Tag | Peculiar Tag

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Today I bring you a brand new tag. I’m a bit late with this tag since I have been quite busy lately (and I’ve also been ill last week) and I had this on my drafts for a while… but here it is!!! So thank you Ana @Nerdy Bookworm for tagging me to do the Peculiar Tag. This tag was created by Jesse the Reader and you can watch his video here

Here we go:

1) Abandoned House:
A book that you abandoned but you end up giving a second chance.

Some years ago (I think maybe twelve), I started reading Dracula by Bram Stoker but wasn’t really into it and ended up putting it aside. When I had British Victorian Literature, I had to pick up Dracula again since my oral presentation was about it. I ended up loving it so much it became one of my favourite classics 😉

2) Vintage Pictures:
A book that you wanted to see illustrated.

Those of you who have read this book can understand why I picked up this book. The imaginary in this book is amazing and having it as a illustrated book – say, Tim Burton-ish style or even Guilhermo del Toro (okay, maybe they’re too dark but I love their talent!) – would be amazing 🙂

3) Loop:
A series you wouldn’t mind reading over and over again

Harry Potter of course!! I mean, once a Potterhead, always a Potterhead, am I right?

4) Peculiar Children:
An ability of a character that you would like to have

For this one I have to choose Avry from Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. Her power is to heal people with her touch and, come on, who wouldn’t love to be able to heal people?

5) Mrs. Peregrine:
A favorite character that is a leader

Can I say Tobias “Four” Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth? I mean, he ends up being technically like a leader and he is one of my ultimate favourite characters (and book boyfriend!) 😀

6) Jacob:
A story where a normal boy discovers a new world

Well… this one isn’t that hard since I’m going to pick up Harry Potter, again!

7) Emma:
A brave character

You know what, I always end up picking up Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (my Master) and/or Liadan from Son of the Shadows because these two characters are definitely the strongest ones I read and always look up to. If you guys want to read about two determined, independent, strong and simply amazing characters, these two books (well, the whole Sevenwaters saga) to read!

8) Millard:
A book that looks invisible but should be read for more people

I have to pick up a book I read this month which is The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke. I LOVED this book and I don’t see that many people talk about it – I know, it’s a German book and all but, come on, Cornelia Funke wrote Inkheart (I didn’t read it but even I know about that one!). It’s an amazing fantasy book that I think everyone who simply likes the genre will adore 😉

9) Olive:
A book that you bought and went straight ahead to the top of your tbr

Well, I haven’t bought any book recently but I admit that as soon as I bought Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas it went straight to the top of my TBR – though I still need to re-read Crown of Midnight before picking it up (I’ve been a slow reader lately!)

10) Hugh:
A book that you read that gave you so many feels

Despite the obvious flaws and kind of weird canon theories and all, I have to go with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because it sure brought back a lot of feels when I read it!

11) Enoch:
A character you would bring back to life

Every single character J.K. Rowling has killed throughout Harry Potter (apart from the obvious evil ones!!) WHY DID YOU HAVE TO KILL THEM ALL?! *ugly crying*

12) Bronwyn:
A physically strong character

Of course the kick-ass Celaena Sardothien because she can literally kill you with just a glance your way and have tea five seconds later 😉

This is one of my favourite fan-arts of Celaena (Aelin) by Charlie Bowater because she looks almost exactly as I pictured her. Check out Charlie’s work here.

13) Hollowgast:
A book that you read and you didn’t liked

The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz. Seriously, WHY DOES THIS BOOK EXISTS?! I never hated a book so much in my life!

14) Wights:
A book that looks like it used all the cliches you have already seen before

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard. I felt this book was too much Twilight meets A Discovery of Witches, it didn’t feel like anything new to me!


Who I Tag:

Well, this won’t be new because, as always, I tag EVERYONE who wants to do this tag! You know the drill, just say I tagged you and leave me know you did so I can check it out 😉

Ner

Tag | This or This? Book Tag

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Happy Sunday people 🙂

Today I’m bringing you something I haven’t done in a while: a tag!!

I was tagged by Ana @Nerdy Bookworm so THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤

Basically, this is a book battle where you choose from my wining book and the books I picked up the one you prefer or are curios about. It sounds kind of complicated but when you start reading my post, you’ll get the hang of it. Also, any questions, feel free to ask 😉

Here are the rules:

  • Mention the blog who tagged you in the beginning of your post;
  • The first book is the book that won the battle of the person who tagged you;
  • You have to follow the order of the book’s list the other person has gave you, explain why you chose the book;
  • Once you have your wining book, you chose 7 books for the people you tag.

