sábado, 21 de outubro de 2017

Dewey's Challenge: 10 Years in 10 Books


In celebration of 10 YEARS of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, we’re doing a grand challenge that will last the entirety of the event:
10 Years in 10 Books! 

The Details:
Submit one book recommendation published in each year of the Readathon (2007-2017).

2007

Thirteen Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

I watched the series this year and was totally in love with it - soon after, I read the book and, even though the series meant a lot more to me than the book, it's still a great read.

2008

Fire Study (Study, #3)
Fire Study, by Maria V. Snyder

I really loved the first three books of Study, although Fire Study was my least favorite. I read it only this year but I hope, in the near future, to read the continuation of the series - the first book was so amazing I now need to read everything about it.

2009

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

What's not to love about this book? I read it last year for Dewey's in October, if I remember it correctly. I'm still afraid of reading its continuation and destroy the magic this book made me feel.

2010

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
Switched, by Amanda Hocking

I read the Trylle trilogy last year and I pretty much devoured it. It was a great reading and there's Loki - enough said.

2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

I can't put into words how much I love this book and the series. It's just one of the best damn things I have ever read in my life!

2012

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)
Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks

This book didn't change my life but still was a light and funny read.

2013

Written in Red (The Others, #1)
Written in Red, by Anne Bishop

My beautiful, precious and perfect Anne Bishop. The Others is an amazing series and I can't wait to read the new one being published in Portugal this year.

2014

The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters

What an amazing novel, it truly is. But then again, Sarah Waters has something special about her.

2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

This book made Sarah J. Maas one of my top authors. That's how good this is.

2016

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo

Oh man... again, no words to express myself how deeply amazing and utterly perfect this book is.

2017

According to Goodreads, I didn't read one single book that was published in 2017, only "want to read" some books, so I'm leaving here three of them:

Caraval (Caraval, #1)One of Us Is LyingGeekerella
Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus
Geekerella, by Ashley Poston

So these are my recommendations for you! I hope you liked them 😊

Dewey's Read-a-Thon - October 2017

And so Dewey's is done! I'm a little sad because I was really aiming for the 24 hours, but I can't complain. I did read a lot, I had a blast doing the challenges and I really liked the chance to cheer even for such a short time.

So, here's my stats for this read-a-thon:

Hours spent reading: 10 hours and 43 minutes
Pages read: 534 pages
Books: 5 (finished 4)
Challenges: 10
Snacks: Cake, Skittles, dried pear and olives
Drinks: only coffee
Reading spots: couch, living room floor, bed, kitchen floor, bathroom

So, considering I was only truly active during 15 hours, I guess it's not that bad - I spent almost 11 hours out of 15 reading, so I'm cool with it. I made a lot of progress for two Halloween read-a-thons I'm in during October so it's really cool. I managed to fulfill my TBR, kinda - if I was able to do the 24 hours, I'm pretty sure I'd finish 20th Century Ghosts and would be able to start The Awakening, but well. Still a pretty good read-a-thon 😄 It's Dewey's - what's not to love?

Currently Reading: 20th Century Ghosts
Number of Pages Read: 56 pages
Time Spent Reading: 113 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 9
Books Finished: 4

Closing Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 13, when all my plans were ruh-ined, as Stewie Griffin would say.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
So I finished The Mummy and The Countess, started and finished Sonhos Malditos and another with a huge title and started 20th Century Ghosts.

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
Just read what makes you happy!

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
I can't honestly remember anything.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
I sure hope I can free my schedule for the next Read-a-thon!


Currently Reading: 20th Century Ghosts
Number of Pages Read: 11 pages
Time Spent Reading: 15 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 9
Books Finished: 4

Currently Reading: The Countess
Number of Pages Read: 68 pages
Time Spent Reading: 75 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 9
Books Finished: 3

At this point, I had some friends coming over to my house, which meant that I would have to stop the read-a-thon. I ended up going to bed around hour 18, to wake up at hour 22. The number of pages read and time spent reading are together because I had to take the time to get the house ready to have people so I tried to read as much as I could in those two hours - and I am also counting a few pages I read before felling asleep.

I don't believe I'll be doing more challenges until the end, because as I am so late in my reading, I really want to focus on that.

