Haul: September 2017 ✧

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In September, like in every other month, I bought way more books than I read. I guess you could say I have a bit of a problem…

Let’s get to the books, shall we?

Firstly, I placed an order on AwesomeBooks, which consisted of 8 books:

  • The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas
  • 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  • Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • Wildwood by Colin Meloy
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Suzak
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan – I have to read this one for my English class

Around its release date, I ordered The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken, because it screams Halloween, and the hardback was on sale on BookDepository – who would pass up on that?

Lastly, there was a sale on the Wook website, which I took advantage of to buy:

  • Latin dictionary – how fun, I know
  • The Decipherment of Linear B by John Chadwick – more fun

  • Os Grandes Mistérios do Antigo Egito by Luís Manuel de Araújo, my professor (a book about the great mysteries of Ancient Egypt)


What about you, which books did you get?
Do you see any of your favorites in my haul? Tell me in the comments below ♡

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

My (belated) August 2017 TBR

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Since July was not as good as I expected in terms of reading, I am determined to make August one of my best months of the year… let’s see how it goes!!

My friend and I are doing a Tolkien marathon in August: our plan is to read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

After that, I have a couple books that were sent to me that I really want to read and review for you:

  • The Trust by Ronald H. Balson (I’ll also be doing a Q&A with the author)
  • The One that Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

If I am able to read all of these before the month is over, I will pick up:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – about time that I pick this trilogy back up!!

And those are all the books I’m planning to read in August.

Have you read any of them? Let me know what you thought of them, and what you’re planning to read, I’d love to know!!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡


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Julho não foi tão bom como esperava em termos de leituras, portanto as minhas expectativas são bastante altas para Agosto – afinal costuma ser o mês mais calmo e com mais tempo livre!

No vídeo de hoje, venho falar-vos das leituras que planeio fazer em Agosto.


Quais são as leituras que pretendem fazer este mês? Digam-me nos comentários abaixo, gosto sempre de saber!

Obrigada por visitarem o blog,
Vemo-nos no próximo post ♡

 

 

Wrap Up: July 2017

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July was quite a productive month, if you ask me. Between going to the beach and all the other summer activities, I managed to read four books, three of which already have a review up on the blog!


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The first book I read was my first graphic novel: Saga, vol. I by Brian E. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and, since it is a graphic novel, I flew through it in about an hour (maybe one and a half).

The world is super cool and intricate, and it is sort of set in space, so I’m all about it!

The characters were super funny, but I must say the dialogue is not children-friendly – there’s a ton of swearing, and some of the scenes themselves are NSFW.

The illustrations are GORGEOUS, and the story is very captivating. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash FINAL

For one of the blog tours I am a part of, I read The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger.

This one I absolutely LOVED. It was heart-wrenching and heart-warming, all at once.

It’s a brilliant debut novel, and a very different kind of contemporary romance.

You can read the review here, in which I go more into detail about the book.

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Next up, I read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.

I really enjoyed it, it was a great first experience with thrillers, and I can’t wait to dive more into the genre – and to read Hawkins’s other book!

I won’t go into detail about it, because I already have a post entirely dedicated to it – you can read it here.

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The last book I read was Literally by Lucy Keating.

This one was a bit of a disappointment, since I absolutely loved Dreamology, the author’s debut novel. I went into Literally with high expectations and, sadly, it never met them.

You can read all about my thoughts in the review I posted.

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So those were all the books I read during the month of July. I enjoyed all of them – some more than others, of course.

What did you guys read in July? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

 


 

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O mês de Julho não foi mau de todo: entre idas à praia, piscina e tudo a que o verão nos dá direito, acabei por ler quatro livros, sendo que escrevi/gravei opinião de três deles. Um mês produtivo!!

Se gostarem do vídeo, não se esqueçam de clicar no “like”, subscrever o canal e partilhar o vídeo com todos os amantes de literatura!


