Top 5 Tuesday: Covers with Green, Blue, Purple

Hi everyone!! Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday post. T5T is a bookish meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. If you’re interested in the prompts for June, you can check them out here.

This week we’re talking about book covers, so I’m super excited! If you know me, you know I love me some beautiful covers, so I actually made this a top 10 instead – hope you enjoy! 😋

Let’s get into it…

10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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8. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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7. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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5. And I Darken by Kiersten White

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4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater 

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3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’ve now realized that I haven’t read most of these books, even though they have some of my favorite covers on my shelves – I better change that soon! Any suggestions about which one I should start with? 😉

See any favorites? Let me know all about your favorite book covers down in the comments!

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

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Eurovision 2018

Hi everyone!! So I’ve never mentioned Eurovision before here on the blog – only on my Portuguese blog. That is because I am aware that most of my followers/audience are not European, so you probably don’t even know what I’m talking about. However, I think it’s important that I talk about other topics and interests of mine from time to time, so today’s post is about music.

Well, I should start by letting you know what Eurovision is. Basically, it’s a song contest. Each European country hosts a competition and chooses an artist (with an original song) to represent them in Eurovision. There are also two non-European countries that have been invited to participate (and have done so for years): Australia and Israel.

This is a big part of European culture, and it was HUUUGE at one point. Everyone stopped to watch Eurovision – although this is not as true anymore since there is so much entertainment out there for us to consume. When my grandparents were 20-30 years old, Eurovision was basically the most exciting event of the year. And they still love to watch it, which is why I have been so immersed in the Eurovision frenzy since I was a kid.

This year, Eurovision was extra exciting. Why? Because last year, for the first time, we won Eurovision. And that means we got to host it this year!! We did an outstanding job, in my humble opinion, so I’m very, very happy with how things went.

My favorite thing was probably the ‘360 Postcards’ that showed different places in Portugal, from North to South to the islands. You can watch them in Eurovision’s Youtube channel.

During the time we were awaiting the results, we had the performance of last year’s winner. Salvador was amazing, as always – and this time with a guest! I love his voice, he’s such a great singer and you can see how passionate he is about it ♡

As for the results of the contest, I have to say I am incredibly disappointed. It’s not that I hated Israel’s song – I didn’t! However, in comparison with all the other songs, I don’t think ‘Toy’ should have won. Also, how the hell did Portugal’s song get the last place!?!? I cried while watching Cláudia perform, that’s how much it touched me! Speaking of which, here are my favorite performances and songs of the Grand Final!!

IRELAND

ITALY

BULGARIA

AUSTRALIA

DENMARK

GERMANY

PORTUGAL

ESTONIA

AUSTRIA

LITHUANIA

SPAIN


Aren’t they all so great? I had the time of my life watching the final, you have no idea!! I’m definitely sad about the results, but oh well, maybe next year we’ll get better feedback…

To finish off the post, here is a video that sums up the ‘Eurovision spirit’ – one that makes me incredibly happy every time I watch it!


Did you watch Eurovision? Let me know which song was your favorite down in the comments!

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

Top 5 Tuesday: Opening/First Lines

Hi everyone!! Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday post. T5T is a bookish meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. If you’re interested in the prompts for May, you can check them out here.

I haven’t participated for a while because school takes all of my time away, but I want to get back on track with T5T. This week we’re talking about first lines, so I’m super excited! I included some books I haven’t read yet, otherwise this would just turn into a list of my favorite books 😋

Let’s hop right into it…

5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Image result for strange the dreamerOn the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.

She broke over an iron gate, crimping it on impact, and there she hung, impossibly arched, graceful as a temple dancer swooning on a lover’s arm. One slick finial anchored her in place. Its point, protruding from her sternum, glittered like a brooch. She fluttered briefly as her ghost shook loose, and torch ginger buds rained out of her long hair.

4. The Aeneid by Virgil

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predestined exile, from the Trojan shore
to Italy, the blest Lavinian strand.
Smitten of storms he was on land and sea
by violence of Heaven, to satisfy
stern Juno’s sleepless wrath; and much in war
he suffered, seeking at the last to found
the city, and bring o’er his fathers’ gods
to safe abode in Latium; whence arose
the Latin race, old Alba’s reverend lords,
and from her hills wide-walled, imperial Rome.

3. This Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons

“Your father never wanted you.”

“I wish you had died at birth.”

These words have so much power, especially when you’re five. Especially when stated by your mother. Words can hurt deeply. She used them often, with emphasis, pretty much every time she was angry at me.

