my favorite documentaries

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I wanted to share about a recent passion of mine that has nothing to do with books. It’s funny that I’m in love with documentaries now, because I was just reading old journal entries and I mentioned that I hated them. Well, things definitely changed and I decided to choose my top favorites to talk about today.

1. GET ME ROGER STONE

This is a documentary for those who are interested in politics, which I just became recently. As the name suggests, this documentary follows Roger Stone, an infamous figure in the US politics, that recently served as an adviser for Trump’s early campaign. And though I couldn’t disagree more with  Trump’s politics, both him and Stone are very interesting figures to follow.

Roger Stone is known for being a dirty trickster and for having Richard Nixon’s face tattoed in his back. Getting to know about him is understanding the dark side of American politics, as well as how fake-news have been helping campaigns for years before the term even became popular. In order to criticize someone, we have to know them, which is why I found this so incredible to watch.

2. DIANA: IN HER OWN WORDS

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As a pop-culture lover, I certainly know very few things about most 90’s stars. And though Lady Di was not an artist, she was definitely a very popular figure of that time. Getting to know her, through her own perspective in this documentary, was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever watched.

Lady Di was a wonderful woman and I was absolutely unaware of the amount of struggles that she went through, from eating disorders to the media pressure. It is a slow paced documentary, with just pictures and old video footage, along with her own audio, but very insightful and absolutely beautiful.

3. THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK

If you don’t know anything about The Beatles – like me, that only knew 2/4 of them -, I wouldn’t say start with this one. ‘How The Beatles Changed The World‘ would probably be the best one for beginners, because it covers their entire career, with all the ups and down. Eight Days a Week, on the other hand, focuses solely on the ‘touring years‘, aka, the beginning of their career.

Because I’m much more interested in the early 60s and my favorite albums by The Beatles are their first ones, I enjoyed this one a lot more. It’s a very interesting take on the Beatlemania and in the early boyband-fan culture, which is obviously very relatable. And I’m still impressed by the fact they were able to perform on synch even though they didn’t listen to each other at all, while on stage. Like, how?!

4. 13TH

I actually watched this documentary on class, and it moved some of my classmates to tears. 13th, in the name, refers to the 13th amendmant in the American Constitution, that abolished slavery as an aftermath of Civil War. As you can expect, it will be all about the lives of black people in the United States today.

Actually, the documentary tackles mostly the problem of mass incarceration of communities of color in the country. It’s such a well done project: there are historical elements, mixed in with shocking data and a very engaging and dynamic presentation that makes it delightful to watch. If the theme sparks your interest, it’s a must check!

5. FYRE

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This is a documentary I watched recently and it was fascinating and crazy at the same time. As the name suggest, Fyre follows the process and the outcome of the Fyre Festival that happened in 2017 and was the biggest disaster of all times. In case you’re not familiar with the story: this festival was advertised as the biggest music festival of this age, set in a desert island with tickets around $10,000. It all turned out to be a huge scam in the end, and the documentary follows how it all came to be pretty well.

One of my favorite things about this one though was how it shed light to the lives affected by the outcome of the scam. Most people got back into planes, returned to their homes and moved on with their lives. But the locals in the Bahamas, who rent their homes, worked their butts off and tried to pull this thing together never even got paid. It’s a side of the story that I had never really thought about before, and I’m glad the docmmentary was able to tell it.

These are all the documentaries I have to share today! All of them are either original Netflix’s or available on the platform, so it should be pretty easy to find if you want to watch it. If you have any favorite documentary yourself, please share in the comments, as I’m constantly looking for recommendations! ☀️

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who am i book tag

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m bringing yet another book tag. This one is quite different, though, and I love the questions! The first time I saw this tag was in Adriana‘s channel @ Perpetual Pages (which is by the way, a phenomenal channel and they’re amazingggg).

This tag was started by PBS Digital Studios in conjunction with The Great American Read, around the time when you were supposed to vote for America’s Favorite Novel. I’m not American, so you can imagine I barely glanced twice at this, but the questions were great, so I’ll be answering nonetheless!

ONE. If your life were a book genre, what would it be?

Definitely a YA contemporary. I actually imagine my life as a book sometimes, and I write a lot based in my own experiences – or how I wish they would turn out, because life is boring but books are not. Not that they actually become anything more than a paragraph, most of the times, but it’s a fun way to look at my life – through a fictional lense.

Here’s a paragraph that I wrote last year, when I was in New York City, taking the subway everyday. It’s super random, and doesn’t mean much, but it shows how much I take inspiration from things that happen around me when I’m writing.

He slipped through the subway doors right as they were closing. His body moved so subtly and swiftly, and in a glimpse of an eye he was inside. I didn’t even see him moving, except when his long legs and hooded eyes were already inside the wagon.

TWO. What villain from a book do you identify with the most?

PJOThis is a weird question, because I typically don’t like villains or morally grey characters. But Luke Castellan, from Percy Jackson, is pretty much me sometimes.

