Updates About Being MIA!

Hello amazing people!

I haven’t been around my blog for months now. I had planned on updating the blog in January but a lot of things have been happening in my life that made it impossible.

Truth is, in December my life was turned upside-down in a way that neither me nor my mother were expecting and it has taken us all our strength to deal with this. My grandmother had a small stroke after Christmas and since then it has been pure chaos. We never dealt with this situation before so it has been a tiring few months.

I have been on a rather tiny reading slump due to that. I would go to bed exhausted and whenever I picked up a book, I couldn’t focus on it long enough to finish it. I think I tried to read a lot of books but ended up giving them up around 20 pages.

But things are slightly better now with my grandmother medicated and my old routine back. January was simply the worst month ever. But February and Mach has been slowly getting better and, I have to be honest, I miss blogging. I miss sharing book-related (or not) stuff with you. 

Despite being back, however, I won’t promise I will be posting every single day or that I’m back in force. I will be slowly posting one or two posts, try to write reviews and share a few things. It’ll be a rather slow process but I will definitely try to blog more often.

I have a few posts planned already. One of them is a tag that I was supposed to have published on December but with my finals and then Christmas and stuff, I totally forgot. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be doing a top 5 favourite books from last year but I might… Let me know if you want me to do it and I’ll do it. 

As for a quick reading status updates: I am currently reading (still since a few weeks now) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which has been a funny experience. Knowing the original source, having Lizzy and Mr. Darcy fighting zombies is weird as hell. There were a few moments in the book already that were slightly over the top but overall I have been rather enjoying it. And no, I haven’t seen the movie and I plan on watching it on DVD when it comes out. But it was the movie that made me want to read the book in the first place.  

Other book that I’ve started is Cupcakes, Trinkets and other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge because Regan, from PeruseProject – go follow her videos if you haven’t yet… she’s super cool, mentioned it on one of her videos and since the book was free to download, I thought “why not?”. I only read a few pages and I’m hoping it’ll be a fun and quick story with magic and chocolate hehe xD

I also got an account on BooksAmino just yesterday. I’m still relatively new to that but I hope it’ll be a way for me to meet new people, books and authors. It’s just a community app that allows you to share everything bookish in your life. You can follow me there as Ner the Witch (if you can’t find me let me know!)

This as just a quick update to let you know I haven’t forgotten you. Life gets a lot in my way and it makes it complicated to dedicate time for myself. But I will always come back… always!

In the meantime, if you want to follow me on my social networks, feel free to do so. You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and snapchat (nerthewitch). Looking forward to see you guys there 😉

Thank you all for your patience and understanding and keep an eye out tomorrow for my long lots tag 🙂

Ner

Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon: Life’s Still On The Way!!!

Hello fellow readers 🙂

It has been almost a week since I promised you a Wrap-Up post for the end of my read-a-thon. As you probably know from the previous update, life doesn’t wait and it has caught up with me.
Meaning, this week has been completely hard and impossible for me (what with my pathetic schedule and university taking all my free time – so many things to read I have no idea where to start) – to be still for a minute.

So, I haven’t published the Wrap-Up post as you probably noticed. However, I want to ask you to simply comment here on how was the read-a-thon for you. Did you managed to complete all the challenges? How many books did you read? What was your favourite guest-post? You can leave anything you want to share – you can also leave a link to your wrap-up post so we can all check it out 🙂

I also changed the remaining two giveaways: it’s no longer for participants only – I’ve decided to open them up for everyone; and I’ve extended Lisa Jensen giveaway for six more days. This giveaway was pretty low on entries (I think the fact that it’s US only also helps) so I decided to give the chance to other readers to enter and win it! So, if you happen to know someone – from US – that wants the book but didn’t enter the read-a-thon, you can tell that person to try their luck here 😉
You can also check out Erica Crouch’s giveaway here; it also has some low entries and ends on October 12th so there’s still time for you to enter it.

And the lucky winners of the two giveaways that have already ended are:
* Livia Blackburne signed bookmark and bookplate – ULA!
* Copy of Sweet Unrest by Lisa MaxwellTRESSA!
Congratulations to both of you! I’ve already sent you an email with this wonderful news 😉

I’ve also decided to pause the blog for a while… and when I say pause I mean that I won’t be as active as I was before but you might see one or two need posts and reviews and stuff. I’m doing this because me and Carla are a bit busy with that damned thing called University and Inês is overloaded with work. It’ll be quite impossible for us to read and write reviews for a while :S

I’m still planning if I will be able to host my birthday giveaway or not. It’ll depend on a couple of things but I hope I can manage them all and publish it. I’ve prepared everything and I’m really looking forward to it but if life continues to frequently stop me from having any time for myself, I might have to skip it this year!

