Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Made Me Laugh!

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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 “World’s Laughter Day was a few days ago. Choose a book that makes you laugh“. I read a lot of funny books, but most of them are NA books with only one cover, so I decided to use a non-fiction book for today. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.


Original COver:

This is the original US cover and I’ve become quite fond of it. I like that it has Aziz Ansari on the cover and that it showcases the subject. But having a famous person on the cover might lead a lot of people to believe that this is an autobiography, when in fact it is a sociological study.

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

This book hasn’t been released in either country yet.

Favorite COVER(s):

I love this cover! This is the Brazilian cover, and I think it’s just gorgeous and smart.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                             

The first is the UK paperback cover, and I’m not a fan. I like the colors and all, but the use of an anatomical heart is just not my favorite thing… yeah, the book is about romance, but love has very little to do with the actual muscle. Then the Polish cover is just bad, it looks like a half assed attempt at something like the original cover… not good.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2015

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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:

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases,  overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list)

So, here we go… I’m choosing my 10 favorite books of this year… this is gonna be tough… But here we go, in no particular order, 10 books that made me super happy and glad that I picked them up this year… I would have a lot more in the list, but I didn’t want to repeat authors either…

I’ll do this in graphic form, because I talked of these books enough times to not have to repeat the reasons why I love them.


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The Book Courtship Tag

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Hello, and welcome back to another book tag. This time I’m doing The Book Courtship Tag, that has been around for a while. I was tagged by Travelling in My Bookcase, thank you so much. People, go check out her blog! The Book Courtship Tag which was originally created by LovelyLikeLaura.


Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover? 

I bought Love in the Time of Global Warming (Francesca Lia Block) 95% because of its gorgeous cover. Go on, have a look at it. Isn’t it just amazing? Unfortunately I had a few problem with the book itself, but the cover is just gorgeous.


Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

I bought The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion totally because of the summary!

Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it’s not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.


Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Renee Ahdieh is a genius, and The Wrath and the Dawn has the most amazing writing.

If you haven’t read it yet, first of, how is it possible? And then, go and pick it up now!


Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Here I have to go with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. When I read it I wasn’t as heavily into reading as I am right now, but City of Bones made me go out and get the next 2 books, and then the 3 others, and then The Infernal Devices… you get it, right?


Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

I’ve been kept late a few times lately, but the last one was More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs.

Lately I’ve been staying late to read on Fridays… and when I say late is “it’s almost morning” kind of late.


Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

OMG, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. BIGGEST BOOK HANGOVER EVER!!! Lol. I read this book in one night – so it could totally have fitted on the previous slot – and afterwards I could not stop thinking about it. I wanted more. I needed more Warner and Juliette. I would go back to open the book and read random chapters. I had a problem. I don’t have it now because the book is physically very far away from me.


Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

I love running my hands through all my books… I might have a problem… 😛 Now, I’ll choose a very recent one: Cress by Marissa Meyer. I just love my book, and the embossing on the lettering. The Square Fish editions are just so gorgeous and I’m so glad that I decided to get these ones – even if now I have to wait one year for a physical copy of Winter.


Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

I would like everyone to read Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. I chose a non-fiction one on purpose, because I’m sure most of my family wouldn’t want to read fantasy… And this book is just amazing and it blew my mind. I think everyone should read it… and I mean: EVERYONE!


Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

Hmmm, so many… but… Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell… actually, I’m thinking that I might pick it up this month if I can get through all of my TBR on time 🙂 . Reading this one on Christmas time would be the most perfect thing.


Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

I will tag… EVERYONE!!! This tag has been around for a long time, so you probably have done it already, but if you haven’t, and you want to, consider yourself tagged, yeah?!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things That I’m Thankful For

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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:

Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.

So, today I’ll share some books, series and other bookish things that I’ve read this year and that I’m Very Thankful For, ok?


1. Shatter Me Series (Tahereh Mafi)

This series kind of opened my eyes in terms of amazingly different writing skills and made me appreciate a whole lot more. Then there’s also the thing that I really loved the story and, mostly, I loved Warner and Juliette. The me that had only read the first book would be disgusted by that statement!

2. Becky Albertalli & Jasmine Warga & Adam Silvera

For introducing me to some amazing diverse books. I was never frantic reader before, so I really didn’t know what I was really missing…

3. ACOTAR & Throne of Glass Series (Sarah J. Maas)

Sarah J. Maas is a genious!! I’m so glad that I started to read these two series, that I absolutely love. She’s a genius, I tell you!!!

4. Penryn & the End of Days Trilogy (Susan Ee)

I just love this trilogy SO SO MUCH!!! I’m so grateful that Josie “made me” read it, because I’m hooked on it. I would like like 100 more books about Penryn, Raffe and the Watchers, PLEASE!!!

5. New Adult books

                         

This is a new thing for me, kind of. I had read romances and Young Adult contemporaries, but in-between of these two genres is something that appeals to me. I like the problems they face, because university and so on is my day to day, and the romances are always super hot (even if the books don’t have that much more to it). More than anything, these books are a great way to pass the time, and mostly easy and fast reads.

6. Netgalley and eARCs

                                          

Netgalley has been a blessing, truly. Not only does it provide me most of my New Adult romances, but it has introduced me to some amazing authors and some of my favorite reads of this year – case and point: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis and Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier .

7. Fangirl & Attachments & basically anything Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell “gets me”, so each time I read one of her books, I find myself in it, even if just one tiny bit. So I’m so thankful that I bought Fangirl back in February when I went to London, and proceeded to read anything else she wrote.

