In November, I didn’t buy books because, well, I didn’t have money… Also, I couldn’t go very often to the bookstore (once again, thank you, college!).
But, December was a good month to get books!!!
Here are the books I got this month:
I bought these 3 months before my Winter break started. With some of my college friends, I went to a book affair that happens in my town every year, in December. In total, they almost cost 10 euros (almost 10 american dollars, I think).
I’ll leave here the Goodreads links, so that you can read the synopsis of each book:
These books are the ones I got this Christmas!!! Yayyyyy!!
My mom gave me the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! The illustrations are magnificent and Jim Kay did such a magical job (pun!!!!)!
About the other books: Well, here in Portugal, each George R.R. Martin books are split in two. For example, I have the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire series, but it’s split in two. Yes, the publisher definitely wants more money for themselves…
Well, my godmother, actually, gave me the 2nd half of the 5th book of the series. I decided that I would buy the other books in english because it’s cheaper in this way. So, I went to the bookstore today and I exchanged the book my godmother gave me for these two books: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley; and Clockwork Angel (the first boook of the trilogy The Infernal Devices), by Cassandra Clare. Cool, right?
Also, my mom hasn’t ordered yet the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer. Therefore, I haven’t order the last two either, yet, which means that I’ll get this series in January (which is actually my birthday month!!).
Oh, well… This month was crazy because, in the frist 2 weeks, it was really stressful (thank you, college!). But when Winter break started, I felt so lazy. Those are the reasons why I barely read this month…
I have only read 2 books:
I have never read Luis Sepúlveda’s books, so I was glad when my Portuguese teacher told us to read The Old Man Who Read Love Stories for an evaluation. It turned out to be a very simple book. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it either, you know? It was just okay, I guess.
The second book is Losing Hope, Colleen Hoover.
This book… OMG, IT’S LIKE A FREAKING ROLLERCOASTER! I laughed, I cried, I suffered with the characters, I smiled when they were happy. Oh, man. THIS. BOOK!
One of the best books I read this year. Definitely.
The following photo is the Portuguese edition of Losing Hope.
So, these are the only books I read in December. Have you read them already? Did you enjoy them?
As you know, 2015 was a crazy year for movies: Mockingjay Part 2 was such a brilliant way to say goodbye to Katniss’s story!
Also, The Martian was also pretty successful (I haven’t read that book yet).
But it seems that, in 2016, we will see many other great books coming to the big screen! I will only talk about three books/movies, which are the ones that make me feel excited to go the cinema and watch them! Here some books that are going to be movies next year:
The 5th Wave
Release date: January 22th, 2016
Goodreads synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
The 5th Wave is the first book of the trilogy written by Rick Yancey. It’s perfect for any reader that loves Sci-Fi, specially if you love Aliens! I have read this book and I gave it 5/5 stars! So, I can’t wait to see the movie!
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Release date: November 2016
Goodreads synopsis: A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, which means that the pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.
If I want to Hogwarts, I should have this book! But I don’t have it… Maybe I could get it next year! I think it’s amazing that they are making movies from this book! Not only we learn more about the magical creatures that J.K. Rowling created, but also we can go back again to this beautiful, magical world. We won’t see the Golden Trio or the other characters, but I’m still looking forward to see what they are planning to do with this book.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Release date: December 25th, 2016
Goodreads synopsis: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I have heard many good things about this book, written by Ransom Riggs. That’s why that I bought it this October. However, I haven’t gotten time to read it yet. Anyway, I’m also looking forward for this movie; after all, the director is TIM BURTON! YES, TIM FREAKING BURTON, GUYS!
There isn’t a trailer yet, but they have been posting on social media photos from behind the scenes. The only thing official that has been released is the header that I posted above. It looks really good!
So, are you excited to see these movies? Are there other book-to-movies adaptations that you can’t wait to watch? 😀
Christmas is over (well, for me, Christmas only ends in the first weeks of January :D), but here I have another Christmassy book tag: The Christmas Song Book Tag.
This time, I was tagged by Mariana @fireheartbooks. Thank you. Mariana!
And here are the songs!
“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”
Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
The Darkling, from the Grisha trilogy. The problem is that I don’t know if he is really a villain because I have only read the first book. I read it in portuguese and I have always been waiting for the Portuguese publisher to publish it, but it seems that they won’t publish the others. Ughhhh….
You know what’s funny? This publisher is, like, the only one, in Portugal, that does this: they only translate one book of a series and then they quit. I freaking hate them, honestly…
But I hope that, next year, I get the second and third books, so that I kind find out more about the Darkling. He’s mysterious and I love mysterious male characters! **
“All I Want for Christmas is You” Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
I would say the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but… I GOT IT!!!!! YEAHHHH! (I will show it to you soon!).
