Bookshelf

E pensar que a minha paixão por leitura começou com 
as revistinhas da Turma da Mônica que o meu pai comprava para mim... 
As resenhas não tem ordem, as listas de livros não tem tema.
Eu vou a livraria ou a biblioteca e deixo as palavras me seduzirem.
Gosto de ler clássicos mas é de poesia que a minha alma vive.
Não sou crítica literária, essas são notinhas simples de uma moça que adora ler.

Here are some reviews (sometimes only notes and passages) of books I read and loved it (or not).
 I humbly hope my words will inspire you to read them too.
  

2016 List

1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I really enjoyed this book. If you liked The Help you will love this one. Easy reading, well written. Nice, very nice.


2015 Book List Reviewed


Great books for mums to be who have little or absolutely no clue (me!) about babies, giving birth, breastfeeding and want go through pregnancy informed but fuss free. Oh great book for bilingual mums too.
18. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin
17. The Good Birth by Nicole Croft
16. First Time Parent by Lucy Atkins  
15. Brain Rules by John Medina 
14. Be Bilingual by Annika Bourgogne 
13. Expecting Better by Emily Oster
...
12. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud 
11. Os Maias por Eça de Queiroz
Classico da Literatura Portuguesa. Leia antes de assistir a minisserie da Globo! In English check here
10. The Light Shines in Darkness by Leo Tolstoy 
Yes, it does shine - specially if it is Mr Tolstoy writing.
9. A Mensagem por Fernando Pessoa 
8. The Fault in our Stars by John Green 
Um livro para adolescentes com temas adultos: morte, mortalidade, love. A linguagem é bem coloquial com diálogos simples e de pouco profundidade, as personagens são interessantes mas rasas. O leitor não espera muito pelos acontecimentos, tudo se desenvolve muito rápido devido serem personagens com câncer. Boa lição de vida no final, "feel-good" apesar de trágica, vai acariciar o coração. Easy reading, good story. Recommend.
7. Adeus às Armas por Ernest Hemingway 
6. Happy Days by Samuel Beckett 
5. A view from the Bridge by Arthur Miller 
4. Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou
3. Politics and The English Language by George Orwell 
Great source of advice for writers anywhere. Apesar de obviamente o texto se referir a outra lingua ha elementos que ele aponta que são ao meu ver aplicáveis para escrita em qualquer língua e contexto, veja esse trecho ai: “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly? Seja para livro de receita, para blogs e ate emails para o chefe. 
2. I know why caged birds sing by Maya Angelou 
1. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 
A selection of short stories of Indian and Bengali expats. The struggles, confusion, emotional roller-coaster that is starting life in a foreign land.  She writes about these topics with extreme sensibility and wisdom. I identified several of the challenges and difficulties described in the stories with my life as an expat, very sensitive narrative, well written. A complete delight. Highly recommend.

2014 Book List Reviewed

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
3. The Outsider by Albert Camus 
4,5,6....29

"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life." 
 Fernando Pessoa

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