10. A book that made you happy and one that made you sad
Yay, this is the final categorie!!! Ops, I don’t know what to do next, especially because these next two weeks will be difficult for me because I’m going to study a lot for exams. *crying a river*
For a book that made me happy, I choose Paper Towns, by John Green. I think it was a really interesting book and there were moments I laughed because of Q’s friends! They are awesome! And it’s a simple book, but I think it has amazing messages, especially for young people (after all, it’s a YA book). So, yes, this book made me happy when I read it. I hope I reread it sometime soon. Or maybe I won’t because I already have so many new books to read. Ahahahha
For a book that made me crying…
You probably were expecting that I would choose something like The Fault in Our Stars. However, there this book that isn’t really hyped and I think I’ve never seen people on social media talking about it. I mean, I guess I have read some reviews and some posts on Instagram, but this is like an unknow book for many readers. I’m talking about is Before I Die, by Jenny Downham. This is about a 16 year old girl, Tessa, who has cleukemia (i’m not sure) and she doesn’t have much time to live. That’s why she made a list about things she would like to do before her death, like losing her virginity and other things. While she’s trying everything she wants to do, she meets her new neighbour, Adam. You may think this is another love story, maybe cliché, but I guarantee it’s not just a “love story”. It’s about a girl who is going to die and she wants to live as much as she can. This is about her and her family. Tessa and her friends. Tessa and her way to experience life. Tessa and her way to face cancer. Trust me, this is much more than a relationship, although Adam was really important for her. So, if you’re looking for another book like The Fault in Our Stars, I recommend this one, but this book is different from TFIOS. If you read it sometime soon, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And, yes, I cried alot awhen I finished it.
I don’t know if I’ll post something tomorrow because I really want to study (well, not that I “really want”… More like, “I have to”…). Anyway, have a nice week!
For a too romantic book, you probably were expecting a Nicholas Sparks book, or a Contemporary YA novel. However, this shitty book, The Tiger’s Curse, by Colleen Houck, is too romantic for me. And, actually, the ships here are so damn stupid. By the way, everything about this book is stupid. Thank God I only paid half of its price… Anyway, it was a waste of money.
I felt betrayed because the cover is GORGEOUS, and the synopsis seemed so cool. I mean, I’ve never heard much about Indian mythology. But where’s the mythology in this stupid book? NOWHERE! The author just wanted an easy way to say that the main female character (who is freaking stupid, by the way) is some kind of “chosen one” who has to safe a very attractive guy (who is also an idiot), but then she kind of falls in love for another guy too (who is the first guy’s brother, but I think he isn’t as stupid as the other characthers). No. Please. Don’t.
This book is terrible…. I can’t believe this has so much hype… So, yes, it’s a VERY overhyped book. There are other books that deserve more attention than this one. I can’t even, honestly. There aren’t enough words to express my hatred for this book.
By the way, it seems Colleen Houck has another book series… This time it’s about Egyptian mythology. Really? She wants to ruin Egyptian Gods too? Ughhhhh…
Now, to make this post look better, the action book I chose is Endgame-The Calling, by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. Now, THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!
While I was reading it, it felt like I wast watching a movie in my head. Seriously, the writing is simple and fantastic, the plot is so interesting, amazing and full of mysterys and awesome characters. It’s such a pity that this doesn’t have much hype… Yeah, the freaking Colleen Houck’s books are so damn hyped, but people don’t read Endgame? I just don’t understand, really…
By the way, on Goodreads, many people said that Endgame is another of The Hunger Games story. They said that ONLY because there are young people and it’s about some kind of game. Those are the only similarities. trust me. Now, if people say it’s like THG, but they say that because it’s freaking awesome, you can believe in them. This book is really great. READ IT!
For this, I decided to show you two books that are placed during WW2.
For the Fiction book, I chose The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. This book… OMG, all the feels…
I loved reading this book. It’s so emotional, I loved the plot, and the writing is amazing. It felt like I was reading poetry, you know? And I love that kind of writing! It may be a sad story about loss and war, but it’s also about hope and the importance of books and words. Such a beautiful book.