I want to thank my incredible hosts (Ula, Celine, Emily – Books and Cleverness, Ashley, Kayla and Emily – Falling for YA) for their amazing work! Without these girls this read-a-thon wouldn’t have been possible! They were the best and I hope they forgive me for my lack of dedication towards the read-a-thon. Hopefully next year we’ll embark on another read-a-thon together 😉
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!

And, of course, THANK YOU TO MY FOLLOWERS!!! I’ve got so many amazing comments from my readers that warmed my heart and made me extremely happy. Knowing that I have so many faithful followers makes me so proud and delighted. You are the main reason I keep trying to keep this blog alive. You give me strength to continue this blogging journey! And that pause I’ve mentioned above, it won’t be eternal that I can promise you!

I LOVE YOU ALL ❤

XX Ner

MIA!

Hello everyone *waves hand*

I’m sorry for my total lack of news but this week is going to be quite difficult for me. Not only is this my very last week of classes (tomorrow I’ll be having my ultimate LAST day!), I still need to study for a few tests and I’ve been feeling slightly sick.

However, as soon as I’m done with my tests – that’ll be June 4th when I’m having my last test – I’ll be coming here more regularly and posting more stuff… sick or not!

But since I didn’t want you guys to think I had forgotten you, I’m going to post my Wishlist Wednesday and one of Inês reviews 🙂

Thank you so much for your understanding. I owe you a lot ^_^

XX Ner

Updates… Once Again!!!!

HELLO STONEHENGE!!!

Oh, sorry! That’s my Whovian side showing off 😀 Let me start again:

HELLO BLOGOSPHERE!!!

Damn it… Whovian side is still showing off!!!

I’m so sorry for my loooong absence. I had an oral presentation today (thanks the heavens it is done!!) and spent the last two weeks preparing it with my partners.

Hence the blog being on a semi-hiatus/pause/whatever-you-want-to-call-it state since, well, it feels like forever.

And since I already presented my Edward VIII Abdication Crisis and George VI project, I’m slightly free – well, freer – which means that I will begin all my updates here on the blog.

The first one will be one of Inês’ reviews that she sent me last week and I hadn’t had time to post it. And I seriously need to sit down and write down all my reviews… I have a few to post *winces*

So, this is me apologising for the I-don’t-know-th time for neglecting you and telling you that I’M BACK 🙂

It gets pretty complicated to find the time to study, read, write and update the blog. How do you guys manage to do it? I need to know your secret!!

Thank you all for the support and understanding!

XX Ner

NaNoWriMo [Update #4 & 5 – Finale]

I am so but so sorry for not posting my NaNo updates last week but these last couples of weeks have been crazy with work, studying for my exams, prepare presentations… well, you know.

And, I have to be honest with you, I barely had time to sit down and write my novel. Last thing I wrote was the beginning of a new chapter and that was, like, last Sunday. 

So, today, I’m posting two updates of NaNoWriMo – the one from last week and the very last one since NaNo ended yesterday.

— NaNoWriMo Updates #4 (November 23rd):

I’ve decided to share with you my cast, meaning, the actors who were in my mind while writing these chapters of Kindred Blood. They may differ a bit from the descriptions but they were pretty much the visual idea I had.

Emma Watson - Liv Luke Micthell - Ellis
Olivia “Liv” Montgomery – Emma Watson | Mark Ellis – Luke Mitchell

Max Irons - Rick Holliday Granger - Amanda
Richard “Rick” Montgomery – Max Irons | Amanda Snyder – Holliday Granger

ABC's "The Gates" - Season One Natalia Worner - Marisa
Zara Ironwood – Skyler Samuels | Marisa Montgomery – Natalia Worner

Paul Bettany - Sean Sarah Parish - Joan
Sean Collins – Paul Bettany | Joan Collins – Sarah Parish

I had also actors for other characters but I thought these were the ones you guys needed to know. Plus, if you have a suggestion, you’re welcome to share it ^_^

And, of course, I couldn’t help but share with you all another sneak-peek. 

