Get to know me tag





Hello there! I saw this tag floating around and I decided to do it, just for the fun and also to share a bit of myself with you guys.

I wasn't tagged by anyone but it does not matter, we shall do it anyway.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss







   Title: Anna and the French Kiss
   Author: Stephanie Perkins
   Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
   Publisher: Usborne Publishing

   My Rating: 
   



Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?


Review: Ready Player One







   Title: Ready Player One
   Author: Ernest Cline
   Publisher: Random House

   My Rating:
    



It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Top 5 Wednesday #4





Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey on Youtube. This meme has you pick up your top 5 for a certain theme.

This week's top 5 is:

Books you're intimidated by


Usually I get intimidated by really huge books, high fantasy, hyped books, books that are in a long series and contemporary. Yes contemporary intimidates me a bit because it's not something I am used to and I tend to not connect or get tired of the relationships in the books.

This being said, here are some books that are currently intimidating me. These are in no particular order.





- A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin: I started this book almost a year ago, read half of it and got incredibly bored of it. Don't get me wrong it is not a bad book, I just wasn't in the mood for it so I put it down. The thing is I really wanna read it, it's just that it's really big, I don't really care for some new character's that were introduced and I want more white walkers in it. But I will read it this year.

- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: Well this book has the perfect mix of everything that intimidates me in a book: it's high fantasy, it's huge and it's very very hyped. I am seriously struggling with this one because of this.

- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I have had this book for almost 2 years and I cannot get around to read it. Why? Because it is incredibly hyped, it is historical fiction which I'm not really into and it's quite a chunky book. Though, I am pretty sure I will read it this year.

- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: The hype is real. That's all I have to say about this book. (Seriously the hype is absurd and it's putting me off. Also don't forget the fact that this series seems to aspire to the mortal instruments series with it's length).

- Eragon by Christopher Paolini: This book is huge and it's also high fantasy which scares me... a lot. What if I don't like it? Because I already bought the entire series...


Hopefully I will get to these books sometime this year but I'm not holding my breath about it...

So tell me, what are the books that intimidate you?

Discussion






Oh book slumps... my arch-enemy.

I cannot even begin with how many times I have had them and how many times I have felt like a failure because of them.

Since they happen so often to the majority of us I decided to share my top 10 tips to try to cure a book slump.


      1. Re-read a favorite.

Re-reading a favorite book may bring back that little thing inside your head that makes you want to read all the books. Think about it, the book is a favorite for a reason right? You loved it, so you will enjoy reading it again and you will most likely devour (if it applys) the rest of the series in no time.

      2. DNF  a book.

Are you in a book slump because of the book you are currently reading? If so put it down.
If it is taking you a month to read a very uncomplicated and short book it may be because you are not enjoying it. The book simply is not made for you, so why force yourself to read it? Yes I know we can sometimes be a little OCD when it comes to finishing books (MUST.READ.ALL.THE.PAGES.) but if you are suffering through it, then it's not worth it and you will finish it and not want to pick up a book anytime soon.

     3. Watch some booktubers.

Sometimes you just need to see other people be enthusiastic about books in order to rekindle your passion for them. Some of my favorites include Problems of a Booknerd, Aprilius Maximus, Pad foot and Prongs, Little Book Owl, Hails Hearts NYC and Peruse Project.

     4. Graphic Novels

Have you tried picking up a graphic novel, some comics or even manga? They read through in a minute and they have illustrations which makes you feel more involved in the world. 

     5. Novellas/Short Stories

Novellas and Short Stories are a must for getting rid of a book slump. They are incredly short which means you read them quite fast and after you see your goodreads reading progress jump like 5 books in about 2 days you will feel reinspired to pick up a regular size novel (or a massive one if that suits you).

     6. Buy or pick up a book from the library.

Sometimes we are just bored with the choices we have at home. We feel limited and that can drive you to simply stop reading.
This is easily fixable, just go to your local bookstore, or a online store or even the library which is free (major points here) and rent/buy a new book that you have been dying to read. Go home and enjoy it.


     7. Try a Audiobook.

Personally I can't deal with audiobooks, they just seem way weird to me for some reason but if you are accustomed to them then they can help you. Think about it, you are not actually reading, you are listening to it while you can do whatever the hell you want. Driving, cleaning, resting, writing...

     8. Buddy reading

If you are stuck with the feeling of 'I wanna read but I really don't want to read' try getting a friend to read a book with you. You can discuss it with them while you read which can get you motivated to read more.

     9. Read reviews online

Try going to your bookshelf pick up a book that you really want to read but have no will to and go online to read reviews about it. They can get you intrigued enough to actually pick it up and give it a go.

     10. Give it a rest

Sometimes we can't read a book because we are genuinely exausted. Have you been sleeping well? Working/Studying too hard? Then maybe what you need is to get a good night's sleep. Go ahead take an afternoon for yourself, have a relaxing bath and watch some movies and try picking that book up again when you feel better.

