Massive Wrap Up for September and October + November’s TBR!

Good day to you! It is I, the urban legend of book bloggers back once again from the hiatus sea. I’ve realized I never got to do a wrap up for September and we are totally still in schedule for an October one, so why not do both in the same post, right? =D It will save time for everyone, yay!

September

Wrap Up

*titles with links are already reviewed, isn’t this a miracle?!! =O*

So, September was a crazy reading month for me. I do promise I kept my life on its regular tracks and that I didn’t skip work to read as I say that I’ve read 26 books that month.

little-dog-falling-to-the-floor

I’ve broken another reading record, haha!

 

Unfortunately, I can’t remember if I bought any books that particular month or if I bought something in October, so no Book Hauls =( Sorry, my memory sucks! I used to document each book bought on a word doc, but oh well. I think I’ll go back to it on December, haha!

October

Wrap Up

In October, I didn’t manage to read so many books as in September because of my Game of Thrones Challenge, but I read all the mangas I hadn’t in the previous month in between the bloody pages of GOT, oops! So I’ve read only 6 books… But also 26 volumes of manga, haha!

 

the-road-to-eldorado-tulio-hitting-head-to-wall
the reacion of all my off-line friends to this info

 

I have been asked where in all seven hells I have managed to squeeze in so many mangas in the middle of a Game of Thrones challenge, but I’m not really allowed to talk about my time turning abilities? Hahaha! No, seriously, I don’t have a good explanation, sorry =/

Books

  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – read from Sept. 27th to Oct. 4th | 4 stars
  • A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) – read from Oct. 4th to 10th | 4 stars
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) – read from Oct. 10th to 17th | 4 stars
  • A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) – read from Oct. 18th to 24th | 2 stars
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) – read from Oct. 24th to 27th | 5 stars
  • Nobody’s Goddess, by Amy McNulty (Never Veil #1) – read from Oct. 16th to 29th | 5 stars

 

Mangas

*I forgone the reading dates because I usually read a manga volume in 20 minutes =)

  • Not Equal, by Reibun Ike (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kiss Blue, by Keiko Kinoshita (2 volumes) | 3 stars
  • Amayakana Toge, by Kano Miyamoto | 3 stars
  • Sweet Chapel, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • 3-manen no Kareshi, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Uwasa No Oujisama, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Sweet Tears, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Love Monster, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Sugar Pain, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Smile Kudasai, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Best Ending?, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Aishikata, by Aya Sakyo (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kami-sama Onegai!, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Oboreru Hitomi, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars
  • Houkago no Love Call, by Kyou Kitazawa | 4 stars
  • Eroman – Kami to Pen to Sex to!!, by Delico Psyche | 2 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Afurekata, by Aya Sakyo (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Ouji Sama, by Aya Sakyo | 4 stars
  • Fukigen Kareshi no Nadamekata, by Aya Sakyo | 5 stars
  • Roman Gousha, by Kyou Kitazawa | 4 stars
  • Hanazono no Kioku, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars
  • Seinen wa Ai o Kou, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars

 

I promise I slowed myself down on November – we are on the 12th and I’ve only finished three books and no mangas! I’m behaving… For now? Hahaha!

I don’t have anything fancy planned to November yet, but in my TBR you’ll definitely find…

November TBR

After I knock these down, I’ll just be a rebel and fish all the lovely books I’ve received this year from authors and publishers that remain unread for a reason or another and start a slow and steady process of reading and reviewing them all. #ambitious

BONUS: The next reviews you can expect to see here are for the Never Veil series =D

That’s it, guys! Once again, thanks so much for sticking around until the end of the post, I know I have been writing too much, oops! Love you all!

assinatura

Around the World in YA Books Tag!

Hello, there! Welcome to another Saturday with a book tag ❤ This time I was tagged by the lovely Jess, from the Mud and Stars! I highly recommend for you to check up her blog, it’s amazing ❤ She’s also amazing, I think there’s a connection here 😉