“No, hear me out” He begged turning his body towards me and touching my arm. I felt tinkling and electrified and I shiver under his touch. He looked at his hand as if he had just noticed he was touching me and took his hand off instantly. “Let’s start again, this time with the right foot.”

“I started with the right foot. You were the one who said I should leave or else something.” I replied to him but not in a harsh tone. Actually, I sounded sad which surprised both of us. “And you bet you scared me like hell.”

“I… I’m not used to strangers.” He confessed and his words confused me. I didn’t say anything though. “And about scaring you, I’m sorry.”

“Will you explain why you told me to leave Deepwick?” I asked hopeful and he bit the inside of his cheek while I waited. He seemed to consider my question or maybe he was trying to find the correct words.

“One day, perhaps.” That was all I got for an answer.

Liv and Ellis are making some progress despite the fact that I couldn’t write down – yet – the big moment when Liv finds out what he truly is. Which means, you will not know what he is *evil laugh*

Maybe, if I continue the novel in December I might post something about it… but for the time being, his true identity will be unknown to all except me.

— NaNoWriMo Updates #5 (December 1st):

NaNoWriMo is officially over. 

And I’m sad 😦

I didn’t managed to write the amount of words I wanted which was 25,000. Instead, I finished it with 19,519 words – which is ridiculous. But I have a good reason for it and it’s called University – damn you University!!!!

Still, I’m glad I began working on this novel and I can assure you I will continue writing it down. I will edit what I’ve written so far, change a couple of things and change the plot – not the whole plot though, I just had a different idea for Liv and her Red Witch blood.

If I happen to deepen the story, I might even create a blog dedicated to my novel. But that will depend on how much I’ll write in December – I’m not done with tests yet.

I want to thank you all for the amazing support and feedback I had. You were amazing and if it weren’t for the likes and comments, I would have drop it.

Until next year’s NaNoWriMo – ’cause yes, I’m participating 😉

XX Ner

NaNoWriMo [Update #3]

Oops, I’m so late with NaNo updates. I’m sorry… truth is, I had an oral presentation today so you can imagine how nervous and freaked out I was during the weekend. Totally forgot to post this *hides in shame*

As you probably have figured out, I didn’t wrote that much last week and weekend. I only had time to finish a scene I was working on and begin a new chapter but, apart from that, nothing… zero… niente… rien.

So, my total so far is 15,500 words – pathetic!!!. Last week I said I wanted to reach 17,000 during the whole week but I was so busy with the presentation – research and PowerPoint and blah blah blah – I didn’t had the strength to write at all. 

Maybe, with my presentation done, I might get a few days (only a few ’cause I need to start my research for two other presentations). I will try to make the most of them. Pray for me *fingers crossed*

Last week’s update – here – I had shown you a sneak-peek of my cover. Today I’m proud to present it’s final form. 

Ladies and gentlemen, my cover for Kindred Blood (The Red Witch Chronicles #1):

Kindred BloodThe Red Witch @divinechaosart

What do you guys think? I might change a couple of things – some shadows and my name’s font and its shadow – but for now this is the cover. Honestly, I won’t have time to do the cover all over again. But I might change it during December or while I’m doing some revision of my novel… who knows?

And now, another sneak-peek of my writing. This scene in particular is one of my favourites so far. And Marina asked for Ellis so I’m giving her some Ellis 🙂

Ellis shook his head as if trying to understand what I was saying. We stood for several seconds simply glaring at one another. I didn’t know what to say next or how to apologise for my erratic behaviour when he took a deep breath and looked down at the table. My insides twisted and I clenched my fists.

“Look, I don’t have anything against you.” He began and when I opened my mouth to object, he lifted his hand. “Wait. You’re right, I don’t know you. But you don’t know me as well so it’s better for you to simply ignore me and leave Deepwick.”

“Excuse me?” I placed my hands at my hips and frowned at him.

“You’ll find out that Deepwick isn’t what it looks like and when you do, it’ll be too late.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about” I said to him and he looked apologetically at me. “What do you mean it’ll be too late? Why should I leave Deepwick? What the hell are you’re talking about?”

“Trust me, you don’t want to know.” Ellis’s eyes never left mine while he drunk his beer. I was too perplexed to even whimper let alone follow him when he took a step back and then turned on his heels and left.

This is where things begin to shape themselves into something more. Ellis won’t be this arrogant during the whole novel, don’t worry. There’ll be a reason for his attitude though I’m still planning how Liv is going to react to it 😀

In the meantime, which supernatural being do you think Ellis will turn out to be? I’ll let you know this: he’s not a vampire 😉

Again, sorry for my lateness ^_^

XX Ner

NaNoWriMo [Update #2]

Another NaNoWriMo week went by. And I barely managed to write during this week due to University and some terrible news I got Tuesday night. 

So, my total of words is 10,328 so far. I would like to have reached at least 15,ooo words this week but I’m glad I’ve managed to start writing the “supernatural” environment around my character – just the preliminaries though.

Last update – read here – I’ve received some positive feedback which made me super excited. I’m so happy you guys enjoyed the sneak-peek I left here 🙂
I also asked you about my characters’ names. I will let you know that I’ve made up my mind and decided to change Jennifer’s and William’s names to…

*drum roll*

Olivia and Richard Montgomery. 

Thank you all who voted 🙂

I’m also going to share with you a sneak-peek of the cover that I’m creating:

Kindred Blood

I cannot wait to show it to you but I’m still changing a couple of things and checking the font and etc etc etc… creating covers can be tricky :S

And, here it is another excerpt from my novel (PS: I haven’t edited anything so, if you find any mistakes, let me know and I’m so sorry about it :P)

While I was typing my reply to them, a shadow approached our table and I looked up. The blondie girl was standing by my side looking merrily at my brother. It felt like I didn’t even exist. I raised my eyebrow and glanced at Rick who was bearing the same confused and perplexed expression as I was.

“Hi, you’re Richard Montgomery” It wasn’t really a question but Rick nodded nevertheless. “My name’s Zara Ironwood. Nice meeting you.”

So the blondie had a name? And a pompous name as it is? Sweet!

Zara stretched her hand and Rick reluctantly accepted it. She smiled broadly while staring at my brother and it felt like hours had passed before she had loosened her grip on his hand. He looked even more puzzled.

I admit that I’m still planning Zara’s role in the story. She’s a difficult character to create and a confused one. I still don’t know if she’s going to be a bad-girl-gone-good or a good-girl-gone-bad. And her relationship with Rick, Ellis and Liv. Maybe you can decide that, what do you think? 😉

XX Ner

NaNoWriMo [Update #1]

Hello everyone and welcome to my very first NaNoWriMo update *waves hand*

This first weekend was a good start for me despite the fact that I was both writing my novel and studying for University. I decided to create a schedule where I would study hard during the afternoon and write at night. Since I never really enjoyed studying at night, why not use that time to write my novel?!

So far I’ve written a total of 6,457 words. I’m feeling pretty accomplished 🙂

You can follow the amount of words I write by checking the counter on the widget to the right. I’ll update it as soon as I’m satisfied with my work for the day 😉

I have some nice news for you: I’ve got a title for both novel and series (if I happen to write a series) and a small synopsis. 

So, let me present you my sweet little baby:

Kindred Blood
(The Red Witch Chronicles #1)

“Jen and Bill Montgomery move to a small town, Deepwick, months after their parents plane crash to live with their uncle and aunt. For the siblings, the town is all except home; it’s dull, boring and creepy. 

After school starts, Jen finds a part-time job at the local library and one night, after a late shift, something strange and out of this world attacks her. She’s rescued by the last person she wishes to be saved by: Mark Ellis.

After that night, Jen begins to dig about what had attacked her and what she finds out changes her life forever. Jen realises that the supernatural exists and she might be part of it… as the last living Red Witch.”

Okay, I know I didn’t shared that much about the whole plot but I’m still planning a couple of things first. These are the basis of the story though I have a bigger summary on my laptop that tells the whole story. I didn’t wanted to give away much 😀

Let’s just say that Ellis will, probably, turn out to be something supernatural (no, not a vampire).

I’m also not sure about Jen and Bill’s names. I LOVE the name Jennifer but I feel like all my female characters have that name. So, I’m opening a poll right here and right now for new names.

Suggestions of female names (for Jen):

  • Brianna (nickname Brie);
  • Lillian (nickname Lily or Lil);
  • Olivia (nickname Liv);

Suggestions of male names (for Bill):

  • Jackson (nickname Jack);
  • Richard (nickname Rick);
  • Paul (no nickname);

You can also share your suggestion if you want. I’ll let you know by next week’s update my decision for Jen and Bill’s name. Mark Ellis will remain with his name… I love his name and it fits my character perfectly 😉

I’m also on the process of creating a cover for the story. I found this really amazing picture on DeviantART that I might use as inspiration for a cover. Whenever I write a novel, I like to create a cover for it. It makes the whole experience palpable and real, if you know what I mean.

Marina and Inês asked if I could share my work. I told them I would probably share a passage from the story with each update. And I intend to keep my promise so, here’s the first “official” sneak peek of my novel:

Something caught my attention then, something glistening in the darkness. A pair of light eyes were staring fiercely back at me. I couldn’t see the true colour from the distance but they were, without a doubt, clear. I felt my heart tighten slightly and my stomach flip while I tried to make up the features that accompanied those eyes but the gloom was too intense for me to distinguish anything. Only the eyes, that beacon simply gazing at me as if staring into my very soul. I couldn’t look away even if I had wished to. I was locked, imprisoned by the stranger’s gaze.

Hope you guys have enjoyed this sneak-peek and keep an eye out for next week’s update 😉

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

H

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!!

S

S

Silêncio (Hush, Hush #3) – Becca Fitzpatrick

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

B

B

Belladonna (Efémera #2) – Anna Bishop

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

F

F

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.

P

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

G

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*

L

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.

D

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

Liebster Award (#2)

Lovely Kayla @The Thousand Lives nominated me for a Liebster Award.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ^_^

The Liebster Award is a way to help blogs you like with less than 200 followers. It’s a nice way to give them some deserved attention and to make our followers discover them as well. I’ve found some pretty good blogs thanks to this kind of thing 😉

This is the second time I’m nominated but the first one here on WordPress. When I moved from Blogger to WP, I lost all my previous followers but, somehow (and I have no idea why you people click on “following”), I’ve managed to get back on track and have at least 200 followers. 

You guys are absolutely amazing and I owe you all ^_^ Especially Kayla for remembering me and for nominating me. It means a lot to me as a bookblogger 😀

However, there are some rules to follow though:

  • Link back the blogger that tagged you;
  • Nominate 10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you;
  • Ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate;
  • Let your nominees know of their award;

And now, let’s answer Kayla’s questions:

1. How long did it take you to settle in to your blog (how you wanted to write, how you wanted to lay out your posts, what sort of graphics you wanted to use, what theme to use, etc.)?

Not much to be honest. I had settled the writing style before creating my book blog. I used to write stuff about books on my personal blog and I really didn’t wanted to change my writing style though I admit I tried being more formal and professional.

As for the graphics, theme and others, that took some days to settle. But when I found the “perfect” theme, the one I liked the most, and understood the whole HTML and others, it was pretty quick.

2. How long have you been blogging, and what made you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging for a few years now but book blogging around one year and a half. My blog will be two years old on January 🙂

I’ve started blogging (no books yet) because I wanted to share my things with other people. It was a nice way to open up about things without fear of being judged by those who know me personally.

As for book blogging, I wanted to share with people the experience I had while reading books, to recommend books, to fangirl about the it, the male characters and upcoming movie-adaptations, to promote an author… I just wanted to share everything book-related with others 😛

3. Give me a profile of yourself (age, location, job, school, some favorites, etc)?

Okay, I suck at this and I might end up writing the story of my life. Here we go:

I’m Ner and I’m 24 going on 25. I was born, raised and live in Lisbon, Portugal and I’m an University student. 

My favourite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë though HP and all books by Juliet Marillier are also precious to me. My favourite movie is The Lord of the Rings and Beauty and Beast. Favourite band is Within Temptation and I love Bryan Adams. I’m a Whovian which means my favourite TV-series is, none other than, Doctor Who.

I love everything an ordinary girl like me likes: books, coffee, movies, TV-series, music, clothes, make-up, boys, Internet, family, friends and so on.

That’s it… if I continue, I’ll be definitely writing my whole life.

4. What was your best memory in high school?

I didn’t had a normal high school. Here in Portugal you can take a superior/professional degree that will be the equivalence of high school. And those were the best three years of my life.

I have tons of great memories from that period and it’s hard to pick up one. Every moment was special. But I have to say that meeting my friends was, perhaps, the best thing ever.

5. Who inspires you, and why?

Oh boy… I have some people who inspire me. I think my mum, my grandfather and sister are my biggest inspiration.

My mum and sister inspire me but not as idols, if you know what I mean. I’m inspired in being someone better because of them, I want to make them proud of me and happy around me.

