Tiny Pleasures #11

Hey guys! So, this feature is one I haven’t done since November of 2015. Yeah, it has been a long long time. But I think I might just get back to do it, because I kind of miss it. The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. This will also be a means to update you on what’s going on in my life at the moment, eheh.

1. I started working!

Well, sort of. LOL. So, as you guys know, I’ve been doing my PhD for the last few years, but my grant ended at the end of 2015, and even though I’m still writing my thesis, I needed to start working ASAP, because money is needed to actually eat and stuff. I obviously looked and applied for a lot of things in my area, but that didn’t pan out. I was called for something else though, and I have to say, I’m super excited about this. I’m currently on my third week of training, and I’m loving the subjects and the people, so I really hope ir all goes well.

2. Starbucks with Cátia

You guys probably know that me and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much live pretty close by, as in, we’re both close enough to Lisbon. So, last week, we met for coffee again, for another afternoon of talking books, blogging and life, Starbucks and walking. 😀

3. Nephews + Easter

Because it’s Easter, I had all my nephews here, and look how huge they are! My oldest nephew is past the 1.8m, and my niece is now my height… *sigh*

4. The Raven Boys

I finally started reading The Raven Boys!!!

5. Movies

I actually went to the movies 3 times in the last week, but Demain Tout Commence is definitly a highlight for me.

6. My Hair changed color

I never dyed my hair before, but I did it today. You guys know the Colorista line from L’Oreal? I’d tried the turquoise the other day, but my hair is too dark, and even though the product tells you it will work on dark hair, it really doesn’t. I tried it, and to be honest, you had to hit it with the right angle of light to actually see some semblance of color. So I decided to try another product of theirs, the Colorista Effect balayage, to lighten some parts of my hair, and then apply the blue dye, and it worked! The lighting part was a bit uneven, but it definitly became lighter, and now my hair is bluish-green.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Movie of the Week: Demain Tout Commence


As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I wanted to go watch it. It finally premiered here in Portugal last week, so last wednesday I joined my mom near her work, and went to see this amazing french movie, Demain tout commence.

Just a small thought though, people in Portugal has to start supporting more diverse forms of cinema. When I was looking for movie theaters to go to, to see this movie, I found out that it was only showing in a few cinemas in the center of the city, and it was not in any of the bigger ones, in shopping malls and so on. It’s sad guys!

Now, this movie was amazing. I loved it so much. It was funny and emotional, and cute and serious. And it had such amazing interpretations! Omar Sy is simply fantastic, as usual, but Gloria Colston, who plays Gloria, is beyond amazing. This girl has a huge future ahead of her, because she’s so expressive, and she carries the movie in 2 languages! Just… WOW! Antoine Bertrand, who plays Samuel’s BFF and lifesaver, is also a scene stealer, and he has some of the funniest scenes. 

I loved the story, though I was a bit confused for a huge portion of it. But in the end, it all makes sense, and I will say it: it made me cry!

Now, guys, I know that most of you reading this are maybe not fans of French movies, or you just don’t pay attention to it, but just know that this one is so so worth it. Go see it!

(for some stupid reason, I can’t find the trailer with english subtitles… SORRY!!!)

I’m giving it 4 stars, I loved it!

Now to you. Have you seen Demain Tout Commence? Thoughts???

My Unscripted Life (Lauren Morrill)

Sometimes love stories go off script. 

Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the pre-college fine arts program of her dreams. But if she’d gone away, she wouldn’t have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade.

It’s not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo — she’s just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there’s a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there’s more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . .  

Guys, I’ve had this book on my Netgalley TBR for ages, but for some reason, I decided to finally start it a few days ago, and it was an easy and enjoyable read. If you have been following me for awhile, you know that a 3 stars rating is not that great for me, but I actually did enjoy this book, it’s just that I thought it had some major issues, especially in terms of plot and characters.

I really liked the writing, it was fun and light, and I loved that the story was told in the first person, and present tense. Dee’s voice was great, and it takes some pretty amazing writing to make nutty behaviour look endearing, and I think the author achieved just that.

Now, you might have noticed that I kind of said that Dee was a bit nutty, and while I loved her, I do think she was. I really liked that she had this artistic but slightly undefined side, because most times in books, teens have such a clear picture of what they want, that it was refreshing to see someone who was a bit clueless. But on the matters of the heart though, I’m not sure about her whole relationship with Milo, or how she kind of annulled herself in his presence.

I read the whole book, and while Milo seemed like a great dude at some points, I ended it and I don’t feel like I got to know him. Don’t get me wrong, there were some cute moments between Milo and Dee, but they were few and far between, and they had very little substance. They go on ONE date, and suddenly Dee is calling him her boyfriend, and everything just came after was a bit weird and needed a lot more context.

I felt like I was missing a huge chunk of the story you know? The part, after the first kiss, where they actually get to know each other and fall in love. Because this went from 0 to drama and to 1000 in one second, and I needed more. More context, more story, more plot and more character within our characters. I also felt like some points could have been explored a little more, like Dee’s relationship with her BFF, or her love for historic buildings, and how she and Milo had some things in common.

So, this ended up being a fun and fast read, but with major plot holes and lacking some serious context. I had fun, but with the amazing way it was written, this could have easily been a 4/5 stars book, but it was missing way too much.

WWW Wednesday: April 12th 2017


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?


I actually started 3 books in the last 24 hours: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy and All I Want by J. Daniels.


This week I finished Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson, Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway and My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill.


After I’ll probably read The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell & Anthony MOrris and European Tour by LV Lewis, both Netgalley ARCs.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Teen Movies


Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Books That Would Make Good Video Games.

Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

So… I mostly read contemporaries and they’re not the best ones for this topic, so I’m going for Books That Would Make Good Teen Movies.

Dancing in the Rain (Kelly Jamieson)

A retired athlete meets the daughter he never knew — along with the woman who reignites his passions — in this powerful standalone romance from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly. 

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked — and there’s no going back.

I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go check out her blog in the next few days to read her review of this book 🙂 .

When I started this book, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting. I’ve read a few books by Kelly Jamieson, but this one felt different somehow, right from the get go. On one hand it seemed sort of more mature, the pace was slower, the time frame larger. Everything happened at a slow pace, and while it made it also a slower read for me, it also made the most sense for the story and the characters, and it also made the plot more impactful.

Dancing in the Rain is told in dual POV in the third person, and I have to say that this bothered me a bit, because sometimes I didn’t know whose POV I was reading. I also didn’t quite get if that was intentional or not, but it wasn’t the best 3rd person POV I’ve read from Kelly (Back Check takes the cake for that!).

But the characters… I loved the characters! Drew was such a great guy, and I loved to see him going from unsure and uncertain about himself and his future, to a confidence person about his abilities, as well as his role as a dad. I loved loved loved his relationship with Chloe, it felt just right, and he was such a great and positive influence on her. And Payton was awesome too, she was just so strong, and even going through so much, she was still fun and loving.

Chloe was just an awesome 11/12 yo girl. I loved the hell out of her.

The plot was well constructed and it was carried on so well. The romance was slow burn with a hint of forbidden, and I loved it. And the best thing for me? Even when the adults were at odds with each other, they didn’t take it out on their relationship with Chloe. They were mean or vindictive. They knew the other one loved the girl just as much, and they wanted the best for each other.

This is definitely a stand-alone romance worth reading, about finding your purpose when you lose your whole identity, priorities changes and dealing with the most unbearable pain. Read it!

Where I Belong (J. Daniels)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | New to me author

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.

Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.

What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

This series was recommended to me by Deanna @A Novel Glimpse, and I’m glad she did, because this was such a fun book, and I’ll definitly read more from this author.

The premise of this book is hilarious and it was done well, though I felt like it sometimes moved a tiny bit too fast. The same with the writing, it was fun and fast and hilarious, but sometimes it took a turn into “too much”, you know? I still loved it and laughed my ass off with it.

Mia and Ben were good characters, though I felt like I didn’t actually get to know them on their own. I did like them a lot together, and they definitly had great chemistry. Also, this book had one of my favorite tropes ever in romance, so YAY! Bonus points for that!!!

I’m gonna keep this review short, because I honestly don’t have anything else to say, eheh, but I do recommend this book. It’s a good story, told in a fun way. It definitly put a smile on my face 🙂 .

Twist (Kylie Scott)

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman — except that she lives across the country. Soon they’re emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets…except the one that really matters.

When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it’s always better with a twist.

I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

This was my first book by Kylie Scott, though I’m curious about her previous series and her previous book of this series, so I’ll for sure read more from her. I did enjoy this one, I especially liked the writingTwist is told through Alex’s POV, with some snippets of the messages exchanged between her and Joe throughout their online “friendships”. While I really liked the way the book was told, because Alex was hilarious, I also felt like I didn’t get to know Joe that well, because I wasn’t getting his POV.

Which happened probably because I didn’t feel like the characters were totally fleshed out. Don’t get me wrong, I did like what I did see from Alex and Joe, they were truly awesome people and they were amazing together as well. But there are some things that happen that I truly didn’t get, that were never truly explained or explored, and that made it less enjoyable for me.

But, even though I thought some things should have been explored a little bit more, I did love the plot, and the connection between both main characters.

Overall a very enjoyable read, I’ll make sure to check out Kylie Scott’s other books. Even with some minor problems, this was a romance worth reading. Give it a shot.

Addicted to You (Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie)


She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

I’ve had Addicted to You on my Kindle/Audible for ages, but I always put off reading it for some reason, but I finally did it, and I’m sort of glad I did on one hand, and beating myself up for not reading it sooner on the other. Because I absolutely loved this book, but this was definitly not an easy read, as the subject itself is hard for me.

This was my first book by Krista and Becca Ritchie, and I loved loved loved the writing. The book is told only through Lily’s POV and it’s so raw. When I started this one, I was sort of scared about how explicit is was going to be, because the narrator is a sex addict, and I was afraid that it would become old pretty fast. But the authors did an amazing job here, because the book is raw and emotional and gritty, without it being over explicit. Super well done.

Flawed characters are the best ones, and Lily and Lo are as flawed as they come. I loved reading about their struggles, with their feelings, relationships and addictions, even when they were self destructing. There are so many layers to these characters and they’re so well constructed, I just want to learn more about them. The same goes for Connor, Ryke and Rose. They have so much more to give and I have so much more to explore about them, and I love the possibilities.

I also really liked the plot and the pace. Honestly, I loved everything about this book, even the massive heartbreak. I’ll definitly keep reading this series because I just want more of all these amazing characters and writing.

Now, I have to say that this book can be sort of triggering, I guess. It’s a disturbing subject and outside most people’s comfort zone. Addiction is a heavy subject on itself, and it’s not an easy subject to take on. While I never battled with addiction myself, I grew up close to it, and it certainly got me in a weird mood and brought on all sort of memories and feelings.

For me though, it was one of the best books I read this year, so far. And I want people to read it! HAve you read this one? What are your feelings on it?