  • Holds grugdges ✔️
  • Bad relationship with their father ✔️
  • Doesn’t know how to cook ✔️
  • Doesn’t cope well with failure ✔️

Uh, yeah. Pretty much me. I do like to believe I’m not such an antagonist, though.

 

THREE. What protagonist are you most similar to? 

One of the first protagonists I deeply related with was Tris, from Divergent. She’s selfless and smart, which are traits I share. Granted, she’s much more of a badass than I’ll ever be, but I still felt like we’d be great friends if we shared the same world. Plus, every test I took would put me in either Abnegation or Erudite, so there’s only Dauntless keeping us apart, if you think about it.

Apart from Tris, I also need to mention Ari, from Ari & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I read this book for the first time when I was fourteen, so we were pretty close on age. From his relationship with his father, to his thoughts and feelings of inadequacy, Ari was one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever encountered in YA.

FOUR. Which book did you connect with in the past that you no longer do?

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That will for sure have to be The Hunger Games trilogy. When I first picked up this series, I think I was severely carried away by the hype. I have more memories of feeling frustrated towards the book than I have of actually enjoying it.

Over the years, my rating has changed a lot. I’m still overall thankful for the series, because it introduced me to other dystopians that I love (as Divergent and The Maze Runner), but I certainly don’t have the same love for the characters as I once did.

FIVE. What recent book read would you love to be a character in?

Obviously, Truly Devious! I love the idea of an academy for kids that are incredibly passionate about one thing. I don’t think I’m particularly excelent in anything, except perhaps procrastinating, but as a fictional character, I could thrive a lot more.

I actually think about how much better I’d be as a fictional character than as a real person approximately 43 times a day.

If I could be part of the Truly Devious cast, I’d love to be the dancer – because I have zero dancing skills but am obsessed with ballet nonetheless.

SIX. How do your reading habits show off your personality?

The fact I don’t have many reading habits just show that my life is CONSTANTLY all over the place. I have no idea what’s going on half of the time.

I think the only thing I do consistently is track my reading. I love the idea to track my star ratings and my overall thoughts on a book, just as much as I love tracking my favorite songs for the month or all the movies I’ve watched. I’m a tracker, not a planner.

I also don’t have TBRs and consider myself a mood reader, because I’m absolutely incapable of doing things that I set myself to. By the time I write a to-do list, it’s ruined. I have to go with the flow.

SEVEN. What book taught you something about yourself?

I think Ari & Dante was a super life-changing novel for me, so it couldn’t be any other. Just the realization that my feelings were understood and therefore valid, even if I was relating to fictional people, was a super important moment for me. This book means more to me than I can explain, and it definitely taught me that it’s okay to feel out of place in your own skin sometimes.

 

 

 

Let me hear from you in the comments down below! Which book have you changed your opinion on? And if you were in the Ellingham Academy, what would you be known for?

characters who would be sorted in my hogwarts house

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m taking part in my first ever TOP 5 WEDNESDAY. It is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes, one of my favorite booktubers ever. And this week’s topic sounded like a lot of fun, and I’ll finally have the chance to play sorting hat!

My Hogwarts house is currently in a crisis, as every other aspect of my life, truly. I’ve always been a Slytherin, as it is the house I mostly identify with. But as I took the most recent Pottermore test, I ended up being sorted in Ravenclaw. I do like both houses and I feel like my personality would fit in both, so I truly don’t know where I stand.

For the sake of this post, I’ll be sorting characters in Slytherin. Maybe in the future, I can do a part 2 and sort some for Ravenclaw too! Let’s get started:

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Slytherins tend to be ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented. They also have highly developed senses of self-preservation. This means that Slytherins tend to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done. Slytherins tend to take charge and possess strong leadership skills. Slytherins are often self-assured and confident of their own competence and can be very loyal. 

1. STEVIE, FROM TRULY DEVIOUS

Now, Stevie could also be sorted into Ravenclaw, that’s for sure. She’s witty and observant, but there’s something about her personality that just makes me feel like she’d be better fit in Slytherin.

She’s obsessed with true crime, investigations and listening to podcasts about murders. I also feel like she has a very leader-like personality, and wants to be ahead of everyone, which is so Slytherin of her. Even though she’s still developing some self-confidence, I think throughout the novel she grows a lot more sure of her skills.

2. BAZ PITCH, FROM CARRY ON

Now, I know, I know: Rainbow Rowell has already sorted Baz as a Hufflepuff. And considering she’s the writer of the book and all, she’s the most trustworthy source I can think of. But it’s still okay to come up with headcanons, right?

Baz is such a Slytherin for me. He’s cunning and overdramatic. Feels things so intensely all the time. Definitely a leader. Sarcasm is his only language. He’s also *very* self-destructive, which though not a canon Slytherin trait, is a common thread for a few.

