Thursday, January 15, 2015

Carpe Librum

If you know me personally you probably know how much I love books. I can spend a whole day at a bookstore or Barnes and Noble. I love to shop for books, and ask anyone who knows me they'll tell you I prefer print than those ebooks they have now. Books take you places, make you feel different emotions and in the end teaches you something (whether you realize what the moral of that book is)
Anyway, nothing fascinates me more than a really good book (well, and amazing art, delicious coffee/tea/desserts, and beautiful places.)

 Read on to discover books I've read and what inspired me.

Carpe Librum!

I’m currently reading… Madam Bovary by French writer Gustave Flaubert.

My favorite childhood book was… El Principito (The Little Prince) I used to read it in Spanish when I was little, we still have the book at my house.

A book that changed my life… 1984 by George Orwell, well maybe not change my life exactly but I read it more than once and it made me start thinking of where we stand as a society and the world. And how in a sense, what Orwell described, is already happening.

My favorite book to give as gift… Coffee table books make for excellent gifts because it doubles as decoration, so anything related to art/photography/travel/fashion is acceptable.

A fictional character I admire… the one and only Sherlock Holmes!

A book turned movie I like… The Chronicles of Narnia (I'm such a kid at heart!)

Literary genres I like... Historical/literary fiction,  mystery/crime, thrillers, romance and the classics (The Crucible, Don Quixote, Beowulf, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby to name a few.) As well as poetry and short stories. And of course anything that has to do with art, design and architecture!

My favorite writer... I love a lot of different writers but my favorites would have to be F. Scott Fitzgerald and Leo Tolstoy.

Top 10 books I recommend… 
1. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 6. The Birth Order, by Dr. Kevin Leman
2. 1984, by George Orwell 7. The Rainmaker, by John Grisham
3. Murder on the Potomac, by Margaret Truman 8. The Atlantis Code, by Charles Brokaw
4. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry        9. The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
5. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho                        10. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by 
                                                                                    Gabriel García Márquez

I organize my bookshelf according to
1. Art/Architecture, Design/Photography
2. Poetry
3. Biography/Autobiography (although this section is rather small, it’s still a section)
4. Quote books/Etiquette/ Self-improvement
5. Spanish

My favorite bookshop is… I don't have favorites as long as there's books and a vintage/ relaxed feeling.

I love to read because… For startersit relaxes me.  Reading is the only time you can really go into a stranger's mind and submerge yourself into a story that is far from the one you have. I also love to read because one can learn so much from doing so. Whether you're reading fiction, nonfiction, comedy, romance. Every book you will ever read will have a message/lesson for you to take. There's  a book for everything; to learn, to be inspired or to laugh.

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