Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Soooo apparently it’s the middle of 2018 already…….. time to FREAK OUT 😱

Like last year, I answered this tag in video – hope you enjoy!!

Questions

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
5. Biggest disappointment.
6. Biggest surprise.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
8. Newest fictional crush.
9. Newest favorite character.
10. Book that made you cry.
11. Book that made you happy.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation that you’ve seen this year
13. Favorite review you’ve written (booktube or written)
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


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

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? | June 4th

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post in which we share what we’ve recently finished reading, what we’re currently reading, and what we plan on reading next. This meme/tag is hosted by Kathryn over at Bookdate.

What I read last week

And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteWhit_9780553522310_jkt_all_r1.indd

A fantasy novel set in 15th century Ottoman Empire, And I Darken features a vicious female main character. Lada was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, who was Mary Shelley’s inspiration for Dracula.

I absolutely loved this read, especially the bold and strong female characters, and I can’t wait to dive into the second book!

I’ve already written a full, spoiler-free review for it – you can read it here.

What I’m currently reading

Image result for erin bowman vengeance road coverVengeance Road by Erin Bowman

The other day I forgot my current read at home, so I decided to start reading this one on my phone since I’d had the ebook for a while now.

Although I was thrown off by the southern talk and spelling the author used, I am actually enjoying this more than I thought I would. It’s a western story set in the USA in the 19th century and it’s about this girl whose father was murdered. She is on a quest to find whoever did this and punish them, to avenge her father.

That’s about all I know since I’m like 10% into the book, but I’ll tell you more about it when I finish it 😅

What I’ll be reading next

This Does Not Leave This House by Julie CoonsImage result for this does not leave this house cover

My hardest and most important exam is tomorrow and after that, I will have about 5 tons lifted off my shoulders, so I plan to start reading more, even though I will still have to study for upcoming finals.

My plan is to dive into This Does Not Leave this House, which was kindly sent to me by the author, Julie Coons. It’s such a short read that I’m sure I can fly through it in one sitting.

It’s an autobiography, which talks about abuse in many different contexts, such as in a romantic relationship, at school and even in your own home. I am beyond excited to read Julie’s book, even though I’m sure it’s not an easy read 😕


What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments down below!

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

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone! The lovely Rachael over at BeachBookworm nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award – thank you so much! I very gladly accept the nomination, so today we’ll be answering some questions.

I think I’ve been nominated before but I didn’t write down by whom, and now I can’t find it – I’m very sorry! 😅

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Rachael’s Questions for Me:

1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

This is probably a given, but talking about books. I just love to share my bookish thoughts and feelings with you. Combine that with writing, photography and some amazing followers, and it’s a wonderful hobby! ♡

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

I have friends who are bloggers, but I’m not sure that counts?? Otherwise, I don’t think I’ve met any of the bloggers I follow, unfortunately 😔

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I would say it’s Supernatural, but the truth is I haven’t watched a single TV show episode in months. Like easily since last year, it’s crazy! I’ve probably missed a whole Supernatural season 😅 That’s what senior year does to you…

4. What is your biggest fear?

I have so many that it’s hard to say which one is the biggest. Maybe I fear not being happy the most. I don’t feel happy at all, and I’m rather scared of being unhappy forever. That would really suck, wouldn’t it? 😰

5. Do you have any pets?

I do!! I have a dog named Sasha, she is the CUTEST. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen her in my stories 😍

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

I’ve read 17 out of 75… quite behind schedule, but I will fix it once I graduate – that’s a promise!! I want to read as much as I can this summer 🙌🏼

7. Tea or coffee?

Tea. I hate coffee with a burning passion. Just the smell of it makes me nauseous 🤢 I wish I liked it though, God knows I need the energy boost 😄

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

I love reading in bed, that’s where I read the most. However, I think I might like reading on the train even better – that is, when there’s no one next to me talking on the phone and distracting me 😒

9. How happy are you today on a scale of 1 to 10?

Oh boy, like a 3? I’m rather down today because yesterday I got a test back and it wasn’t a good grade so I’m disappointed. I also spent all day studying and I am exhausted. Why can’t the semester just be over 😩 On the bright side, though, the biggest bookish event of the year here in Lisbon starts this Friday – I swear I’ll try my best not to buy too many books 😅

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

This is actually so hard to answer?? I’m a history student, so I really like different eras for different reasons. It would have to be a tie between Ancient Egypt, probably around 1500 BC, and Ancient Rome, definitely around the 2nd and 1st centuries BC.

Maybe I would prefer Rome because a) they’re my ancestors, b) the climate is not as harsh as in the desert, c) I would understand the language better, and d) Mark Antony. However, visiting Ancient Rome would definitely be more gruesome, so I’d better toughen up before I left for my trip 😂

11. Favorite quote?

This changes from time to time, but right now it’s a quote that we analyzed in Latin class and it really stuck with me.