Okay, let’s see how this goes:

1st Round:
The Girl on the Train vs. The Longest Ride

I have to choose The Girl on the Train because Nicholas Sparks‘ romances aren’t exactly the sort of book I enjoy reading. Also, The Girl in the Train sounds like an exciting thriller 🙂

2nd Round:
The Girl on the Train vs. The Casual Vacancy

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I pick The Casual Vacancy for this one because it’s a J.K. Rowling book and I actually started it once but had to put it aside because I still had Harry Potter as the ultimate Rowling’s writing style. And I want to be able to say that I’ve read something different by J.K. Rowling 🙂

3rd Round:
The Casual Vacancy vs. City of Glass

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Well, this isn’t fair but I’ll go with City of Glass! Not only because I really liked it, I’m currently trying to finish The Mortal Instruments series and because of MALEC!!!! Enough said xD

4th Round:
City of Glass vs. Everland

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Even though Peter Pan is one of my favourite classics, I have to choose City of Glass again!! Everland sounds pretty interesting but it doesn’t have MALEC!!!!

5th Round:
City of Glass vs. Death with Interruptions

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Oh boy!! Again, City of Glass. My experience with José Saramago wasn’t the best one and even though this book sounds amazing – my sister actually owns a copy of Death with Interruptions and even started reading it and enjoyed what she read so far – I’m not emotionally ready to try Saramago again :S

6th Round:
City of Glass vs. Socrates in Love

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Again, City of Glass!! I admit that I’ve never heard of Socrates in Love before so that might be to blame :S

7th & Final Round:
City of Glass vs. Paper Towns

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Damn!! City of Glass again! I’m not very keen on trying John Green anytime soon because contemporary isn’t my favourite genre and between urban fantasy and contemporary, fantasy will always win!

Winner: City of Glass

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My books:

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas;
  2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner;
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky;
  4. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker;
  5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare;
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë;
  7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer;

I tag:

Have fun everyone 🙂

Ner

Random Questions About Me

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So, no time no see!

Today I decided to bring you a random tag I saw somewhere on the blogosphere. I don’t remember exactly where I saw it so I can’t link it to the proper person. If I happen to find out, I’ll leave the link 😉

This tag is mainly about silly questions concerning me and I found them so hilarious I had to share it with you. Plus, the fact that I have been slightly absent also helped me decide to post it 🙂

Okay, here we go:

  • Do you like blue cheese?

I simply don’t like cheese let alone blue one (I didn’t even know such thing existed!). I only like cheese on my pizza and on garlic bread… but cheese alone… *shivers*

  • Have you ever been drunk?

Yes! Well, not drunk as not remembering what happened or anything but drunk as being totally silly and pathetic and making my family roll their eyes 🙂

  • Do you own a gun?

Nope! I do have a knife in my bedroom though that made several appearances on my Bookstagram 😉

  • What flavour of Kool Aid was your favourite?

Since I have no idea what that is because I don’t think we have that here in Portugal… I’ll have to skip this one.

  • Do you get nervous before doctor appointment?

Always! I’m a bit hypochondriac but that sort that tries to avoid doctors in case I’m dying from a terrible disease. I know, I shouldn’t, but whenever I have a twinge of pain, I won’t survive the year (trust me, I’m like that and can be pretty annoying!)

  • What do you think of hot dogs?

I like to eat it but since I have a stupid allergy to pork meat, I try not to eat that much. I know, I could try other kind of sausage but, let’s be honest, a hot dog without pork meat? I just wouldn’t be the same 🙂

  • Favourite Christmas movie. 

A Disney version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ that my sister and I normally watch every single year! 

  • What do you prefer to drink in the morning? 

I always need my coffee in order to fully wake up… and I normally don’t drink anything during breakfast since I eat cereals and don’t drink the milk – I know, what a waste! But when I eat a proper breakfast, it’s normally chocolate milk 🙂

  • Can you do push ups? 

There was a time in my life I could because of PE. Now, not really!

  • What’s you favourite piece of jewellery?

My father works in the jewellery business so I grew up surrounded by it. But jewellery that I own I love my witch’s necklace that my sister gave me, my rings (they also make a cameo in some of my bookstagram pics) and a special ring that belonged to my mum – it’s a serpent and I always thought it was my sister’s because she is the eldest… but she gave up on that ring and on my 20th birthday, my mum gave it to me ^_^

  • Do you have A.D.D.?

I don’t think I do but when I was a child my mum thought I was hyperactive. 

  • What’s your favourite shoe?

My converses!! If I had Doc Martens I would say my boots but since I don’t… my converses are everything to me 😉

  • Middle name.

I don’t have a middle name though I wish I had. But a friend of mine normally calls me Leonor Marina and I admit I quite like it 😉

  • Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.

I should be wearing my glasses. It’s freaking hot. I’m hungry!

  • Name 3 drinks you regularly drink.

