top 5: female authors

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

One remarkable trait of mine is that I tend to care a lot for male characters. I don’t know why, but I’m more drawn to them than by female ones and I feel like, sometimes, I am only talking about men in my blog. Even if they’re fictional men. And I am not really about that.

So, I decided to finally share my favorite *female* authors and soon a female characters list too. Basically, let’s have me hyping up all the amazing women in the bookish world who deserve so much more.

ONE. RAINBOW ROWELL

Imagem relacionadaHa. We’re already going for a controversial start.

Now, honestly, I adore Rainbow Rowell. Don’t take that as personal offense if you don’t. I know she has released problematic things in the past, but I still love all of her stuff with my whole heart. She wrote the first fat character I had ever read about in YA. Or at least the first fat character who was not there for a comic relief or as a bully. (I’m talking to you, J.K Rowling and Dudley Dursley).

I find she has one of the most unique writing voices ever. Considering she has YA and adult books, a fantasy one and contemporaries, it’s phenomenal to me that her voice pops in every single one of them. Her dialogues are also always hilarious and the way she describes romance tugs in my heart strings everytime.

(And she also taught me that Oklahoma is a state!)

TWO. NIC STONE

Resultado de imagem para nic stoneGranted, Nic Stone is still a new author, and has only released two books. But when I tell you that she’s an autobuy author and I’ll get whatever else she releases, I mean it.

Her writing style is phenomenal. So engaging and so fast-paced, like you’re just having a regular conversation at her kitchen’s table. And, yet, she’s able to intertwine all these powerful and important topics.

Dear Martin is one of my favorite books of all times, because despise being a super short-read, it holds a punch. There are a lot of meaningful discussions and hilarious dialogues too. The same goes for Odd One Out. While the book touches on sexuality in a very messy, but relatable way, the narrations were always funny and endearing.

I am SO excited for Jackpot. I simply can not wait to have this book in my hands.

THREE. STEPHANIE PERKINS

Imagem relacionadaGranted, my relationship with Stephanie Perkins has always been a bit of a hit or miss. We haven’t seen eye to eye in every single book, but I still know that I’ll buy any contemporary she releases in the future, because, deep down, I’m just her bitch.

I think my favorite trait in her writing is just how quirky it is. And not in like: “I’m desperate to be edgy” way, but just in an unique way I had never seen in YA before. Like, in Anna and the French Kiss, where Anna is taller than her boyfriend. Or how Lola wears colorful wigs depending on her mood. Her characters aren’t exactly relatable, but that’s okay.

I sometimes look at people around me and I label the ones who look like fictional characters. They’re typically the most different ones, with crazy hairstyles or funky shoes. I think standing out is very much a fictional character trait and I love how Stephanie Perkins writes the best ones.

(Plus, the way she describes sexual tension. Ugh. Always a great time).

FOUR. GAYLE FORMAN

Resultado de imagem para gayle formanGayle Forman and I have a similar relationship than the one before. We have our fall outs every now and then, but we’re still connected deep down. (Why has this post turned into me discussing my non-existent relationship with book authors? Jesus).

I think my favorite thing about Gayle Forman is that she likes writing about music a lot. And I love books about music. So, we’re pretty much the perfect match.

She also tends to write a lot about New York or amazing places I’ve never been to but desperately want to and I am always prepared for a solid great time with her. Plus, she’s one of the few people whose set-in-one-day books generally work for me. (Except for I Have Lost My Way. That was sort of a disappointment).

FIVE. MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Resultado de imagem para maggie stiefvaterImportant to note that even though I’m including all these authors in my favorites list, I know very little about their persona behind their books. Like, I am aware Maggie Stiefvater has a very big online presence and I’ve read some of the things she said and completely disagreed with, but I’m still adding her to this list because I love her books to death. It’s a problem. I don’t think she’s ever made any huge problematic statement, but let me know if that is the case, so I can re-think this list.

Obviously, The Raven Cycle series is a huge deal and I am thankful for this amazing world she created. I also have to acknowledge The Wolves of Mercy Falls, because even though this is not her most popular series, I still adore it. I’m always grateful for people who are writing about werewolves, because few are BRAVE ENOUGH.

Her characters are always torn and broken and probably went through something very traumatic that either made them the softest beans (Gansey, Noah, Sam) or snarky and rude badboys with a good heart beneath it all (Ronan, Cole). She also gave me the gift that is Joseph Kavinsky and I’ll never be able to repay that.

 

Yayyy! Those are all my choices for today. I am definitely a fan of Leigh Bardugo and Jenny Han as well, but I haven’t read as many books by them as I have by these other authors. Let me know in the comments some of your favorite female authors too! 💛

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book tag: books i want to read but don’t want to read

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Hello, friends!

Today, I’ll be answering this tag created by Jamieson @ JamiShelves. I was tagged by Laura @ Laura Herondale. Go check out her blog, because she’s amazing and super friendly and creative!

ONE. A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

31931941This excuse doesn’t really work for me, because if there’s something I love is ignoring what everyone else is doing. I am an Aquarius rising after all, so my need to be the odd one out is kinda alarming sometimes.

BUT, Eliza & Her Monsters has a lot of hype around the bookish community, even from people who are not fans of contemporaries and I definitely feel the need to read it. I will admit, though, I’ve already started the first chapter and Eliza already annoys the heck out of me, so… This shall be interesting.

 

TWO. A book that is really long.

38746485I’ll have to give this one to Becoming, by Michelle Obama. Now, the physical version isn’t really *that* long but the audiobook is NINETEEN hours long. 19 hours. It’s almost a whole day.

I already struggle through audiobooks that are 9h long, so add 10+ more to that and I’m likely to take about a month to listen to the entire thing. Which is why I’ve been putting it off so much, even if I’m desperate to read it because I’m Obama’s family biggest fan.

 

THREE. A book you’ve owned / had on your TBR for too long

6413788It seems like all the books I’ve had on my TBR the longest have already been read this year (YAY!), but Last Night I Sang To the Monster, by Benjamin Alire Saenz is still there.

I do hope to move it to my read shelf by the end of the year. I know I can trust Benjamin Alire Saenz to write the best and most heartbreaking stories and this is one of his backlist titles that interests me the most, so hopefully I’ll love it as much as I did with Ari & Dante.