Currently Reading: The Countess
Number of Pages Read: 31 pages
Time Spent Reading: 33 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 8
Books Finished: 3

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
Almost done with The Countess.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Finished one and started and finished two more.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
At this point, I really hope I can start The Awakening, by L.J. Smith.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Not that many - two calls, my cats, having to tidy up my reading nest.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
The fact that I still didn't fall asleep 😆


Currently Reading: The Countess
Number of Pages Read: 40 pages
Time Spent Reading: 52 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 7
Books Finished: 3

Make New Friends

So for this challenge, we are bringing back cheerleaders.

This sounds like fun, and here I go visit five blogs and leave there a nice comment 😄

Currently Reading: The Countess
Number of Pages Read: 39 pages
Time Spent Reading: 50 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 7
Books Finished: 3

I thought about doing this challenge, but what I'm reading is in Portuguese and I would take way too long to finish the challenge and then translate into English just for the sake of being a part of the challenge. So, I'll just be part of the reading and move on with my The Countess, that I am totally loving.

Currently Reading: 20th Century Ghosts
Number of Pages Read: 30 pages
Time Spent Reading: 30 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 7
Books Finished: 3

Currently Reading: Fantasmas, Vampiros, Demónios e Histórias de Outros Monstros
Number of Pages Read: 26 pages
Time Spent Reading: 32 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 6
Books Finished: 2

Cover From Memory

What I want you to do is think of a book. A creepy, scary, and/or vaguely spooky book... bc Halloween. Now, with no googling or shelf-searching, you need to draw it. 


Ok, this sucks so much it's almost painful! But drawing from memory it's not one of my best qualities... or drawing at all.

Currently Reading: The Countess
Number of Pages Read: 36 pages
Time Spent Reading: 44 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 6
Books Finished: 2

The challenge for this hour is super fun but I'm not able to finish it - it's a crosswords puzzle, something that I really enjoy doing, but I won't be finishing this one. There are some answers that I don't know and I don't feel like searching for them online forever - I want to read!

Currently Reading: The Countess
Number of Pages Read: 26 pages
Time Spent Reading: 30 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 5
Books Finished: 2

Thrills and Chills

Post a pic of a thrilling or chilling book.



Few books are as chilling as The Exorcist!

Currently Reading: Fantasmas, Vampiros, Demónios e Histórias de Outros Monstros
Number of Pages Read: 32 minutes
Time Spent Reading: 36 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 4
Books Finished: 2

#ReadMoreWomen

For this challenge, we want to see a stack of some of your favorite books by women.


Here are my piles for two of my favorite female writers: Anne Bishop and Juliet Marillier 💖

Currently Reading: Sonhos Malditos
Number of Pages Read: 22 pages
Time Spent Reading: 31 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 3
Books Finished: 1

Readathon Memories Challenge

All you have to do to enter this mini-challenge is tell me your favorite book.  (I can hear you all groaning.)  I know that is an impossible request so, to make it easier, I've narrowed the field.  Tell me the favorite book you read during each Dewey's Readathon in which you have participated. Please identify by month/season and year.  (Example:  Spring 2011, The Illustrated Tiddlywink Handbook)  For those of you joining us for the first time, just tell me a book you've already completed, or the one you're most looking forward to in the coming hours.

April 2017 - only finished one book, The Song of Troy, by Colleen McCullough
October 2016 - only read one book, Salem's Lot, by Stephen King
April 2014 - A Ilha de Melquisedech, by Vera de Vilhena
October 2013 - Poe, by J. Lincoln Fenn

Currently Reading: The Mummy
Number of Pages Read: 62 pages
Time Spent Reading: 51 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 2

Book and Beverage

Needed a quick break from reading? I have a fun mini-challenge, just take a picture of your current read and your current beverage, post it up somewhere and link it below. Use #RATbookdrink so I can check them out on social media!

Well, at this point all I can think about is coffee! I know, it's still too soon, but gotta keep the energy flowing 😉


Currently Reading: The Mummy, by Anne Rice
Number of Pages Read: 55 pages
Time Spent Reading: 51 minutes
Mini-Challenges Completed: 1

Traveler's Log

This #Readathon, where will the stories take you? Are you going on a road trip, sailing on the high seas, or boldly going where no one has gone before? For this mini-challenge, I invite you to share your travel log: that is, what cities, realms or galaxies you get to visit together with your books' characters. How you present it is totally up to you: anything from a simple itinerary, to a mini-tale about how you stopped in Paris for a pick-me-up coffee before going to battle orcs in Moria.

