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.
What about you? How many book did you read? Were they good?
Seriously, I hope you had a better reading month than me!
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!
OF COURSE IT’SA COURT OF MIST AND FURY, BY SARAH J. MAAS!
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:
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:
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?
Ok, I only bought 4 books last month… Oh, wait, not really! I also ordered other 4 books! Ops!
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.
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.
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!
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? 😀
Heyyyyy, bookish people! February has come to an end! Hello, March! Be a good month for me, please!
So, let’s talk about the books I read in February…
I only read 2… I’M SO STUPID!!! HOW DID I ONLY READ 2????
Well, at least, they were FREAKING GOOD!
One of them, the grey book in the picture, is a Portuguese book that has 11 novellas, all written by Valter Hugo Mãe. I loved all of them and, in general, I gave 5 out of 5 stars to this book! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!
Then, I took the WHOLE MONTH to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by the Queen. Ops, I mean, J.K. Rowling.
Now, here’s the ( big) review about the 5th Harry Potter book!
Goodreads synopsis: Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…
Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.
Review: In the fourth book, I realized that the story was taking a more adult way, but it’s in this fifth one that everything is more complex, especially with the political references, which were AWESOME. So J.K. Rowling, as always, did an excellent job of portraying that young people are also interested in the political situation in which they live and are able to try to change and fight for what is right!
The writing: it remains simple and captivating. J.K. Rowling, at least in the Harry Potter books, never has boring descriptions, but magical one that make us wish for a real Hogwarts. Also, she knows how to create profound, wonderful and inspiring quotes! Although the story has been told at a slower pace, I don’t think it was boring. It’s just that her magical world has more details and there is more action in this book. So, her writing remain simple and also suitable for younger people, although this fifth volume portrays more complex subjects.
The plot: I absolutely loved the representation of politics in this book. We have a Ministry, the Ministry of Magic, that doesn’t assume its responsibilities and tells lies to its population. In fact, they prefer to omit the truth and try to prevent or even punish those who dare to confront them. It is an organization that chooses to ignore the return of Voldemort because they fear him. However, we have young people who, when they saw some adults confront the Ministry, create a group that want to train to fight agaisnt evil: The Dumbledore’s Army. Actually, they decided to honor the director of Hogwarts because he is trying to persuade the Ministry to accept the reality. Throughout the school year, several students of Hogwarts secretly trained spells to fight against Voldemort and the Death Eaters, the same spells that were banned by the Ministry itself. Don’t you see how FABULOUS this is? The author is literally showing adults that young people are also interested in politics and want to get sh*t done! The elders are always saying that my generation does not pay attention because we don’t care about the country’s situation and other things like thos, but then there are writers like J.K. Rowling that show that young people are still the hope of mankind. Being inspired by the right people, Harry Potter and his friends try to change their world and teach the Ministry that it is best to act, to do something. To get sh*t done!
That’s why I also loved that Rowling created Umbridge, which was a phenomenal stroke of the author, since this character works in the Ministery and has an important position, but turned out to be a teacher of a discipline that should teaching young people how to protect themselves against evil, like Voldemort and his army. It is wonderful how Rowling symbolically shows that the government loves to control people, to the point that lead them to ignorance. And that’s what Umbridge did, because she didn’t teach anything about Deefense against Dark Arts. What the Ministry did not anticipate was the revolt of the young people themselves, who decided to take the role of fighters.
I can not say more about the plot, but it is phenomenal!
Characters: Any reader easily creates a connection with all of them, since each has imperfections and qualities that are familiar to us. Harry was a little cranky. He’s a very confused young man, he wants to face his problems alone, but he’s also a young man who really cares about his friends. He’s very brave and is not ashamed to admit that he can’t take over certain situations. Ron continues to be the “comic relief”, that is, always has jokes to tell, like his brothers, Fred and George. He’s very insecure and hates the lack of self-esteem; however, he manages to overcome his unfortunate moments. Hermione is always the brainy one and no one can change that. She is always cunning and does not care what others think when she shows how much she knows. I am always saying that she is a spectacular role model for the kids, and also for grownups.
The biggest surprise is Neville Longbottom, who in previous books was a weak boy, very clumsy and didn’t like to defend himself. However, he surprises his friends with his words of encouragement. It is also in this book that we know a little more about his family, that is, the mental state of the parents, who were tortured by Voldemort’s followers before Neville was born. Well, Neville is growing and he was a pleasant surprise.
Luna Lovegood, one of the new characters in the book, plays a very important role, but more for the reader and not so much in the plot itself. It is an extraordinary way to show the children that they can be different and we shouldn’t listen to what the others say about us. Luna has never wanted to know what the others said, never! She’s eccentric, dreamy and very honest. She is able to understand the human nature in a very exceptional way. And I love her name, Luna. It means “moon” in Latin and it has everything to do with this dreamy girl!
The character who stands out most is Umbridge. The miserable teacher who loved to punish innocent kids. She is the perfect example of the overuse and abuse of power! She is sinister, cruel and represents all that is wrong in politics!
Unlike her, we have Professor McGonagall, who is brilliant and her sarcasm is unbeatable. Simply fantastic! Dumbledore was too passive for my liking, although I understood its logic about Harry’s situation. But still… you know…
Well, I really loved the book, but there’s one thing that bothers me a little bit: we don’t know much about the Order of the Phoenix. We only know it was huge, had many young people like James Potter, Harry’s father, and his friends and his wife, Lily. Besides, it was also made up of Hogwarts professors, like Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall, and some people from the Ministry of Magic. But, there is no more interesting information. So, in this respect, the book is weak, because the title of this fifth volume is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So, we should know more about this group. Thus, the classification of this volume will have a small difference from the previous books.
In conclusion, J. K. Rowling, again, did an excellent job in this fifth book, which contains many wise words, fun times, but it is also very symbolic. The allusions to political life are phenomenal and the new information about the magical world are always very interesting and charming! I LOVED IT!
P.S- No, I didn’t talk about Sirius because it’s just too PAINFUL! NO!
You know, my TBR for January was supposed to be this:
But I only read:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling (my review here);
A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas (my review here);
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis (review coming soon)- I finished it today (1st February) but I could have finished on 31st January if I didn’t go to my grandparents’ house. So, it’s here on January Wrap Up anyway.
I hope I do a better job in this new month, despite the fact that college starts on 11th February(*crying a river*).
Anyway, I know I only read 3 books in January, but they were all amazing! 5 star books! Yayyyyy!
How many did you read? Did you like all the books you read? What was your favourite?
Oh, well… This month was crazy because, in the frist 2 weeks, it was really stressful (thank you, college!). But when Winter break started, I felt so lazy. Those are the reasons why I barely read this month…
I have only read 2 books:
I have never read Luis Sepúlveda’s books, so I was glad when my Portuguese teacher told us to read The Old Man Who Read Love Stories for an evaluation. It turned out to be a very simple book. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it either, you know? It was just okay, I guess.
The second book is Losing Hope, Colleen Hoover.
This book… OMG, IT’S LIKE A FREAKING ROLLERCOASTER! I laughed, I cried, I suffered with the characters, I smiled when they were happy. Oh, man. THIS. BOOK!
One of the best books I read this year. Definitely.
The following photo is the Portuguese edition of Losing Hope.