my magical readathon: O.W.L’s 2020 TBR!

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Hello, friends!

My favorite readathon ever is starting up again – the Magical Readathon. Granted, I only took part on it one time before, for last year’s N.E.W.T’s, so this is my first time ever doing the O.W.L’s. But I love this readathon’s concept and I can’t wait to take part in both of them this year.

In case you’re not familiar, The Magical Readathon is hosted by @ Book Roast and it is a Harry Potter inspired read-a-thon, based off of the fictional tests the students at Hogwarts have to take: the O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) and the N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). It’s a month-long read-a-thon, running from April 1st to April 31st.

For this year, I chose the career of a Hogwarts Professor. My idea initially was to go for Care of Magical Children, considering I am currently working at a kindergarten, so it would be a perfect fit. But, sadly, most of the prompts didn’t really fit with my existent TBR, so I decided to go for a Hogwarts Professor instead, as it is also in the field of education and works better for me.

As for my actual TBR:

ARITHMANCY

Read something outside your favorite genre

30075662. sy475 Considering my favorite and most-read genre is contemporary, everything outside of that would count.

AURORA RISING is my pick, as it is science fiction, and also because I feel like this is one of those books that I need the readathon’s motivation in order to pick up.

I don’t know why I am so hesitant, but probably because I’ve heard from fans of  the Illuminae Files that this book isn’t actually *that* good, compared to their first series. But I’m going with low expectations and hopefully it will blow my mind?

ASTRONOMY

Read most of the book when it’s dark outside

43699608. sy475 I do not tend to read a lot at night, since I have night classes regularly, but I’ll try my best with this one.

My choice is I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE BY FARAH NAZ RISHI, which is sci-fi with contemporary, so best of both worlds, I think?

From what I recall, this book follows multiple perspectives and their last days before the apocalypse. It’s probably not the best book to read during our current world climate, as the perception of the apocalypse is starting to get a bit more real, but oh well.

Hope y’all are staying safe, btw!

CHARMS

A book with a white cover

45186695. sy475 I am very excited to read SORTED, as I’ve been gravitating more and more towards memoirs and non-fiction lately.

Actually, I’m not familiar with Jackson Bird at all – even though I believe he’s a youtuber and I’m on YouTube for like 6 hours on a daily -, but this book is pitched as: “Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir)”, and that sold me.

I’ve also heard nothing but positive things about it and I really think it will be a very important, but still fun read.

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

Book set at the sea/coast

30312700. sy475 Y’all, this was a lot harder than I anticipated, and definitely the prompt I struggled with the most. I thought about seven different books, before finally settling on this one.

ALEX, APPROXIMATELY is a backlist title I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. And it’s also the perfect choice for this one, as I believe this is set in a surfer’s town in California.

(I mostly would’ve just included it because there’s water in the cover, but the fact it’s actually canon makes me happy too).

MUGGLE STUDIES

Read a contemporary

44143895. sy475 This is actually the subject I’d like to teach if I do become a Hogwarts Professor. Obviously, magic is fun, but I find I work better with reality and muggle studies is interesting enough in my opinion.

Well, that and this was the class that allowed me to read a contemporary and I’ll finally pick up my most anticipated release of the year, YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER.

This book comes out on April, 7th and I freaking *can not wait*. This is adult romance and it’s enemies to lovers, but they’re already engaged? Basically, neither one of these characters are into the idea of getting married, but the one who pulls off will have to pay for the nonrefundable wedding bill. So they keep trying to make the other person give up, but then inevitably fall in love in the process of trying to break apart?

It gives me a lot of What Happens in Vegas vibes and I hope it will be as amazing as I expect.

POTIONS

A book under 150 pages

40680086I am freaking finally carrying on with some of my manga series. I suck, I know.

Last year, for NEWT’s, I actually read the second volume, so it will probably become a tradition at this point to read AO HARU RIDE for the Magical Readathon, but then that means I’ll probably only finish this series in 2029.

I actually really enjoy it once I read them, but it’s the motivation to pick them up that I’m lacking on. Let’s hope I’m actually more consistent with my manga until the end of the year, otherwise we’ll have to wait until NEWT’s for the volume 4.

TRANSFIGURATION

Book/series that includes shapeshifting

41637836. sy475 It was also for 2019 N.E.W.T’s that I read The Golden Compass, and now I’m carrying on with this series for another round.

My best friend gifted me this one – again – for my 19th birthday, last year, and I know he’ll do the same for the last book in this series for my 20th birthday, so I’m hoping to get to this one before that.

I literally have no idea what to expect from THE SUBTLE KNIFE. I didn’t particularly love the conclusion of the first book, but a lot of people have this one as their favorite in the series, so I don’t know what to feel. Hopefully, I’ll love it!

That’s it, friends! Are you taking part in the Magical Readathon? Which career did you choose? Have you already sorted out your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

the liebster award (again)!

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Hello, friends!

First of all, apologies for my lack of interaction lately. I was incredibly busy until a few weeks ago and the coronavirus outbreak really affected my mental health. To say that I’m scared for what that means for my country is an understatement. I know some places have even worse than us, but I live in a developing, third world country, that is facing a major political and economical crisis for years now. A lot of small businesses are already closing, people are losing their jobs, and if the curve doesn’t slow down, the health system will most likely colapse. To top all of that, our dumbass of a president literally just went on live television yesterday to announce that quarantine should end because coronavirus only affects the elder, but it’s like a normal flu.

I feel like whenever I stand still, I get stressed AF and obviously there’s not much to do but stay indoors anyway. I’m trying my best to remain positive, and stick to a productive schedule, but it hasn’t been exactly easy.

On a more positive note, though, I was nominated again for The Liebster Award by the amazing Beck, @ Smellfoy Can Read. She’s probably one of the funniest bloggers I know and I love how unique her content is.

So, if I remember correctly the rules of this award involve answering the 11 questions she had for me and tagging some more people to answer my questions. So, let’s get started:

BECK’S QUESTIONS

1. What was your first blog post about?

My first blog post was about my “return” to blogging. It was published in late 2018, so I also talked about some of the highlights of the year – including my trip to New York and Orlando, which I miss so freaking much.

It’s very rambly and with no particular layout, but I still like looking back to it sometimes.

2. If you had to become a Disney villain for a day, who would you be?

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Am I lowkey a Hans stan? I guess you could say that.

I think he’s a really interesting Disney villain. First, because I could actually buy his motivations, but most importantly, because I truly couldn’t see it coming when he showed his true colors.

I think it would be interesting to be him for one day and navigate being so freaking two-faced like he is, lol. I am the *worst* at pretending I like people when I don’t and lying in general, so I think it would be a very different experience being in Hans’ body, who’s really good at it.

3. What is your favorite podcast to listen to?

So, I do not listen to a lot of podcasts actually.

I love listening to The Archibald Project, though. It’s not really well known and I’m pretty sure their audience consists in 99% of adults and parents, but here I am, a nineteen year old listening and loving the heck out of it.

In the podcast, they invite different people to talk about their experiences with adoption and orphan care, from all around the world. There are a lot of fascinating insights, and I learned a lot through it, even if I don’t listen to it as often as I should anymore.