As for my grandfather; he passed away seven years ago but somehow he makes me inspired by his gentleness and tenderness as a granddaddy. It might not make sense to anyone else but for me he’s like a muse 🙂

6. What are your three favorite books?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern -> this being a tiny small list of favourites.

7, What book has influenced you the most in your life?

Any book from Juliet Marillier and Harry Potter. Each and every single one of them was there the right time, the right moment and helped me do the right thing 😉

8. Which character would be your best friend, if they were in the flesh?

Luna Lovegood. Don’t ask me why but I think she’d be a hell of a friend, the best perhaps 😀

9. What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?

Pride & Prejudice by Joe Wright. I know the movie is slightly different from the book but I absolutely love it. Both, I love them both 🙂

10. If you could say one thing to your favorite author, what would it be and who would it be to?

I’ve already said to Juliet Marillier how much her work inspires me and how much it makes me hope.

But if I happen to meet J.K. Rowling, I would simply say “Thank you for my life.”

And now, my questions (they might be the same as my previous Liebster):
  1. Why did you created your blog?
  2. Does the name of your blog has a deeper meaning?
  3. If you could re-name your blog, would you do it? If so, which name and why?
  4. Does your family and friends know about your blog?
  5. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
  6. If you could meet anyone famous (alive or dead), who would it be?
  7. Any culture out there you’d like to know better?
  8. Do you speak another language? If so, which? If not, which language would you like to learn?
  9. First book you remember reading?
  10. First movie you saw on the cinema?

And now, the hardest part – Blogs. I’m pretty sure everyone I follow has more than 200 followers but I’ll give it a try:

  1. Vicky – Vicky Thinks (Eng);
  2. Meredith – Pandora’s Box (Eng);
  3. Chiara – Books for a Delicate Eternity (Eng);
  4. Francine – The Bookworm in Boots (Eng – not sure how many followers she has but still… check out her blog :D);
  5. Katja – YA’s the Word by Katja (Eng);
  6. Mini – The Skeptical Reader (Eng – okay, she has more than 200 followers but I recommend you to check out her blog);
  7. Natalie – Book Lover’s Life (Eng – a new blog I came across and became a fan :D);
  8. Jessica – Read My Breath Away (Eng – 200 followers but she deserves more :P)
  9. Lanaia – The Temporary Escape (Eng – a new blog as well :P);
  10. Carla, Marina & Patricia – O Livro Que Deu Um Pum (PT – of course I had to nominate you girls!! You deserve it :D);

Yay, I’ve managed to have 10 blogs for this Liebster Award *happy dance*. Hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did and rock on 😛

XX Ner

Selo – Bloguivismo (PT)

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Obrigado à Jen @Cuidado Com o Dálmata e à Chris @Diário da Chris pelo selinho todo jeitoso que até dá vontade de ficar a olhar eternamente eheh 😉

Este selo vem com uma mensagem muito importante e especial: “Criar, transformar, mudar e ter coragem de aceitar!”.

Regras:

1. Referir o blogue que tomou a iniciativa e aquele que o passou;

Foi criado pela Ivone @Desejos de Alma e já mencionei lá em cima quem mo passou 😉

2. Dizer se aceitam ou não;

Creio que é óbvio que sim ^_^

3. Caso não aceitem, podem parar por aqui. Caso aceitem, continuem ar o ponto 4;

Vamos lá passar para o ponto 4 🙂

4. Referir 5 qualidades de um blogue e blogger bloguivista. Qualidades que já sigam ou ou pretendam seguir daqui para a frente!;

Oh God… Why?!?!

Okay, vamos lá tentar fazer isto. Podem não ser qualidades mas sim coisas que gosto de ver/ler num blog 🙂

=) Originalidade;
=) Criatividade;
=) Divertimento;
=) Respeito para com os outros bloggers;
=) Individualidade;

5. Referir até 10 blogs e passar o selo (o mínimo é 2, por isso, não há desculpa, ‘ah e tal não sigo muitos blogs.) Podem ser literários, não literários, de autores, de moda, de anedotas, do que vocês quiserem! Afinal a blogosfera é variadíssima!

Vamos lá à bela da lista:

  1. O Livro Que Deu Um Pum
  2. Bookeater/Booklover
  3. Este Meu Cantinho…
  4. Marcador de Livros
  5. Words à La Carte
  6. O Labirinto dos Livros

Yupi!!! 6 blogues eheh

6. Colocar o Selo na barra lateral do blog para promover a iniciativa.

Done!!! (não tá de lado, tá em baixo… mas tá lá ;-))

XX Ner

And… We’re Up!