Coffee, water and now I’m drinking milk at night because I need calcium on my system 😉

  • Current worry.

I’m going to be 10 days without my niece and just thinking about it is already painful :S

  • Current hate right now.

This stupid heat!! Seriously, it’s (and I kid you not) 33ºC today in Lisbon… WHAT?!

  • Dum Da Dum Dummmm what is that?

Hum… Vikings preparing for war?

  • How did you bring in the new year?

That was six/seven months ago but I spent it with my family preparing dinner and playing with my niece and my sister’s cats. Then we talked and waited for midnight and then went to bed. We are not the sort of people to go partying on New Year’s Eve… we prefer to stay home and enjoy the company of each other.

  • Where would you like to go?

Right now… to the beach!!! But I would love to go to the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and the Smithsonian.

  • Name three people who will complete this.

I prefer not to! If people want to do it, they are welcomed to 😉

  • Do you own slippers?

Yep, wearing them right now! Okay, maybe I’m wearing flip-flops right now but I do have slippers 😀

  • What colour shirt are you wearing right now?

A long and loose white shirt with the stamping of a girl on it! It was my sister’s and she gave it to me 🙂

  • Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?

I never slept on those before but I can tell it’s pretty uncomfortable. At least that’s what my mum says :S

  • Can you whistle?

Yes but poorly!

  • Favourite colour.

Blue though I also like purple!

  • Would you be a pirate?

Well YES!! Even though I haven’t watched that many pirates movies or read that many pirates books, I love pirates! So, yeah… I would totally be a kick-ass pirate like Geena Davis on Cutthroat Island 🙂

  • What songs do you sing in the shower?

I don’t sing in the shower… I recite the prologue of Beauty and the Beast and The Lord of the Rings while showering 😉

  • What’s in your right pocket right now?

I’m wearing a skirt so I don’t have pockets today!

  • Last thing that made you laugh.

My niece as always!!

  • Best bed sheets as a child. 

You know, I never cared much for that and still don’t. As long as my bed sheets are comfortable and fit my bed, I’m good to go 🙂

  • Worst injury you had as a child.

Well, at three I broke my left leg. At five I had a tumour and at eight I broke my right wrist 🙂

  • Do you love where you live?

Yes I do! Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and even though I love Paris and other cities, I always miss my city and its hills, history, activity, everything!

  • How many dogs do you have?

None! My mum suffered a lot when her dog died when she was younger and she never wanted us to go through the same experience. However, now that my sister has two cats, I can already feel my heart breaking when one day they are gone 😦

  • Does someone have a crush on you?

That I’m aware no!

  • What is your favourite candy?

I love chocolate which isn’t exactly a surprise; gummy bears and another type of candy I don’t know the name but it’s like ribbon candy but with sugar! And now I want candy!!

  • Favourite sport team.

The Portuguese football team? Okay, I don’t really care much for sports but when Portugal is playing in any football sort of cup, I always root for them. WE ARE THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS!!!

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And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed it and had fun with this tag. And if you want to do it, you can say I tagged you and leave a link for me to check out your answers 😉

Ner

25 Bookish Facts About Me Tag

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So, because I have been quite absent from blogging – which I mentioned on my update post here that would eventually happen – I have decided to do something fun and that would make my new followers/friends (I consider you all friends :D) know a little bit more about myself.

I previously – like, ages ago – did a video about random facts about myself but today I will be sharing my bookish facts, or the facts that are as closely to bookish as I can. Which means… no secrets from you guys!

I wasn’t, as always, tagged by anyone but thought it would be fun to do it nevertheless 😉 

So, let’s start with 25 Bookish Facts About Me:

1) I am a slow reader. While people can read around 100 pages per hour, I have no idea how many I can read but it must be around 60;

2) But I have to admit that when I am engrossed in a book, I can indeed read around 100 pages per hour which sometimes results in having no idea how I managed to do that;

3) I only have around 100/150 books which for a bookblogger is pitiful. But I do read a lot of e-arcs so I have a lot of ebooks on my Kobo;

4) Speaking of my Kobo, I named it Bobby Socks because of reasons (and having been a fan of British boyband a1 is one of them! – long story.. it has to do with an interview I saw of them a few years back);

5) I always carry a book (or my Kobo) with me everywhere… and I mean everywhere. Even when I go out at night with my friends, I always carry a book. I might not even read it but just the idea of having it with me kind of smooths me. Is that normal or am I weird?

6) I always fan-cast the characters from the books I’m reading. Don’t ask me… I like having a face to the name I’m reading or else I won’t be able to connect with them;

7) And I always need names! I once read a book (yes, I’m talking to you A Thousand Nights) where the characters didn’t had names and it freaked me out so much it bordered on the obscene;

8) I haven’t read most of the famous series out there apart from Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent and I’m currently determined in reading Cassandra Clare’s books. I also want to invest in Percy Jackson;

9) I own a total of 10 hard-covers because getting those in Portugal is freaking expensive as hell! 

