November Wrap-Up


Hello!!! We’re in December!!! What?!?!?!?!?! Crazy, huh?

In the beginning of this month I put 11 books on my TBR, and I almost accomplished that. Actually I finished 8 of those books, and I’m currently finishing Cress, so that should also count, right? Either way, I finished a total of 13 books this month, and I’m 75% done with Cress, and should be finishing it in the next couple of days. Here are the books I read:


(8 New Adult books… I’m seeing a trend here… I also managed 9 ARCs, I’m quite happy about that!)

Book Reviews:

Moving on, I also reviewed most of these books, and some behind… a total of 14 reviews (I think that’s not bad at all…):

  1. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  2. Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross
  3. World After by Susan Ee
  4. Something in the Air by Marie Landry
  5. Nirvana by J.R. Stewart
  6. More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs
  7. Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
  8. End of Days by Susan Ee
  9. Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey
  10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  11. The Last One by Tawdra Kandle
  12. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  13. Grounded by You by Ivy Sinclair
  14. More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs

I managed to post 48 posts this past month, not as many as the previous 3 months, but I’m happy with it! I blogged everyday, and kept my streak that began in the beginning of July!

Top Ten Tuesday:

Book Traveling Thursdays:

Awards, Tags and Challenges:

Other Stuff:

This is it! Expect my December TBR tomorrow ;-)


Let’s Talk About: Sex in Novels


Hey people! If you’ve been following me for some time now, you probably know that even though I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years (yeah! I know!), I’ve never actually done a bookish discussion post. What?! How is that possible?! Oh well… a lot of you guys do them, and you have brilliant ideas every week, and most of the times I end up agreeing with one view or the other, sometimes I even comment, but I never really felt the need to write a post about any of those subjects. That was true until this past friday…

Josie @Josie’s Book Corner wrote a post entitled Sex in Novels…| Thursday Ramblings, as you probably know because you’re all following her, right? – If you aren’t, you might want to start NOW! – I’m rambling here, moving on…

So, Josie wrote this post, and just to shed some light on this, I usually agree with Josie on almost everything. She gives me the best book recommendations and her discussion posts are always on point, but as I saw the subject, I knew that this would not be a theme we would agree on. Have you read her post? Well, Josie defends her opinion on why she doesn’t think that sex should be featured in books, and as I couldn’t disagree more, I decided to write this post to expose my own opinion on this subject.

I should disclose that my opinion is obviously influenced by my very adult age – I’m 31!!! – and the fact that I was raised in a very liberal environment with 3 older siblings. I probably should also mention that I’m agnostic (just because)…

I’ll be using quotes from Josie’s post within the discussion – all quotes are from her.


As you might have figured it out by now, I’m in favor of sex in novels, and yes, I’m being general here. It’s obvious I don’t think it should feature in children’s books, because – DUH!!!, but in any other type of book, yep, I’m all for it.

Now, hold your horses people! Let me get into it, ok?

We have enough of this in our erotica novels, and even more all over the internet. Why should we start sexualising the pages of our novels? 

Sex is a natural part of life, and it’s a good part of life! The distinction between what is erotica and not, shouldn’t be on the basis it it features sex or not, it should be in terms of description and explicitly. Should ALL books that feature sex be explicit?! Heck no! But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t include sex if the story calls for it.

We have enough media promoting sex to young people (…) think that including sex in Young Adult novels, is just sending reassurance to young people that it’s normal for them to have sex, being 16, 17, or maybe even younger. This is not something we want to promote.

It’s true that we live in a hypersexualized society, unfortunately yes, it’s very true, but eliminating sexual content from novels doesn’t mean that this trend will disappear. Books should reflect the life and problems that people face everyday, not what society SHOULD be like. I respect everyone’s beliefs, but sex is a BIG part of teens and young adults lives, people are having sex, it’s natural, sex is a normal part of everyday life, it’s no different from any other event in one’s life (except that it’s probably way better).

What I’m saying is: sex shouldn’t be a big deal! Is it an important thing? YES! Should it have limits and be respectful? Obvious! Should you do it only if you’re ready? ABSOLUTELY! But its importance depends on the people involved. Some people will think it’s this huge Earth-Shattering HUGE decision kind of thing, while for most of us Sex is just Sex! (Am I being too cold here?)