Anyway, let’s make this trip! Just don’t expect only YA books…

Brazil

  • São Paulo

Brás, Bexiga and Barra Funda

  • Rio de Janeiro

The Hour of the Star

  • Bahia

Sand Captains

Lima, Peru

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Caribbean

Jack Sparrow series

Cuba

The Old Man and the Sea

Bahamas

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

 Italy

  • Florence

Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance

  • Venice

One Knight in Venice

  • Verona

Romeo and Juliet

Portugal

The Crime of Father Amaro

Germany

  • Molching

The Book Thief

  • Hamburg

Journey to the Center of the Earth

France

The Phantom of the Opera

England

  • London

Convincing the Secretary

  • Shere

His Request

  • Cambridge

Lessons in Love

  • Durham

Object of His Desire

  • Bristol

Polestar

  • Yorkshire

The Tutor

 Scotland

Highland Magic series

Greece

The Iliad

Denmark

Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen

Russia

Tapestry of Fate

USA

  • New Hampshire

The Asylum series

  • North Carolina

The Bartered Bride

  • Maine

Between Worlds, Jacqueline E. Smith

  • Coldwater, Maine

Hush, Hush

  • Shore Lake

Blur (Night Roamers)

  • New York

Percy Jackson series

  • Florida

Boys of Summer

  • Isla Huesos, Florida

Abandon series

  • Baltimore

Dangerous Spirits

  • Los Angeles

Darkness Brutal

  • California

The Mediator series

  • Laguna Beach, California

Evermore

  • Bervery Hills, California

Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen

  • Seattle

Twilight series

  • Gettysburg

Escape To Gettis… And Love

  • Nebraska

Fangirl

  • Washington

50 Shades of Grey

  • Texas

His Convenient Husband

  • Austin, Texas

Stripped with the Vampire

  • Arizona

The Host

  • Kansas

In Cold Blood

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Interview with the Vampire

  • Mississippi

The Last Juror

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

The House of Night series

  • Boston

My Reckless Heart

  • New Jersey

Of Poseidon

  • Minnesota

Origins

  • Hollywood

Secrets and High Spirits

  • Oregon

The Shack

  • San Francisco

Thomasina

  • Alabama

To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Connecticut

The Wedding Bargain

  • Massachusetts

Widdershins

  • Georgia

With Abandon

  • New Mexico

With Caution

Saudi Arabia

The Arabian Nights

Jerusalem

The Expected One

Egypt

Cleopatra and her Asp

Istanbul, Turkey

Inferno

Congo

Heart of Darkness

China

Brothers

Japan

Hiroshima

Antarctica

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

 

Omg, it seems that I travel a lot both on the real and on the fictional world…

After so many titles, I’m feeling terrible lazy, so I’m nominating everyone that is up to the challenge of finding out on how many bookish places that you already visited, haha!

assinatura

 

 

[ps: My most visited places of all times is England ❤ ]

August Wrap Up: readings, haul and news :)

Hi, there! August has ended, so it’s time to balance everything that has been happening with me and my books!

Wrap Up

 I’ve read 8 books, 5 mangas and 1 comic book this month. I hope I can do better than this in September!

From my Instagram account :)
From my Instagram account 🙂
  • História da Vida Privada no Brasil (Brazil’s Private Life History) – Fernando A. Novais
  • Chasing Rainbows – Linda Oaks (review here)

From my Instagram account :)

IMG_4995-0

IMG_5478

  • Hey, Class President! – Monchi Kaori (5 volumes, review here!)
  • Garfield 2.582 strips reunited – Jim Davis

gfd

Book Haul

 I’ve bought 3 mangas and 4 ebooks. That’s right, I didn’t buy a single paperback or hardcover this month and I’m depressed.

  • A Miracle’s Path – Aaron Millar
  • Glagnodian’s Vengeance (Book 1) – Aaron Millar
  • Wanting – Piper Vaughn
  • The Vampire King’s Husband – Amber Kell

 

Received books

 I’ve received 18 books in August in exchange for a honest review 🙂 Here’s the complete list, including my NetGalley books:

Four very busy weeks indeed, haha! And I also would like to say that my Review Policy is finally up!! It took me a while, but it’s beautiful ❤ I hope I can get more reading done this month 🙂

That’s it, guys! That’s my August report, haha! Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this last month?

assinatura

Austenland, from Shannon Hale (Austenland #1)

Hi, guys! I’m finally being able to post all the reviews that I owned you from my Instagram promises 🙂 This time, I’m talking about Austenland, from Shannon Hale

my baby with one of my favorite necklaces <3
my baby with one of my favorite necklaces ❤

Jane Hayes is a 30 and some years old woman and lost her hopes in love. She had 12 serious boyfriends in her life before until the book starts and all those relationships ended pretty bad for her. She had a deep love for Jane Austen’s works, especially for Pride & Prejudice (and who doesn’t? LOL), so she dives a little farther into Austen’s world at each boyfriend that she lost, to the point she wants to give up on men.