4. What Doctor Who creature do you identify with the most? (if you don’t watch Doctor Who just look it up and take a guess)

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I do not watch Doctor Who, sadly, but hopefully Google will be enough to back me up.

I took a test to find out and I got a Dalek, which apparently is one of the worst creatures, because my result said: “You are filled with nothing but hate and won’t stop until you’re the supreme being of the universe. Bit mean, to be honest.”

I do not consider myself to be a mean person, but the idea of ruling the universe does sound pretty cool to me.

5. What is your favorite gif?

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brazilian culture but universal at the same time

6. Most paranormal experience?

I can’t remember any super paranormal experience I had, but one time, I was knocking on the door of my sister’s room and I felt as if someone had put their hand on my shoulder and called my name. I literally thought it was my dad and was shocked to turn around and find *no one*. It was pretty scary and I just ran back to my room immediately, lol.

7. Open your junk drawer (I know you have one) and grab a couple random items in the bottom of the drawer. Tell me what they are.

Coins. Crumpled post-its. A ribbon, probably from an old birthday present.

8. Which Spider-Man? Tobey, Andrew, or Tom? What about Spider-Verse characters?

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ANDREW GARFIELD. ANDREW GARFIELD. ANDREW GARFIELD.

He was the SUPREME Spider-Man. Those two movies saved my life, honestly.

I love Electro as a villain and Harry Osborn too. From the most recent movies, I do appreciate Ned a lot – but he’s the only part of the new Spider-Man movies that I do not hate, so there’s that, lol.

9. What is your favorite meme? (don’t tell me, show me!)

Man, I feel like those change everyday. But the one that has been pretty much summing up my life and feelings lately is probably this one.

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10. Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis, the Wise?

No.

And I googled it and found out it’s a character from Star Wars, which explains why I have never heard of it. I’ve pretty much never watched a single Star Wars movie and can barely tell you what it’s about, though I obviously recognize most of the characters as they’re everywhere in pop culture.

But not Darth Plagueis, surprisingly.

11. Just go on a mini rant about anything.

I hate the definition that “boybands” are only bands in which none of the members play instruments.

For me, the definition of “boyband” is SO much broader than that. It involves the way fans relate to the band more than anything. If the fans care for each member to a different extent, if each member represents a personality and aesthetic within the band, if there’s no front man or vocalist, but everyone’s equally important, if they target mainly to a younger audience: that’s boyband culture, y’all.

Let’s take Imagine Dragons, for example. You probably aren’t able to tell me the name of none of their members, except for maybe the vocalist. But if you’ve ever listened to McFly, then you’re able to tell me at least two of the members names. And in both of these bands, the members play instruments. But they are SO different, especially because of the way fans interact with them.

Speaking of which: The Beatles were a boyband. The world has tried to convince us that they’re “above” that title, when they literally originated boyband fan culture and that’s on that.

MY QUESTIONS

  1. Your favorite Beatle?
  2. If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
  3. Your favorite typically British name?
  4. Rank the next apps: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube and explain why.
  5. Your favorite Original Netflix and why?
  6. What do you think would be your favorite subject if you attended Hogwarts?
  7. A funny story from high school?
  8. Top three favorite music albums of the last decade?
  9. Autobuy authors?
  10. Favorite thing to do when in quarantine?
  11. Let’s suppose the following scenario: we can prepare for the near apocalypse, so we decide to save the best works by humanity so that if aliens find earth, they’ll know who we are and what we did. What would you save?

WHO I NOMINATE

 

That’s it, friends! Hope y’all are staying healthy and safe. Now, let’s talk: how’s your quarantine going? Any new shows/music/books I should get to already? And are you also mad about how people think of boybands or is it just me? LOL. Let’s chat in the comments!

kaleidoscope of tropes #2: found families

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Hello, friends!

First of all: thank you so much for your support in the first post of this series that I posted a couple weeks ago. I really enjoyed writing this post, and it’s been making me think so much lately about the things I like that have themes in common and identifying other tropes I never realized how much I loved.

WHAT IS A TROPE?

In storytelling, a trope is just that — a conceptual figure of speech, a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly. Above all, a trope is a convention. It can be a plot trick, a setup, a narrative structure, a character type, a linguistic idiom… you know it when you see it. (source)

Our trope for today will be:

FOUND FAMILIES

The found family trope can mean a lot of things. I find that my favorite version is just following a character who’s either an orphan or has no close family around, and ends up taking his friends as family. It is a very close friendship dynamic, but that means even more when you realize the person really has no one else to rely on.

Harry Potter probably has one of the most well known examples of this trope, as Harry has no actual family members around. So Hogwarts (Ron, Hermione, Ginny) end up becoming his family, even though they’re technically all only friends.

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EXHIBIT #A: THE MAZE RUNNER, BY JAMES DASHNER

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Of course I had to mention The Maze Runner, as this is one of my favorite series of all times. In this dynamic all of the characters are in need of families.

At the beginning of the first book, we have this group of boys thrown into a maze together, with no recollection of their past lives. Naturally, they start gravitating towards each other for comfort or advice, becoming each other’s family.

I loved this dynamic, because it perdured so well throughout the trilogy. The more these characters go through together, the less they’re willing to let each other go. They build more than just a trust-worthy friendship; they’re legit determined to go to the ends of Earth to find each other. And that’s the type of thing you’d do for family only, because that’s what they become for each other after all.

EXHIBIT #B: THE ILLUMINAE FILES, BY JAY KRISTOFF AND AMIE KAUFMAN

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Now, obviously the relationship in here is slightly different, because some of these characters do have family around. But the reason why I think they fit into this trope so perfectly is because their dynamic is so family-like.

Kady is like the mom of the group, definitely. Nik and Hanna the rebelious children. Even the way Nik and Ezra fight is the perfect sibling banter. You simply can not convince me that they’re not actually related.

And so while these characters didn’t have a dramatic coming together, where they had no one else but each other, the way they interact remind me a lot of a big family dynamic, so I had to mention them.

EXHIBIT #C: A LIST OF CAGES, BY ROBIN ROE

IMG_3550This is probably one of the most perfect examples of this trope, because this book is a lot about family. In A List of Cages, Adam used to be a foster brother to Julian, but they haven’t seen each other in years, as Julian moved in with a distant uncle. Now that they’re in the same school, they start re-connecting and a lot comes from that.

Adam and Julian are brothers, period. Even though they are not related and there’s so much that needs to be unpacked on that relationship, it is clear that they care about each other as if they were family.

Adam’s group of friend also becomes a found family to Julian, apart from him and his mom. I loved seeing Julian interact with Adam’s friends – even if not all of them were perfectly friendly (cof cof Charlie), they were still there whenever Julian truly needed, offering the support and the strength he needed to grow.

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EXHIBIT #A: THE 100

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Of course I had to mention The 100, because even though it’s been such a long time since I last properly watched this show, the entire reason why I was so sold on it was because of the amazing dynamic the characters had.

Indeed, these characters have no family on Earth. Bellamy and Octavia are the only pair of actual siblings the show introduces at first, but they all become family in one way or another. Having to survive and protect each other really brings people together.