10) And the only ones I bought myself were These Broken Stars and The Magicians – the rest I won on giveaways or were given to me;

11) While most people don’t really like love-triangles, I’m totally cool with it. I actually enjoy it when they are well written and developed. I like the thrill of theorizing with whom she/he will end up with;

12) My grandfather wrote a book about his memoirs. I haven’t read it yet because it’s rather painful since he passed away ten years ago. But I will, one day!

13) I lost count at how many times I’ve read Harry Potter in both Portuguese and English. I pretty much read the books once every year since I was 14 so… do the maths cause I suck at it!

14) I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings though it’s my ultimate favourite movie (but I did read The Hobbit and loved it very much);

15) I normally lie to people telling them I have read Dickens when I only read A Christmas Carol. It makes me feel rather smart saying that and I want to pick up Great Expectations one day;

16) I don’t mind reading with music, Actually, it’s the only way for me to read in public. I listen to mostly soundtracks but whatever I have on my playlist works fine;

17) I sometimes judge a book by its cover! Come on, we all sometimes do it, right?

18) I collect bookmarks and whenever I go to another city or place, I normally buy one or two as souvenir to my collection;

19) I appeared in at least two books acknowledgements (even though one was a friend’s book where I helped him with the ideas) and it made me feel super important;

20) I normally read at night which results in me going to sleep around 4 in the morning (sometimes later than that… other times I don’t even sleep!). Really, if the book it’s worth it, I don’t mind it at all 😉

21) I have never read a book where the main character and I shared the same name and somehow that makes me sad!

22) I have been to Lello’s Bookstore where J.K. Rowling got inspiration to create Hogwarts staircases and I cried my eyes out (almost!) – see post about it here;

23) I don’t normally eat snacks when I read but when I do, it’s normally crisps or chocolate cookies;

24) As for drinks, hot chocolate, tea or coffee depending on my mood;

25) I have met my favourite author (Juliet Marillier) twice now and both times I felt so nervous I could barely speak properly but it was so damn GOOD!

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26) And an extra fact: I still haven’t finished Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, the fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle though I really but really want to. I still have the bookmark marking where I was and that was around five years ago! In my defence: I pretty much read the whole series in one sitting so when I reached te fourth book, I was pretty tired of the whole saga! And the book is freaking ginourmous! I will finish it one day… eventually!!

There you go guys! 25 bookish facts about me that most of you probably knew already! It was fun creating this list and to see how weird I am. 

If you want to do this tag you can say I tagged you because I tag EVERYONE!  And because I love you all, here’s Tom Hiddleston and his ‘snake hips’ to make you smile! You’re welcome 🙂

Ner

The Tag of Randomocity

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It has been too long since I posted anything in this blog. And I’m super late with this tag that Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff tagged me. I was supposed to have published this two/three months ago. But, as I mentioned on my previous update, life has been kind of difficult for me at the moment. But here it is, late but here!

Thank you so much for tagging me Michelle. And if you haven’t been on her blog, what the heck are you waiting for? Just click on the button and check it out 🙂

The rules:

  • Paste the button onto your blog post.
  • Leave a new list of questions (or just pass on the question list you answered) and tag a few people of your random choice (and say why you tagged them, if you have time)! (Be original and nonsensical and disastrously random!)
  • Write down three facts about you – one of them is WRONG. Let your commenters guess in the comments which one is wrong (and tell them in the comments after a while)
  • Answer the questions of the person who tagged you – make it all super random and interesting.

Let’s begin with 3 facts about me – one of them is totally wrong remember:

  1. One of my favourite singers is Adele;
  2. I collect any type of cards;
  3. My favourite is food Chinese;

These aren’t that difficult. If you’ve been following me in any social network, then you’ll know which one is false 😉

And now, the questions:

  • What is one food that you can eat mountains of because you love it so?

Spaghetti bolognese! Trust me, I could eat it for the rest of my life and never get tired of it 🙂

  • If you were a Traveler Without Roots, would your home be a train car, an RV, a hot air balloon, a boat, or just a pack on your back? Or maybe another option completely?

A trailer! Can you imagine having a trailer where you could drive anywhere and then a place to sleep at night without having to waste money on motels and stuff? I’ve heard it’s one of the best ways to travel 😛

  • Name a celebrity you wish you could spend one day with.

Just one?! And we could do anything… absolutely anything… with that celebrity?!

Tom Hiddleston!
(I love hearing this man talk in metaphors! I could listen to him all day without getting tired…)

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or Michael Fassbender!
(Well, everyone knows I have a gigantic crush on this man… and his Irish accent is so freaking sexy!)

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or the new addiction to my endless list of crushes: Oscar Isaac!
(Imagine spending the day discussing Star Wars with Poe Dameron himself! By the way: STORMPILOT FTW!!!)

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  • What fictional character’s house would you like to have as your own? 

Can I say Hogwarts?! And, sorry Michelle for stealing your idea, perhaps the Beast’s castle because of that freaking beautiful library! Really, that library is life GOALS!

  • If you could take a class in ANYTHING what would it be? 

Magic of course! Any type of magic! Just a magical class where I could learn how to cast spells and make potions and all that jazz:)

  • Name a childhood obsession. TV show, stuffed animal, book, food, pastime—anything. 

You’re never too old to love Disney so…. Disney was/is/will be my eternal obsession! 

  • What do you think would be an awesome theme for a party? 

I think every single thing that comes to my mind has been a party theme… From Harry Potter to Doctor Who to Start Wars even to Disney… Ideas anyone?!

  • Have you been in any clubs/groups in your lifetime? 

I was part of the Volleyball team during my 6-7 grade! Does that count?

  • What’s something you have to buy all the time that you wish you could just have an endless supply of (something that’s always the same thing—no books or movies!)?

No books or movies?! That’s not fair!! Nutella then… Or coffee! Both then… I can’t live without those two things 🙂

  • What park (national/amusement/theme/etc) would you choose to visit?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all the Disneylands… plus the upcoming StarWars theme park (LET ME GEEK OUT!!!). And if there’s ever going to be a Doctor Who one, that one as well 🙂

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My questions:

Jesus!! I can’t come up with any questions really… I’m slightly dry when it comes to inspiration. Yeah, I’ll stick with these questions 🙂

Who I Tag:

Pretty much anyone who wants to do this tag but didn’t have anyone tagging them. Just say I tagged you 😉

Ner

The NaNoWriMo Tag

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Another tag that I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I’ve seen some people do it on BookTube and thought it would be nice to share it alongside some updates concerning NaNoWriMo.

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it occurs every single November where you try to write 50,000 words for your novel. For more information, you can go to the official website here.

Okay, let’s do this:

1. How many times have you done NaNo?

Officially, this is my third year participating. Unofficially, four times. The first time everything was relativity new to me so I simply wrote a few chapters without real dedication.

2. How did you first find out about NaNo?

Honestly, I don’t remember. I think it was through YouTube but I can’t really tell you. I’ve heard about it, did a few research and found out what it was about.

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

The official first one, Kindred Blood. The unofficial first try was my on-going story Deephaven.

4. Give us a sentence summary of what you’re writing this year?

Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Throne of Glass meets Snow White and the Huntsman!

5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t give up even when you think what you’re writing sucks. What matters is telling your story and what you love and not writing for the masses! Write from the heart and let the words flow 😉

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Since I first started back in 2012, I have participated every single year whether I managed to write or not. I might take a year off to sort out some ideas so the next year I can really kick some butt with NaNo. But I do like the challenge so it’s something to consider.

We never know what might happen in the upcoming years, right? So I might need to take a year off but, for now, I’m definitely not thinking about it.

7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

Books, music and movies/series. 

8. Read the first sentence from one of your novels.

I might as well share with you the first sentence from the novel I’m currently working on (it doesn’t have a title yet… still thinking about it!)

“Arkney is calm as always. The only sound is the wind rustling the leaves on the trees. Not much is occurring in this autumnal dawn apart from my constant inner struggle in dealing with the past.”

There, three sentences because the first was way too short 🙂

9. Why do you love writing?

I love creating characters and situations and worlds. And it’s a refuge from reality. But mainly because these stories want to come out from my brain!

NaNo Update!

This year I managed to write more than what I had expected. So far I wrote 21, 204 words which is more than I did the previous years. I won’t be able to conclude the novel this month though but I’m hoping to continue writing it in the upcoming months.

I admit that I had a writer’s block for a few days. I wrote a chapter and then I got stuck! I couldn’t decide what to do next since everything I had planned went down the drain because I totally changed my story’s course. So I put it aside for a while to see if I could decide where to go from there. After posting this I’ll try to write at least 2,000/3,000 words. I hope to reach 25K till the end of the month so I really need to find out what to do now.

How about you? How’s your NaNoWriMo going this year if you’re entering?!

Ner

 

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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I wasn’t tagged (no-one ever tags me *inserts ugly crying*) but I kind of stole this from Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff. Now, seriously, I know I’m always stealing her tags but she always posts the most interesting ones so… sorry 🙂

Now, let’s just jump straight into the questions/answers, shall we?

