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The Mid-Year Book Tag

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

Actually, the best book that I read this year it’s one of the first books that I read back in February, and it’s called The Moorland Cottage. It’s a small novella by Elizabeth Gaskell and I believe that it is really worth your time.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

I have to say that I’m not really into series, so I don’t read so many sequels or prequels.

  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

House of Name by Colm Tóibín. I read and loved Brooklyn last year, so, I’m really looking forward to read more books by this Irish author.

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Well, I’m not sure, but I’ve heard that Kate Morton is going to publish her sixth book in November. Despite the fact that I’ve never read any of her books, I believe that I’d like to read them all. Don’t ask me why, becuae I really don’t know.

  1. Biggest disappointment.

V for Vendetta, I started this well-known graphic novel yesterday, and I have to admit that I hated it. I have to say that it’s not an easy read because it involved a lot of violence and sexual abuse as well. I didn’t expect that and I don’t want to read about those topics, it’s so disturbing.

  1. Biggest surprise.

Bassett by Stella Gibbons, this book came to me as a Christmas gift. Bearing in mind that I didn’t know who Setlla Gibbons was and I didn’t know what to expect, I have to say that at the end it was a really good reading experience for me.

  1. Favourite new author.

Yolanda Castaño. Yolanda Castaño is a Galician poetess; who is quite popular here in Galicia, because she used to work in a TV game show that it’s pretty similar to Countdown, I believe. Besides, she has published eight poetry collections so far and some children books, as well.

  1. Newest fictional crush.

It may sound quite strange but I don’t usually have a fictional crush while reading.

  1. Newest favourite character.

It has to be Caroline from Shirley. I really like Charlotte Brontë, she writes beautifully and building amazing character is one of her many writing skills.

It’s true that you will find that Shirley it’s a strong character in this book; however, it seems to me that Caroline is a more realist character, and it’s also easy to understand her and sympathize with her. In other words, I could see myself sharing the same thoughts that Caroline has when she is dealing with certain issues.

  1. Book that made you cry.

I really don’t know. It’s true that I cried a little when I was reading Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, there is a scene when Caroline Helstone realized that Mrs. Pryor is her mother, that was quite touching. However, I can’t recall one book in particular that made me cry, maybe some situations were more difficult to handle without sheading a tear.

  1. Book that made you happy.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, you have to admit that Oscar Wilde’s style was the funniest and wittiest of all the Victorians. The interactions in this book are splendid and it’s hard not to laugh when Lord Henry speaks.

  1. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Macbeth, this was the first book that I read in 2017, and a couple of months ago I watched an adaptation with David Tennant in it.

  1. Favourite review you’ve written / favourite video you’ve made this year.

Making reviews it is quite hard sometimes; however it gets easy if you really loved the book. So, I’ve chosen for this question, my review of My name is Lucy Barton. If you want to know why, you should check it out in this link.

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Well, I would say that this picture speaks for itself.

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I will be rereading this soon.

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Let me start by saying that I don’t need to read any book. Actually, I would say that I read because I want, so the books that I want to read by the end of the year are:

  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith

Shirley de Charlotte Brontë

No sé si soy la única persona que le ocurre que muchas veces siente que hay algo que aunque no conoce en su totalidad, en su interior sabe que ese algo le va a encanar. Eso mismo fue lo que me ocurrió a mí con este novelón de la grandísima Charlotte Brontë.

Tras haber visto “To walk invisible” el pasado mes de diciembre y tras haber finalizado “Cumbres Borrascosas” ese mismo mes, y habiendo leído y disfrutado previamente de “Jane Eyre” me decidí a buscar más libros de estas autoras inglesas que tanto bien han hecho por la literatura.

Pero por una razón u otra fui posponiendo esta búsqueda y cuando ya parecía que me había olvidado completamente de este asunto, el pasado mes de mayo y de manera totalmente fortuita, me encontré un ejemplar de “Shirley” en la sección de novedades de la biblioteca de municipal y al instante supe que tenía que leerlo.

Como cabría esperar esta fue una lectura muy intensa, llena de emociones y que disfrute muchísimo; se podría decir que este es uno de esos libros que realmente te acompañaran el resto de tu vida. Aunque ahora mismo me es imposible juzgar cuál de los dos libros que he leído de Charlotte Brontë me gusta más; sí que puedo asegurar que con ambos he experimentado esa sensación de que un capítulo te lleva a otro y así sucesivamente hasta que casi sin enterarte has llegado al último párrafo.

Esto es debido a unos personajes carismáticos, una historia que refleja en toda su plenitud el espíritu del ser humano y sus preocupaciones además de un estilo narrativo superlativo e inconfundible que nos acerca a diversos temas de actualidad en la época de la Inglaterra victoriana que van desde la invasión napoleónica hasta la revolución industrial. Pero sin abandonar esos temas recurrentes que podemos encontrar en la narrativa de Charlotte Brontë: la religión, la lucha de clases, el amor y la independencia de las mujeres.

Y no querría finalizar esta reseña sin animaros a todos a acercaros a esta novela y disfrutarla en su totalidad. Puede que sus casi ochocientas páginas nos deán un poco de respeto al principio, pero de verdad que merece la pena y especialmente si ya has leído “Norte y sur”.