And… I got nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you so much impossiblegirl123, from Life and Other Disasters, who just nominated me for the second award of the day: a Versatile Blogger Award!


It works very much like the Creative Blog Award. First step is to link back to the person who has nominated you – done.

The second step is to tell you seven facts about me (having just spilled 5, it will be hard to come up with new stuff, but here we go):

1. I love to travel! It’s a silly fact, because it’s quite obvious from what I write, but I do. If I could earn my live by travelling, I would do it.


2. I would love to be able to bake, cook and sew every single day! Oh yeah! I would be a bloody good housewife from the days of future past… if only without the husband and kids at tow…


3. I see dead people almost every single day! Don’t freak out, lol, my PhD is in Anthropology and we have a lot of skeletons in our closets – and in our lab we have a lot of loose teeth and bones from long dead people.


4. Rainbow Rowell is my “spirit animal”!!!!

5. If I won the lottery (or something like that), my first stop would be a bookstore… outside Spain or Portugal, because our bookstores here suck!

6. I have two dog “nephews”, I even speak to one of them through Skype, whenever he’s at my mom’s house… he lives in Angola and I only get to see him once a year, but I absolutely adore my Snow.


7. My goal in life is to move to London… and also finish my PhD and keep doing science, but really, the London thing…

Now, the nominations:

That’s it, thank you so much impossiblegirl123!!!!

I got nominated for a Creative Blogger Award!

Hey 🙂 ! I was nominated for this award a few weeks ago by READLOVEEXPRESS and NERDY SOUL, but I’ve been so distracted/busy that I’m just now getting to it (sorry!!!).


But hey, thanks so much to the two amazing bloggers who nominated me. Now let’s get down to business. This are the rules:

1. Post the link of the blog that nominated you.

(done above)

2. Share five random facts about yourself. 

  • My love for books is fairly recent. I’ve LOVED reading for a few years now, but my new found obsession has begun at the end of last year.
  • I hate waking up early and I love to fall asleep late… which doesn’t go so well when I have to be at the lab relatively early.
  • I think that everything sound better in English. Seriously, the conversations inside my head are in English, although I was born and raised in Portugal and nobody in my family and immediate friends is foreign.
  • I don’t think my meal is complete unless it has some kind of green salad.
  • My favorite drink is tea! Is one of the many reasons why I would be great living in the UK…

3. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify the nominees. (I’ll go for 5)

Life and Other Disasters




Merlin’s Musings

That’s a wrap! Thanks again to READLOVEEXPRESS and NERDY SOUL!!!!

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)

>>>>>  Nº 23 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book that’s more than 100-years-old <<<<<


During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine’s love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen’s works.

Although I did not enjoyed it as much as Pride and Prejudice, I still very much loved Northanger Abbey. It’s not however an easy read – actually I think I had more trouble reading this one than the former. Jane Austen’s writing style is in fact all over the place in this book, and that’s why it took me way too long to read just 230 pages (12 days… shame on me!)… And to think that this was my original book for the A book you can finish in a day spot on my 2015 Reading Challenge!

I really liked Catherine Morland as the heroine of this story, and her exchanges with Henry Tilney were delightful. The Thorpes I just wanted to kick all the time – not likable at all, and I have to say that between Isabella and John, I think John might be the less obnoxious.


The 2007 TV movie adaptation with Felicity Jones and JJ Feild is great, and I couldn’t help but imagine them both while I was reading the book, Felicity Jones’ expressions are just so on point!

Rating: 3.8 Stars