Basically: I love Baz too much and I want to be in the same house as he is, so, yeah.

3. HANNA DONNELLY, FROM THE ILLUMINAE FILES

I feel like Hanna would be one of those Slytherins that could’ve also been sorted in Gryffindor. These two houses are very similar, so I can see The Sorting Hat debating about Hanna like it did with Harry.

There’s absolutely no doubt that this girl is brave AF and definitely loyal too, but something about her planning skills just scream Slytherin to me.

She is a true strategyst and knows how to look ahead and expect her oponnent’s other moves. And she knows she’s badass, so we can tick the confidence out of the way too.

2. HELENE AQUILLA, FROM AN EMBER IN THE ASHES

Similar to Hanna, Helene is a true strategyst. I also feel like she could be a Gryffindor, but especially in the second book, we get to see a darker side of her that truly fits nowhere else but in Slytherin.

  • Leader-ship ✔️
  • Ambition ✔️
  • Self-confidence ✔️
  • Loyalty ✔️

Actually, my favorite trait about Helene’s character is her loyalty. She’ll do anything for the people that she has declared her loyalty for – even if these are not the smartest of the choices. And even if loyalty is more of a Hufflepuff trait than anything, I think to certain extents it can be very Slytherin too.

1. PERCY JACKSON

Speaking of loyalty, there’s Percy Jackson.

The fandom is kinda divided about this matter: some people are sure that Percy is a Hufflepuff. But I’m a hardcore Slytherin!Percy all the way.

The moment that truly solidified this for me was during House of Hades.

How was he keeping his cool? The way he talked to Bob left Annabeth awestruck… and maybe a little uneasy, too. If he’d been manipulating Bob into making that choice… well, then, Annabeth was stunned that Percy could be so calculating.

He met her eyes, but she couldn’t read his expression. That bothered her, too.

Resultado de imagem para percy jackson fanartPercy was so cunning during this scene – and many others throughout the series too. He definitely knows how to manipulate people into getting what he wants. Mostly monsters who want to kill him, but still.

His fatal flaw is loyalty, and similar to Helene, it’s the type of trait that, when the stakes are high, can be very dangerous. And I think Percy is the type to let the world burn in flames if he has to save his friends – which is pretty Slytherin if you ask me.

 

 

Yay! This was fun! Let me know in the comments which characters would you sort into Slytherin or your personal Hogwarts house!

 

the naughty or nice book tag!

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Hello, fellow bookworms!

The lovely Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages tagged me in the Naughty & Nice tag, and I was instantly super excited about it. First: because Taasia is an angel and her blog is flawless, along with all of her content. Second: because the tag is a loooot of fun.

Even though it’s more of a Christmas related tag, it’s always time for some Christmas spirit, right? (Says me, the Grinch, who absolutely hates Christmas but gets soft over Christmas songs). I am excited to answer some of these, as I feel like I’m the naughtiest of the readers out there. I’ll understand if we can not be friends after this, lol.

Let’s check my answers:

RECEIVED AND ARC AND NOT REVIEWED IT

Bold of you to assume I even know what ARCs are, lol. I don’t know how to answer this, though, but I guess it makes me nice as I have never received an ARC, therefore I have absolutely no pressure to review it either!

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HAVE LESS THAN 60% FEEDBACK RATING ON NETGALLEY

Fun fact: I’ve never opened Netgalley in my life. I don’t even know what their interface looks like, lol. Am I even considered a book blogger after this?

I’ve never seen the point of it, basically. I don’t have enough of a following to request ARCs, plus I’m in Brazil and we all know how Netgalley loves the international blogger community, so I never even thought of opening it & seeing how it looks like.

But I did for the sake of this tag, and this is what I found:

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My first impressions on the Netgalley website:

  • It’s more colorful than I thought.
  • It also looks very welcoming. For some reason, I was expecting a dark and mysterious website, like: “are you even Allowed to be here?”
  • I’ve never seen any of the books in display, but the third one (The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green) looks cute.

So I think this makes me nice AF, honestly. And I’m sure I’ve also taken you guys through a memory hole as you try to remember the first time you’ve ever opened Netgalley too.

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RATED A BOOK ON GOODREADS AND PROMISED A FULL REVIEW WAS TO COME ON YOUR BLOG (AND NEVER DID)

I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever promised a full review on my blog, so this doesn’t exactly make me naughty. Considering I didn’t break any promises, I think I’m safe. But out of all 10 books I read, I do only write a full review for 2 and I have no. regrets.

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FOLDED DOWN THE PAGE OF A BOOK

Bro, sometimes, you just don’t have a bookmark around. It’s practical and only self-damaging, as I never did this to books I don’t owe. It’s cool.

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DNF-ed A BOOK THIS YEAR

Technically, I’m doing this a bit earlier than you should (it is a Christmas tag, after all), but 2019 has been okay about not DNF-ing books. I don’t think 2018 was any different, so I’m safe.

