My Life in Books! Book Tag

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Hello!!! Taking advantage of my last night at home, and just having been nominated for this tag by Ashley¬†@Dear World…, I decided that I should so it now, otherwise it would have to wait until Christmas. Thank you Ashley!!! ūüėÄ

(oh, I almost missed posting today…)

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

   

Crown of Midnight

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Persuasion

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2. Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?

Oh, I’m old! I’m 31, so…¬†Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

Os Maias by Eça de Queirós. I think this is currently the only book I own that goes on in Portugal.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

Harry Potter and the¬†Philosopher‘s Stone by JK Rowling, I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel to Hogwarts?!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I love this book colour! This is not my favorite colour in general, but it is on this cover.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

As Sete Filhas De Eva or The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes. I read this book when I was young and it quite literally changed my life. It’s a non-fiction, in case you’re wondering, and it’s about Mitochondrial DNA (mostly) and how we can trace all our lineages back to Africa and I read it and I knew that I wanted to be involved in this for life. So, I decided I wanted to do Genetics and Human Populations… and I am!

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

A Clash of Kings by George¬†R. R. Martin. This book took me so long, I just wasn’t feeling the characters and I was always getting lost with the names… but I did it!

8. Which book in your TBR pile will you give the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

Probably The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien! And then The Lord of The Rings trilogy… it’s been in my TBR forever.


I tag EVERYONE! This was fun ūüėÄ

Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

It‚Äôs Tuesday, September 8th, which means that it‚Äôs time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week‚Äôs theme is:¬†¬†Finished Series I Have YET to Finish. The thing is, when I start a finish series, I’ll devour it pretty quickly and one book right after the other. So, there aren’t many finished series that I’ve started and have not finished yet. With that in mind, I’ll share the finish series that I want to start until the end of this year.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This is in fact the only finished series that I’ve started and have not finished… I’ve only read the first book yet. I will finish it though, I really want to…

 2. Mistborn (the original trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson

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I’m so so curious about this series…

3. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Same for this one, the only reason I haven’t bought it yet is because I haven’t found the 3 books at the same moment.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I do own the first 2 books for a while now, maybe  Christmas will me the right time to get into it.

5. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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This will follow, as soon as I finish the Percy Jackson series.

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I already have the first book. I bought it super cheap for my kindle! This because I want the hardcover, which are beautiful and expensive. I’ll probably read it on my upcoming trip in October… lots of hours inside airplanes with my Kindle.

7. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee

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Much like the one above, I already own the first book in this series, and I’ll be reading it on my upcoming trip in October as well.

8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I will read at least The Hobbit before the year ends… probably… hopefully…

9. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

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I’ve read so many great things about this trilogy that I need to check it out.

10. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

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I’ve been curious about this series for a while, though I don’t know if it’s really my thing. It’s also on the bottom of my To Read List right now.

Movie of the Week: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

The term “Movie of the Week” is being used with some latitude here, given that I actually watched it the week before Christmas… but never mind that. Warning, it might contain some spoilers (though, the book has been out for a long while… are they¬†really spoilers?!).

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The third installment of The Hobbit was a movie I was really looking forward to and you know what?! I wasn’t disappointed. I was able to catch the movie in IMAX (which isn’t easy, given that there is only one IMAX theatre in Portugal) – the screening started at 00:30 AM, I got home around 3…

So IMAX 3D, High Definition, I could almost swear that the elves and the dwarves and the likes of them were right in front of me… I could actually see their pores. Not to mention that during a certain bridge collapsing scene, I actually ducked (and no, I wasn’t the only one!). Visually the movie is amazing, even if the story feels dragged at times.

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I do wished they had resolved the situation with Smaug at the end of the previous film, because if you walk into the movie not having watched the previous one – as was the case of my sister and nephew – you are actually lost for the first 15 minutes, because then the story changes… so, they could have resolved it differently and then they would have begun with the Dragon slain, Bard commanding his people and the Dwarves at the mountain.