More than that, there is a lot of trust (or lack thereof) because there are literally no adults around. And throwing a bunch of irresponsible teenagers on a post-apocalyptical version of Earth is just as bad as it sounds. And the process of figuring out rules and laws, in order to live together, is very tricky, but also the reason why I find this dynamic to be so family-like: because these characters are also learning how to swallow up their pride and give in during an argument, apart from surviving skills.

EXHIBIT #B: WTFOCK

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Find one post in which I’m not talking about SKAM or one of its remakes. I dare you.

But here’s the thing: in this Belgium version of SKAM, the flatshare dynamic is just *another level*. These characters are truly family to each other, with both the day to day arguments about who’s doing the dishes and the thoughtful conversations in the middle of the night about relationships.

All these characters are living together with people their own age for a reason. Most, because they don’t have a very good relationship with their parents, so they end up relying on each other for the tough things too. And it’s brilliant and heart-warming.

As I said, the authenticity of this relationship is truly what sells it for me. Because they’re not only being each other’s support system, but they’re also being honest and bickering and being their adorable selves, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

EXHIBIT #C: QUEER EYE

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Okay, okay, Queer Eye is technically a reality show, but the Fab5 have the most precious relationship I know.

Not all of these guys have had the easiest time coming out to their families and their communities. And even though the show is about how they already have their lives figured out enough, they can help others do the same, I love whenever we can catch a glimpse of their past, because it is truly phenomenal that they’ve found each other.

I love their relationship, because it makes me laugh as much as it makes me cry. It’s so awesome that they have such an amazing and unique support system, of other guys coming from very distinct backgrounds, but that have found enough in common to work together wonderfully.

That’s it, friends! Thank you so much for reading. Now, let me know in the comments: do you have any more examples of this trope? Do you recognize any in my list? Oh, and of course: who’s your favorite member of the Fab5?

women’s history book tag!

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Hello, friends!

In honor of Women’s History Month, Margaret @ Weird Zeal created this amazing tag, where the goal is to celebrate amazing women in history and also some of our favorite books. It is in my plans to only read books by women this month, so I wanted a chance to gush about other titles by women I love.

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

ONE. ROSA PARKS (1913-2005)

Resultado de imagem para rosa parksRosa Park was a civil rights leader whose refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her bravery inspired nationwide efforts to en dracial segregation. Parks was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the NAACP, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

 

A book about a female character who doesn’t do as she’s told.

IMG_3539Felicity from The Lady’s Guide to Peticoats and Piracy is definitely a stubborn one. I’ve always admired Felicity for standing her ground, but reading this second book really strenghtened my feelings for her.

Felicity’s dream is to become a doctor; however, in the 1800s, women were barely allowed an education, moreover the one required to become a doctor. Felicity simply refuses to give up, though. Even though so many people tell her she can’t, she never stops fighting for her right to pursue her dreams.

 

TWO. ADA LOVELACE (1815-1852)

Resultado de imagem para ada lovelaceThe daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace – better known as “Ada Lovelace” showed her gift for mathematics at an early age. She has been called the first computer programmer for writing an alogirthm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s.

 

A book with an intelligent female character

IMG_2884Frances from Radio Silence is an amazing character for a number of reasons, but her intelligence is a very significant trait. Frances is an overachiever at school, but that’s not without hardwork. She puts a lot of effort on keeping good grades, in hopes to get into a good school later on.

I loved, though, that the book focused on a lot more than just her intelligence. Frances was a really layered character – she was an amazing friend, with a passion for fandom and a deep confusion about her future – and reading about her was such a great experience.

 

THREE. QUEEN ELIZABETH I (1533-1603)

Resultado de imagem para QUEEN ELIZABETH IQueen Elizabeth I of England claimed the throne in 1558 at the age of 25 and held it until her death. During her reign, Elizabeth I established Protestantism in England; maintained peace inside her previously divided country; and created and environment where the arts flourished. She was sometimes called the “Virgin Queen”, as she never married.

A book about a woman in a position of power

IMG_3531Alright, so An Ember in the Ashes does have very powerful women in general, but I’m talking specifically about the Commander, which is probably not the nicest female character to talk about. In fact, she might be the worst.

I love to hate her character a lot. She’s very smart and seems to always be one step ahead of our protagonists, no matter what, but that’s exactly what makes her such an awesome character.

I also think it’s interesting to see a woman in a role that would be typically associated with males – not only because it is a position of power, but also because she’s merciless AF. And it’s not like women can ever be seen as ruthless, bloody and mean, right? *eyeroll*.

FOUR. VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941)

Born into a privileged English household in 1882, author Virginia Woolf was raised by free-thinking parents. She began writing as a young girl and published her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. She wrote modernist classics including Ms. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Orlando, as well as pioneering feminist works, A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.

A book with beautiful writing

IMG_3534Even though The Wicker King mostly centers around male characters, I couldn’t *not* talk about it. As soon as I heard this prompt, it was the first book that came to mind, and I think that says a lot about how the writing impacted me.

With that being said, I can still recognize that this book is not perfect and not for everyone. But it was meaningful to me for a number of reasons, and I loved how K. Ancrum shared so much with so little, as the chapters and sentences are short and simple, but still held a punch.

 

FIVE. JOAN OF ARC (1412-1431)

Resultado de imagem para joan of arcA national heroine of France, at age 18 Joan of Arc led the French army to victory over the English at Orléans. Captured a year later, Joan was burned at the stake as a heretic by the English and their French collaborators. She was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint more than 500 years later, on May 16, 1920.

 

A book about a female warrior

IMG_3529Some of these questions are quite hard for me, because I hardly ever read fantasy or anything that involves warriors or battles. I am mostly reading contemporary, and the most fighting characters do in those books is staying awake during boring lectures. (btw, #relatable).

But Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton is one of my favorite books of all times and I couldn’t pass the chance to gush about Amani. She’s such an amazing character and I love her a ton.

First, she’s not inherently badass, but in fact, quite reckless, who counts on luck for most things. I love how impulsive she could be and, yet, always came up with the best plans. She wasn’t perfect and definitely made mistakes, but that only made me love her even more.

SEVEN. ROSALIND FRANKLIN (1920-1958)

Resultado de imagem para rosalind franklinRosalind Franking earned a Ph.D in physical chemistry for Cambridge University. She learned chrystallography and X-ray diffraction, techniques that she applied to DNA fibers. One of her photographs provided key insights into DNA structure. Other scientists used it as evidence to support their DNA model and took credit for the discovery.

An underappreciated book

IMG_3527I’d never heard of Rosalind Frankin before and it doesn’t surprise me. I’m glad we know that now and can work to properly address her discoveries.

Loving Grover Cleveland, by Rebekah Crane is quite an underrated book, in my opinion. And I enjoyed my experience with it so much. If you relate to mental ilness at all, I think you’d enjoy this one a lot, because it focuses on a number of characters, each facing a different thing.

There’s bipolar disorder rep, eating disorder rep, anxiety rep, schizophrenia rep, and while I’m obviously not able to discuss on how accurate any of these reps were, I do think they were all addressed sensetively, but also not overly done, as these characters are just teenagers after all.

