Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-buy Authors

Hello again and welcome for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Auto-Buy Authors… I don’t even think I have 10 of those, but let’s see. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. J.K. Rowling

I don’t own ALL of her books (cof cof, I’m only missing Casual Vacancy because I haven’t found the cover I like), but even if I haven’t read her adult books yet, it’s a no-brainer for me: she’s the Queen, and I’ll buy everything she writes!

   

2. Cassandra Clare

My second Queen… I own all her physical books, all of them! I still haven’t gotten around to actually read The Iron Trial, but if I see a book my Cassie, I’m going to buy it, regardless of the blurb – which I don’t read most times anyway…

   

3. Sarah J. Maas

I’ve become such a use fan of this lady lately, that if I see a book by her, it’s coming home with me.

  

  

4. Rainbow Rowell

If she writes it and publishes it, I’m buying it! I just love her writing style, I obviously love her stories, but I think that the way she writes is just magical.

  

5. Dan Brown

I’ve said last week that I’m his fan, which means that I have to own all of his books, which I do.

   

6. Jane Austen

She’s not publishing any more books, that’s for sure, but I do own most of them already. I think I’m missing just 2, but I’m waiting to find just the perfect covers to get them. No rush though, they’re classics.

  

7. Becky Albertalli

She might just have written 1 book so far (Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda), but I’m a fan. She has a fun writing style and she’s so nice and approachable on Twitter, that I know that when she publishes her next one, I’ll be buying it.

     

8. Sabaa Tahir

I loved her writing in An Ember in the Ashes, so is safe to say that I’ll be picking up all the books she puts out.

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.

The bedtime book tag

I was tagged by Tasha @ HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, HEART IN THE BOOKS to do this book tag, The Bedtime Book Tag. This was originally created by Kellys BookSpill and you can find the original video here.

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  1. What book kept you up all night reading?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls kept me up until like 4 a.m. each, considering that I had work in the morning. I’m much more controlled now, and I hardly do that anymore, knowing that I will be pretty tired the next day, I mostly force myself to stop reading… Sometimes is quite tough, and I have to shove the book inside my backpack, otherwise I’m tempted to pick it up again.

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(see the gorgeous new covers?! I’m so in love with them)

  1. What book made you scared to go to sleep?

I don’t read horror books, but sometimes a book has me scared to go to sleep because I need to know that the character is all right… and then I toss and turn because I want to know what happens next…

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  1. What book almost put you to sleep?

The Iliad by Homer. I still haven’t finished it. The problem is not in the book, I assure you, I love mythology and all that. But I have a pocket version of the book, in Portuguese, with teeny tiny letters, and I was reading it in my commute to work, on the train, when said commute was about 1h, so I naturally just fell asleep every time I opened the book. I do intent to read it though… someday.

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  1. What book has you tossing and turning in anticipation of its release?

A Court of Thorns and Roses #2 !!!!! I’m obviously waiting for a few others (An Ember in the Ashes #2, I’m looking at you!!!).

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  1. What book has your dream girlfriend/boyfriend?

So many, but mainly The Infernal Devices trilogy… JEM CARSTAIRS!!! 😀

  1. What book world would be your worst nightmare to live in?

The Hunger Games, no doubt. It’s just such a cruel world and a horrible way to grow up (or die). And I’m not even within the reaping age anymore…

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  1. What book cover reminds you of night time?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Look at that cover! How could you not think of night time?

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  1. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

I can’t remember any! I will say it again, I hardly start a series when it comes out, so usually if there’s a cliffhanger, I just pick up the next book on the series 😉

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  1. What book have you actually dreamed about?

A Court of Thorns and Roses… I also daydream about it… not nightmares though…

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  1. What book monster would you not want to find under your bed?

I don’t remember its name, but there was a kind of monster in ACOTAR which Feyre could not see, but could sense, you know what I mean? I felt that it was something similar to a Dementor, which by the way, I would so not want to find under my bed. I think that the monsters who mess with your head are the worst kind.

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That was fun 😀 !!! I will tag *YOU* (because my brain is not functioning enough to tag specific people, and because everyone should do this one, ’cause it’s great!). A huge thanks to Tasha again for tagging me for this one 😉 .

An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)

>>  Nº 4 on My 2015 Reading Challenge –A book published this year <<

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Laia is a slave. 

Elias is a soldier. 

Neither is free. 

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. 

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I adored this book! I found the world building exceptional and a bit terrifying, but it was complex and well-constructed, and the setting is amazing.

It took me a little time to get really into the book – not the book’s fault though – it just coincided with me being at a new place, less time to read in my commute to work, the raging heat and the fact that I own the hardcover and it is heavy as hell. Still, the pacing is great, especially when Laia and Elias’s lives become entangled.

Speaking of Laia and Elias, they are both strong characters and I really liked the dual perspective of the book, given that their time together is not that much, it is important to have both sides of the story. But if I had to pick one over the other, it would have been Elias, I LOVE Elias, and his chapters had so much feeling to it. Laia kind of annoyed me at first, with her feeling guilty and wanting to save her brother at all costs – honey, your brother told you to run, if you had stayed he wouldn’t be happy about it.

Jealous Elias is the best!

Jealous Elias is the best!

But once she meets Elias and begins to open her eyes to everything around her, she grows so much, she has an incredible amount of character development and I can’t wait to read more about her.

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The writing is amazing, and Sabaa Tahir knows how to play with our emotions… OMG, that third trial broke me! I was sobbing in the subway… SOBBING! Worst! I cried for MARCUS!!! Can you believe it? I cried when he was telling Elias what he had done during that trial, and I could have killed the Augurs for it.

I love how the Augurs manipulated all the situations so Elias and Laia could run, because they are both embers in the ashes… well played!

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Some random stuff – there might be SPOILERS:

  • Those masks… they go exactly to where? Because I thought that they covered the whole face, but then when Elias returned from the first trial, he explicitly said that his beard was visible… so how? Does it grow through the mask? Does the mask not cover the whole face? Do you have an answer for me? I’m dying to know.
  • I really liked Elias family dynamic, I loved that even though his grandfather was a ruthless mask, he did love his family and defended Elias with all he had.
  • The Commander though, right? I mean, is she for real? I kind of love hating her.
  • This world is cruel as hell, but incredible in a world where rape is talked almost nonchalantly, woman have important roles and can ascent to any position.
  • I really liked Helene, though not for Elias, and I’m seriously afraid of what will happen to her now, that she swore herself to Marcus and will not break her promise.
  • Keenan though, I wasn’t such a fan. Sure, he had a few moments, but he didn’t understand Laia at all and I can’t help but feel that, given his feelings for her, he could have done more to warn her of Mazen’s intentions.
  • I need to know more about Cook, and about what Laia’s mother did. And I need to know who Elias father was.
  • Oh, and I need them to hook up for real in the next book, that kiss was more than all right, but come one, they can do better.
  • That third trail though, I still have bad thoughts about it. It was so damn cruel, Elias and Helene having to kill their friends and have their friends kill each other, and ultimately having to kill each other… nasty.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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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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