So, for this, I choose The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer! I will definitely try to have all of them in January! My mom said she could pay two books, and I think I’ll pay the other two. Unless my father wants to help ahahah.
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.
I choose Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy, but I don’t think she fully learns to believe in herself. I believe that there are moments that she understands that she is capable of something, but then there are others when she thinks she can’t be the Mockingjay. You know what? I think that’s ok. Sometimes, it’s okay to have doubts about ourselves because, with those doubts, we can learn alot about ourselves.
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?
I love to hate President Snow! And Donald Sutherland did such a phenomenal job because if I hated the President while I read the books, I hated him even more in the movies!
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?
The Little Prince! Oh, I need to reread this book sometime soon!
“Frosty the Snowman” Which book just melts your heart?
Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover! Oh, my heart!!!!
“Feliz Navidad” Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.
You mean, almost every book I have on my shelves?
Well, I choose Anna and the French Kiss, which takes place in France, of course!
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?
Harry Potter is full of holidays, I guess. So, yup, Harry Potter for this!
“Baby it’s Cold Outside” Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?
The Tiger’s Curse, by Colleen Houck. I wouldn’t like to burn books, but this one… Oh, yes, this one can go to Hell! It’s horrible! TERRIBLE!
It’s a pity because this series has beautiful covers, but the inside is just terrible. Really (but I only read the first book. Who knows if the others are better? But I have heard many bad things about the other books, so I won’t read them anytime soo).
“Do you hear what I hear” Which book do you think everyone should read?
READ THE NIGHT CIRCUS, BY ERIN MORGENSTERN! IT DESERVES A HUGE FANDOM! IT DESERVES LOVEEEEEEEEEE!
I bet that many people have already done this tag, but I still tag:
For God’s sake, Daniela, what the hell is wrong with you? I haven’t posted since Christmas Eve and I’m sorry about that… It’s just that I’ve been feeling very lazy, honestly… But here I am again! I swear that I’ll post more often!
Of course I should have posted this last Sunday, but I didn’t… I don’t even know what I did that day… Well, here’s a song that I love!!!
Also, last post, I asked for you to help me choose the second book my mom would order me. I have told you that, for the 1st book, I wanted Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, and I had other books that I really would like to get, but I didn’t know which one I would choose so my mom I would pay. I decided that I also want Scarlet, the second book of The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer. I also think that, maybe, I will buy the last 2 books of the series with money that I got this Christmas. What do you think? ;D
I haven’t posted what I got this Christmas because I think I will get more gifts soon. I don’t know if people will give me books (they usually give me money because they never know what book they should give me), but I won’t post my Christmas haul yet :p
I hope you have a wonderful, magical day! I hope you spend it with your loved ones and I also hope you have a day full of love and peace! Last, but not the least, I hope you get all the books you want!
Here’s one of my favorite Christmas songs!
P.S- By the way, here’s a pic of what I got today.
That’s right: no books. The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hasn’t arrived to the bookstore yet, but my mom was actually sad about that… I hope it arrives soon.
Moving on, I got 3 scarfs (there’s one missing in the photo), a box of Ferrero Rocher (it’s not Christmas if I don’t get these!) and money!!!!
Also, only yesterday my mom confirmed that she would like to give me two other books. Now, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO CHOOSE!!!
So, could you help me? I mean, I really want Cinder, the first book of The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer.
However, I don’t know what I should get as the second book. Which should I get:
Option A: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Option B: Scarlet (the second book of The Lunar Chronicles)
Option C: The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvafter
Option D: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
Well, I hope you help me! If you don’t, it’s ok! I’ll find out what I want! 😀
Yes, Harry Potter! This year, I have the whole series, and I’ll be reading the 4th, 5th, 6th (reread), and 7th for the first time! Yesssss! **
2. Find a book with blue on the cover!
Here in Portugal, they swapped the covers: City of Bones has the original cover of City of Ashes, and vice-versa. I don’t know why they did this, maybe it’s because they wanted Clary to be the first cover.
3. FIND A BOOK YOU’D USE AS A STAR ON A CHRISTMAS TREE!
Here’s the Portuguese edition of Pure, by Julianna Baggott. The Portuguese cover is oe of the most BEAUTIFUL cover I have ever seen, but the plot was “meh.”
4. PICK ONE FICTIONAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE PERFECT FOR A WINTER VACATION!
I have mentioned Hogwarts, so I chose Narnia for this. I haven’t read the books yet, although I bought the second book last week. Also, I have seen the movies and I really enjoyed them! And Narnia seems to be a wonderful place! I can’t wait to read the books!
5. PICK ONE FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D TAKE WITH YOU ON YOUR WINTER VACATION!
I have mentioned Peeta (The Hunger Games) and Dean Holder (Hopeless) before. This time, I chose Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments).