One fine day, she discovers that a relative of hers who knew about her current situation had left her a three weeks trip to Austenland in her will. The place was a kind of resort of Jane Austen in England and, while there, people would have to behave like the English society of 1816, in manners and rules. After thinking very carefully, Jane decides to give it a go.

At first, Jane was sure that the experience would only increase her obsession. The dresses, the actors playing gentlemen, everything screamed that she couldn’t do that. Moreover, when she’s introduced to the actor that held Mr. Darcy’s style (each actor in the house was inspired by one of Austen’s heroes), she knew she was a goner. In the middle of her mental confusion, she starts a “forbidden” affair with Theodore, the gardener, to try to calm down and go back to the real world for a while during the insane 24-hour role-playing game.

The days go by and Jane starts to change. Her romance with the gardener turns out to be not what she expected and she embraces her painter side, way forgotten in her life. Jane also starts to accept better her limitations and flaws, including her obsession. It’s a very impressive process to the character: it’s the small things that shows her changes, slowly, freeing her from herself. Even with difficulties, Jane leaves Austenland as new stronger woman.

My expectations with this book weren’t high, but I really loved it. It’s a contemporary romance with lots of comedy and no vulgarity at all, with brilliant dialogues. Jane and Mr. Nobely’s discussions are amazing, just like Jane’s thoughts and actions… I really got involved with her character in this sense of falling in love with the man’s mind before his body, just like she does with Theodore and Mr. Nobley. I highly recommend this book, it’s very funny with a breathtaking end 😀

That’s it! Thanks for reading and this was my favorite of June so far and second favorite of 2015! Did you already read it? 🙂

assinatura

Book review: Darius – Grace Burrowes (Lonely Lords, #1)

Hello, everyone! Today I’ve finished a marvelous book: Darius, first in the Lonely Lords series by Grace Burrowes ❤ I’m so excited about it that I almost couldn’t wait to get home from work to write all my thoughts down, lol.

IMG_3184
He’s no Gentleman 😉

This historical romance takes place in 19th century London. The main character, Darius Lindsay, is the spare son of an Earl and faces serious financial problems, as his father is an ass. Darius earns his own money by whoring himself for married and bored ladies, but we learn later that he doesn’t have sex with them, just some other intimacies.

One day, Lord William Longstreet, who knows about Darius means of living and wants to make use of them, approaches him with a proposal: Lord Longstreet is a very old man in need of an heir for his title, as he’s a Viscount, and he and his wife, Lady Vivian, elected Darius to be the father. After long negotiations, Darius accepts the scheme and meet Lady Vivian over a dinner in the Longstreet’s town house.

Vivian is the second wife of William, being the former company of his first late wife, Lady Muriel. William married her off to protect her from her dreadful stepfather, Thurgood, which had already sold Vivian’s older sister, Angela, to the first man to pay him. Luckily, Angela’s husband was a good man and they had a happy marriage. But, without a heir to William’s title, Vivian was in risk of falling into Thurgood’s hands again, so she accepted her husband’s scheme and chose Darius. Lucky her.

The couple spent a month at Darius property, at Kent, and Darius turns Vivie’s world upside down. Besides getting her pregnant, he also transformed her into a new woman, capable of fending for herself as William’s hour approached. A Lioness, as he defines it.

With this huge secret, a forbidden love and many twisted turns of events, the book took my breath away, as I couldn’t see an easy happy ending. And I was right, it was damn complicated, lol. Darius isn’t a remarkable hero, neither is Vivie. What really got my attention was the plot: it was so good and different from what I’m used to with these kind of historical romances! It’s funny how they simply made the reverse way of historical romance couples: first they were intimate, then lovers, then strangers, then friends, then lovers again and the husband and wife (no, it’s not a spoiler with this gender. The fun of it is to see how it’s going to reach the happy end, not how is the end itself lol).

I highly recommend it! It was worth of 5 stars at my Goodreads’ review (that is pretty much like this one).

That’s it! Thanks for reading! Have you already heard about or read this book?

assinatura

Fandoms of Jane Austen

Jane Austen is definitely a remarkable author. Besides crossing the space and time with her romances and enchanting generation after generation without never getting old, she inspires many fandom books. I’ve separated some titles that I’ve read, some that I still want to read and some that are just bizarre 🙂

My babies <3
My babies ❤

Jane Bites Back – Michael Thomas Ford (2009, from Ballantine Books)

 From the Goodreads’ description:

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it’s because she’s the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.
To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors. Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?

