Hello there! I know I’m a bit late to publish these, but here we go.
La hija única, Guadalupe Nettel
Guadalupe Nettel is one of the most praised contemporary voices in Mexico and her books often have the same themes: the grotesque, bodily differences and functions, bodies in general and taboos. Although I am not a fan of her writing style, I must admit I liked La hija única (the title would translate to The Only Daugher although it hasn’t been translated yet) poses three interesting views on maternity and womanhood. The book tells the stories of three different women and their struggles with motherhood: Laura doesn’t want to have children, Doris has a 10-year-old son and can’t stand him and Alina, after struggling to conceive, is told by her doctor that the little girl she is pregnant with has a rare disease and will most likely die at birth. This book is raw and touches on themes that usually pushed aside. So, the writing is not really my cup of tea, but it’s definitely an interesting book.
Vicious, V. E. Schwab
My friend Diana has been telling me about Victoria Shwab for ages and I finally bought this sci-fi/fantasy novel. And I loved the writing! I don’t usually read sci-fi so it was hard for me to let myself get lost in the story, but when I finally did (thanks to V.E. Shwab’s very subversive writing), I devoured the book in a couple hours. I recommend this book if you’re into superheroes—or should I say supervillains?— and sagas. I will definitely read the second one, Vengeful, soon.
True Grit, Charles Portis
I read this book because I’ve been wanting to read a Western for a while and I loved the Coen’s adaptation of True Grit. It is a very funny book, at times moving and very quick ro read, but I must say it fell a bit short for me. I liked it but found the main character a bit flat… I do believe the movie is better than the book in this case.
Those were the books I finished in March! How about you?
In other news, I started a YouTube channel a couple of months ago. It’s about books and it’s in Spanish, check it out! 🙂