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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1. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

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Her almond eyes stared up at the canopy of sycamore, beech and oak, but they didn’t see the tentative fingers of sunlight that poked through the branches and sprinkled the woodland floor with gold. They didn’t blink as shiny black beetles scurried over their pupils. They didn’t see anything any more, except darkness.


Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know all about your favorite first lines down in the comments!

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

Top 5 Tuesday: Contemporaries! ♡

Hi everyone!! Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday post. T5T is a bookish meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. If you’re interested in the prompts for March, you can check them out here.

This week we’re talking about contemporaries/fiction, which I am very excited about!! Contemporary romances are some of my favorite things to read, so I had to participate this week ☺️

Let’s hop right into it…

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Image result for the unexpected everythingI read this one when it came out, and absolutely loved it. It’s a perfect summer romance to read by the pool or at the beach.

I’ve read a couple of Matson’s books and I loved them, so I recommend her books for this genre ☺️

Things I loved about this book:

– TONS OF DOGS
– people talking about books
– cute boy
– drama between friends that took me back to high school

4. The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash

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I keep talking about this book because I absolutely loved it, but it hasn’t been read or reviewed by many people at all.

It makes me so sad because it’s such a touching story and it deserves much more love.

Things I loved:

– deep and serious subjects
– cute Brazilian boy
– Portuguese words and sayings casually thrown in there

3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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This was one of the first books I ever read and it deeply moved me because it deals with serious subjects, much like Birdie and Bash.

The storyline itself is great, and it’ll always be one of my favorite books.

What I loved about it:

– cute ‘forbidden’ couple
– family dynamics
– coming-of-age and self-discovery

2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Image result for the summer i turned prettyThis is a trilogy that I devoured in one weekend – a weekend that I spent bawling my eyes out. That’s how deeply this story touched me.

What I loved:

– realistic love triangle
– coming-of-age
– character development
– friendship

 

1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Image result for to all the boys i loved beforeThis had to be #1 because this trilogy is my life. I remember starting this book and immediately ordering the next one (P.S. I Still Love You) because I knew it would kill me to have to wait too long to continue with the story.

It’s such a lovely romance, but it’s much more than that. There are various themes that are addressed here and it’s all done so beautifully!

What I loved:

– the cutest boy ever
– amazing dog
– family dynamics
– interesting and original plot


Let me know all about your favorite contemporaries down in the comments!

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

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors I Want to Meet

Hi everyone!! Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday post. T5T is a bookish meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. If you’re interested in the prompts for March, you can check them out here.

This week we’re talking about the authors we would like to meet. In order to not be repetitive, I’m not just including my favorite authors – you already know who they are – in this post, but authors I think are very interesting and that I would love to hang out with ☺️ I’ve also included a couple authors whose books I’ve yet to read because I’m the worst 😅

Let’s hop right in…

5. Stephen King

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King might be one of those authors everyone would like to meet, as he is one of the established authors of our time.

I find him absolutely fascinating, and I would love to hang out with him, he seems really fun. Also, it would be interesting to have him talk about where he gets his ideas for new books, since each book is crazier than the previous 😅

 

4. Pierce Brown

Morning Star by Pierce Brown - Photo by @piercebrownofficial on Instagram - The 14 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in FebruaryPierce Brown has recently been very praised in the book community. I own the first two books in his Red Rising series, but I haven’t read them yet… what else is new? 😅

I’ve included him because, from what I’ve seen in videos and interviews, he’s a very fun guy. He’s been in a few videos with fellow booktubers and I just really like his energy.

Also, he’s one hot piece of ass, so it really doesn’t hurt to look at him 😍

3. Brandon Sanderson

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Much like Pierce Brown’s books, Sanderson’s have been sitting on my shelves for a couple years – but that’s going to change soon, promise!!

From everything that I’ve gathered about Sanderson and his books, he seems to be genius. How can one write so many books, all of them good!? And how does he even come up with these stories and magical worlds? I don’t know about you, but that’s fascinating to me, and I would love to be his friend 😀

2. J.K. Rowling

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This lovely lady is in this list for obvious reasons – she wrote everyone’s favorite series, Harry Potter. And if Harry Potter is not your favorite series, what are you doing with your life?

I would love to talk to Rowling, especially about how she came up with all the details she adds to the wizarding world. I’d also love to talk to her about the influences of her staying here in Portugal in the series, because that’s very interesting to me.

Additionally, she seems like a superwoman who never gives up and never stops dreaming, and I absolutely love that.

