The Book Barrio

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What the Barrio is Currently Reading

I usually like to start new books even though I’m still in the middle of another book. It’s just that I really get excited when I find a new book that I want to read, so why not take turns reading them right?

Here are some of the books I’m currently reading.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

There’s no proper way to describe this book. All I can say is that 10% in, and it made me laugh in the middle of a foot spa. It’s a non fiction, but definitely worth the time.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu 


This is a bit like X-men but set in a YA Fantasy world. The heroine has the ability to manipulate illusions. I’m enjoying it so far.

Take note: this is book 2 in a series. If you liked Marie Lu’s Prodigy series, then you might like this one as well. Book 1, The Young Elites, can be found here.

What are you currently reading?


Reasons to Read: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Genre: Fantasy


Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Reasons to Read:

  • Kvothe (Our main guy) – is a well written character. You feel like you know him, you suffer with him, and celebrate victories with him. He’s also a very talented guy who can do wonderful magic, and play songs that bring people to tears
  • The Magic – I just loved the way Rothfuss created this world with the Magic, and how its laws are so similar to what we have here. Basically, they manipulate energy that connects everything in the world. It’s like a science
  • The Tales with the Tale– are so realistic, in the way that they’re not realistic. I mean they’re little stories within the story that just sound like real life classic fairy tales that are out in the world like Grimm or something. Maybe they are and Rothfuss is just messing with us.
  • The Story – Well of course, but among other intrigues, Kvothe wants revenge against the ones who wiped out his entire family. And boy is it a big mystery. Even the identity of the villain is clouded in a huge dark, and unidentified something. It is exciting
  • Un-putdownable – Despite the length of the book, I found myself spending every second of my free time reading this. And it was a long book, so the satisfaction was immense.

Now, as a final note, I know there are a lot of Romance readers out there. And maybe you’re like me, you mainly read anything that has Romance,  or Young Adult Fantasies with a romantic subplot, or maybe you’re just Harry Potter-grown. And for some unexplained reason, any mention of a high fantasy novel, written by one of those high level geeks, kind of turns you off. Because you might think that these male geek writers only know intricate plots, adventure, and lengthy descriptions of places & culture (boring!), and these guys don’t have what it takes to create certain depth of character and drama, such as the so many awesome Romance novels. Well, you are wrong to think that.  Because The Name of the Wind is one hell of a book. I am so glad that a friend pushed into reading this.

I have now re-read it maybe 10 times while searching for my next book fix.

Oh and one last thing, there is a little romance in this book, but that’s not why you should read it. There are so many other things going on that the romance is just the icing.

Rating: 10,000 Stars

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