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BOUGHT A BOOK PURELY BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY WITH NO INTENTION OF READING IT

What type of first world assumption is this? Like I have the money to spend on books just for the aesthetic, honestly. I’ve bought books because they were pretty, of course, but I also wanted to read them. I acquired the first three books in the Percy Jackson series with the new covers, even if I already owe them, BUT I also wanted to re-read the series anyway, and I did make use of the new editions.

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READ WHILST YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE (HOMEWORK)

Jeez, I read in class so many times this past year I can’t even count. So, yeah, I was 100% supposed to be paying attention to my Physics class, but my book was a lot more entertaining. I’m not sorry.

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SKIM READ A BOOK

A daily activity. I skim read *a lot* of books. Jump to the dialogues. Skip whole paragraphs. I’m a mess, truly.

Recently, though, this became a problem, when I read ‘The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory’. The book didn’t really have sex scenes, but rather sex paragraphes. Which means that I could miss a lot with my skim-reading, lol.

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COMPLETELY MISSED YOUR READING GOAL

People who have completed all their Goodreads goals are WIZARDS. Hogwarts, come collect them.

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BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT TO THE LIBRARY

I still have two childhood books that I never returned to my school’s library. I still have the stickers, the plastic and even that tiny file at the end of the book with all the people who got it before me. So, yeah, super guilty.

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BROKE A BOOK BUYING BAN

Well, I never really had a book buying ban. I think it’s pretty luxurious to have one, if I’m honest. Most of the time, I’m TRYING to buy a book not really trying to STOP it, lol.

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STARTED A REVIEW, LEFT IT FOR AGES, AND THEN FORGOT WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT

One thing I can actually be proud of: I have very good memory, and I remember my books pretty well, even after months. At least, I’m safe for this one.

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WROTE IN A BOOK YOU WERE READING

I like to highlight my favorite quotes more than I like to write in my books. I don’t think I have enough comments to add, but I’ve been thinking about it. I’ve written in books for required reads before, but just a couple “translations” for passages that I couldn’t understand. I do think this makes me naughty nonetheless, though.

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FINISHED A BOOK AND NOT ADDED IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

I finish books solely so I can add them to my Goodreads. It’s my biggest pleasure. I’d never.

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BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT TO A FRIEND

I’m the friend that lends the books and never gets them back, so I don’t think it would work the other way around. Should probably try one day, though.

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DODGED SOMEONE ASKING WHETHER THEY CAN BORROW A BOOK

Uhhhh….

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BROKE THE SPINE OF SOMEONE ELSE’S BOOK

Never for someone else. But a lot of times for my own books. It’s much more comfortable to read with a broken spine. Don’t @ me.

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TOOK THE JACKET OFF A BOOK TO PROTECT IT AND ENDED UP MAKING IT MORE DAMAGED

This is my life story in one sentence. I typically take the jacket off because it’s more comfortable to read without it, though, but it’s never in a good condition once I put it back on.

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SAT ON A BOOK ACCIDENTALLY

Uhhh… I think?

What’s the crime on that, though? I sit on my phone accidentally on a daily basis. It’s fine.

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OVERALL…

  • Naughty: 9
  • Nice: 10

That was tight, but I think I’m nice? Shocked. Guess we can still be friends, then!

Let me know down below: would you be considered a naughty or nice reader? And do you still remember your first thoughts opening up the Netgalley page? Oh, and once again, thanks Taasia for tagging me!

90’s movies book tag!

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

I just recently found out about this beauty, called The 90s Movies Book Tag and I was instantly thrilled. This tag was created by Kayleigh, from A Book Lovers Playlist and it pretty much encompasses everything that I love in life: books and corny movies.

And because I shall rave about poorly-written rom-coms at any given time, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to answer it. So, let’s get starteddd!

(Also, I won’t be answering to the whole tag because I frankly don’t know all the movies in the list. I’ll be adding more recommendations at the end, though!)

1. SHE’S ALL THAT

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NAME A BOOK COUPLE THAT’S AN ODD PAIRING BUT THEY STILL FIT PERFECTLY

First of all, let’s talk about She’s All That for a second here, shall we. Even though I know this is a classic rom-com, I just couldn’t care enough for the characters. Honestly, I was not even bothered by the fact the girl went from nerd to hottie just by removing her glasses (🙄), because that’s the type of corny I can deal with. But the characters were just bland and boring and not humorous at all?

Anyway. As for my unexpected book couple, I’ll say Khalid and Shazi from THE WRATH & THE DAWN. I’m looking forward to finally finishing this duology (to say I’m late is an understatement), mostly because I loved their chemistry. Under the circumstances, they were never supposed to work, but they’re amazing!

2. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

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A BOOK/SERIES YOU HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH

The answer to this question may be a surprising one, but that will have to be THE RAVEN CYCLE, BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER. This is a very hyped and popular series and I actually really loved almost all books. But everytime I find myself revisiting it, I just realize a lot of things I dislike? Like, how Blue hardly ever stands up for herself and screams ‘Gansey!’ everytime Ronan is rude with her; and yet she’s considered a badass female character. Also, Henry Cheng? No, thanks.

Basically, I love this series but there are also a lot of things I can’t stand about it.

As for 10 Things I Hate About You: there’s only love for me. I’ll say, though, Cameron/Bianca is the superior ship. Don’t @ me.

3. CLUELESS

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A CHARACTER THAT IS TOTALLY CLUELESS BUT YOU LOVE THEM ANYWAY

First of all: Clueless is a blessing to man kind. I can watch it several times and always laugh at her learning to drive scenes. Also, Paul Rudd hasn’t aged at all, which is a proof he’s a vampire. In this essay, I will

Anyway, Simon, from CARRY ON BY RAINBOW ROWELL is totally clueless sometimes. But I think it’s all part of the charm, truly. How one just doesn’t notice that their roomate and mortal enemy is also in love with them?

4. TITANIC

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NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Fun fact: I never cried with Titanic. One, because I’m soulless, but also because the ending was so predictable, how could I? I’ll say, though, I cry everytime I think about Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson. My theory is that everyone should have a Jack Dawson at least once in their lives – and specifically young Leo, with the hair falling on his eyes and all of that.

One book that made me cry recently was ALL AMERICAN BOYS. I got teary-eyed – I’ve never cried real tears with a book before, I think -, but it counts! It’s a powerful and beautiful read: one I recommend to everyone.

5. AMERICAN PIE

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A book that makes you laugh

Rainbow Rowell never fails to make me laugh, and Attachments is a book I literally laughed out loud since page one. The same goes for Rick Riordan: his sarcastic remarks are always hilarious to me.

Now, I’ve actually never watched American Pie – it’s just not my type of humor. Plus, sex makes me uncomfortable! And Bring It On is a much better franchise. :)


As for other 90s movies that I love:

  • PRETTY WOMAN. Thank God for Julia Roberts. I just don’t understand the hype around Richard Gere, though.
  • FORREST GUMP. This movie is literally art. Also, Bubba Gump – a restaurant inspired off of the movie’s story – is my favorite place in the world and I can literally taste their food in my mouth now. (I’m so hungry, *cries*).
  • NEVER BEEN KISSED. This movie is so freaking underrated??? People just don’t talk about it enough, when it’s absolutely glorious.
  • STEP MOM. Julia Roberts was the queen of the 90s and this movie makes me cry every time. I haven’t been able to listen to ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough‘ since watching it.
  • THE PARENT TRAP. I’ve watched this movie so many times is probably unhealthy. Do not understand how Lindsay Lohan didn’t get a freaking Oscar for it.

Guys! Let’s talk! What are your favorite 90s movies? And how do you feel about corny rom-coms? Also: who’s your favorite 90s actor? Are you more of a Leo DiCaprio person or Richard Gere? Let me know in the comments!

books that deserve more appreciation

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Hello, friends!

For today’s post, I decided to finally shed light in some of my favorite books that no one seems to talk that much about. Basically: let’s have me hyping up some underrated books for 5 minutes.

And, please feel free to add to this list & recommend me some of your favorite underrated reads in the comments too!

Resultado de imagem para Where She Went, by Gayle FormanWhere She Went, by Gayle Forman is the following novel in the If I Stay duology, and I don’t think enough people have read it. Or even know about it! If I Stay is a very popular book – one that I didn’t enjoy, actually. For some reason, that book gave me zero feels (I’m soulless, I know), so Where She Went was a complete surprise! I love this book a lot and should probably re-read it soon. It’s from Adam’s perspective, during a 24-hour period, in New York City. Not only the city’s scenerios are on point, but also Adam is a very conflicted character, whose perspective is very likely to break your heart. Also, did I mention he’s a rockstar? His band is called Shooting Star – which is a terrible band name, let me add -, and there’s nothing better in this world than a decadent rockstar crying out his feelings for 200 pages.

Resultado de imagem para the odds of loving grover clevelandThe Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland was one of my favorite reads of last year. Not without his faults – this book does have a few problems – I still love it & think deserves more than it gets. This book follows our main character, Zander, who’s sent to this camp for teenagers with mental health issues. There’s a very interesting and diverse cast of characters, dealing with eating disorders, schizophrenia, depression. On top of that, the friendships are beautiful and very likely to break your heart. My favorite thing about this book, though, and the reason why I feel like more people need to read it, is because The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland does not erase these characters identities. They’re definitely more than what makes them different. Even though they are struggling mentally, they’re still teenagers: eating too much candy, falling in love under The Breakfast Club references. It warms my heart and breaks a lot of stereotypes.

