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Bienvenidos a mi estantería.

Welcome to my bookshelf

Mi proyecto:


Pasta blanda

Challenges 2018

1 – One non-fiction book per month (not including poetry or plays)
2 – One poetry book per month
3 – 250 books
4 – 50,000 pages
5 – 4 “foreign” (not from Spain, USA or Uk) books per month, plus 2 to reach a nice round number throughout the year. Total: 50
6 – 90 books written by women
7 – 3 of my books per month

Mi proyecto


1- Sue Miller: The Arsonist
2- Rosamund Lupton: The Quality of Silence
3- Cyril Wong: The End of His Orbit
4- Andre Aciman: Call Me by Your Name
5- Ali Smith: Autumn
6- Philip K. Dick: Second Variety and Other Stories
7- Daniel Guebel: El caso Voynich
8- Rubén Darío: El viaje á Nicaragua é Intermezzo tropical
9- e. e. cummings: Selected Poems
10- Charlotte Brontë: The Professor
11- Enid Blyton: The Twins at St Clare's
12- Anna Nicholas: A Chorus of Cockerels
13- Raúl Zurita: Tu vida derrumbándose
14- Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
15- Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
16- James Baldwin: Another Country
17- Angie Thomas: THUG The Hate U Give
18- Grace Foakes: My Part of the River
19- Elsa Schiaparelli & Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations
20- Pamela Cox: Kitty at St Clare's
21- Terry Pratchett: Strata

22- Chantal Maillard; Ángela Serna; Elsa López; Noni Benegas, Chus Pato; Cristina Peri Rossi; Pureza Canelo; Sara Pujol; Charo Prados; Fanny Rubio; Balbina Prior; Milena Rodríguez; Neus Aguado: Con voz propia
23- Christian Morgenstern (writer) & Rathna Ramanatha (Illustrator): In the Land of Punctuat!on (Im Reich der Interpunktionen)
24- E. L. Doctorow: Ragtime
25- S. Roit: Grimalkin Manor
26- Geneviève Brisac: Cacería de madres (Week-end de chasse à la mère)
27- Susan Vreeland: La pasión de Artemisa (The Passion of Artemisia)
28- Paulo Coelho: El peregrino de Compostela (Diario de un Mago) (O Diário de un Mago)
29- Irving Stone: The Agony and the Ecstasy
30- Naomi Klein: No Logo
31- William Blake: Blake's Illustrations for the Book of Job
32- Luna Miguel, Rachael Allen, Jayinee Basu, Timothy Thornton, Gabby Bess, Francesca Lisette, Cassandra Gillig, Vicky Tingle, Jacob Steinberg, Harry Burke, Sophie Collins, Marianne Morris, Guillermo Ruiz de Loizaga, Sam Riviere, Crispin Best: I Love Roses When They're Past Their Best
I Love Roses When They're Past Their Best (Trans: Jacob Steinberg)
33- Charles Platt: The Garbage World
34- Chuck Sambuchino (& Andrew Parsons photography): How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack


35- Pamela Cox: The Sixth Form at St Clare's
36- Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are
37- J. Paul Henderson: Last Bus to Coffeeville
38- Lorna Goodison: Tamarind Season
39- G. Cabrera Infante: Tres tristes tigres
40- Guillaume Dustan: In My Room (Dans ma chambre)
41- Naomi Alderman: The Power
42- Noel Clarasó Gaudí: Historia de una familia histérica
43- Jeff VanderMeer: Annihilation
44- Graham Rawle: Women's World
45- Robin Sloan: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
46- Corinna Milborn & Heike Gronemeier: Natascha Kampusch 3,096 Days
(3.096 Tage)
47- Pamela Cox: The Third Form at St Clare's
48- Sue Miller: The Good Mother
49- Charles M. Schulz: The Complete Peanuts 1967 to 1968
50- M. R. Carey: The Girl with All the Gifts
51- Grace Foakes: Between High Walls. A London Childhood (Drawings by Dinah Dryhurst
52- Fredrik Backman: Britt-Marie Was Here (Britt-Marie var här)
53- Mark Z. Danielewski: The Fifty Year Sword
54-Warsan Shire: Her Blue Body
55- Paolo Bacigalupi: The Water Knife
56-Alan Dean Foster: Alien: Covenant the Official Movie Noveliazation