Traditionally, sex is a personal experience between two people, coming together in love.

The idea that the sexual act is synonymous of love actually irks me a bit (sorry!). To make it clear, I’m not crazy about the whole “one-night stand” thing, but LOVE is something that comes with time, while lust, attraction and sexual desire are much more immediate. It’s a bit naive of us to think that the two go hand-in-hand for most people, because they don’t, and that’s OK! However, a sexual relationship can be a stepping stone for deeper feelings, and sometimes it happens the other way around ;-) .


If you’ve seen my blog for the past couple of months you know this already, but here it goes: I LOVE NEW ADULT BOOKS! And yes, I like that they include sex, and I even like that they include EXPLICIT sex (cofcof, I live vicariously through my books… whatcha gonna do?!).

Out of all the life experiences that we could be exploring with the New Adult genre, from university, to mid-life crises, and so much more, we are focusing on sex? 

It’s true that some New Adult books focus too much on the romance and sex, and forget to actually have a plot, but that’s not true for all those books. And in some cases the sex part of the relationship is important for the development of the relationship as well as the characters. Sex is a big part of most of new adults’ lives,  whether they’re in a relationship or just doing the casual thing, so it’s natural that that reality is mirrored in New Adults’ books.

I finished a NA book just a couple of days ago – best NA book I’ve ever read, by the way – where the MC’s relationship with sex was of vital importance to the plot and the story. The book dealt with how to live and have a normal sexual relationship when you were a victim of sexual abuse, and even how to actually acknowledge that you were a victim. It’s an important message and a book that I highly recommend, and it touches on the fact that your body might react to something in a different way that your mind does, and that doesn’t mean you gave consent (my review will be up in a couple of days).

Especially to the readers who are emerging out of YA novels and into NA, we are romanticising the idea of being an adult, giving the impression that when you step into the wider world, your experiences with men/women is going to be all about sexy times and this is just as bad as the portrayal of some romances in YA, in my personal opinion.

This is true, not everyone stepping into adult life will find a partner that easily, but for those who do, even the most imperfect relationship, will most likely involve (some kind of) sex. New Adults who chose to remain celibate (for whatever reason) are a minority, so an adult relationship will most likely involve some steamy, sexy times, as well as everything else. If you chose to read a New Adult ROMANCE, it’s pretty clear that it will include sex – because it usually does in real life. The thing that in most cases doesn’t happen is that you’ll find that perfect someone that easily, but hey, it’s a ROMANCE! Sexual chemistry is important in a relationship!

Could most NA books have better plot? YES!!! Do they all need to describe the sex scenes so explicitly? Hmmm, probably not, but if it’s well written, it’s really nice to read… But it’s unrealistic to have an adult relationship portrayed that doesn’t include sex.


About YA… this is another can of worms… Should sex be present in YA books?! I’ll say YES as well, and I’ll explain my opinion.

Sex should be present whenever the plot calls for it. If we’re talking about a romance of any sort within the YA universe, then it’s only natural, that at some point, the main couple engages in sexual activity. BUT, contrary to NA novels, I believe that the act should be implied and not described.


An example of a YA book that does explicit sex right, in my opinion, is Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – you have absolutely NO DOUBT about what’s going on, but the only thing described are Juliette’s feelings ;-) – by the way, LUCKY GIRL!!! Another example of pertinent sex in YA is in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, where everything is implied – non explicitly – and it makes a lot of sense in terms of the progression of the story and the romance.

Mental health, growing up, self discovery, and much more. Of course, I suppose you can argue that sex is a part of self-discovery and growing up but I don’t think so, and I really don’t want to promote sex among a teenage audience.

I have to disagree with Josie here, because SEX is most definitely a part of self-discovery and growing up. The teenage years is when your sexual identity is defined, when you start to feel urges and changes to your body. Acknowledging that is important, because sexual maturation is a normal part of growing up. Also, a lot of teenagers have problems and insecurities regarding sex, body confidence or sexual orientation and identity, if we want books to be diverse, they should include all these problems, in all the shapes, forms and acts that they come in.

