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A BOOK AND A SMILE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 19 May 2022

Many books have been written about happiness and how to achieve it. The day Francesc Miralles and Álex Rovira spoke about happiness in a book which turned to be a bestseller, we “opened” a small window to ask ourselves whether happiness is inherent to human beings, if it is something to be built day by day, or if it is shaped by different factors s in  our lifes.

Álex Rovira said: “Happiness is about having small moments of joy”; I think this is totally true;  these tiny experiences are the ones that make us feel good and  all of them together can  lead us directly to happiness. If happiness was meant to be explained in mathematical terms —which is not the case— we could say that: Joy + Laughter = Happiness. For this reason, when Imma sent me her project Reír y vivir, published by Ediciones Cúpula, I thought: “that is exactly what we are missing: WE HAVE TO LAUGH MORE, since this is a tool we have in our lives so we can feel good”.

Have you ever thought about how many times you laugh a week? Have you counted how many times you smile? It’s a very good personal analysis because laughter awakens your inner joy. As Oscar Wilde said: “Life is too important to be taken seriously”. Imma Rabasco says that laughter is a gift that reconnects us with our essence and, therefore, laughter is life. This book is dedicated to all those who, for different reasons, have had to hide their natural joy and currently cannot find the key to recover it. The good news is that this joy is still there and deserves to arise to the surface to fill up the world with love. The beaming author of this book (who doesn’t take herself seriously) teaches us that a sense of humor, laughter and smiles are the three pillars of joy that we should all include in our lives to achieve what we all want: happiness.

How is it done? This book hides the formula, not mathematical, to reach that destination. Life flies by; and the sooner you know how to achieve happiness, the better.

THE SPANISH MULAN

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 12 May 2022

I’m sure that almost all the people who read this blog have children, nieces, nephews or kids around and most certainly, one of the Disney movies that you have seen at some point is Mulan. Of all the ones Disney has produced, perhaps this was the one I was least in the mood to see, but I must confess that I liked it.

For those who haven’t seen it, Mulan is about a brave girl who, to help her family, pretends to be a man to go fight in the war. What I didn’t know at that time is that there was a Spanish Mulan from Leon.

In La doncella guerrera, Teresa Sagrera, one of the most outstanding writers in historical narrative right now, places us in the year 1475, in Arintero. Barely a month had passed since Henry IV died but, on a Sunday in January, men were called to war. The throne was disputed between his only daughter and the future Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando. The lands of Castilla then became the battlefield that would forever change the destiny of the kingdom. When the Count of Arintero received the news, his health no longer allowed him to fight. However, one of his daughters, the young Juana, decided to represent her family in the battle. She embarked on an epic adventure, full of intrigue and passion, in which she fought for the crown and avoided being discovered, as well as dodging (or not) love.

In this novel, based on an old Leonese ballad, Teresa Sagrera will captivate the reader with a war story that pretends to be a hymn of peace. This is the story of a warrior who had to hide under her armor to save her kingdom, honor her family and become a legend.

The Spanish Mulan will make readers of historical novels fall in love with her because the novel has all the ingredients for fans of the genre to give it a very high rating.

HUMANITY IN THE VIRTUAL AGE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 5 May 2022

Héctor Garcia is an author I rarely see. He lives in Japan and, with Francesc Miralles has published several bestsellers; the most popular is Ikigai, which has been translated into 67 languages. Under the name of Kirai, he wrote Un geek en Japón, another well-known title. He is an atypical author, quiet, hard-working and one of those who is a pleasure to work with. He respects the workflow and knows very well the role of each one member that works in the  publishing world. Despite being a rational and calm person, he also takes on challenges, such as writing a science fiction novel titled La era de la eternidad, a novel that mixes thriller and romance. It is set in Japan. Although I’m not very fond of the science fiction genre but I really enjoyed this book. It has it all: culture, love, mystery and has the ability of making the reader think thanks to a thrilling story that tries to explain where our society is heading to. A novel that will appeal to those who love the genre, but also to those who do not. Totally recommended.

Nathan’s life, a lonely watch designer, takes a mysterious turn after finding an old photo with Mia. She was his platonic love when he was a teenager, but their love never went beyond the limits of his imagination. Mia moved to Japan with her family just before starting her university studies, separating them forever. Twenty years later, life leads Nathan to take a plane to Kyoto, where an adventure he could never have imagined awaits him.

La era de la eternidad is a technological thriller set in Japan and also a romance novel that brilliantly reflects on what it means to be human in an increasingly virtual society.

Those of you who already know Héctor and his nonfiction side, do not miss this novel, which is a perfect ten. And those of you who have yet to discover him, start wherever you want; one of Héctor’s charms is that whatever he does, he does it well. Happy reading!

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 28 April 2022

Last week we celebrated the first “Sant Jordi” as normal as possible after the pandemic. People were not wearing masks and we could see the long-awaited smiles on a day when everyone flooded the streets to walk and enjoy this tribute to books, writers, booksellers and, of course, readers.

The truth is that we had everything: sun, wind and even hail. There were mixed feelings: sadness for a weather that we did not deserve and joy that came from seeing people who stayed on the street (despite the rain) to support culture and all those who make possible this special day.

Because of that, this week I want to recommend the book published by Ana Alcolea with Anaya, El maravilloso mundo de los libros.

Since humans began to tell stories, countless literary works have been written. This book by Ana Alcolea collects many of those stories that have survived thanks to orality, that were created by great authors, that have become legendary sagas, that were unfairly banned or that have been transformed into unforgettable films. It also opens the doors to the fascinating world built around the book: from the first alphabets to the process of creating a book or the description of the most famous libraries and bookstores in the world. A picture book for the whole family, which should be a must for everyone to know the importance of storytelling and how the history of the book began.

Ana Alcolea writes in a masterful and entertaining way to reach all audiences, and this book, with a beautiful edition, will be a reference in every home. The importance of reading is growing and once again it has been shown that books endure wars, dictatorships, pandemics… and not only persist, but also succeed in being the best traveling companion in extreme cases. So, let’s give space to books and let’s learn about everything we cannot miss in this wonderful world of books.

THE 20 MAJOR QUESTIONS OF LIFE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 21 April 2022

Most children are naturally curious and ask so many questions that parents sometimes don’t know what to answer; some of their questions are such that we would be happy to answer them if we knew the answers. As we grow older, we continue to ask ourselves many questions, which, if we were to put them on the table, would coincide with those questions we had when we were children.

Be that as it may, there are a series of questions that everyone asks himself sometime in life. For this reason, Kairós, an emblematic publishing house for non-fiction books, has published 20 preguntas existenciales, written by Francesc Miralles. The quality of our thoughts and decisions, as well as our own existence will depend on the answers we give to these questions.

Francesc Miralles, author of great international success, answers in this book the twenty questions that have marked his life through his own experience in the art of questioning, as well as with the help of philosophers, writers, and spiritual guides.

Fresh, funny and very well documented, in the author’s words, this is the book that he would have wished to have throughout his different existential crises, and I must confess that I do too. Therefore, once again, Francesc Miralles, who we know has published many books, opens a window to a self-help book. For him it is not just one more book but the book where he tries to answer in a conscious way what many of us wonder and do not know how to answer.

A great book, short, meaningful and extremely useful, because these twenty are the major questions of the issues that concern us as human beings. Thank you again, Francesc Miralles, for helping us to shed light on the great questions of this world, which seems increasingly confused and complicated. Books like this leave us with a good taste in our mouths and a sigh of hope, because those twenty questions are the big questions that concern us as human beings.



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