I'm visiting Egypt in an adventure that travels through centuries. From Egypt to England and then Egypt again, through the Valley of the Kings to the Great Pyramid of Giza, where magic and curses dance together and where love and death hold hands. I've been traveling by boat, by car, by horse, by foot - it has been one amazing journey!

Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Portugal.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Finishing The Mummy and maybe the one by Henry Bugalho, I really hope it's spooky as hell.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Skittles!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Mom of two beautiful cats and totally in love with books... and cats.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I was in on the last read-a-thon, and the thing I'll do different today is that I'll really try to make the 24 hours - my schedule is empty, my friends were warned about leaving me alone, so I really hope I can make it.

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YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!

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Ok, you get it 😄 So, here it goes! I'll update this post each hour that goes by.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon - Almost Here!

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Less than two hours for the beginning of Dewey's! I am beyond happy with this. I tried to get as much sleep as I could this night (only managed to sleep around 10 hours), woke up at 10 a.m. and made soup and prepared some snacks and made a lot of coffee and cleaned the house so that, at 1 p.m., I can start the 24 hours adventure.

👉 Snacks

I'll try not to snack that much, otherwise I know I'll spend half of my time eating. So, I only have Skittles, some slices of cake and dried pear to snack every once in a while. Hopefully I'll stick to these snacks and will not go running to chocolate, cookies, mini croissants, chocolate bars or yogurts. Wish me luck - just the thought of so many good things is making me think twice. Gotta be strong!

Also, I made soup so I have a fast and healthy meal for dinner today and lunch tomorrow. This way I won't be wasting time cooking. On top of this, lots of coffee and chocolate soy milk will make my day.


👉 Reading Spots

Most of my reading will be done in the living room, spread on the couch. This way I'm closer to my bookshelves but also is where my laptop is, and as I'm lazy, I don't feel like moving the laptop nowhere else 😆 Easy access to the kitchen, easy access to books and computer, and a lot of light - this, my blanket and my cats and Dewey's is paradise.


👉 Books

So I will definitely finish the Mummy, by Anne Rice, since I am very close to the end of it. I also want to read two e-books, Sonhos Malditos by Carina Rosa and one of horror by Henry Alfred Bugalho, which will make me very afraid of being home alone - at least that's what I'm hoping for 😈  I believe these three I'll be able to read before dinner tonight, and from there I'll see what I feel like reading. Most likely, I'll continue reading The Countess by Rebecca Johns and start a Joe Hill e-book.
I'm still in doubt if I should read Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris, I started it a while ago but didn't make it too far... we'll see.

👉 Surroundings

So my TV will be turned on on Fox Comedy all day long. Not that I pay too much attention to it but I like having background noise. I remembered last year there was a post about playlists on Spotify to listen to while reading, but this year I will not try it. I end up not paying attention at all to the music and even though it's also background noise, well... don't judge me, but I just prefer the television with The Simpsons or Family Guy (or New Girl Jess, since it's what's on right now) on the background.

And I believe is it just about this. I'm going to take some pics of the TBR just in case I feel like posting them later and will try and relax a little bit before the adventure. I can't wait for it to begin!

sexta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2017

Um dos melhores fins-de-semana do ano começa amanhã

Finalmente o Dewey's está a umas horas de começar, e isto juntando ao #spookathon, #frightfall, #mloutonoinverno2017 e #lecomoestiveres, isto vai ser uma festa 😄

Resultado de imagem para dewey's readathon

Então, como é que vai funcionar este fim de semana? Eis os meus planos:

O Dewey's começa, se não estou em erro, às 13h, portanto a partir daí, será uma batalha entre livros, sono e comida para me manter durante as 24 horas. Ora, o passatempo d'A Síndrome de Peter Pan acaba hoje, portanto, se conseguir, amanhã de manhã ainda publico o/a vencedor/a, senão, o mais tardar, segunda-feira de tarde anuncio o resultado. Combinado?