Resultado de imagem para two boys kissingDavid Levithan is a popular author, but I don’t think Two Boys Kissing gets the same love as some of his other novels. This one is actually my favorite by him – along with Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List. It’s a book with a very unique perspective, one that I can’t say much about without giving a lot of the book away. It follows multiple gay characters, going through literally everything. You have relationships just getting started, others which are falling apart. You have characters who are out been forever, and others who are still coming on terms with their sexualities. The main storyline is quite hilarious: Harry and Craig are now exes, but are still determined to be the first gay couple to beat the Guiness’ World Record of the longest kiss ever. It’s a beautiful book that more and more people need to know about!

Resultado de imagem para rebel of the sandsOf course, it’s not a list by Lais if I’m not here hyping the hell out of Rebel of the Sands. Because this is literally one of my favorite fantasy trilogies and no one else seems to even know about it, which is a crime, truly. Rebel of the Sands is a phenomenal fantasy series, with a desert-based mythology, a bad-ass female protagonist and a beautiful & angsty romantic relationship. Amani is our protagonist, who’s determined not to give in to the traditions of the small village set in the middle of the desert in which she lives in. At the same time that Amani is desperate to run away, so is Jin, a foreigner with a troubled past. Together, they get caught up on a rebellion, which moves to this breath-taking action-packed adventure. For fans of fantasy, this is a must-check! Please go read it so I can cry about it with others!

Resultado de imagem para the wicker kingLastly, I have The Wicker King. My broken babies had to be on the list, ofc. I feel like not enough people know about this book, as it would appeal even for non-contemporary fans. The Wicker King follows two best friends, Jack & August, as one of them starts having hallucinations. As these hallucinations get more and more vivid, the story also gets darker and darker. These protagonists are clearly just trying to do what they can to survive; they may not take the best decisions, most of the time, but they’re trying their bests. I don’t think everyone will love this, though, as the dom-sub dynamics may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it a lot. It’s heartbreaking and not easy to read. Most of the time, I just wanted to cuddle these characters and tell them that everything was going to be okay.

Sooooo, that’s my list for today. Let me know in the comments which underrated reads you think I should pick up next!

the sunshine blogger award!

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Hello, fellow bloggers and happy Wednesday!

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely meandink! It’s been a while, but I’m finally answering the questions she’s got for me. Thanks again for the nomination, and if you don’t yet follow her blog, go do so, because her content is always amazing!

RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and links back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

ONE. What is most unusual item you own?

I think we’re off to a boring start, for my part. I don’t know if I have any unusual items lying around, as I’m a pretty neat person and tend to get rid of anything that doesn’t serve me a purpose. I do still owe a few of my personal clothes from when I was a baby, which I think it’s pretty odd, though.

TWO. What superpower wouldn’t you want?

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I love this question! I know I certainly wouldn’t want the ability to read other people’s mind. I already feel uncomfortable with nothing but the assumption of what other people are thinking about me; imagine being confronted with the idea that these assumptions are real and everyone around me really hates me. No, thanks.

THREE. What two fictional worlds/book series/characters would you want to cross over?

I’d really love to see the werewolves in a setting like Six of Crows or The Gilded Wolves. Basically, a group of people having to work together, while also being werewolves. Probably because they’re my favorite creatures and there’s just not enough high-quality content with them. And also because I’m obsessed with pack dynamics/friendships, so I would love to see them working together towards a goal.

FOUR. If your life was a fictional book what would you want it to be called?

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DREAM ME THE WORLD“. So, technically, that is a quote from one of my favorite books – The Dream Thieves -, but I genuinely think would be the perfect title for a book about my life. Mostly, because I spend 90% of the time daydreaming about what my life could actually be, so it would be fitting.

FIVE. Do you think romance should be in every book?

Absolutely not. As much as I love rom-coms and all things “shippable”, I still think some stories can be ruined with the addition of romance. Not every book is fitting with a love story! Some examples that I can think of were: Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin & Starters, by Lissa Price. Both these books had romances that ultimately made me lower my rating.

SIX. What is your favourite book cover at the moment?

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Apparently, I live out of cute typography.

SEVEN. Do you like cliff hanger endings?

I do! I know they’re painful, but they really get me excited for the next books. I think if cliffhangers didn’t exist, I wouldn’t finish any series in my shelves. Really.

EIGHT. What do you wish to see more of in books?

I really wish we got to see more South-American characters (we have a lot of Mexican ones, but sometimes I just wish we’d get a Peruvian? Colombian? Venezuelan?). I am South-American myself, and it’s so hard to find that representation. Even though all countries down here are pretty different and have very distinct cultures, I still feel like I’d be able to relate to some. I also wish we got to see more asexual rep. AND WEREWOLVES! Why there’s so little werewolves in YA? Vampires, angels, faes. But not werewolves? I’m mad.

NINE. Which would you prefer to have: ‘glow in the dark’ books so you could read in the dark OR a book that floats in the position you wanted so you didn’t have to hold your arms up?