It was a perfect mix of being educational, while also being real, and I loved that a lot.

EIGHT. MARSHA P. JOHNSON

Resultado de imagem para marsha p. johnsonMarsha P. Johnson was a transgender LBTQ rights activist and an outspoken advocate for trans people of color. Johnson spearheaded the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and along with Sylvia Rivera, she later established the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group committed to helping homeless transgender youth in New York City.

A book about LGBT+ characters

IMG_3536I could talk about literally so many books here, but I’ll focus in one I feel like I don’t rave enough about and that means a lot to me. Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann focuses on an asexual bi-romantic black girl who finds herself falling for her co-worker, who just happens to be cutest, nicest, Japanese-American guy I’ve ever met.

This book was amazing for a number of reasons, but I have to mention Alice, our protagonist. I could relate to her so much, not only because of her sexuality, but she was also very passionate about all things Pinterest-like and my Libra self who can only think in a color-cordinated way was very pleased.

Most of all, though, I loved the friendships in here – Alice’s best friends, Franny and Ryan, gave me as much feelings as her romantic involvements, and that says *a lot*.

NINE. AMAELIA EARHART

Resultado de imagem para amelia earhartAmelia Earhart, fondly known as “Lady Lindy” was an American aviator who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the glope from the equator. She had several notable flights, including becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific.

 

An award-winning book that deserves the hype

UntitledFar From the Tree deserves all the hype it can get. It won the National Book Award in 2017 and, even though I do not know much about awards, I think it was a right choice. I loved this book with all my heart and I really think more people should read it.

This book both broke my heart and put it back together. It centers in family, identity and love, which are all very important topics for me, but it did that in such a genuine way. It never felt like the author was trying too hard to be inspiring; instead, it very much felt like she was telling a real story.

 

TEN. (FREE CHOICE) SOPHIA SCHOLL (1921-1943)

Resultado de imagem para sophie schollSophia Scholl was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich (LMU) with her brother, Hans. As a result, she was executed by guillotine.

 

 

A book & a woman that inspire you

IMG_2889I think Sophia Scholl’s story is beautiful and inspiring for a number of reasons. Even if I have no personal attachment to the conflict, I still think it’s amazing to see a young woman, standing up for the entire system she was raised in, and fiding strength to fight back in books and religion. As someone who believes a lot in the power of non-violent resistance, I adore her story a ton.

And speaking of books that inspire me, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to rave, once again, about the importance of Birthday, by Meredith Russo. Similar to Sophia’s story, I can’t say I personally related to the issues this book dealt with, but it didn’t stop me from feeling *everything* – most of all, from feeling inspired to be my truest self, always.

Now, let’s chat in the comments: what are some women in history that inspire you? And what books by female authors would you recommend to me?

kaleidoscope of tropes #1: the broken musician

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Hello, friends!

Welcome to a new series on my blog, one that I decided to call “Kaleidoscope of Tropes”. (Basically, I searched for words that rhymed ‘tropes’ and thought kaleidoscope was pretty neat). But it basically exists to discuss all things tropes.

I was really inspired by Marie’s post and decided to talk about some of my favorite tropes in books and TV. So that’s what we’re doing here today.

But first,

WHAT IS A TROPE?

In storytelling, a trope is just that — a conceptual figure of speech, a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly. Above all, a trope is a convention. It can be a plot trick, a setup, a narrative structure, a character type, a linguistic idiom… you know it when you see it. (source)

And today, we’re going to be discussing the following trope:

THE BROKEN MUSICIAN

In short, this trope can show up in any work following a musician/super star/celebrity. Said character will either have a dark past, or trauma he’s working on. All of these issues can impact their career either in a positive way – inspiring passionate songwriting, for example – or in a negative way – giving them a bad reputation.

I’d say this trope is quite common, because, at least from my mundane perspective, celebrities lives can be so easily glamourized. Therefore, it becomes an interesting concept exploring the darker and not-so-pretty layers of it.

in books

EXHIBIT A: WHERE SHE WENT, BY GAYLE FORMAN

IMG_1745I feel like I talk incessantly about this book on my blog, but I love it too much. This is the follow up for If I Stay, but focuses on Adam – Mia’s boyfriend in the first book -, as he is now the vocalist for the rising punk band, Shooting Star.

Adam has anxiety and a lot of unresolved business in his past, which totally drips to his music. In the book, we can see tiny excerpts from his lyrics, which are all so tragic and angsty.

Even though his career is technically skyrocketing, it is not without compromising his mental health, reputation and even his personal relationships. He does not have a friendly relationship with his bandmates anymore and most of the tabloids are very unflattering to his image.

Needless to say, I adore Adam as a character and being inside his head is so fascinating and intriguing. I really wish he was a real person sometimes, so I could really listen to his music.

EXHIBIT B: YOU’D BE MINE, BY ERIN HAHN

IMG_3204In this dual perspective novel, we’re following two musicians, both falling perfectly under this trope. Clay is a very successful country star, who’s been recently collecting scandals – from bar fights to underage drinking. He’s totally developing a drug issue, but pretends to be fine most of the time.

Annie is rising in the country scene. Daughter of two huge stars who committed suicide when Annie was still a kid, the girl has a lot of past trauma to unpack. She ends up tagging along for Clay’s tour and they form an interesting relationship.

Both of these characters are so awesome, because like I mentioned earlier, I think they can represent very well how trauma & hardships can affect your career both in positive and negative ways. For Clay, it’s mostly negative, as his label is about to drop him. For Annie, it’s positive because she can channel all of that into amazing songwriting.

However, the book is not trying to glamourize their hardships, like some may think. Despite showing them in a “glamourized” environment, the book goes at length to show how unhealthy these beaviours are and how much they need help.

EXHIBIT C: DAISY JONES AND THE SIX, BY TAYLOR JENKINS-REID

IMG_1312Taylor Jenkins-Reid is very well known for writing her characters like they’re real people, and it’s no different with Billy and Daisy in this book.

Even though we’re following multiple characters, I focused on these two because they’re *the* characters who embody this trope the best.

Daisy is gorgeous and has every man falling at her feet, but like she puts it herself: she doesn’t want to be somebody’s muse, she wants to be the somebody. Billy has always been in love with music, but once on the road, he quickly develops a drinking issue.

Both of these characters have *so much* they need to work on. Starting with being honest with themselves, of course. But, in general, they’re both struggling with their own personal demons – whether that is insecurity, addiction or unrequited love. And they’re again two people that I wish were real, so I could listen to their really great lyrics.

in television

EXHIBIT A: DEACON CLAYBOURNE, FROM NASHVILLE

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I feel like musicians with drinking issues are truly a cliché, because this is the third one I talk about. However, what’s really interesting about this dynamic is that when the show starts, Deacon is already out of rehab and clean for years.

The show truly explores the dark sides of addiction – how it took him away from the woman he loved all those years ago, and how it’s a constant battle not to give in to past habits.

Deacon is also known for having a temper and being rather impulsive at times. But that only makes him an even layered character, and a really fascinating figure to follow.

