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Review: Érase una vez México, Tomo 1: De las Cavernas al Virreinato

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Érase una vez México, Tomo 1: De las Cavernas al Virreinato by Sandra Molina Arceo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was never good at Mexican history, and I never held in my memory any of the key information I should've known as a Mexican.

But I tried to change this situation by reading this book, and I have to admit that I never knew that Mexico's story was this interesting.

This book goes from the very beginning of Mexico and its native people to the last years of the Spanish occupation, and the beginning of Mexican Independence days.

It brushes through the story quickly with small side notes and funny stories that makes the reading really easy and interesting.

Of course, is not the WHOLE story, because its a rather small book but for people like me who really isn't good at keeping hard data but somehow good at remembering stories it's really nice and enjoyable.

I already bought all three books in this series, and I'm excited to continue with the history, but f…

Review: Let the Right One In

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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good book! I hate bullying and this book really made me feel desperate and helpless when it came to all the bullying scenes... but despite everything I enjoyed a lot!!

I would read something from this author again sometime, but there are so many books in my To-Read list that haha maybe it will be in a while!

Very recomendable! =)

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Review: 神様はじめました 25 [Kamisama Hajimemashita 25]

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神様はじめました 25 [Kamisama Hajimemashita 25] by Julietta Suzuki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my read for this whole weekend... I don’t want to add the 25 volumes of this manga because I don’t think that I read 25 books... Also, I feel like it inflates my book count and i don't want that, so instead I’ll just add the last volume.

This is my favorite anime/manga series of all times... matching even Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon which are my favorites because are part of my childhood.

I’ve seen the anime more than 2 times and this weekend I finally decided to read the whole manga and it was totally worth it, so much more story, more love, more things that I didn’t understand explained.

Why I loved this story so much... of course... Tomoe.

Tomoe is by far my favorite male character! He’s strong, powerful, feared, dominant but vulnerable, sweet and loving; only to Nanami, of course.

I love his growth, his confidence and everything related to this character.

The whole series of cours…

Review: Beautiful Creatures

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was ok, I liked that for a change the story was told from the boy point of view.

This book had lots of magic, lots of supernatural beings, lots of history, which made it very appealing to me, but I have to say, it's not the best YA magical book I've read.

Main characters, teenagers and SO dramatic. Fun to read, but dramatic all the same.

I liked the mental connection they shared, but even thought they had this cool means of wireless communication they sometimes forgot to use it in key moments...

Of course, is the 1st of a book saga, of I think 4 or 5 books... I'd like to know what's next, but I don't feel the need to continue immediately haha so that should speak for the book...

It's a good fun read, but maybe there are better books? I don't know.

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Review: Cuentos de buenas noches para niñas rebeldes

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Cuentos de buenas noches para niñas rebeldes by Elena Favilli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a LOVELY book filled with empowering stories for girls of all ages.

I bought this book for my 6 year-old niece and we were reading one of this stories every night, and it was amazing how much she loved it and would bring it to me every night. Unfortunately I came to live to Japan and left the book back home so it took me longer to finish it. But finally I managed.

The book itself is a work of art, it gathers not only the amazing stories of 100 magnificent women but also 100 beautiful portraits by 100 different female artists.

The stories in it are one page long and easy to read and explain even to small kids, and tell the lives and most important achievements of important women like Jane Austin, Frida Khalo, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama, Alek Wek, Maria Montessori, Cleopatra, and many many others. From all around the world and from ancestral times to this millennia.

It covers them…

Review: Rough Guide To Japanese Dictionary Phrasebook 2

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Rough Guide To Japanese Dictionary Phrasebook 2 by Lexus Ltd.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's a good Japanese guide and phrase book if you're a native english speaker, I could read and understand it all but since Spanish has a much more similar pronunciation to Japanese, it's very confusing to try and learn it from an english stand point.

It has lots of advice on how to navigate through Japanese culture and traditions and that's what I liked the most about the little book.

I feel like this book is for the people who don't know any Japanese and has to carry the book around for reference.

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Review: Parade

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Parade by Shūichi Yoshida
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book falls completely into the "slice of life" genre that is so popular in Japan.

It is narrated by 5 different characters throughout a time range of a few months.

Ryosuke, Kotomi, Mirai, Naoki and later Satoru, find themselves living in the same apartment and sharing a life... the thing is they were not friends before, they just happened to be there and stay... they all have their own problems and ways of dealing with them, feeling that oversharing with the other inmates will cross the line that makes their living together be in total harmony.

All of them one way or another know that their living arrangements are not permanent and for this reason find easy to oversee the superficial life they all share.

Meanwhile, young Satoru their newest roommate lives a dangerous night life and has a very rare pastime, also they discover their own neighbor is running a shady business, and violent assaults start happening arou…