#SoyIntensa Book Club : What to read in August

Since all of us enjoy a good read every once in a while, and sometimes get asked for book recommendations from those who want to incorporate the habit of reading into their lives, or who are avid readers who are looking for new material, we decided to publish a monthly book recommendation coming from each of us… Our very own #SoyIntensa book club!

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Our August picks:

* Brenda recommends… The Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery series by Kerry Greenwood

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Hello Intensas! I love the written word, literature is a window that allows the reader to be transported in time and space to have adventures anywhere you decide to crack open your book. Lately I have been indulging in the Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery series by Kerry Greenwood. The books take place in Australia’s roaring 20’s where Phryne, our fashionable heiress, decides to break convention and work for a living as a lady detective. The books paint a picture of life in the twenties in Australia though the eyes of the honorable miss Fisher and the team of helpers that surround and aid her through her investigations. If you are looking for a Sherlock-meets-posh spice heroine to read about I definitely suggest these series. The first book is Cocaine Blues. Happy reading and cheers!

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* Paloma recommends… Veronika Decides to Die (Veronika Decide Morir) by Paulo Coehlo

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After reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” I was hooked and started searching for his other titles. My favorite so far is “Veronika decides to die”.
“Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything –youth and beauty, boyfriends, a loving family, and a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.”
The novel is dark and funny at the same time; it talks about life, death, love, madness and the appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
Resist the urge to watch the movie starring Sarah Michelle Gellar –because the book was that good- and #letsmakereadingcoolagain !

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* Pamela recommends… The Shoe Queen by Anna Davis

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Must-have shoes, forbidden love, and Paris? Sold! Right? This is a very easy read, an enjoyable novel that may have a predictable plot to start with but that feels real, fun, and keeps you wanting more. I can say it is one of the books I have enjoyed the most, not only because of the glamorous setting but because of the leading lady character. Her lust for shoes gets redirected when she meets the man that makes them. She is obsessive, a smart-ass, spoiled, passionate, and crazy. She is not a martyr or a heroine, she is a simple married girl who needs an extra pair of shoes *wink wink*.

You would really enjoy this book on your flight to Paris, or at the beach sipping a cocktail. You will not like it if you are into more complex, robust, or meaningful literature only. It is not F Scott Fitzgerald, but you have to enjoy it for what it is.

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If you have read any of the books, let us know what you thought about them. If not, tell us what you recommend we should be reading next!

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