Book Traveling Thursdays: Book-Movie That I Enjoyed


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Everyone hates Hollywood making a mess out of their favorite book. Choose a book that got made into a movie you actually enjoyed“. For this one I’m going with Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. In general, I think that this trilogy was super well adapted, so any book would be ok here.

Original Over:


These are the 2 original covers.



Covers in Portugal, Spain and Catalonia. In truth, we all have all the covers in existence, lol, but these are nice.



My favorites are the Luxury Edition and the black cover edition. I like the minimalists covers, they are the prettiest in my opinion.


These countries went out of their way to produce some horrific covers. Here are the Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Arabic and Russian editions, what to you think of them? Can you explain that last one? Because that looks life a fantasy series cover and not dystopian…


A to Z Travel Meme


Hello! I was tagged by Tricia @itistrish to this this travel tag, and given that I’m traveling starting today, what better time to post it, right?

The A to Z Travel Meme was created by Julie Fox.  You can find the original post here.

If you decide to answer these A to Z of Travel questions, all you need to do is:

  • copy the questions into a new post, either on your own blog or on this one
  • write up your answers
  • maybe add a few photos to pretty things up
  • include a link back to this post so others can find all the information
  • tag a fellow travellers (or two, or three) to do the A to Z of Travel
  • paste a link to your A to Z of Travel in the comments of this post 
  • post an excerpt so we can share your A to Z

A: Age you started travelling?

I started traveling regularly when I was 10 (11?), and my first real trip was to France.


Me and my dad @ Disneyland Paris in 1994 or 95

B: Best beer you’ve had and where?

Dublin, Ireland. I’m saying this because Guinness is my absolute favorite beer and I went to the factory store!

my mom doesn’t like it! :D but I do!

C: Cuisine (favourite)

Greek! I know my dad wasn’t a big fan when we went there, but I love greek cuisine. I have to admit that it’s one big reason why I want to go back.

D: Destinations, favourite, least favourite and why

Favorite will always be London, because it’s my favorite city. Least favorite was probably Tunisia.

E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”

Broadway and Las Vegas always make me go WOW!

OMG, I was so young!!!

OMG, I was so young!!!

F: Favourite mode of transportation

I love the underground, but I travel the most with my mom, and she’s all about staying above ground and hailing for a cab.

G: Greatest feeling while travelling

Landing. When that plane lands, it’s always the greatest feeling. That, and finally visiting something I’ve been itching to see.

H: Hottest place

Luanda, Angola. I don’t know if it was the absolute hottest, but it’s the one I remember more vividly… because we didn’t have air conditioning for 2 days and I couldn’t sleep! Oh, yeah, the Sahara Desert in Tunisia was pretty damn hot as well, but not humid.

view from Miradouro da Lua, Angola

I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where

Philippines. I think Asia is particular good with incredible services.

J: Journey that took the longest

My journey from Lisbon to Manila, in 2009. Lisbon > Madrid > Bangkok > Manila ! The way back was even worse: Boracay > Manila > Bangkok > Madrid > Lisbon !

K: Keepsake from your travels

I love to buy postcards with sketches or B&W pics of the cities.


a bit of Paris and Prague in my bedroom @ home


L: Let-down sight, why and where

Can I say the Mona Lisa? At the Louvre, Paris? Well, it’s so goddamn small…

Louvre by night

M: Moment where you fell in love with travel

The first time I went to London, when I was 13. I knew that I wanted it (to travel and to live there!).

London in 1996. Feeling old…

N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in

Sofitel Manila, Philippines. It was so so amazing! Also, the best food ever!

O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while travelling?

I love the city views. Or the Ocean, Mountains… anything, really, as long as it doesn’t have people in it.

P: Passport stamps, how many and from where?

Right now, I think I have a couple from the USA and one from Brazil. We don’t stamp within Europe!

Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where

The Museum of Sexual Machines in Prague, Czech Republic. The quirkiest thing about it was how I visited it with my mom, grandmom and my mom friend. It was weird and we couldn’t stop laughing.

maybe our faces were because we went to that museum… it was definitely in the same day

R: Recommended sight, event or experience

Boracay. I’ve talked about how that’s paradise for me, I’ll repeat it. It’s freaking amazing. And the Parthenon in Athens.

Boracay is gorgeous

S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while travelling

University sweaters. Is this weird? I love them!

T: Touristy thing you’ve done

Carriage ride in Central Park, NYC.


Cold day in April 2012

U: Unforgettable travel memory

Traveling in one of those very small planes with helices, you know? Between Varadero and Cayo Coco (I think) in Cuba.

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it was worth it though…

V: Visas, how many and for where?

None! We Portuguese people hardly need visas to travel! I remember having one in my old old passport from when I went to Angola.

W: Wine, best glass of wine while travelling and where?

I have no idea! Usually I tend to drink more beer than wine. But I’m going to say Miami a few years ago, because I went to a wine tasting thing.