57- Ernest Cline: Ready Player One
58-Amélie Nothomb: Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et Tremblements)
59- Gerardo Venteo: El nombre del frío
60- Linda Pastan: Insomnia
61- Jeff VanderMeer: Authority
62- Sabela de Tezanos: Desprendimientos (Palabras sin nombre / Desprendimientos)
63- Susan Vreeland: Girl in Hyacinth Blue
64- Fay Weldon: Death of a She Devil
65- Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens
66- Rainer Maria Rilke: Letter to a Young Poet (Briefe an einen jungen Dichter)
67- Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides
68- Juan Gabriel Vásquez: El ruido de las cosas al caer
69- Leopoldo María Panero: Guarida de una animal que no existe
70- Juan Ramón Jiménez: Poemas mágicos y dolientes
71- Sue Miller: The Senator's Wife
72- Mohsin Hamid: How to Get Filthy Rick in Rising Asia
73- Dave Eggers: The Wild Things
74- Seré Prince Halverson: House of Frozen Dreams
75-Roberto Bolaño: Antwerp (Antwerp)
76- Bethany Rutten, Nicolette Mason: Plus +
77- Patrick Hamilton: Hangover Square A Story of Darkest Earl's Court


78- Inrasara, Mai Phuong, NguyenTuyet Teinh, Tho Khong Van, Khanh Ha, Le Toan Vinh, Ho Quynh Nhu, Hai Van: Blank Verse An Anthology of Vietnamese New Formalism Poetry
79- Grace Foakes (Drawings by Dinah Dryhurst): My Life with Reuben
80- Rupert Smith: Man's World
81- Ernest Sábato: Sobre héroes y tumbas
82- Hari Kunzuru: White Tears
83- Saleem Haddad: Guapa
84- Emmi Itäranta: The City of Woven Streets (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki)
85- Richard Morgan: Altered Carbon
86- Pier Paolo Pasolini: Roman Poems (Poesie in forme di rosa)
87- Theodore Frederick Poulson: The Flying Wig
88- Peter Haining: The Mystery and Horrible Murders of Sweeney Todd
89-William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
90- Bill Bryson: Down Under
91- China Miéville: This Census-Taker
92- Eugene O'Neill: Lost Plays
93- Suso de Toro: Sonámbulos
94- Mischa Hiller: Sabra Zoo
95- Peggy Poole: Polishing Pans
96- Janice Windle: Staying Alive
97- Gareth McConnell: Whenever You Go
98- R. L. Stine: Dr Maniac vs Robby Schwartz
99- Théophile Gautier, Remy de Gourmont, Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset, Stéphane Mallarmé, Charles Baudelaire, Armand Gouffe, Gerand de Nerval: A Garden of Impressionist Verse
(L'Azur, La Neige, Leconte de Lisle, Harmonie du Soir, Elegie, Chanson d'automme, La Terre: Une Hymne, CAuserie, Le Soutiendes des Empires)
100- Andrew MacNeillie: Five Poems
101- Juan Ramón Jiménez: La soledad sonora
102- Arthur Rimbaud: The Drunken Boat (Le Bateau Ivre)
103- Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties
104- Xelís de Toro: O libro das pontes invisibles
105- Sean Burn: Mo Thunder
106- Ursula K. Le Guin: The Word for World Is Forest


107- Peter Riley: The Ascent of Kinder Scout
108- Dominic Utton: Martin Harbottle's Appreciation of Time
109- A. M. Homes: This Book Will Save Your Life
110- Stephen Shore: Essex County
111- Eileen Myles: Not Me
112- Sarah Tomley & Marcus Weeks: Children's Book of Philosophy
113- Anthony Doerr: All the Light We Cannot See
114- Jean-Paul Sartre: Nausea (Le Nausée)
115- Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (& Rich Shailer): The Long Earth
116- Sian Bonnell: Everyday Dada
117- Garth Risk Hallberg: City on Fire
118- José de Sainz-Trueva: O lento arder das coisas (Poesía reunida e escolhida
119- Henrik Ibsen: Hedda Gabler (Hedda Gabler)
120- Cecilia Pavón: un hotel con mi nombre
121- Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
122- Leonardo & Laudec & Cauvin: Cedric - Grandpa Dives In (Cédric - Pépe se mouille)
123- Yvan Delaporte & Peyo: Smurphony in C & The Flying Smurf (Le Schtroumpf Volant (Trans:)
124- Jenny Drai: The Door


125- Jenny Joseph & Pythia Ashton-Jewell: Warning: When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple


I would like to recommend books which I feel that they are good Reading Club material because they offer ideas, concepts, speak about this and that. I will have not necessarily loved them, but I found they have interesting ideas or they discuss important topics. Having said that, I cannot promise that you will like them, of course, but I will not torture you with books I found boring or uninspiring. What I can say is that these books treat important ideas and concepts.

I am listing them down in alphabetical order taking out articles and such. I am including between brackets what I feel they are the main topics in that book.

