My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

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Hello people. It«s saturday, which means it’s time for another book tag. This time I’m doing My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag, and I was tagged by the awesome Keira @Signing On, go check out her tag and blog.


What book have you been unable to finish?

I’ve been unable to finish The Iliad by Homer, so far, but I fully intend to try again. I started reading the portuguese translation a long time again, and at the time I wasn’t sleeping enough and I had a long train ride, and somehow the book put me to sleep every single day. I love mythology and I think one of the issues for me it’s that the translation is in prose instead of poem… like most of them. I don’t get why that is…


What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

One of the books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t been able to find the time is Night Owls or The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett. I do want to read it, bad, but time, oh time…

(this book is also one the most gorgeous books I own)


What book have you yet to read because it is a sequel?

I don’t know if I quite get the question, but ok. So, I need to finally read A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin, eventually… some day. Soon. I really loved book 1 and book 2, though that one was a little harder to get through. Why are all the sames so similar?


What book have you yet to read because it is brand new?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now, but I still haven’t been able to get to it.

Soon, I promise.  


What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

Probably The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy The Maze Runner, it’s just that it didn’t made me pick up the second book, even though it was right there, sitting on my shelf…


What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Another one that has been sitting on my shelf for a long long time… Inferno by Dan Brown. I do want to read it before the movie comes out though, so I guess I should consider doing it sooner rather than later.


What book have you yet to read because it is humongous?

For this one I clearly have to say the biggest book on my shelf, and that is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This one I doubt that I’ll get to anytime soon. In truth, I’m not sure if it will ever happen.

  


What book Have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

Hmmm, so I bought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs not only because the cover and the book itself is interesting and beautiful, but because I saw a couple of good reviews. Then I started to read not so stellar reviews and now I’m pretty sure that the book is not really my thing.


What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

Probably Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I love the show, LOVE IT, and I’m 100% sure that I’ll love the book. However, this book is huge and I’m scared of it. Scared!

And this is even though I own the digital version…


I Tag:

Everyone who wants to do this tag 😀 !

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

 

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From. Interesting!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I always read throughout my life, but never as much as now, so I haven’t read a lot of books from the same authors…

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Let the countdown begin!

1. Ana Maria Magalhães and Isabel Alçada (at least 13 books)

Who are these people, you ask? Well, every country has it’s own children’s books, right? In Portugal we have a series called Uma Aventura (An Adventure), written by these lovely ladies, that started out in 1982 and is still going strong, it now has 52 books! Yep, they’re very prolific! I stopped reading these a while back, and as these books are stuffed in a box somewhere in my storage room back home, I have no idea exactly how many of them I read, but I can remember reading at least 13, which makes them number one on this list!

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And probably many more…

2. J. K. Rowling (11 books)

Queen Jo Rowling gets a second place on the list (and this is without her books that I still have to read…). She gets this spot due to her 7 Harry Potter books, 3 companion books and Very Good Lives.

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3. Cassandra Clare (10 books)

This one was obvious, and she’s not on top because I’m still to read the codex and the Shadowhunters Academy novellas, but as soon as her new book drops, she’ll probably be on top.

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4. Dan Brown (5 books)

Dan Brown has 5 books on this list, the only one of his that I’ve not read yet is Inferno. The first four covers are in portuguese, because I read those books in my mother language. It was a crazy time when The Da Vinci Code came out, I read his previous 3 books soon after, and when The Lost Symbol came out, I was not willing to wait for the portuguese edition… it contributed a lot to me just reading in english nowadays.

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5. Rainbow Rowell (4 books)

I’ve said that Rainbow Rowell is my spirit animal, I’ve only read 4 books from her, because that’s all there is 😦 !!!

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6. Sarah J. Maas (4 books)

Sarah J. Maas is a very recent love, and she will climb this list a few places in just a few weeks, as soon as I read The Assassin’s Blade and Queen of Shadows!

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7. Stephenie Meyer (4 books)

The whole Twilight saga is four books. I actually read most of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, but I don’t think I finished it, so I’m not counting it…

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8. Suzanne Collins (3 books)

The Hunger Games trilogy.

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9. Jenny Han (2 books)

I’ve only read two books by Jenny Han, though I want to give The Summer I turned Pretty a chance…

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10. Jane Austen (2 books)

I still have a few left to read… I intend to read at least one more of her books until the end of this year!

