Coffee and Books #01

The Lovely Cicada |

"You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept."

Junot DÍaz creates masterpieces with words. He forms stories that are raw, delicate, and delightful. This Is How You Lose Her is layered with the main character's, Yunior's, inability to keep a relationship while showcasing the evocations of immigrant life. The stories are dynamic and real, each providing the reader with tough times and showing us the consequences of choices. It was a compelling story although not for the faint of heart. It's littered with sexual content and language but DÍaz's prose is beautiful and has you diving headfirst into the story.

The Lovely Cicada |

One of my top favorite novels is Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. Naturally, I felt compelled to read more of his books. I was excruciatingly disappointed by this one. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (which is an exceptional title and about the only thing I liked about the book) is about a woman with abnormally large thumbs who embraces them as a gift and hitchhikes her way to New York. In between there is some drug use, molestation, lesbianism, animal rights, and all the nonsense of Tom Robbins. 

It wouldn't have been bad but it was just a weird male fantasy overly objectifying and fetishizing women. At the end, Robbins interjects his male sexuality by having lesbians hook up with men. No purpose and was altogether boring. 

The Lovely Cicada |

I'm such a sucker for young adult novels and this one is my new favorite! It has everything I love: psychics, a sensible girl as the main character, ravens, tarot cards, dynamic characters, and other mystical forces. I've already ran to the library to get the second one in the series. Each character has such a beautiful development and they're relatable. 

I hear a lot of reviewers complaining this is some sort of love story which is the farthest thing I took from the book. Blue is sensible, grounded, and strong. Romance was farthest from the main plot and was hardly there in the sidelines. Something is budding but there is more crucial parts to the story. All in all, a very strong series I'm looking forward to finishing.  

The Lovely Cicada |

This is unashamedly my 50+ read of this book and if you haven't read it at this point, I'm not sure how to convince you to except by merely saying this: do it because you won't regret it. This is my #1 beloved series and has been since I was a child. It has carried with me through horrible times and good times and I always go back to it. The first few books are fairly simple and quick reads, but as her readers grew, as Harry grew, and as J.K. Rowling grew - so did her books. Everything that happens in her story (well.. aside from the actual magical aspect, of course), can be related to real life. Each of her characters, the conflicts, the messages has something to teach us about love, loss, grief, family, friendship, cowardice, bravery, darkness, and almost anything you can think of.