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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments Here's my list so far...

1. Peregrinaciones de una paria (Flora Tristán)
2. Megan Heart's Baking (Kathryn Fore, Kimberly Fate)
3. Twilight (Stephanie Meyer)
4. Quattrocento (Susana Fortes)

I need to get a move on.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 5. American Indian Myths and Legends (Richard Erdoes)

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 6. Lazarillo de Tormes (Anónimo)

I'm coming!!! Poco a poco. Just wait till the Summer and I should be busting them out!

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Aprile (aprileb) Little by little is all that matters!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 7. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)

I have read it before, but I still count it as one of my 50. I love this book. It just leapt off of my bookshelf at me while I was supposed to be reading Blanca Sol. I will finish that one later.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 8. Las mujeres toman la palabra. Vol I Estudio. Escritura femenina del siglo XIX en Hispanoamerica

This book was very good. It is a detailed explanation and study of the many important yet overlooked women who helped in the formation of the Latin American nations in the 19th century. Through their use of salons, letters, essays, autobiographies, short stories and novels, they were able to voice their opinions and make sure that they were heard in a time where the opinion of women counted for very little. The book was co-written by one of my favorite and most respected professors and I have to say that she did an excellent job!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 9. Las mujeres toman la palabra. Vol II Antologia. Escritura femenina del siglo XIX en Hispanoamerica (María Cristina Arambel Guiñazú & Claire Emilie Martin)

This is the actual compilation of literary works by the women mentioned in the first volume. There are examples written by women such as la Condesa de Merlin, Juana Manuela Gorriti, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Eduarda Mansilla, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera, and many more.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling)

This is another book that just jumped off the bookshelf at me when I was supposed to be reading other things for school. I can't help it, I love Harry Potter. And of course I have to read book 7 as well, postponing yet again some very important reading I have to get done for school...

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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments A huge bag of chocolate frogs for your first 10!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments Thanks Mary! Greatly appreciated!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling)

Oops. One more book that is not for school. I get so distracted and tend to procrastinate with easy reading. Plus the Harry Potter's are always so delightful!

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Aprile (aprileb) I love Harry Potter. I used to read them during school time as well.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 12. Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)

I did enjoy this book although it definately goes against many of my own religious views. I find that it causes me to think about my beliefs and only reinforces those that the book calls into question. More than seeing it as a slap in the face to Christianity, I find that it just shows the depths to which men will stoop to prove their own points of view.

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Aprile (aprileb) The only thing I just remind people of, is that Brown is fiction. Don't be worried about the "truths" because it isn't a non-fiction book.

Just have fun with the under-developed characters and the insane cliff-hanger chapters :D

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments That's what I enjoy about it Aprile. I have read this book maybe about three times now and do enjoy it for its cliff-hangers chapters and its characters. I also enjoy it though because it does cause me to think about my own faith and what I believe. It doesn't make me question my own beliefs; it just makes me reflect on what I think is important. Thank you though for your advice! :o) Any comments welcome!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 13. Blanca Sol (Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera)

This book was fabulous. It is a very in-depth look at how society in the 19th century shaped women's lives and had them absolutely fixated on money and social status.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 14. The Ordinary Princess (M.M. Kaye)

This is one of my favorite books of all time. It tells the story of a princess who is given the gift of being ordinary and what that entails for her future. It is an honost fairy tale and I have loved it ever since I was a little girl. It is another re-read, but at least I finally finished the one I was actually supposed to finish for school. On to the Master's list...

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 15. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature (Peter Brand)

This book was an excellent overview of Italian literature. It may be a bit boring to read, but does give you a good idea of time periods and authors. I believe it really helped with my overall understanding in Enrico's classes.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 16. Storia e testi di letteratura italiana per stranieri (Paolo E. Balboni)

Mi è piaciuto tantissimo! I will miss "Il Libro Blu" from Enrico's class. I feel it has become a part of my person, just like my "Ladrillo" (brick) of Don Quijote de la Mancha. I do get attached to books. This book opened my eyes to Italian literature and I want to read so many of the complete works! This was just a taste of Italian lit!

