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.

Top Ten Tuesday

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.


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.


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!)


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).


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!


7. Ms Marvel by Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Also, she’s a superhero!


8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman most likely has Asperger syndrome…


9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Park is half-Korean and Eleanor lives way beyond the line of poverty.



10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf.


3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

Here we are at day 3 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge… I was tagged by  to do this tag, and this is the 3rd and last day (you can see day 1 here and day 2 here). Once again, thank you so much , this is such an amazing tag/challenge and I had so much fun doing it!


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

For this third and last day ( 😦 ) I chose a quote from one of my favorite books of the year, and that is Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.


For this last day, I nominate:

I had so much fun doing this tag, so if anyone wants to nominate me again, I’m game!


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…


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?

Tiny Pleasures #5

This week started great and then… nothing happened ;-). This tag was created by A New Life Wandering.


1. Discovering Book Shops!

Has I said in my last post, I found through the internet that there are 2 english book shops in Barcelona. Taking advantage of the fact that I had to drop off some samples in the city, I went ahead and visited them. OH MY!!! The first one was incredible, a lot of new titles, a lot of genres, I wanted to buy the whole store.  In the end I bought 3 new books…

2. Pastel de Nata and a Delta coffee

If you don’t know what I mean it’s because you’re not Portuguese! Pastel de Nata, or just Nata, is a portuguese pastry and it’s divine! It’s one of those things that you rarely find outside Portugal, and when you do, it’s generally not as good. But I found this little Portuguese cafe and OMG, it was wonderful. Not only did they have the pastry, but they also had Portuguese coffee, and they knew how to make a marvelous expresso – again, very rare in Spain!!! The cafe name is Nata de Lisboa.

3. Emma Approved

Preparing myself to dive in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries book, I went ahead and watched all of Emma Approved. I had started a while ago, but I just wasn’t feeling it, but this time around I watched the whole thing, and I’m glad I did. By the end I was crying my eyes out. They’re just so cute together!!!

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4. Books and Twitter!

I’m not an avid user of twitter, that is, until last week. It made my week when I tweeted the review of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and she tweeted me back!!! Huuurrrayyyy!!!!

5. Still on the subject of Twitter…

I would be dismissive if I didn’t acknowledge that each tweet and each picture that the cast and crew from Shadowhunters released put a big smile on my face. A big thanks to them for making my week better!

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

>>  Nº 36 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book set in high school <<


Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Oh My God! This book is so damn cute and amazing and I can’t get enough of it. I just liked this book so damn much!!!

The story is so funny and heartwarming, the relationship between Simon and all the people in his life is great, and his relationship with Blue is beyond great, it’s beautiful and cute and Simon’s parents are so great and… maybe you should just read it.

The alternation between Simon’s narration and his exchange of e-mails with Blue makes the book not only very easy to read, but it also makes the story move along and allows for a deeper understanding of those feelings. I could read a book just with all those e-mails…

I’m not going to say who Blue is, that’s the mystery throughout the whole book, and I think that the author did a great job at maintaining that mystery, with little hints here and there. But I have to say, I was over the moon when it was revealed, and the way it happened was beyond perfect!

I just really adored this book!

Rating: 4.5 Stars


Tiny Pleasures #4

Hello, I’m gonna join the last couple of weeks, because nothing significant went on on the first one…


1. Phinally Done

During the week of 11 to 17 of May, two of my colleagues and friends defended their PhD Dissertations, one in Coimbra and the other one here in Barcelona. I’m beyond proud of both of them and so very happy. It was the perfect beginning and end of that week.

2. “Bacalhau com todos”

This might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re away from home, it’s so nice to eat typical food! In Portugal we use a lot of cod fish, but we use it dried and salted and not fresh like most countries. So this (cod fish, egg, vegetables, potato and chickpea) is my traditional Christmas food.

3. Movies

Going twice to the cinema in a week. This is not that abnormal for me, but it hadn’t happened in a while. Wednesday I decided to take advantage of the cheapest day to see a movie, a spanish movie, that I had wanted to see for a while but was already only in selected theaters. So I needed to go to Barcelona and took advantage of that…

4. And more movies

The second movie I saw was on Friday, my “rest” day! I was totally alone watching Pitch Perfect 2 and it was awesome!

5. Amazon and books

Thursday I came home and found my Amazon box!!!! Yupppiiiii! Unboxing books is the best thing ever. 😀

6. English Bookstores?!

Speaking of books, after a little research online, I found out that there are 2 English bookstores in Barcelona!!! I’m so HAPPY!!!!

7. Magnificent Reads

I finished 4 books in the past 2 weeks, but two I LOVED! Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell) and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) are awesome, gorgeous books and I never want to let them go.

(Tag created by A New Life Wandering, go check it out).