Top Ten Books in my Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they provide a theme and this week is Top Ten Books In My Spring TBR. Well, since it’s currently Summer here, my list is actually Top Ten Books In My Fall TBR. 🙂

Here we go!

First, the books that I already own:

1- Live From New York

2 – Now You See Me

3 – On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft

4 – Shadow Man

5 – S

6 – The Cuckoo’s Calling

7 – The Likeness

8 – The Stand

 

Books I don’t own yet:

9 – Me Before You

10 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

What is your Spring/Fall TBR?

 

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Top Ten Books if you are in a mood for emotionaly damaged children

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they provide a theme and this week is Top Ten Books if you are in the mood for (x).

This is my first time taking part on the meme so I hope I’m doing everything right.

Okay, let’s go!

Top Ten Books If You Are In A Mood For Emotionally Damaged Children.

I actually don’t have ten books to add to the list, but the ones I have are great, touching, hurting  and sometimes scary.

1-

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Blacklands – Belinda Bauer

My review.

2 –

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The Silent Children – Amna K. Boheim

My review.

3 –

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Silent Scream – Angela Marsons

My review.

4 –

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The Ocean at The End of The Lane – Neil Gaiman

My review.

5 –

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The Last Child – John Hart

My review on GoodReads.

6 –

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Every Secret Thing – Laura Lippman

My short review on GoodReads.

7 –

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In The Woods – Tara French

My short review on Goodreads.

What did you think of this selection? Have you read any of these books? Do you have one with a similar theme to recommend? Feel free to comment below.

Review: The Westing Game

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Title: The Westing Game

Author: Ellen Raskin

Rating: 5 stars

From GoodReads:

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, one things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

This young adult mystery novel was one of the most fun experiences I’ve read reading.

This is a whodunnit with a twist, a puzzle within a puzzle.

The Westing Game was such a fun fast read I finished it in one day. With only 204 pages, it is the perfect companion for a lazy cold weekend.

One of the most wonderful things is that it’s such a feel good book! I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a feel good whodunnit mystery before.

Now run! Go read it! It’ll be fast, fun and it’ll put a smile on your face.

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This review was also posted on GoodReads. Link Here.

Five of my all time favorite Agatha Christie books

 

I’ve always loved to read. Ever since I learned how to make sense of those symbols we call letters and create words, I’ve liked reading.

One day, though, back in 5th grade, one of my best friends borrowed me one book – Agatha Christie‘s And Then There Were None (back then it had another name, I’m sure most of you know about this). I was in love. I read it in one night.  By the time I turned 21, I believe I’d read at ninety-five percent of her work.

Mrs. Christie was my first literary idol. The five books listed here rank are a few of my all time favorite, and the ones whose plots and twist are the most vivid in my mind, more than 20 years later. They’re also the ones I’ve read at least three times (with the exception of Crooked House, which I’ve read difficulty finding a new copy).

The five books:

And Then There Were None

Crooked House

Murder On The Orient Express

Cat Among The Pigeons

The A.B.C. Murders.

What about you, fellow reader? What is your favorite Agatha Christie book?

Review: The Man From Primrose Lane

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Title: The Man From Primrose Lane

Author: James Renner

Rating: 5 stars

This was one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in 2015, and the one that really helped rekindle my love for books.

It was inventive, fast paced, breathtaking and engaging. It played like a movie in my head, and I think it would make a great – maybe not movie but definitely miniseries. Well, it’s actually being made into a movie, and I’m actually excited about this.

It’s hard to talk about The Man From Primrose Lane without getting into details, it’s such a fascinating cross between sci-fi, mystery, whodunnit, dystopian and nonfiction, I fear I’d be spoiling the reader’s experience by mentioning things here. Trust me, this is a book that needs to be experienced. The twists and turns – especially the huge one – will stay with you a long time after you finish the book.

Highlight to read spoiler.[I figured the child abductor was the person responsible for the school photos as soon as it was mentioned how the two photographs looked almost the same, including the background. It didn’t anything from my reading experience, though. I was actually glad it was the FBI guy who figured it out, showing he was not incompetent, he just didn’t have all the pieces.]End of spoiler.

 The Man From Primrose Lane is actually one of the rare books I know I’ll be reading again in the future. And to think it’s Jeremy Renner‘s first novel? That’s insane!

All in all, it was a great read, that I finished in one weekend. I hope it gets translated to Portuguese, so I can recommend it to my friends who don’t speak English.

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This review was also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Adventures in reading

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I’ve been thinking about writing a new post but can’t find a topic or subject to focus on.

I’ve been reading Brief Encounters, by Dick Cavett, a collection of articles written for The New York Times.

He is so bright and interesting! I wish to have the opportunity to sit and talk to him for a while.

Dick Cavett is just another person I have to thank Jimmy Fallon for. I mean, thanks to Jimmy, I’ve seen different aspects of many people and got curious to learn more about them. This is why I love his show so much, because rather than focus on the commercial aspect of it, and ask the same questions again and again, Jimmy works to show the viewers the person behind the celebrity.

Anyway, speaking of reading, I’ve been reading a lot lately – more than I did in the previous year – but more importantly, I’m enjoying a different style of writing nowadays. Until two years ago, I had only read fiction, unless it was something related to a field of study I was interested in or related to my personal faith.

Now I’m reading and being profoundly touched and transformed by nonfiction books, be them biographies (mostly of comedians, because they have this way of looking at the world I relate and understand), or everyday subjects. I also had an encounter with philosophy, thanks again to Jimmy Fallon and his recommendation of Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.

I guess I reached a point in my life, a maturity that taught me that I can read almost anything and be reasonable enough to learn without being blindly influenced by it, that I don’t need to agree with everything someone presents in order to enjoy it. I can discern what works for me and what not, what I agree with and what I don’t.

What I can apply to make my existence better and what I can honestly consider bullshit.

Oh, and just because I consider something bullshit, doesn’t mean everything will do the same. Different things work for different people (unless it’s any kind of prejudice – that I call 100% bullshit, plain and simple).

If you’re also in that point in your life where you can do these things without fear, I recommend both book mentioned. I may talk more about them in the future, I don’t know.