(Plus, can we talk about how this book’s title is so incredibly creative and beautiful? Ugh).

FOUR. A book that is ‘required’ reading

18135Ha. I don’t do required readings, so I have absolutely none on my TBR. I am a rebel like that.

I didn’t do a single required read back in high school (okay, I did ONE!). I have never liked the idea of being forced to read something and most books didn’t have interesting plots at all. Most of the required reads we have back in high school are written by white dudes in the 1800s and somehow I’m supposed to relate to that, lol.

I am interested in picking up Romeo & Juliet, though, because apparently Shakespeare is the only white dude with ancient English I can stand.

FIVE. A book that intimidates you

39863498I really want to read The Gilded Wolves, but I am so intimdated! First: it’s a fantasy book. Second: I’ll only be able to read it in English. (And though I am confident on my English, I still struggle with any vocabulary beyond a YA contemporary). Third: it’s historical fiction too. My two brain cells are already struggling.

Plus, I’ve heard from people that it is quite confusing and it is only piling up the intimidating level.

 

SIX. A book that you think might be slow

34273236Little Fires Everywhere is a book that has been getting a lot of positive reviews, including ones from my country, so I am looking forward to picking it up. And, it touches on matters such as adoption and family, and you all know how that makes me feel.

However, it sounds very slow. I’ve heard reviews saying that it is a very slow-paced, character-driven story and I am not sure how to feel about that.

SEVEN. A book you need to be in the right mood for

37584991I definitely need to be in the right mood for romance, because I can be a mean b*tch. Just watch me as I roll my eyes to every straight couple that shows up in front of me. I am constantly existing between: “I love all ships and I’ll die watching rom-coms!” and “Straight people disgust me and I don’t know how they do it.” It’s hard being inside my head sometimes.

Therefore, I’ll have to find the right moment to read The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory. I read the first book in this companion series and really liked Carlos, so I am excited to read this one and hopefully enjoy it more than The Wedding Date.

EIGHT. A book you’re unsure if you’ll like

37880094The Lady Guide’s to Petticoats and Piracy is one I am torn about already. I have read mixed reviews – some people love it, others hate it. I didn’t like Felicity‘s character in the first book, Gentleman’s Guide, so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this one. But it does have asexuality rep, so I feel like it’s my *duty* to read & review it.

I’ll probably read it soon enough, since the audiobook is available on Scribd and I did like Mackenzi Lee’s writing style A LOT, but I don’t have high expectations for it whatsoever.

I loved answering this tag and sharing some of the intimidating books in my TBR. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what is your opinion on them and which other books you’re a bit scared about! (And, once again, thank you so much Laura for tagging me!) 😊

 

 

my favorite bookish names

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Hello, fellow bookworms!

I am very excited about today’s post, even if most of you are considering it very random. I first saw Xandra @ Starry Sky Books listing bookish names she’d give her children, and then recently Caitlin @ Caitlin Reads did it too. I thought it was just fitting if I did the same, because it’s always a great day to rave about names.

The fact I’m obsessed with names is definitely a little weird. Sometimes, I find myself creating plots in my head solely because I want to be able to name my characters. I don’t have kids or pets, so until now, I’ve only been able to name my phone – Baz – and my computer – Skandar.

And because we’ll spend a lot of time in this post talking about pronounciations, I just want to clarify that my name is pronounced as: lah.ees. It’s very hard for English native speakers to pronounce it, so everytime I went to Starbucks and fitting rooms in the US, I’d tell them my name is Lola or Violet or whatever I felt like. It’s less of a burden than trying to make them spell it right.

(I also apologize that this list is so full of male names. I do like more masculine and gender neutral names in general, so that’s probably why).

  1. ELIAS

I’ve mentioned this before SEVERAL times, but I love this name. Elias, from the Ember in the Ashes series definitely solidified my love, because he turns out to be a phenomenal character too.

There are two ways to pronounce this: as E-lee-yas (which is closer to the Portuguese pronounciation) and E-lai-yas. I kinda like both, to be honest. The second one is my favorite because then it works if I want ‘Eli‘ for short.

Elias is a very traditional name in my country, so I know a total of zero people who are named it. But then again, that’s the beauty of fiction, after all. Being able to name your characters whatever the heck you want, because no one can tell you otherwise.

2. LARA-JEAN

Resultado de imagem para lara jean gifLara-Jean is one of the prettiest names I’ve ever heard – and I don’t even like pretty names. I am more into traditional and masculine or querky and edgy names. I’d probably name my daughter Logan if I could.

But despise Lara-Jean being super feminine and girly, I still adore it. I heard it for the first time in To All The Boys and fell in love with it afterwards.

I think it’s so fun to have double-barrelled names. My sister has a double-barrelled name, but my parents never prolonged the tradition. It reminds me of super hero names, which is so adorable – and likely to give you superpowers too. (My sister’s would probably be to be annoying as heck).

3. MATTHIAS

No, I’m not including this name here only because I adore Matthias Helvar with my heart and soul. I also happen to think this is a gorgeous name.

As you can see, I have sort of a crush for biblical names. The hebrews were killing it with their name game, ok? (Actually, after a quick Google search, I found out that Mathias actually stands for Matthew in English. BUT STILL.)

It’s pretty hard for me to even pronounce Matthias, because in Portuguese we’d say Ma.tee.yas (and spell it as Matias too). When I read Six of Crows for the first time, I was pronouncing his name like this in my head for the entire time, until I watched reviews on Booktube and people were saying at as Ma.tai.as + a weird sound on the t as in “the”.

At first, I was weirded out and couldn’t roll my tongue right. But now, I actually find it to be a beautiful name. I’ve never cared for the name Matias (it’s kinda like Elias around here; probably too traditional and out-dated), but figuring out the way people pronounce it in English made me find it unique and really beautiful too.

4. KAI

Yes, I have thought multiple times of naming my future kid Hezekiah solely so I could call him Kai for short. Someone please stop me already.

Prince Kai, from Cinder, became my favorite character just because he was named Kai. And also because he was a handsome looking prince with a phenomenal personality, but the name for sure helped.

The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang, is about to come out, and I already know, for a fact, I’ll love this book more than The Kiss Quotient and tha’ts because our protagonist’s name is Khai. (Okay, slightly different pronounciation and spelling here, but STILL.)

It is a gorgeous name. I’ve always liked the name Kai, even before I found out there’s a K-idol with the same name that also happens to be the most handsome man I’ve ever laid eyes on. Conclusion: name your son Kai for a bright, handsome future.

5. MINHO

Imagem relacionadaThe first time I heard this name was in The Maze Runner series, way before I started to like K-Pop and found out it’s a popular name in Korea. I didn’t even know Minho was Korean until I saw the movie casting, lol. I was an uneducated twelve-year old, okay. I’ve grown.

I just love the sound of this name, truly. Minho being my favorite character in TMR series just added to the charm. It sounded like a warrior name, which fits him very well indeed.

It’s funny that now everytime I think about this name I just picture Dylan O’brien screaming MINHO! at the top of his lungs at any given moment in the movie trilogy, because these movies are stressful as heck and the characters are constantly close to dying. It’s a great time, I promise.

Now that I’ve practically rambled about bookish names for about 1k words, let me know in the comments: do you have any favorite bookish name? And do you agree with any of my choices? Let’s chat! 😊

a trip to my homecountry: dancing to brazilian music

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Hello, friends!

I feel like this month, my blog has been filled with posts about music. It wasn’t really my intention, but things ended up working this way. I’m excited to be sharing this one, nonetheless, because music is very important to me as I’ve stated multiple times before.

I do want to clarify, though, that I’m not an expert on this topic at all. I listen to very few Brazilian artists, and I’m not that much interested in Brazilian music in general. I’d be bothered by that, but my choices as far as music goes, are very conscious. I don’t feel like I’m only listening to American artists because that’s what everyone else is listening to, which is what matters the most, after all.

Today, I’ll be presenting to you five exclusive Brazilian genres (Brazil does have pop & rock & punk, but these genres weren’t originated here) and some of my favorite songs from it. Again, this is all from the perspective of a white 18-year-old girl, so take it with a grain of salt.

I also ask you guys to please share in the comments some of your favorite artists from your homecountry; I love listening to music whatever the language, but I never know exactly how to search and approach artists from different countries, so your recommendations will be deeply appreciated!

ONE. FUNK

Even though you may feel like you’ve already heard this name before, funk is the most Brazilian thing I know. It’s very unique and exclusive to my country’s reality. It’s probably the most popular genre nowadays, especially amongst young people, and is the one to be played exhaustively at high school/college parties.

Funk is mostly associated with people living in favelas and poor conditions, even though nowadays it is consumed by people from all over the financial spectrum. In a lot of ways, funk allows young people coming from slums to breakthrough and become celebrities. Funk artists are called MCs.

The songs are typically associated with sexual content, using vulgar vocabulary or slurs, which is what makes it such a controversial genre. In funk music videos, you’re likely to find girls showing their bodies and twerking away in very short shorts.

If you want to get a grasp on funk music, I think this music video explains it pretty well. However, it’s important to note that this is by Anitta, who is a HUGE artist who has collaborated with Diplo & Snoop Dogg before. This is a representation of most funk artists and a glimpse on how Anitta first started as an artist, but it’s definitely not how she *herself* lives or produces her music anymore.

It’s definitely my least favorite music genre; not much because of the content, but because it is a genre for people to *dance*. There’s a lot of choreo and twerking and all of that and I am not a fan of dancing, so it doesn’t work for me in the slightest.

TWO. SERTANEJO

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Country music is so great that it really is a part of every country’s culture, lol.

Sertanejo = country. It’s a genre popular in the countryside, and back in the day, the artists wore boots, high-waisted jeans and cowboy hats. A lot of the OG songs also talked about the rural lifestyle, with a lot of nature-based lyrics, the simplicity of the time, etc.

Originally, it was a very male-dominant genre, much like country in the US, I think. Only recently, women started to break through. There’s also a very big thing about two people singing together in sertanejo. It’s what we call “duplas sertanejas” (a country duo). They’re usually brothers, and at least one of them has to play either an acoustic guitar or an accordion.

Now, though, the genre has changed quite a bit. Even though it’s still more popular in the countryside, the lyrics are mostly relationship-related nowadays, with a lot of melodramatic love songs as well.

This is what sertanejo looks like these days. As you can see, very different from the picture I inserted up there. I still like it, though. Not every song and definitely not every artist, but there are still some great hidden gems.

THREE. MPB

MPB is a very OG music genre. It’s definitely more popular amongst elders – very few teens would listen to it. It’s also not a genre to have new artists or songs being released regularly. Its’ moment of most hype was around the 1960s, but there are still a few artists who identify with it.

MPB stands for Música Popular Brasileira – Popular Brazilian Music. The best way I can describe it is: very chill songs, with deep and meaningful lyrics and a lot of soft instruments – mostly the acoustic guitar. The genre was developed after Bossa Nova – a music genre from the 1950s, that put samba and jazz together.

The most iconic and internationally acclaimed Brazilian artists are all MPB artists: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, etc. If you’re a teenager, then I don’t think you would recognize these names, but I promise they’re known worldwide!

FOUR. SAMBA

Samba is how Brazil is known internationally, but not a lot of people listen to it nowadays.

Samba was first created as a derivation of African dances brought by African slaves. It’s definitely, still to this day, a more popular genre amongst black people, but it is appreciated from people all over. We listen to samba mostly around Carnaval, because it is the music layed in those massive Carnaval parades every year.

There are two different ways to describe samba: the more chill version of it and the *hardcore* one. By hardcore, I mean they add a lot of percussions intruments, such as loud drums and large rattles. Even though I do not listen to samba at all, I find this version very fascinating, because the sound of the instruments truly reverberates through your body.

This is a very interesting song, because it was written during Brazil’s dictatorship period, that lasted from 1964 to 1985. Back then, most songs were censored, especially the ones that tried to criticize the government in any way. This one was approved, though, because they used a lot of metaphors, but when you analyze it deeply, you realize it’s a big f*ck you to the government, lol.

Samba is not known anymore as a genre to express political opinions, but I think, in a lot of ways, every song has a bit to it. If you analyze funk, for example, even if most songs talk about sexuality, it is still a big political statement, considering so many of these songs were written by people from marginalized communities.

