‘Tis The Season Book Tag

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Hello again people! Today I’ll be doing another Christmas-y book tag, ‘Tis the Season Book Tag, and I was tagged Marian @BOOKCEPTION21 and Summer @Xingsings, thank you both girls!

1. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE WINTER READ?

Not really… I would say that Harry Potter always reminds me of Christmas, but I don’t read it during Christmas, so, yeah, any book will do for me.

2. FIND A BOOK WITH BLUE ON THE COVER!

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas is blue all over!

3. FIND A BOOK YOU’D USE AS THE STAR ON A CHRISTMAS TREE?

IMG-20151221-WA0000The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, because this year the Christmas Tree at my brother’s house is gold and red, and it somehow reminds me of this book.

4. PICK ONE FICTIONAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE PERFECT FOR A WINTER VACATION!

I’m repeating my Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag answer here, and I’m going to say Hogsmeade.

5. PICK ONE FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D TAKE WITH YOU ON YOUR WINTER VACATION!

I’m going a different way here and say Kenji from the Shatter Me trilogy, because there wouldn’t be a single dull moment with him around. He’s AWESOME!

6. NAME ONE BOOK ON YOUR WISHLIST THIS YEAR!

In the other tag I showed you guys a picture of the books I wanted and I know I’ll receive (because I was the one who bought them), so here I’m going to say one that I wish I would get, but I won’t… and that’s probably Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the Illustrated Edition.

7. FAVORITE HOLIDAY DRINK, TREAT, & MOVIE?

My favorite drink is probably tea, but the holiday one, I do love the Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks, and the Eggnog Latte but we don’t get that one here :(. Treat… I do love the dried fruits and nuts that we eat a lot here in Portugal, hazelnuts are my weakness. And movie, it will have to be Love Actually :D.

           

Wandering About: Bratislava (and the road to) (2010)

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Last week I talked about my trip to Budapest in 2010, now I give you the next leg of that journey, our car trip to Bratislava (Slovakia). First I’ll share some pictures of the car ride, I believe this was before we crossed the country line ;-).

We didn’t stay in Bratislava long, just a few hours, because we felt that getting to Vienna and Prague was a bit more important, still, it was an interesting city :D.

This was a quick post because my days have been crazy! I’ll bring you Vienna next week ;-).

The Gift: 20 Years

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to the 20 years concert of The Gift, a Portuguese alternative rock band, and the show was amazing! It went on for nearly 3 hours without any interruption, and front lady Sónia Tavares has one of the most amazing voices I ever heard. They are also the definition of alternative, experimenting with several instruments, and on stage, they highlight that by changing the disposition of said elements on stage for every song.

Congratulations to The Gift, for an amazing career in the portuguese music scene :D.

Eight Naughty Nights (Eliza Madison)

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Can a holiday fling with an expiration date turn into a second chance with the one who got away? 

Instead of her usual trip home to celebrate Hanukkah, Laura is spending the holiday mourning her mom’s recent death. Dealing with her bitter aunt and sorting through the gift shop she inherited aren’t feeding her holiday cheer; she needs something to take her mind off her grief and confusion. After years of flirtation, and one night making out years ago, her friend Brady seems like an obvious solution. She proposes they give in to their mutual attraction and spend the eight days of her visit getting to know each other horizontally. 

Brady has been in love with globe-trotting Laura since they first kissed when they were teens. Every time she leaves, it hurts more than the last. He knows moving past friendship means it will crush him this time when she walks away, but how can he turn down her offer of exactly what he’s dreamed of? Especially when she’s dealing with her mom’s death and uncertainty about her future. He doesn’t want to tie her down, but as the days pass, it gets harder to imagine letting her go.

How does he convince her that everything she’s been searching for is right here, without destroying the free spirit he loves? 

Disclaimer: Eight Naughty Nights delivers Star Wars references, spankings, Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations, a second chance at the one that got away, and a lifetime supply of sexy bartender in a Santa hat. And lots of delicious, naughty sex.