Oh, my, both of these sound amazing! I’d have to choose a “glow in the dark” book though. Mostly because my bedroom has terrible lighting, and it’s a pain to read when it’s dark outside.

kkTEN. Which character would you want to play on screen in a book adaptation? (Any book, any character)

I think I’d choose Reyna, from Heroes of Olympus. She’s from Puerto Rico, which as close from South America as any other author ever went for me. Also, I think our physical features match a lot: tanned skin? Check. Long dark hair? Check.  Perpetual resting-bitch face on? Check.

 

ELEVEN. What is the most annoying characteristic for a character to have in your opinion?

The most annoying type of characters in my opinion are the following: bad-boys who treat people like crap for no reason; the way-too-perfect, pretty vanilla type; and the ones who are constantly messing things up for the rest of the group. But how not to be annoyed by those?

MY QUESTIONS

  1. A song you’ve associated with a book/couple/character?
  2. You have the chance to dream cast your favorite character from the latest book you’ve read. Who you’re choosing?
  3. What’s your favorite romantic trope? (i.e.: friends to lovers, star-crossed lovers, etc.)
  4. Your favorite bookish friendship?
  5. A protagonist you relate to?
  6. A book you have zero interest in reading?
  7. If you could choose a literary name for yourself, which name would you choose?
  8. A book you think has the potential to become a classic one day?
  9. A book that you want to read that no one else talks about?
  10. Have you ever met your favorite author? If so, how was the experience? If not, waht would you like to tell them?
  11. Who’s your least favorite bookish couple?

I won’t be nominating eleven bloggers, but rather just five! If you’re not about tags/awards, it’s totally okay not to answer them if you don’t want to (and if you’ve been nominated before & I’m being annoying, sorry!) I really hope to see some of your answers, though!

Once again, thanks for meandink for nominating me! These questions were a loooot of fun. I love the idea of interacting through awards & challenges, so thank you once again!

my favorite friend groups

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I cry so much about friendships is quite embarrassing. Especially considering I have, like, 2 friends. But, hey! What better friends than books, right?

But more than talking about specific bromances today, I wanted to talk about friend groups. Emphasis on *groups*. I envy people with friend groups. Mine never lasted more than a year; and I swear it wasn’t because I’m a terrible friend. I’m nice, I promise. But in real life, and especially when you’re an ever-changing teenager, is a lot harder keeping people together when your interests aren’t always the same. I don’t think I ever had a tragic breakup of a friend group – it just happens as you casually start gravitating towards different things, and therefore, splitting apart.

But in fiction, this is never a problem. Because these characters are inseparable and will remain together no matter what world they have to save. Except for when the author is cruel and kills one of them, which will inevitably happen and probably make us love them even more.

(Also, they’re in no particular order. I love them all equally.)

1. MAGNUS CHASE, ALEX FIERRO, SAMIRAH AL-ABBAS, HEARTHSTONE, BLITZEN (along with MALLORY, HALFBORN GUNDERSON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON JR.)

Probably the largest of the friend groups I’ll be mentioning here, but they’re just soooooo great. Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard is one of my favorite series of all times all due to these guys. It was so refreshing to read a series in which there were no special snowflakes, but rather just a bunch of teenagers trying to save the world, by working together and helping each other. Everyone in this group couldn’t be more different from one another, and yet, when they’re fighting, it works. This group gave me the feels that the Seven Ones from Heroes of Olympus never did, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their existence.

2. THE MAZE RUNNER TRIO

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If there’s a friend group that brings tears to my eyes everytime I think about them, it has to be this trio. I made the mistake to google for gifs, and I’m in tears now. Great job, Lais.

The Maze Runner loves to shatter my heart to pieces, and this trio isn’t any different. From the way they’re overprotective, to how they understand each other with a single look. They read each other’s thoughts, finish each other’s sandwhiches and all of that. It’s glorious. Minho & Newt may actually be my favorite relationship in this trio, just because of how underrated it is. But I’m not picking favorites here: I love their overall friendship a lot, and would 10/10 die for them.

3. AMANI, JIN, AHMAD AND SHAZAD, FROM THE REBEL OF THE SANDS TRILOGY

I shall not shut up about this series until everyone I know has read them. Another reason to do so: the friend group is amazing! Being part of the rebellion, this group has always something to fear. And the way they protect and take care of each other adds 70 years into my life spam every time.

Shazad and Amani have one of the best female friendships I’ve ever read about, and to read them fighting side by side is a pleasure. Jin and Ahmad are brothers and their tight bond never fails to me weak. The one relationship within the group that surprised me by how much I loved were Amani and Ahmad. Their trust for each other, the way that they look for one another’s approval before making a decision and how they work together is pure magic.

4. THE MARAUDERS

Can I go more cliché than that?

Still, no matter how much The Marauders can be considered overhyped, their relationship brings me so much joy (and pain). Granted: I’ve read more fanfiction than I probably should, and at this point, I’m confused about what’s canon and what’s not. But J.K Rowling is just not brave enough to give us what we all want, so that will have to do.

