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Book Traveling Thursday: Fave read of 2016 (so far!)

Heyyyyy, bookworms! How are you? I hope you are all well! I have been feeling fantastic lately! My diet is actually working and I lost 1 kilo and 700 in one week thanks to healthy food only! For those who don’t use kilos, I lost 3 pounds and something.

This was also a good week because I went to a book launch session yesterday and it was really good! I got two books signed and I talked to the author. He was really nice and easy to talk to!

Yes, it was a nice week! Unfortunately, my reading slump is killing me…

Anyway, I should write a BTT post! I haven’t written one since June started! Ops!


Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme that was created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. All you have to do is to post covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group. You have to post the original cover, the one that exists in your country, and finally your favorite covers and least favorite ones.

The theme for this week is: We’re halway through 2016. Choose your favorite book of the year so far.

Ok, I haven’t read many books yet this year. I have only read 14 books so far … College wouldn’t let me read whatever I wanted to read and, right now, even at home, I’m facing a terrible reading slump. But… I LVOED A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES SO MUCH! SARAH J. MAAS IS AMAZING!


Original cover and Favorite cover:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)


Least favorite cover: It’s not ugly and I am not saying that I hate it because, after all, I love the colors and the roses, but still… It’s too simpe compared to the original one.

Corte de Espinhos e Rosas (Corte de Espinhos e Rosas, #1)


Of course that ACOTAR is translated in many other countries, but they all kept the original covers. Some publisher changed certain details, like the colors, but they aren’t relevant.

Another post is coming! See you soon!

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Book Tags · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

The Diverse Books Tag

Here I am again, guys! This time, I bring you a bookish tag!

I was tagged by Cristina @MyTinyObsessions to answer the Diverse Books Tag! Thank you, Cristina!

I kind of have a problem with this tag: I haven’t read many diverse books yet. If there are diverse books in Portugal, they aren’t really well known, I guess. Also, when I can order books, I order Sci-Fi or Fantasy novels, and not all of them are really diverse. Therefore, most of my answers are books that I would like to read!


A book starring a lesbian character

The Summer I Wasn't Me
Oh, we are starting well… I don’t think I have one… But after some research, I found a very interesting book: The Summer I Wasn’t Me, by Jessica Verdi.
This book has some mixed reviews and it has 3.85 stars on Goodreads. However, I think I would like to read it because it’s about something that, unfortunately, exists nowadays in our society: camps for LGBT people where they learn how not to be who they are. I mean, what the hell? Being a LGBT person is not a flaw, it’s not a mistake. LGBT people are people. That’s it. So, yes, I think this books seems interesting. This is a very important issue.

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A book with a muslim protagonist

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I definitely want to read I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Since this is a non-fiction book, we can’t really say protagonsit. Anyway, I really want to learn more about Malala. All I know about her is what I watched on news channels. Since I admire what she has done so far and what she is still doing, I really want to read this book.

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A book set in Latin America

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
Oh, here’s a book I have read! The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is set “In a remote river town deep in the Ecuadoran jungle”. I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Here in Portugal, LuĂ­s SepĂșlveda is a very well known author, so when one of my college teachers said that we had to read this book for class, I was glad I finally had the opportunity to really read one of his books. But I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it either. It was just okay.

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A book about a person with a disability

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, has a blind character. I haven’t read it yet, but I think it’s going to be on my July TBR list. It was a birthday gift from one of my friends and the funny thing is that I almost bought it before my birthday! I’m glad I didn’t.
This novel has som many good reviews and I can’t wait to read it.

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A science-fiction or fantasy book with a POC (Person of Color) protagonist

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
I chose a Fantasy book I haven’t read yet, but I hope I get the book soon: An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir. This book has many POC characters, I think. It has many positive reviews and there is already a Portuguese edition! Yayyy! But I want to read it in English.
I have mentioned here that, last summer, I asked my aunt from Canada to send me some books, and An Ember in the Ashes is one of them. The problem is that it’s summer again, which means it has been one year since I said that to my aunt and she hasn’t sent me the books yet… I really have to talk to her about that.

