Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Book: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Chá das Cinco (Portugal)

Rating: ★★★★★ / 5

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Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

Disclaimer: «As it was impossible to contain all of my emotions, and after telling all my close friends about this book to spread the word, and after crying about my life being over and impossibility of living without Rainbow Rowell books, I decided to share this with you and… completely avoided the “actual review” part…»
There is something about Rainbow Rowell books that keep me reading until the story is over, not able to do anything else, not even when you have huge essays to write and papers to finish and the deadlines are approaching very quickly!

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Review: I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

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Author: Terry Hayes

Publisher: Corgi Books

Year: 2013

Rating: ★★★★★ / 5

 

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A young woman murdered in a run-down Manhattan hotel.
A father publicly beheaded in the blistering sun of Saudi Arabia.
A man’s eyes stolen from his living body as he leaves a secret Syrian research laboratory.
Smouldering human remains on a mountainside in the Hindu Kush.
A plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
One thread that binds them all.
One man to take the journey.
Pilgrim

I have been reading some very mixed reviews on this book, especially the rating on GoodReads, that fluctuate from one / two stars up to five, and it really surprised me. I feel like people are intimidated by the size of the book and, at some points of the story, by its exceptional depth and complexity, so it doesn’t always capture their attention and they give up before finishing.

I must admit that I did feel like putting it aside few times while powering through the enormous book, especially when the narration was taking its flow towards Saracen and his life, the events that led to where he was and made him who he was. Although, at the same time I absolutely loved the main character and everything related to him, past and present.

It was horrifyingly captivating.

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Top 5 things every true bookworm should do this summer

DSC_1637_FotorDon’t you love making plans for your summer holidays? Planning where to go, what bikinis to bring to the trip, and most importantly what books to bring with you on that trip you have been waiting on forever?! I certainly do!

However, I have some other things in mind too, things that will make me feel creative, sociable and productive all at the same time while enjoying my summer break.


1. Read books from your school’s reading list.

Yes, you heard me. I don’t know about you, but I loved getting those endless reading lists at the end of each school year, truly believing that I will go to my local library and read them all during the summer… and that never actually happened.

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A Song of Ice and Fire Read-a-Long!

http---www.pixteller.com-pdata-t-l-428257For all the people who wanted to read Game of Thrones books for a long time but didn’t have a time or will to pick up those massive books, or everyone who adores the series so much that they would love to reread them especially just before the next novel in the series comes out, so all the events are fresh in your mind making you crave for the next chapters, there is a A Song of Ice and Fire Read-a-Long going on right now!

It started on June 1st and is hosted by three booktubers, all the links will be at the end of this post. I know it’s mid June already but I am pretty sure if you start now you will be able to catch up with the rest of the pack very quickly, considering that it is a only one book per month campaign.

The rule is simple! One book of the series per month and we have 5 wonderful months of fantasy and dragons and, of course, Daenerys of House TargaryenDaenerys of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the First of Her Name.

I absolutely love the Game of Thrones TV show and always wanted to read the books, especially because I bought a beautiful box set almost a year ago, but the books are huge and were scaring me to even start them. Also, since I’ve seen all seasons already and read the first book in Portuguese, it was hard to push myself to reread something I know so well already.

But this read-a-long is amazing and came just at the right time.

Also, don’t forget to join the GoodReads group for the chapters discussions!

Links:

P.S. I know it is summer and very hot outside,  but winter is coming!  …fairly soon

Review: Carrie’s Run (Homeland #1) by Andrew Kaplan

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Book: Carrie’s Run (Homeland #1)

Author: Andrew Kaplan

Publisher: Marcador (Portuguese)

Year: 2014

Rating: ★★★ / 5

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Beirut, 2006. CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison barely escapes an ambush while attempting a clandestine meeting with a new contact, code-name Nightingale. Suspicious that security has been compromised, she challenges the station chief in a heated confrontation that gets her booted back to Langley.
Expert in recognizing and anticipating behavioral patterns—a skill enhanced by her bipolar disorder she keeps secret to protect her career—Carrie is increasingly certain that a terrorist plot has been set in motion. She risks a shocking act of insubordination that helps her uncover secret evidence connecting Nightingale with Abu Nazir, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Determined to stop the terrorist mastermind, she embarks on an obsessive quest that will nearly destroy her.

I have finally finished this book! Honestly, I can hardly believe that I did. It was given to me on Christmas two or three years ago and I kept putting it away, meaning to read it every month but then I wouldn’t. I think one of the reasons that kept me away from this book is the fact that there is a series based on it and I never actually seen the series or had the will to watch it, it just wasn’t that compelling to me.

Finally, I picked it up in the beginning of May… and fell in the huge reading slump…

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Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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Book: I am Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai,

Publisher: Editorial Presença (Portugal)

Year: 2014

Rating: ★★ / 5

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“I am Malala. This is my story.”
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.

It’s hard to review these kind of books and I don’t think they should be reviewed at all. They aren’t there to entertain the audience and it is not about writing style or word flow or adjectives that the author used. These books are meant to transmit a message.

You might say here that all books carry some sort of message within them and it is true but some more than others. So consider this just my opinion and thoughts on the book and don’t take it for granted at all.

I was very interested in reading her story, getting to know more about what actually happened in Pakistan, how people survived Taliban oppression.

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Review:Reborn by Dean Murray

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Book: Reborn (#1 in the Awakening Series)

Author: Den Murray

Format: E-BookYear: 2015

Rating: ★★★ / 5

 

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In just a few days a new arrival at Selene’s high school will turn her entire world upside down. She’s never met anyone so attractive—or so mysterious—before this, but Jace’s unyielding insistence that they’ve known each other for decades can’t be denied—not given how familiar he feels to her.

I picked up this book for free on my kindle app, in the mood for some light reads to enjoy while on my way to work, classes, or whenever I would have some spare time but didn’t feel like taking my book out of my bag (yes, we all know that all of us, booklovers, actually carry a real book with us at all times. I wonder, can you buy a clutch big enough to sneak a book to a party, too? Hm… might be too dark to read though, nevermind this crazy idea.)

Now! How would I describe this book?

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