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Book sales are amazing!

Hello, bookworms! I hope you are all ok!

As I said yesterday, here I the books my mom bought for me this week. There a huge book sale going on in one of the biggest supermarkets of my country and I am so glad I already have two books from those sales! I think I’m going to buy one another one soon, but I’m not sure yet.

I won’t post my Book Traveling Thursday today because I prefer to post once a day, which means you can read it tomorrow!

By the way, I got bookmail today! Yup, July has been a good month for me! However, I’m not going to talk about it yet because there is another book that I ordered at the same time as the one I already got, so I prefer to wait for the second book, so that I can write only one post about them!

Well, let’s talk about the two novels I got this week!


I really want to read more thriller books., especially psychological ones! This is definitely Gillian Flynn’s fault because I LOVED Gone Girl! Therefore, when I saw Eeny Meeny, by M.J. Alridge, with a 40% discount off, I knew I had to buy it!

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Portuguese edition- It looks awesome!

Its concept is not really original since I have seen it in tv shows, but that’s actually the reason why I bought it! I really love this kind of story! It only has 3.86 stars on Goodreads, but I didn’t care about the rating and I asked my mom to buy it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll regret it.

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)
US edition

I am sure that, at least, most of you have seen this book on bookstores. I mean, everyone is crazy about it! Then, there was a movie adaptation and it seems that everyone loved it and I decided that I should really get this book because I don’t read many Contemporaries, especially Adult ones. Yes, I am talking about Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes.

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Portuguese movie tie-in edition- The Portuguese title is different from the original one. It can be translated to: Living (or live, but I thinking “living” makes more sense) after you.

 

Before the movie came out, I already wanted to read it, but it was one of those books that I would eventually get from the library some day. But then… I watched the trailer…. And I freaking loved it and I made a promise to myself: I HAVE TO READ BEFORE I WATCH THE MOVIE! So, I am glad that I saw this book on sale. It only had 20% discount off, but it was still a good price!

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
US edition

So, that’s it for today, guys! See you tomorrow!

What about you? Have you bought/ got many books this month?

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Book review · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

Review: The Final Empire (#1), by Brandon Sanderson

Hello, bookworms! I hope everything is ok with you!

I promised yesterday that I would post my review of The Final Empire, so… Here it is! However, I won’t write a post about the books I got yesterday, but you can read it tomorrow! ūüėČ

Without further ado, here’s my review! I hope you leave comments below, by the way!


The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson, is the first book of the Mistborn series, which has six books so far. There is no information about the seventh and final book, but the sixth novel was published in January 2016 and was very well received by the fans. It is important to know that this series is split in two, since the action of the last four books of the series is after the story told in the first three novels..

This first installment¬†tells a revolution led by a Allomancer¬†(someone¬†who can use ingested metals to enhance their physical and mental abilities), Kelsier, who suffered at the hands of the Lord Ruler, a “God” that rules¬†the whole Final Empire. To dethrone the Lord Ruler, Kelsier makes bold plans together with his group. It is early in the development of the revolution that Kelsier meets a Mistborn, Vin, a orphan skaa (the skaa are the enslaved people of the Final Empire) who eventually joins the group because Kelsier promised¬†her that he will teach her¬†all about the metals, because they all¬†have different powers. In the meanwhile, she plays a key role in the revolution: the girl¬†has to¬†¬†pretend to be a noble, Valette Renoux, in order to trigger discord between the great families of the nobility, to weaken the political system of the Empire. However, there are challenges along the way and the group¬†goes through quite dark moments, but there always remains a desire to improve the Final Empire. So will they be able to realize the dream of seeing an empire ruled by righteous people, or will it¬†be impossible to overthrow the Lord Ruler?

As you can see, the books has¬†a very interesting plot, although it’s not entirely new in Fantasy. Still, it stands out for being simple and for changing certain traditional aspects of Fantasy, like magic. Usually, we associate ¬†magic ¬†with wands or gestures that the characters make with their hands, but in this book, the magic is only possible by swalloing up¬†metal. . Thus, the¬†author gets the reader’s attention through new elements he himself creates. Also, as usual in Fantasy, the first part of the book develops slowly since there is so much detail that we are getting for the first time, but it’s normal because the reader is facing¬†a whole new world. The second part is definitely more action packed, but the plot twists¬†simply fantastic. They were indeed unpredictable.