Agora, vamos aos PLANOS para um dos melhores fins-de-semana do ano 💓

Spook-a-Thon 2017
FrightFall 2017

A Spook-a-thon e a FrightFall, as maratonas de Outubro, vão ser o meu mote para a escolha dos livros nestas 24 horas. Espero conseguir terminar A Múmia, de Anne Rice (faltam-me 174 páginas) e conseguir começar e terminar Sonhos Malditos, de Carina Rosa, e o de terror de Henry Alfred Bugalho - são aqueles livros pequeninos que se lêem bem e rápido e dão-nos sempre aquela sensação de estarmos a chegar a algum lado 😃

A Mumia Ou Ramses, O MalditoSonhos malditosFantasmas, Vampiros, Demônios e histórias de outros Monstros

Contando que entre desafios e leituras e batalhas intermináveis contra o sono ainda consiga arranjar espaço para outro livro, então espero conseguir continuar a leitura de A Condessa ou, quem sabe, começar o de Joe Hill, Fantasmas do Séc. XX.

A CondessaFantasmas Do Século XX

Concluindo, é a minha TBR da Spook-a-thon 😆

Entretanto, alguns destes livros vão-se encaixar na Maratona Literária Outono/Inverno 2017, cujo post de apresentação (apesar de ter começado no dia 15) vai sair para a semana. E para os mais desatentos, façam favor de espreitar o vídeo da Dora aqui e vamos lá aderir ao #lecomoestiveres, uma mini-maratona/desafio que vai decorrer entre as 20h de hoje e as 8h de segunda-feira. Espreitem o vídeo e descubram do que se trata, está bem engraçado!

Foto de Roberta Frontini.


Portanto, espera-me um fim-de-semana em cheio e mal posso esperar que ele comece! E vocês, que planos têm para este maravilhoso fim-de-semana?

quarta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2017

Book Blogger Hop #23


Quem é o teu autor favorito de horror / suspense e porquê?

Estas são sempre aquelas perguntas difíceis porque automaticamente vieram-me à mente dois nomes: Anne Rice e Stephen King. Apesar de adorar Anne Rice muito mais, sem comparação, não posso deixar de mencionar Stephen King.

Anne Rice é uma das minhas autoras de eleição, como vocês já sabem. Apesar de não ser aquela escritora mestre em nos dar arrepios na espinha (pelo menos, do que já li dela), penso que é de qualquer das formas considerada uma autora de terror, ou, pelo menos, de sobrenatural. O romantismo da sua escrita, o erotismo das suas histórias, a beleza dos seus universos, é tudo tão perfeito que é-me difícil encontrar autores que consigam chegar ao seu nível. Mais uma vez, não é uma autora que nos deixe os cabelos em pé, mas de certeza que é bem capaz de nos deixar com pele de galinha ao  ler alguma das suas descrições poeticamente assombrosas.

E claro, Stephen King. Como deixar passar uma pergunta destas sem falar de um dos mestres de terror? A minha aventura com o autor começou com um livro que de terror tem pouco (ou pelo menos assim me pareceu quando o li, já foi há uns bons anos atrás): A História de Lisey. Daí passei para uns contos que, há uns sete anos atrás, me deram vontade de criar um blogue literário pois o que eu tinha lido era tão soberbo que tinha de falar sobre isso. Algum do seu terror pode ser já um bocadinho ultrapassado, mas continua a ser um autor que aprecio imenso, estando ainda longe de ler todas as suas obras. Para já, a que mais gostei foi Carrie, e espero ser este o ano em que finalmente leio A Luz.

Menção honrosa, claro está, para Edgar Allan Pöe. Apesar de não me ter saltado logo à ideia, é um autor que me é muito querido e dispensa apresentações - apesar de um terror que hoje em dia pouco mais nos deixa um tudo ou nada sobressaltados, a sua obra e o seu génio continuam eternos.

Uma última menção honrosa para William Peter Blatty. Apesar de só ter lido O Exorcista, damn... aquele homem sabe escrever terror.

E vocês? Quais os autores que mais apreciam dentro deste género?
Dêem-me recomendações 😄

segunda-feira, 16 de outubro de 2017

A Síndrome de Peter Pan, de Eliana Pyhn - Sinopse & Opinião [4 Estações]

A Síndrome de Peter Pan
Título: A Síndrome de Peter Pan
Autora: Eliana G. Pyhn
Editora: 4 Estações Editora
Ano de Publicação: 2017
Número de Páginas: 208

O relacionamento apresentado neste livro mostra uma realidade que inúmeras mulheres enfrentam na vida quotidiana, tanto real como virtual, ao encontrarem parceiros portadores da Síndrome de Peter Pan.
E é, precisamente o que vivemos hoje, uma sociedade carente de adultos, de referências maduras e de verdadeiros líderes, mas, saturada de comportamento adolescente.
Uma sociedade de Peter Pans vive à margem do mundo real, caminhando sem rumo e sem propósito, resultando na estagnação de toda uma geração.

