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Weekly Reading List #4

By: Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers! I’m sorry for the lack up updates, but reading Cloud Atlas took me longer than I had expected. Of course, the linguistics within that novel are complex and the writer really knows how to show the evolution of language as well as the tie between characters regardless of time. It really was a beautiful novel to say the least.

Anyway, on this reading this I have only two novels because one is about 500 pages. That one is also probably going to take me a week or two to read so just stay with me. I bet you thought I only read Young Adult Fiction huh? It’s cool though, that genre does take up a bulk of my reading due to the easily written foundations within the genre that appeal to the masses.

Here they are:

  1. The Appetites of Girls

    The Appetites of Girls

    By: Pamela Moses

    Self-doubting Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother’s dinner dates—until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate—and from her future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates, where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find strength and her own way in the world.

    Now, I got this book via the First To Read program sponsored by Penguin books. To be quite honest, I entered the drawing for the novel only because I wanted a book to read, not because the synopsis provided on the site really intrigues me. However, after reading this synopsis provided by Goodreads, I find myself really looking forward to reading this novel because I find it relatable and honest in regards to society. I’m hopeful that I will be as captivated by the novel as I am by this synopsis.

  2. The Map of Time

    The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana #1)

    By: Félix J. Palma

    Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.

    What happens if we change history? The author explores this question in the novel, weaving an historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.

    With this novel, I was just strolling up and down the aisles of the Fiction section at Barnes ‘n’ Noble when the cover caught my attention. It’s a beautiful cover and it just wowed me, forcing me to pick it up to read the back. Needless to say, the moment I saw references to classics like Dracula and The Time Machine, both novels I loved, I was sold. It also sounds quirky and truly imaginative that I can’t help but “it’s mine”.

Over all I’m very excited to read both of these novels. What’s on your reading list for the coming week?

Let me know what you think :)

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