EXHIBIT B:  AUGUST RUSH

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I think everyone in August Rush fits this trope a little bit, which is exactly what makes this movie one of my favorite ones of all times.

In case you’ve never watched it, the best way I can describe it is with a quote from the movie itself: “I believe in music the way some people believe in fairytales“. Following a little orphan boy, Ethan, the movie talks about the power of music in bringing people together.

Louis is our main character’s father and a vocalist and guitarist for this rock band. After meeting Layla, his life changes a lot. Despite it being such a quick encounter, it affects his relationship with other people and even with his friends and bandmates for years to come. Layla is a violinist, with a perfect career planned ahead. Needless to say, a pregnancy is not part of her plans. Even after so many years, these feelings still pour into her music.

And, then of course, there’s Evan – their child. He’s very passionate about music, and this passion can not be explained. He’s incredibly skilled, despite never having the chance to properly learn it. His search for his parents and the way he just truly believes they’ll find him as soon as they have the chance to listen to him is heart-wrenching.

Just writing about this movie makes my heart ache. It’s so beautiful and emotional and these characters are so incredibly layered. It’s just truly breath-taking.

Wow! This was a long post. I hope y’all have stuck around ‘till the end.

If you have, let me know in the comments: do you have any suggestions for me of books/shows/movies that contain this trope? Have you watched/read any of the ones I recommended?

 

top five characters who would be sorted in ravenclaw!

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Hello, friends!

So, earlier last year, I shared a post on the five characters whom I’d sort in Slytherin – aka my Hogwarts House. I thought the idea of playing sorting hat was so fun, I decided to carry on and do it for one more house: Ravenclaw.

I explained in that post how my Hogwarts House is a little bit divided, because every test I take, I end up either in Ravenclaw or Slytherin. I can see my personality being in the middle of both, so I thought it would be fitting to talk about other five characters who would share my other house.

FIVE. GANSEY, FROM THE RAVEN CYCLE

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Let’s get some of the most obvious ones out of the way first, right?

Of course Gansey would be a Ravenclaw, as one of the most important traits of the house is curiosity and intelligence. And to say Gansey is a curious little bitch is an understatement, because he goes *at length* trying to prove this mystery he found years ago.

I just don’t think Gansey would be an organized, over the top Ravenclaw. His chatoic energy is too much and he’s definitely the type to pull all nighters in order to finish a project.

 

FOUR. LOLA, FROM LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR

Okay, this may sound like a wildcard, but hear me out, ok?

A very important trait for Ravenclaws is originality. And Lola is obsessed about being different. She wears wigs to school, for God’s sake. Everyday is like Halloween and she loves dressing up and coming up with the craziest combinations. And that definitely requires some skills, and wit too.

I also can’t see Lola being sorted in any other house, but Ravenclaw. She’s very smart and well-versed, even if only in specific themes, such as fashion and sewing. But it’s still an intelligence that I’ll never have, so I applaud her for it nonetheless.

 

THREE. WYLAN, FROM SIX OF CROWS

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Now, technically, Wylan is illiterate, but he’s still a Ravenclaw anyway. Because I like to believe Ravenclaws can also praise intelligence that comes in different ways other than words, and that books are not the only way you can obtain knowledge. Right?

In fact, I think if Hogwarts was a real universe and Wylan was a real person that could be sorted, he’d be very surprised to find himself going for Ravenclaw. But that is the absolute perfect house for him and everyone I know would sort him there in the bat of an eye!

Because he *is* smart AF. The kid knows a lot about Chemistry and manages to be level-headed enough during a dangerous fight to figure out combinations to explode enemies. And that’s not only badass, but super intelligent.

Basically: Wylan is a Ravenclaw and no one can convince me otherwise.

 

TWO. FELICITY MONTAGUE, FROM THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY

Felicity is probably, along with Gansey, one of the most obvious Ravenclaws of this list.

She’s incredibly smart and really wants to be a doctor. And she works her butt off towards that, despise society at her time telling her she could never have such a position. And that’s definitely an amazing strength that I believe Ravenclaws would treasure so much – the strength to fight for your own education, to show that you’re worthy of it.

I also think Felicity would be thrilled to find herself in Hogwarts, because at least she would be treated equally. I don’t know much about Hogwarts History, but I can’t imagine that even in the 1800s, girls would be denied the right to study magic like boys. And I’m sure Felicity would pretty much beat them all.

 

ONE. LEO VALDEZ, FROM HEROES OF OLYMPUS

Resultado de imagem para leo valdezOkay, another unlikely one, maybe? I’ve seen Leo being sorted all around, mostly in Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, and as much as I can see traits of his personality that would have him end up in both of these houses, I think Ravenclaw fits him perfectly.

Again, I don’t think intelligence can come in only one way or another. It’s so much broader than we can see. Being smart is not only about being strategic or knowing all the words to a book; it’s also about thinking outside the box and doing what no one thinks possible.

And that’s definitely Leo. He’s a son of Hephaestus, which means he’s really good at building and creating anything you can think of. Throughout the series, he’s had many moments of coming up with crazy plans and they’ve always worked – and while you could see that as luck, I see it as Leo being the smart-ass that he is.

Much like Wylan, I can see him being an outcast at first, but slowly growing to learn that he’s just where he truly belongs.

Alright! Do you agree with my sortings? Which fictional characters you see as a Ravenclaw too? Are you a Ravenclaw? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

summer bucket list book tag!

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Hello, friends!

Happy Wednesday! Today, I’ll finally be answering a book tag, as these are some of my favorite posts to post. It’s a summer-inspired book tag, because it’s hot AF in this side of the hemisphere already. I really wish it was winter here too, but it’s super warm and this tag sounds fitting.

This tag was created by the lovely Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany. I wasn’t tagged by anyone in specific, but I loved the questions a lot and wanted to answer them.

20820994. sy475 I’ll Give You the Sun is one of my favorite books of all times and I always remember of the water when I think about it. Even though I didn’t read this book by the beach or anything, I love the fact the characters have such a connection with water and even go cliff-diving numerous times, which is something I find to be so deeply fictional because I don’t know anyone who has ever done this and yet SO many book characters who have.

 

 

33815781. sy475 I’m going to be honest: I haven’t read a fiery romance in a while. The last romance novel I picked up where it truly felt like the characters couldn’t keep their hands off of each other was The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory. Even though the book had so much miscommunication, I feel like Jasmine Guillory is definitely the type of author I need to pick up more often, as this one had the steamy romance and it was super fast paced as well.

 

 

43152985As Many Nows as I Can Get features a roadtrip, or should I say, a few roadtrips. Because of the way the book is written, there are actually multiple timelines. In one, our main character is going on an impromptu roadtrip with her love interest, where she learns how reckless he can be and what does that mean for their relationship. In another, she’s going back home from college, grieving and trying to hide a huge secret all at the same time. I think you can definitely tell how much of an intense read this one was.

I am not sure if I fully understand the meaning of the word starstruck, which is a problem in order to answer this. My only reference is the movie: Starstruck – My Boyfriend is a SuperStar, that by the way, is GOLD, but doesn’t help much in understanding what this word means, because I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to answer with a book about falling in love with a celebrity and having him show up during your school dance.

