I once read that everything creative combined with strategy is advertising. And everything creative without strategy is art. I love this idea because It helped me understand the difference.Continue reading “Copy vs. UX vs. Creative Writing: What is the difference?”
Well, I am back and honored to share with you my top 5 books of 2020. Some of these are way older, and I’m not particularly proud of not reaching my reading goal this year. But I finish writing my novel a couple of days ago. So, that has got to count somehow?
My reading list was enjoyable and gay, to be honest. Guess I tried to find similar books that reminded me of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I did. It motivates me to see more LGBTQ stories in YA novels and that taboos are washing away. Not 100% gone, but it is good to know that authors aren’t scared to explore this subject with a younger audience. Too bad for Disney, who recently disapproved of the Love,Victor series. Guess they’re still living in 1910. They disapprove of that, but they love to fill their movies with innuendos. Believe me. You can find tons of examples on the internet. Some of them might ruin your childhood.
Well, getting back to the subject, two of the books I read this year are in Spanish, and they became my top 2. I can’t wait to get to them. So, without further interruptions, let’s get to the list.
What a read you guys. It’s a heartwarming story about Alex, the son of the First Woman President of the United States. Who falls in love with Henry, Prince of Whales. I thought the narrative was exquisite. The characters are amazing, and the plot keeps you turning the pages. I recommend you take your time because you might end up reading it all night if you’re not careful. If I’m not mistaken, the author wrote this book after Hilary Clinton lost the 2016 election. So, I found the story very interesting and touching.
And yet another LGBT book. I can hear you screaming at me, and I agree. It’s not the best book in the world. I hated some elements of the story (again), but I’ll discuss them later in my book review section. Furthermore, I think I love this book because I’m a little bit too infatuated with the characters. To be honest, the plot isn’t a big deal and it didn’t raise the stakes at all. But Simon and Baz managed to swipe me off my feet like a teenage girl trying tequila for the first time.
This book is fast-paced and action-packed. I thank the author for that. Yet, several details confused me at the beginning. If you want to know more, I have a full book review on my YouTube Channel. Play the video!
Melancholy, passion, story, human characters, and beautiful descriptions. These are some of the elements that await anyone who reads this book. Murakami paints with words, crafts all his characters with voice, emotions, and flaws. There is nothing more I can add to this book. If you’re unfamiliar with the author’s work, you are missing out on a true artist. I’ll write a full book review in a future entry.
And, the best book I read this year is…
This writer taught me a lot. His style tastes like a sweet caramel cappuccino by the Eiffel Tower under the moonlight. He is so descriptive, eloquent, and smart that everything he says makes sense. This novel tells the story of a small boy, Daniel. He discovers the cemetery of forgotten books and comes across his favorite book author. Soon, the young boy dives into the author’s mysterious past. Turning his life into a labyrinth of secrets and shadows. It takes place in one of my favorite settings in the world, Spain. It enhances and enchants any reader since page one. Be aware that this is a slow burner and not a commercial or YA book.
So, there you have it, my top 5 of the year. I’ll post a review if I need to add another one.
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I once read that everything creative combined with strategy is advertising. And everything creative without strategy is art. I love this idea because It helped me understand the difference.
First, let me start by sharing some reviews from my beta readers. Although each and everyone had different points of view, I sincerely don’t expect you to agree with all of them. Every reader will interpret the narrative the way they see fit. Yes, not everything was wine and roses. A lot of re-writing wasContinue reading “The Mezzo Soprano – A Dark Fantasy Debut Novel”
One of the most beautiful things I’ve discovered in my life is the contemporary fantasy genre. Although is normal not to catch its meaning right away, you’ll find out that it’s very easy to understand; once I lay out some examples. To me, it’s a touch of hope, a new way to see the word,Continue reading “The Mesmerizing Magic of the Contemporary Fantasy Genre”
First, let me start by sharing some reviews from my beta readers. Although each and everyone had different points of view, I sincerely don’t expect you to agree with all of them. Every reader will interpret the narrative the way they see fit. Yes, not everything was wine and roses. A lot of re-writing was done, but I’m happy and satisfied with the result. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.Continue reading “The Mezzo Soprano – A Dark Fantasy Debut Novel”
One of the most beautiful things I’ve discovered in my life is the contemporary fantasy genre. Although is normal not to catch its meaning right away, you’ll find out that it’s very easy to understand; once I lay out some examples. To me, it’s a touch of hope, a new way to see the word, a place where you can get closer to magic. It’s a writing style that makes you feel that dreams and miracles are so very much alive.Continue reading “The Mesmerizing Magic of the Contemporary Fantasy Genre”
[Watch out for Spoilers] + [Video] 🎥
Finally, delicious and beautiful books! Feels good to start with the book reviews. I’ll be writing content about my favorite books of 2020 and about the genres I’ve been studying to write my debut novel, soon.
Quick disclaimer: these reviews aren’t from a critic perspective. When I read, I like to suppress all the crazy stuff I have in my mind as a newbie writer, and just enjoy the stories. I’ll give my personal point of view and then compare my thoughts with what other readers have said. It’s better this way.Continue reading “Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers”
How did people read in the past?
The way we read has changed through the ages. In hindsight, some people think that reading is still exclusively for introverts. But Europeans in the 17th century read out loud. It was considered a social activity and people expected that you shared your texts. How strange is that, right? If you found someone reading out loud in the street today, you’ll probably think that person needs treatment. However, thanks to the internet, social media and technology in general; the way we communicate and the way we read has changed.Continue reading “3 Charming Book Formats for Modern Readers”
Who can Self-Publish a Book?
There are a million ways to self-publish a fiction or nonfiction piece. Anyone who goes to Amazon KDP can self-publish his or her manuscript in 15 minutes or less. The problem is that self-publishing a book doesn’t mean you’re going to sell a trillion copies, or that you should consider yourself a writer. Furthermore, following these tips or a six-figure author’s guidelines won’t guarantee that you’ll sell a single copy either.
So, should you give up writing? Hell no!Continue reading “7 Inescapable Rules for Newbie Writers when Self-Publishing their First Book”
You can watch the video if you’re feeling lazy hahaha that way you can suscribe to my YouTube Channel. Happy Reading! (Or viewing) =D
Grammar is one hell of a subject. I understand that languages have evolved through the ages, adopting all sorts of punctuation, pronunciation, construction, etc. And English isn’t an exception. It’s one of the most complex languages there is; specially when it comes to its grammar rules and variations.Continue reading “How to Build Great Sentences + Video!”
I’m so happy to announce that I recently opened my YouTube Channel, WriteIn: Books, Writing, and Marketing!Continue reading “Best Reads of 2019, So Far… (Video)”
I had to write something about it.
Just finished editing the third draft and I’m so excited!Continue reading “My Next Novel (Sneak Peak) 2020”