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11. George R.R. Martin (2 books)

I’ve only read the first two books from A Song of Ice and Fire, though I want to finish the series! I started book 3 a while back, but wasn’t feeling it, so I dropped it, I might want to think about picking it up again.

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It is likely that I might have miss someone in here, given than I don’t always recall books that I’ve read a while ago (and I’m not home to look at my shelf). I know I’ve read at least 2 Kathy Reich’s books, but I don’t even recall their names, so…

See you next week!

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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Game of Thrones: Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6

No news here, right?! I’m just wondering why they bother to wait 2 full days after the first episode of the new season airs to make the announcement. What? They thought that after 10 months of waiting, people would just not watch the new season? Give me a break… it’s Game of Thrones!!!

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TVLine reports that the renewal from HBO for two more seasons came through today… I guess it’s time to get writing Mr. George R. R. Martin, unless you want the series to come out before the next book…

Game of Thrones Season 2: book vs. show

Just finished up reading the second book “A Clash of Kings” and ended watching the tv show’s second season. I really liked the show, in general, but after reading the book, I can’t imagine watching only the show and being entirely clarified… There’re a lot of changes between the book and the show, which is normal, some of this changes are to help the viewer, considering that the books are very detailed and spend a lot of time introducing and describing different characters (all with similar names). So, to diminish the confusion, several characters are fused and they’re names changed. Also, given that some important characters, such as Robb Stark, Jaime or Tywin Lannister are not POV characters in this book, some changes were made and scenes added so that we got to see they’re moves along the whole season. But then, they made all this other changes this season that weren’t for any of these purposes…

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King’s Landing

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Shae never goes to the tower of the Hand. Instead, Tyrion installs her in her own house, with her own guards, and goes there frequently – first he goes to a brothel and leaves undercover from there – which makes the whole thing with Cersei having the wrong girl much more logical!

Because of this fact, Tyrion and Varys end up forging some kind of weird friendship  discussing their plans deeply and having much more deep and frequent interactions than on the show.

The wildfire is Tyrion’s idea! He also makes a lot of changes in the city, such as building a chain so that Stannis’ ships can’t escape the wildfire.

Tyrion controls more of the “Queen’s man” than on the show.

Shae never becomes Sansa’s handmaid. She becomes Lolys Stokeworth handmaid, later in the book, after the riots and after Lolys became pregnant.

Sansa suffers much more on the hands of Joffrey and the kingsguard. She also has frequent meeting with Ser Dontos in the Godswood, who is the one who promises her that he will get her out of King’s landing.

Sansa is attacked at the riot, but isn’t almost raped – Lolys Stokeworth is raped.

Tommen is sent away for safety, such as Myrcella. So the whole scene with Cersei almost killing herself with her child never happens.

Littlefinger is sent to Highgarden, where the Tyrells are after Renly’s death, to strike a deal to Margaery’s wedding to Joffrey – he never goes to Renly’s camp and the deal takes place a while after Renly’s demise.

  

Arya & Harrenhal

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Arya’s revelation to Gendry happens much later in the storyline.

While in Harrenhal, she serves multiple people and her list of names in her prayer grows very long.

She never serves Tywin Lannister – in fact, she never has any contact with him!

Her first 2 “names” to Jaqen are not the same – and the deaths seem more “accidental” and for that are attributed to the “Ghost of Harrenhal”.

She uses her 3rd “name” to free the northern host made captive and helps to change Harrenhal to the Northern’s hands – then she becomes the cupbearer of Roose Bolton.

Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie escape Harrenhal after she learns that Roose Bolton is marching and is giving Harrenhal to the Bloody Murmmers – they escape without outside help!

  

Danaerys, The Red Waste and Qarth

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Daenerys’ silver horse doesn’t die in the Red Waste.

Doreah dies in the Red Waste and neves betrays Danny. Rakharro doesn’t die in the book, neither does Irri.

Daenerys and her khalasar take up residence in an abandoned walled city for a time, where they are able to drink and eat and regain much of their strength – her khalasar believes that the city is haunted.