 

 

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A book written by an indigenous or native author

Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience
I never thought of reading books written by indigenous authors! It just never crossed my mind. But I did some research for this tag and I found Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, by Monique Gray Smith. The author is a “mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry”. Tilly is “loosely based on author Monique Gray Smith’s own life, this revealing, important work of creative non-fiction tells the story of a young Indigenous woman coming of age in Canada in the 1980s. With compassion, insight and humour, Gray Smith illuminates the 20th-century history of Canada’s First Peoples—forced displacement, residen­tial schools, tuberculosis hospitals, the Sixties Scoop. In a spirit of hope, this unique story captures the irrepressible resilience of Tilly, and of Indigenous peoples everywhere”.
Well, it sounds like an interesting book!

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A book set in South Asia

The Kite Runner
According to Goodreads, “South Asian countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan. Some people also include Burma/Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iran and the Maldives as part of South Asia”. I do have a book for this categorie and it’s on my To Buy list: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Housseini.
I watched the movie in high school and it made me cry. Such a sad story, even though it has beautiful lessons about friendship. After I watched it, I promised to myself I would read that book one day. I should really order it. I could read it in Portuguese but, once again, now I want to read more books in English.

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A book with a biracial character

Eleanor & Park
Yay, another book I have already read! Park, from Eleanor and Park, is half Korean, half American boy.

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A book starring a transgender character or transgender issues

The Art of Being Normal
I’m going to steal Cristina’s asnwer because she chose a book that I really would like to read someday. The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson, has so many positive reviews and I never read about a transgender character. I have read book with gay characters, but never with transgender and I guess this is the kind of book everyone should read since there is so much ignorance about transgender people.

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I tag:

Catarina @catshelf

Dee @thebookishkhaleesi

Victoria @thepetitebookblogger

Mariana @fireheartbooks

Anna @mybookishdream

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I really enjoyed answering this book tag! Never be ashamed of who you are! See you soon!

 

Awards · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

Hello, bookworms! Happy Sunday! I hope you are all well!
Today I bring you another award! That’s right,  I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Hurray!

I was nominated by Kayla @kdrewkthebookworm, so thank you, Kayla!



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Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award.
  4. Give them 11 new questions (if you want to)
  5. Display the award on your blog (if you want to)

Kayla’s questions

  1. What are you doing this summer? (Or if your region is not in summertime, what did you do last summer/plan on doing next summer?)

    I don’t really have plans. I want to read all my TBR books (of course!). I also want to watch some TV shows and movies. I’ll have a cousin from Canada in my house, so there will be lots of tours around the island, even though he already knows my island. I also want to hang out with my friends.

  2. How many physical books do you own?

    I am not sure. I don’t even remember the last time I count them! However, I can say I have a little bit more than 160 books.

  3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

    If it’s really boring and it brings nothing new to its genre, I’ll DNF. I also DNF if the writing is not really appealing to me.

  4. What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?

    Captain America: Civil War! IT WAS FREAKING AMAZING! HOLY CRAP, EVERYONE DID SUCH AN AMAZING JOB! AND I LOVED TOM HOLLAND AS SIPDER MAN! I ALS WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHER! IT WAS SO GOOD!

  5. Do you play video games? If so, what console do you have?

    No, I don’t.

  6. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?

    Favorite things: Sharing my thoughts, talking with other bookworms, finding other books to read.

    Least favorite things: Lack of imagination. You know… There are times when I don’t know what to write, especially when I don’t write many reviews because I am still reading books due to reading slump. Screw you, reading slump!

  7. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

    I haven’t finished The Final Empire yet. But I am really enjoying it! I guess I’m taking so much time because there are always other things interrupting me, like my computer. Ops.

    But here’s a good sentence from Brandon Sanderson’s book: “And Vin liked solitude. When you’re alone, no one can betray you”. Damn.

  8. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?

    Always on my computer! I would be impressed if there are people that love to write their posts on a phone. I would never do that because it would annoy me.

  9. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

    I think I have mentioned this somewhere on my blog, but since I’m a girl who loves Fantasy books, I have to say that I have never read Tolkien’s novels. *shame on me*
    But I want to!

  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?

