Seasons of Book Blogging Tag (2016 Edition)

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Once again, I’m repeating a post from last year, because why not, right? The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was created by creator J @J. BOOKISH, and you can check my 2015 post here.

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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Ohhh, so many!!!

               


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Well, I did a few tags with resolutions, and lets keep it blog related, shall we? I vowed to write discussions’ posts, reach 1000 followers, keep posting at least 5 times a week… I did all of those, ho YAY?!


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I think one of my favorite relationships this past year was the friendship between all the guys of the Off-Campus Series bt Elle Kennedy. In general, I feel like friendship has a stronger role in NA than in YA, which is sad and shouldn’t happen. But somehow, friendships with teens are always more fickle.

               


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Probably ACOMAF and Archer’s Voice.

                                                     


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The two books I’m gonna show here weren’t exactly over-hyped, but they were talked about a lot, and were everywhere for a while, and I really didn’t enjoy them. I read both South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf  and The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel as ARCs.

                                                  


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Again… SO MANY!

               


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Definitely contemporary, and I seem to need to check out almost every day of the year, because that’s most of my reads.


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Are you fixating on all those abs? You should :P, but these books are amazing on their own right!

               


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No clue to be honest… I know Angie Thomas will be in high demand because of The Hate U Give. I’m super curious about this book… I did request it from Edelweiss, but I was denied… like always!


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No, I’m not doing that. It was ages ago and the books generally sucked, or were too portuguese to actually put here (you would get it if you had to study them). So, I’m using a book that inspired my superior studies, how’s that? The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes made me want to go to Anthropology and populations’ genetics.


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I really don’t like Halloween, and I can’t think of one character I would like to dress up like. Maybe Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse? Only because those dresses should be magnificent.


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So, I want to thank Deanna @A Novel Glimpse, because it was there that I saw Him and she made me want to read it. Then I want to thank Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much for recommending and LENDING November 9 to me… you know how much I loved it. Thanks to Regina @the bibliotheque I became aware of Archer’s Voice and oh wow! Last but not least, because Kat @Life and Other Disasters raved about The Martian for so long, I finally read it and loved it.

                   


I Tag:


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!

December Book Challenge: Day 24

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 24…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise


Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters


Day 18: Longest Book You Read


Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books
Day 22: New Favorite OTPs
Day 23: Books That Made You Cry

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag (2016 Edition)

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Hello guys! It’s Christmas time, so why not another book tag to celebrate it? Once again, I’m recycling a tag from last year, and you can read the 2015 edition here. So, let’s do this! By the way… I’m only using books that I’ve read during the year of 2016!


On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

Ugly Love was definitly one of my favorite books of 2016, so it deserves to be here.


On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

                                                        

OMG, how can I pick just one?! Yeah… I kind of can… Jamie and Wes all the way!


On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

                                     

I didn’t read many trilogies this year… and even using the True North series is cheating, because there will be more books, but what the hell… this series is just amazing!


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

                 

My favorite New Adult series is definitly the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. These boys are everything!


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

AIDEN from Illuminae for sure!


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

                                                       

I love the world building in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare, and the world of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

CLIVE from Wallbanger most definitly! Clive is the most wonderful and sassy cat ever, and he’s a delight to read about.


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

Have you read Carry On? Simon sure talks a LOT about food… eheh.


On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

                                                     

I love these two ladies! Reese from Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage is just wonderful. And Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski kicks some ass… with her brains.


On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favourite leading lad?

                                    

I love Mark Watney from The Martian, he’s a hoot. And Taco from Anything You Want grew on me a lot… I love that boy. And Solomon from Highly Illogical Behaviour is just plain amazing.


On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. 

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

                                    

I loved these 3 books that have a music theme: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and Stay Until We Break by Mercy Brown.


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

        

I couldn’t do just one…


I’m done!

I tag EVERYONE who wants to do this one 😉 HAVE FUN and happy hollidays!!!!

December Book Challenge: Day 23

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 23…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters
Day 18: Longest Book You Read
Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books
Day 22: New Favorite OTPs

Price of a Kiss (Linda Kage)

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I don’t care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean—

Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.

It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he’s just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soulmate…except for one teeny tiny glitch.

He’s a gigolo.

Boy, do I know how to pick them.


At the end of last year I read book 7 of the Forbidden Men series, and I thought at the time that I had to find some time to fit this series. Several months passed without me even remembering it, but then I came across this one, the first in the series, and it just sounded fun, so why not right? I mean, a GIGOLO? I wanted to read about that!

But as soon as I read the prologue, I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy read, the themes are heavy, however, the amazing writing and the amazing characters made this book a delight, and I felt giddy and overflowing with emotion while reading it.

The writing was what blew me completely away! Sometimes, even when a book is told in the first person, it can feel slightly boring, but here, I actually felt like Reese was talking to ME. The way it’s narrated, gives the idea that she’s talking directly to the reader, in the most fun and casual way, just 2 girls having a blast, you know? It totally worked for me, because I loved Reese’s voice 😀 .

