Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book With a Lot of Food!

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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 “Almost everyone loves to snack while reading. Choose a book that Focuses on Food, Eating, or Cooking“. For today I’m using P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han, because there’s a whole lot of baking there… Lara Jean loves to bake.


Original COver:

I love the original US cover!

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

                                           

I’m so glad that they used the original cover for the Portuguese and Spanish editions, though I like the font in the portuguese version better.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                          

I love the UK edition, because the spine is amazing, and then I really love the original one.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

My least favorite is the Romanian cover, I really don’t like the font and size of Jenny Han’s name, it takes away way too much of the title.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t

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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:

Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

I’m doing characters that I don’t like as much as other people seem to ;).


1. Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

I honestly don’t get this one. Sure, the kid is highly influenced by his family and stuff, but I don’t see any redeeming qualities in him… sorry.

   

 


2. Professor Snape (Harry Potter)

This one is tricky, because I DO like Snape, I just don’t LOVE him. I don’t think that what he did deserves that much love, to be honest… he wasn’t a nice person. He was a guy who did what he did because he loved someone. If Harry was anyone else’s son, he would have died in the first year.


3. Scarlet Benoit (The Lunar Chronicles)

Again, it’s not that I don’t like Scarlet, I just don’t get overly excited about her… except in Winter, she kicked ass in Winter.

  

  


4. Nehemia Ytger (Throne of Glass)

I never felt strongly for her… NEVER! Not even in that moment in Crown of Midnight. I appreciated that she had a responsibility and that she tried to do good by her people and by Celaena, but I thought her methods were wrong.

  


5. John Ambrose McClaren (P.S.: I Still Love You)

I kind of get why people have some trouble with Peter, but I had a lot of problem with John!! Why was he freaking even there? As good as he might have been to Lara Jean, she belonged with Peter and John should have stayed the hell away.

  


6. Aristotle (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)

Ari annoyed me so much at times. He was a good character, but I honestly couldn’t deal with him at some points, and I think this is why I didn’t enjoy the book as much as some people did.

  


7. Maia Roberts (The Mortal Instruments)

By the last book I found her quite nice and tolerable, but for most of the time I just dreaded her POVs. Also, her whole think with Jordan? Sad and I didn’t like it… I liked him.

   


8. Penny (Girl Online)

To be totally honest, Penny was not the only one I had problems with during this book, I had a huge problem with the book itself. Still, Penny irritated me to no end when she thought her best friend was the one responsible for the scandal, without even giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  


9. Lola Nolan (Lola and the Boy Next Door)

Again, it’s not that I don’t like Lola, because I do, she’s funny and sweet. But I had a lot of problems with her during the book, especially until the last third or so. She had a weird temper, and she wanted to be a grown up, without having any idea what it meant.

   


10. Jacob Black (Twilight)

This one should come as no surprise. Jacob NO! No no no!

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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Hello, welcome to another Book Tag. I saw this a while back in Casey’s blog, @Inspired By The Page, and she was kind enough to tag me in the comment section.

Here are the rules

  1. Pick any five books randomly (or not randomly, your choice).
  2. The first name you see when you flip open the book on a random page, will be the person who is the answer to the question.
  3. Each book must answer two questions.

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Given that I have limited choices of books with me – most of my read books are back in Portugal,  these were the chosen ones:

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#1: The first person to die? 

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No, no, no, no… Kenji would never be the first person to die, no way, he has mad skills and he can become invisible. Given that Zombies are not exactly known for their brains (no pun intended), they wouldn’t be able to find him. So, no way that Kenji would go down first.

#2: The person you trip to get away from the zombies?

LukeCity of Ashes – Luke

Again, there’s no way I would such a thing to Luke… I love Luke to death, he’s one of my favorite characters from this series, so there’s no way that I would trip him. He WOULD totally sacrifice himself though…

#3: The first person to turn into a zombie?

peterkP.S. I Still Love You – Peter K.

Hmmmm, I guess I could see that… Poor Peter, he wouldn’t deserve it though.

#4: The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies?

Heir of Fire – Chaol

I don’t think so… unless it was between me and Dorian, I don’t see Chaol doing that, I might not ship him with Aelin, but he’s a good guy.

#5: The idiot of the team?

shaziThe Wrath and The Dawn – Shahrzad

Well, NO! If there’s one thing that this girl is not, is idiot… I mean, she managed what so many didn’t… so, nop. (this game is not being very accurate…)

#6: The “brains” of the team?

warnerIgnite Me – Warner

Wow, finally something I can get on board with. Of course Warner would be the brains, he’s pretty damn smart and with a tactic and military kind of mind… yep, nailed this one!

#7: The team’s medic?