For instance, Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, might have a lot of problems, but it deals with the main character sexuality and how her intimate relationship with her transgender boyfriend might work. These are important subjects and they should be talked about.


I’m in favor of sexual content in novels because I think that sex is a natural and normal part of life. I was never shy to discuss it, and it never bothered me to share or talk about the subject, so I have no problem reading about it, and I enjoy it. I realize that my level of comfort with it had something to do with my age and my upbringing, and I understand that not everyone will feel so open and relaxed about this topic.

Having a sexual content within a book doesn’t immediately means that you’re reading “porn” – though let me tell you that some books are highly superior to some of the stuff flying around. Most of the times, sex is dealt with taste, whether it is explicit or not.

“But YA is aimed for kids! The books shouldn’t even touch the subject!!!”

Let me ask you, in which century are you living? Because kids nowadays have a clear understanding on how things work. Given that, I think it’s only beneficial if they read about it in safe books, that show that it should be done with respect and feelings. That protection is important. That it’s ok not to be sure. It’s ok not to do it. And it’s ok to do it. NOBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF SEX! When you start taking the topic off the table of discussions, out of books and schools, and general media, that’s when you’ll lack information and the worst will happen.

It’s always safer to talk openly about these subjects, than to confine them to being unbreachable topics. Talking about these stuff leads to understanding and confidence. Reading about them makes you feel understood and less alone.

Sex is natural. Sex is good. (I hope no one here is still under the impression that babies come from… whatever they say they come from in your country.)

So… almost 2000 words later, I think I’m done! I hope I didn’t step on anyone’s toes here :P . So, what do you think about this subject?

November Book Haul


Hello! Here we are again for another Book Haul. Jesus, where are the days going this year? It’s going by so damn fast :S .

Ok, so, I did great this month!!! I only bought 1 physical book!!! What?! Oh yeah, just ONE people!!! That book was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, I got it right in the beginning of the month.

Then I got another physical book in the mail, because I won a giveaway! WHAT??? Yeah, I was so surprised! This is the first book I ever won and it was so cool! :D I asked for The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, and I’m excited to start this series. A huge thank you to Chelsea @Books for Thought for hosting this giveaway and sending me this gorgeous book :D. (look at how gorgeous it is!!!)

I did request a few books from Netgalley, and some of them I was able to read this month ;) (yep people, a lot of New Adult…) :


More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs

Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey

BANGED: Rock Stars, Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds by Lexxie Couper, Madelynne Ellis, Zara Keane, Ainsley Booth, Cari Quinn, Shari Slade et al (this is actually 8 books!!!)

Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

Apart from the eARCs I got from Netgalley, I also received 4 books from the authors:


More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs

More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs

Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me by Becky Jerams

Distraction by Laura Clark

Finally, I did buy a few books from Amazon’s Kindle store… well, more than a few, I think I went a bit overboard… I was really into New Adult this past month, still am, and I think I’ll keep it up, intertwining some NA with my favorites YA, so a read a few reviews of NA, and one thing led to another, and I bought a lot of eBooks (all cheap! Some even for free!):


World After: Penryn and the End of Days Book Two by Susan Ee

End of Days: Penryn and the End of Days Book Three by Susan Ee

Lost and Found (Lost & Found Book 1) by Nicole Williams

Near & Far (Lost & Found Book 2) by Nicole Williams

Finders Keepers (Lost & Found Book 3) by Nicole Williams

Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters book 1) by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1) by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys #2) by Abbi Glines

Roommates by Erin Leigh

Down and Out (Knockout Love #1) by Kelley R. Martin

So… I hoarded 27 books this month… WOW! Not even sorry about that, lol.

Wandering About: Madrid (2008)

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OHHHH, I haven’t done one of these in a while!!! I had a good reason though, because in October I filled this blog with posts about South Korea and Japan, and I didn’t want to overwhelm everyone with traveling posts… But, it has been a while now, so I’m going back to this. Today I’ll share some pictures of Madrid (Spain).