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Ao início não ia ler este livro, por ser tão diferente daquilo que normalmente leio. Dei uma vista de olhos pela novidade editorial e automaticamente marquei como não, mas passados uns dias estava intrigada com o que seria isto da Síndrome de Peter Pan. O nome soa extremamente romântico, e depois de uma rápida pesquisa, fiquei muito curiosa com o livro e com a síndrome em si. O facto de só afectar homens (maioritariamente) deixou-me ainda mais com a pulga atrás da orelha e o meu não automático tornou-se num sim muito grande e ansioso.

Tão ansioso, que li este livro num único dia.

A Síndrome de Peter Pan conta a história de Diogo e Virna, dois estranhos separados por um oceano e cujos caminhos se cruzam nos emaranhados da internet. Da sua relação aprendemos o que é esta síndrome, como se manifesta consciente e inconscientemente. A nível da história em si, pouco mais há do que isto - capítulos curtos, com as suas trocas de mensagens e e-mails e depois sempre com uma análise final, que denotava os pontos altos de como a síndrome se estava a instalar. Confesso que por vezes esta análise pareceu-me desnecessária, pois o conteúdo das mensagens andava um pouco à volta do mesmo e por vezes os capítulos eram tão curtos que a análise acabava por cortar um bocadinho o ritmo de leitura.

Não achei a relação das duas personagens muito natural, o que me fez distanciar-me um pouco do livro em si. Chamem-me antiquada ou qualquer outra coisa, mas a forma como os dois se envolveram, quase instantaneamente, e as condições, não me convenceram. O tema em si é extremamente interessante e tem pano para mangas, mas achei que a relação de Virna e Diogo deveria ser mais explorada. Mesmo assim, não deixei de apreciar a leitura e sem dúvida que aconselho este livro.

É muito raro fugir à minha zona de conforto no que toca a livros, mas neste caso, ainda bem que o fiz. Desconhecia por completo esta síndrome e sem dúvida que, apesar de a sua teoria ter aparecido pela primeira vez em 1983, sinto que a cada ano que passa se torna cada vez mais actual. Pelo que pude perceber, não há evidências de que esta síndrome seja uma doença psicológica real, e por isso não está referenciada nos manuais de transtornos mentais(*), mas de certeza que todos nós conhecemos um Peter Pan - e até que ponto é que seremos capazes de ler este livro e de reconhecer em nós o Peter Pan? Aqui fica o desafio!

Mais uma vez, uma edição de muito bonita, com a parte gráfica do início dos capítulos muito bem trabalhada e que torna a leitura mais agradável. Um pequeno grande livro, com muito para aprender e uma leitura que vale definitivamente a pena.

terça-feira, 10 de outubro de 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #67


10 livros cujas capas fazem lembrar o Outono

Há estação do ano mais bonita que o Outono? Não! E a juntar isto a book covers porn, adoro este TTT 😍
Em vez de me limitar a pesquisar no Google e a aumentar a minha TBR, dei uma volta nas minhas estantes e deixo-vos aqui a minha selecção de dez capas outonais:

1. O Homem que Perseguia o Tempo, de Dianne Setterfield
2. O Jardim Secreto, de Francisco Gouveia
3. Império Terra, de Paulo Fonseca
4. Lail-Ah, O Divórcio de Deus, de H. James Kutscka

O Homem que Perseguia o TempoO Jardim Secreto
Império Terra - O PrincípioLail-Ah, O Divórcio de Deus

Neste ponto, fiquei sem mais opções físicas 😆 Então lá fui eu ver a minha TBR no Goodreads, e aqui ficam:

5. Graveminder, de Melissa Marr
6. O Décimo Terceiro Conto, de Diane Setterfield
7. Fire and Hemlock, de Diana Wynne Jones
8. A História de Edgar Sawtelle, de David Wroblewski
9. Lady Macbeth, de Susan Fraser King
10. The Becoming of Noah Shaw, de Michelle Hodkin 💗

Graveminder (Graveminder, #1)O Décimo Terceiro ContoFire and Hemlock
A História de Edgar SawtelleLady MacbethThe Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)