Anonymous ASKED: hey there, i love your blog. i was wondering if you or your followers can recommend any modern spanish books (about contemporary issues, romatic novels, funny novels etc) for an intermedio/almost advanced spanish learner please??? :)



I feel like the best modern books in Spanish I’ve read have come from Sandra Cisneros or Isabel Allende; specifically La casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros which is very thought-provoking but light reading.

As for other modern books, I feel like it depends on how modern you mean. Because some people use the term “modern” to talk about the Boom or Postboom in Latin America which is the 20th century, or they use it to talk about Spain’s Vanguardia which is also the 20th century.

If you want modern books as in written in the past 20-30 years, I would suggest going on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and searching for books written in Spanish within those years. 

It’s hard for me to recommend “modern” because many books that I’ve found that were worth reading came from classes so it’s sometimes hard to find a “modern” book when all I have are classics to choose from.

I still feel like a lot of books by Gabriel García Márquez or Jorge Luis Borges are kind of timeless in their own way, but again, depends on how far you want to go back.

You may also want to check out the Spanish bestseller lists for books. 

Followers? What are your favorite modern Spanish books?

My time has come. 

Alright, I agree with the “how modern is modern” but most of these books/authors are from the 1950s and forward. I’ll link the book’s Goodreads page, most of a Spanish edition. (If you want to switch to the English, look under “Other editions.”) Also, I’m bad at what’s intermediate and advanced and all because, well, native speaker here. But I’ll try.

These books I’ve read and I recommend, with some commentary. I tried to order it to what I consider intermediate to advanced:

  • These books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. They’re young adult, so they have simpler language than his other books, but they have his dark descriptions and imagery: Trilogía de la Niebla and Marina.
  • Trilogía de Águila y Jaguar de Isabel Allende: The best known book is The City of Beasts. Young adult leaning for the young part. Magical realism, with emphasis on the magic part.
  • So, it’s been years since I’ve re-read this series but the Memorias de Idhún de Laura Gallego García. Thirteen-ish me usually refused to read books in Spanish and I loved this, so I’d guess it’s not very complicated in terms of language. Fantasy, very long. Not sure how accessible they are outside of Spain.
  • En el tiempo de las mariposas de Julia Alvarez: Originally from English, though. It’s great. It’s in diary form so language starts somewhat simple and becomes more complicated as the girls grow. I don’t recommend the movie. Please, no.
  • El tiempo entre costuras de María Dueñas: Again, I don’t remember it having complicated language, but many adjectives. It’s long, though. There’s a Spanish TV adaptation, so you could look it up online to exercise those listening muscles. It’s alright.
  • Crónicas de una muerte anunciada by Gabriel García Márquez. It’s short. Less flowery language because less love. It’s complex because it’s a non-linear plot, but it’s sooo goood. Trust me on this one. (Well, it’s the only book of his that I’ve genuinely liked, so I’m a bit biased.)
  • El cementerio de libros olvidados de Carlos Ruiz Zafón: Okay, so I’ve only read one of these at the moment, but my parents have read all three and they’re picky readers. These books are longer and more complex than the other ones, in my opinion.
  • Aura de Carlos Fuentes: So this one’s short and I don’t remember it having complicated language. But it’s 2nd person POV and this makes it quite confusing.
  • Como agua para chocolate de Laura Esquivel: So, this one is magical realism too. Quite some magic here. I remember it having what I can only describe as flowery language. I also remember the movie being quite loyal, but a bit graphic for my tastes.
  • La mujer habitada de Giaconda Belli: Two characters from different Nicaraguan eras are the narrators, their connection is quite unique and weird at first. Also advanced language.
  • La tregua de Mario Benedetti: Cono Sur Spanish / This is more advanced for language, but with very simple, relatable situations.
  • A Julio Cortázar book. Advanced for same reasons as above, but they’re short stories which can make it more manageable. I’ve only read Final del Juego. It was a mixed bag, but most stories were good.

The last three books also use the voseo, if you’re interested.

There’s other authors I’ve heard great things about, but I haven’t read anything from them, so I rather not recommend it yet. So, I liked all of those and I really recommend them. If anyone has any more recommendations, questions, etc., feel free to ask me. 

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monumentoursetlist ASKED: I work at my university's bookstore and every semester one of the professors teaches 'Fight Club' and it's so exciting to see boxes of it come in and rather disappointed to see people return their rented copied or sell them back. Once I returned a copy and the student wrote the synopsis of each chapter under the heading and I freaked out. My manager said it was in otherwise fine condition so we couldn't charge her but what spoilers. How do you feel about your work being taught ?



That fact that ‘Fight Club’ is being taught seems — to me — to underscore the dearth of novels that explore male issues.  The past years have given us so many books, from ‘The Color Purple’ to ‘The Joy Luck Club’ to ‘How to Make an American Quilt,’ which depict women in groups and relationship, but almost no books depicting social models for men.  That’s my two cents worth.


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i think, actually, that is really what ultimately bothers me about how people frequently draw comparisons between the cap and bucky partnership and the batman and robin partnership as if they’re completely the same situation — steve and bucky are fighting a war and part of the function of that story, of any war narrative, is showing what war does to young men, to boys, to innocents. that steve, at 20, can look at bucky at 16 and think “he’s too young” says a lot that’s heartbreaking about how steve sees himself because 20, gosh, he was a fucking child too and their narrative deals with all of the necessary trappings of their situation, including the fallout from the first time that bucky has to kill someone. 

bruce wayne calls his robins soldiers and sends them out into a war-zone of his own making because this is not — this is not nations and greater ideals of freedoms at stake, this is a fucked up city with a lot of crime and no simple solutions, calling it a war as if it is as simple as opposing armies is highly disingenuous — but at the same time, he forbids them from acting as a soldier would — their enemies mean to kill them but they cannot kill their enemies. they are children sent out to fight and i don’t care how well trained they may be, the balance is still set against them from the start. 

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honestly i bet the fucking x files intro sequence was actually just the powerpoint slideshow mulder showed to skinner when he was pitching the idea of the x files re-opening to him

music and all

petition to re-do the x-files into sequence so it’s literally projector slides and mulder whistling dramatically

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Hawkeye #19 was well worth the wait. I thought nothing would ever top Pizza Dog.

#19 is mostly in sign language with very little subtitles showing just how awesome the medium of comics can be.


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Thanks to comicsreporter and greg pak for reminding folks that Bill Mantlo’s family could always use donations to help fund his ongoing care [Mantlo is among other things the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon shown above]

Let’s never forget the men and women who put wild ideas down on humble paper before they became multi-billion dollar films.

It’s becoming a problem. Remember the creators.




Thanks to comicsreporter and greg pak for reminding folks that Bill Mantlo’s family could always use donations to help fund his ongoing care [Mantlo is among other things the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon shown above]

Let’s never forget the men and women who put wild ideas down on humble paper before they became multi-billion dollar films.

It’s becoming a problem. Remember the creators.

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I promise to never unfollow you for posting excessive selfies. Selfie on, you beautiful self-confident tumblr users.


thank you

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holy heck this looks awesome

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