    TAKE ME TO FREAKING ITALY OR GREECE!! I would go there because of their culture! I love mythology and museums! I love to learn things about Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome!

  11. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

    There are many songs in my head at the moment. For example, Broken Glass (Sia), Hymn for the Weekend (Coldplay), Unsteady (X Ambassadors), Wherever I Go (OneRepublic), and Learn Me Right (Birdy with Mumford and Sons).

 


Nominees:  I know the rules say that I have to choose 11 bloggers, but you know how awards work. Many people have done them and, trust me, many blogs that I follow have done this award, so I decided not to nominate.


That’s it for now! There will be a new post later! See you soon!

 

 

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria · WWW Wednesdays

WWW- Wednesdays: 22nd June

Hello, bookworms! How are you?

I want to say thank you to everyone who wrote kind comments on my last post. Yesterday, I kind of talked about my body issues, which is something that I have never done before on internet. Those words really made me smile and I am so happy that there is still kindness in this mad world! Thank you for you encouraging words on my new diet! Tomorrow I will have my first appointment, my first step towards a hard journey, but I am sure it’s going to be good for me. It’s time to do something for myself!

For those who are having a hard time because of their own bodies, you can do it! You can be happy! You can work hard to achieve whatever your goal is! And if you can’t do something at first, try again! Try harder! Fall! Get up! Smile!

Hugs for all of you!


Now, let’s move on!
Since I have been on a reading slump lately, my TBR for this month is not going well. I am still reading The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson, but I am loving it. And I have to change my June TBR because I want to read a book from an author that is coming to my island.

So, let’s do this weekly meme!

 


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This weekly meme is hosted by Sam@TakingOnAWorldOfWords

All you have to do is answer these questions with images of the books that are related to each question. The 3 Ws from the title stand for the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

As I said, I am still reading The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. The Portuguese
edition has 621 pages. I started reading it on June 1oth and I have only read 3334 pages! I don’t know what is going on with me! :c

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What did you recently finish reading?
Ahm, nothing…

What do you think you’ll read next?

I was planning on reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. However, I decided to a meeting session with a Portuguese author, Joel Neto. He is Azorean, which means that, like me, he is from the Azores, a group of nine Portuguese islands. He isn’t from my island, tho.
Anyway, he will be here to present his new book, which is the one I’m going to read after The Final Empire.

The title is A vida no campo, which can be literally translated to Life in the Countryside.

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If you would like to know more about this book (even though there is no English edition of it, only in Portuguese), here’s a synopsis translated by me:

A man and a woman. A garden and a vegetable garden. Two dogs. After twenty years in the big city, Joel Neto settled in Dois Caminhos, in Terceira. Surrounded by a stunning landscape, the childhood memories and an array of simple neighbours , he found that, after all, life can even be quieter, cheaper and free. And, perhaps, more intelligent.


And that’s is for today!
What about you?

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

love kiss amor kisses feliz

Awards · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

The Liebster Award

Hello, bookworms! I hope everything is ok with you and I also hope that you are reading amazing books this month!

I’m not going to write a Top Ten Tuesdays because the theme for this week is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year”. Since many 2016 releases are sequels, I didn’t read them. Also, I haven’t read many books this year. Yet. I am working on that! And even if those releases weren’t sequels, I couldn’t read them because I live in Portugal and it’s not easy to get access to English books, especially because I live in an island. Or I just didn’t have time to read because of college.

But I do have a post for you today, and it’s about an award!


Lauren from @DarlingBear nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you, Lauren! And you, my dear readers, should check her amazing blog!

Image from www.kirstiekinsblogs.co.uk

I think I have been nominated for this award, but since I was busy with college, I didn’t pay much attention to awards. I honestly ignored most of them… For those who nominated me for this award, or another one, sorry!


Well, here we go!

1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
5. Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.