8. The blogging community

I’m sure I’ve said this a few times, but you guys are all amazing! This community is truly great and I feel kind of blessed for being part of it.

9. My Aelin (that’s my kindle, if you still haven’t figured that out)

I was one of those persons that was adamant that I would never own an eReader. Then I found out that Netgalley existed, and given that I’m an international blogger, that was my only way to snag some ARCs. So, I gave in and bought a kindle for my birthday… and OMFG, I love it so much!!! I have to say that I actually miss it when I’m reading physical copies, and it’s weird, but my Aelin allows me to highlight stuff, and search for quotes, and jump chapters,…, it’s amazing.

10. The pleasure of a good non-fiction

                        

I usually don’t like non-fiction books… at all. I have to read enough scientific papers to cover that part of my life, and I read enough college manuals during my 5 years of undergrad to last me a lifetime. But this year I read, or better yet, I listened to 2 amazing nonfiction books that changed a bit my standing on the genre.

August Wrap-Up

August has come to an end! It’s a sad ordeal… at least now the heat can stop, right? (please please please).

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I read quite a lot this month, I’m super proud of myself! but first, here’s what my TBR looked like:

1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (I started it, I’m like 100 pages in!)

5. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I ended up only starting Unravel Me a couple days ago, so I haven’t had time to finish that one or Ignite Me. I also didn’t get to The Assassin’s Blade, I guess subconsciously I want to have something from Celaena still unread… it will change this next week, because my Queen of Shadows it’s on its way!

I did read a lot more than I was expecting this month. So here we go:

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1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

3. Dream the Impossible – Zen pencils: Volume Two by Gavin Aung Than

4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

5. Tabatha by Neil Gibson

6. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

7. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

8. Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

9. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

11. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

12. Armada by Ernest Cline

13. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi


On another note, this month I participated in my first Read-a-thon, Bout of Books 14, and had a lot of fun.

I posted 99 posts this month (so far, it’ll probably reach 100), that’s an average of 3 posts per day! Wow… of course it also had to do with the Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge that I did…

I reached 500 followers!!! I’m so damn happy about that 😀 😀 😀 !!!

 

Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg)

>>>>  Nº 14 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A non-fiction book #2 <<<<

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s most popular and sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.


I first became aware of this book when Aziz when on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I never watched Parks & Rec, and I never saw anything with him, though I had a general idea of who this person was. I didn’t know however that he was a biologist, that sparked my attention, and then the description of the book got me hooked.

See, contrary to what most people who see the book in various bookshelves think, this is not an autobiography, or even a humour book. It is a real sociological investigation, and the scientist in me was tingling to get my hands on this book. After listening to Tina Fey‘s audiobook, I thought this would be a perfect way to “read” this one as well.

BEST. DECISION. EVER! Aziz is funny as hell, and the book, which by the way is amazeballs, is even better when is read by him. What he and Eric Klinenberg did was establish what has changed in the dating world in the last few decades, the why and how does it affect us and the relationships we have. It’s a bit daunting!

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It all comes down to how before marriage was viewed as a coming together of family and funds, money, lands, with the clear objective of contentment and progeny. Today’s views are nothing like that… we’re searching for our soul-mates.

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He mentions how we now have much more choices than people had in the old days, we have a whole new phase of our lives that didn’t exist years back, when we are adults and independent. We also have something more: internet and smart-phones.

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Yeah, today there are so many choices that nobody wants to “settle”, but it also induces people to believe they are settling, because it makes us believe that there’s something “better” out there. Is this really better than decades ago? Can we truly be happy if we’re convinced that someone better might be just around the corner?

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Oh yeah, and how much easier is it to say stuff online and on our phones? Stuff that we probably would not say face to face? This is a huge problem with today’s society, how when he are behind a screen we all become braver and bolder (and sometimes, a whole lot stupider).

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I completely loved this book. I loved the work behind it. I didn’t see it (as many did) as a dating advice book, sure, it will red flag a few things for you, for me it was how I wouldn’t want to live in Argentina! Also, many people were shocked by some statistics, but people, that’s statistics for you, just because you don’t agree with them, doesn’t mean they’re not true!

Seriously, all love for this book/audiobook! I will be obtaining a physical copy of it as soon as I can get it. Yeah! I loved it that much!

Rating: 5 Stars

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August TBR

As promised in my July Wrap-up, I will now share with you the books I’ll be reading in this month of August.

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I will have a little more time this month than I had the last one. For one, I won’t work on weekends, because it’s August. The university will be empty, so I’ll use my time better, not having to wait for other people is extremely gratifying. We’re not having insufferable heat anymore here (which I hope holds up). So, this is my month in books (click on the cover to go to their GoodReads pages):

   

1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – I’ve actually already started this one and am close to finishing it.

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – obviously, right?! I wasn’t able to fit it into last month, but I’m sure will make time for it now, starting tomorrow (probably)!

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I will finally read the Shatter Me trilogy! As soon as I am done with Heir of Fire, I will pick this up.

4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

5. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg – Like Bossypants, I decided to try the audiobook, which is great. I’m already 1 hour in and Aziz is super funny. I realized that audiobooks are perfect when I’m at the gym, walking to the university or grocery shopping!

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I plan for this one to be the only book I buy this month (and it’s already on it’s way), but I definitely want to give it a go before the last week of August.

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – Now I know I’m pushing the envelope, I HOPE I get time to squeeze this one in, I think it’s highly likely.

And that’s it! Obviously I would like to have more time and fit more books in (Ready Player One, you’ll be next), but I’ll have to see how this month unfolds. What do you think of my book choices for this month of August?