 This is all I have to share for today, friends. Once again, please share in the comments below some of your favorite artists from your home country. I’d love more music recomendations! 💛

 

in which i discuss my favorite songs & give you book recommendations based on them

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Hello, fellow bookworms!

I’ve talked about this before, but music is a HUGE and very important part of my life. I don’t know how to cope when I leave the house without my earphones. I need to be listening to something 24/7 and creating the soundtrack of my life as I go.

So for this discussion, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite songs & recommend books based on them. I know some of you may not even care for most of the songs I talk about in here, but if there are any of you looking for new songs to add to your playlist, hopefully you can get some recommendations for music here too.

ONE. I WANT! I WANT!, BY WALK THE MOON

“I am 17, and you don’t know me, but you can owe me for tonight.”

Walk the Moon‘s first albums are glorious and it’s a shame a lot of people don’t know them! They’re a much more popular band now than when I first met them, and even though I do not listen to their stuff anymore, I still find pretty marvelous that they’re getting so much recognition.

This song is my favorite by them and it was released even before their first album. It’s not available on Spotify, which is a shame, but I linked the live version, where you can listen to the beautiful vocals. This song is more of an experience than a song, truly; it’s so different from anything else in the pop genre and I live for it.

It also reminds me a lot of HERETICS ANONYMOUS, BY KATIE HENRY. I finished this book recently and raved about it already, but I feel like both the song and the book have subtly sexual references, which is so interesting and funny to read.

TWO. STILL ILL, BY THE SMITHS

“Under the iron bridge we kissed. And although I ended up with sore lips, it just wasn’t like the old days anymore.”

The Smiths is a band I know nothing about, but I still like them a lot. When it comes to bands, I do not care about getting to know the members, their names and their stories. I just care about their music, which is honestly everything you should care, if you ask me.

Still Ill is one of my favorite tracks by them and it gives me ELEANOR & PARK feels every time I listen to it. First, the book itself is set in the late 80s and has a lot of musical references, with bands that resemble me of The Smiths a lot too. There’s also the fact this track is about reminiscing memories and feeling bittersweet about them, which is how I feel about this book everytime I think about it as well.

THREE. NEW ROMANTICS, BY TAYLOR SWIFT.

“And every day is like a battle, but every night it feels just like a dream.”

If New Romantics isn’t millenials’ anthem, I don’t know what is, truly. This music is so fun and so relatable at the same time. Which is why I couldn’t recommend any other book under this track than NAOMI & ELY’S NO KISS LIST, BY DAVID LEVITHAN & RACHEL COHN.

This book is a love letter to New York City (which also gives me a ton of 1989 vibes), following these two best-friends through the up’s and down’s of their relationship. Both Naomi and Ely are hopeless romantics that try to pretend they’re not. They’re obsessed with fashion just as much as they’re obsessed with each other and it’s one of the greatest storylines about friendship I’ve ever read.

(Plus, it wouldn’t be a list by Lais if didn’t include Taylor Swift).

FOUR. BUZZCUT SEASON, BY LORDE

“And I’ll never go home again, place the call, feel it start, favorite friend. Nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true. I live in a hologram with you.”

Lorde is another one of my favorite lyricists of all times. And Buzzcut Season, though an old song, remains one of my beloved ones. And as I’ve listened to it more recently, it started to remind me a lot of THE WICKER KING, BY K. ANCRUM.

The Wicker King is quite of an unique contemporary. I know not everyone will enjoy it and it definitely has its problems, but I still appreciate how much that book made me *feel*. Books don’t have to be objectively amazing so that I can love them, and the same goes for music. It doesn’t have to be a recognized amazing song to be meaningful to me, after all.

Nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true” is probably the best way to describe the plot for The Wicker King. Thanks, Lorde.

FIVE. GROW, BY CONAN GRAY

“Familiar sounds, the lake holds all our secrets / The way we joked ‘till we laughed our tails off.”

Conan Gray is an ANGEL and no one can tell me otherwise.

This kid’s lyrics give me life, honestly. It’s been so refreshing to listen songs from the perspective of a teenager, who actually *understands* what we’re going through and writes the most relatable lyrics ever.

Grow was a very important song for me last year, because it centers around saying goodbye to your high-school self and entering adulthood. As I graduated in 2018, this song ended up being a very important track during that time of my life.

Despise the bittersweet feeling, Grow is ultimately a very hopeful song, that reminisces a lot of bright memories from teenagehood. Which is why I’m associating it with RUNNING WITH LIONS, BY JULIAN WINTERS.

This book centers around the last summer before senior year, where Bastian, our protagonist, is trying to figure out what he wants for his own future, while still trying to enjoy time with his friends, doing what he loves the most, which is playing soccer. This book gave me a lot of unexpected feels, as I related to Bastian more than I anticipated, and I just want everyone to read this.

SIX. I WANNA BE YOURS, BY ARCTIC MONKEYS

“Secrets I have held in my heart are harder to hide than I thought. Maybe I just wanna be yours.”

Speaking of bands I’ve loved for years and know absolutely nothing about, we have Arctic Monkeys. I’ve been to an AM concert and, besides their vocalist, I don’t know anything about them as actual people. Ooooops.

I Wanna Be Yours is not my favorite track on this album, but it went very well with the book I want to talk about: ODD ONE OUT, BY NIC STONE.

Speak of unrequited love, and you have this book. And also a mess of a love triangle, with characters that definitely need to get their heads straight and figure out their lives, but are too busy messing with their friends and lovers instead. And I think this track delivers the same amount of desperation that these characters are going through, as they try to understand it all.

SEVEN. WEEKEND, BY LAST DINOSAURS

“I’d die for you any day. My life’s over anyway. Let’s go the empty park and talk ‘till it’s really dark.”

Last Dinosaurs is the most underrated band of this decade and people NEED to listen to them. Again, a reocurring theme, I don’t know a ton, except for the fact they’re Australians, which is enough, I think.

All of their songs are SO unique and amazing. I have an entire list of recommendations, but starting off with Weekend would be pretty great.

I love that, even though this song has a very up-beat melody, the lyrics are quite sad – you can see it from the highlighted quote above. And because of that, I’ll recommend I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, BY JANDY NELSON. The cover makes the book seem very fun and light, but it’s in fact a pretty deep story discussing some very dark themes.