Hiykes!!

I never thought that importing my blog for WordPress would be not only complicated but also exhausting and tricky. I’m never doing this again :/

As you might have noticed, I’ve slowly… really slowly… changing ALL my previous posts. I’m changing the links, the pictures, the colours, etc… it’s hard work but I knew I would have to do such things. I think that the most annoying part is when things don’t go your way.

However, that doesn’t mean that the blog has stopped for the time being. On the contrary; I’m already planning several post for next week, plus my Wrap-Up post of all the books I’ve read in March. But it might take a while for the blog, and myself, to be fully operational. The list of blogs is still missing but I will dedicate an entire day for that (I follow A LOT of blogs). 

And I’m also slowly discovering how things work in WordPress. Certain things are limited here so I’m still trying to figure out how to go around those misfortunes. But so far the experience has been quite good. 

Inês’ reviews are only in Portuguese right now. In due time I will translate them and post them alongside the original ones. I apologise in advance for those who were following her reviews and I also apologise to her. 

In the meantime, April and May will be the most difficult months for me when it comes to write reviews. Presentations, tests, exams, paper work… they will require a lot of time so I can’t promise you to post as many reviews as I would like. To be quite honest, since I’ve started University, I only managed to read two books properly – books that are not part of my University TBR.

Anyway, I hope you guys are reading this and are noticing that the blog is already up. This will be my definite blog so don’t forget to change all the links you have to my blog. 

I hope you guys like my new theme and my new blog (though it’s still the same, I feel as if I’ve just taken a giant leap towards something bigger).

XX Ner

Blogger to WordPress

Well, it’s with some sadness that I’ve decided to come to end on Blogger. I will be transferring my blog to WordPress. This is something I’ve been thinking for a while and with Google Reader coming to a close, my mind was made up. Since yesterday that I’ve been modifying some things to do the transfer and today is the day.

Since I don’t really know how and what will happen during the transfer, I apologise in advance for anything. This will be a new step for me and for the blog.

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New Following Methods

You all know the fuzz around Google Reader and the fact it won’t be available anymore after July 1st. 

Therefore, I’ve decided to let you know that you can still follow my blog via Bloglovin’ (which I finally managed to get my feeds to work), Networked Blogs and by subscribing through E-mail.

If you prefer to follow my blog via Bloglovin’, click on the button bellow (or on the tab to your right):

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If you prefer to follow my blog via Networked Blogs, click on the button bellow (or on the tab to your right):

If you prefer to follow my blog via E-mail, subscribe on the tab to your right by adding your e-mail address.

I would highly appreciate if you would switch your following methods on my blog since Google Reader will not be available in three months. That way you can always keep up with my latest news, reviews, memes, etc..

Thank you all for the understanding and I’m sorry for the inconvenience. 

Partners’ in Crime

Hello Hello guys!!

Today I’m bringing you some good news: 
I have a new partner who will be helping me keeping the blog active while I’m at University for the new semester.

Yes, classes have already started and I’m not sure I’ll have enough time to spend on the blog since I’ll be extremely busy with studying and working and stuff… yah, you all know the “perks”.

Therefore, I asked my best-friend Inês if she wanted to help me out with the blog – meaning that she would write some reviews and I would post them here – to keep the blog active during the semester. I’ll be the one posting it ’cause she’s the sort of person who is not on good terms with technology 😛

She answered first with a “I don’t know” and shrugged her shoulders and looked confused but I knew I had made her think hard about it. I knew that she would say yes… eventually.

So, some nights ago I received an email from her saying she would be glad to help me with some conditions (private ones) and that I should give her some tips. I’ve offered myself into helping her with her reviews and translating them – since she reads and write in Portuguese – but I will be translating her reviews and post in both languages. She’s new in this business and is extremely scared of not being able to fulfil her role and disappoint everyone – including me. But I’ve been telling her that she’ll get better with time and practise and that my followers are not that harsh. Truth, they are the best followers in the world 😀

With this, let us all give a warm welcome to my new partner in crime: Inês!

Me and Inês after Juliet Marillier book signing in 2011

We’re taking this slow since I’ve re-started studying and she’s a complete disaster with computers – sorry, but you know it’s true 🙂 – but with time I’ll be adding her to the About Us tab. In the meantime, if you want to contact her, do it by sending me an e-mail – contact on the Review Policy or in Contact.