6. NAME ONE BOOK ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR!
The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone **
My mom told me that she could buy another 2 books for me, and I was like WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?
I think she’ll pay my father, so that he orders those books on Book Depository! I think I’ll get the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Scarlet!
7. FAVORITE HOLIDAY DRINK, TREAT AND MOVIE?
I don’t really have a favorite holiday drink, but I will definitely drink lots of Cappuccinos!
Treat?? I CAN’T CHOOSE JUST ONE TREAT! Ok, yes, I can: Ferrero Rocher! *o*
Movie? I have mentioned Home Alone before, but I will be watching The Lord of the Rings this month! Yes, the 3 movies 😀
8. Who do you tag?
I don’t want to bother people right now, so everyone can do this tag!!! 😀
Yayyyy! This is the first Review I post here! And thank God it happened with this book because OMG, COLLEEN HOOVER! YOU DID IT AGAIN! YOU BROKE MY HEART AGAIN! CONGRATULATIONS FOR RUINING MY LIFE ONCE AGAIN!
(By the way, what do you think about the Portuguese cover?)
This is the second time I read a Colleen Hoover novel and, once again, she left me in shock. I just fell in love even harder with her fascinanting writing. I think this book is as good as Hopeless, which is the same story but told by Sky, the other main character. I can say that the first book is sadder and more tragic than this one, but Losing Hope is also intense. These books are not to be read lightly. They are both about harsh and unhappy childhoods and they are full of strong and deep emotions. There are sad moments, but also happy moments There are moments of pain, there are moments of joy. I will not talk about the plot because; however, I can say that the plot is an authentic roller coaster, raw and intense.
Writing: It’s amazing how the author easily shocks us, makes us cry, makes us laugh and sometimes all in one chapter. It is also magnificent how Colleen Hoover talks about such strong and complicated issues in a simple and, in a way, pure language. We go through in times of loss and grief in a very real way, but there are these fantastic, lovely moments that are described in such a beautiful way! Oh, Colleen, MY HEART, FOR GOD’S SAKE!
Characters: I think I started to like them even more thanks to this book. My compassion for Sky grew. I loved seeing her and understanding her through Holder’s eyes. Also I found fascinating this different side of him, because in the first book we see his romantic and rebellious side, but with his perspective we realize that he is also flawed. Sometimes he did not control his anger and his pain. Sometimes he did not accept other’s decisions. However, it was very nice to see him become a better person and he is the proof that love and hope can make a difference. These characters are very real and were very well built. The secondary characters in this second book, were not as well developed as in the first book, but Hoover knew how to fit them properly in Holder’s vision.
To sum up, I can only say that, although this review is somewhat far-fetched and has no decent details about the story, I loved the book and I am getting even more impressed with Colleen Hoover. There is also another book published here in Portugal,which is Ugly Love, a New-Adult novel. I think it would be a great Christmas gift for me!
Anyway, I think you should read Losing Hope, specially if you love YA Contemporaries and if you want a story filled with deep emotions and engaging characters, real and full of flaws, whose devastating and intense experiences are described beautifully thanks to Colleen Hoover’s amazing and fluid writing.
P.S- I think you should read Hopeless first, which is also magnificent and intense!
So, if you have read this book, did you like it?
What do you think about this review?
I hope you liked my review! BYEEEE!
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I don’t know, actually. Seriously, I don’t have an answer for this. I mean, I choose the book depending on my mood. For example, I chose to read Losing Hope because I felt like I needed to read a YA Contemporary book. Yup, that’s how it works.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
There are times I just quit reading the book, but then there are times I think I shouldn’t quit because of the money I spent in that specific book. *sighs*
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I had to change my challenge: I thought I would read 50 books, but I have only read 31 books so far, so I decided to change the challenge to 40 books. I know, such a disappointment.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I just have to accept that they don’t match. Have you seen my The Mortal Instruments editions? Such a mess… *crying a river*
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I just try to find reviews where readers have the same opinion as me.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I really don’t show my emotions when I’m reading. Maybe people see me smiling or squeel, but crying? No, I don’t cry when I read books, but my heart just breaks into million pieces. For me, that’s worse than crying.
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!
I try to find time to read the previous book, but if I can’t, I read opinions with spoilers on Goodreads and blogs.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I just say I don’t do that and they have to respect that. However, I do lend my books to my BFF, but I trust her because she also loves books.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
That’s simple: If I feel like I don’t want to read anything, I don’t read. Or I decide to reread a book that I love.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Oh, well… Maybe two, or three. But I usually want to buy 5, 6 books per month. But of course I can’t! So, as I said, I buy 2, 3 books per month.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
I have to wait for vacations to read as many books as I want. For example, my Winter break will last 2 months and that’s perfect because I do have SO MANY books to read!