And this is how I’ll wrap this one up!

Please, leave more song recommendations on the comments as I’m constantly looking for new songs to add to my monthly playlists! And let me know which books you associate with some of your favorite tracks!

 

monthly wrap up: april, ’19

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Hello, friends!

April is over and I think I should start by apologizing for my lack of interaction this month. College is kicking my ass and I haven’t been able to keep up with everything. I have still been reading a lot, though, which is great, but I will make an effort to be more active here next month.

As for you all that still comment on my posts even though I haven’t been blog hopping in a couple weeks: thank you so much. I appreciate the heck out of you! 💛

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I have now (kind-of) a side job? It’s a little bit hard to explain what it is about, but basically, I’m sort of a monitor for my former high-school teachers and it’s been a very good experience so far. I do want to be a teacher one day, so it’s been helpful with that too. It’s not as overwhelming of a job, which is great, since college has been a mess lately.
  • I also went through a social media detox week. Okay, it wasn’t exactly an overall social media detox; more like a five-day week where I didn’t open Instagram or Twitter and only allowed myself 30min on YouTube. It was very important for me, because I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of social media and especially digital influencers in my life. I was actually discussing that the other day with my friends. We disagree with the fact that stupid people are ruling our countries, but we let stupid people, that we’ve made famous ourselves, rule our lives – what products we buy, what makeup we use, what shows we watch. Since that detox, I’ve become more conscious of what I actually want to consume on social media and it was pretty important to shift my focus to more important things.
  • And I watched Avengers: Endgame! I’ve always side-eyed people who would go through the LONGEST lines in the world just to watch a movie during release date (in my city’s largest cinema, 4,000 people were waiting on line to watch the movie), and yet, look at me: watching it during release week, lol. Even though so much about this movie was still a mess, it was pretty epic too. It’s kinda sad to think this really is the end of an era.

WHAT I READ

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My re-read for the month of April (I’m trying to re-read a book a month) was the amazing Lola & The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins. This is a very popular YA contemporary and one of my favorite books of all times. The funny thing about it is I was actually reading some negative reviews for this book prior to my re-read, and most of the things people had issues with are the exact things that make me *love* this book. I adore how querky and unique the characters are. How Lola dresses for Halloween every day. Her two gay dads. Cricket & Calliope. Étienne being shorter than Anna. I don’t care that this book is not relatable at all, because fiction sometimes is exactly about being the odd one out.

 

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April was Autism Acceptance Month and I decided to finally pick up The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang that got a lot of hype last year. It is an adult romance novel, following an autistic main character who hires an escort to help her feel better about intimacy. There’s a lot of great rep in this. First and foremost, our autistic protagonist, and also the love interest who was half Vietnamese. Besides that, though, there isn’t much I enjoyed about this. I feel like it was way too similar to The Wedding Date, in which I was exhausted of the banter by page 5. Because this is a dual perspective novel, you know that these characters have *real* feelings for each other, but they lack on communication and take forever to understand that. I needed a nap by the end of it.

 

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I finally read the most hyped book of last yearSeven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Now, honestly, the reason why I didn’t like this book that much isn’t even because I consider it to be a bad book. It’s because EVERYONE ELSE had told me it’s a 5 stars read. Throughout my read, I kept telling myself: “okay, when is it going to get really good?“. The part ultimately came, but it was in the 70th out of 74 chapters (for the audiobook). I spent more time wanting for the book to get good than actually enjoying it when it did, so I couldn’t appreciate it all that much. I still enjoy the discussions that Taylor Jenkins-Reid was able to bring, such as identity, media’s pressure, sexuality, etc. The final quote is badass and probably why this was so worth reading after all – and the reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 3.

 

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Heretics Anonymous was one of the most delightful surprises of my 2019 so far. I didn’t expect to adore this book as much as I did and I’m just so glad I gave this one a shot. Following our protagonist Michael, Heretics Anonymous is able to talk about religion in a way that felt so natural and not disrespectful at all. I identified with him a lot, growing up surrounded by Catholic traditions myself. The supportive cast of characters was also hilarious and incredibly diverse and I loved following them as they tried to fight, in the best way they could, the hypocrisy of their catholic school. The narration was so smart and funny and I appreciate the narrator for the audiobook a lot as well. But my favorite thing is for sure Lucy, because she’s a Colombian girl (South-American rep!!!!!), who is actually very religious, but also a badass feminist. I loved her so much and I just really wish I could have a best friend Lucy as well.

 

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Then I picked up this super short novella by Sandhya Menon, following the same characters from When Dimple Met Rishi. Now, even though this novella was way too short to even appreciate it fully, it made me INCREDIBLY hyped for There’s Something About Sweetie – the upcoming compannion novel. Sweetie is introduced in this novella and we’re also able to read the first two chapters of the next book. I’m so hyped and I really think I’m going to love it even more than I loved When Dimple Met Rishi – which is a statement.

 

 

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And, finally, the last book I read this month was Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. I still can’t believe I’ve finally read this, as it’s been on my TBR since 2015. This book was so interesting & captivating. It wasn’t perfect, but still, it was one of the best written books I’ve read in a looooong time. I’ll admit: I’m a skim-reader sometimes and it’s pretty frequent that I’ll skip long paragraphs and just read the dialogues. But with this book, I wanted to savour every single line. It felt like I was reading a Netflix show sometimes; it was giving me a lot of The End of The F***ing World vibes, though a much better version of it. I also adore the characters: Sydney and Victor are my favorites. Even Eli was interesting as heck, especially when we start to learn the motivations behind his actions. Apparently I love psycopaths, and I’m not mad about it. I don’t know when I’ll be picking up Vengeful yet, but hopefully soon!

ON THE BLOG

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

April was a good month music-wise. I listened to *a lot* of The Smiths this month, and I’m very happy I did so, because it fit the mood for the month perfectly.

But, truly, if I can recommend anything for you to listen/watch to, it has to be this amazing cover. I’m not the biggest fan of Billie Eilish or Khalid, but this song is beautiful. What NCT did to it in this dancing cover made me speechless and I cried – real tears – watching it. (I get very emotional with dance, okay? It’s an issue).

