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…

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book Set During 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 Eve!! Choose a book that occurs in Christmas/Holiday season“.  I’m picking Landline by Rainbow Rowell this week, that is set during Christmas time :D. And it’s Rainbow Rowell, so that’s awesome!


Original COver:

This is the original US cover, I like it, I used to own it, but it is not my favorite. The yellow phone is just iconic.

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

No portuguese cover yet again, but I do have a spanish one :D, and I really like it, the blue version is my favorite.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                                

These 2 UK editions are my favorites. I like the blue one better, it’s just gorgeous, but I have the pink one and I love it as well.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                    

There are a few different covers for this book, but my least favorites are the new USA cover, I don’t know why, but it doesn’t do it for me; the German edition, it’s not bad, but not really good; and finally the French, just because it has real people in the the cover… no no…

 

September Book Haul

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Another month gone. Wow, time is flying! Anyway, this month’s books… Let’s start with the physical books that I’ve acquired this month:

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septbookhaul1Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas)

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy (Jenny Han)

Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)

Cress (Marissa Meyer)

The Selection (Kiera Cass)

The Elite (Kiera Cass)

The One (Kiera Cass)

Landline (Rainbow Rowell)


septbookhaul2I also bought several eBooks this month, super cheap 😀 :


Daughter of Smoke and Bone
(Laini Taylor)

Angelfall (Susan Ee)

Every Last Word (Tamara Ireland Stone)

Playing the Player (Lisa Brown Roberts)

The Boyfriend Thief (Shana Norris)

A Summer Like No Other (Elodie Nowodazkij)

Exit Stage Left (Gail Nall)

Finding Cinderella (Colleen Hoover)


septbookhaul3And finally, I got 3 books from Netgalley:

Your Voice Is All I Hear (Leah Scheier)

Rikki (Hart University) (Abigail Strom)

The New Year’s Wish (Dani-Lyn Alexander)


This is it! My September book haul, a bit bigger than I anticipated… 20 books 😳 !

 

Tiny Pleasures #6

It has been a while, but these weeks have been kind of crazy, a lot of work and no free time… at all… The Weekly Small Pleasures was created by A New Life Wandering. Here are some tiny pleasures of the last week or so…

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1. Books! 

I realize I say books a lot… a LOT! But hey, Amazon delivery day is always a pleasure… 😀

2. Packing

Apart from the crazy amount of work I had, I also had to find a new room to rent and pack up all of my stuff… it was stressful, but there was a kind of good feeling when I saw the boxes and bags all lined up.

3. I turned 31

It was my birthday this last week! And although I turned 31, and spent the day in front of my PC at home working like a maniac, it was nice! No cake or candles, not a single soul all day (I hate you NETWORK!), but I turned 31… the realization that I’m a lot closer to 40 than to 20 hit me like a rock, but hey, it’s all good…

4. Dad came to visit =)

Well, I’ve been in Barcelona for almost 3 years, and this was the first time my father came to see me. He came by car to take most of my stuff away, because there was no way I was going to move all that stuff that I didn’t need anymore, anywhere else. So he came here and it was great! 😀 We took a day to walk around Barcelona and see all the important spots… we also walked almost 20 km. Then we packed the car and they were off, and I was left with pain all over my body from walking and carrying boxes…

5. Check-in DONE!

It’s always a moment of pure joy when I open my e-mail to find a notification that my Check-in is now open. I travel on Friday, I’m going home for a week to spend a few days with my mom and 3 nephews, so I’m really looking forward to it.

6. Rainbow Rowell favorited my tweet!!! 

It made me extremely happy! That’s all I’m gonna say…

7. New Simon/Blue e-mails

Because it’s Pride Month, there’s this great thing going on, you can read here. But basicly, if you buy a shirt, contribute or simply share the link, and then email Becky Albertalli (author of the amazing Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda), she will reply to you with some deleted emails between Simon and Blue that are just the most adorable thing. And when the author of one of your favorite books starts an email with your name and finishes with “Love, Becky”, it’s kind of impossible not to be crazy happy, right?

Landline (Rainbow Rowell)

>>>>  Nº 16 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet <<<<

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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. 

Maybe that was always beside the point. 

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. 

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. 

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts… 

Is that what she’s supposed to do? 

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I was putting off reading this book for 2 reasons. The first was in case I needed a palate cleanser, that is, in case I read a book I did not like, and needed writing that I was sure I was going to like to follow it. The second reason was because I was afraid I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much as the other 3 Rainbow Rowell’s books, given that Landline is the one with the lowest ratings…

But after I read Girl Online, I desperately needed my Rainbow Rowell dose, and will all of her 3 other books already at home in Portugal, I picked up Landline. And it turns out, I shouldn’t have worried at all, because Rainbow Rowell is a genius.

I really liked this book – yes, it’s definitely my least favorite of the 4, but it’s still pretty damn good! It worked for me. I really liked the characters, as I always do, because Rainbow writes real characters. These are deeply flawed people, but they feel real. I really liked Georgie and Neal, and I could see why she loved him so damn much and wasn’t willing to let go.

The writing is wonderfully tricky. Rowell always has something in her books that set them apart, here I would say it’s the different times. We have the present, then we have now-Georgie talking to 1998-Neal, and then we have all her memories that spam from when they met to long after they were married. It’s a lot to take in, but it gave me a real notion of their relationship and I thought it was wonderfully made.

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The only “problem” I had with this book is how nothing is really resolved. Again, Rowell does that quite a lot – we never learn the 3 words that Eleanor writes to Park, we don’t know if Cath finishes Carry On. But here, truly, nothing is resolved. After a few days agonizing over the fact that Neal might have left her, and of her talking to 1998-Neal into somehow proposing to her in the past, Georgie manages to go to Omaha and the two of them are passionately reunited. But their problems remain, though she vows to take his feeling into account, we don’t know what happens next. “Does she and Seth get another opportunity to present the episodes? Can she manage Seth after what he told her? Can Neal really come back? What will Neal do after Noomi is off to school? Is Georgie paying more attention to him? Do they keep the dog?”...

I have more, but mainly, WTF allowed for the backwards communication? Was it really a magic phone? WHAT?! But maybe it just adds to the goodness that is this book…

Rating: 4.2 Stars

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