(Also unrelated, but recently I found out about the word “despite” and I just realized I’ve been spelling it despise my whole life, which is top 5 most embarrassing things I’ve done. English? I don’t know her).44303730

BUT ANYWAY.

I recently finished Me by Elton John and I feel like that was a pretty starstruck experience. The book was amazing and he writes like no one else, but it was also mavelous listening to the audiobook narrated by Taron Egerton. He did a fantastic job and I urge everyone to listen to this one already.

42201431I haven’t been the best at reading at a super fast pace lately, so the last book I can remember that I read in pretty much one sitting was The Unhoneymooners. I got into 70% of this in one night and only stopped because I had to wake up early the next day. It’s a really addictive storyline and makes me want to pick up more Christina Lauren in the future.

 

38720939. sy475 (I really, really wish I could have some ice cream right now, btw). A Very Large Expanse of Sea had one of the sweetest romances I’ve ever read about. Despise the angst of their circumstances, Ocean was actually really affectionate and adorable. He was carrying and loving all the time, and also totally respected Shirin’s boundaries. The romance had me smiling the entire time and was an unexpected highlight of this read.

 

28245707. sy475 Around this time last year, I was feeling pretty bad. 2018 was a shitty year and everyone was reflecting on everything they’d done the year before and I was feeling really bad about how little I’d actually accomplished. So when I picked up Queens of Geek, it truly felt like a breath of fresh air. It was such a fast-paced read, that had me giggling all the time at how adorable the characters were. It made me truly, truly happy.

 

31822503I am glad I have the perfect opportunity to talk about Girls on the Verge, as I feel like this is one of the most underrated releases of 2019. This book will follow our main character Camille and the journey she has to go through in order to get an abortion. It is an extremely powerful and thought-provoking read that I wish more people would talk about.

 

 

41717246. sy475 The most recent book I read that had me mouth-watering was Don’t Date Rosa Santos. The characters are constantly cooking the most delicious stuff, and especially pastries, with a lot of dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is my favorite thing in the whole world – I’ll have it in cakes, ice-cream, or by itself, so throughout the entire read, I kept wishing I had dulce de leche around.

 

33158541I haven’t talked about this book in a while, but The Wicker King turned out to be a very inspiring read. At the time, I was working back on my WIP and I found myself being so pulled in by our main characters dynamics. Even though it’s been over a year since I read it, I still find myself thinking oftenly about the way the characters come together in this one. It was so subtle, but also straight-forward at the same time. I really wish I could write something like this one day.

 

I won’t be tagging anyone, because it’s probably winter where y’all live so you won’t be able to relate much to it, but if any of you want to answer to it, feel free to say I’ve tagged you!

Now, let’s chat: what are some of your favorite activities to do during the summer? Are there any books you love that you associate with this time of the year?

top five characters i’d have a crush on in middle school

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Hello, friends!

I miss writing a top 5 post! I feel like it’s been forever since I last wrote one, which isn’t exactly incorrect, as the last one was posted in October. It is one of my favorite posts to write, so I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off for so long. But IT’S BACK.

Today’s prompt is an interesting one, because it’s a very personal one. I never had a bunch of crushes growing up, despite being a Libra. And today I am able to understand these feelings better, but I stopped “crushing” on people in 2017 and have then become better at separating “thinking someone is aesthetically cute” and “wanting to date them”.

But, anyway, back in the day, I’d have this “specific type” of guy I found cute. Today, I can see through the bullshit, and I don’t think it’s even that great to have a “type“, because it stops you from getting to know other amazing people, but I digress. Through this post, I think you’ll be able to understand better what I mean.

FIVE. ADAM, FROM LOVE FROM A TO Z

First: his name is Adam, which is the most basic name I’ve ever seen. And apparently I had a thing for basic names in middle school.

Believe it or not, the two most long-lasting crushes I had shared the SAME NAME. I guess I was haunted by it or something. I’m pretty sure it was a past-life ghost playing tricks on me. That name would be Enzo, which it’s probably not as popular internationally, and if you ask me, shouldn’t be popular at all, because it’s not even a pretty name.

ANYWAY.

I’d probably have a crush on Adam because he has a really laid-back personality. He wasn’t the most “anything” on his group of friends – wasn’t the most attractive, or the most talkative, but there was still something captivating about him. The type of guy who could fade into the back, but actually has a really great personality once you give him a chance to show it.

FOUR. JOSH SANDERSON, FROM TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

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Trust me: I am not proud of this.

I am a Peter Kavinsky stan first, human second. I love his character so much, but he’s definitely one that had to grow on me. When I first picked up the book, I labeled him as the high-school jock and that’s it, but then fell in love with him just like every other character in the story. But if we went to the same school or something, I’d still just label him as a jock. And I’m allergic to those.

Josh, though, was the easy choice. Growing up, best-friends to lovers was always my favorite trope, so Josh had the appeal from the beginning. He was also just your basic teenage boy, who was into comics and music, but could also be a true romantic when he wanted to.

Movie Josh then turned out to have the most attractive voice I ever heard after the voice for Frozen’s Hans, so there’s that too.

THREE. RISHI, FROM WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

I think I’d say “nerds are my weakness“, but looking back, I’ve never liked a single nerd kid in my life. But whenever I used to answer Buzzfeed Quizzes and one of the questions was: “what do you look for in a partner”, I’d always answer intelligence, so I think I’d crush on Rishi indeed.

Not only he was a smartass, but he was also into art, which I still think it’s a really cool trait. Like, if you’re into art, you’re already 10x cooler in my opinion. I am the worst at drawing, painting or anything that requires manual skills, so I’d be totally impressed at Rishi’s comics.

He just had the biggest “boy next door” vibes and I can totally see him being the “old guy” my 12 year old self would try to make eye contact with every day after school and consider that an achievement.

TWO. SOHRAB, FROM DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

Is it even possible not to instantly develop a crush on Sohrab? He was just the most adorable little thing.

I can see my old self crushing on Sohrab because I actually had a similar experience in middle school. There was this group of kids who were pretty much bullies and assholes, and one day, this kid just snapped at them for being mean, and defended his friend. It was a pretty bold move for a thirteen year old, so it earned my respect immediately.

It doesn’t exactly happen like that in Darius the Great, but Sohrab does defend Darius from some mean kids and that’s how they become closer.

Also: the most attractive trait one can have is being a good friend and Sohrab totally checks that box.

ONE. KAKERU NARUSE, FROM ORANGE

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Kakeru is just literally the man from my 12 year old’s wet dreams. Okay, maybe that was a bit weird. But it’s TRUE!

I mean, the kid is shy, but carrying, loves playing soccer and it’s actually good at it, but isn’t an asshole about it? Absolutely UNHEARD OF.

It also means a lot to me that Kakeru had such a solid friend group, because as much as my past crushes were always the lonely kids, I think having a big friend group tells so much about who you are as a person. A man is know by the company he keeps, am I right?

Also: Kakeru’s fashion??????? We stan.

 

Okay, friends. Now, let’s share: any embarrassing crush stories you remember from middle school? Which characters do you think would fit your “idea of a perfect guy” from childhood? Let’s chat in the comments!