For the Non-Fiction, of course I chose The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. I should definitely reread this one day because I read it when I was, like, 13 or 14 years old, and I don’t think I appreciated it enough. Now that I’m a little bit more mature, I really want to reread this. This is such a deep book, written by such a young girl who just wanted to feel the air again and be the writer she wanted to be. She didn’t see her dream come true, but if there’s really some kind of Heaven, I hope she’s proud of herself. I hope she’s in peace now. I hope she is happy despite everything she had gone through.
By the way, I finally watched Mockingjay Part 2. All I can say is that OMG; THE FEELS!!! THAT MOVIE WAS LIKE A KNIFE IN TO MY HEART! SO DAMN EMOTIONAL! AND THOSE MUTTS! AND THOSE DEATHS (OH, GOD, WHYYYYY!!!!)! AND THAT EPILOGUE! Man, this cast did such a beautiful job. I’m also thankful for the crew and the directors Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence. This was such an awesome, beautiful, amazing ride. May the odds be ever in yout favor!
For a thin book, I chose a Portuguese play: Felizmente Há Luar, by Luís de Sttau Monteiro, has 140 pages. I read it this year, before summer, because I had to study about it for school. It was a good read, but I thought it wasn’t as amazing as I expected it to be. Anyway, it was good enough.
For a thick book, I chose thickiest one, I guess. The Portuguese edition of Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer, has 700 pages. And no, I didn’t like this book… Maybe because I didn’t read the other books. Or maybe not. The plot is ridiculous. Sorry for those who love it. I know many people love this series, but this wasn’t my cup of tea…
By the way, I hope you had a nice Black Friday (if you had it in your country). Here, in Portugal, we kind of had it, but I just didn’t like the sale prices… I mean, there were so many book that were like “10% off” or “20% off”… I didn’t buy books… But, the thing is, the “Black Friday” will last until Sunday here! So, maybe I’ll buy a book. Who knows?
Guyssssssssssss! OMG! The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (yes, the one made by Jim Kay) will be published here in Portugal! IN DECEMBER! THIS COULD BE, LIKE, THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER!!!!
Damn, I NEED THIS!!!!! And thank God they kept it as a hardcover book! YESSSSSSS!
One of the most famous portuguese writers is José Saramago. He won the Literature Nobel in 1998 (“who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality”- according to Nobel Prizes’ website)
I have only read one book, which is the one below. I had to read it for my last year at highschool because we had to talk about it in Portuguese classes. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but it was a really interesting read! I hope I read his other books sometime!
There is an american edition, and the title is Baltasar and Blimunda.
For an international book, I chose Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas because I have seen so many international editions of it!
This book is the first one in the Throne of Glass series. It already has four published books, and there are still to be published two books, according to Goodreads. The fourth book, Queen of Shadows, was published in September 2015.
I haven’t read this Fantasy book, but there are SO MANY good reviews about this story! So, I really cannot wait to read it!
Throne of Glass was published in Portugal last month. Actually, I bought the Portuguese edition, even though I already have the one above. Sorry… NOT SORRY! **
5. A book with a pretty cover and one with an ugly one
The portuguese cover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, is so freaking beautiful! I haven’t read it yet, but LOOK AT THIS COVER!!! OMG!
I don’t even have words to describe this cover. It looks amazing!
For the ugly cover, I’ll also show you a portuguese cover…
The picture below is the portuguese edition of Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins.
I know, right? This cover is so ugly! The girl doesn’t even look like how Anna is described in the books ( I don’t remember much, but at least I didn’t imagine her to look like this girl) and this cover could have been so beautiful! The publisher had a great opportunity to choose a Parisian symbol, you know, like the Eiffel Tower or other amazing things that exist in Paris. But no… They did this…
Usually, I have nothing against people in covers, but in this case… Dear God, they should publish a reedition of this book…
I mean, if I didn’t know a little bit about this book, I wouldn’t be interested in it because of the cover, honestly… But well, the plot is good, so I prefer to ignore the cover… Actually, I can’t ignore it. Ops.