Lauren’s questions:

  1. What was your favourite childhood toy? Barbie dolls! I used to have lots of them! My younger sister destroyed most of them when she liked to play with them. Poor dolls.
  2. If you have time off, what do you like to do? Besides reading, I love watching TV shows!
  3. What was the last thing that made you laugh? Probably funny gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch. I love this handsome man, you  have no idea.
  4. Do you have a favourite breakfast? No. My breakfast is always weird because I always feel so sleepy while I eat them. Also, during vacations, it’s really rare for me to eat breakfast. That is going to change do because I’ll follow a diet soon. I am fat and I really need to lose weight. It’s not just about my physical health, it’s also because I feel so unhappy whenever I look at my body.
  5. Would you visit the moon if you could? DAMN RIGHT I WOULD! AND I WOULD COSPLAY AS SAILOR MOON!
  6. Who is your favourite actor/actress? BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, THE LOVE OF MY LIKE! Jennifer Lawrence is my favorite actress, by the way!

    He ruins my life, but I still love him. God, he is so good!
  7. When do you like to read? I like to read at night, probably because everyone is sleeping and I feel peaceful knowing that no one will bother me.
  8. What do you wear when you want to be comfy and cosy? Hoodies!
  9. Where would you live if you could choose anywhere? Oh, man… I love Nature, which is why I love my island (SĂŁo Miguel, Azores), but since I love culture, and art, and museums, and bookish events (all of these are rare in my island), I would like to live in London or in Paris!

    I WANT TO GO TO PARIS AGAIN!!!! UGHHHH, DAMN YOU, MONEY!
  10. Which of the Disney princesses is your favourite? Belle from Beauty and the Beast is my fave because she loves books and she will give you wondeful feminist lessons.
  11. Which author would you like to meet in person? Definitely J.K. Rowling because it’s thanks to her that I have found a wonderful path in my life. I would feel so lost without books and literature, and it’s thanks to her Harry Potter books that I found a purpose in my life.
    OMG, the feels.

    Random facts

    1. I would like to go to London as an Erasmus student.

    2. I am a sophomore next year. This first year as a college student happened so fast, tho.

    3. As I said, I’ll start following a diet soon. I have an appointment with the doctor this Thursday. Actually, I felt inspired by my best friend, who was also fat and she started following a diet with the same doctor and she looks wonderful and she looks happier than before!

    4. I am really fat. I am not saying this for you to feel pity or something like that. I don’t know my weight as pounds or whatever system the US has, but my weight, in kilos, is 97 and I am really short.

    5. I know these facts are getting pretty “dark” because I am talking about issues that are important in my life, but I really don’t like my body, but I feel hopeful for the first time in my life because of this new diet. I have been on a diet before when I was 13, 14 years old, but I guess I was kind of young to understand how hard it could be and I gave up. The funny thing is that I acually lost weight in that time of my life.

    6. I have never kissed someone in my life. Ever. Probably due to my low self esteem. I am not going to do this diet because of boys, but I do feel terrible and super shy when I try to talk to a guy because I always think they will never like me because I am fat.

    7. Ok, let’s talk about happy things: I am going to meet another Portuguese author soon! He’s actually from the Azores, but he’s not from my island. Anyway, I have bought one of his books because I want to read some of his work before I meet him.

    8. I am on a reading slump, if you haven’t noticed the lack of book reviews. I am still reading The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. I am loving the book, tho!

    9. My favorite colors are blue, green and purple, but specially blue!

    10. My favorite tv shows are: BBC Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Gilmore Girls and many others.

    11. Surprisingly, I fell in love with Benedict Cumberbatch when I saw his acting in 12 Years a Slave. I had seen him in Tumblr gifs because many people I follow love BBC Sherlock, but I had never watched the show. Then, I watched 12 Years a Slave in high school and, even though he didn’t have a major role in that movie, his acting skills surprised me a lot. Then, I watched Star Trek into Darkness. And then I finally watched BBC Sherlock. Then, I understood he took over my life. No regrets, tho.


Nominees (I only chose 3)

1. Nagina @ohbookish

2. Nicole @awayinNeverland

3. Alya @alyareadsalot


11 Questions for my nominees:

  1. Winter or Summer?
  2. Where do you live? (just say your country)
  3. Do you like classic novels? If so, what is your favorite one?
  4. What is your favorite song at the moment?
  5. If you could have dinner with someone who is important in our History, who would you choose?
  6. Would you prefer to work at a library or at a bookstore?
  7. What was your last read?
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. Hardbacks or paperbacks?
  10. How many books have you read this year?
  11. What is your favorite 2016 read?

