Books: Throughout the years I have read magnificent literature, I was also very fortunate to have great teachers that recommended me books that ended up being on my favorite list. Some of my favorite books I read in school were F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote de la Mancha, Tirso de Molina’s El Burlador de Sevilla, Miguel de Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, Martir, Federica Garcia Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Sabine Ulibarri’s Mi Caballo Mago, Homer’s Odyssey and Anonymous’ Lazarillo de Tormes. Some of my favorite books read outside of school are Pretty Little Pieces by James Frey, The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Call of the Wild by Jack London, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and lastly Glass and Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Poems: I do not read tons of poetry, but out of the ones I have read my favorites would have to be Hombres Necios que Acusais by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sonet XXIII by Garcilaso de la Vega, Sonet CLXVI by Luis de Gongora, If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost,The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Helas by Oscar Wilde, If by Rutodyard Kipling and Having a Coke with You by Frank O’Hara.
Authors: Some of my favorite authors are Ellen Hopkins, Nicholas Sparks, J. K. Rowling, James Patterson, R. L Stine, Harper Lee, Jack London and James Frey.
Films: My all time favorite movie is and always will be The Lion King. Other movies I love and recommend everyone watch include Titanic, If Only,The Silence of the Lambs, A Walk to Remember, Wrong Turn, Cold Mountain, Far and Away, The Noteboook, Pride and Prejudice, Pulp Fiction, The Breakfast Club, My Sisters Keeper, Hatchi, Forrest Gump, Into the Wild, Requiem for a Dream, Shindlers List, The Pianist, Troy, The Incredibles and V for Vendetta.
Paintings: They say a picture can say a million words, some of my favorite paintings include Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (which I drew a couple of times), Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez and lastly my favorite painter, Pablo Picasso and all of his work.
Music: I could type a million pages on this category and still not come close to explaining my love for this emotional art. I am fairly certain I have the most diverse taste in music out of anyone you will ever meet. I can always find something to appreciate out of every genre. Not only do I listen to music, but I can read it, understand it and compose it. I have been playing the clarinet for eight years, as well as the piano and guitar for 2 years. I have participated and in my school’s music program since 5th grade. Out of the countless concerts I have performed in, the pieces that have been the most memorable would have to be Clare Grundman’s The Blue and The Gray, Kentucky 1800, American Folk Rhapsody, Bach’s Prelude and Fuge in F Minor, Steve Hodges’ Grays Harbor March, Vivaldis’ Concerto in B Flat and Mozart’s Trauermusik. My favorite classical composers are Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and Charles Ives and Chavkovski. Moving away from classical, to Rap my favorite genre; my favorite rap artist of all time is Eminem I admire his struggle and determination to fight for everything he has today and his talent leaves me speechless. However I also have major respect for artists like TuPac, Biggie Smalls, G Eazy, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Atmosphere, Kid Cudi, Machine Gun Kelly, Nas, and Mac Miller. My second favorite genre would be Reggae. I listen to Bob Marley, Rebelution, Collie Budz, Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads, and Sublime. Being Hispanic, I also enjoy and listen to music in Spanish. Some of the artists I have grew up listening to is Mana, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Vicente Fernandez, Los Bukis, Marco Antonio Solis, Soda Stereo the list goes on. Other artists in Rock, Alternative, Metal, Scremo, Pop, and Country that I enjoy are Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, The Who, Three Days Grace, Pink Floyd, Guns n’ Roses, U2, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, All Time Low, Cold Play, The GooGoo Dolls, Creed, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Depeche Mode, Panic ant the Disco, My Chemical Romance, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Dustin Lynch, Bless the Fall, A Day To Remember, Pierce the Veil, Dance Gavin Dance, Sleeping with Sirens, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, He is We, Adele and even Miley Cyrus.