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Review: Literally by Lucy Keating

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literally-lucy-keating-book-cover1 Literally by Lucy Keating

Goodreads rating: 3.39

Pages: 256

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Date published: April 11th, 2017 (USA)

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

My review

I went into Literally with high expectations, and I didn’t even know anything about it when I started reading, but, sadly, it was a bit of a letdown. I never wrote a review for Dreamology, Lucy Keating’s first book, but it was amazing and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. However, Literally was just not as good, and it makes me sad because I love the author. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but less than her debut novel.

The story, overall, although it’s creative, I felt it was a bit silly. Basically, the main character, Annabelle, finds out that an author named Lucy Keating (same name as the real author of Literally) is writing her life, as well as the life of everyone around her. And so, there is this sci-fi-ish element throughout the whole book, but nothing is even remotely believable. There is also some “theory of writing” thrown in the story, since Annabelle is taking a Fiction class in high school, so she starts identifying the concepts she learns in class in her life, which, again, is being written by an author. The whole thing was just silly, in my opinion. It is very original, though, I will give her that!

“I rest my head against him and I think, This is not a sure thing. There are no promises here. But I’m seventeen years old, and the only place in the world I wanna be is on this couch, with this guy, listening to this song over and over again. And maybe tomorrow it will all be different. But I don’t care.”

The author’s writing is great, as usual, it reads super easily and next thing you know, you’ve finished the book. It’s not a long book either, so it goes by super fast!

“My dad taught me a long time ago that a run would calm me down. He walked into my room one Saturday afternoon and found me rearranging my bookshelf, stacks and stacks surrounding me like building blocks.
“Didn’t you just do this a month ago?” he asked.
I paused. “That was by genre,” I explained. “This time it’s by color.””

The characters were another fault in the book. The main character and her love interest were great – relatable even -, but everyone else was as flat as an ironing board. This is what I meant when I talked about how characters usually are in other books in my last review: the main characters are nice, but everyone else is just there to interact with the main character, which sucks because you want to KNOW them properly.

“And just because something ends, doesn’t mean it didn’t mean anything. Sometimes, you have to take the risk.”

The pacing was nice, the story had a good flow – also thanks to Lucy’s great writing – and, even though a lot of things happened in this book, they happened at good rhythm – good enough for you to not get lost in all of it.

 

My rating

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book: it’s just a fun, cutesy read with a twist that is, simultaneously, silly and addicting. It had a nice, original story, but not very well executed. The writing was great, and so was the love interest ♡ but, overall, it was a bit of a letdown, especially compared to Dreamology.

Writing 3.5-01
Characters 2.5-01
Plot 3-01
Pacing 4-01

Overall

3.25 stars

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Avaliação no Goodreads: 3.39

Páginas: 256

Géneros: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Data de publicação: 11 de Abril, 2017 (USA)

Goodreads // Compra este livro: Capa mole & Capa dura no BookDepository; Capa dura na Wook

 

Opinião

 
Literally conta-nos a história da Annabelle, que sempre teve uma vida perfeita. Um dia, na aula de escrita creativa, a sua professora apresenta à turma uma escritora chamada Lucy Keating (sim, tem o mesmo nome da autora real do livro), que lhes fala do seu novo livro. Quando Annabelle ouve a descrição da história desse livro, apercebe-se de que é exactamente igual à vida dela e confronta a autora – que admite estar a escrever a vida dela, bem como a de todos à sua volta.

Eu comecei este livro com expectativas um pouco altas, porque li o primeiro livro da autora, Dreamology, e adorei, avaleei-o com 5 estrelas no Goodreads. No entanto, o Literally não foi tão bom como o anterior, o que me entristece porque eu adoro a autora. Eu gostei do livro de qualquer forma, mas não tanto como do Dreamology (nem perto).

A história, apesar de criativa, pareceu-me um pouco tola. Nada daquilo que ia acontecendo foi credível. Também há partes em que a protagonista fala da teoria da escrita que aprende na aula, e a aplica à forma como a tal Lucy está a escrever a vida dela. Como eu disse, original, mas bastante tolo!