That’s it for today, guys! Sorry about the weird answers I write above about my weight. I am actually impressed that I talked about that because I never talk about these things with other people, not even with my family. Only with my best friend, tho. And now you :p

Anyway, see you tomorrow!

BEN!!!!! *heart eyes*
Bookworm stuff · News · Sem categoria

New Fantastic Beasts poster!

Heyyyyy, bookworms! I am sorry that I don’t write much, but when I take too much time reading one book, I don’t usually blog a lot because I have nothing to say. Also, I have been feeling a little bit lazy and I was in a reading slump last week. I blame animes for that, by the way hahahaha.

But I am here woth bookish news!


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them was written by J. K. Rowling to help Comic Relief, a British charity organization that uses humor to fight poverty.

In the magical world created by Rowling, the book is one of the Harry Potter’s textbooks and it was written by Newt Scamander, an expert in magical animals who studied at Hogwarts. He was a Hufflepuff, by the way!

In September 2015, it was announced that this book would be adapted for the big screen. The director is David Yates, who was also responsible for the last four Harry Potter movies. J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves wrote the script. Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove and Jenn Murray are part of the main cast.

After they released pictures, a short video and an official trailer, they posted a new poster today on social media:

 

 

The movie will focus on the journey of Newt Scamander in New York in the 20s, after being expelled from Hogwarts. Scamander goes to the big American city with a suitcase full of fantastic monsters. However, when some of these monsters escape, he is forced to chase the exotic creatures, while avoiding the attention of No-Maj (the Americans who are not wizards; in the UK, the term that is used is Muggle, which is known by everyone who loves Harry Potter).

If you haven’t watched the trailer, here it is:


Damn, I’m so excited about this movie because I MISS THIS KIND OF MAGIC SO MUCH! IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE WE HAD A MOVIE LIKE THIS, FOR GOD’S SAKE! I NEED MORE! WE ALL NEED MORE!

Are you excited about this movie?

Book Haul · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

ACOMAF is here!

Hello, bookworms! I hope you had/are having a lovely day!

I’m not going to write a Top 10 Tuesdays post because I don’t know many books that I want that are going to be published in the second half of the year. *sighs*

I mean, almost all of them are sequels of books that I haven’t read yet, so… But I can tell you that I REALLY WANT TO GET HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD!!!!!!!

But let me tell that today was a good day because my new copy of A Court of Mist and Fury (the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses), by Sarah J. Maas, has arrived! I already had another copy of this book, but as I said here, it was damaged, so I sent an email to Book Depository and they told me I could keep the damaged copy, but they would send me a new one. And it’s here!!!!

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Don’t worry about the damaged copy! I talked to my best friend and she said she could have it, since she doesn’t mind about the damages. That’s why I will only read ACOMAF next month. My best friend still has to read the first book and I will wait for her, so that we can read ACOMAF together and fangirl a lot.

By the way, if you want to see the damaged copy, click here.

 

What about you? Have you read A Court of Mist and Fury?

Book Haul · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

New books on my shelf!!!

Hello, bookworms! How are you? I hope you are all safe and sound because the world is getting worse, but I do believe there is still light in all this darkness. LOVE IS LOVE!!!!

Here’s a cute gif to make you all smile:

Now, let me tell you why I haven’t been blogging lately… It’s very simple: Sometimes, I don’t know what to post here and then I post nothing…. I am so sorry, guys! But here I am again!

Acutally, today I am going to talk about two books my mom bought for me this Sunday! Yayyyyy!


In the mainland (let me remind you that I may live in Portugal, but I live in one of the Portuguese islands), there’s a huge book fair going on. Actually, today was the last day of the wonderful Lisbon Book Fair, and I’m so sad that I didn’t go there… It reallyu sucks to live in a island, sometimes… Here, we don’t have these amazing book fairs, nor we have great authors coming here. Even the Portuguese writers rarely visit us…

Anyway, while some readers are very happy with what they got in that book fair, I’m happy that I got 2 books yesterday because they both had a 40% discount off! YESSSSS! And I told my mom to buy them because she had already told me she would like to give me something because I had fantastic grades this year. Let me also remind you that this was my first year as a college student and it was like a roller coaster, but I had amazing grades! I am actually the best student in my class! I am being completely honest, I’m not bragging. Is that a word? Does that exist?

