I Lied

I voted Trump.

HA! No. Never.

But for once it appears I’m letting my curiosity get the best of me. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter movies. I’m not sure we’ll see a series done so well over so many movies in some time. I saw the final three movies on opening night. I saw the final two at midnight. So maybe I haven’t read all of the books but I’ve loved every minute of Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

And now Fantastic Beasts is tempting. See, y’all should know that I don’t see movies when they’re in theaters. The last one was Creed last December. I haven’t been in 2016. But the movie definitely looks intriguing AND I just found tickets for $4.99. I mean, my entire reasoning for not going to the movies is the absurd cost. Regular tickets are like $9. Then there’s 3D and IMAX and all kinds of crap that can potentially double the price of admission and it just drives me bonkers. But $5 isn’t so bad. I pay more when I buy a smoothie. Also, never buy food at the theater! I don’t.

Anyway, I’m thinking I might go see Fantastic Beasts next week. MIGHT. What about you?

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A Week Off

I took a week off from posting on here, and largely from social media, to give myself a chance to come to grips with what happened on November 8. I didn’t want to bombard anyone with talk of the election for a week. So I just kept to myself.

See, people seem to think they know EXACTLY how it feels to be in someone else’s shoes after the election of Donald Trump. But no one does. Not really. My life experience is mine. My beliefs are mine. And my reaction to the Trump win is mine. No one can tell me that I’m overreacting or that I should simply accept that this is the direction the country is headed in. Because no one is in my shoes.

I actually had someone tell me I haven’t “become” American yet after I said Trump doesn’t represent or stand for anything I do.

But this is the reality we’re living in. And there’s no way around it. This blog is about books, right? It is. Which is why I’ll get back to discussing various book topics tomorrow. 

A Letter to America

Dear America,

America is me. When people hear me identify as “Mexican-American” most think nothing of it. But some think of me as being a part of “other”, as being different from them. I’m not. Both of my parents were born in Texas. My grandparents were born in Texas. My great grandparents were not. Which means I’m exactly the same as nearly every other American in that I’m a descendant of immigrants.

I point this out because I must. The next president of the United States has said things and proposed actions that make me as a Mexican-American feel disrespected, hated, and alarmed. He’s done the same to women, African-Americans, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and just about every group of people that looks differently than he does.

Donald Trump is not my president. He doesn’t represent or stand for anything I do. I know I’m not the only one acknowledging this. But something we must understand is that now is not the time to sit down in shock at what has transpired. Now is more important than ever to stand up for what we believe in, to make sure our voices are louder than ever. Yes, Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. But don’t believe for one second that hate, racism, homophobia, or xenophobia won last night. Those things will never truly win as long as we, the people continue to stand up and speak out about the things we hold dear.

I’m shocked just as millions of others are, but this is not the end. We’re headed toward a better, more tolerant future. Even if we face a minor setback along the way.

A college educated, Mexican-American millennial,

John Guillen

It’s all About Routine

I finally have a set work schedule. I can set aside time to read each day rather than just picking up my current read whenever I think I have time.

It’s nice to know exactly what I’ll be doing and when I’ll be doing it after several months of uncertainty. I’ll never have enough time to read everything I want to read, but now perhaps I can get into a little groove and at least get some reading done.

Has a defined work schedule ever helped you devote more time to reading?

I’m a Millennial and #ImWithHer

Obviously this isn’t a blog on politics. And obviously I don’t expect people to have the same viewpoint as I do. But election day is less than a week away. Millions of people have already cast their ballot during early voting. The 45th president of the United States is on the verge of being elected. So I decided to make this video to stress the importance of voting in our democracy. Sure I talk about Hillary, but I also discuss the significance of simply having the right to vote as we do.

The important thing isn’t for you to agree with me or the candidate I’m voting for, but rather that you have a say in who leads the country and community in which you live.

Emma Watson is Doing What?

Emma Watson is one of the most recognizable faces in the world. At the beginning of the year she started a book club anyone can join on Goodreads. And now she’s taking it all just one step further.

She’s recently been leaving copies  of Mom & Me & Mom throughout the London subway system for anyone to find. It’s the latest read for her book club.

I like the idea. I’d like it even more if no one knew she was doing it. I mean, how cool would it be to be on the train after a long day and you find a new book you’ve never heard of? Then perhaps it would encourage those lucky few to pass that book along to someone else. But now people know Emma Watson is the one doing it and they’ll probably want to keep it, understandably so.

Props to Emma Watson for encouraging literacy while advocating for gender equality through her book club. Have you ever unexpectedly found or been given a book you weren’t expecting? What’d you think?

Bosch is Back

Just about every November Michael Connelly delights his readers with a new Harry Bosch novel. This year is no different.

I fully realize that not every avid reader is big on crime fiction. I know some people who read over 100 books a year and not one of them is a crime novel. But I’ll say it until I can’t say it any more that Harry Bosch is simply not your run of the mill fictional detective.

There’s a reason Connelly has been able to continue the series for more than two decades. In my eyes it’s because he created a character who has no match in contemporary fiction.

The first book in the Harry Bosch series is The Black Echo.

Are you excited to get your hands on The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly?