Down in a slump

Hello! How are you?
I’ve been away for a while because of a simple (and terrible) reason: I’m in a reading slump. I can’t read any book at all – and I’ve tried my favourites already.  It’s making me really angry, but I’m using the time to watch series and to do some diy projects. For instance, I spent the last two days making River Song’s Diary. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan and I’ve been wanting one since… Well, since I first saw one.
So I made one for myself. I’ll use it to write about my trips and stuff like that. Hey, here’s a pic:

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Isn’t it cool?
Well, tell me in the comments how you get out of reading slumps. I could use some advice!
See you later. xx

The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Okay, people. I recently bought this pretty, pretty edition of The Maze Runner. It’s the Collector’s Box Set, and you can buy it here if you want to. I even posted a picture on instagram. You can buy it here, if you want to.

Here’s the Goodreads summary:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Someone recommended me this book a while ago and the plot seemed appealing. Even though I really enjoyed the read, I was a bit disappointed because I had some high expectations. A few things bugged me, like some terms used and the fact that there’s only one girl in the book – fact which I hope to be explained later on. The main character, Thomas, also bothered me a bit sometimes.

What I loved about the book:

The maze, of course. I love mazes. I hadn’t read any dystopian young adult novels for quite a while, and I felt like it was a good welcome. I liked the way Thomas was curious, I could relate to that because I am very curious myself. I liked the racial diversity present in the book and I loved the Grievers. They’re cool monsters. I liked the girl, Teresa, and I liked the atmosphere of the book – it felt like something very important was ending. Like the battle of Hogwarts. Though nothing could be that exiting.

What I didn’t like about the book:

The characters are supposed to be very intelligent, and I can’t see them like that. I hated the slang created by Dashner. I think the terms were silly and unnecessary. As I said before, the lack of female presence really, really bothered me. And as for Thomas, I didn’t see him developing as a person. Even though that wasn’t the point of the book, I do think it’s important. I also disliked some of his reactions to a few things that happened in the book.

If you’ve read the book, I’d be delighted to read your opinion! Overall, it was a delightful read. I am looking forward to the sequel, The Scorch Trials. I give it four out of five stars and I leave you with a quote. Bye!

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

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Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag

Hello! Today I’m gonna do the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt, a tag created by the booktuber TheLibraryOfSarah. You can see the original video on it here. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I was encouraged by bluchickenninja. I won’t make a video, I’ll just post pictures of the books. Okay?

This is a list of the books I have to find:

 • Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it
 • Find a classic
 • Find a book with a key on it
 • Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book
 • Find the oldest book on your shelf
 • Find a book with a girl on the cover
 • Find a book that has an animal in it
 • Find a book with a male protagonist
 • Find a book with only words on it
 • Find a book with illustrations in it
 • Find a book with gold lettering
 • Find a diary (true or fictional)
 • Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)
 • Find a book that has a closeup of something on it
 • Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period
 • Find a hardcover book without a jacket
 • Find a teal/turquoise colored book
 • Find a book with stars on it
 • Find a non-YA book

Let’s begin.

An author’s name or title with the letter Z in it

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The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

A classic

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

A book with a key on it

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Something on my bookshelf that’s not a book

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A mini apothecary

The oldest book on my shelf

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Moulin Rouge by Pierre La Mure – published in 1954

A book with a girl on the cover

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

A book that has an animal in it

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This is the book of short stories about wild animals. I couldn’t find the title in English, but I’ll translate it. Wild animals: Adventures and Famous Stories by Various Authors.

A book with a male protagonist

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

A book with only words on it

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Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley

A book with illustrations in it

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales 

A book with gold lettering

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On The Origin of The Species by Charles Darwin

A diary (true or fictional)

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Dracula by Bram Stoker. The story is told through excerpts of the main characters’ diaries.

A book written by someone with a common name

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Collins is common, isn’t it?

A book that has a closeup of something on it

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The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard

A book on my shelf that takes place in the earliest time period

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The Best Stories of The Celtic mythology by A.S. Franchini. This is a brazilian author.

A hardcover book without a jacket

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The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco

A teal/turquoise colored book

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Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

A book with stars on it

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Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

A non-YA book

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Neuromancer by William Gibson.

That’s it, I suppose! I’m not tagging anyone in particular. Goodbye!

Versatile Blogger Award

Hey! I was nominated by the adorable Fanatic Bibliophile for the Versatile Blogger Award. I have such a small amount of posts that I can’t believe she was so kind to nominate me. So thank you, girl, I didn’t see it coming. ♥

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So those are the rules:

1. Show the award on your blog.
2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
3. Share 7 different facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

And here are my seven horcruxes:

1. I always dress in black.

2. I’m a Slytherin.

3. I can’t drink even the tiniest cup of coffee. It makes me very agitated.

4. My oldest achievable dream is to live in London.

5. I’m a cat person. I can’t ever be a dog person cause I’m terrified of dogs.

6. I know how to draw, sing and play piano.

7. I got a bat tattoo when I was 14. I love bats. And tattoos.

Last, but not least, my nominees:

https://citystatewritings.wordpress.com/

http://readandsurvive.com/

https://colleenknight.wordpress.com/

http://bluchickenninja.com/

http://bookchatter.net/

http://101books.net/

https://nawallovestoread.wordpress.com/

https://myclassicsontheshelf.wordpress.com/

https://klregister.wordpress.com/

https://thebookbrief.wordpress.com/

https://liveyounglovelife.wordpress.com/

https://readgeek3.wordpress.com/

https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/

http://katiesbookblog.com/

http://www.littlebookowl.com/

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Hey! So, I’ve just finished the first book of the read-a-thon. I’m late, I know.That’s because I had to delay things a bit… And because I chose a book with about six hundred pages of content. A few things made me and my friend delay the read-a-thon, and we could only properly start it yesterday, about 4pm. I then had to visit my grandmother, today I went to see the university campus, but yeah, I’m done.

American Gods is a book written by Neil Gaiman. The copy that I own was published by Harper Torch, you can buy it online here or here.

Before I give you my thoughts on it, here’s the summary available at Goodreads:

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what and who it finds there…

It will be a bit hard to talk about it without spoiling, but I’ll try.

I had only read The Graveyard Book and the comic version of Coraline by him before this book, so it took me a few pages to get used to a more mature vocabulary. At first, I was enjoying myself but not completely hooked by it. But as the book went on, it grew more and more interesting, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it every time I had to do something that involved putting the book down. Even now, I feel like I’m not quite out of the universe created by Gaiman. To me, American Gods was like being on a magical roadtrip across the US on a very old car and listening to some good old blues. And I have to tell you, Blues is my favourite music genre.

What I loved about the book:

The metamorphosis that goes on with the main character, Shadow, throughout the story. It’s almost tangible. I also loved the cultural diversity on each and every page – Neil Gaiman tells stories taking place in America, and there could be no better country to set so many different beliefs from various parts of the world. Every single character, no matter how secondary, has its identity, its past, and its origin very outlined. I think the story is rather realistic for such a fantastical world, and every single thing the author described was vivid in my mind. There are some dark scenes that might upset some who read it, but I found them essential to the story.

What I didn’t like about the book:

Shadow’s personality made me restless most of the time. I thought he was too calm – and even a bit characterless, sometimes. Even though it was explained later on, when I was reading it bothered me a bit. At least until I could fully get him. Besides that, there are quite a few things I predicted – although I don’t really think that’s the perfect word – before they happened, and I think I could have been more excited if they surprised me when they happened. But there were lots of surprises nonetheless. I also didn’t like that it ended so fast.

Despite being a long book.

I guess it really was like a magical roadtrip, after all. And I guess I made it a spoiler-free review. I enjoyed this book a lot. By Odin, it will be hard to rate this book!

Okay, I hate repeating myself, but it will be four and a half again. You should read it, if you haven’t yet. Seriously. I’m gonna start Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown. And here’s a quote for you:

“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.”

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Currently reading

Hey, guys! Today I start a quick read-a-thon with one of my dear friends and we have a week to read five books. It’s my first read-a-thon ever and three of the five books are in Portuguese, two in English. So we both decided to read the Neil Gaiman books from our lists, cause it was something in common in our tbr pile/jar/shelf/something. She’ll read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I will read American Gods. Cause it’s sitting in my shelf for ages. And I adore Neil Gaiman.

The other book in English is Dracula, by Bram Stoker. I’ve read it in Portuguese when I was younger, but it was so long ago that I only remember the plot. Yup, I have a terrible memory. And the three last ones, not in any particular order: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, Digital Fortress – Dan Brown and The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling.

I’m very excited to start, because I’ve been hearing of read-a-thons for a few months now, and I want to be a part of all of them.Not that this will be entirely possible, because I’ll be studying full time this year. But yeah, I hope it works out. May I tell you something I might have already said? I’m lazy. Not just lazy… Lazy. And I’m lying in my bed right now, too lazy to get my laptop, writing with my mobile WordPress app. Yeah. I think I’m gonna go now. I’m waiting for Caroline – my awesome book companion, she’s working. She’s not lazy. Goodbye!

About classics and eBooks

Hey, guys! I’m not here to make a review today, sorry. Things have been pretty shaky around here and I didn’t have the time (or nerve) to finish the book I’m reading. So, yesterday I received the news that I’ll be attending university this year (yaaaay)! Which is something not related to books, but I wanted to share it. Because I’m really, really happy. Oh, and if anyone’s wondering, I’ll study Biological Sciences. Nope, nothing to do with books whatsoever.

Since I’m not here with a review, I decided it would be nice to talk about the website that I mentioned on my Jane Eyre post: Project Gutenberg. I don’t know if everyone is aware of its existence – I wasn’t, until about two years ago one of my teachers showed it to me. It’s amazing. They offer more than 46,000 free eBooks, previously published bona fide. Many of the classics are available there, and you don’t have to pay anything at all.

Of course, if you want to donate, you can. It’s a really nice thing to do, it keeps the website running. What you can also do is share it with your friends and colleagues. I’ve heard that a similar website, from my country, will be shut because there aren’t many visits and downloads, if the situation doesn’t improve soon. I think that’s sad, isn’t it? Free knowledge available legally and almost no one is interested or knows about it.

There are other websites like Gutenberg, I presume, but I don’t know any of them. If you do, let me know in the comments! That would make me happy.
That’s all I have for the day. Bye!