LOOKING FORWARD

May is going to be an exciting month, because as Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ll try my best to read only books that deal with mental health issues of any kind. It’s very likely it will be a contemporary filled month, and I’m excited already.

What about you? How was your month of April and what are you’re looking forward to in May? Also: have you watched Avengers: Endgame? And do you have any songs you recommend for my May playlist? Let me know in the comments!

jonas brothers book tag!

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Hello, friends!

This is, by far, the most exciting tag I’ve ever answered in my blog before. First: we can oficially say that the Jonas Brothers are back and I still feel like crying everytime I’m reminded that this is real. And also because there’s now an entire book tag, merging two of my favorite things together and I, of course, had to answer it.

This tag was created by Rendz, @ Reading With Rendz and I saw it on Angelica’s blog, The Book Cover Girl.

YEAR 3000

A book/series set in the way distant future or A book/series that took you on an adventure

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First of all: Year 3000 is a jam. My biggest pride growing up was being able to successfully sing to the bridge of this song. (It’s not much of an impressive skill now, but considering I knew two words in English at that point, I’d say it was pretty impressive).

I think there’s no other way to answer this question than talking about THE ILLUMINAE FILES, because it is one of my favorite series of all times. I already miss these characters.

HOLD ON

A book/series that took a while for you to get into

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That is hard, not gonna lie, because I hardly ever continue with a book series if the first book doesn’t capture my attention enough.

But for regular standalones, I’d say it was a bit hard to get into TRULY DEVIOUS. I was struggling with the language and long descriptions a lot and I found the first chapters to be super slow. I’m super thankful I pushed through, though, because it turned out to be a fantastic read – and much more dynamic after the halfway point.

(Hold On is also my mom’s favorite song by the Jonas Brothers. Thanks, guys).

S.O.S

A book/series that you needed saving from

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I feel like I haven’t ranted enough about this book yet, but here it goes one more time. THE FOXHOLE COURT, BY NORA SAKAVIC. Why? Whyyyyyyyyy?

I was so sure I was going to love this book. It was in my 5-star-prediction’s list. And I hated it. This book was a mess. The characters are all bad-boys; there was absolutely NO PLOT; the writing is messy and I literally spent eight hours listening to an audiobook and I can’t even tell you what I’ve listened to because it was just a ball of ???????

I’d gladly have Joe Jonas rescue me from this book, thank you very much.

WHEN YOU LOOK ME IN THE EYES

A romance that makes you melt into a puddle of goo

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I just need to mention this couple, because there’s no one else that melts me into a puddle of goo like these two. NINA & MATTHIAS, FROM SIX OF CROWS.

Every single time they flirted or just *looked* at one another, I was already crying. When they get together, I had to actually put the book down and fangirl for about fifteen minutes before I could continue reading. I don’t even want to think what a re-read of Six of Crows will look like. I hope I’m not reading it in public, otherwise it will get embarrassing.

I probably cried with them more times than I cried listening to When You Look Me in the Eyes, which is a statement, because that song turns on all the hose.

BURNIN’ UP

A book/series so good it set you on fire

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I think my current read will be a great fit to this answer: HERETICS ANONYMOUS, by Katie Henry.

You know when you pick up a book and two seconds into it you already have the feeling it will be one of your favorite books of all times? That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. It’s hilarious, relatable, interesting and very immersive. I love Michael a lot and I’ve only known him for a couple hours. (Is this allowed?)

I hope to be slipping into the lava for a good reason here. Let’s hope future Lais doesn’t get totally disappointed.

LOVEBUG

A ship you were not expecting, but it happened and you ship it

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I totally didn’t see them coming, and then when it happened, I was the happiest person in the world. ALEX & MAGNUS, FROM MAGNUS CHASE.

(From Mangus Chase. Not the other two Alex and Magnus, from Shadowhunters. Thanks).

When Alex first shows up, I could kinda feel some tension between them and Magnus, but I didn’t think they would work as a couple. (Alex is snarky and a bit mean; Magnus is a Hufflepuff. Do you get me?) And then they start getting closer, and closer, and by the third book, I was already the president of their fanclub.

SUCKER

A book/series you would reread over and over again

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There are a lot of books I’d re-read nonstop. Where She Went. (I just re-read this book back in March and I already want to re-read it again. Someone stop me). Lola & The Boy Next Door. Percy Jackson. Ari & Dante.

Re-reading books is a huge passion of mine. I feel like it’s a safe space for me, because I already know just what to expect. I know some people find scary to re-read books and realize they don’t like it as much as they did the first time around, but I have yet to encounter a book that feels like that for me (I only re-read old favorites anyway, and they’re definitely favorites for a reason).

Before I leave, I want to tag three fellow bloggers to answer this if they feel like it:

I know they’re fellow JoBros fans, so I hope they enjoy answering this tag as much as I did!

book review: far from the tree, by robin benway

IMG_0179A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Far From the Tree can be considered a backlist novel (it was released in 2017), so it is one that has been on my radar the longest. I don’t even think I heard anyone in particular talking about this book, but I walked into a local bookstore once and saw that they had this book in their English section. The premise caught my attention and I sat there to read a couple chapters.

I loved what I read a lot. It got me absolutely wrapped up in the story and I barely saw time passing while I stood there. I obviously didn’t have the chance to finish the whole book in one sitting and I also didn’t have the money to take it home, so I left and prayed I’d have the chance to pick it up soon. It took a few months, but it happened, and I’m so glad it did. It broke my heart and made me feel everything, just as I’d predicted it would.