JaceCity of Ashes – Jace

LOL! Hmmm, I’m having such a hard time picturing this one, Jace a medic? No way! Unless the patient was Clary, I don’t see him bandaging anyone. He’s not even the best at drawing Izrates…

#8: The weapons expert?

P.S. I Still Love You – Margot

LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!!! I’m sorry, can she trade places with Jace? Because that would be more accurate and believable.

#9: The brawler?

Heir of Fire – Manon

Yep, yep, yep! I can see this. Totally! Manon likes her fights, and she likes to win.

#10: The Team Captain?

tariqThe Wrath and The Dawn – Tariq

I will admit, that I opened the book randomly 5 times to see if ANY other name popped up instead of Tariq, but all the freaking times, his freaking name come out. How is it even possible? Tariq would be a lousy Team Captain. He’s too focused on his own personal needs to think of what’s best for the “team” (and by team, I totally mean Shazi!)

To sum it all up…

  • First to die: Kenji
  • Person I trip: Luke
  • First to turn into a zombie: Peter K.
  • Person who trips me: Chaol
  • The idiot: Shahrzad
  • The brains: Warner
  • The medic: Jace
  • The weapons expert: Margot
  • The brawler: Manon
  • The captain: Tariq

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Most of these were misses, but it sure was fun! Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Perfect Male Specimens 101

It’s Tuesday again! Where is the time going?! o_O … So it means, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I have to admit that I was a bit at a lost here, I had no idea what to write about, but luckily Kat @Life and Other Disasters, gave me a fantastic idea, she said “Or books that have the perfect fictional crush in them.” and I LOVED IT! With that in mind, welcome to my Top Ten Books with Perfect Male Specimens 101.

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

By now it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I have a huge crush on James Carstairs. But these books have multiple sources of perfect (or close to it) male specimens, being Will Herondale a perfect example of a man who makes most of the book community swoon (am I right?). Other perfectly good example, for me, of a swoon-worthy man in this series is Gideon Lightwood (the scones under the bed… wow). Between Jem, Will and Gideon, a lot of crushable guys here.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Levi is as crush-worthy as they come. I couldn’t stop myself from loving the hell out of him in Fangirl, even when he kind of messes up, because his character feels so real and so absolutely perfect. He always sees the bright side of things and people, he’s always happy, and the poor guy can’t stay away from the girl he loves for one single day… wow.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalWe (all of us who have read Sarah J. Maas books) can all agree that she’s a master at creating men, especially Fae hunks. Now, all the 3 main males from this book are pretty swoon-worthy, and I’m not even mentioning how gorgeous and hot they are, but I’m super partial to Tamlin…

Poor Tamlin, who has forgotten how to flirt, who thinks that “your hair is clean” is enough for… something… oh, but he learns! Soon it’s all “let’s go for a swim” “dance for me” and all those other stuff, so yeah, pretty crushable (especially from all of Feyre’s accounts of their intimate moments).

Then we have Lucien (the red hair kills me), who left his family and all he had for his love. WOW! And then Rhysand, the most beautiful man that Feyre has even seen – and she lives with Tamlin and Lucien. Rhys is kind of amazing and full of potential, I just want to see more of him.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Romance is never the main plot of this book, but the perfectness that is Elias is hard to ignore. This guy, who has trained to be a ruthless killer for years on end, has so much more to him… he’s kind, compassionate, he doesn’t want to kill, or fight, he just wants to be free. He’s attracted to his BFF but doesn’t act on it because he doesn’t want things to be weird and he doesn’t want to lose her. He helps a slave (and something more than help…)… The whole time I was reading about him, I couldn’t help but sigh and swoon.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It will be weird if you haven’t read this book before, so you really need to take this class seriously and read it, only then will you understand why a guy who has all his wives murdered at dawn can be so perfect and honestly, one of the most perfect male specimen that I found in any kind of books.

But trust me, Khalid is perfect, truly perfect! Again, once you ignore the fact that all his brides die. But the relationship he has with Shazi, and the kind of love he has for her, is seriously relationship goal.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

One name people, Peter K.! This guy is seriously swoon worthy – I feel kind of weird saying this because he’s definitely way too young for me. But he’s so sweet and he cares so much, that it’s impossible not to fall a bit in love with him while reading these books.

7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Remember when I said in point 3 how amazing Sarah J. Maas is at creating fictional men? It doesn’t end there. Throne of Glass is full of amazing men, all of them are pretty hot and pretty great. I’m a bit more partial to Dorian (prince, fights for what he loves, etc) and Rowan (200 years suffering for a lost love), but you might like Chaol better and that’s totally ok, because he’s pretty amazing as well. Or maybe Aedion?! I know Aedion rocks my boat, but that’s just me… Not even going to mention Sam, because I haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Come on, a list of books with perfect men, you couldn’t really expect that I wouldn’t include the one fictional character that has been driving women crazy for more than 100 years, right?! Oh Yeah, the one and only, Mr. Darcy! I don’t think I need to explain this one…

9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I just find Lincoln pretty perfect, because I relate so much to him. The way he loves is so full and complete…

And I think Christine and Beth say it best:

“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”

10. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Mason Milton, people! Read this book, for real, as soon as it is out. It’s so worth it!