Well, here are the books I got yesterday. Thank you, mom!


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Portuguese edition.

Synopsis (Book Depository):The No 1 Swedish thriller by the author of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare One girl is dead Detective Inspector Joona Linna has been called to a home for troubled girls, north of Stockholm. A young girl has been brutally murdered, her body arranged in bed with her hands covering her eyes. One girl is missing Vicky Bennet is the only girl unaccounted for. Did she run away to escape the chaos or does a bloody hammer
found under her pillow make her the prime suspect? One girl claims to have witnessed it all In Stockholm, Flora Hansen works as a medium, pretending to commune with the dead.

The Fire Witness
US edition.

When she begins to suffer crippling visions of the young girl’s murder, will anyone believe her? As Joona refuses to accept the easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory, and, finally, to a shocking confrontation with his past.

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Portuguese edition.

Synopsis (Goodreads): During a cold winter night in Stockholm a man is found walking alongside a railway bridge, suffering from hypothermia and legionella. After he’s rushed to the hospital, it’s discovered that, according to a death certificate, the man has been dead for over seven years. He is believed to be a victim of notorious serial killer Jurek Walter, who was arrested years ago by Detective Inspector Joona Linna and sentenced to a life of total isolation in forensic psychiatric care.

The Sandman
US edition.

 

As Joona Linna investigates where the “dead man” has been all these years, some unexpected evidence leads to the reopening of a cold case. Danger is imminent, and someone needs to get under the skin of the serial killer–fast–as they are running out of time.

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I bought these books because I don’t usually read thrillers. However, I read Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, last year and I loved it, so I made a promise to myself that I would try to read, at least, one thriller this summer. It seems now I have two!

The thing is… The Fire Witness is the third book of Joona Linna series, while The Sandman is the fourth. You are probably thinking that I should read the first two books (The Hypnotist and The Nightmare) of this series, but I don’t want to because their Goodreads reviews are really low and I actually think that the books I bought sound more interesting than the first books of this series. Someone has already told me that it’s ok to read these books individually, so I’m not worried about the story line.

I am excited to read these two books because, as I said, it’s really rare for me to read thrillers. Also, this series has many Portuguese fans. By the way, did you know that Lars Kepler is a pen name of two Swedish writers that are actually married? And they are very successful worldwide!

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These covers look amazing!

I hope I buy, or order, more books this month! I actually want to buy some Portuguese novels, but I don’t know yet.

What about you? Have you already bought many books this month?

 

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria · WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays-8th June

Hello, bookworms! How are you?

The last time I did this weekly meme was in January! OMG!
I think I stopped doing this because I was in some kind of a reading slump and then college was about to start again, so I decided that this meme would be useless. But it’s back!!!

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This weekly meme is hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords

All you have to do is answer these questions with images of the books that are related to each question. The 3 Ws from the title stand for the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

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Portuguese edition.

I am currently reading The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the first book of a Fantasy trilogy, Mistborn trilogy. However, the author has added two books, so it’s a series now.

 

 

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
I have only read 90 pages (by the way, I’m reading it in Portuguese) and I’m really enjoying it! I really like Brandon Sanderson’s writing because, when someone writes Fantasy, the authors like to write in a very peculiar, complex way, which can be a problem sometimes, but I think that, in this case, the writing is really good and simple. Also, I’m loving meeting these fantastic characters! Vin, which seems to be the main female character, is my favorite one so far!

On your right, you can see one of the US editions. I actually prefer the Portuguese edition because IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND BADASS!

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What did you recently finish reading?

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I just finished reading Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell, and if you want to find out what I think about this novel, you should read my review. But I can say I LOVED IT SO MUCH!

 

 

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Portuguese edition.

After The Final Empire, I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. It’s the first book in Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

To know more about it, here’s the synopsis:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
US edition.

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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What about you?

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

See you soon!!!

