Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Classic

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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 “All of us have read Classics at some point of our life. Choose your favorite Classic“. I’m changing the game a bit this week… see, I haven’t read THAT MANY classics, and I already used my favorite, Pride and Prejudice, a while back (here). So, I’m going for a book whose story I know and love, and that I want to read soon, mainly because I own 2 copies of the book and it’s starting to get embarrassing: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.


Original COver:

As a true classic, the original cover wasn’t nothing like today’s books. 🙂

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

                   

I really like this portuguese cover, it has a classic feel, but the illustration is nice. The other two covers are for spanish editions, a normal and an illustrated one. I couldn’t find the catalan cover for some reason… so, the first spanish cover is not really my thing, but the illustrated edition’s cover is gorgeous.

Favorite COVER(s):

                   

The first 2 editions should come as no surprise as my favorites. If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you might know that these are the 2 editions I do own. I bought the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition in Brazil, of all places, and it’s the most gorgeous book I own. But then I arrived back in Barcelona, a few weeks after and found the Puffin Books edition and just couldn’t resist. I also love the last cover, from Random House UK.

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LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                        

This being a classic and all, it has a million different covers (not a million, but way too many). So this are my least favorite covers from a quick Amazon search.

Top Ten Tuesday: Classics I Want to Read

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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 Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books – basically this week is all about the past or the future….spin it however you choose!

I wasn’t going to do a TTT this week, because I don’t read nearly enough books set in the past or future to accomplish those themes. But then I remembered: CLASSICS! Most classics are set in the past, and I do have a lot of those on my TBR, so why not? So, here is my list of classics that I want to (eventually) read and that I already own.


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Top Ten Tuesday: My 10 (owned) Favorite Covers

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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:

Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!

You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover“? Well, yeah, I do that. A LOT! Even when I really want to read a certain book, I’ll choose the prettiest edition of said book, because I love my cover. So, in honour of that, I’m using this freebie to showcase some of my favorite owned book covers. I’ll use PHYSICAL books that I already own, even if they haven’t been read yet.


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2015 Reading Challenge

I’ve been toying with the idea of embarking on some kind of reading challenge for a while, so today I was surfing the net and came across this pretty cool challenge from PopSugar. The goal is to read 52 books, but as I am not crazy (not that the goal is crazy, I’m just very aware that I wouldn’t pull it off), I’ll probably skip some numbers and fuse others…

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So, I’m setting myself up to read 36 books during this year, I’m aiming a bit higher then when I first set my number on Goodreads… let’s see how it goes! I’ll be marking my progress as I go along.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages – City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6), Cassandra Clare
  2. A classic romance – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  3. A book that became a movie – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
  4. A book published this year – An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
  5. A book with numbers in the title – The One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
  7. A book with non-human characters – The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
  8. A funny book – Attachments, Rainbow Rowell 
  9. A book by a female author – You had me at hello, Mhairi McFarlane
  10. A mystery or thriller – The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, Max Wirestone
  11. A book with a one-word title – Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
  12. A book of short stories – The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  13. A book set in a different country – The Year of Taking Chances, Lucy Diamond
  14. A non-fiction book – Bossypants, Tina Fey and Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
  15. A popular author’s first book – Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
  16. A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet – Landline, Rainbow Rowell
  17. A book a friend recommended – More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera
  18. A Pulitzer-Prize winning book – To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  19. A book based on a true story – Love at First Type: A Chronicle of Addiction to Online Dating, Robert D. Spake
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Finding Cinderella, Colleen Hoover
  21. A book that your mum loves
  22. A book that scares you – Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas and Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas
  23. A book that’s more than 100-years-old – Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  24. A book based entirely on the cover – The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me, Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice
  25. A book you were supposed to read at school but didn’t finish – Os Maias, Eça de Queirós (I was really not able to finish it back then, not sure if I have the balls to pick it up again…)
  26. A memoir – Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, Maya Van Wagenen
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, J.K. Rowling
  28. A book with antonyms in the title – Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (cheat!)
  29. A book set in a country you want to visit – The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  30. A book that came out the year you were born 
  31. A book with bad reviews – Nirvana, J.R. Stewart
  32. A trilogy – Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi
  33. A book from that reminds you of your childhood – A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, Liz Braswell
  34. A book with a love triangle – To all the boys I’ve loved before, Jenny Han & P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han
  35. A book set in the future – Armada, Ernest Cline
  36. A book set in high school – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
  37. A book with a color in the title – Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
  38. A book that made you cry – My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga
  39. A book with magic – Love in the Time of Global Warming,  Francesca Lia Block
  40. A graphic novel – Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Perfect Match, Katie Fforde
  42. A book you own but you’ve never read – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown – Os Maias, Eça de Queirós (It’s the closest I can get… I guess it’s sort of takes place in Lisbon sometimes, though it’s a Lisbon from long ago)
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language – Les Miserábles, Victor Hugo
  45. A book set during Christmas – Girl Online, Zoe Sugg
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play 
  48. A banned book – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (cheat!)
  49. A book based on or turned into a television show – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  50. A book you started but never finished – The Iliad, Homer

Quite excited about this :D! (in bold are the ones I already finished)

Movie of the Week: Little Women (1994)

Just after I watched Jane Eyre, I was overcomed by the desire to watch another classic and a movie that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long while now and hadn’t found the time: Little Women (1994). People… 1994… I’m going to assume that nothing I can say on a movie that came out 20 years ago, from a novel that has more than 100 years, is going to be a spoiler, ok?!

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Just to be clear, I do remember watching it before – though not in full – and I did know the outline of the story, given that I watched the anime when I was a kid. Again, I haven’t read the book, but this is one that I desperately want to read.

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott and published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. In 1994, Gillian Armstrong directed this adaptation to the big screen, which came out (almost) 20 years ago… (now I’m feeling old…). With Trini Alvarado, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, and Susan Sarandon as their lovely mother (and lets not forget Christian Bale is also there playing Laurie).

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I love this movie so much, I laughed, I cried (a lot) – oh Beth, poor Beth… It was a rather enjoyable couple of hours, that I’ll be sure to repeat some time very soon. I absolutely love this story, I identify myself more with Meg and Beth, more than anyone of the others and I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) don’t really like Amy – though she has her moments when she’s little.

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One thing I will never be ok with: Laurie marrying Amy… JUST FREAKING NO! I don’t mind that Jo rejected him (though from what I just read, it was a stubbornness from Alcott that prevented them from being together). But Laurie marrying Jo’s younger sister?! Hell no! Come on, he should love her as a little sister, they didn’t have anything in common. I can only see one reason for that union: “well, I can’t have Jo, Meg is married, Beth will die soon… well, I’ll marry Amy!”… not cool man!

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