I’ll be posting a short-story she wrote – more like the resume – of Alice in Wonderland by Linda Woolverton, the book of the movie directed by Tim Burton and based on a novel by Lewis Carroll with the same name. I’ll be scheduling it for tomorrow and then I’ll be posting her new reviews.

So, let us give a warm welcome to Inês to A Cup of Coffee and a Book ^_^

Review Cleanup Copy [Updates]

Hosted by Vicky @Books, Biscuits and Tea & Celine @Nyx Book Reviews

I’m so late with this challenge but, in my defence, I was ill for a whole week and when I’m ill, I can’t read. Therefore, all my previous plans were ruined and I’ve only managed to read two books since the beginning of the month of February.

From my list of books for review, I only managed to start one – which I had to put aside – finish another one and start a new one. Unfortunately, the book I’ve started is not the book chosen for me to read next. I had to pick up a book I really wanted to read and not a book I had to read – if I’m making myself clear.
 
So, here are the books I’ve managed to read (or not) for my challenge:
 
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As you know from this post, I couldn’t finish The Demon Lover since the story wasn’t appealing me to continue reading. Which is unfortunate ’cause I was really looking forward to read it.

The Magic Warble was sent to me by Victoria Simcox herself and was the book was accompanied me during this last week. It’s a small and easy read but since I was ill, I couldn’t really focus on anything apart from my chest about to burst.

Black Swan Rising is my currently reading book and I found out it’s written by Carol Goodman – whose pen name is Juliet Dark – and her husband. I had no idea until I found it online and, I admit, being slightly scared. With my previous experience with The Demon Lover, I was scared of beginning this book and put it aside as well but, truth is, I’m loving it so far and can’t wait to review it.

I still don’t have the review for The Magic Warble ’cause I’ll be posting it around the 24th February – there’ll be a giveaway the next day. But as soon as I finish Black Swan Rising, my review will be up.

XX Ner

Updates

Hello earthlings

You must be wondering what has happened to me ’cause I haven’t posted anything for days now. I’m still alive, don’t worry, I’ve just been ill with a cold. I have been spending these last days since Sunday trying to get better, hoping for my sore throat to stop scratching and my chest to stop feeling heavy. My classes started Wednesday but with my terrible condition, I couldn’t make it. I didn’t even read that much this week since I spent all my days sleeping.

However, I’m glad to report that I’m feeling slightly better – well, apart from the throat and my terrible hoarse voice – and I might start posting things this weekend. 

I’m so sorry for my total lack of news and updates but I really didn’t felt capable to do so.

Keep an eye out for my next updates and thank you for your patience ^_^

XX Ner

Selo Literário 2013 (PT)

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Obrigado à Jen @Cuidado Com o Dálmata e à Li @Livros & Chá Quente pelo selinho 🙂

Regras:

  • Indicar um mínimo de dois livros que gostei de ler em 2012 (sem limite máximo);
  • Indicar pelo menos três livros que desejo ler em 2013 (sem limite máximo);
  • Indicar o nome e o link de quem ofereceu o selo;
  • Oferecer o selo a mais 10 pessoas para dar sequência a este prejecto de incentivo à leitura;
2 livros (porque não quero criar aqui um post gigante) que gostei de ler em 2012:
The Night Circus de Erin Morgenstern e, está claro, Shadowfell da Master 🙂
 
3 livros (again, não quero post do tamanho do planeta) que desejo ler em 2013:
Okay… este é complicado… mas cá vai: Scent of Magic de Maria V. Snyder, o Flame of Sevenwaters da Master que ainda não saiu em Português e o Raven Flight da Master, again, porque aquele fim deixou-me arrasada *_*
 
Ofereço o sela a?!
Opá… isso não se faz 😦 Não tenho 10 blogs Portugueses para este selo e vou ter que repetir blogs… e não prometo chegar aos 10.

  1. Cuidado Com o Dálmata – yah, eu sei que foste tu que me deste o selo e tal mas realmente preciso de encher a lista lol xD
  2. Livros & Chá Quente – a mesma coisa ^_^
  3. O Livro Que Deu Um Pum
  4. A Little Bit of Chaos
  5. Não Mexas Nas Minhas Bugigangas
  6. Bookeater/Booklover
  7. Este Meu Cantinho…
  8. Marcador de Livros
  9. Words à La Carte
  10. O Labirinto dos Livros