1. Sarah J. Maas

Related imageMaas had to be #1 because, hello? She wrote the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, the best thing out there 😍

I don’t even know what I would tell her, I think I would just fangirl and cry the whole time she was near me 😅 Words cannot describe what she and her books mean to me, so I won’t even attempt to explain!

 


Let me know all about your most intimidating books down in the comments!

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

Top 5 Tuesday: Ships I’ll Sail to the Ends of the Earth

Hi everyone!! Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday post. T5T is a bookish meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. If you’re interested in February’s prompts, you can check them out here.

This week we’re talking all about ships – trust me, you do not want to get me started on ships 😂 But since I love Shanah and my babies so much, I will do my best to participate and not just scream about how much I love my ships ☺️

Let’s hop right in…

5. Lara Jean & Kavinski (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy)

Jenny Han has a talent for writing perfect boys that ruin your love life because they don’t exist in the real world… but you want them 🤷🏻‍♀️

Kavinski is a perfect example of this, as well as Conrad from her other series (The Summer I Turned Pretty). Kavinski and Lara Jean go together like bread and butter, and they’ll always have a special place in my heart 💕

4. Sam & Jase (My Life Next Door)

This was one of the first books I ever read and I still can’t get over this couple. They’re so freaking cute, and this is a great contemporary book that I will always recommend.

If you ever want a (not so) light contemporary read for the summer that’s filled with cute romance, this is the one I recommend. It deals with some heavy stuff, but it’s not such a tragic story that you won’t be happy while reading it. Trust me, you’ll be happy once these two come into play together 😄

3. Celaena & Chaol (Throne of Glass series)

I already know this is probably going to change in the future because there are so many books and characters in the series, but I ship these two so hard 😭 I used to ship her with Dorian, but I think Chaol is a better fit for her, and I’ll be very sad if they, in fact, don’t end up together 😅

I would marry the shit out of Chaol btw, what a man! He’s definitely my type 😍

2. Warner & Juliette (Shatter Me series)

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I am so in love with Warner it’s not even funny. It’s too bad he’s not real 😭 but since I can’t have him, I do love Juliette as his other half ♡

Their relationship is so damn cute too 😭 “His hands are holding my cheeks, and he pulls back just to look me in the eye and his chest is heaving and he says, “I think,” he says, “my heart is going to explode,” and I wish, more than ever, that I knew how to capture moments like these and revisit them forever.
Because this.
This is everything.”

1. Feyre & Rhysand (ACOTAR series)

This one is #1 because, like, do you know who I am? Hi, I’m Vanessa, Sarah J. Maas trash and these two were made for each other 😅

We must protect them at all costs, and if anything happens to them in the next books I’m fucking done with life 😅


Let me know all about your favorite ships down in the comments!

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

Top 5 Tuesday: Intimidating Books

Hi everyone!! Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday post. T5T is a bookish meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. If you’re interested in January’s prompts, you can check them out here.

This week we’re talking all about intimidating books. To me, intimidating books are usually either very big books that seem never-ending or extremely popular books that I have high expectations for. Is it the same for you? Let me know ☺️

Let’s get right into the books…

5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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This is a book that has been SOOOO praised here in the book community. Everyone loves this series, and I’m sure I will too…

But have you seen the size of these books? Each one is a goddamned behemoth. This requires a level of commitment I’m not ready for at the moment 😛

 

4. 11.22.63 by Stephen King

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This was the second Stephen King book I ordered… clearly a mistake. This is over 700 pages long, and I had no idea until it got here…

My criteria for starting with Stephen King were Goodreads ratings, and this one is one of the highest rated books of his, so there ya go 😀 Unfortunately, it’ll probably be a while until I pick this one up :/

 

3. Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

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This one I’ve been really scared to dive into. Firstly, it is like the bible of fantasy. A lot of the fantasy we have today has somehow been inspired by LOTR, so that’s a huge burden in itself.

Secondly, I actually started reading The Hobbit and I wasn’t really too into it, so I’m scared I won’t like this either :/

Have you read Tolkien? What are your thoughts on his books?

 

2. The Crow Girl trilogy by Erik Axl Sund

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I am like 99% sure this is a series I’m going to love and devour, but here’s the catch: besides the size of the series, everyone says this is a very graphic and disturbing read.

Needless to say, I need to be in the right mindset to be able to read this and not be scarred for life, considering this features pedophilia and probably mutilation of children’s bodies… it’s gonna be quite the traumatic experience hahaha

 

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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This one is #1 because, like, have you seen the size of this book? I have the hardcover version and it’s H-U-G-E, I’m terrified of picking this book up 😀


Let me know all about your most intimidating books down in the comments!

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