Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Books I Feel Differently About Now

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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 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

So here it is, 8 books that I feel a little different about now than when I read them.


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Book Traveling Thursdays: A book I’m thankful for

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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 Thanksgiving Time! Choose a book you’re thankful for“. So today I’m going a little out of the box, and with that I mean, I pick Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Now, hold your horses, ok? I don’t get the sentiment of shame and disdain that this book arouses. I’m extremely thankful for Twilight and let me tell you why: I was always a sporadic reader, in my late teens and early 20’s I read adult books, but I was never IN LOVE with reading. Until one day, when I had returned from my first stay in Barcelona, and my sister, mom and grandmother made me watch a vampire movie! I was hooked! I borrowed Twilight from my grandma, then I had to go out the next day and buy New Moon, and so on and so on. And then I went on Amazon and bought the set-box in english, and then I proceeded to read (for the first time) the 4 books in english. A month later I was buying my 7 Harry Potter books, and since then I haven’t stopped reading.

So, thank you Twilight, for making YA books explode, and for revealing to me the joy of reading, of staying until 4 a.m. reading because I just couldn’t put a book down… that’s what Twilight did for me.


Original COver:

I think that this is one of the most recognizable covers ever, right? I like this one 😉 !

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

                   

Well, this book exists in every language! Here you have the Portuguese edition, the Spanish movie tie-in edition and the catalan edition. I’m not a fan of this movie tie-in, they look so weird on this picture.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                                 

I really like this two covers, the original one, and the white edition that came out in 2010. So pretty.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

   

Now onto some bad covers… First of is the UK first edition, and OMFG, what is going on there? It’s so ugly! Then it’s the Czech, which isn’t all that bad, but it’s really weird. Of course that the Russian cover HAD to me here, right? And last, but not least, it’s the Thai edition, which could have been a pretty cover, but it’s not…

Honorable Mention:

I’m not sure if this Indonesian edition had a bad or good cover. Well, it’s good because it’s kind of pretty, but on the other hand, it has absolutely nothing to do with the plot or story, and Bella isn’t even blonde!

The Pastry Book Tag

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Hello, welcome back to another book tag. Raven @Dreamy Addictions tagged me for the Pastry Book Tag a while back – thank you Raven! So, let’s do this!

1. Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) love. 

I will go with the most obvious answer in the history of books: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I know a few of you haven’t read this – and that’s totally fine – but I’m yet to see anyone that has read it and didn’t like it.

2. Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux was a bit tricky to get through. It is a unique way of storytelling, and it was one of the first books I read in English – the book itself was first written in french. And to top it off, I read it while I was on vacation a few years back and my mind just wasn’t totally in it. I did love it though, so, totally worth it at the end.

3. Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. I had such high hopes for this book… but it fell more than flat, it actually opened a hole on the ground and buried itself. Not good…

4. Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Ok, to be honest, I had no idea what it was about before I started, I assumed (because I didn’t read the blurb) that it was about someone fangirling about something. It is about that, but not exactly, it’s so much more.

5. Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis totally deserves every attention out there. Why isn’t everyone talking about it? This book is fantastic and I think that everyone should be planning to read it… now!

6. Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

My default answer would be Game of Thrones, but I’m gonna go with the Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas. Each book gets more and more complicated, a lot of action, a lot of characters and a lot at stake…

7. Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

Hmmmm, not an easy one… I guess my answer will be New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I wasn’t a big fan of the book – let’s face it, it’s a bit boring and all – but the movie is slightly better and the cinematography is actually pretty cool.

8. Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

For this one I’m gonna go with More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, because it is more happy than not, but it still left me utterly heartbroken.

9. Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

This one is easy… almost all books take place somewhere other than Portugal or Spain, so I’m going to go with The Infernal Devices trilogy, by Cassandra Clare, which takes place in Victorian London.

10. Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

Everything from Harry PotterThrone of Glass and the The Wrath and the Dawn. The food is described so vividly that it’s impossible not to want to try every single thing they mention.


Ok… that’s it! I’ll tag EVERYONE that hasn’t done this one and would like to give it a go.

#TackleTBR: Bookish Scavenger Hunt!

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Hello people! I’m doing my second challenge for the Tackle your TBR Read-a-thon! Today’s challenge is hosted by Jess @Princessica of Books and it’s an ultimate bookish scavenger hunt.

I’ll give you a set of categories and you scavenge your bookshelves finding books that fit into those categories! Pretty simple and super fun 🙂.

A 2015 Debut Author’s Book!

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera were two amazing debuts this year.

Books that You Have Read at Least Twice!

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I’ve read the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series at least twice… 😉

A Cover-Lust Book (a book that has a beautiful cover)!

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I couldn’t really talk about gorgeous covers without including Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, which is probably the most beautiful cover I own. Other covers that I love are My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

A Book You Always Recommend!

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Why haven’t you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell or Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli? GO read them right NOW! This two books are amazing, and I’m always half-tempted to pick any of them up and re-read them…

Something on Your Bookshelf That is Not a Book!

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I love my Hermione wand…

A Book That Has A Kick- Ass Butt Female Protagonist!

