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What books have you read in Spanish?

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Here is my list, in the order that I read them:

-La Última Canción (The Last Song) -El Misterio del Águila -Como Agua Para Chocolate -La Diosa y La Serpiente -Doña Barbara

I am currently reading:

-Don Quijote -Cincuenta Sombras de Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)

I started, but finally gave up on:

-El Amor en los Tiempos de Cólera

My thoughts:

I read The Last Song when I barely knew any Spanish at all. In the beginning it took an hour to read one page. It was horrendous. I only managed to finish because I was completely obsessed with learning the language. Doña Barbara was insanely difficult because it had a lot of slang words that were not in my dictionary. Don Quijote is easier, but I keep getting bogged down because it is soooo long! El Amor en los Tiempos de Cólera was so descriptive I had to keep looking up too many words. It took three months to read a third of the book, and so I quit. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book I have found to be truly easy to read in Spanish, which is really cool.

So what about you? What have you read and what are your thoughts?

3 years ago

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I agree that looking up every word sucks all the pleasure out of reading. Have you thought about starting with short stories. I'm a big fan of Horacio Quiroga. He's sort of a cross between Jack London and Edgar Allen Poe.

I agree about the descriptive language in Love in Time of Cholera, but some of the terms were so old fashioned that I was wasting my time. I felt better about that when a fellow Spanish teacher and native speaker told me she didn't know a lot of the words either.

When I was learning, my favorite thing was Selecciones, the Spanish version of Readers Digest. http://www.readersdigestselecciones.es/1/suscripcion_a_la_revista_756665.html

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Thanks Roma! This is a good Spanish link that I had not yet encountered on the site.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RitaCunas
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Thanks! Wish I knew about some of those when I first started.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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I can't believe someone else mentioned Quiroga! I read La Gallina Degollada y Otros Cuentos when I was in college. I had the book but I lost it. I hadn't even thought about it in years, so thanks for the cool bit of nostalgia. And your description is pretty much dead on - Poe and London. He is gritty!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka
  • "La verdadera historia de los tres cerditos" por S. Lobo
  • "La cuenta de Perico, un conejo muy travieso" (Peter Rabbit translated into Spanish)
  • "El oficial Correa y Gloria"
  • Spanish version of Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • "Ficciones" por Jorge Luis Borges
  • "Señor de los anillos" por J. R. R. Tolkien

The last two are pretty difficult for me, and I have to look up a lot of the words. So it's slow going. But I find it rewarding, still. Hopefully I will speed up as I learn more vocabulary this way.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RitaCunas
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Cool! The Lord of the Rings is hard to get through in English. Kudos to you for reading it in Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RitaCunas
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Reading it again and noticing more typos. Need to figure out how to turn off the auto-correct feature on my kindle! Thanks to those of you who have responded anyway.

3 years ago

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I find the Harry Potter books in Spanish to be a good read.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RitaCunas
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wow, just noticed when I posted it lumped all of my book titles together. I originally typed each book on a separate line. Sorry if it is hard to read. I did note intend it to look like that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

If you put a dash at the start of each line, it will make a bullet list for you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RitaCunas
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Thanks. I didn't realize that

3 years ago

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I read part of 'Entrevista con el vampiro' but I had to take it back to the library before I finished it. Other than that I've just read a few fairy tales. I try to avoid looking up words unless I've seen them repeatedly and still can't guess at their meaning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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MAN I wish they had that in my local library! In my opinion those first three in the Chronicles are the best.

3 years ago

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Yeah, looking up a lot of words is a pain. I did it in the beginning because I hadn't found duolingo or anything like it, and i wasn't enrolled in a class, so I was basically learning through immersion in books. It was actually a pretty effective approach, though I didn't get much out of the books except the Spanish. That's why it's so great now that I can understand Fifty Shades of Grey without my dictionary. It's my first easy read in Spanish!

3 years ago

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Aside from academic assignments, I once tried to read "Esfera" (Michael Crichton's Sphere). I didn't make much headway, but I think it would be cool to take a crack at it again some day soon.

3 years ago

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I just started reading "bajo la misma estrella". "50 sombras de Grey" is on my list, I read the dutch version, which makes it a little easier hopelfully. I downloaded the ebooks, because there are no spanish books in our library (anymore), so I can take as long as I want to finish the books :). I use my phone with the glot app for translations.

3 years ago