2019 goals recap & 2020 resolutions | i am nominated for the sunshine blogger award again and can’t shut up about rocketman

a yearly overview.

Hello, friends!

This is the last post I have for my 2019 overview series. We’ve already talked about my most disappointing reads of the year, my favorite books and now it’s time to wrap up the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year and set new ones for 2020.

I feel like it would be fitting to also, while I do that, answer the questions that the lovely Charlotte set up for me after nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. (By the way, thank you so much Charlotte for the nomination!)

2019 GOALS: i’ve actually accomplished something for once?

When I started setting up my goals for the year, I told myself I would go as easy as possible, because of how hard 2018 had been and I didn’t want to pressure myself into unattainable goals. And out of every item on the list, I managed to accomplish almost every single one! *cries*

  1. Read 40 books. ✔️ I actually read 68 books this year, so it was a total win.
  2. Read more books in different formats. ✔️ I ended up listening to 29 audiobooks this year, which means I listened to more books than I read them. I didn’t think I’d listen to this many audiobooks this year, but I’m glad it worked out this way! They’re really convenient and awesome and I truly fell in love. As for e-books/web comics, I definitely wish I’d read more, but I found out that I’m not as productive when reading digitally, because since I do not owe an e-reader, I end up reading on my phone, which can be very distracting.
  3. Stay away from negativity. ✔️ When I wrote this goal, I wanted to refrain from reading negative comments and looking for drama online and even if I wasn’t able to stay away from it *completely* (I am guilty of spending 40min on that Tati video dissing James Charles), it was an improvement from 2018, so I consider it a success.
  4. Keep around only people who put as much effort as you do. ✔️ I feel like if there was a lesson learned this 2019, was this. Since I graduated, I parted ways with a lot of my high school friends, but there were definitely a few I wanted to stay in touch with. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen with all of them, and I realized that it is okay to let go, especially when others do not put as much effort as I do.
  5. Stay true to who you are.✔️ If I’m being honest, I feel like this one was hard to do. There were definitely moments this year in which I found myself becoming a different type of person (more negative, passive-aggressive, always lowkey mean) but I’m glad I was able to notice it quickly and change my behavior.
  6. Spend less time on social media. ✖️ Honestly, I’m glad that my past self already knew this wasn’t going to happen. I definitely *tried*, though. I’d always say: oh, my screen time for this week was 5h? Okay, I’ll start trying to minimize that next week. Next week. Next week. And next week never came. Oh, well. Maybe next year.
  7. Write more! Journal more! Believe on my own writing!✖️✔️ I gave up on my WIP pretty quickly, but I have been journaling a lot more this year (and even shared some of my favorite entries), so I think this was partly successful, but it is one goal I want to carry on through 2020.

 

2019 HIGHLIGHTS: i’ve done other things apart from reading

Okay, not much, though. Reading has taken up a lot more space in my life this year, which I am so thankful for. Before we get to the other highlights, I’ll just quickly answer some reading questions but only with books I’ve read in 2019:

1. What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?

22299763. sy475 I feel like it would be really nice to have a prequel on Crooked Kingdom. I’m sure most people are screaming right now READ THE GRISHA TRILOGY!!! but that’s not entirely what I mean. I think it would be nice to see characters from Ketterdam specifically and how that part of the world looked like before Kaz and the Dregs.

2. What’s your favourite lesser known, or talked about, book?

31822503Girls on the Verge is a book that, sadly, I haven’t heard many people talk about. Maybe because it is a slightly controversial topic (which shouldn’t be, by the way), but the book will follow our main character’s ride in order to get an abortion. It was really powerful, touching and also infuriating at times, and I really wish more people would read it.

3. Which fictional character do you most admire?

32620332. sy475 I think admiration is a really strong word, but I have to give it up for Evelyn Hugo. Even though I did not love this book as much as the rest of the bookish community, I did appreciate Evelyn Hugo a lot as character. She was a true badass, who made a lot of mistakes, but was still strong enough to stand up for them. I feel like she could go through everything.

4. What generally beloved character gets under your skin?

Can I answer Kaz Brekker AGAIN? Or maybe Eliza, from Eliza and Her Monsters, even though I feel bad for talking so many negative things about this book since I know it’s loved by so many here, lol.

Now, for other things I loved in 2019, that do not involve books for once.

5. What’s your favourite film that was released in 2019?

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There’s no other answer for this besides Rocketman. I spend the entire year obsessing over this movie, and I simply can not stop. This was so powerful and creative and beautiful and made me feel *all the things*. I’d never felt so instantly captivated by a movie in a long time, especially one in which I couldn’t relate to much.

Looking at Elton John’s life (this is Elton’s biopic, btw, in case you haven’t heard me or anyone else scream about it), I can’t say it’s particularly relatable. I’m not gay, I have never been involved with drugs or know anyone who has, I am not a musician. So, you could say there was technically nothing in this story for me, right? But this movie was so brilliant that I truly felt like I was going through every single thing, along with these characters, and I am SO glad I’ve watched it.

stranger things and other mysteries

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I only started watching Stranger Things this year, much later than most people, I know. But despise everything, I’m really glad I did. Not only because I found out a new fictional boyfriend (Jonathan Byers, thank you very much), but also because it helped me solidify teenage mysteries as my *favorite* genre of shows. (I’m pretty sure you can’t call this a genre. It’s more like a trope. Mystery but add teenagers as protagonists, lol). That’s why I also really enjoyed The Society, season 2 of Elite, season 2 of The End of the F***ing World, etc.

wallows. taylor swift too, but mostly wallows.

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When my Spotify Wrapped came around, I was definitely not surprised to see Wallows as one of my most played artists of the year. I only found out about the band halfway through 2019 and I’m so, so, so glad that I did. They’re such a great band, whose lyrics really mean a lot to me. It’s kinda funny, because when the members are talking about their song writing process, they always say they didn’t mean much with that line and just used it because they thought sounded good, but they always end up being so thought-provoking for me. I think it really is just an effortless thing for geniuses.

6. If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Taylor Swift. Who also released a new album, which no one is surprised that I loved this much. I also got tickets to watch her next year, and I’m totally not freaking out about that.

(finally) 2020 GOALS: setting myself up for failure

7. What are you goals for 2020?

Well, friends, here they are:

  1. Read 50 books. This is probably the highest any of my Goodreads goals has ever been, so I’m probably setting myself up for failure here, but I’ll try anyway! I read almost 70 this year, so I should be able to do it, right? *crosses fingers*
  2. Learn how to drive. This is probably the scariest of all the goals in this list, if I’m being honest. The legal age to start driving in Brazil is 18, so I technically could’ve started lessons a year ago, but I’ve always been wayyyy too scared. However, I do know it is the responsible thing to do, so I’ll try no matter what.
  3. Believe in my dreams and work towards them. Honestly, I’ve never had long-term goals of things I wanted to achieve, or dreams to work towards. I think the only one was getting into university, which I did, but now I feel like it’s time to give bigger steps and truly believe that I am capable of doing the things I want to do, instead of just planning them.
  4. Find a blogging schedule. (What’s one piece of advice that you think all new bloggers should know?) Having a blogging schedule is hard. But so important. It can be very overwhelming to make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to read, blog, interact with others, and still have a life and other responsabilities. I really hope that in 2020 I find better balance to keep up with everything.
  5. Do not give up on writing. Or anything, for that matter. Fun fact about me: I always give up, whenever things get hard or overwhelming. If I could, I would’ve given up school a long time ago. I simply have the hardest time comitting to things, especially hobbies, such as blogging, writing, etc. But I’ll really, really try to finish everything I start in 2020. (Watch me fail that by week 2). I’ll never learn how to overcome obstacles if I give up at the first.

