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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.

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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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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?

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June Book Haul + Signed books

I told you I would write another post! This time, I’m going to show you the books I got this month. I can’t believe that June is gone. This means that also te first half of 2016 is gone. This is ridiculous! Time flies….

But well, let me tell you that I bought 2 books, my mom gave me 2 books and I finally got a good copy of A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas, since the other copy arrived damaged.


So, let’s make a list about the books I got in June:

  1. A new copy of A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2), by Sarah J. Maas: I want to say thank you to Book Depository for replying my emails so quickly and for solving this problem. They let me keep the damaged copy, which I am going to give to my best friend, since she doesn’t mind that it’s damaged.
  2. My mother gave me two Lars Kepler’s novels. They are actually the 3rd and 4th in a series, but both were on sale, so I told my mom that this was a good opportunity for me to read thrillers. She bought The Fire Witness and The Sandman.
  3. The last 2 books I bought this month were written by a Portuguese author, Joel Neto. I found out that he would be in my island to talk about his new book, A vida no campo (in English, it’s something like: Life in the countryside), which is is kind of a personal journal. Then I decided that I should also buy his most successful book, Arquipélago (in English: Archipelago), so that I could get not only one, but two books signed by him! As far as I know, there are no English editions.

 

 

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In terms of getting new books, June was awesome! And it got even better when I went to the book launch session:

 

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In terms of reading… Well, let’s talk about that later!!!

What about you? Did you get many books? Did you get the books you wanted to buy?

 

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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?

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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.

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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?

 

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May Wrap Up + Book Haul

Hello again, bookworms!

So, May was a really bad month for reading… I had to study for my exams and I had to read a lot for college, but not books, just lots of pages from important books for my exams. I had a fun time…

 

That’s why I only read one book and, of course, it was for college. It’s called As Ilhas Desconhecidas, which can be translated as The Unknown Islands, and it was written by Raul Brandão.

It’s about the time when the author visited the Azores, a group of nine Portuguese islands (I live in one of them, by the way), and Madeira, which is another Portuguese island. He pretty much shares his experiences while he visited those islands and he talks about the Azorean people and their traditions.

I actually enjoyed this book, especially because of Brandão’s writing. He loves to talk about how colorful the islands are (yes, the Azores are known for their beautiful natural colors) and I loved how he acts like a painter, but one who paints with words!

I gave 4.5 out of 5 stars!


Now, let’s talk about the only book I got this month… Yes, I only ordered one book, but it’s a special one!

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OF COURSE IT’S A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, BY SARAH J. MAAS!

BEHOLD!

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SO. DAMN. BEAUTIFUL!

I’m not going to post its synopsis because it has spoilers, but I can say I’m really excited to read this because I loved the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, so much and now I want to read every single Sarah J. Maas’s book!

But there’s a problem:

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My poor copy is damaged, but don’t worry! I contacted Book Depository when I saw this and they told me they would send me a new copy and I could even keep the damaged one! Yesterday, I sent them another email because I wanted to know how they would tell me that the book is on its way and they told me it was dispatched on 27th May, which means I have to other 2, 3 weeks for it to arrive…

Now, you’re thinking: But you can read it anyway!
Yes, I could read it, but I am very picky when it comes to books and I don’t like the fact that I have a copy in this condition. Also, I actually want to read other books first because they have been on my bookshelf for almost more than a year and, you know, they deserve better, my poor babies.
By the way, I’m not going to keep this book. I have already talked to my best friend and she says she doesn’t mind keeping it for herself. She hasn’t read the first book yet, but she wants to, so… I’m glad she is not as picky as me!

Despite all this, these books look so good together:

 

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If you want to know more about this trilogy (the third book comes out next year), here’s the synopsis of the first book:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!


I hope May was better for you than it was for me…

What books did you read? And what books did you get?

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Awesome bookmail!!!!

Hello, bookish people! I hope you had (or having) a wonderful Friday! I’m sorry that I didn’t post this yesterday, but it was already a little bit late here in Portugal and I thought it would be better if I posted this on the next day. So, here are the books I ordered in March and that have finally arrived!

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That cover is sooooooooooooo beautiful! Goddamnit, I’m not a huge fan of pink ( I mean, I like it, but nah), but that dress looks gorgeous and that girl is pretty! Even though she looks like she is suffering a lot if you turn the book upside down.

I decided to order this book because many people have been talking about this trilogy, The Winner’s Trilogy, since it has come to an end with The Winner’s Kiss. When I read the synopsis, I thought it seemed like a cool story, and then I read some reviews and…. Now I have it!

Here the Goodreads synopsis:

“Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…


As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.”

This first book has 4.04 stars on Goodreads, but many people said that it got even better in the second and third books! The second one, The Winner’s Crime, has 4.21 stars, and The Winner’s Kiss has, for now, 4.46! WOW!


The other book I got is…. A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab (also known as Victoria Schwab because of her YA novels). This is the first book Shades of Magic series.

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There are so many people that don’t like this UK edition, but I really love it! The title, the colors… OMG!

Just like The Winner’s Curse, I decided to buy this one because everyone on Instagram was talking about how awesome A Gathering of Shadows, the second book of Shades of Magic, was! So, of course, when I read the words “magic” and “paralel worlds”, I knew I had to buy it.

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

“Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped”.

This first book has 4.04 stars on Goodreads, while its sequel has 4.43! The author has already announced the title of the third book: A Conjuring of Light.


Well, that’s it for today! I hope I post something tomorrow! Have you been getting any bookmail lately?

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Six of Crows is here!

Before I talk about the books I got today, let’s talk about a book that I actually got on April 5th. Yes, I honestly don’t know why I didn’t post something here about it…. Anyway, at the beginning of this month, I finally got the hardcover of Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo!!!


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Look! A little crow!

As many of you know (I guess), Leigh Bardugo is mostly known as the author of The Grisha trilogy. Neverthless, many of her fans now say that their favorite book of hers is Six of Crows! Seriously, this book is full of positive reviews. Even though I don’t have the second and third books of her trilogy, I really had to buy her newest novel. And Book Depository saved my life because, one day, I looked up their prices and the hardback, which usually costs 17€, cost 12€ that day! HELL YEAH!!!!

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The spine is beautiful!

It’s such a pity that I can only read it after May because, you know… College…

Anyway, here’s its synopsis:

 

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

 

 

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THOSE. BLACK. PAGES! EVERYTHING IS SO BEAUTIFUL!
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March Book Haul + Wrap Up!

Finally! Here I am to talk about March!!

 

Ok, I only bought 4 books last month… Oh, wait, not really! I also ordered other 4 books! Ops!

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  1. Quem tem medo de Frankenstein?, by Clara Queiroz: So, this is a Portuguese book, which means you’ll never find it out there in English. But the English title could be something like: Who’s scared of Frankenstein? As you can see this about Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein. I bought this because one of my presentations is about her novel, so this book is going to be a good help, I think! Also, it’s always good to have this kind of non-fiction books.
  2. Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys: It’s a book I ordered in February, but it arrived one month later. It’s okay because I don’t have time ton read what I want (*sighs*), but still… One month? At least, I have free shopping! Thank you, Book Depository!
    I have read Between Shade of Gray, which is another Ruta Sepetys’s novel, and I LOVED! I’m such a slow reader, but I only took 2 days to read it! So, of course, I really had to buy her newest novel.
  3. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott: Do you know how many times I have watched the book-to-movie adaptation of Little Women? 2 or 3 times! Yup! That’s I thought that I really had to buy the book. I loved the story and I loved the fact that all these girls have such different personalities. I can’t wait to read it!
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee: I saw this at the bookstore and I was like “this is such a good opportunity to finally buy this book”. So, here it is! There are so many people that love it and, of course, I’m very curious about it!

 

Now, about the books I ordered in March: I ordered 4 books: Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo (I bought the hardcover because it only cost 11€! That’s such a good price for hardcovers, trust me!); A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab; The Winner’s Curse, bye Marie Rutkoski; and the other book is a surprise because it’s a birthday gift for my best friend. I don’t know if she checks this blog very often, so I’m not going to say for now! But, on her birthday, I can tell you.

By the way, I wasn’t really planning on buying The Winner’s Curse, but there are so many people that love it and they all say that this trilogy only gets better and better, so I had to order it, of course!

Two of these books have already arrived, but I’m going to talk about them in another post!


Now, my March Wrap Up….

All I read was for college and they are all Portuguese books that don’t even exist in English, so, I’m not going to talk about them. But I can tell you that I read 3 books! I also started Utopia, by Thomas More, but I couldn’t finish before my yesterday’s exam… However, I really want to finish it this month! It’s such an interesting book!

Oh, one of the books I read was Antigone, by Sophocles, and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed and it was easy to understand! Of course I read it in Portuguese, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that it has such a good plot and I loved the main character, Antigone!


What about you? Did you enjoy March? Did you read as many books as you wanted? What did you read? What did you buy? 😀

 

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Look what I bought!

Heyyyy, bookish people! I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Here’s a cute gif from Tangled to cheer you up!! Damn, now I want to watch it again! **

 

Do you know what happened this weekend? Well…. I bought a book! Yayyyy!
It’s funny because I told to myself that I wouldn’t buy books this month, but… ops!

Anyway, this is the book I bought:

 

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It made me so happy that my local bookstore had this book! I’m glad that they are kind of putting more english book on their shelves. After all, there are many people here (in Portugal) that are starting to read more in English and it’s great that bookstores are noticing that. Besides, they would only lose money if they didn’t sell English books. However, my local bookstore is definitely lacking in diversity… They have too many unknown authors, some classics (not that much, tho), and they don’t even have completed series, even though they are selling books that belong to a series! Ughhhh….

Besides that, I’m glad they are slowly getting better.

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.”

See you tomorrow!!!