“I rest my head against him and I think, This is not a sure thing. There are no promises here. But I’m seventeen years old, and the only place in the world I wanna be is on this couch, with this guy, listening to this song over and over again. And maybe tomorrow it will all be different. But I don’t care.”

A escrita da autora foi óptima, como sempre. Lê-se super bem, e quando damos por nós já acabámos o livro. Ademais, o livro é relativamente curto, portanto lê-se muito rapidamente.

“My dad taught me a long time ago that a run would calm me down. He walked into my room one Saturday afternoon and found me rearranging my bookshelf, stacks and stacks surrounding me like building blocks.
“Didn’t you just do this a month ago?” he asked.
I paused. “That was by genre,” I explained. “This time it’s by color.””

As personagens foram outra falha do livro. A protagonista e o rapaz por quem se apaixona são maravilhosos, mas todos os outros são pãezinhos sem sal. Era disto que falava na última review: as personagens principais são maravilhosas e estão desenvolvidas; as restantes estão lá somente para interagir com as principais, e nunca as chegamos a conhecer mesmo.

“And just because something ends, doesn’t mean it didn’t mean anything. Sometimes, you have to take the risk.”

O ritmo agradou-me, a história é fluida – também graças à escrita da autora – e, apesar de imensas coisas acontecerem, não acontecem super rapidamente, têm um bom andamento e não nos perdemos em tudo o que está a acontecer.

Avaliação

Resumindo e concluindo, eu gostei da leitura: é um livro fofinho com aquele twist que é, simultaneamente, tolo e viciante. A história é original, mas foi mal explorada e executada. Foi um pouco desapontante, especialmente comparada ao Dreamology.

Escrita 3.5-01
Personagens 2.5-01
Enredo 3-01
Ritmo 4-01

Total

3.25 estrelas

Unboxing: July OwlCrate Box + 15% Off Discount

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If you didn’t see it over on Instagram, I am a rep for OwlCrate during the month of July. That means they kindly provided me with a box to review and share pictures of, as well as a coupon code for you guys!! You can use the code DEER at checkout for 15% off your order on OwlCrate.com. The coupon is valid until the end of August.

Here is everything that came in the July box, which was Wanderlust-themed:

There was a lot of stuff inside the box, but I must say the Newt Scamander Funko was definitely my favorite!! I’ve been carrying it around on my keychain and it’s so damn cute ♡

Here are a few pictures of the items up close:

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I really hope you enjoyed my first bookish box unboxing, I definitely want to bring more of them to the blog!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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Here is the review I posted on my channel, in Portuguese:


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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Goodreads rating: 3.55

Pages: 336

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Date published: May 2nd, 2017 (USA)

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

My review

Trigger warnings: bullying; suicide; domestic abuse; depression; misogyny; rape; pedophilia (consensual, but pedophilia nonetheless)

This is the first thriller I’ve ever read, and let me tell you, I really want to read more now!

Into the Water follows a generous amount of characters – there are, I believe, over 10 points of view – after Nel’s death. She drowned in the river that runs through the little town, just like many other women before her.
The most recent death, just a couple months before Nel died, was Katie’s, who was her daughter’s best friend. Nel has been obsessed with the deaths in the river for most of her life and was in the midst of writing a book about the subject before she turned up dead herself.

When Jules, Nel’s sister, hears the news that her sister drowned, she knows she has to return to Beckford – a place she tried her best to forget – to take care of her niece, Lena.
When she gets there, everyone is saying that Nel jumped to her death, even her daughter, but she is sure her sister would never commit suicide.
Throughout this book, Jules, as well as other characters, try to find out what exactly led to Katie’s and Nel’s deaths, and a lot of secrets are revealed…

“Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women.”

This story is so incredibly intriguing that I spent one and a half days reading it anytime I could. I felt the need to keep reading, to find out what happened to Katie and Nel. At first, the story is confusing, because it starts with Jules on her way to Beckford and you have no idea what is going on. Another thing that confused me a bit were the different points of view because I basically didn’t know who any of the people were – but you definitely understand everything the more you get into the book!

I believe this book would be AMAZING as a movie, or even as a mini series, since there is a ton of stuff going on.

“I don’t understand you. I don’t understand people like you, who always choose to blame the woman. If there’s two people doing something wrong and one of them’s a girl, it’s got to be her fault, right?”

I thought the author did a great job addressing some real-life issues, such as rape and depression because she shows how it is viewed and handled in society, vs. how it should be, which I very much enjoyed.

“It’s, like, when someone has an affair, why does the wife always hate the other woman? Why doesn’t she hate her husband? He’s the one who’s betrayed her, he’s the one who swore to love her and keep her and whatever forever and ever. Why isn’t he the one who gets shoved off a fucking cliff?”

Can I get an Amen for these quotes? Perfect examples of how Paula Hawkins is spitting out all kinds of truth in this book!

As far as characters go, I thought they were well built and thought-out, and I feel like the author took a reeaaaally long time creating all of them. Usually, in books, your main character(s) is/are the only ones you REALLY get to know, and everyone else is just like the tip of an iceberg. Since Into the Water doesn’t have one or two main characters – it’s more like 12 -, everyone has to be fully created and developed, if that makes sense. You do see more of some characters than others, though, because they sort of are the key to solving the mystery.
Another thing I really liked about the characters was that we see how everyone has faults and makes mistakes – some more serious than others -, all of them are human, therefore it is inevitable that they make mistakes. Realistic characters are something I really like in books!

Judging the writing is a bit tricky when you’re reading a translation, but I did really enjoy the writing, it flowed really nicely, which helped me fly through the book even faster! I really enjoyed the feeling of the book, it was very eerie and creepy, which definitely fits the story like a glove. Kudos to Hawkins for making me shiver and shudder with the atmosphere she created!

The pacing, which, in my opinion, should be one of the most important elements of a thriller, was on point. Nothing happened too slow or too fast – except for the ending -, which I really appreciated.

Okay, so what was my issue with the ending? Basically, it’s too sudden. Towards the end, you are convinced that you finally know what happened. Then, you get all of these tiny chapters of everyone’s point of view that show where they are after a few months, so you think “alright, we have some closure, great!”. And then, there’s a huge reveal that I never really saw coming – although something felt iffy about the previous reveal -, literally on the last line of the book… WHAT?!?!?!?

My rating

In conclusion, I really loved this book, it was a great first experience with thrillers. I definitely wish the ending wasn’t exactly the one we got, but I still really loved it, and I want to read Paula Hawkins’s other book, The Girl On The Train – which people say is way better than Into the Water, so I’m excited about it!!

Writing 3.5-01
Characters 4.5-01
Plot 4-01
Pacing 4-01

Overall

4.0 stars


Do you usually read thrillers? What was the first one you read? Let me know in the comments down below ♡

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Into the Water and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you on my next post ♡

Book Unboxing #1

 

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I’ve always loved to watch unboxing videos, especially book unboxings. Today’s post is my very first book unboxing, and I really hope you like it!!

Here are the books that came in the mail:

You can click the titles to buy them on BookDepository with free worldwide shipping!


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you on my next post ♡

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Os unboxings são dos vídeos que mais gosto de ver, especialmente unboxings literários. Hoje trago-vos o meu primeiro unboxing, e espero muito que vocês gostem!

Aqui estão os livros que chegaram cá a casa:

Podem clicar nos títulos dos livros para os comprarem através da Wook, com portes grátis a partir de 15€!!

Em alternativa, podem comprá-los no BookDepository, com portes internacionais grátis. O livro Uprooted tem o link para comprar neste site, porque na Wook só está disponível em ebook.


Muito obrigada por visitarem o meu blog,
Vêmo-nos no próximo post ♡