de la gravedad y la física cuántica!

Virginia Woolf: To the lighthouse (1981, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) 4 stars

This novel is an extraordinarily poignant evocation of a lost happiness that lives on in …

Review of 'To the lighthouse' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I must say I'm not a big fan of Woolf's style but, nevertheless, I think she is able to capture very beautiful images and ideas through her rather unique way of writing.

I'm not sure I'd be down for another one of her books since this type of modernist literature does not sit well with me... (I do own Mrs. Dalloway so never say never...).

Olivie Blake: Alone with You in the Ether (Hardcover, 2022, Tor Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Alone with You in the Ether' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a beautifully written book and I absolutely fell in love with Aldo, the mathematician, more than anyone else in this book.
I generally do not read love stories featuring straight couples since well, being queer myself I just can't help but find most of these typical pairings rather bland and repetitive but I was surprised by this one in particular. Maybe it's because stories with mentally ill people just tend to make things less conventional and therefore a lot more compelling, maybe I just liked the characters, maybe it was just good writing, maybe it was just good, idk.

What I know is that these type of relationships are bound to failure and being the most sane one in the couple always takes too big of a toll to make it worth it in the long run and I do wonder if things would truly be okay in …

Review of 'The beautiful and the grotesque' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

the stories were just kinda boring to me so it took me a long time to finish this...
the best one was the kappa one! that one was pretty good, 4/5!! but other than that...

i'm so sorry akutagawa, i still believe in you and shall read your other stories