Readings / Lecturas

I don't read that many novels, but I decided to make a list of the novels I have read during my life. I'll try to order them by the year I read that book, and put comments about the novels. Sometimes I write the original title of the book, and the "language" refers to the language which I read it on, not necessarily the original one. So, here it is the list of my recommendations.

Year Title Author Language Score Comments
Un mundo feliz Aldous Huxley 7 Orgía porfía
El mecanoscrit del segon origen Manuel de Pedrolo 8 Very interesting, but a bit depressing ending.
El Hobbit J.R. Tolkien 6 Maybe because of the Catalan translation, but it was very boring to me.
1995 Lo que el viento se llevó
Gone with the wind
Alexandra Ripley 8 Too much history, but somehow, easy-reading.
Jurassic Park Michael Kricton 7 Better than expected. I liked the chaos theory.
1996 1984 George Orwell 7.5 Good, but depressing. Big brother is watching you.
La erupción del Erebus 8 I never liked military stories, but this is so well written!
Arena (Magic) 7 Magic has nice stories!
La larga marcha Stephen King 6 Short and nicely disgusting, but I hate those endings. The Running Man.
Death in Kashmir M.M. Kaye 6 Detectives.
1997 The Cursed Land (Magic) Teri McLaren 8 I think it may be better than Harry Potter.
Cadenas Rotas (Magic) Clayton Emery 6.5 Another story.
Maleficio Stephen King 7 I was immerse reading it, but it is disgusting.
1998 The Prodigal Sorcerer (Magic) Mark Summer 7
Ojos de fuego Stephen King 8 Not a bad ending. Stephen King surprised me this time.
The final sacrifice (Magic) Clayton Emery 7.5
Lucky Star: El Ranger del espacio Isaac Asimov 4 Don't read it
El maestro cantor Orson Scott Card 10 The first science-fiction where I cried.
Infinity's Child Harry Stein 7.5 Startling
A dry spell Susie Moloney 7.5 Helluva exciting
1999 El juego de Ender
Ender's Game (Ender Saga 1)
Orson Scott Card 9 Surprising end
La voz de los muertos (Ender Saga 2) Orson Scott Card 8 Surprising change in Ender's Saga.
Ender el Xenocida (Ender Saga 3) Orson Scott Card 8
Hijos de la mente (Ender Saga 4) Orson Scott Card 9 Science-fiction is so interesting with this author.
Expediente X: Eva, Los Calusari Garth Nix / Chris Carter 6
The 3rd Twin Ken Follet 8.5 A page-turner
Mapas en un espejo Orson Scott Card 6 Short stories
La telaraña china Lisa Lee 7
2000 Los pilares de la tierra Ken Follet 9.5 I always thought that stories about middle age were very boring. But this is a very long novel that I read very fast! Very interesting!
Ice Station Matthew Reilly 8.5 LOTS and lots of action.
2001 Just As I Am E. Lynn Harris 7.5 A bit sad. A drama from both points of view.
Lord of the Rings:
The fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The return of the King
J.R. Tolkien 10 The original british version is so interesting! I enjoyed learning new words and playing with them.
2002 Mientras nieva sobre los cedros David Guterson 7
El mundo digital
Being digital
Nicholas Negroponte 8.5 This is a book about inventions and multimedia from MIT ;)
2003 El arpista ciego Terenci Moix 9 History is ever boring to me; Egypt is not an exception. But this book puts gods to a human level, like a very funny soap opera.
El extranjero Albert Camus 8 Very short and easy to read. "El pasota"... No values, no expectations.
La història més bella del món
La plus belle historie du monde
Hurbert Reeves,
Joel de Rosnay,
Yves Coppens,
Dominique Simonnet
8 From Big Bang, 15.000 million years ago, to nowadays. Very interesting to think of the evolution of universe, Earth and ourselves.
2004 El lobo estepario
Der Stepenwolf
Herman Hesse 8 We shouldn't think too much.
Breaking into Japanese Literature
Natsume Sôseki;
Akutawa Ryûnosuke
6 It's good if u wanna practice Japanese, 'cause it has the English translation in every page and a list of vocabulary. Also, u can download the sound files from the net. But, to tell the truth, I found the stories a bit boring. The best one is "In a Grove" (薮の中), also know as the Akira Kurosawa's film "Rashômon" (羅生門). The story of the same name (羅生門), is different from the film.
Estúpids homes blancs
Stupid White Men
Michael Moore 8 It's very good and everybody should read to know how American government constantly deceives its people... However, it's not like a novel... So it may get boring to read after a while.
Joc de testimonis
The key to Nicholas Street
Stanley Ellin 8 Very interesting murder intrigue, where the story is told from 5 different characters involved in the murder.
On Intelligence Jeff Hawkins (with Sandra Blakeslee) 10 A plausible theory on how the neocortex works and what does it mean to be intelligent. A must-read.
2005 Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones 8 The novel is quite different from the movie. Both are good ^^
El código Da Vinci
Da Vinci's Code
Dan Brown 8 Intriguing. Sometimes is a bit ... "come on! Am I supposed to believe that?". Interesting enough as for trying another of his books ;)
"Future Aesop"
星新一 (Shinnichi Hoshi) 9.5 Fables reloaded. It's the irony of time. Very nice reading!
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Douglas Adams 8 Quite fun and easy reading. I should consider reading the sequel... and watching the movie they released this year! ;)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. Rowling 8 Easy reading and it can help you to believe in magic again ;)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling 8 The sequel is equally nice.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling 8 Nice reading.
2006 The Society of Mind Marvin Minsky 8 This is not a novel, but rather a textbook. However, I recommend it if you are interested in intelligence. It's a classic, and very easy to read. That doesn't mean I agree with everything he says, though ;)
How the mind works Steven Pinker 9.5 Another textbook ;) This is a very interesting book, although when I started reading it, I was like "okay! I know this, go to the point!". But that must be because I've read too many books on the topic. But if you've never read about intelligence before, probably here it is everything you need to know.
Bad Twin "Gary Troup" 7 Written by a fictional character from the Lost TV series. The novel is a bit lame, I'd say, but it's interesting when thought in the context of Lost series. Novels usually share locations and other stuff with the real world. So this one shares things with the fictional Lost world. Things like Hanso Corporation or Oceanic Flights.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams 7 The sequel to "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy", but not as fun as the first one. One of my favourite quotes from this book: "If humans don't keep exercising their lips, their brains start working".
2007 The World According to Garp John Irving 8 Although I thought that Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was far more intereting than Garp and his marital problems, still a quite original book. It seems there is also a movie starred by Robin Williams
Lo mejor que le puede pasar a un cruasán Pablo Tusset 4 Dirty vocabulary and quite a simple detective story.
Tabloid Tokyo: 101 Tales of Sex, Crime and the Bizarre from Japan's Wild Weeklies Mark Schreiber 7 Newspaper articles about the weirdest stories in Japan. Quite a interesting reading.