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  1. JOAQUIN. I feel like I have to mention him first, because Joaquin is the light of this book. Actually, it may be the complete opposite, because he’s in fact a very angsty and broken character. Joaquin is the only one out of the three siblings that has never been adpoted and his experiences in foster care have definitely left scars. His perspective was my favorite one to read about, and it broke my heart everytime. I teared-up multiple times reading his thoughts and his backstory. He was a very loyal and carrying person, but felt himself that he didn’t deserve happiness. I just really wanted to hug him forever.
  2. The discussion about being a non-white kid in a white family. Prior to picking up this book, I actually listened to Robin Benway on the First Draft podcast and I really appreciated how she mentioned approaching this discussion. As someone who cares a lot about adoption and follows a lot of interracial families on Youtube and such, it was super interesting reading from the perspective of the kid, who sees himself a in white family and is trying to come to terms with that. Joaquin is also the only one out of the three who is not white, which was a very interesting take.
  3. Demystifying adoption. There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to adoption and foster care. I am not even aware of all of them, because my country has no such a system as foster care, so I think American readers can take even more from this experience. The author is able to present a very realistic side of things; even though she tries to encompass as many different perspectives as she can, and tries also to break stereotypes around what “giving up” a child means, she makes sure to remind the reader constantly that this entire cycle is based on one thing: love. People adopt because they love. They also give up their kids to adoption because they love them. This book definitely does not lack on love.
  4. The talk on identity. This book is centered around these characters figuring out who they are. For Grace, that means coming to terms with the person she is now, after her baby. She spent 16 years being one person, just to become another after she got pregnant, and is not dealing with the aftermath. Grace 3.0 is broken, but determined to pick up the pieces. Maya’s identity, surprisingly, didn’t rely a lot on her sexuality, because, in fact, she was super unapologetic about it, which I loved. As for Joaquin, his is definitely the most complicated one. Joaquin craves for an identity, a backstory, a past that will allow him to have a future. He doesn’t have childhood pictures or stories. At some point, a teacher asks him to buy tapas from his family, beleving that they’re Mexican, and he doesn’t know how to react to that. He doesn’t even know how to speak Spanish. This book introduced us to so many conflicts on identity and I loved it a whole lot.
  5. Family dynamics absolutely everywhere. I love family dynamics. More than I love romance, most of the time. Like, sure, reading about two characters falling in love is always fun, but the love that comes from a sibling relationship, mother & daughter, father & son… It’s so much more intense. I had a field day with this book, truly. It had the most beautiful family dynamics and quotes I’ve ever read about. We’re constantly complaining about terrible or absent parents in YA, and this book delivers amazing and yet complicated family relationships all around.

COISAS RUINSNOVO

  1. Maya. As much as I loved this book, Maya’s character was hard to deal with. She was clearly written to be an unlikeable one. She talks too much, is quite snarky and doesn’t care about being nice to people whom she’s just met. Going through her narration was sort of painful, especially because I wanted to get to Grace’s and Joaquin’s already.
  2. The sisters relationship felt unrealistic. Maya and her sister, Lauren, have quite a complicated relationship. Lauren is a biological daughter and only one year younger than Maya. They’re written to be almost enemies, but also best friends, which I feel like should be realistic, since that’s exactly how I feel about my sister as well. But there was just something about the way they held grudges over the smallest things and kept apologizing that just didn’t work for me at all? If you have a sibling, you know you hardly ever apologize. One minute you’re screaming at each other, the next you’re laughing. That’s the beauty about having a sibling, and I feel like, ultimately, their relationship lacked this natural banter.

IMG_0183Overall, I’m just so glad that I read this book. There are so many important topics being talked about in here, and you can see the author made sure to treat it with a lot of respect. It truly puts you in these characters’ shoes, almost transporting you to the inside of their lives, as you follow their narratives.

I will point out, though, that the physical book may be a better fit than the audio book. I listened to it and I didn’t vibe with the narrator that much. Also, it is only one narrator for all three perspectives, which I find can be kinda tedious. If you have the chance to pick up the physical one, I’d definitely recommend doing so!

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If you survived this over 1k words review, thank you so much! If you have read Far From The Tree, please share your thoughts in the comments below!

discussion: what makes me want to pick up a book?

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Recently (more like two weeks ago because I’m behind on everything and my life is a mess, don’t @ me), I saw a lot of people taking part in a Top Ten Tuesday prompt for “What Makes Me Pick Up A Book?”

I thought it was a pretty interesting topic and I realized I’ve never shared my buzz words before in this blog, and it would be nice to discuss all the things that make me excited for a book.

To illustrate this post, I’ll be sharing one book with that said concept that I picked up solely for this trait and loved; and another one that I’m dying to read, because I’m pretty sure I’ll love it too.

ONE. Diverse contemporaries.

35704397I know this may come off as too broad; like, there are several diverse contemporaries being released every week, but I am lowkey interested in almost all of them. Contemporary is my favorite genre, and when they get to talk about intersectional main characters (such as neurodivergent POC or disabled queer), I am even more interested to pick them up.

35380157I had never paid much attention to diversity prior to joining the bookish community online. And I’m so glad that I’ve been more aware of its importance, because it truly has changed the way I see books. I am much more inclined to pick up a novel now that it’s able to show me a different reality and introduce me to a new way to see the world, rather than the white/cis/het version we’re already familiar with.

TWO. Boarding school or college scenarios

29589074This is definitely more specific than the first one. The book I’m curerntly writing is definitely set in a boarding school – that is just to show my commitment.

29044I am a nerd for all things academics. I am not necessarily interested in taking classes, but I for sure like learning about how they work. I literally know more about American universities than I probably should (is it a remarkable skill being able to name all Ivy League schools when I’m not even a US resident?), and reading college scenarios is kinda being inside my own researches. It’s amazing.

 

THREE. Bromances

25613472I love bromances. Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, five-feet apart cause they’re not gay. They make every book more worth reading for me.

40170373I adore friendships all around – that’s true. I love learning about strong friend groups, because friendship and loyalty are very important things for me personally. But there’s something special on a friendship between two male characters. It probably has to do with the fact that I obsess over fictional men like I don’t even hate men in real life, so putting them together in a close relationship just makes things even better.

FOUR. Fake dating.

33815781This is my favorite romance trope ever. If you get me two characters that are just going to “pretend” to be in love, I am already interested, because I can not wait to see them, evidently, fall in love for real.

18660447It’s a shame that I haven’t read as many books with this trope as I wish. Or at least not enough that would be able to actually satisfy my *needs*. I read The Wedding Date earlier on this year, and it definitely didn’t have as much fake dating banter as I expected, and I’m still a little sad about it. I need an entire freaking series of this trope alone to make me happy.

FIVE. Bands or singers as protagonists.

8492825If there’s something you should know about me is: I’m obsessed with music artists. There has never been a time in my life in which I wasn’t crying over a boyband or a singer. Music is a huge part of my life, and so is fangirling, so it’s only natural that they’ve always worked together.