What I thought: I actually bought it by mistake in 2010. In the Brazilian edition, they renamed the book to “Jane Austen, The Vampire”. As you guys can see in the cover of the first book of my pic, it looks like the book was written by Jane Austen, as Michael’s name is very tiny under of “The Vampire” part. It was an instinct. I admit I didn’t paid much attention on the rest of the cover with the real possibility of having a vampire story told by Jane in my hands, LOL. When I got home and studied the book better, I noticed my mistake and got a little sad, but decided to give it a shot anyway – I had already bought it, right?

Lucky me, because it was an amazing book! Michael writes in a way that makes Jane feel like a real woman, that could be my neighbor. She faces the same everyday problems that we do and can’t tell anyone she is THE Jane Austen. It’s marvelous, really.

In 2010, I didn’t know there would by a sequel (and some research proved that the other two books in the trilogy – Jane Goes Batty and Jane Vows Vengeance – were never released in Brazil), so I criticized the end of the book, that naturally was vague. But now it makes perfect sense, LOL.

If you look for the Portuguese edition of the pic, you can only find it at Saraiva Online. The original English edition is also available at Saraiva Online and, of course, at Amazon. One more book at my wish list…

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith (2009, from Quirk Classics)

From the Goodreads’ description:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

What I thought: This book was one of those cases where you see the cover and you have to have it. I saw it at Saraiva Bookstore and I bought it in the act. Lucky me again, because it was amazing. Seth doesn’t lose Jane’s delicate and acid writing, presenting us the beautiful romance we all know with zombies. I really loved it and have to read it again sometime, as I read it in 2009, lol.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls – Steve Hockensmith (2010, from Quirk Books)

This is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. From Goodreads’ description:

In a prequel to the best-selling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Elizabeth Bennet evolves from a simple young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead, as she trains with nunchucks and katana swords and experiences a tragic first romance.

What I thought: I have to say that I read this sometime in 2010 and I can’t remember a line from the book. I know I didn’t like it at the time, but I don’t remember why. In addition, I have to admit that my English in 2010 wasn’t what it is today (as you can see in my pic, the third book is the original English edition <3), so I have to give it another try anytime.

Moreover, there are also the books I haven’t read yet, but I really want to:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After – Steve Hockensmith (2011, from Quirk Books)

8718281

It’s the sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. From the Goodreads’ description:

The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

Pride & Prejudice manga version – Stacy King and Po Tse (2014, from Udon Entertainment

21433253

From the Goodreads’ description:

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.
Vampire Darcy’s Desire – Regina Jeffers (2009, from Ulysses Press)

6515734

From the Goodreads’ description:

Vampire Darcy’s Desire takes the greatest literary romance of all time and reinvents it around the hottest publishing genre–vampire romance. No story lends itself better to adaptation. Two lovers trying to overcome that which separates them: their pride, their prejudice, Darcy’s vampirism and the evil workings of master vampire George Wickham.

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre – Amanda Grange (2009, from Sourcebooks Landmark)

6691280

From the Goodread’s description:

A married man in possession of a dark fortune must be in want of an eternal wife…
My hand is trembling as I write this letter. My nerves are in tatters and I am so altered that I believe you would not recognize me. The past two months have been a nightmarish whirl of strange and disturbing circumstances, and the future…
I am afraid.
If anything happens to me, remember that I love you and that my spirit will always be with you, though we may never see each other again. The world is a cold and frightening place where nothing is as it seems.

Mr. Darcy’s Diary – Amanda Grange (2007, from Sourcebooks

99297

From the Goodreads’ description:

Monday 9th September
“”I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again. …””
The only place Darcy could share his innermost feelings was in the private pages of his diary…
Torn between his sense of duty to his family name and his growing passion for Elizabeth Bennet, all he can do is struggle not to fall in love.
Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing – qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet’s heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.
Pride and Prejudice has inspired a large number of modern day sequels, the most successful of which focus on the rich, proud Mr. Darcy.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters – Steve Hockensmith (2011, from Quirk Books)

0sea

From the Goodreads’ description:

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

This is it! Thank you for reading 🙂 Did you know any of those titles? Have you read any? 😀

assinatura