July Wrap-Up

And that’s it, July ended and we’re already in August… how the hell did that happen?! o_O

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Back at the beginning of this month I has set up reading 6 books this month, as you can see on my July TBR. I have failed! I had meant to read:

1. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

2. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)

3. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

4. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas)

5. Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)

6. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton)

I ended up not reading Heir of Fire or The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender due to lack of time.

But I did read:

1. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

2. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)

3. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

4. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas) (review coming soon)

5. Bossypants (Tina Fey) – I actually listened to the audiobook – my very first audiobook! (Review coming soon)

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All in all it was a bad month in terms of time to read, but the books themselves were amazing, I only wished I had had the time to get to Heir of Fire, but worry not, I’ll be done with it by this time next week. I’ll be posting my August TBR later today.

P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

>>>>  Nº 34 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book with a love triangle #2 <<<<

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Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

It has taken me a long time to talk about this book, I actually finished it on the first week of the month (!!!). Still, I wasn’t really sure where to fit it in the 2005 Reading Challenge, so I’ll just put it right next to the first one To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

** Warning, there will be SPOILERS because this is a rambling mess **

I was really happy to learn more about Lara Jean and Peter K’s relationship, I was so glad that they didn’t stay apart for long. But the whole video of the hot tub stuff was kind of frustrating, I thought it lasted a tad more than it should have, and I was frustrated with Peter for not admitting that it had been Gen when he found out. That said, it’s the only major complaint I have about Peter. I actually thought he was way more consistent about his feelings than Lara Jean.

I liked the family dynamic again, and I loved Kitty even more, I thought it was brilliant that she kept friends with Peter even after they broke up, and that even though she was rooting for him all along, she still defended her sister when needed be. I’m still not a big fan of Margot, and I was kind of glad that Josh didn’t want to get back to her, because it would be weird as hell, right?

I understand why Lara Jean was so mad about Peter and Gen, but she should have trusted him (although the situation itself was tricky). Still, even though she had a boyfriend, she was already exchanging letters with John and she wasn’t particularly caring about Peter’s needs… she was so focused on winning the game, that she wasn’t even being a present girlfriend for him – WAKE UP LARA JEAN!

Their break-up broke my heart, seriously, I sat there crying like a baby… so sad. And John Ambrose McClaren is great and all, but I did not ship that. I wanted her back together with Peter, and when he hardly talked to her and asked for the necklace back, again, I sobbed like a baby – not very well done Peter. But he was hurting, and it was so clear that he was hurting… my poor baby. She, however, seemed relatively OK with their breakup, and was running around with John… Peter was right, she accused him of not putting her first, but she was the one who couldn’t decide.

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Then Peter asked her back on her birthday, and gave her the necklace again, and ohhh… and John knew he didn’t stand a chance :). I cried again when they got back together :). And I was glad that she realized that the one putting Gen between the two of them was herself and not Peter, I mean, the guy couldn’t even comment on how he loved spooning without her mind immediately jumping to Gen instead of relishing the moment.

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All and all, I really liked it, I just wished we could have seen more of Lara Jean and Peter having a normal relationship, without embarrassing videos or ex-girlfriends in the mix. I just wanted to read more about Lara Jean and Peter being together, just that.

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(Jesus, Peter K is totally swoon worthy! Am I right?! Who says stuff like that?!)

Rating: 4 Stars4-

July TBR

I never did a TBR list before. I only decide which book to read next when I’m finished with the current one. This month, however, will be a little different. Recently I moved most of my possessions back to Portugal, yes, I mean most of my books, so I had to roughly pre-determine what I was going to be reading for the two upcoming months…

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1. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han) – I actually just finished this one last night, it took me a bit more than I was hoping for, because I had a few hectic days where I couldn’t get a word in…

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2. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – Just started it this morning 😀 ! I have been wanting to read this since the moment I bought it in May, so here I go.

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3, 4 and 5. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas) – Since the moment I finished ACOTAR I’ve been itching to pick this series up. My only problem with it is that I don’t know how to fit it in my Reading Challenge… May I count it as a trilogy?! Even though I know it’s in fact a series and the 4th is coming out in September?! I don’t know… and I don’t care, I want to read them!

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6. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton) – I think (or rather I hope) that I can fit this book into this month. I read 8 books in May and another 8 in June, so I think it’s possible. This one has a spot in my Reading Challenge

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