X: eXcellent view and from where?

Top of the Empire State Building, Manhattan NYC.


Y: Years spent travelling?

So far, 20! OMG!

Z: Zealous sports fans and where?

Germany, FIFA World Cup 2006! :D

I loved every minute of this trip!

I won’t tag anyone, because I’m not really sure of many of you are travelers, but please, do this one if you want to!

I’ll see in South Korea!


Top Ten Tuesday: People… Chill!

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It’s tuesday again! Here we go for another Top Ten Tuesday :D , a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)

Once again, I was coming at a loss about what to write this week, mostly because I don’t usually start series that I don’t want to finish, I usually don’t quit authors (yet), or I definitely do not want to quits my bookish habits. So, with that in mind, and all the emotions present from my latest read – Queen of Shadows if you’re wondering – I decided to point out some stuff that we (book bloggers/reviewers) need to chill about.

1. Do Not Be Disrespectful

I do not care if you didn’t like certain aspects of a book, if someone has a different opinion than yours, or if you don’t like a certain author… you can criticize all you like, but do not be disrespectful, please.

2. Stop dissing the troupes

I know people, we all get sick of some sometimes, some love triangles are unnecessary, some forbidden loves are cringe worthy, lost princesses, the chosen ones, the whole thing, sometimes it’s a bit much. But you know what? They work! And the only times we complaint about them is when they are not well executed. So, don’t blame the troupes!

3. You don’t know better than the Author

You know what’s the biggest advantage of a book in regards to a tv show or movie? The author, a.k.a., the creator, is actually the one to carry along the storyline of every single character. They know their characters, and you know what? They are the one who know them best… yeah, that’s right… them, not us!

4. Ponder the Hype Train

Hype is good. It promotes good books, good authors, it reaches all of us. But we should ponder more carefully on these hyped books: “Am I really enjoying it this much? Or all of those positive reviews are influencing my opinion of it?“. It also works the other way around: “With all the hype, I thought it would be FANTASTIC, but it’s just good, so… lower rating.”. I think we all fall a bit with this one, maybe it’s inevitable.

 5. Your ship sunk, so what?!

Ok, maybe this one is directed by the Throne of Glass fandom – sorry! But a book or series should always be about more than your ship. Who cares if Katniss ends up with Peeta and not Gale? (so many more examples I could introduce…but I won’t). Does it make that book worse because of that?

6. Be honest

I hardly give low ratings to books, but that’s not because I’m not capable of it, it has been more because I have so many books behind that I want to read, that I mostly pick those with a high rating on Goodreads. But we should not be afraid to give a low rating, honesty is important.

7. Easy on those comparisons

It’s pretty hard for a book to be 100% original, every idea comes from somewhere, something that is already out there. But we can try to view each book on itself without the need to compare it to another, just because they are the same genre, or have a similar character, etc.

8. Comparisons II

Now about your blog. If you’re reading this you’re most likely a book blogger. So, to you I say, stop comparing your blog to others. Do your thing, be happy about it.

9. ARC envy! Don’t even!

Just don’t! I know it’s hard, seeing all those beautiful ARCs and wishing you had some…. Damn, I wish I had some too. But do not envy them, ever. If you don’t get them, you don’t, it’s all good. Ok?

10. Do not apologize!

On a lighter tone, your blog is your space. Do what you want, say what you need. If you need a break, take it. If you need to rage, do. But you should never have to apologize for being you!

Finding Cinderella (Colleen Hoover)


This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe. 

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same. 

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

This is a novella, that is part of the Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover. I have never read anything by her, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But the blurb sounded like a cute fluffy romance, so I went for it – the ebook is free!

I really liked it! It made me want to go back and read the other two books in the series… it’s that good!

I loved Daniel, and his relationship with Six was perfect. They were so cute and different together. I could have read a whole book about them together, 90 pages was not nearly enough.

“I’ve been doing this with her for one day and I have no idea what’s happening. I don’t know if it’s a full moon or if I have a tumor wrapped around my heart or if she really is a witch. Whatever it is still doesn’t explain how this kind of thing can exist between two people that ridiculously fast… and actually last.”

But you just know that other shoe is going to drop, because the blurb says so, but still, when it does, it was not anything I was expecting. I was a bit shocked actually, at what happened, at Daniel’s reaction, at Six’s lack of response, …, everything broke my heart. So, when they finally talk and get through it, I was beyond happy.

I would highly recommend this novella, and I look forward to reading more about these people. My rating will probably rise once I’ve read the other two books.



I’ve caved! I’m now in Instagram!


Hello! While considering my upcoming trip, and the gorgeous photos I’ve been seeing around Bookstagram, I decided it was time to cave in to yet another social media app.

You can find me here! I’ll be updating it while on my upcoming trip – it will be the easiest way to upload all my photos while on the “road”.