- Answering Back, edited by Carol Ann Duffy [Sexuality, Age, Social importance of Literature, History, Gender]

- The Art of War by Sun Tzu [Social class, War, Power, Philosophy]

- Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde [Justice. Punishment. History. Autobiographies]

- Basic Instinct by Richard Osborne [Sexuality, Violence, Psychology, Question of authority, Art, Professional vocation]

- Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [Feminism, Psychology, Sexual mores, Art, Professional life]

- Belwether by Connie Willis [Advertising, Science, Research, Modern life, Geniality, Pressure at the workplace]

- A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul [Post-colonialism, Racism, Capitalism]

- Blood, Sweat and a Cup of Tea [Health, Society, Work, Politics, Modern life, Women's Lives, Men's Lives, Modern technology]

- Book Borrower by Rebecca Makkai [Sexual mores, Education, Religion, Innocence vs experience]

- Brand Failures by Matt Haigh [Economy, Society, History]

- Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller [Ecology, Militarisation, Religion, Folklore, Disability]

- Carrie by Stephen King [Bullying, Education, Religion, Popularity]

- Cartas desde el infierno by Ramón Sampedro [Suicide, Depression, Euthanasia, Medicine, Masculinity, Crime]

- Censored Poems by Martin Sorescu [Dictatorships, Socialism, Freedom of speech, Cynicism, Religion, Art]

- The City & the City by China Miéville [Brainwashing, Social pressure, Education, Democracy, Peer pressure, Question to authority]

- A Closer Look at Ariel by Nancy Hunter Steiner [Feminism, Depression, Friendship, Art, Professional Vocation, Teenage angst, Rape, Abortion]

- Clublife by Rob the Bouncer [Modern entertainment, Masculinity, Sexual mores, Drugs]

- Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas [Sexuality, Nazism, Travelling, Art]

- Doll House by Henrik Ibsen [Individual in society, Sexual mores, Marriage, Capitalism, Women's lives, History]

- Drowned World by J. G. Ballard [Ecology, Survival, Society vs individuality, History]

- Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey [Age, History, Psychology, Sibling rivalry]

- Equus by Peter Shaffer [Psychology, Ecology, Masculinity, Teenage angst]

- Falconer by John Cheever [Social rehabilitation, Sexual fluidity]

- Flatland by Edwin Abbott [Class, Society, Education, Abstract art, Religion]

- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway [Human nature, Politics, Society and individuality, War]

- Full Monty by Wendy Holden [Real economy, Masculinity, Sexuality, Women's life, Modern families]

- A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o [Democracy, Colonisation and post-colonisation, Individual and society]

- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [Post-colonialism, Racism, Psychology, Clash of cultures]

- Horns by Joe HIll [Sexual mores, Psychology, Revenge, Real economy, Friendship, Folklore, Relition]

- House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros [Sexual mores, Latin people in USA, Women's life, Clash of cultures, Ambition, Education, Innocence vs experience]

- Incertas memorias dun home lobo by Alfredo Conde [Sexuality, Justice, History, Men's and Women's lives, Violence, Sanity]

- El Jarama by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio [Realism, Sexual mores, Democracy, Innocence vs experience, Teenage angst]

- Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta [Third world, Marriage, Women's life, Traditionalism, Education and upbringing]

- Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez [Women's lives, Multiculturalism, Finance, Marriage, Religion]

- Laberinto griego de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán [Humour, Sexuality, Women's life, Modern life, Culture]

- Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin [Politics, Peace, Cultural Differences]

- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist [Bullying, Sexual mores, Addiction, Pederasty]

- The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon [Feminism, Sexual mores, Economy, Power in a marriage, Motherhood, Religion, Importance of aesthetics, Ambition]

- Loaded by Christopher Tsiolkas [Second generation of migrants, Homosexuality]

- The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson [Modern life, Safety, Tourism, Humour, Village life]

- M by Martin Calinescu [Disability, Economy, Relationship father-son, Marriage]

- Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fire [Modern life, Education and upbringing, Innocence vs experience]

- Made in Galicia by Sechu Sende [Linguistics, Modern life, Innocence vs experience]

- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [Sexual mores, Ambition, Women's life, Power, Money and society, Psychology]

- Mon père est femme de ménage by Sophia Azzidine [Money and society, Teenage angst, Education, Masculinity]

- My Booky Wook by Russel Brand [Sexuality, Modern life, Relationship, Mass media, Professional career, Politics]

- My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pilcher [Multiculturalism, Racism, Education, Innocence vs experience, Family life]

- Myra Breckindridge by Gore Vidal [Sexuality, Cinema, Real economy, Education, Power, Innocence vs experience]

- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane [Education and upbringing, Violence, Psychological problems, Question to authority]

- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri [Multiculturalism, Sexual mores, Marriage, Immigration, Cultural clash, Women's life]

- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro [What makes us human, Education, Peer pressure, Sexual mores, Advances in medicine, Innocence vs experience]

- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck [Economy, History, Disability, Women's lives]

- Oil by Upton Sinclair [Capitalism, Religion, Ecology, Sexual mores, Ambition, Real economy]

- Old School by Tobias Wolff [Education, Writers an Literature, History, Ideology, Childhood]

- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan [Sexual mores, Innocence and experience, Professional life, Ambition]

- Paula by Isabel Allende [Medicine, Family life, Democracy, Culture clash, Immigration, Women's life]

- Pearl by John Steinbeck [Money, Society, Human nature, Superstition, Religion, Medicine]

- Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger [Economy, Ecology, Work]

-Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman [Immigration, Innocence vs experience, Education, Poverty, Women's life]

- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [Sexual mores, Real economy, Women's lives, Class, Education]

- Property by Valerie Martin [Slavery, Psychology, Sexuality and morality, History, Economy, Society, Children's lives, Women's lives, Race, Prostitution]

- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N. Adichie [Violence, Innocence vs experience, Post-colonialism, Religion, Women's lives, Children's lives]

- Push by Sapphire [Education, Racism, Sexual mores, Single mothers, Violence, Education, Women's life]

- Queen of Angels by Greg Bear [Human identity, Technology, Social discrimination]

- Quiet American by Graham Greene [Sexual mores, Alcoholism, Post-colonisation]

- Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid [Sexual mores, Imperial culturalism, Psychological problems, Ambition]

- Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr [Addiction, Art, Family life, Mass media, Modern life, Teenage angst, Real economy, Psychology, Age]

- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates [Marriage, Sexual mores, Real economy, Professional life, Innocence and experience, Ambition, Stream of consciousness]

- The Road by Cormac McCarthy [Ecology, Education, Family, Moral, Reminiscences, Society, Suicide]

- Sally Heathcote by Mary Talbot [History, Women, War and peace, Social Movements, Feminism]

- Santiago by Mike Resnick [Democracy, Sexual mores, Freedom of speech]

- Satellite City and Other Stories by Alecia McKenzie [Cultural Imperialism, Poverty, Violence, Education, Sexual mores, Third World, Emigration, Women's life, Capitalism]

- Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta [Marriage, Money, Sexuality, Children, Modern and traditional Ways of Life, Race, Class]

- Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff [Mental illness, Abuse, Sexual abuse, Childhood, Psychology, Law, Life in the Countryside, Remembrance, Sexual identity]

- Shirley by Charlotte Brontë [Capitalism, Religion, Sexual mores, Innocence vs innocence]

- Short Stories by Dorothy Parker [Racism, Sexism, Money, Society, Sexual and Love Relationships, Women in the Workplace]

- Starship Troopers by Robert M. Heinlein [Totalitarism, Violence, Militarisation of society]

- Still Alice by Lisa Genova [Sickness, Age, Dementia, Identity, Modern Life]

- Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule [Psychology, Crime and punishment, Women's life, Biography]

- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein [Religion, Individualism vs socialisation, War of sexes]

- Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith [Sexual mores, Violence, Psychology, Economy, Marriage, Money and power, Film adaptation]

- Stuart A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters [Poverty, Mental problems, Society, Family, Childhood, Abuse, Pederasty]

- Suite Française by Irène Némirovski [Nazism, Art, Freedom of speech, Judaism nowadays, Feminism, Writers' compromise]

- Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin [Sexuality, Marriage, Capitalism]

- Talking Heads by Alan Bennet [Sexuality, Family life, Women's life, Masculinity, Real economy, Professional life]

- Teacher Man by Frank McCourt [Education, Society, Women's life, Vocation]

- Testament of Mary by Colm Toíbin [Religion, History, Women's lives]

- Time Traveler's Life by Audrey Niffenegger [Human nature, Sexuality, Marriage, Women's life]

- Under the Skin by Michael Faber [Power, Social classes, Mercy, Sexuality, Men's lives, Ecology]

- Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett [Football influence, Ambition, Universities, Humour]

- The Vegetarian by Kang Han [Modern life, Art, Mental illness, Society, Women's lives, Men's lives, Society, Mistreatment, Family]

- El vendedor de naranjas by Fernando Fernán-Gómez [Cinema, Money, Capitalism, Humour]

- What Mad Pursuit by Martha Gellhorn [Sickness, Sex, Women's lives, Education, History, Society]

- When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr [Nazism, Innocence vs experience, Immigration, Cultural clash, War, Politics, Education, Race, Nationality]

- Where I'm Calling from by Raymond Carver [Modern life, Crime, Sexuality, Marriage, Real economy, Power]

- Wine's Republic by Mo Yan [Psychology, Dictatorship, Crime, Alcoholism, Surrealism, Art and fame]

- Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend [Women's lives, Men's lives, Family, Race, Modern life, University life, Cultural differences]

- Yes Man by Danny Wallace [Masculinity, City life, Positive versus Negative outlooks in life, Modern Mysticism]

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