Daenerys is brought to Qarth by Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Pyat Pree and Quaithe. The three meet Daenerys in the red waste, being brought to her by Jhogo. They have come to see the dragons and invite her to Qarth. Once there, they are immediately let into the city, without the events at the gates from the series. The city residents warmly welcome Daenerys and her khalasar, with Drogon clearly visible.

Nobody steals her dragons!

Xaro proposes marrying her several time, because he wants one dragon, but Danny notices that he seems more interested in the male servants.

Danny goes willingly to the house of the undying, after being refused help by the 13 of Qarth. Once there she enters alone with Drogon, after taking a potion and her visions are clearly different and much more revealing than in the show. After her visions, Drogon breathes fire, destroying the warlocks and the house. Outside Pyat Pree swears revenge on Daenearys.

Xaro asks her to leave Qarth and she does, with the help of Ilyrio, who has sent 3 boats for her, her khalasar and her dragons.

The 13 of Qarth don’t die, Pyat and Xaro don’t form an alliance, Xaro is never named King of Qarth, never betrays Danny and nobody is locked in no vault!

  

Catelyn, Robb and Riverrun

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Catelyn says goodbye to her son in Riverrun and goes to meet up with Renly. After that, she returns to Riverrun and not to Rob’s camp.

Jaime is held captive in Riverrun – and never goes on the road with Robb’s host – and after Catelyn lets him go with Brienne, the castellan confines her to her fathers room (where he lays dying) – Robb is never angry with his mother, because the next time they see each other, he’s already married and broken the agreement they had made with the Frey’s. – Catelyn lets Jaime go because she believes both her boys are dead and she wants to get the girls back.

While in Renly’s host, Littlefinger never goes there, he and Catelyn never see each other – Ned’s bones are taken to Riverrun, where she mourns her late husband alone.

Robb’s love story is never shown, however, his wife took care of him while he was wounded in the Crag and comforts him after he learns about the death of his brothers.

  

Stannis, Davos and Melisandre

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No sex scene between Stannis and Melisandre is implied!

Stannis shadow kills his brother, but he has no recollection of the matter.

Melisandre births a shadow beneath Storm’s End castle in order to kill the castellan, so they can get the castle allegience and take power of one of Robert’s bastard sons – this is the shadow Davos sees and recognizes as Stannis’s shadow.

Stannis never names Davos his hand.

Davos does not lead the host in the battle of Blackwater. Also, Stannis is not in the battle, he’s on horseback on the other side of the river and takes no part in the battle.

  

Beyond the Wall

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Jon and Ghost are the ones who find the dragonglass blades and the rest of the weapons in the cloak.

Qhorin, Jon and the other leave on horseback and their mission is far more complicated that seen on the show.

Jon lets Ygritte go after he realizes he can’t kill her – he does not follow her or spends the night with her, he also does not have all those talks about his vows – the next time he sees her is when he and Qhorin are captured.

Qhorin is the one who lets them get caught – knowing that they can’t escape, he wants them to get capture so that Jon can infiltrate Mance’s lines and get information from the inside. He tells Jon his plan, he only leaves out the part where Jon has to kill him.

Ygritte does not tell her famous saying in the book – “You know nothing, Jon Snow”, does not appear in A Clash of Kings.

  

Theon and Winterfell

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When Theon arrives at the Iron Islands, his uncle waits for him – he only meets his sister several time after, when she pretends to be someone else entirely and he makes a sexual advance on her.

After invading Winterfell, Theon does not kill ser Rodrik Cassel – ser Rodrik is killed by the traitors of the Bolton bastard.

Theon is not betrayed by his own crew – the bastard of Bolton passes as his friend and then betrays him.

Jojen and Meera – Bran’s friends – do not appear on the show – instead, Bran is the one who has the green dreams and Osha talks him through them. In the book, Jojen helps Bran do open his third eye – which he is only completely able to do when they are in hiding in the crypts of Winterfell.

Game of Thrones: Renewed for Season 4

Just 2 days after season 3 premiere, Game of Thrones received a GO for its fourth season.

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So, although already predictable  this is great news for all the fans =)

But at the rate they’re going, they’re going to run out of books to adapt quick enough! I’m a bit behind on watching the show, I stopped watching on episode 5 of the second season because I wanted to read all the book first – because they changed some things and the order of some things, but I’m finishing the book now and catching up on all of the first and second seasons to start watching the third.