And another huge part of my life was also about speculating what lives under the spotlight are for real. We definitely see the tabloids and read the news, but how interesting and fascinating would it be to read from an inside perspective?

40597810The first story I took seriously and actually thought about writing was a story on a girl who posts YouTube videos, gets scouted by a huge record label and moves to the city of angels. (Totally sci-fi, as you can see. Not inspired by *any* artist in specific).

This story never worked out, because the plot sucked, as expected from any book written by a 12 year old. But I am still fascinated by this idea and that’s why I love books that are focused especially on artists, where you can follow their songwriting inspiration and crave for the actual songs afterwards.

SIX. Queer protagonists (especially if they’re asexual).

31625039This could definitely be under “diverse contemporaries“, but I wanted to make it its own thing, because I’ll read about queer characters in any genre, if I’m being honest. Graphic novels, fantasy, sci-fi. Again, especially if they’re asexual.

37880094There’s not much that I can relate to when reading a book these days. I don’t think I’ll be able to read a YA contemporary from a South-American author in this lifetime (okay, I’m being overdramatic. Hopefully, I’ll find one before I die!) and I can not relate with neurodivergences or disabilities.

However, I can relate when reading about asexual characters and that’s what I need more of. Especially those books in which they have happy endings – with someone or by themselves.

SEVEN. Family relationships

33830437I talked before about how much I love bromances, but this one is brothers for real. I don’t care whether they’re brothers, sisters, mother/daughter, father/son… All it matters is that I’ll be able to read about a family relationship that is likely to break my heart.

25062038I find that these dynamics are more heart-wrenching than romance, most of the time. I do appreciate myself a good & old love story, but what can really move to tears is the all encompassing love that comes with being part of a family.

 

 

I think these are all the things that make me instantly want to read a book. Let me know down below some of your personal buzz words and if you relate to any of my own!

a trip to my homecountry: high school sucks worldwide

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

First of all, I really want to say thank you for all the love this feature got on my first post. I’m happy that you all are willing to support it, because I was very hesitant on sharing these posts, as I didn’t know if they’d perform well compared to my other ones. But you guys seemed to really like the idea of me sharing more about life in Brazil, so I’m excited to carry on with it.

For today’s post, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my high school experience – how schools work in Brazil, the college entrance process, etc. Please, share in the comments down below any particular memories from your personal high school experience, as I’d love to know!

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how we all thought high school was going to look like

FIRST. Public schools vs. private schools

My country definitely has a lot of issues, politically-wise. I’m sure you’ve heard that our country just elected a guy worse than Trump and all of our many corruption scandals. The reason why I’m mentioning this is because poor administration is reflected a lot on public schools.

Most public schools in my country have very bad infra-structure. The teachers aren’t well paid and, sometimes, are required to teach subjects they’re not even specialists on. The books are outdated, kids don’t have meals and it’s pretty bad conditions overall.

So private schools are, in fact, very, very common. I was privileged enough to only study in private schools throughout my whole life. The infrastructure is definitely a lot better, we have updated materials and some of the best teachers we could have. The better the school is, obviously, the more expensive it is.

This is just a general overview. There are a few public schools who are outstanding in their methods and have very good results in national exams. These are exceptions, though, and you have go through an admission process in order to get into them.

SECOND. Public universities vs. private universities

Now, if you got the idea that: “private schools are better than public schools“, you actually have the opposite when it comes to universities.

Public universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Obviously, the admission process is a lot harder too. A few private universities also hold the same prestige – though they’re hella expensive -, but most don’t offer as good of an education.

(Just to clarify: public and private here mean exactly what they’re supposed to mean. I know that for universities in the US, you have to pay expensive tuitions no matter what, but in Brazil, public institutions mean you don’t have to pay a single thing).

It’s a huge paradox, if you really think about it.

People who can afford private schools end up being much ahead of the ones who can’t, obviously. They have better infrasctruture, teachers and curriculums. So for public college entrance exams, these people tend to get the best grades, and get in. Which means that people who can not afford private schools also can not afford private universities and it becomes a much more complex problem than I can describe. But just to show that education is a huge issue in my country’s reality.

THIRD. College entrance exams

In Brazil, college entrance exams are called “vestibular“. It’s an exam covering all subjects, from Sociology to Physics, and it pretty much defines whether or not you’ll get into college. You can only take them once a year.

I know some countries take into consideration your entire high school performance, such as awards and GPA, but not around here, sadly. It’s all up to that one test.

Each institution has their own exam, so it’s not like a general SATs. The only exam that is accepted by several universities is called ‘ENEM‘ and you can enter to both private and public colleges with this one.

FOURTH. What high school truly looks like

Now, this is the part of the post in which I share my personal experiences. In any way, this is an example of the life of every Brazilian student. My experience was pretty out of the ordinary, but I wanted to briefly share anyway.

For my last year of high school, I had tests every Satruday morning. Waking up on a weekend and going to school is just as awful as it sounds. Every week, I had to study for a different subject. In my country, you can’t really take electives and “choose” what you’re going to study. Every subject is mandatory for your graduation.

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My favorite subjects were History and Maths. I absolutely loathed Chemistry, Philosophy and Literature.

On top of that, some Sundays, I had to be in school again, taking tests that we call “simulados“. It’s basically a prep for our college entrance exams: looks exactly the same, has similar questions, takes the same time. It’s the best way to prepare for the *actual* day, since you can only take a college entrance exam once a year. (I think these exist in other countries, but I forgot what they’re called? Help).

I didn’t have any extracurriculars in my senior year – we simply didn’t have time. Classes ran from 7 a.m till 2 p.m, with two twenty-minute breaks in between. P.E is required in my country, but most of us ditched it to study and the teachers didn’t care at all.

The only thing I remember truly enjoying during my high school time was an event called ‘Festa Junina‘. I’ll explain more about it in future posts, but it’s my favorite holiday in all year, and one of the few school festivities I’ve always taken part in, every year.

Soooo… That’s it! I apologize for the long post, but I hope it was informative in any way. I’m really curious about what high school looks like in your country, as well as the college admission process. I feel like I’m familiar with the one in the US, because that’s what most books and movies cover, but not at all in the rest of the world! Let me know in the comments! 💛