The Liebster Blogger Award

Hello, friends! Once again, I have nothing super interesting to share (except that I’m exhausted, anyone else?) and I didn’t want to come with another tag … so I remembered I had this Award unsanswered. I think I’ve actually already answered to The Libester Blogger Award before, but the cool thing is, since the questions are always different, it seems like a different post every time. Thank you so much for nominating me, Alex @ Whimsy Pages 😀 I hope you enjoy reading!

THE RULES:

1 – Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2 – Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3 – Nominate 11 blogs.
4- Notify those blogs of the nomination.
5 – Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I actually prefer the idea of reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5 (just like Alex did)

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Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Hi, everyone! I apologize for the lack of variety of content this month, but I haven’t been able to read at all much or have time to write a coherent and well-thought post. Today I’m bringing you yet another Tag, the Book Blogger Memory Challenge, that I thought would be really fun to answer. Thank you so much Eva @ Brilliantly Bookish for tagging me ❤

Rules

You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!

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The School Subjects Tag

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another episode of “Marta should have answered this tag WAY long ago” 😅 I was tagged back in 2017 but in my defence, this is the kind of tag you wanna post in September and nothing else will do. That’s exactly what happened!

Have you all gone back to school already? What year are you in? What are you studying?

I’m about to start my 3rd year of college and I’m studying languages applied to business relationships. That means I have language classes, culture classes, economics, law, … I’m super excited but also scared because I’m going on Erasmus and the date keeps getting closer! I’ll have academic activities here in Portugal throughout September, but then it’s time to go to Germany to start my adventure!

Back to school season always gets me excited because I love buying stationery products, so it’s the perfect time to post this! Thank you so much Joana @ bookneeders for tagging me 💕

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Keep Faith by Several Queer Authors

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 Title: Keep Faith

Edited by: Gabriela Martins

Authors: Adiba Jaigirdar; Bogi Takács; Claudie; Elly Ha; Julia Rios; Kate Brauning; Kess Costales; Mary Fan; May Barros; Morgan Manzano; Shenwei; Sofia Soter; Vanshika; Cit Callahan

Number of Pages: 338 pages

Language: English

 

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Keep faith, in the broad sense of the word. It doesn’t have to be a religion, unless you want it to be. It doesn’t have to speak about the universe, unless you want it to. It doesn’t have to be about anyone but yourself. Keep faith, in other planets and other houses; be it in the face of danger, grief, or while you spread your arms and laugh. Keep faith the same way you keep hope, bright and shiny, ever present. Keep faith in all your queer, beautiful self. Because you deserve it.

This is an anthology of 14 short stories, by 14 queer authors, where faith and queerness intersect. Incidental, purposeful, we-exist-and-that’s-why queerness. And faith meaning whatever you want it to mean.

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I already knew Keep Faith was gonna be epic, AND I’m glad it didn’t disappoint!

Keep Faith is an anthology that puts together fourteen short novels, and all have one thing in common: queerness. The authors are all queer, and this book was meant to explore how they each view faith in a broad sense. I was, admitelly, a bit hesitant at first. I’m not big on reading anthologies, but I was suprised at how easy it was to swift from one story to another. The novels have different sizes and each focus on character development differently, and because they’re overall short, it wasn’t difficult to jump from story to story. It makes the reading experience easier and lighter!

Also, I’m not exactly a religious person. Growing up, faith was always about religion and my mother would make me attend Church and I had go through some formalities, but I didn’t have any pleasure in them, and eventually got old enough to quit. While my mother and grandmother believe deeply in God – but don’t attend Church as much anymore-, my dad’s side of the family doesn’t, and they don’t really care. So it doesn’t play a big part in my life anymore. I was hesitant because this book seemed to be just the opposite of “not a big part”. However, these are the authors’ views and experiences and definitely weren’t massive to read. Besides, not every short novel focus as greatly on faith (as they were put on the synopsis, it isn’t always about religion, unless you want it to be).

While the rest of the book contains works of fiction, the editor’s note tells a very real story, one that happens all the time and everywhere, and how this book came to be. Keep Faith exists to help a friend that got kicked out of her home and church, and that itself is very inspiring.

The short novels all vary from size and genre (there are some contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi…). Obviously, I didn’t enjoy every one of them equally, as I’m not a big fan of some genres.

Some of my favourite short novels were Droplets of Starlight by Vanshika Prusty (definitely my absolute favourite, I fell in love with Vanshika’s writing, her story, her MC and the parents), How Not To Die (Again) by Gabriela Martins (that was absolutely hilarious), Ten Steps to Becoming a Succesful Vlogger by Julia Rios (that was hilarious AND helpful ?? 😂) and Whatever She Wants by Kess Costales (I really got connected with the characters and cared for them and also, faked dating, count me in!!).

Overall, I think this collection was highly enjoyable and great to find new authors!

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Make sure you don’t miss out on this one! Already on everyone’s wishlist? 😀

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Princess in Practise by Connie Glynn

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Title: Princess in Practise

Author: Connie Glynn

Publisher: Oficina das Letras

Number of Pages: 352

Language: Portuguese

 

 

 

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As they return to Rosewood after the dramatic events of their first year, Lottie and Ellie are hoping for a peaceful term.

But strange things are happening at Rosewood. Pupils are being poisoned. 

Is the threat of secret organisation Leviathan growing closer?

Lottie and Ellie are determined to find the culprit; but danger could be closer than they think…

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Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

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Title: Undercover Princess

Author: Connie Glynn

Publisher: Oficina de Letras

Number of Pages: 288

Language: Portuguese

 

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When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.

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Places in Porto J. K. Rowling got inspiration from to write Harry Potter

Hello everyone, and happy September 1st! Everyone already on their way to Hogwarts? I’m not on Twitter right now, but I bet it’s full with people saying they completely missed the train 😂

In all seriousness now, though, Harry Potter was a BIG THING. I’m actually sad no one introduced me to it when I was little – I only read the series when I was sixteen, I believe, but at the time it helped me going through some bad things in my life. I got so immersed in the story, that’s what’s magical about it. Nowadays, saying I’m a Slytherin is saying a LOT about myself and my personality 😅

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