1. How long have you been a blogger? 

Before having this baby, I had a personal blog that I started way back in the day (around 2008, me thinks! Sorry, can’t remember and I’m too lazy to go check it). I mainly posted random stuff I enjoyed: from books to music to movies to cinema crushes! Yap, random stuff! One day, on a whim, I decided to create a book blog because I was posting a lot of things concerning books on that blog and most of my followers were (and this is real) getting tired of it. So, I decided to create a blog solemnly dedicated to books and those who wished to follow me on that blog, were welcome to do it 🙂

And I pretty much just told you the story of my life, didn’t I?

2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I’m not going to lie but I have considered stopping blogging last year when the stress of University and personal life collided with my blogging life. But, to be honest, I can’t live without my blog and even if I’m too busy with the life outside the blogsphere, I always end up going back to my blog and find my refuge here no matter what.

And I also learnt that people will understand if you don’t post for a while. Life gets in the way of everyone but my followers/readers/friends have always been there for me when I returned so I owe then that.

3. What is the best thing about blogging?

Meeting fellow bookworms, new authors, new books, sharing experiences, fangirling with everyone, winning giveaways (come one, we all love when that happens, right?)… All the positive things that accompany books and stuff 😉

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

Blogging-slump (does that word even exists? If not, did I just create a new term?!). When you seem like you can’t write a post, or even have the patience to sit in front of the laptop and publish a post. I have quite a few moments like those and I hate them. And when that happens, I normally take a deep breath, go drink a coffee or take a shower, read a few chapters from a book, check out other blogs and try again. Normally works for me.

When a review I wrote gets haters – let’s be honest, as reviewers, we have those reviews people don’t agree with, right? And when they begin to disrespect your opinion and shamming it, don’t you feel miserable in both angry and sad ways? What do I do to make it feel better? I don’t engage on confrontation (though sometimes I really have the urge to) and move on.

When a request I made gets rejected. Seriously, sometimes you get so excited about a book and when the publisher rejects your request (whether you’ve requested it via NetGalley/Edelweiss or to the publisher), you feel like your insides are being burned (wow… that was perhaps a little bit too over-dramatic). What I do to make it okay? I don’t give up and try again with different books 😉

Writing negative reviews. I hate those moments sometimes… we all have that, right? 

5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

It actually depends. When I know exactly which pic/gif I want to use, it normally takes around, let’s say 5 minutes to find it and post it. But when I’m in doubt, I spend a good hour searching for possible pictures/gifs to match what I want to share.

6. Who is your book crush?

I refuse to answer this question. Why? Because I honestly can’t choose one. Choosing one would be betraying all the others and I do love my baes!

7. Which author would you like to have on your blog?

All of them… I want to know all their secrets!

Now, let’s be serious. Perhaps J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. These two are bloody geniuses and I do intend on getting inside their brains and find their compartment that makes them so good and then possess it and be the best… did I just say that out loud?

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Whatever I’m wearing at the time of said moment. Right now I’m wearing jeans, my converses, a sweater and a scarf (it’s rather cold) but once I wrote a full review after taking a shower so I was wearing only my bathrobe. Let’s say that it was a hot day or else I would have freeze to death!

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

Prepare what? A review? It might take a while depending on how I feel about that particular book I’m reviewing. I first write on word (not always) then copy-paste to the blog and since there’s a pretty handy helper here on wordpress (yes, I’m talking about the copying posts you’ve previously posted… I use that all the time!), all I have to do is a few minor changes.

Another sort of post? It all depends on whatever it is I’m planning, my mood (yes, my mood influences a lot of my blogging and I bet some of you can notice it), my laptop (this thing can get so slow it takes me ages to do something I can do in 10 minutes!), the noise around me (yes, it also influences ’cause blogging with someone hammering on the floor above you is horrible!)

10. How do you feel about the book blogger community?

It’s the best community EVER!! I love everyone even though I don’t share that love that much. We are all different and have opposite tastes but our passion for books is what brings us together and we are “All for one and one for all!”

11. In what do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Having fun in what you’re doing is the best way to make your blog big. But of course that you also need to be yourself and interact with other people. Don’t make blogging an obligation!

And because you should have fun while blogging, here’s Tom Hiddleston dancing… you’re welcome 🙂

Who do I tag?! 
I will especially tag Carla and Marina @O Fantástico Blog dos Livros because their blog is still a baby and even though they’re blog is in Portuguese, I’m super excited for them. But I pretty much tag everyone who wishes to do this tag! Just let me know you did it by commenting below and I’ll check out your post 😉

Ner

Would You Rather… Book Tag

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I wasn’t directly tagged but Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff has basically tagged everyone who hasn’t done this tag so I thought “why not?”. I’ve seen people doing it and sound pretty amazing. And because I haven’t done a tag for a very long time, I’ve decided it was about time to change that.