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Carrie I'm in the middle of one right now that you would probably really enjoy (considering how much you liked my last suggestion. heh). The author's prose is almost beautiful, even when filtered through a translator, and it seems an easy read so far. Maybe I'll pass it on when you don't have so many things to read for school.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 17. Hinds' Feet on High Places (Hannah Hurnard)

This book was a surprise for me. My mom bought it for me and I was very skeptical, but I really enjoyed it and feel that it can be very influential to people.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 18. Fuente Ovejuna (Lope de Vega)

At first I didn't understand what was going on in this play, but I really loved it at the end. It has some great critiques of the establishment but Lope de Vega was able to hide them in a way that would still be acceptable to los Reyes Católicos. All in all it was a very interesting play and I enjoyed reading it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 19. Pathki Nana Kootenai Girl Solves A Mystery (Kenneth Thomasma)

I read this book before when I was a young girl on vacation with my family in Montana. I remember it as a very inspiring book and when it jumped off my shelf again last night I couldn't help but read the whole thing. It is a beautiful story and even though it is geared for kids from about 9 to 13 years of age, it is a nice read for people of any age. I would definately recommend it because it also displays a beautiful view of Native American life and culture.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 20. Rayuela (Julio Cortázar)

This was a great book! At first it is quite confusing but after a short while, the characters become clearer and the story begins to unfold. Cortázar tried to write an antinovela, the structure of this book itself converting into a type of literary hopscotch (translation of the book title). I thought it was very well written. It is a book that definately makes you think.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 21. El Aleph (Jorge Luis Borges)

This book was wonderful. At times Borges is quite hard to understand completely but he is well worth the effort. I thought El Aleph was very interesting because it conveys many cultures and many fantastic ideas!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 22. LA Celestina (Fernando de Rojas)

Me encantó! The story is super daring for its time, given the consequences the author could have experienced due to the Spanish Inquisition. I really enjoyed it after I finally figured out the characters and what was going on. It took a bit to get into, but after finally understanding what was going on I really enjoyed it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 23. El Conde Lucanor (Don Juan Manuel)

This was another good one. I will have to read it in more detail again, because I had to read it fast for the Master's Exam. It is a compilation of stories with morals that are fascinating and really show what life was like at the time. It was written in 1335. I loved it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 24. Novelas Ejemplares 1 (Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra)
25. Novelas Ejemplares II (Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra)

These are actually the same collection of novels but two volumes. The ones I had to read for the master's exam are Rinconete y Cortadillo and El licenciado vidriera. The novelas ejemplares by Cervantes are considered the first "novels" in the Spanish language. These were original stories that were not based on folktales or other traditional stories. I thought that they were fascinating. Definately not as good as El Quijote, but what could live up to the excellence of Quijote?

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 26. La Dama boba (Lope de Vega y Carpio)

This book was wonderful! It was very funny and although it was written during the 17th century it is very easy to follow. Lope de Vega was a genious. I liked it much better though than Fuenteovejuna, one of his other plays... number 18 on my list.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 27. El sí de las niñas (Leandro de Fernández de Moratín)

This play was very interesting as it is one of the first in Spanish literature that truly questions the consequences of arranged marriages. It questions as well the silence of girls, and obedience that may constitute lies instead of honesty.

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Carrie Yay!!! You've passed the halfway mark. You weren't kidding about boosting your reads once you hit summer. Way to go!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments Told ya Carrie! :o) I have a lot to read for that bloody test!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 28. El Burlador De Sevilla Edicion De Alfredo Rodriguez Lopez-Vazquez (Atribuido a Tirso de Molina)

Fantastic book! I always loved this one, but hadn't read it for about 6 years. Had to re-read it for the exam. It is the very first story of Don Juan, one of the most famous lovers in the world. He is such an interesting character and the story just makes me laugh sometimes! "Fuego fuego!" Great book. I recommend it for anyone. If you should like to read it in English I am sure there are translations. "The Trickster of Seville" I think would be the translation of the title.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 29. La vida es sueño (Pedro Calderón de la Barca)

Great book as well. I loved this one when I read it in México and have written a couple of papers about it, but again, not for a very long time. I had to re-read it for the exam but enjoyed it a lot. It is a book that questions reality, comparing life to a dream. The main character, Segismundo, can't tell if his life is a dream or not and begins to question his existence. Great book. I loved it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 30. Don Juan Tenorio (José Zorrilla)