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Review: Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Hello again, lovely bookworms! This time, I have a review for you! Oh my, it has been a while since I wrote a review. Don’t blame me, blame college.

As you can see, I’m going to talk about a very heartbreaking book: Eleanor & Park!


 

Goodreads synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Review:

Eleanor & Park is a YA novel that is set during the  80s, with many cultural references, such as conversations about comic books (X-Men, Watchmen, etc.) and great bands. It’s a lovely book, very innocent, but also full of sadness and sorrow.

The plot focuses on two characters, Eleanor and Park. Eleanor is a fat girl with red hair, and she has a very complicated family life. She is bullied by colleagues and she doesn’t like herself very much. She is a very insecure girl, since she is aware of her differences when she is compared to others. She dresses in a very peculiar way, since she is poor and has to wear male clothes that are already old.

Look at this cute fanart!

Park is a half Korean, half American guy. he kind of  has a normal family,  even though he has some problems with  his parents, but they are, like, the usual teen problems. Not that I’m underestimating that because, after all, I am also a teenager and I understand Park’s problems and issues. He loves comics and music, and that’s how he mets Eleanor, who was a new student at his school. Eleanor started reading his comic books when they went together on the bus and Park decided to talk to her about her interests. In that moment, therefore, we could see a very beautiful, charming and funny friendship starting to grow, which  would turn into a fascinating relationship, full of good, cute moments, full of bad moments as well. They face their problems together, they help each other. They suffer together, laugh together. Theiy love each other so much. “Two misfits. One extraordinary love.” How not to love a novel like this one?

“Why is Park Korean?” The first time I was asked that question, three or four months ago, I had a pretty short answer: “Because Park is Korean.” Because Park was always Korean. From the moment he was Park. Before he was actually “Park.”:
YESSSS! THE LEFT ONE! You need to read this book to understand why I’m excited about the left picture.

So, what more can I say about the characters? I really loved how the author built them. They seemed so real, as if the author had written this novel based on a true story. They are characters that make us smile for their tenderness, that make us cry for the suffering they do not deserve. They have become my friends. Except Eleanor’s stepfather, of course. He’s really bad.
I loved to meet Eleanor. I identify myself a lot with her, since I’m also fat. It made me feel good to read a character who goes through the same experiences as me: the insecurities, the fears. I’m also like her when she talks about the things she loves. She’s a very sweet girl and her life made my heart feel heavy. For me, she is the most well-built character in the novel. We see a little of everything: her problems with herself, her problems with her colleagues, her problems with her boyfriend, her problems with her family. I really enjoyed to see her grow and make the right decisions for her.
Park also won my heart because he is a very charming young man. His heart is so pure  and  he’s so selfless. He’s really a sweetheart. I liked to see him talking with his parents and  I loved the little things he did with Eleanor, for Eleanor, how he touches lightly on the palm of her hand and her red curls. I really liked when he would go with her to her locker and stand against the wall to admire her. I repeat, he is a sweetheart.
The other characters are also very real. The life story of Eleanor’s mother is very touching. She sacrificed, and sacrifices, so much for the sake of her children. Eleanor’s father is barely around and her stepfather is a demon. This is another aspect that I liked Eleanor’s character building:  Rainbow Rowell focused a lot on Eleanor’s family life, especially on the issue of domestic violence and its consequences in a family. These details made this novel even more appealing, more authentic.

eleanor & park DYING.:
R.I.P me! *crying a river*

The writing is very simple and jovial. We see that the author loves writing for teens, but adults can still read her books, of course. It is a very catchy writing since it’s very simple and genuine. The author is able to create magnificent quotes like this: “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something”. As you can see, I sighed a lot while I read this magnificent book.

Here you can see many wonderful quotes from this novel. I took this image from Pinterest, by the way:

-E&P. Mi primer gran amor. El libro de mi vida. Favorito por todos los tiempos:

In conclusion, Eleanor & Park is a story filled with moments of humor and pain, smiles and tears. A very touching romance with fascinating characters, that make us feel everything and anything intensely. It is a book with a very important message: “Love is a superpower”.

Rating:

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If you have read this beautiful book, please let me know! Also, let me know if you liked this review! See you soon!!