Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Made Me Smile

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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 “Tomorrow is World Smile Day! Choose a book that made you smile recently“. I have to say The Martian by Andy Weir, because I laughed so much during the book, and I cried a bit too. It’s amazing! By the way, I listened to the audiobook, and it was awesome!


Original COver:

Did you know that this book was originally self-published? Yeah, it was, and this was its cover.

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

                                             

Both countries edited their covers when the movie was about to come out, and now we can only find the movie tie-in in both Portugal and Spain. I don’t dislike them, because it’s Matt Damon and he looks good, but it’s not my favorite.

Favorite COVER(s):

I love the US cover. It’s my favorite for sure :D.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

    

I don’t like these covers at all: Serbian, Georgian, Hebrew, Persian and Japanese.

WWW Wednesday: October 5th 2016

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m currently reading the ARC Watch Me Rise by Tara R., listening/reading November 9 by Colleen Hoover (because it was time and I’m loving it!) and The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy, because I needed Tucker in my life (btw, this one is opened and ready, but I still haven’t read a single page of it)!


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The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (loved it!), The Martian by Andy Weir (super loved it!) and The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch, which I didn’t like… bummer!


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Next I’ll read All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher, Just One Moment by Jami Wagner and My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill.

Top Ten Tuesday: Unforgivable Villains

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

All About The Villains – I don’t think we’ve done a villains topic since back in November 2010 so let’s revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.

I’m going with Unforgivable Villains, because there are so many of those…


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Musical Mondays: Forever Young by Alphaville

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This music is part of my childhood and I love it. When I was little there was an imitation show in Portugal called “Chuva de Estrelas” and there was a guy there amazingly singing Alphaville’s Forever Young, and I’ve loved this song since then.

Let’s dance in style, let’s dance for a while,
Heaven can wait we’re only watching the skies.
Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst,
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don’t have the power, but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music’s for the sad man.

Can you imagine when this race is won?
Turn our golden the faces into the sun,
Praising our leaders, we’re getting in tune
The music’s played by the, the madman.

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever, and ever

Forever young,
I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever young.

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
Why don’t they stay young?

It’s so hard to get old without a cause
I don’t want to perish like a fading horse
Youth’s like diamonds in the sun,
And diamonds are forever

So many adventures given up today,
So many songs we forgot to play.
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
Oh let it come true.

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever,
Forever, and ever?

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever,
Forever, and ever?

Forever young
I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever,
Forever young

The Year We Hid Away (Sarina Bowen)

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She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he’s housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it’s only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

Scarlet Crowley is the only freshman at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. Her name is as new as the shiny student ID it’s printed on. The only way to survive college will be to conceal her identity, even if it means lying to the green-eyed boy she’s falling for.

Bridget and Scarlet form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.


Awhile back, me and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much read the first book of The Ivy Years series together, so we thought it would be cool to do the same with book 2 :D. Check out her blog in a few days to read her review of The Year We Hid Away.

I had really liked the first one of the series, but I have to say that I loved this one even more. There’s just something about truly desperate situations and people who can overcome shitty situations. Once again, I loved the writing, because this is Sarina Bowen, and I’ve read a bunch of her books by now, and I KNOW I will love anything she writes. The book, once again, is told in dual POV, and I really liked how distinct both voices were, but still had a common denominator.

Both characters were amazing. Scarlet’s situation is truly unbearable, and I can’t even begin to understand what goes on people’s minds to treat her the way they did. I thought she was truly strong, making her decision had to be tough, but it hurt that she was leaving a big part of herself behind, so she could be “normal”. The same goes for Bridger, oh boy, he’s dreamy! Maybe it’s the whole “single dad” thing, even though Lucy is his baby sister and not his daughter, it somehow still applies. It was remarkable how amazing Bridger was with Lucy and Scarlet, and how he still managed to have amazing grades and follow his dreams (or part of them).

The fact that neither of them was willing to ask for help, even when they desperately needed it, was beyond sad, and it lead me to cry a bit towards the end.

I really liked the romance between Scarlet and Bridger, the built up was well done, and I really liked how understandable they were of each other’s secrets. When they finally open up to each other, it’s a beautiful thing to see.

The buildup was strong and emotional, and I’m a mess whenever the storyline involves children…

I highly recommend this one, and I can’t wait to read the remaining books of the series.

October TBR

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These last months haven’t been the best for reading, but I’m finally home, which means I have some more time to do my reading, so I’m going to point for 15 books this month, mostly ARCs, because I need to get to them soon – and I mean SOON!