Amor, ut lacrima, ab oculo oritur, in pectus cadit
– Publilius Syrus

It roughly translates to “Love, just like a tear, rises from the eye, falls upon the chest”. Isn’t it so beautiful? Bless his soul

I Nominate:

  1. Zuky @ BookBum
  2. Susan @ Susan Loves Books
  3. Paige @ Just One More Pa(i)ge
  4. Sophie @ Beware of the Reader
  5. Kayla @ Books and Blends
  6. Nina @ The Cozy Pages
  7. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
  8. Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm
  9. J.W. Martin
  10. Joshua @ High Literature
  11. Catherine @ Ethereal Pages

My Questions for the Nominees:

1. If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be?
2. Who is your favorite character of all time?
3. Do you ever find yourself daydreaming?
4. Reading at home or reading outside?
5. How many languages do you speak?
6. Which language(s) would you like to learn?
7. What is your main goal for this year?
8. Zodiac sign?
9. What is your favorite flower?
10. Biggest pet peeve?
11. Do you believe in the supernatural?


Alright you guys, those were my borderline depressing answers to Rachael’s questions! Don’t forget to check out her blog, it’s amazing! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better through some of these answers 😋 If you’d like a Q&A post, definitely let me know in the comments! 👇🏼

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

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post in which we share what we’ve recently finished reading, what we’re currently reading, and what we plan on reading next. This meme/tag is hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

What I read last week

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land9781250087652

This is a psychological thriller about a girl whose mother is a serial killer. She tells the police about it and now has to face her mother in court.

We follow her as she takes on a new identity and tries to start a new life in a foster family.

It’s a very good book, I’ll be writing a review for it very soon. I’ve already written one in my Portuguese blog if anyone’s interested 😋

What I’m currently reading

strangemedicine-coverforwebsiteStrange Medicine by Mike Russell

A collection of strange stories – and when they say strange, they’re not kidding!

I’ve read 2 out of the 8 stories and, although they are indeed very strange and bizarre, I’m enjoying it.

This was kindly sent to me by the author himself, so thank you very much for that ☺️

The Aeneid by Virgil805f3-aeneidvirgil

I’m reading this for the second time, now for my Roman Culture class.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Aeneid tells us the story of Aeneas, who is given a mission by the gods to be the founder of Rome.

Essentially, it portrays Rome as the best and most important empire, and the Romans as the best “race” there is and ever was. It’s sort of used as a way to tell the story of the origins of Rome, which led to ‘now’ (1st century BC), the huge Roman empire, and it also talks about the future.

What I’ll be reading next

f7af4fb9-7e95-4b84-88ed-7b01538152e0I really want to get to The Cruel Prince by Holly Black soon, since everyone’s been raving about it.

I’m convinced that I’m going to love it, since it has faeries and, from the looks of it, a very handsome prince 😉

 

 

 


What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments down below!

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

 

5 Star Predictions: New YA Releases Edition

You might remember a post I made just a few months ago all about 5-star predictions. It’s a post in which you pick a few books that you think will be 5-star reads for you. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would kind of turn it into a series here on the blog. This time, I’m focusing on Young Adult fiction books that have been or will be published this year, and that I’m really looking forward to!

Without further ado, let’s get right into it…

tbz2meqRestore Me by Tahereh Mafi

“Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?”

Meet Cute by Various Authors

“Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first 

sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.”

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

“The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that lov

e, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.”

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The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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“Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

“Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.”

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”


So those are some of this year’s Young Adult releases I think will get 5 stars, and maybe even become favorites of mine, who knows?

What are your five-star predictions? Let me know in the comments!

Do you like these posts? Should I keep making more of them? Please leave feedback in the comments section, it really helps!! Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I really enjoy making these!

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

The Christmas Tag 🤶🏼🎄

I saw this tag on Destiny’s blog and I immediately wanted to answer it. If you didn’t know, Christmas is my favorite time of the year, it always has been, so I’m SUPER excited about anything Christmas-related.

I wasn’t tagged to do this tag, but if you’d like to do it, please consider yourself tagged by me 🙂 Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Let’s get started…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

It’s a tie between Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. However, the movies I usually watch during the Christmas season are actually the Harry Potter movies 😀

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG?

All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Pentatonix are my favorites at the moment. I will post a Christmas playlist soon, and you’ll be able to see all of my top Christmas songs ❤

DO YOU OPEN PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE OR CHRISTMAS MORNING?

Christmas Eve. In Portugal, Christmas is basically dinner with the family on the 24th, and then everyone stays up ’till midnight, which is when you open the presents. And there’s the family lunch on the 25th, of course.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SCENT?

Anything with cinnamon in it. I actually just got an apple-cinnamon candle from IKEA and I have been inhaling it for two days. It smells like heaven to me haha

WHAT TOPS YOUR TREE?

It’s always an angel

IS YOUR TREE FAKE OR REAL?