So these are my top 10 tips to cure a book slump. Have you had one? Have you tried one of these? Let me know in the comments.

Happy readings!

Review: Teen Frankenstein








    Title: Teen Frankenstein
    Author: Chandler Baker
    Series: High School Horror Story
    Book #: 1
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
 
    My Rating: 
        

High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series.

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life...

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.



My Thoughts


Well... what a disappointment!

The only reason this book has a 3 star rating from me is the fact that the plot for it was promising and, for the most part, interesting during the first half of the book.
It kept me interested and I genuinely wanted to know where the author was going with it.
This being said, the second part of the book was disappointing.

What was suposed to be the mystery was so obvious that I didn't even flinch when it was finally solved. Everything was predictable besides the truth about Adam. And even that mystery wasn't really satysfying.
Now let's talk about that ending... that is not an ending. It is not. I know there will be another book in this series, whether it's a sequel or a companion I'm not sure but either way that doesn't justify that ending.

When it comes to the characters I only really enjoyed two of them: Owen and Adam.
Victoria, or Tor, was basically a borderline sociopath with a very vague sense of what was right or wrong.
She was incredibly manipulative of Owen. Even in the midst of annoying teenagers, her character made me feel very unconfortable.
Owen, besides being easily manipulated, was actually quite entertaining with his bad jokes and sense of not fitting in with the rest of people. He did seem to come on to his senses by the end of the book but that wasn't really convincing. I mean after all the freakish, bad and illegal things they went through he decides to cross the line at something that was probably the most moraly correct thing that Tor ever did.
Adam was sweet. Actually scratch that. He was a robot. A toddler trapped in a teenager's body which fits the story. That's really all that is to say about him.

The writting was actually quite easy to understand and the only thing that bother me were some of the long descriptions.

I'm struggling to give this book a 2.5 stars but I will stick with the 3 star rating.

Pottermore - My sorting!


So I have been sorted before in the past, but I it was at a point that I had only read the first book in the series. Since they redid the website and I finished the series, I decided to take the test again to figure out if I had changed or not.

Oh boy have I changed...

The first time I took the test it sorted me into Hufflepuff this time it sorted me into...





Eu já tinha feito o teste para saber em qual das casas eu seria sorteada, mas foi numa altura em que eu tinha apenas lido o primeiro livro da série. Aproveitando que eles resolveram refazer ou melhorar o site e eu já tinha completo a série, resolvi fazer o teste novamente para saber se tinha mudado ou não.

E como mudou...

Da primeira vez que fiz o teste sorteou-me para a casa Hufflepuff, desta vez sorteou-me para a casa...




I must confess I was a bit shocked but it grew on me ahah It's not a bad house to be in. According to Pottermore Slytherins are determined and ambitious, amongst other things. So I am glad to be part of Slytherin!




Devo confessar que fiquei um bocadinho chocada mas habituei-me. Slytherin não é uma má casa para se estar. Segundo o site Pottermore, os Slytherins são determinados e ambiciosos, entre outras coisas. Estou contente por fazer parte desta casa!


And my wand is / E a minha varinha é:


Top 5 Wednesday #3





Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey on Youtube. This meme has you pick up your top 5 for a certain theme.

This week's top 5 is:

Books with Hard Topics



I won't go into much detail on these books, mostly because I believe you should read them without knowing all that much about them (besides the main summary I guess). If you yourself have or know someone who suffers from any of the topics on these books, please read them, you will understand a bit more and maybe you will decide to get help either for yourself or someone you care about. You are not alone and you can and will beat it.

I read all these books and gave them between a 3 and a 5 star rating.




Schizo
by Nic Sheff



Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator—a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better . . . when in reality he is growing worse.

Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows. As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.






Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
by Matthew Quick



Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.





By the time you read this I'll be dead
by Julie Anne Peters



Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www.through-the-light .com.

While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life…isn’t it?





Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher



Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them.

If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.





Suicide Notes
by Michael Thomas Ford



Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year's Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke.

Jeff's perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they've got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on—the crazies start to seem less crazy.




Bonus



I don't want to be crazy
by Samantha Schutz



A harrowing, remarkable poetry memoir about one girl's struggle with anxiety disorder. This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder. When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited by the possibilities -- freedom from parents, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be.

At first, she revelled in the independence. . . but as pressures increased, she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.

Review - Adulthood is a myth




Title: Adulthood is a Myth: A "Sarah's Scribbles" collection
Author: Sarah Andersen
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Rating: 




Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah's Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.




My Thoughts



"Adulthood is a myth" is an incredible, fantastic, amazing relatable graphic novel.

I have been following Sarah's Scribbles on Facebook for a while now, and I have always enjoyed her art and especially the fact that she made me realize that I am not alone. I am not the only anxious, introvert person worrying, for example, if my boyfriend likes me even if we have been together for almost 2 years now. Nor am I the only person struggling with adulthood or wanting to be with people and regretting it immediately and the most important and relatable thing (or almost the most important) being stressed, telling someone about it and hearing "You should stop worrying so much" like I HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT ACTUALLY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SOLVING ALL MY PROBLEMS!