So, here we go…

Would You Rather Tag

  1. Read only trilogies or stand-alones?

There are some great stand-alone books out there and some of them I have read (yes, I’m eyeing you The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Heart’s Blood!). But I am more of a trilogy sort of person. Seriously, I think that most of the books I own are trilogies or series. The fact that you still have a few books before saying goodbye to certain characters and stories is so good… of course that sometimes there are trilogies that didn’t deserve to have more than one book but, overall, I’d rather read trilogies 😉

2. Read only female or male authors? 

Most of the books I have were written by women but I don’t think we should choose an author based on their sex. Sure, I read a lot of female authors but there are a few male ones who I love dearly (Neil Gaiman for instance!). It just happened that I mostly read female authors… It’s nothing against men… it really just happens!

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon? 

Since I don’t have a B&N here in Portugal, I sometimes have to buy books online… and I don’t use Amazon since I have to pay shipping taxes in both UK and US stores so I normally use TBD. Still, I  do love to go to book-stores… who doesn’t love to? Even if I happen not to buy a book there, the fact that we are surrounded by books is relaxing and it certainly calms me down when I’m in a terrible mood. I wish I had a B&N but the closest thing I have here is Bertrand 😀

4. All books become movies or TV shows?

It kind of depends on the book. There are books that only work better as a TV-show because they’re too big and/or have too information. And others that work wonders as a movie. But if I really need to pick one I would probably say TV-show. It could even be a 3 episodes show as long as the adaptation was faithful enough. Of course that we all know it won’t be a copy-paste of the book but I think that TV-shows allows the story to be more faithful than a movie would actually be. I mean, as long as the showrunners don’t stray too much of the story.

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

I wish I could read 5 books per week. I would SO love that! So many books and so little time so imagine being able to read 5 books per week. How amazing would that be?! (I think you can see which I chose!)

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?

Author!! I love being a reviewer for my blog but I wish I could be a professional author more. I love writing but I feel that something is missing. And I can never finish my crazy ideas so, yeah… definitely Author!

7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?

Read new ones I haven’t read before. What’s the point in loving reading if you’re constantly reading the same books even if they’re your favourites? Also, 20 new books could easily become your new favourite books so that’s a win-win for both sides 😛

8. Be a librarian or book seller?

Now, seriously, can I be both? Like, work as a librarian on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and the rest of the days as a book seller? Can I? Because, trust me, I can’t choose. Though I’d love to be a librarian, working at a bookstore would be so freaking cool. Imagine the amount of new books you’d get before they were released. And the signing sessions and new people… Okay, book seller has won the round!

9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?

I’m always really scared of stepping out of my comfortable zone but sometimes it feels great to do so. However, I do prefer my favourite genre. So, let’s say that I prefer to read my favourite genre but always with a different sub-genre to it so as to change a bit from now and then 😉

10. Only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical of course. Though I read a lot of ebooks because of NetGalley, whenever I have the opportunity I buy physical books. And when I love an ebook I read on my Kobo, I try to buy it physically so I can have it forever and ever and to pass it along my family for generations and generations to come. Who doesn’t love the touch, the smell, everything about a physical book?

Who am I going to tag? Just like Michelle, whoever wants to do this tag. This is a really fun tag to do so if you haven’t yet, consider yourself tagged. Plus, leave a link on the comments section so I can check out your preferences 😉

Ner

TAG: The Seven Deadly Sins

I was tagged by the wonderful Emily @Books & Cleverness (GO CHECK HER BLOG NOW!!!). Thank you so much ^_^

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag!

* Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?

Well, Princess Academy was cheaper than most books I normally buy since I bought it on a second hand store. It’s was only 3.50€ which, for a book in Portugal, is the cheaper!

But I also got a book for free thanks to TBD (ssshhh!! Don’t tell anyone!). I had complaint about the delay of a book and they gave me the refund… a week later, I got the book on my mailbox!

A book for free!!!

* Wrath – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I have to be honest with you, I have a love/hate relationship with Stephenie Meyer!

Why?

Mostly because I was a Twihard before the movies came out. But the gigantic phenomenon of the movies made me tired of the whole Twilight Saga and I began to hate it :S

* Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Apart from Harry Potter which, obviously, I’ve read loads of times, I’ve read all Juliet Marillier‘s books more than once in the ten years I’ve been her fan. I never get tired of her writing, her characters and her plots… and the same goes for the Queen herself *bows down*

* Sloth – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

*looks at bookshelves*

Hum, The Casual Vacancy by the Queen is one of them. I cannot believe I’ve put it aside and haven’t picked it up yet.

Also, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I haven’t read his books yet! Shame on me!!).

* Pride – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

All the classics I’ve read so far in my twenty-something life!! From Jane Austen to Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre is my favourite book as you all know it) to Bram Stoker and F. Scott Fitzgerald!

But then again, I feel very intellectual because I’m studying literature, even though sometimes I suck at it!

* Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Well, Red from Daughter of the Forest and Four just raised the expectations when it comes to male characters. I like them strong, troubled, mysterious, dark, vulnerable but also funny and smart and somewhat nerdy.

Okay, I admit… I’m picky! 

* Envy – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

The wishlist is way too big for me to list but S. by J.J. Abrams is something I would absolutely LOVE to get from someone *winks winks*


This was really fun! I loved doing this tag so, thank you once again Emily for tagging me ❤

And now, the hardest part of all! Who to tag?

Okay, I tag Kayla @The Thousand Lives; Lanaia @The Temporary Escape and Celine at her new blog @The Irresponsible Cactus.

Hope you’ll have fun girls 😉

XX Ner

{Inês} Tag – Alfabeto Literário (PT)

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Esta é a vez da Inês que taggei no meu desafio deste Tag (aqui) e que me mandou as fotos para colocar! As letras que escolhi para a Inês foram:
H S B F M!!!

Vamos lá ver como é que ela se safou. Ao contrário de mim,os livros dela são todos em Português :D:

H

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A Hora Secreta (Midnighters #1) – Scott Westerfield

Inês: Estou a coleccionar esta trilogia, mas ainda me falta um volume. Ainda não li estes livros, mas adoro as capas!!

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Silêncio (Hush, Hush #3) – Becca Fitzpatrick

Inês: Mais uma saga que pretendo ter e ler, mas ainda só tenho este volume. Acho interessante!!

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Belladonna (Efémera #2) – Anna Bishop

Inês: Ou não fosse este um livro da minha escritora preferida: Anne Bishop. 

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Fragmento de Cristal (Trilogia das Planícies Geladas, #1) – R.A. Salvatore

Inês: Tenho seis livros para ler, ou seja, duas trilogias e acho que vou adorar!!

M

M

O Mago (Antigo Egipto #3) – Wilbur Smith

Inês: Confesso que não conhecia este livro, mas achei a sinopse muito interessante, embora a capa não me tenha chamado à atenção!

E assim termina o Tag – Alfabeto Literário da Inês. Espero que tenham gostado dos livros dela – admito que há ai um que me puxou o interesse.

Inês

Tag – Alfabeto Literário (PT)

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A minha fofinha Carla @O Livro Que Deu Um Pum “taggou-me” (esta palavra existe?) neste Tag e eu agradeço-lhe imenso *virtual hug* eheh xD

Pois bem, este tag tem como objectivo encontrar nos meus livros títulos começados pelas cinco letras do alfabeto que a Carla escolheu (os artigos “o”, “a”, “os”, “as” não contam).

Por momentos entrei em pânico porque pensei não ter livros para certas letras mas, thanks the heavens, lá encontrei. As letras que a Carla me escolheu foram:
V P G L D

Ora aqui vamos nós (aviso-vos já que os livros são todos em Inglês):

V

???????????????????????????????Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) – Richelle Mead

Este até foi relativamente fácil porque assim que olhei para a estante, ele sobressaiu-se.

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DSC00978The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Tinha outro livro começado com P (que podem ver na foto lá ao fundo) mas preferi mostrar este porque este livro é um espectáculo. Mais, ainda não li o outro logo, achei que era justo mostrar o Perks :S

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DSC00979Geist (Book of the Order #1) – Philippa Ballantine

Ah, este foi daqueles que fiquei “NÃO!!! Não tenho livros começados por G!” e depois, ta-dah, lá estava ele à minha espera todo sorridente 😀 E depois de o ter visto, reparei que tenho alguns livros começados por G *facepalm*

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DSC00980Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) – Charlaine Harris

Creio que a Inês já sabia deste Tag por isso é que me deu os livros antes dos anos *I see you*. É que após uma pequena pesquisa, descobri que tenho muitos poucos livros (se forem 2, é o máximo) começados por L.

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DSC00981Divergent (Divergent #1) – Veronica Roth

Hahaha!!!!
Fui tão óbvia com esta escolha, não fui?! Quer dizer, podia ter escolhido o Delirium ou outro mas não… *I regret nothing*

E pronto, dou assim por concluido o Tag Alfabeto Literário. Foi super divertido e recomendo-vos a fazer se quiserem e se puderem.

Há, pelos menos, 2 pessoas que vou “taggar” porque estou super duper curiosida para ver as escolhas delas.

  • Marina (que já disseste que querias fazer eheh xD) @O Livro Que Deu Um Pum
  • Inês (podes tirar fotos dos livros e mandares-me com a tua resposta que depois coloco aqui em teu nome eheh xD)

As vossas letras serão… *drum roll*… H S B F M!!!

BIGADO CARLA ^_^

XX Ner