Fake. Real Christmas trees are not really a thing in Portugal haha why would you kill a tree to keep in your house for like a month and then get rid of it??? I’ve always found that quite odd

HAVE YOU EVER GONE CHRISTMAS CAROLING?

No, thank God lol I cannot sing for the life of me!

WHITE OR COLORED LIGHTS?

I like both, but our tree has white lights at the moment

EGGNOG OR HOT CHOCOLATE?

Neither. I don’t like hot chocolate (way too much chocolate) and I’ve never tried eggnog but it looks gross (no offense lol). I prefer a cup of hot milk with a couple spoons of Nesquik or just a nice cup of tea.

ARE YOU A ‘BUDDY THE ELF’ OR AN ‘EBENEZER SCROOGE’?

I am 100% a Buddy. I have enough excitement about Christmas for the whole family, honestly. I’m constantly baking while blasting Christmas music and thinking about the presents I’m getting for everyone. It’s a fun time 😀

WHEN DO YOU PUT UP YOUR TREE/DECORATIONS?

Usually at the beginning of November. And we leave them up until the 6th of January, which is the traditional date. Fun fact: our neighbors (the Spanish) open their Christmas presents on January 6th, the day of the Reyes Magos (the Three Magi)

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

I would probably take my whole family to Switzerland so we could stay at a chalet and experience a Christmas with snow. It doesn’t snow in Lisbon, unfortunately (or fortunately, you decide haha)

DO YOU MAKE NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS?

Definitely! I like to set goals and resolutions for everything. In fact, I made a post all about my bookish goals for 2018, so feel free to check that out.


That’s all for today’s tag! I really hope you guys enjoyed it. Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

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

 

20 Questions | Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Holly’s blog just now, and thought it had very interesting questions, so I decided to answer it as well.

Here we go…

1. How many books are too many books in a book series? 

I don’t really have a limit, it depends on the series itself. What I don’t like, however, is when authors keep dragging the series over a bunch of books just to get money

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

I like them if I have the next part available to me. If it’s at the end of a chapter, it’s fine because I have the next chapter. But if it’s at the end of a book, and I don’t have the next book, or there won’t be a next book, I’m not the biggest fan lol

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

I prefer to read from paperbacks, but most of the times I find the hardcover editions to be more aesthetically pleasing.

4. Favorite book?

This is not easy to answer, but I’ll have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I just love this book with all my heart, and I think about it all the time.

5. Your least favorite book? 

Ciega a Citas by Carolina Aguirre is one of them. It was one of the first books I read, and I only gave it two stars. It’s not the worst thing ever, but it’s definitely not a good book.

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

I don’t really mind them, but they’re not my favorite thing. They have to be well-done, like the one in the Shatter Me series, for example.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I haven’t DNF’d many books in my life, but I did it with Paper Towns by John Green. It just was not for me lol I don’t do this often, though, I usually come back to the books I’ve put down for some reason.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

The Dinner by Herman Koch. It’s taking me FOREVER to read it. It’s so slow, it’s like you’re reading for an hour and nothing has happened yet 😩

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I’m not sure. I don’t know many people who read, so I don’t really recommend books to anyone 🤷🏻‍♀️

10. The oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

The Epic of Gilgamesh. It is said to have been created over a period of roughly a millennium, from the 18th to the 7th century B.C. I read this for my Pre-Classical history class.

11. The newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, published on November 2nd, 2017.

12. Favorite author?

Sarah J. Maas, Tahereh Mafi and Jenny Han are my queens. Don’t make me choose 😭

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Definitely buying. And if you’ve been around for a while, you know I do this way too often haha

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love? 

John Green’s books, at least the ones I’ve (tried to) read.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I usually use bookmarks, but I dog-ear pages all the time, either because I forgot my bookmark, or because there’s a quote I want to mark but don’t have pens or sticky tabs with me.

16. A book you can always reread?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I haven’t reread the whole book, but I read through my favorite parts all the time.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Nope. I need a certain amount of silence to be able to concentrate. This is why I struggle to read in public transportation, for example. There’s always someone right next to me talking on the phone, and I can’t focus on the words in front of me because my brain automatically decides to be nosy and listen in on the conversation.

If I were to listen to music, it would have to be classical music, otherwise I’d be singing along or focusing on the lyrics!

18. One POV or multiple POV? (POV’ = Points of view)

I prefer one POV, but I do like the insight that comes with multiple POV. A good example of this is the Throne of Glass series.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? 

If I had it my way, I would read every book in one sitting. Unfortunately, life is a thing, and I have to do other things besides reading, so I’m rarely able to do it 😭

20. One book you read because of the cover.3dcs

I buy books based on their covers ALL THE TIME. But to give just one example, we’ll go with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I haven’t finished it yet, but I plan to soon!

 

 


I hope you enjoyed finding out some bookish things about me. This tag is very fun to answer, so I’ve decided to tag some people to do it as well! 😁

I tag:

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