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  1. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
  2. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
  3. Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
  4. Watch me Rise by Tara R.
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard
  9. Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
  10. Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
  11. Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson
  12. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  13. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  14. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
  15. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

September Wrap-Up

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Hey guys! I’m happy with my reading this month, even though I didn’t manage very much. My blogging finally suffered from my job, and I ended up skipping 3 days of blogging… oh well… it could have been so much worst. I managed to read 13 books, and I did quite well with my TBR, though I still missed a few.


This Month I Read:

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Books Reviewed:

  1. The Form Of Things Unknown (Robin Bridges)
  2. Rookie Move (Sarina Bowen)
  3. The Replacement Crush (Lisa Brown Roberts)
  4. Play (Piper Lawson)
  5. The Possibility Of Somewhere (Julia Day)
  6. Stroked Long (Meghan Quinn)
  7. Frosh: Second Chances (Mónica B. Wagner)
  8. The Debt (Karina Halle)
  9. Because I Love You (Tori Rigby)

Musical Mondays:

Top Ten Tuesday:

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY/ WWW WEDNESDAY:

BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAYS:

AWARDS, TAGS AND CHALLENGES:

Cocky Roomie (Faleena Hopkins)

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DREW: This ‘roommate wanted’ ad is wildly rude and unbelievable. At least it’s honest, unlike my soon-to-be ex-husband Edward, the bastard.

When Jake Cocker introduces himself wearin’ only a towel and a smirk (8 years younger than me and hotter than hell in August) I decide having him as my roommate is a VERY bad idea.

He thought I was a boy from my name, so now that I’m here he won’t rent to me. I know I should go, but my search for a home has me begging him to give me a shot. I can’t stay where I am. Secrets are there I’m not even aware of. And all I want is a fresh start.

What other choice do I have….leave Atlanta, my dreams, and give up?

JAKE: With our dad being a congressman, and us coming from old-money, women throw themselves at me and my brothers.

But Drew Charles is from a small Georgia town and doesn’t know about us. I only rented to her out of pity, because I hate to see a woman cry. Then I braced myself for a nightmare… but she just hides in her room, studying. No matter how carefully I try to coax any information out of her, she’s a closed book. She wants nothing to do with me.

I knew I shouldn’t have rented to a woman. I told her we’d be f*cking soon and she just got pissed. Told me she wouldn’t if I begged her to. I’ve never had to beg any woman for anything. It’s the other way around. Except with Drew.

Why has that given her the starring role in all of my fantasies? And how can I convince her to make them real?


I got this book as a kindle deal for free, because I do love a good “roommates romance”, so I just went ahead and got it. Then I messed up a little, and while copying the link to send it, I accidentally touched the 1-click audible button, and ended up adding the audio to my account. Luckily it wasn’t expensive. So, I went ahead and heard the audiobook instead of simply reading it. AWESOME DECISION!

This book is told in dual POV, and while it’s read by the same person throughout – the author – she does give different tones, intonations and accents to both main characters, which was pretty convenient and fun. Apart from that, Drew and Jake have pretty distinct voices, even written. The type of language and manner of speech it totally different, and I really liked that.

The characters were ok, though nothing completely new. Drew is a 33 year old divorcee, who never worked, because she was a homemaker, until finding out that her husband was cheating on her. When she decides to start her life, she realizes she doesn’t have that many skills, but she’s willing to fight. I did like her strength, though the fact that she endured 14 years with her despicable husband didn’t sit well with me, though I did understand it.

Jake was also pretty stereotypical in a way… he was the manwhore, until he falls for Drew and his man whoring ways cease. I did like his relationship with his family and his bond with his siblings. I actually LOVED that. Their relationships were awesome.

The romance was ok (and hot). It was a lot of insta-attraction, but I did appreciate that they get to know each other a bit before getting involved. Some things did happen a little quick for my liking, but hey, the book itself wasn’t big, so…

The conflict was mostly brought on from a third party, and while it was well thought of, I didn’t like it, because it could have been so easily solved if Drew just TALKED to Jake. I also wished there had been some kind of confrontation or something…

I enjoyed this one, I think I enjoyed it even more because I heard the audiobook, and I laughed my ass off while doing it. So yeah, if you like a slightly cheesy romance, with some fun very hot scenes, give this one a chance.

Also, I have to say that I appreciated that for one I had an heroine slightly older than the hero. Well done!