If you’ve reached the end of this massive post, let’s chat: What’s your favorite thing you did in 2020? Favorite movie/music artist you found out? And what are your resolutions for the new year? (Do you know how to drive and are you scared of learning too?) Let’s chat in the comments!

 

the disappointing reads of 2019!

a yearly overview.

Hello, friends!

Today, we’re here to finally talk about the most disappointing reads of 2019. As much as I love hyping up reads, I am also always here for some rant. These are some of the most entertaining posts to read at this time of the year, plus I’m a Grinch, so I felt like it would be fitting to post this while everyone else is enjoying Christmas time.

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But, since I am the Grinch, I am also really into Christmas music. However, Christmas music is just the worst to make a negative post around, because everything is holly and jolly and nice. So, instead of comparing my disappointing reads to Christmas tracks, we’ll be going for other music that it’s still just as lovely.

Hope you enjoy taking a break from Mariah Carey to enjoy this post to its fullest!

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I was cheated by you, and I think you know when. So I made up my mind, it must come to an end. – Mamma Mia, by ABBA

17259690I guess there hasn’t been a bigger cheating since The Foxhole Court, which I read earlier this year. At first, I thought it was just a weak start to a book and I’ll get more of it once I continued reading. But no. And I finished this read infuriated by the lack of plot and the fact all the characters sounded and looked exactly the same.

And the truth is, considering I’m a Mamma Mia hoe at my core, I’m probably going to say “here we go again” and pick up the second book in this trilogy. There’s still hope that my ending is as happy as Donna‘s, but I guess not every book can be a Pierce Brosnan.

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This is not what I want; this is not what I’d planned. – Stick to the Status Quo, High School Musical Cast

You know when you pick up a book and you think you had this premise figured it out? It sounds amazing, just like something you’d enjoy. It ticks all your boxes and you pick up thinking you know exactly what you’ll get from it. And then nothing happens like you’d planned.

41150487. sy475 Yes, I felt just as betrayed as Sharpay after reading Red, White & Royal Blue. I know, this is probably one of the most loved releases of the year, but I really didn’t click with it. Again, the premise sounded amazing, but the book took forever to happen – the chapters were so long and the paragraphs were humongous. It felt like I was reading and reading and never moving on.

Plus, I really didn’t connect with any of the characters and some scenes just really felt like a low-budget Netflix rom-com. (Like, that one scene one of the characters serenades the other with Your Song, by Elton John? Jesus Christ, the corny-ness.)

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We could’ve had it all, rolling in the deep. – Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

44017627The best way I could describe Wayward Son is wasted potential. We literally could’ve had so much here: so much more of the characters – talking without being interrupted -, so much development of the magical world, so much more closure. And, yet, we had 350 pages of nothing.

The thing that makes me the most mad about this book is that I legit thought I had this plot figured out. When I re-read Carry On back in August, I was coming up with all these headcanons about what was going to happen in Wayward Son, what they could give us now that these characters were in America. And yet, all we had was vampire non-sense.

Queue the dramatic song.

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Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard. – The Scientist, Coldplay

31931941. sy475 When I picked up Eliza & Her Monsters, I truly expected to like the characters from the second I started reading it. I don’t know why, but since everyone and their moms adore this book, I just thought it would be one of those that you fall in love during the first chapters.

But it wasn’t. At all. And maybe that was just an unrealistic expectation or maybe it was indeed that Eliza was extremely unlikeable and constantly complaining. Not to mention the story inside the story – Monstrous Sea – was so poorly explained and gave me zero feels, along with the borderline abusive romantic behavior by the end of it.

Again, I really wish someone could’ve warned me that this is a story you have to warm up to and be open to character development, but I really thought it was going to be much easier to get through it than it was.

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Or maybe this thing was a masterpiece, ‘till you tore it all up. – All Too Well, by Taylor Swift

35380157. sy475 Ok, I even feel kinda bad associating this song to this book, because it wasn’t even that bad. It certainly didn’t deserve a song as mad and full of heartbreak and pain as All Too Well, but this was certainly a case of a perfect book being ruined by a really bad ending.

Opposite of Always has a lot of amazing things going for it – the writing is great, the dialogues are hilarious, there’s A+ family and friendships and it’s super diverse as well -, but the ending was a mess. I felt like all the decisions the characters made by the last 20% were super annoying and OOC, in addition to the fact the story wrapped up in the weirdest possible way and gave us a really unrelatable life lesson out of it.

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It might sound crazy but it ain’t no lie, baby bye bye – Bye Bye Bye, ‘NSync

36596583. sy475 Considering how much I loved American Panda by Gloria Chao, it is kinda crazy to think that there’s a book by her in this list. And I still stand by the fact Chao’s writing is phenomenal – it’s realistic, while still being romantic and giving the taste that I love about fiction. But Our Wayward Fate was just not it, man.

I was a true fool, player in this game for two. First, because this book had one of my least-favorite romantic tropes: insta-love, then, the development of our main character that felt so rushed. Finally, it just felt like the book was trying to do too much in not enough time, which made me so frustrated.

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You had your chance, you blew it, out of sight, out of mind. Shut your mouth, I just can’t take it again – Since U Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson

I apologize, but I just needed the angriest song I could get and of course it had to be Miss Kelly Clarkson to deliver. This is my least-favorite book of 2019, and I thought about not even including it, since I technically DNF-ed it, but it wouldn’t be accurate to my year.

25883848. sy475 I never DNF books, ever. Even if I put a book down, I always have the intentions of getting back to it – sometimes it doesn’t happen like that, but still. However, with The Hating Game, I put it down and could’ve set it on fire if I wasn’t reading it on my phone.

The writing was so weird – like, the girl could’ve just said “I touched his arm”, but instead she’d prefer to put it as: “I leaned in, my fingertips slowly brushing his muscular forearm, grazing so slowly through the hairs there” and I was just exhausted by page 2 -, the characters were cardboard cutouts of Judy from Zootopia and the guy from The DUFF and there was, no joke here, a line that literally went: “If you were mine for one night, you wouldn’t be able to walk afterwards”, which made me thraumatized for life.

I read 56% of it and got one kiss out of it, which is the most infuriating part of all. Basically: Sally Thorne and I are officially broken up and our relationship didn’t even last, which just makes the use of Since U Been Gone even funnier to me.

Okay, friends: now it’s your turn. If you had to choose one song to define your least-favorite/most disappointing read of the year, what would it be? Let’s chat in the comments!

Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas!