The Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s Book Tag

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Hello guys! Today I bring you a new book tag, the Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s Book Tag, created by Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks, and she was kind enough to nominate me to do this – thank you so much Aimal. So, here we go…

1. Vanilla Caramel Fudge: pick a light, fluffy contemporary 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is the definition of light, fluffy contemporary. And it’s so good!!!

2. Mint Chocolate Cookie: a new release that you wish everybody would read

I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but the answer has to be The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis). If you haven’t read this book, I ask you: what the hell are you waiting for?

3. Karamel Sutra Core: a last book in a series that you were completely satisfied with

I was super satisfied with the ending of The Infernal Devices. Clockwork Princess was an amazing book, and even though I wouldn’t have minded to have another 10 books about Jem, Tessa and Will, I was happy with the resolution and about knowing that it wasn’t the last time I would be reading about any of them.

4. Cherry Garcia: an ending that was bittersweet

So many books have bittersweet endings… but today, I’ll go with Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I loved the ending, but I’ll admit that I would like to know if they ever find their way to one another again.

5. Strawberry Shortcake: a book containing your OTP of OTPs

I have too many OTPs to count (actually, I’m thinking about making a list of them, what do you guys think?). Either way, like I was saying, too many to count, but I’ll drop my most recent favorite obsession, and that is Penryn and Raffe from the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. Guys, the last book is killing me!!!


6. Milk and Cookies: two authors that if they collaborated, they would go perfectly together

I’ll redirect you to a recent Top Ten Tuesday post, because I think that any pairing I put in there would be pretty perfect! – Go HERE!!!

7. Boston Cream Pie: a book that had you turning your pages late into the night

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I went to sleep when the sun was coming up, it was a wild ride and totally worth it, because this book… wow… wow!!!! Not only did it keep me up all night, it also gave me the biggest book hangover I ever had! It was days before I could stop myself going through its pages re-reading certain chapters… To be honest, it only stopped because the book went to Portugal.

8. Chocolate Therapy: a book that makes you feel better after a long day of life

I’ll go with You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day’s memoir, because this book made me laugh and smile and cry, but it also made me feel less alone. She’s brilliant and I highly recommend this book.

9. Coffee, Coffee, Buzzbuzzbuzz!: a book not yet released that you can’t wait to get your hands on

There are MANY books coming out that I need right now, but most of all I need The Rose and the Dagger the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawnby Renee Ahdieh, because of that ending. That ending tore me apart!!! I need to know that Khalid is Ok, that Shazi is OK, that Shazi is going back, what she’ll do with her magic, how they’re going to break the curse, …, and I need to see Despina and Jalal actually talking. So yeah… I need it!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

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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 Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I’m gonna go with 10 Book to Movie adaptations that I’m looking forward to, even if it not in line to happen as of right now.


1. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

This one is in the works! Dreamworks has the rights to the movie, and everything appears to be moving forward, but there still isn’t a director or any cast associated with the movie.

I think this will be a fantastic story for the big screen 😀 and I honestly can’t wait to see it (whenever that might be).

2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

This was just announced the other day, this is definitely going to happen, well, at least the rights were sold, so, fingers crossed.

This is one of my favorite books of the year, so I’m super super super excited that it might make its way to the big screen. I can’t wait to start hearing something about the casting 😀 .

3. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

This will be a fantastic movie! Director Richard Linklater was attached to the project a while back, and so was the amazing Jennifer Lawrence.

I’m curious to see who they’ll get to play Don.

     

fantastic-beasts-084. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J.k. Rowling)

This one is so close, the first movie of the trilogy will be out in a little over a year.

The screenplay adaptation was written by J.K. Rowling herself and it stars the super talented Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

And, come on, Harry Potter universe!

5. Mockingjay (part 2) (Suzanne Collins)

It’s almost time for the last part of Mockingjay to hit the theaters and I can’t wait.

I think that The Hunger Games have been super well adapted to screen, and that is a rare thing.

So, I’m super excited to see the last instalment later this month.

6. Inferno (Dan Brown)

Confession time, I still haven’t read this book, but I read all the others of the Robert Langdon series, and I love them.

And I also liked the movies, they are always super watchable 🙂 .

So, I’m waiting on this one as well, scheduled to hit the screens in 2016.

7. Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)

This book has been optioned by Universal Pictures and I hope they hurry up with it already, because I want to watch it badly!

Elizabeth Banks was even connected to the project, being pinned as director – and I would very much like to see that, because Elizabeth Banks is amazing.

8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)

Again, I still haven’t read this book – it was on my TBR last month, but I failed, I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

I’ll try to get to it before the movie comes out next year, because I’m so excited about this adaptation… Tim Burton is directing, people!!!

9. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

Once again, this has been in my TBR for a while, and it will likely remain there for a little bit more. This movie is set for December 2017, so I still have plenty of time.

Steven Spielberg will be at the helm, and so far, the only actor attached to the project is Olivia Cooke (from Me and Earl and Dying Girl). I like her a lot, so I’m happy about this.

10. Angelfall (Susan Ee)

Now, this is more of a hope right now. Back in 2012 this book was optioned for a studio, and at some point had director and some cast attached. But it has been 3 years and no more news came up. At this point is safe to assume that it might not happen, at least not now. It’s a shame, because this would turn out to be an epic movie, Penryn is a true female hero, and I would like nothing more than for my newest OTP to be on the big screen.

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (5): Day 1

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Hello! Jesalin @Life : books, the arts, and nature was kind enough to tag me for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, so here we go people, for the 5th time!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (this is my 5th time doing this, so I nominate whoever wants to do it, ok?)

I’ll start this round with a quote from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, an amazing book that you’ve probably read, right? No? What are you waiting for?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Characters that I would give Halloween a chance 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:

Halloween themed freebie — your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)

I don’t do Halloween, like, at all. I don’t read scary books, I don’t watch scary movies, I don’t dress up or go out partying. I don’t do any of those things. So this week I decided to name 10 characters that I would totally do the Halloween thing for, or, people who are so cool that I would totally like to dress up as them.


1. Cath (Fangirl)

True, it wouldn’t be exactly hard to dress up as Cath, but it would be a blast. Cath is so relatable, that if I raid my closet I would probably have everything I needed to “be” her. (source)

2. Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices)

Dressing up as any Shadowhunter would be great, but I have a soft spot for Tessa Gray’s clothes 😉 . (source)

3. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Throne of Glass Series)

Celaena’s clothes are all amazing, but I love her tunics and pants, and that dress from Queen of Shadows? With the Dragon? WOW!!! (source)

4. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)

Dressing up as a student from Hogwarts would already be pretty great, but Luna is just special. (source)

5. Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Feyre is a bit kickass, I mean, she gets to wear some gorgeous clothes – though not dresses at first – and she has a bow and arrows, so she has a Katniss vibe going on as well… (source)

6. Dahlia Moss (The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss)

I read this book recently (and loved it) and Dahlia just wears the most ridiculous things sometimes… I mean, a jigglypuff hat?!

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7. Shahrzad (The Wrath and the Dawn)

Shazi just has the most amazing set of clothes (and husband), so I would totally dress like her for one day… though I suspect that I would be thoroughly embarrassed by the amount of skin showing…

8. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

Does this need an explanation? (source)

9. Eleanor (Eleanor & Park)

I love Eleanor’s style, she’s so unique, and I love her so much, that I would totally be her for one day (if her family didn’t come attached). (source)

10. Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter series)

I’ve mentioned before that I think McGonagall rocks, and I would totally dress up as her for Halloween 😀 .

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like Kick-@ss Female Heroines

Hello, it’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author (ie: you could list 10 different popular/bestselling books or authors with readalike suggestions for each or give 10 books for one best-selling/popular book or author like 10 authors to read if you like John Green or ten books to read if you like Gone Girl. Idea is to give good readalikes that may be less well known).

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I was struggling with this one a lot! I don’t usually make connections between authors or books and i couldn’t come up with anything more than 5 book, no matter which combination I tried. So, after contemplating not doing it this week, I decided to spin it a bit and make it a theme instead of an author or book. So, Ten Books To Read If You Like Kick-@ss Female Heroines! I’m sorry before hand for totally missing the goal of this week’s topic…

1. Throne of Glass Series (Sarah J. Maas)

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This series is full of gorgeous, super strong women. Such as Aelin, Nehemia, Lysandra, Manon, …, I love how strong, powerful and human they all are.

2. The Wrath & The Dawn (Renée Ahdieh)

Shahrzad is one of my favorite female character ever. Despina is pretty bad-@ss herself.

3. The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis)

Maggie is so strong and sassy! I love the hell out of her.

4. The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)

Tessa Gray, Charlotte Fairchild, Sophie Collins, Cecily Herondale. These four ladies are worth several men!

5. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

Eleanor is a different kind of strong female character. She doesn’t fight or anything, but she managed to survive some awful situations and still manage to live.

6. Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)

Hermione Granger is on everyone’s mind when we think of kick-@ss women, right? But I’ll raise you Molly Weasley, Minerva Mcgonagall, Nymphadora Tonks, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, Alice Longbottom, …

7. A Clash of Kings (George R. R. Martin)

One name for you: Aria Stark. Sure, this series has other female heroines, such as Daenerys, but Aria is my favorite.

8. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

Chiyo goes through some bad stuff throughout her life…

9. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

It’s not because Katniss is broken that she stops being freaking amazing.

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga)

 I really admire Aysel. Yes, the only thing she wants in the beginning is to end her life, but she goes through a big transformation and goes because of it. She makes my list!

Book Traveling Thursdays: Fall is finally here!

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Hello, welcome back to 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 “Fall is finally here! Choose a book that brings you nostalgic ‘fall feelings’“. Fall feelings?! Oh Man! I can’t think of any… the closest thing that comes to me is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell… it starts in August, and part of the action is during the fall. But I read it in the spring. But I have a fall feeling about it… maybe(?!). I’m going with it!


Original & Favorite cOver:

I love love love this cover! This is the original US cover and it’s just gorgeous! I own the yellow one, which is also nice, but not as nice as this one.

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

                                  

Both covers from Portugal and Spain are very close to the original one, the only difference being the placing of the name and the raving from John Green. Wait, did you noticed it? Portugal has a cover for this book! This is the only Rainbow Rowell book that exists in Portuguese.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

    

The first British edition is so bad. I usually don’t mind these covers, but the drawings here have nothing to do with the characters and story. Then the Indonesian cover is pretty bad, I mean, what is that? Other pretty bad one is the one from Italy, because once again, it has nothing to do with the story. And finally the one from Latvia, the cover is not that bad, but the drawing is all wrong and why did they translate Rainbow’s name?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Here we are, for my second week doing the Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is pretty cool: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters, such as features minority/religious minority, has socioeconomic diversity, disabled main character, a neurotypical character, member of the LGBTQ community, etc… Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I can’t stress enough how good this book is, you SHOULD READ IT (NOW!). Main character is a gay boy.

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2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

A coming of age story set in the 80’s, about two mexican boys who are in love with each other.

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3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie suffers from a mental disorder and Patrick is gay. Enough said! (also, I love this book to death!)

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4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Do I even need to talk about how much diversity is in these books?! Alec is gay, Magnus is bissexual, Simon is jewish and Maia is African-American. Also, Aline (half-Asian) is in a relationship with Helen (half-faerie bissexual girl).

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5. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Ok, this one is full of diversity. Pen is bissexual, her boyfriend Hex is transgender, Ezra and Ash (african-american) are gay.loveinthetime

6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

First of all, Aysel is Turkish. Then, both she and Roman deal with depression and suicidal tendencies. Have you read this one yet? You should!

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7. Ms Marvel by Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Also, she’s a superhero!

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8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman most likely has Asperger syndrome…

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9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Park is half-Korean and Eleanor lives way beyond the line of poverty.

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10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf.

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Tiny Pleasures #4

Hello, I’m gonna join the last couple of weeks, because nothing significant went on on the first one…

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1. Phinally Done

During the week of 11 to 17 of May, two of my colleagues and friends defended their PhD Dissertations, one in Coimbra and the other one here in Barcelona. I’m beyond proud of both of them and so very happy. It was the perfect beginning and end of that week.

2. “Bacalhau com todos”

This might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re away from home, it’s so nice to eat typical food! In Portugal we use a lot of cod fish, but we use it dried and salted and not fresh like most countries. So this (cod fish, egg, vegetables, potato and chickpea) is my traditional Christmas food.

3. Movies

Going twice to the cinema in a week. This is not that abnormal for me, but it hadn’t happened in a while. Wednesday I decided to take advantage of the cheapest day to see a movie, a spanish movie, that I had wanted to see for a while but was already only in selected theaters. So I needed to go to Barcelona and took advantage of that…

4. And more movies

The second movie I saw was on Friday, my “rest” day! I was totally alone watching Pitch Perfect 2 and it was awesome!

5. Amazon and books

Thursday I came home and found my Amazon box!!!! Yupppiiiii! Unboxing books is the best thing ever. 😀

6. English Bookstores?!

Speaking of books, after a little research online, I found out that there are 2 English bookstores in Barcelona!!! I’m so HAPPY!!!!

7. Magnificent Reads

I finished 4 books in the past 2 weeks, but two I LOVED! Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell) and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) are awesome, gorgeous books and I never want to let them go.

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Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

>>>>>  Nº 15 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A popular author’s first book <<<<<

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Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

I knew that this book was going to be full of “fells” but wow… I didn’t quite expect this. I’m officially of the opinion that Rainbow Rowell is extraordinary and quite possibly a mind reader and a time-traveler… otherwise, I cannot explain how well she can describe the feelings of two 16 y.o., or how she can create these adorably flawed characters with whom I identify a lot.

I’m not going to talk about the story, because it’s a “simple” love story about two teenager who don’t quite fit in. But it’s much deeper than that, and you should definitely read it… like, NOW!

Rainbow’s books always have a specific characteristic that sets them apart from every other book. With Fangirl it’s the bits of chapters and fanfiction between Cather’s story, on Attachments it’s the e-mails between Jennifer and Beth in the middle of Lincoln’s live, here is the fact that we have both the point of views of Eleanor and Park! There’s this bits and pieces that are just so adorable to read from each other’s POV!

Now it will be a little SPOILERY!

That ending! OMG, I knew something happened, because since the first page we know that they’re no longer together, but wow, man, wow! A whole year going by without Eleanor contacting Park is heart wrenching!

And the postcard?! Oh my, I smiled like a silly girl. I know that most people want the postcard to say “I Love You”, but I don’t. I think that Eleanor’s first ILY should be said personally. I hope the card said “Nothing ever ends”, it would mean that she never actually forgot, it would mean that she read the comics and thought about him, it would mean hope. Maybe it said something along the lines of “I’m coming” or something like that, or maybe (and this is my favorite) it just said “Eleanor & Park”!!! Either way, there’s hope, and I cried and I loved it so damn much!

Soon I’ll have to re-read all of her books, because my favorite order is all scrambled up! Although I’ll give a higher ranking to Eleanor & Park than I did to Fangirl, it doesn’t mean that I loved it more, because I identified much more with Fangirl

Rating: 5 Stars

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Books, books and more books! It feels like Christmas!

Last month there was this amazing thing on Amazon.co.uk, where you could get 3 books for 10£. That’s amazing! Amazing I say! I say that because here in Barcelona or in Portugal, for that matter, the selection of books in english, that are ready to take on stores, is very limited. So, I jumped at the chance of buying some books, I needed some for my Reading Challenge anyway…

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I started to click on the beginning of the month and finished my order on the 31st, my shopping bag had at the time some 22 books. So I had to cut a few… I managed to stay with 17! Yeah, not all of these belonged to that wonderful sales promotion, but nonetheless, the books were cheaper than buying them here. I ended up ordering 17 books and with the difference from pounds to euros and shipping costs and everything, it still came out for like 7€ a book, it’s quite cheap!

To sum it up, I’m very happy! I feel like a kid on Christmas day!

  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eaters Daughter Trilogy 1), Melinda Salisbury
  • It’s Not Me, It’s You, Mhairi McFarlane (darn it… I forgot to check that it was paperback… it came hardcover:( )
  • You Had Me At Hello, Mhairi McFarlane
  • Here’s Looking At You, Mhairi McFarlane
  • Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  • Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
  • Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike), Robert Galbraith
  • The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike), Robert Galbraith
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy, Lucy-Anne Holmes
  • The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me, Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice
  • Inferno, Dan Brown
  • Bossypants, Tina Fey
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Rick Riordan
  • Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir), Maya Van Wagenen