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Other thing that I could have done without was the romance between Tauriel and Kili, it felt way more forced during this movie. The only thing that their romance did for me was make Legolas more likable, and lets face it, Legolas was always pretty likable. It also gives him a plausible reason to leave his father and¬†go to Rivendell. I have to admit that this trilogy is supposed to be all about the dwarves and the hobbit, but the elves, once again, steal the show, Thranduil is amazing!!!! I ADORE him! (the fact that he’s played by Lee Pace doesn’t hurt).

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By the way, amazing scene when Galadriel goes to save Gandalf and ends up facing Sauron, while Saruman and Elrond fight alongside her.

All and all it is an amazing movie and a great way to spend 2 hours, and although it doesn’t rise to the magnificent of The Return of the King, being half of the run time slightly makes up for it. I do have to admit that I was a bit shocked by the deaths, not having read the book yet, I was unaware that so many important characters died… they will be missed! By the end, it all return to the beginning… so many tears…

Farewell Middle Earth… Billy Boyd: The Last Goodbye

Billy Boyd, who gave life to Pippin in The Lord of the Rings trilogy has just released a music, part of the soundtrack of¬†The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. It’s a gorgeous song by itself, but the music video is far beyond amazing, with shot from broth trilogies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as behind the cameras shots, it’s a proper goodbye to everyone who was a part of both projects… It’s worth watching (and if you hold back the tears, you have done better than me!!!).

I saw the light fade from the sky
On the wind I heard a sigh
As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers
I will say this last goodbye

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea

Under cloud, beneath the stars
Over snow one winter’s morn
I turn at last to paths that lead home
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

Many places I have been
Many sorrows I have seen
But I don’t regret
Nor will I forget
All who took the road with me

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea

To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

I bid you all a very fond farewell

Movie of the Week – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I can’t express how sceptical I was about going to watch this movie, due to the fact that I liked the first one, but it was a bit of a bore and I wasn’t sure if I should go see it in the big screen or just wait for next year and watch all three of them in a row. That said, and after more than 1 month from its opening, I finally went to see it this past week, and I’m so glad I did!

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Still not rising to the magnificence of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Desolation of Smaug is miles ahead of its predecessor,¬†The Unexpected Journey. It’s action packed, doesn’t have dull moments, it has a lot of elves and a Dragon. Not to mention that it has Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch in the same 3 hour movie… (although, in fairness, we never see Benedict!).

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This adventure takes us right to Erebor and past its hidden door. We meet the wood-elves, see Legolas again and the lovely Tauriel and his father, King¬†Thranduil. Laketown and Bard, the Bowman and his children. We meet Smaug, the Necromancer and Sauron. And we get to know the Dwarves a little better, although it’s not nearly enough to make us care about all of them.

Although this movie still has some filling moments, such as the love triangle between the Elf Tauriel, Legolas and the Dwarf Kili, most of the scenes make sense and some action scenes are awesome, such as the barrel escape and anything really that involves the elves!

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Awesome as well is Smaug! I don’t really know if it’s because the Dragon is so well made or because he’s voiced and moved by the incredible Benedict Cumberbatch, but at some point, I was rooting for Smaug! The whole scene was just 5 stars.

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Just some thoughts:

I thought that Luke Evans couldn’t get any hotter that he already is… I was wrong, somehow that hair, the bow and the single father thing totally work for him.

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Legolas, wow, how nice to see you again, I just thought the eyes were a little too blue this time around. But his archery is better than ever!

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, a.k.a., Sherlock and Watson, a.k.a., Smaug and Bilbo… wow… Martin doesn’t seize to amaze me. He’s brilliant! His interactions with his buddy in the movie are spectacular.

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Radagast, The Brown, played by the amazing¬†Sylvester McCoy (also known as the Seventh Doctor), deserves only good things! If you haven’t seen¬†The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, you totally should, just to know how funny this whole “Hobbit” business really is.

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Also, Stephen Fry… wow… I do hope we never see him like this ever again… disgustingly on point…

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