So this book was awesome. I am 100% sure I will read it again and again. Totally recommend it for everyone.

Plus, the actual artwork is incredibly talented and funny.

Top 5 Wednesday #2





Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey on Youtube. This meme has you pick up your top 5 for a certain theme.


This week's top 5 is:

Top 5 Rainy Day Reads



For rainy days, I usually prefer to read dark/post apocaliptic books, since they seem to fit the wheather just fine, plus rain makes everything more immersing.



  The Girl With All the Gifts
  by M.R. Carey






  This book has such a dark vibe to it that I couldn't imagine reading in any other setting than one with rain in.

Yes this is a zombie book but I promise you it is nothing like what you have read before. This book is moving, stressful, sweet and even scary at times.

And there's a movie coming out soon.






  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  by Michelle Hodkin



This book is just plain bizarre.
"Mara Dyer wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed."

Tell me does this get you interested or not? It got me. To be fair this book is not my favorite in this series (so far I prefer the second one) and there's mixed feelings about it in the book reviewing world. This being said I am an apologist of making your own opinion and you should just give it a try.

And being a weird book it demands to be read in a rainy day.






  Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
  by Matthew Quick



Trigger Warning: This book discusses suicide.

This book broke me in ways I didn't know possible... but it also made me feel like I was not alone. Leonard is such a loving character and you can't help but try to justify everything he does even if you know it's wrong.

Reading this book on a rainy day with a cup of hot chocolate sounds like a very perfect day to me.





  Monument 14
  by Emmy Laybourne



A bunch of kids are being little brats while on the way to school and then all hell breaks loose. This book was constructed to be a movie I have no doubts on it and I'm quite sure the last I checked it out someone was trying to make it so.

Monument 14 is packed with action from beginning to end and it all revolves around kids, and if I am not wrong - since I read this book a while back -  their ages go from 15/16 to 5/6 years old. So how do you deal with the end of the world when your a child?
Wait for a rainy day, get cozy and start reading because there's no better way to read it (I have in fact read this on a rainy day, I regret nothing).







  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  by J.K. Rowling




This should come as no surprise to you. There's nothing better than reading a Harry Potter book with some hot chocolate or tead while you listen to rain pouring outside.

The reason I chose the 7th book is because this is where everything comes to and end, all the feelings come rushing to you at once and your insides can match the outside of your window where is dark and cold... I am serious this book killed me, I spent like a hour crying my eyes out.

So yeah best one to read on a rainy day.


Happy Readings!

March Wrap-Up





 In March I read a total of 4 books (more like 3.5 but let's be fair here) all of which were novels. That makes a total of (if we count the whole 4 books) 2.458 pages! Quite proud of myself actually.

So I read:




I believe this was a very good month, firstly because I finished the Harry Potter series, which was  a heartbreaking deed let me tell you, and also because I read kind of big books all month long.

All the Harry Potter books were marvelous, even if we had angsty Harry for 99.9% of Order of the Phoenix. Of all these three I think my favorite one was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and this book was also my favorite read of the month. (who can resist a ending of a series?).

City of Bones, took me a while to get into because of Clary (she annoyed me a bit) but after I read through that I actually enjoyed it quite a bit! I go into more depth in my review so you can check that out if you want. I will be continuing with this series throughout the year.

So this was my month. Didn't read all that much in terms of quantity of books but I compensated it through the number of pages so I am not all that upset.

Plus I have read a total of 15 books this year, already, which is not that far from my 50 books challenge (already 30% in baby!).



Happy Readings,

Review - City of Bones






Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Book #: 1
Publisher: Walker Books

Rating:




When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.





My Thoughts




This book was quite enjoyable! I was deadly afraid of not enjoying it because of the hype around it, but I must confess I am pleasantly surprised!

The plot was really good, everybody knows I have a soft spot for angels and demons, and the characters were relatable and interesting, for the most part.
I didn't particularly like Clary, she seemed annoying and she coped with everything a little too easily, in my eyes. Jace was the epitomy was sarcasm and therefore is my spirit animal. Isabelle I didn't really cared for, Alec was sweet. Bane I didn't get enough from, Valentine was perfect (in my head he was the guy who played Lucifer on Supernatural) and Simon was just plain silly... In a good way.

City of Bones was very easy to read, didn't have any difficult language - has a person whose second language is English this is very important to me - and it flowed right.

Now... That plot twist though!!! I honestly didn't see it coming for most of the book, and when I thought I knew what it was, I didn't want to believe it until I finally read it. I just kept thinking "oh hell not!" and "oh no she didn't!", but she did and thank God for that because it will make the rest of the books and the feels, more real for me.

I will continue with this series this year, I don't think that I will be watching the TV show, mostly because I don't really like the actors and I will take breaks in between the books because I'm afraid of getting a book slump over them.

Worth the read and the 4 stars. Recommend.