What books have you read in Spanish?
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
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?
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
Thanks Roma! This is a good Spanish link that I had not yet encountered on the site.
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!
- "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.
Cool! The Lord of the Rings is hard to get through in English. Kudos to you for reading it in Spanish.
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.
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.
If you put a dash at the start of each line, it will make a bullet list for you.
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.
MAN I wish they had that in my local library! In my opinion those first three in the Chronicles are the best.
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!
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.
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.