The characters are the ones¬†that give complexity to the plot since they are all completely different. We have, on one hand, Kelsier, who is fascinating, rebellious and ambitious, and, on the other hand, we have Vin, a weak young girl, but who once learns useful things about her abilities, she becomes¬†a great spy and a very talented Allomancer. Kelsier is undoubtedly one of the most endearing characters, but he did’nt¬†get the attention he deserved, in my opinion. We have little glimpses of his past and we are able to understand his¬†reasons for his revenge and his desire to carry out a revolution; however, he was entirely well developped by the author.¬†Actually, all the characters are under-developed, which is a pity…

Mistborn, digital illustration. Based on ‚ÄúThe Final Empire‚ÄĚ from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.:
Fanart: Vin and Kelsier with their allomancer capes.

Still, I would like to talk about two other characters that have captured my attention, even though they weren’t well¬†developed as well: Elend and Sazed. Elend belongs to one of the Great Houses of the nobility, but, unlike the other nobles, who prefer to ignore the poverty and the suffering of the skaas and just want to dance and wear the best clothes, Elend is an idealist rebel. He dreams of a harmonious empire where justice and equal rights can reign. So,¬†once he meets Vin and he understands who she really is, he becomes braver and he definitely wants to fight for what is right, instead of discussin what it’s wrong with his friends and drink a little bit peacefully.
Sazed got my attention¬†for being very intelligent, wise, serene and kind, and for never losing ¬†his patience with Kelsier and Vin, since they both¬†have “stormy” personalities. He turns out to be very important for the plot and he never loses his faith in Kelsier’s ¬†plans.

Alex Allen: Character concept for Sazed from the Mistborn series:
Fanart: Sazed.

What I really loved about this book was¬†Brandon Sanderson’s simple writing style. Many readers are afraid to read Fantasy because of the complex and detailed writing. However, The Final Empire¬†was written in a very simple way and it still gets the reader’s attention, but it can get confusing because of the magic system that we see here.

 

In conclusion, The Final Empire is a great book¬†for readers who would like to start reading Fantasy. The writing is simple, the plot is engaging and, although it is not completely new, it features original elements that can fascinate you. For those who are big Fantasy fans, like myself, don’t get your expectations high. However, I think you will like this book anyway.

US cover

My rating:

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What about you? Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Hello, bookworms! how are you? I hope you are all ok!

Today I bring you another TTT post! Let me tell you that I’ll post a review about The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson, tomorrow! And I’ll probably post something else because my mom bought me two books today! There is a book sale going on at a very famous Portuguese supermarket and when I saw the books I got, I was like: YAAAAAAAAAAAS! I CAN FINALLY BUY THEM! I told my mom I didn’t have money with me (actually, since I don’t have a job and all the money I have is from my birthday, I’m poor right now) and she told me I could pay one of the books. She is so kind, but I know she is mad because I keep buying so many books. *sorry, mommy*

Now, let’s talk about 2¬†books!


Here’s a little introduction about the meme, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish:

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here atThe Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list¬† that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don‚Äôt have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It‚Äôs a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.‚ÄĚ
Those paragraphs were taken from The Broke and the Bookish. For more information, here’s the post.
The bloggers have changed this meme a little bit because some people¬†say that, sometimes, it‚Äôs hard to choose 10 books for a theme, so the bloggers added this:¬†10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it ‚ÄĒ do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice! Really, it‚Äôs just a starting off point. We realize 10 can be hard and we don‚Äôt at all always expect it. And we always thumbs up anyone putting a different yet related spin on the topic to make it work for them!

The theme for this week is: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.
  1. Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan: Even thought I have only read the first two books ( really hope I get the other books by the end of this year), Rick Riordan made me fall in love with Greek mythology when I felt so addicted to his way to teach us about this fascinanting part of Greek culture! So, there was a time I did lots of research about Greek Gods and their stories and I still feel so fascinated by Greek mythology!
    THESE COVERS ARE SO PRETTY!

     

  2. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank: I think this was the first WW2 book that I have ever read and it had a huge impact on me because after I read it, I wanted to know more about these dark times of our kind.


Well, that’s it for today! If you really want to know what books I got today, here are some clues: one of them is a thriller and the other is an Adult Contemporary!

Before I go, let me ask you this: what books have made you want to learn about after reading them?

Book Travelling Thursdays · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

Book Traveling Thursdays-MUSIC IS LIFE!

Hello, bookworms! How are you?

I didn’t post this weekly meme on Thursday because it was kind of a busy day for me. But here it is now!


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: Everyone loves music. Choose a book where music is a big part of the story.

The first that came to my mind was If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. The main character plays cello and it’s one of the most important things in her life.


Original cover: I think the cover with a flower was the first cover, while the second one came after because it’s a paperback edition.


Cover from your country (Portugal): My country has 3 different covers, I think.

 

I have the first cover, which it’s much better than the original US cover, I think.

 

Movie tie-in edition. It looks so pretty!

Favorite cover: I wish I had the movie tie-in edition!


Least favorite covers: I still can’t believe that there are so many ugly covers out there…

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Hungarian edition
Als ik blijf
Dutch edition

 

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Slovenian edition

That’s it for today! I think I’ll write some posts about some recent bookish news, but I’m not sure since my Canadian cousin is in my house and he is going to stay here for two weeks and some days, so ¬†I’ll be busy. But I’ll definitely try!

See you soon!

Book Haul · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

Bookmail! YAAAAAS!

Hello, bookworms! How are you? I hope everything is ok with you!

It’s time to talk about the books that arrived this Monday! Monday morning was nice because my father and my sister woke me up and they showed me the packages. Of course, I jumped out of my bed!

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I ordered 5 books on 7th July (my father paid three of them because they are gifts for me; I have said here that I had really awesome grades this year) and, as you can see, three have arrived (I got them on 18th July).

I am so happy that I finally have these books because I have always wanted to read this author’s work. Also, I love the book-to- tv show adaptation of some of his stories.

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Yup, I am sure you have deduced ( PUN!!!!) what books I am talking about!


All the follwoing editions have more than one story in one book.

 

 

In this case, there is A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four in one book. By the way, this cover is stunning!

 

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In this edition, we have the last two Sherlock Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear.  Not really sure about this cover, tho. However, it may have a meaning. I mean, in the BBC tv show, Sherlock has his own chair. Does that happen in the books?

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The last book I got has two sets of stories; altogether it has 23 tales. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are all collected here.

OMG, THIS COVER!!!!!!! THE DOOR! THE. FREAKING. DOOR!

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I am so glad I finally have these books! I hope I buy more of this author soon!

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Speaking of ordering books, I ordered another one last night, even though I am waiting for other two books to arrive (yes, my dad wants to kill me ahahahah). But the one I (pre-)ordered yesterday is really important to¬†me because…. IT’S HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PART I & II!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!

Moving on!
Have you read any Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works? If so, did you like what you read?

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books set outside USA

Hello, bookworms! I hope everything is ok with you!

It has been a while since I have done this meme, so here I am again!


Here’s a little introduction about the meme, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish:

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here atThe Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list¬† that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don‚Äôt have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It‚Äôs a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.‚ÄĚ
Those paragraphs were taken from The Broke and the Bookish. For more information, here’s the post.
The bloggers have changed this meme a little bit because some people¬†say that, sometimes, it’s hard to choose 10 books for a theme, so the bloggers added this:¬†10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it — do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice! Really, it’s just a starting off point. We realize 10 can be hard and we don’t at all always expect it. And we always thumbs up anyone putting a different yet related spin on the topic to make it work for them!
I think I’ll start doing a list of 5 books!

 

The theme for this week is: Ten Books Set Outside The US!

  1. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling: United Kingdom
  2. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown: Mars ( oh yes, it’s not only outside USA, but it’s also set in another planet!)
  3. Between the Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys: Lithuania and Siberia.

  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak: Germany

  5. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer (I haven’t read it yet):It’s most likely¬† that this story¬†takes place in Beijing, China, because, in this book, there is a fictional name, New Beijing.

 


Well, that’s it for today! I hope I post something tomorrow!

P.S- IT’S BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH’S BIRTHDAY TODAY (19TH JULY)!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEN! YOU ARE AMAZING, MY FAVORITE ACTOR, AND I LOVE YOU!!!!

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Sorry. Not sorry. MAN, HE’S SO GORGEOUS! *swoon*

 

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria · TBR

July TBR

Hello….. It’s me…..

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting anything lately… Lately, I have been feeling¬†a little bored and upset. My mother says that moods can change when we are on a diet, so I think that’s happening to me. This past weekend was the worst for me, I think, because I didn’t lose weight last week. My Sunday was pretty bad for me. I felt so disappointed with myself, even though the doctor has told me that this could happen. He told me that I’m going to have times when I barely lose weight, but then I can lose a lot later. I already knew that this could happen, but I literally just started my diet, so I expected more weight loss by now… But I feel better now. Actually, when I woke up today, my dad came to my room and gave to me 3 of the 5 books I ordered a week (or two) ago! I mean, any bookworm feels so much better at the mere sight of a book, so imagine getting 3 books at once! However, I’m not going to talk about my bookmail today because I just remembered that I haven’t posted my July TBR!


I have been on a reading slump since July started. Really, I have read, like, 10-15 pages until now… As I said before, I haven’t finished yet the last two books of June… I really want to finish them this week, so that I can read other books that¬†I should have read in June.

Here are the books I hope I read after the ones I haven’t finished yet. I really do believe that this diet changed my mood, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop following it! I’m sure I’ll get better!

 

I’m pretty sure that, once I have read the other 2 books, I’ll start reading I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson. I think I really need a YA Contemporary to make me feel better.

Then, I would like to read The 100, by Kass Morgan. I guess it’s a very light read, even though it’s Sci-Fi. Since I’m moody these days, I think this is also the right choice for me.

Last, but not the least, I hope I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. It’s not a light read, but I think it’s something that I will, at least, like, because FANTASY and ANGELS and FORBIDDEN LOVE! YASSSSSS!


Well, that’s it for today!

What about you? What have you read so far this month? Are you enjoying your reads?

Book Travelling Thursdays · Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

Book Traveling Thursdays- Love at first sight!

Hello, bookworms! How are you? I hope you are enjoying summer! For those who are facing winter, I hope you have enough blankets and hot chocolate!

A few days ago, I wrote a post about how difficult it was to choose the books I would like to order this month since my father wanted to buy me books because I had good grades in my first year as a college student. In that post, I had 3 options and, as many people chose, I decided to order option 2:

My dad ordered: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) plus a very cheap edition of The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes= 14.9‚ā¨

I ordered: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) plus a very cheap edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four (even though they are two different stories, this edition has these stories in one single book) plus another very cheap edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear (once again, two stories in one book)= 15.3‚ā¨

I really can’t wait to get all these books!

Now, let’s¬†talk about a book that has a beautiful cover because it’s Book Travelling Thursdays time!



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: Book with an Eye Candy Cover. Choose a book that you read/bought because of the cover.

There are some books that I bought because I loved the covers, but there’s one in particular that totally took my breat awayyyyyy. Joking, but it’s such a BEAUTIFUL COVER!!!!!

By the way, I am talking about The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski. I haven’t read it yet, but I hope I read it in August, even thought I’m not sure yet what I am going to read this month because I have been on a reading slump. I actually haven’t finished the 2 last books of June…. Ughhhhhh, get out of here, reading slump!


Original cover:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
US edition. I actually own the UK edition since I order lots of books on Book Depository.

Cover from your country (Portugal): This book is coming out this month! I found out about this a couple of days ago and I was so happy when I saw the cover because it kind of looks like the UK edition, which is so PRETTY! I am glad that they didn’t, like, try to do a new cover. It wouldn’t work well, honestly.

For my Portuguese readers, the Portuguese edition is coming out on July 18th.

 

A Maldição do Vencedor (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)


Favorite covers: Even though I love the US edition, I think I love UK edition even more. Maybe it’s because of the background, I don’t know.

 

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

 

The Portuguese cover is now one of my favorites as well.


Least favorite cover: I don’t hate this cover. Actually, I love it! However, I really prefer the original covers because they have this girly and badass vibes at the same time, which is cool because it shows that being feminine and being badass can coexist. Now, about this alternative cover, you just see the usual YA Fantasy cover that has a girl as the main character.

But, as I said, it’s still a beautiful cover!

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)


What about you? What book(s) did you buy/read because you simply loved its (their) cover(s)?

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Help me because I want to order books, but I don’t know what to choose!

Hello, bookworms! Happy Sunday!

I actually need your help. I mean, I hope you have these books, so that you can help me choose which ones should I order. Ok, let me explain my situation.

I asked my father if he could order me books because I had amazing grades in college. This is something that happens since high school, but I still have to remember him to give me something. Of course that he said he would order some books¬†and he has set a limit, like, he¬†can only order 15‚ā¨ (USD 16 something). I said it was a good limit and, therefore, in these past days, I have been searching for books to order. The problem is that I have so many options¬†that I don’t even know which one I should choose. Also, I want to order other books, but I will be the one to pay those. My limit is 17‚ā¨ (USD 18.94).

Here are the options:

  1. My dad could order: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse plus¬†Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth= 15.78‚ā¨

    I could order: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian plus The Ocean at the End of the Lane= 16.72‚ā¨

  2. My dad could order: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) plus a very cheap edition of The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes= 14.9‚ā¨

    I could order: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) plus a very cheap edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four (even though they are two different stories, this edition has these stories in one single book) plus another very cheap edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear (once again, two stories in one book)= 15.3‚ā¨

  3. My dad could order one of the previous options.I could order: A Study in Charlotte, by Britanny Cavallaro plus¬†a very cheap edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four= 15.93‚ā¨

I don’t think I’ll choose the first option because the Percy Jackson series isn’t a priority for now, even though I know they would be good summer reads.

My problem is between option 2 and option 3 because I have read great reviews about A Study in Charlotte, but then I read a sample and I think the writing is not for me because it seems too juvenile for me, I guess. However, maybe the writing gets better after the first 3, 4 chapters, so I don’t know what to do. ¬†Have you read this book? I really hope you had because I need some help! I really don’t know what to do.

Then, I really would like to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels because I love BBC Sherlock and I think I will love the books that are the inspiration of this awesome tv series! And I may have not read Cinder and Scarlet yet, but I think I’ll love them and maybe I should order the last two books of the Lunar Chronicles series!


Well, I hope you can help me solve this problem! See you soon!!!

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria · Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

Helloooooo, bookworms! Happy Saturday!

This post is short because I really don’t have much to say.


Oficially, I only read one book, which was Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. This books is wonderful and it is really good as a summer read! If you haven’t read my review, click here.

Then, I started reading The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the first installment in a Fantasy series and I haven’t finished it yet, even though I LOVE Fantasy.¬†While I was reading the first half of this book, I wasn’t really impressed by it. Then, I started the second part and it got BETTER! So, I don’t know the reason why I haven’t finished it yet. I actually blame myself, of course. I kind of spend too much time on social media. Ops. Then, it’s summer time here and I have plans with my family sometimes, so… No time to read when that happens! Anyway, I am truly enjoying it now!

I don’t like¬†reading two books at the same time, but I actually started reading another book last week. Its title is A vida no campo (in English, something like: Life in the countryside) and it was written by a Portuguese author. The author came to my island last week to talk about his newest book, which is the one I started reading. Since I want to know more Portuguese authors, I went to the book launch and, of course, before that, I started reading his book, because I wouldn’t like to feel ignorant during the event. It’s a short book, but I haven’t finished it either because lately I have been busy with my family. I hope I finish it before Monday, tho.

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What about you? How many book did you read? Were they good?

Seriously, I hope you had a better reading month than me!