On to the LAST book in my 2019 Read Harder challenge! #readharder2019
On to the LAST book in my 2019 Read Harder challenge! #readharder2019
The slowest of burns, esp. at the start. I wanted to be invested in the story b/c I love the idea of music magic! But I couldn't become invested in Meche, who was such a bully & obsessed w/her own power. Realistic? Probably, but not fun to read. Sebastian & Vicente were more interesting characters, despite their flaws. By the end, the author did tie things together well, but it wasn't enough to make me forget how long it took to get there.
This is a thing that's happening this week! Tomorrow is our monthly episode on the tagged book, and then special episodes all week long! I was present at these interviews, and I still can't wait to hear them, because these authors were so incredibly nice and funny. I hope you all enjoy!
It was okay. The magic concept with the music was really interesting, but I didn‘t feel very invested in the characters, and the constant 20-year jump in time didn‘t help. This is a relatively short book (under 300 pgs) but it took me foooreeeveeer to finish, and the last chapter was so completely unnecessary it actually made be a bit angry lol.
📖#signaltonoise was a book I chose for the #readharder challenge and I loved that the author was also a Canadian🇨🇦! The story was very intriguing and I loved the magic! Meche was such an unlikable character...oh man! I haven‘t encountered too many main characters that I didn‘t like but she was just so selfish it drove me crazy! But the story was great and I loved going back between 1988 and 2009. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Anyone else listen to Bookriot‘s SSF Yeah and purchase every title recommended. The only one I didn‘t buy today I already own (The Black Gods Drum). 🤣🤷🏻♀️🤣🤷🏻♀️
📖 #BookClubPick #LatinX #MagicalRealism
Catching up on my DVR since I hosted book club last night. Our group enjoyed this magic & musically inclined coming of age story.
+ Great friendship & character development
+ Cool original use & concept in combining music & magic!
+ Reminiscent feel of a #YA version of the movie, 'The Craft' which I love!☻
- Takes a bit to get into
- Of the 2 story lines, 1 felt underdeveloped &left us wanting more.
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Settling in finally with some hot?to warm up my bones, a couple of cookies to soothe my sweet tooth & my #BookClubPick .
Bummed about it being on my ? vs ?, but my library (both work &public) didn't have it & our meeting is Sunday so...? #BookwormProblems
Excited to get started on it as I've seen it on several "Best of" lists regarding #LatinX literature and #YA lists❣
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU4hINUM8CRphKl_iHe7CaNFDMYrFSHb5 This is the link to the most comprehensive playlist of all 55 #Tracks mentioned in Signal to Noise, a story about 3 kids in Mexico who use music as magic. Some of my faves include Nina Simone‘s Wild is the Wind, Mercedes Sosa‘s Gracias a la Vida, Jacques Brel‘s Ne Me Quitte Pas, and Ella Fitzgerald‘s Midnight Sun. #NuYear
Meche returns to her home town of Mexico City for her father‘s funeral where she must confront her past and friends she left behind. The story is told in alternating time periods where we learn what happened to 15-year old Meche that resulted in her leaving Mexico City and her best friends. I found the book to be a realistic portrayal of teenage relationships (minus the magic), but I did find both teenage and adult Meche to be a bit annoying.
Told in alternating times, Mexico City 1989 when Meche, Sebastian, and Daniela, outcast teenagers who discover they can do magic through music on a record player and Mexico City 2009 when Meche comes back for the funeral of her father, and you find she is estranged from her friends. There was a ton of pop culture references in here that really added to the experience as I was all too happy to look them up. I feel the writing evolved as 👇🏼
Meche (Mercedes), in Mexico City 2009, will be going through her just deceased father‘s notebooks and will come across this entry from 1973. I love this book for all of it‘s music references and the overall effect they give this story. This one choked me up today. The song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WyOJ-A5iv5I and the English translation http://lyricstranslate.com/en/gracias-la-vida-thanks-life.html-0
I'm rewatching season 1 of #StrangerThings because I saw the trailer for season 2 and OMG it was EVERYTHING!! I've watched it maybe 20 times now. That's how you do a trailer! And that 80s vibe is on point!
I need a fix because Oct 27 is too far away. Paper Girls was a good start but now I'm picking this up. It even says it's for fans of the show. I'm adding it to the stack of books I'm reading. Hoping the book Jenga in my brain doesn't topple. 😆
I bought too many books again. Every month I promise to purchase fewer books, but as you can see by my May book haul, I lied to myself. 😊
I've already told myself that there will be absolutely NO Book Outlet orders this month! Well, we'll see. #BookHaul
Why yes I do love "unlikable" women so much that I made a 100 must-read list: http://bookriot.com/2017/03/20/100-must-read-unlikable-women/
I won an audio version of this book but the narration wasn't doing it for me so I got it from the library. It's still on my #tbr at this point but it sounds pretty rad: teens in the late 80s in Mexico City learning to cast spells and use magic through music. I'm also throwing in a rec for one of my favorite bands, Girl in a Coma, who happen to be #latinx. They're awesome.
My favorite book of the year so far. Set in Mexico City during 1988 and 2009. We follow Meche and her two best friends in a stunning coming of age story where music is literally magic. Something tears them apart until Meche's father dies and she has to return to Mexico City 20 years later. Great characters and relationships. Stunning, emotional turns. And an ending that made me actually hug the book.
Loved the magic elements of this coming of age story set in Mexico. Moreno-Garcia does an excellent job of keeping the two timelinesrunning simultaneously and pulling the reader in and along for the ride. Also -- if you are a lover of the power of music, then this is a good pick for you.
Am I the only one who doesn't keep track of books read by month? I have no idea where the month break falls in my reading log, but this pic in my phone is dated Dec 8 so I'm gonna say this is my #BestofDecember (reusing pic bc the book's upstairs and I'm lazy and there's a cat on my lap). #seasonsreadings2016
Mexico City, 1988: Meche and her friends discover they can work magic through music. Things go very wrong (of course). 2009: Meche returns after a long absence abroad. Alternating timelines, measured pace, prickly protagonist, frustrated romance, highly specific setting, and much musical name dropping. The sum is greater than its parts and I liked this more than I had expected.
"Why shouldn't music be magic? Aren't spells just words you repeat? And what are songs? Lyrics that play over and over again. The words are like a formula."
"Guys, I just want to remind you I have to be home by seven," Daniela said. "I'm also not allowed to do any Satanic stuff."
Just starting this. Alternates between Mexico City in 1988 and 2009. If I didn't know it was shortlisted for some speculative fiction awards, I wouldn't have pegged this as fantasy.
Sorry I've been M.I.A., Littens! This usually happens during holiday weekends, but I'm back home to my normal routine and will continue to post regularly again.
Anyway, I'm back with an audiobook giveaway! Visit my blog to enter a giveaway of Signal To Noise, a critically acclaimed novel about teens casting spells using vinyl records.
2 WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN! good luck!
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