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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas has the amazing Celaena (though I like her new name better… my “Fire-breathing bitch-queen”). Then in The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh there’s the amazing Shazi. And Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is pretty amazing as well.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

It’s Tuesday, September 1st, which means that it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With.

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1. Pen from Love in the Time of Global Warming  by Francesca Lia Block

I don’t really know why, she was an interesting heroine, I think I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief of the whole situation, so although I liked her, I didn’t quite click with her.

2. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I mentioned in my review that I wasn’t Greg’s biggest fan, right? He was the thing in the book that kept me from loving it more than I did.

3. Ari from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I actually love Ari, but it took me a bit to really be able to connect with him, while Dante was as easy as breathing. Sometimes it annoyed me that Ari’s thoughts and behaviour were so erratic, even though I get the purpose of it.

4. Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner

In all honesty I had trouble connecting to every single character in The Maze Runner, maybe that’s the reason that I still haven’t picked up the second book – though I know I should, before the movie comes out.

5. Gemma from The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

From the 3 ladies in the book, Gemma is the one I identified less with, though I was rooting for her, it never entirely clicked.

6. Jasmine from A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

So much so that for a moment there I was almost rooting for Jafar. It was a huge problem in this book, the characters weren’t developed at all, which made it extremely hard to click with any of them. But Jasmine was the worst of all of them, her tendencies to go through the same path that she was supposed to be avoiding, made me cringe.

7. Penny from Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham

I really disliked Penny. She could have been adorable and relatable, but she was not!

8. Jessamine Lovelace from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

JessieIt took me a really long time to actually feel anything for Jessamine. I eventually did, obviously, and by the end I even shed a tear when she died. But Jessie was definitely not an easy girl to love, at least by me.

9. Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I had a huge problem connecting with Wren from Fangirl. I hated how she treated her sister. I get that she needed her independence and be her own person, that’s more than fine, but things don’t have to be all or nothing. She could have gone her own way, but not completely forget that she had a sister who also needed her.

10. Jacob from the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

I was never, even remotely, on team Jacob. I just never really clicked with him… And I kind of liked him (just a tiny bit) more on the movies (because of Taylor Lautner… *not sorry!*). The truth is, I never got why he was so into Bella, because he’s into her more or less from the starts and it annoyed me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

 

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From. Interesting!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I always read throughout my life, but never as much as now, so I haven’t read a lot of books from the same authors…

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Let the countdown begin!

1. Ana Maria Magalhães and Isabel Alçada (at least 13 books)

Who are these people, you ask? Well, every country has it’s own children’s books, right? In Portugal we have a series called Uma Aventura (An Adventure), written by these lovely ladies, that started out in 1982 and is still going strong, it now has 52 books! Yep, they’re very prolific! I stopped reading these a while back, and as these books are stuffed in a box somewhere in my storage room back home, I have no idea exactly how many of them I read, but I can remember reading at least 13, which makes them number one on this list!

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And probably many more…

2. J. K. Rowling (11 books)

Queen Jo Rowling gets a second place on the list (and this is without her books that I still have to read…). She gets this spot due to her 7 Harry Potter books, 3 companion books and Very Good Lives.

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3. Cassandra Clare (10 books)

This one was obvious, and she’s not on top because I’m still to read the codex and the Shadowhunters Academy novellas, but as soon as her new book drops, she’ll probably be on top.

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4. Dan Brown (5 books)

Dan Brown has 5 books on this list, the only one of his that I’ve not read yet is Inferno. The first four covers are in portuguese, because I read those books in my mother language. It was a crazy time when The Da Vinci Code came out, I read his previous 3 books soon after, and when The Lost Symbol came out, I was not willing to wait for the portuguese edition… it contributed a lot to me just reading in english nowadays.

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5. Rainbow Rowell (4 books)

I’ve said that Rainbow Rowell is my spirit animal, I’ve only read 4 books from her, because that’s all there is 😦 !!!

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6. Sarah J. Maas (4 books)

Sarah J. Maas is a very recent love, and she will climb this list a few places in just a few weeks, as soon as I read The Assassin’s Blade and Queen of Shadows!

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7. Stephenie Meyer (4 books)

The whole Twilight saga is four books. I actually read most of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, but I don’t think I finished it, so I’m not counting it…

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8. Suzanne Collins (3 books)

The Hunger Games trilogy.

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9. Jenny Han (2 books)

I’ve only read two books by Jenny Han, though I want to give The Summer I turned Pretty a chance…

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10. Jane Austen (2 books)

I still have a few left to read… I intend to read at least one more of her books until the end of this year!

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11. George R.R. Martin (2 books)

I’ve only read the first two books from A Song of Ice and Fire, though I want to finish the series! I started book 3 a while back, but wasn’t feeling it, so I dropped it, I might want to think about picking it up again.

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It is likely that I might have miss someone in here, given than I don’t always recall books that I’ve read a while ago (and I’m not home to look at my shelf). I know I’ve read at least 2 Kathy Reich’s books, but I don’t even recall their names, so…

See you next week!