I also loved Reese as a character. This girl is the embodiment of a strong and amazing person! I loved her life and her lack of filter. I loved that even though she could have been destroyed by what happened in her past, she wasn’t. She tried to live. I also loved how she didn’t let other people’s opinions cloud her judgment, so I loved the way she always treated Mason. And I LOVED her with Sarah.

I loved Mason, and yeah, he was a gigolo, but it’s impossible not to love him, because you know right from the start why he does what he does. Also, he was always ALWAYS honest with Reese, and I thought this was brilliant. These two talked! They were friends, they shared secrets, they actually KNEW each other, so even though the attraction was pretty insta, nothing really happens until they are way in love with each other. The slow burn romance, with everything that caused it, was very well done.

The plot was also very well done, it balanced the sense of responsibility, family and doing what is right. While also trying not to be murdered… yeah! LOL. I have to say that I had a few issues with Mason’s mom, because I couldn’t understand how she allowed him so much responsibility in their house, but truth is, nobody’s perfect, and there is a great message of acceptance within this book.

Have you read this series? What did you think of this book? I’m totally in love with it. I wish every book was narrated like this one, eheh. 😀

December Book Challenge: Day 22

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 22…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters
Day 18: Longest Book You Read
Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Makes Me Think Of Christmas!

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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 “It’s Christmas Time!! Choose a book that makes you think about Christmas. (If you don’t celebrate Christmas you can choose a book that features any other festivity)“. I used this book last year, but I’m using it again today, because this book actually takes place during the week leading to Christmas day, so it’s appropriate, right? Landline by Rainbow Rowell.


Original COver:

This is the original US cover, I like it, I used to own it, but it is not my favorite.

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

                    

This book is finally out in Portugal, though I don’t really like the cover. I do like the first Spanish cover, a lot, but the second one is just meh…

Favorite COVER(s):

                     

I love the Spanish edition, and the 2 UK versions… :D, they are so cute. I dig the yellow phone a lot, in case you had missed that.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

        

My least favorites are: German, French, Swedish, Polish and Dutch covers…

December Book Challenge: Day 21

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 21…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters
Day 18: Longest Book You Read
Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations

WWW Wednesday: December 21st 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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At the time this post will be up, I’ll probably be in the air starting to read ARC for Hooked on Trouble by Kelly Siskind. 😀


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Another awesome week! I finished Wallbanger by Alice Clayton and Night Owls by Jenn Bennett. Then I finished  Confess by Colleen Hoover, and as suspected, I loved it. I also finished Pushing Limits by Katie McGarry and listening to Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, and oh boy, I think I’m addicted to Sebastian York’s voice…


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Next I’ll read How Not To Let Go by Emily Foster, The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker and Blonde Date by Sarina Bowen.

Night Owls (Jenn Bennett)

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Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is — and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?


I bought this book in January when I went to Scotland, it has been sitting on my shelf since then, but this is the month where I read all the books (that had been on my shelf for awhile), so I picked it up and OH MY GOD!!! THIS BOOK IS SO DAMN CUTE!

This is so totally adorable! First of all, let me talk about the title. The original title is Night Owls, which is a reference to the bus where Bex and Jack meet, while the US title is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, which has a lot more to do with the story! But I’m in love with the original UK/Australian cover, so honestly… who cares about the title? Give me the gorgeous cover!

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I loved this book, the style of writing, the banter, the humour, the themes, … perfect! I found the writing kind of unique for a YA novel, because it kind of read like a cross between YA and NA and I was all for that. The humour is seriously great and the banter… oh my! This book is about art, and I thought it was brilliant how it showed 2 specific kinds of art that are not often written into books.

Bex is into anatomical drawing, as in, the muscles, bones, veins and arteries, and it’s awesome! She loves her family, she works, she has her own style and knows who she is, and have I mention that she’s awesome?

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Jack, on the other hand, is a graffiti artist that only does wording and I found that fascinating, the way he used words in certain locations to convey messages. “Prince” Jack was so great! He was sure of himself, but he was vulnerable at the same time, and he never tried to hide that side of him from Bex, and I appreciated that.

This starts off as insta attraction for sure, but I found it endearing and kind of believable. They didn’t fall into each other instantly, they searched, they met and after all that, they fell. And to be honest, the romance was cute and beautiful and honest. Now, this book is quite steamy for a YA book, but that felt natural and it made so much sense to me. I love that Jenn Bennett wrote those steamy scenes boldly, though not 100% explicitly. I thought it was a great compromise and a fun way to do it.

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This book deals several important issues, such as status quo, family and divorce, pride and mistakes, doing the wrong things for the right reasons, but still having to deal with the consequences, schizophrenia, falling in love, …, and I think it’s a brilliant amalgamation of all of this. It deals with these serious issues while being cute and upbeat and uplifting.

Another thing that I really appreciated was the inclusion of the families. Bex and Jack live with their parents, and they are all present throughout the book, and it actually ends with a very cute mention of them, and I loved it.

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This was seriously a great read, a great contemporary romance, for the lovers of the genre, art, family, …, for everyone, really! Go read it!