Even when just reading flashbacks in the Harry Potter books, I still felt a deep interest to know more about them. Their ending breaks my heart everytime, but the glimpses we see from their friendship also makes me incredibly happy. They’re flawed and complicated, which just adds to the charm.

5. THE SKAM GIRLS

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As a honorable mention at the bottom of this list, I have the girls from SKAM. SKAM is a Norwegian TV show that took Tumblr by storm a couple years ago, and I finally watched it in the correct order last year. And by doing so I realized that I actually hated all the male characters in the show. I don’t think it’s the writers’ fault, truly. It was just a very accurate representation of teenage boys, and I think I’m allergic to those.

The girls, though, the girls were PERFECT. Actually, they were incredibly flawed and there were definitely some moments in which they were closer and others in which they were apart, but that’s exactly what brings the realistic side to this one. They felt like real characters and real friends. For someone who is much more into bromances and male friendships, the fact that this all-girls group gave me so many feels (Jeez, I even CRIED with them by season 4), means a lot to me. Like, a lot, lot.

So, these are all my favorite friend groups! Let’s discuss in the comments some of your favorites! And let me know too who’s your favorite Marauder as well!

books that should be required reads

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I wanted to talk about top 5 books I feel like should be considered required reads at school. Now, the thing is: I hate required reads. Which in retropsect and considering I just did my last college entrance exam a week ago and am not optimistic at all, I do not recommend. Do your required reading, kids! Especially if they count something for your college entrance, like for me.

I love reading, but required reads are just painful. Firstly, because they’re classics with an ancient writing that I simply can’t grasp. Secondly, because the themes are, more often than not, boring and unrelatable. I can not think of one single novel that I was required to read during high school that was able to form me as a human being, because most themes were adult-centered.

So, thinking of that, I decided to narrow down five books that I feel like every teenager should read at school & discuss more about.



12000020I wanted to mention Ari & Dante and not only because I am this book #1 stan, but also because I genuinely believe so many teenagers will be able to relate to this. Ari & Dante explores family, friendships, sexuality and every single question that goes through a teenage mind. Ari’s relationship with his father mirrors so many relationships, including my own with my dad. I think that’s what required reads should be more about: showing teenagers that they are not alone in their struggles. Relating to Ari was one of the most poweful moments of my life, and I really wish more people would have the chance to do so.

257140The White Rose is an unique historical fiction that, frankly, has changed my life. This one follows a resistance movement, named The White Rose, during Nazi-German. The leaders of the movement, Hans and Sophie Scholl, were both college students, who wrote and distributed panflets against the German government. I feel like this is the perfect book to discuss in an academic environment: firstly, there’s the examination of panflets and the quotations they add into each one of them that can spark great English lectures; but also there’s a chance to discuss how these teenagers were able to resist, when they grew up in a Nazi-German. Hans and Sophie were both part of the Hitler Youth and became resistance when adults, mostly because of the education that they were provided with. It’s a very interesting point of view, hardly ever explored on class, as we see most of Anne-Frank-like narratives, but just as important to be discussed!

33294200Speaking of books that would be well explored on class (spare my Educational nerd, here, okay, folks? I clearly want to be a teacher and this shows, I apologize LOL), Poet X has to be one of them. Granted, I DNF-ed this book. But that’s because stories written in verse are not my thing and I in fact hate poetry’s guts. However, this book is so much better than most of the poetry I was ever introduced to when in high school. It’s approachable, fun and tackles subjects that most kids can relate to, such as religion, feminism and identity. At the end of the day, these are so much better than all the romantic crap from the 1800s.

16147088Next on my list, is The Outsiders. I know this is technically a required read in multiple schools in America, but not in my country. In fact, I don’t even think this book was ever published in Portuguese! Which brings me the idea to explore this in English classes! (Okay, I swear to God my inner-teacher will stop now). But, really, this is a short historical fiction, allowing discussions on both the time period – the 1960s – as well as examining the characters’ relationships and feelings. Susan E. Hinton wrote this book because she wanted something to represent what teenagers were actually going through. 50 years later and adults still have no idea. But I think this book can be a peace of mind for a lot of kids going through rough times.

11387515Lastly, I have Wonder! I know Wonder is technically a middle grade book, but in my country (or at least in my school), we have required reads all throughout middle school too. In my opinion, though, Wonder should be an all-age required read. This book talks about bullying and acceptance in one of the kindest, purest ways I’ve ever experienced. It’s lyrical and beautiful, and I really think will spark students to see each other through a new lense. Auggie really is a wonder of a character and has the power to change even the nastiests high-school dynamics.

 

Alright! I really need to stop talking this much! Please, please, please, if you’ve made this far, let me know in the comments what books you’d make required reads in your imaginary school? And how do you feel about my choices? Would you gladly read them or look out for synopsis online? Let me know down below too!