Hey, guys! I’m here to bring another book tag, but this time, I was actually tagged! Yayyyyy!
I was tagged by @Cátia to do the Seasons of Book Blogging tag. You should visit Cátia’s blog because she has amazing posts!
This tag was created by @J.Bookish.
1. Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you. 2. Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there! 3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month. 4. Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever. 5. Have fun, of course!
By the way, I may be a portuguese reader, but I’ll post the original covers, instead of the portuguese ones.
November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!
I’m grateful to have read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because that’s the one that made me fall in love with literature. Since it wasn’t recommended to me, I want to say thank you to J.K. Rowling because, despite the fact that she has suffered so much in her life, she took that pain and turned it into magic. Thank you, Queen J.K!
December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.
I think I’ll give a book to my sister this Christmas! She really loved this Disney movie, The Isle of the Lost, by Melissa de la Cruz, so I think I’ll buy the book for her! After all, she’s not an avid reader and I want her to love books because it would be great for her!
January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!
I promised to myself that I would read 50 books, but I’ve only read 30… Anyway, I hope I can read a lot next month, before 2015 ends!!!
By the way, January is my birthday month, so I have to say the best gift I’ve ever gotten! That’s actually pretty easy to answer: last year, I went to Paris with my father because I had really amazing grades at school. We went there for a week and, oh my, it was the best week of my life!
February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!
The Golden Trio, from Harry Potter series! Of course I had to mention that! They have such an amazing friendship!!! Even with so many obstacles, they overcame all of them and their friendship got even better everytime! They are wonderful!
March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.
Well, I have mentioned Harry Potter a lot, so for this one, I chose another series that I love so much: The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins, please, write prequels!).
April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.
The Tiger’s Curse. Man, I have never hated a book so much like I hate this one! It’s so overhyped and it’s such a stupid story! I don’t want to offend those who like it, but I truly hate this book….
May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.
Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover, surprised me a lot because I never thought it would be such a deep book! And it’s so sad, too… I had so many feels while reading it!
June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.
When I want to relax or I don’t have other books to read, I try to get cute YA Contemporary books. For example, I already have Eleanor & Park on my bookshelf, but I haven’t read it yet. I hope I read it next month!
July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)
Hmmm…. I actually have to mention a portuguese classic. Amor de Perdição, by Camilo Castelo Branco (19th century Portuguese author) is such a wonderful book! Oh, man, I have to reread it next year!
August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.
The book community already talks a lot about thim, but I have to mention him anyway: Pierce Brown, who wrote the Red Rising trilogy. I’ve only read the first book and it was BRILLIANT! Even though many people already talk about his books, he should have a big fandom like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. He truly deserves that!
September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.
Once again, Amor de Perdição, by Camilo Castelo Branco!!!
October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.
I wish I could dress up as Katniss Everdeen for Halloween! That would be AWESOME!
4. A book you read fast and one that took you a long time to read
Actually, I’m a slow reader because I prefer to take time and appreciate the plot and the characters. But, when I first read Divergent, I think I took 2, 3 days to read it. I usually take, like, 4 or 5 days. In a busy time, I take a whole week to read a book. If I’m busy and the book is boring, I take 2 weeks (that’s the time I take when I read something for college, by the way hahahahah, Unless if I have to read it really fast to talk about it in class…). I have read Divergent 3 times, so you can see that it’s my favorite book in the whole trilogy. Veronica Roth, you ROCK!
Now, a slow read…
Definitely Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer… I took ONE FREAKING MONTH to read this terrible book… I have never read the other Twilight books, and thank God I didn’t make that mistake. The last book was enough… The story is just awful.
For those who are asking, yes, I only bought the fourth book because, in that time, I thought that watching the movies was enough. I bought the fourth one before Breaking Dawn-Part 1 came out… One of the worst bookish mistake I have ever done in my life…
I’ll post a different tag soon! This time, I was really tagged by someone else! i don’t know if I’ll post today, but if I don’t, you can read it tomorrow!