Incredibly, even though I LIVE IN SPAIN, I’ve only been to Madrid once, and it was because I had a course/workshop there about Forensic Anthropology. I actually really loved the city, and I think I would rather live there than in Barcelona (though Barcelona is undoubtedly more beautiful).

I didn’t take much pictures, and I didn’t saw that much of the city because the course was 5 days (if I remember correctly), so I’ll show you some of the stuff that we saw during this workshop… :D (warning, you might be a bit creeped out).

Yep people, those are bones… human bones… In case you’re wondering, the skull had a lot of bone growth, some kind of bone cancer, most likely. And the last pic is a skeleton of a subadult individual.

Movie of the Week: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 finally opened this week here in Spain – yes people, we are ALWAYS behind on movie’s premieres… it sucks! Anyway, it opened on Friday, so I was obviously there.

I really liked the movie, it’s a stellar adaptation from the source material. These 3 books might just be the best adaptations from book to screen ever. The movie does a great job telling the last part of the story, still showing all that goes on behind the action, and how Katniss and her team are still nothing more than a piece in the game of President Snow vs. President Coin.

The action was on point, there are some true horrific moments that will make you gasp if you haven’t read the books. Heck, I read the books, and when these moments and deaths came, I still gasped and cried like a baby. It’s such a sad movie… Oh Finnick… :(

The only thing I wish that they had included in the adaptation was Johanna and Katniss bonding and becoming friends. The movie does very little to humanize Johanna and she comes off as a b***h sometimes, while in the book we see her struggles firsthand. Hers and Katniss’ training is important, but I do get why they had cut that.

The acting is truly stellar here! Jennifer Lawrence is perfect as always, but Josh Hutcherson is brilliant as Peeta, he looks so broken most of the time =/ that it’s unbearably sad :( . But Elizabeth Banks is still my favorite! She has a scene towards the end, when she’s saying goodbye to Katniss and Haymitch that just broke my heart with a single expression from her.

The ending is bittersweet, and while I admire that they included the epilogue in the movie, and almost wish that they didn’t. The epilogue in the book is all Katniss inner monologue and they translated that to her talking to a baby, and while it’s well done, I almost wish that the movie would have ended in the mythic “real”.

And finally, I’m so glad that my theory about Haymitch and Effie came true!

So people, have you watched this movie yet? Did you cry (oh, please, tell me I wasn’t the only one…)? What did you think of it?

The Autumn Book Tag


Here we are, for another Fall-themed book tag! This time I was tagged by TRAVELLING IN MY BOOKCASE and Trisha @The Bookgasm, thank you both so much. Now, let’s do this.

What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

EVRYTHING!!! I love the beginning of the cold weather, the occasional rain, the cold wind on my face, the fact that I can snuggle in my comforter without being all hot and stuff. I like the hot drinks and the heavier food. I like that all the TV shows are back – even though I’m behind on all of them right now. I love everything about it.

What book reminds you of your school days?

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I read this one while in college and I remember being on my one hour commute to college in the morning (and by morning I mean 7 a.m.) and reading this book nonstop. Yes, by “school” I’m going with college, because really, I’m old, and any other kind of school was too long ago.

What book cover reminds you of Autumn?

You won’t know this one, Unless you’re from Portugal, and in that case you’ll obvious recognize this book, because you probably have it too. The cover of A Floresta by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen always reminds me of Autumn…

What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

Not applicable because I don’t read either.

What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

I also try not to watch horror movies. I always liked Practical Magic, is that considered a Halloween movie?

What Fall book release are you most looking forward to? 

I feel like I’m a bit late for that, considering that we’re almost at the end of November and Winter will be here in a few weeks… But I was really excited for the release of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, though I’ve had the book for almost a month and I still haven’t read it.

What Autumn movie release are you most anticipating? 

 Again, I’m super late for this one!!! Mockingjay part II for sure, and I watched it just yesterday :D .

What are three books you plan to read this Autumn?

I plan to finish Cress by Marissa Meyer and get to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell in the next week or so.

This is it for this tag! I won’t tag anyone because, let’s face it, this season is almost over and soon we’ll be flooded by the Winter Tags…