First of all, WHO THE HELL NAMES THESE BOOKS?! The title is terrible, and ir plus the cover allude to erotica, when this book is very much new adult.

 It wasn’t my favorite read, not by a long shot, but it had its moments. I found the writing a bit inconsistent, and while the plot generally flowed well, some parts dragged on. It was also very repetitive, I get that some feelings needed multiple airings so they could be fully understood, but there were a few said a few times too many.

I had a few problems with the main character, Laura, and that didn’t help me connect to her story. Her premise felt wrong for me, and her indecision, fear and desire to flee made me bang my head into the walls sometimes. I understand her fear, but her inability to communicate with her BEST FRIEND pained me. I did like Brady though, a lot – I feel like I always take the guy’s side of things, which is too bad.

One thing I did LOVE, was the chemistry between Brady and Laura and their intimate scenes, because in those moments I completely believed that they were in love with each other. Even though I didn’t like how their relationship starts, I do like how it progresses, and it upped the rating of this book, for sure.

The ending felt a bit rushed, I would have liked a little more closure to their story and to actually know where they stood… Overall, it was better than the title predicted ;-).

Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

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Hello, here we are for another book tag! The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was created by creator J @J. BOOKISH, and this time I was tagged by a few people… Rogan @Signing On, Kat @Life and Other Disasters, Jackie @fallinlovewiththesoundofwords, Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Lois @MY MIDNIGHT MUSING. Check out all their blogs!

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

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I’ll name a book I’m going to actually give as a gift ;-), how about that?! And that is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I’m going to give it to my best friend, because she saw a post about quotes by Rainbow Rowell and was intrigued by this one book, which happens to be my favorite. I’m not extremely hopeful that she’ll read it though, even if she says she will during her vacations…

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I’m not really into resolutions… like, not at all…

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Oh My God, this one is so so hard!!! I have so many favorite relationships, OTPs and friendships and everything in between. I’m going to pick all the relationships in Cress. I love Cress and Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf, Cinder and Kai, but I also love Iko’s friendship with Cinder, and Cinder’s friendship with Thorne and Wolf. I love all of them!

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I read it at the beginning of all this “reading like crazy” thing of mine, and I would love to pick it up and read it like I never saw it before in my life.

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My only answer can only be The Maze Runner… do I need to explain it?

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Nothing best than not having a clue about a book or it’s rating. When I picked up The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis from Netgalley, I had no idea if it would be good or not, but it more than pleasantly surprised me, it actually became one of my favorite books.

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Anything! I can check out with just about anything! But lately, when I don’t want to think much, I’ve been picking up New Adult books, they’re kind of perfect for a fast read and a good time.

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Queen of Shadows, without a doubt, made me see all the fireworks!!! Sarah J. Maas is a genious and I loved this book so so much!

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AHHHH, I’m gonna say Becky Albertalli, author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, because she’s awesome and that book is awesome, and if you still haven’t read it, I don’t know what the hell you’re waiting for!

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I only remember liking one book that I read for school – remember this, when I was in school, I wasn’t a big fan of reading, that’s partially why I took sciences. I really liked Os Lusíadas by Luis Vaz de Camões.

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Eleanor, from Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell), because she dresses so differently and adorably…

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ANGELFALL!!!!!!! I loved it so so much!!! Thank you Josie, for forcing me to pick it up 😀


 So, we’re done! I’m not tagging anyone specifically because I’ve seen this tag around everywhere, but if you still haven’t done it, and want to, go ahead, consider yourself tagged!

Here are the questions:

  • December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.
  • January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not.
  • February is the month for relationships. Name your favourite book relationship: romantic, platonic or familial- your choice!
  • March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.
  • April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.
  • May is the month where flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.
  • June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre you like to read when you just need to check out.
  • July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks.
  • August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.
  • September is the time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.
  • October is a time to celebrate halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for halloween.
  • November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

Lisbon, here I come!

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Today I’m going HOME! Yep, Lisbon here I come! I’m actually at the airport right now!!!