This is another take on the famous Don Juan. This one, however, was written about 200 or so years later and is Romantic in nature. Here, we have a Don Juan who may actually love someone instead of just want to trick them... Great story and very interesting with fantastic elements.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 31. San Manuel Bueno, Martir (Miguel de Unamuno)

This short novel tells the story of a priest, San Manuel, who leads his town in miraculous ways. He is beloved by all who live there, and leads them wonderfully in their faith. The only problem is, he doesn't believe in God or salvation. Unamuno is an author who constantly questioned his faith, because Spaniards are expected to believe and he couldn't. This is relfected in his protagonist. He even references Pedro Calderon de la Barca and La vida es sueño, to make the point that maybe they are all just dreaming. Very well written, but I did like Unamuno's other book better, Niebla.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 32. Doña Perfecta (Benito Pérez Galdós)

Very good play. It shows a resistance to progress and common sense by people who live in a close-minded world.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 33. Rimas y Leyendas (Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer)

If anyone wants to read some good poetry about love and loss, this is the guy to read. Bécquer is incredible. It is like he tells the story of his life through poetry and we can see his hopefullness in love crumble to desception and bitterness in the end of his compilation of poems. The legends in the book are also very interesting.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 33. Sorry, it didn't post... It was Rimas Y Leyendas (Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer)

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 34. La casa de Bernarda Alba (Federico García Lorca)

Another fabulous play. García Lorca is a famous Spanish writer and this play, that he never actually got to see performed, is definately one of his most interesting. It deals with the situation of women in Spain, like many of the books I have to read, but it is done differently than most. I really enjoyed it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 35. El Retablo De Las Maravillas / The Altarpiece of the Wonders (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

I love Cervantes! This play was fabulous. It is an entremés or a short play that they would show in between the acts of other longer plays. It is much like the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes. Very funny, and I definately recommend it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 36. Bodas De Sangre / Blood Wedding (Federico García Lorca)

After having read both La casa de Bernarda Alba and Yerma by the same author, I really get an understanding of what Lorca was trying to say. These three plays are basically considered a trilogy about women and life in small towns in the Spain of the beginning of the 20th century. These are wonderful plays and I really enjoyed reading them. García Lorca was a genious who was killed before his time when the Spanish Civil War exploded, wiping out the intellectuals of Spain who couldn't escape into exile.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 37. Poeta en Nueva York (Federico García Lorca)

García Lorca is fabulous! The poems in this book are super interesting and will show what life was like in the United States according to a young Spaniard who's own country was about to be plunged into a civil war in which he would later be brutally killed. Very good book.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 38. Hijos de la ira (Dámaso Alonso)

Wow! This book of poems was pretty hard to read. They are basically existencialist in nature, but they way Dámaso writes makes you want to weep for the people during and after the Spanish Civil War. His writing definately displays the anguish that people feel during a war like this where brothers are fighting against brothers and people are dying daily all around. Very sad, but very touching.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 39. Voces de Espana Antología literaria (Francisca Paredes Méndez, Mark Harpring, José Ballesteros)

If one ever wants a good run down of Spanish literature, this anthology is great! Longest study guide ever!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 40. Los Empenos De Una Casa (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz)

This play was hillareous! I would recommend it! Mistaken identities, confused lovers, honor avenged! I loved it!

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 41. La verdad sospechosa (Juan Ruiz de Alarcón)

This is another play from the Baroque period which I also loved. More mistaken identities and confused lovers. Why didn't they just tell the truth?

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 42. LA Voragine (José Eustasio Rivera)

Great book, but also very confusing. The language is wonderful but it is hard to understand given all of the words specific to the Colombian jungles. I did enjoy it, but it took a little longer than some of the others I have read.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 43. Pedro Paramo (Juan Rulfo)

Another wonderful book from Latin America! :o) I loved Pedro Páramo. It is fragmented in nature, but is a complete joy to read. It is a novel that requires some serious thinking as you are reading it.

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Lindsay Wuchner | 57 comments 44. Ecue yamba O (Alejo Carpentier)

This book was also very interesting. It's a quite fantastic work yet grotesque in nature. It is set in Cuba and follows the life of Afro-cuban sugar workers, Menegildo in particular. Very interesting.

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