I’m so tired that I’m super excited to get home, but on the other hand, I’ll have so much other type of work to do, that I would gladly shut myself inside the lab for the next week or so…

I love Christmas, I really do, but this year everything is gonna be tricky… I’ll just run down some of the things I’ll have to do this next week, shall I?

Friday:

  • Pick up my mom’s car from the workshop;
  • Pick up my brother’s house keys from our housekeeper;
  • Visit my grandmother in the hospital – I hope she’s still at the hospital by friday, otherwise my day will get worse;
  • Have lunch with my BFF (possibly at the hospital, while visiting my grandmother);
  • Try to get some christmas shopping done (and probably failing);
  • Serve as a taxi for my brother in law;
  • Wait for my sister to deposit her kid and 2 dogs at my brother’s house, so I can babysit;
  • Pray for all that’s mighty that my nephew is calmer and not setting things on fire just because (yeah… I don’t really know what’s going on either);
  • Wait for the couple to return home so I can finally go to sleep in my bed – read: my house!
  • My grandma will be released for the hospital tomorrow morning, so after I pick up the car, I have to go pick her up at the hospital;
  • Pick her bag from her house;
  • Figure something out for lunch;
  • Convince my BFF to go meet me at my bro’s house to have lunch with my grandma and me;
  • Find time to go to a supermarket – his house doesn’t have a thing in it;
  • Figure out how to get my brother in law to his diner;
  • Say NO to my sister – and resist her psychological blackmail;
  • Get some Christmas Shopping done – good thing that the shopping malls are open until midnight.

Saturday:

  • Wake up at an ungodly hour in the morning;
  • Go to my older brother’s house to retrieve my younger brother’s card;
  • Go to Ikea to buy 2 simple beds – hope against hope that they’re able to deliver by Monday;
  • Go home – very close to Ikea;
  • Go to lunch with my dad and my aunts near the beach – a bit away from home;
  • Get back on the road around 4 p.m. because it will take me more than an hour to reach the airport;
  • Wait for my mom to come out of the arrival area, carrying my precious 4 legged “nephew” (yes, I mean a dog!);
  • Think of something to do with the dog, because my mom needs to visit my grandmother in the hospital right away (possibly);
  • Get the dog to my mom’s house;
  • Go to my brother’s house to leave the dog and collect my sister;
  • Have dinner with my mom and sister;
  • Attend a concert.

Sunday:

  • I don’t know… I reckon I’ll be dead by then…
  • Christmas shopping;
  • Visit my grandmother in the hospital at my brother’s house;
  • Supermarket.

Monday – Wednesday:

  • Grandma will probably leave the hospital;
  • Christmas shopping… a lot of them… all of them…
  • Watch over my grandma
  • SLEEP!

As you can see I’m going to have a super fun week… yeah, I’m super happy about that! Hopefully my grandma will be ok when she leaves the hospital, and Christmas will go down without a hitch and everything will be super super marvelous! But somehow, I think it will be an exhausting week and I’m so not looking forward to that.

Book Traveling Thursdays: An Amazing Gift!

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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 “December is the month of giving. Choose a book in which a character gives an amazing gift to a loved one!!“. This is a hard one! I was in between several books, but those that had physical gifts, didn’t have enough covers, so I settled for an emotional one. I almost didn’t use this one, because it doesn’t have that many covers, but ultimately, what Raffe gives for Penryn in End of Days (Susan Ee) is so much more than any other one I could mention… if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!


Original COver:

This is the original one, is pretty cool, following the theme of the first couple of ones. While in book 1 we had perfect angel wings, and in book 2 we had the demon wings, here we have not so perfect angel ones… wonder what that means…

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

No cover for Portugal of course, but the Spanish one is very similar to the original one but a little bit darker and less sparkly.

Favorite COVER(s):

Like I said a few weeks ago about Angelfall, this version, with this lettering, is my favorite.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                            

There aren’t that many diverse covers for this book, still, I don’t really like the Polish and Dutch covers.