Yearly Archives: 2011

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Reading: December 2011

I don’t review books. To see how many stars I gave each one, you can visit my goodreads profile here.

These are the books I read in December:

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks


The Last Awakening by Rachel Firasek


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Looking for Alaska by John Green


Have you read any of these? Did you like it?

Happy Readings,

Another Holiday Giveaway


Guys, the awesome Kasie West is hosting an equally awesome giveaway on her blog to celebrate a few milestones.

Head over there for manuscript and query critiques and book of your choice!

Good luck!

RTW: Fave reads of 2011


Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.


This week’s topic:

What were your top five favorite books of 2011?

I didn’t read many books that were published in 2011 because I was trying to catch up with a few goodies that released on previous years, but, since the question leaves that end open, I chose five books that I read in 2011, regardless of when they were published.

But only 5? That’s gonna be hard … I could choose 10 titles easily, but 5 is going to a be problem. Well, here they are (in no particular order):


Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

I know, it’s not YA, but again, the question didn’t clarify that end, and I love Richelle Mead’s books. All of them. Besides, this was the last one of the series. Perfect.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Love the world-building and the Graces idea. I have Fire loaded into my kindle. Soon, I’ll get to it!


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Oh, such a sweetheart story! I hear Lola is even better. That one is also on my kindle.


The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Such nice way of dealing with sex during teenager years. Plus, truly engaging ;)


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Wow, such a soul-shattering love story, and a great created world and creatures. Just wow!


Honorable Mentions (sorry, I couldn’t leave them out):


Touch by Jus Accardo

I’m in love with Kale. Period.


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

And I’m in love with Daemon. Period.


How about you? What were YOUR top five reads of the year?

Btw, Happy New Year everyone!


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

May Santa Claus bring you many, many gifts!

I wish you a happy time with your family and friends!

And to the ones who are travelling (like me): have a safe trip!

See you guys soon =)


During the holidays …


Hey guys =)

I’m leaving today for my parents’ house for the holidays and I know there will be parties every single day (too many birthdays in the family in between Christmas and New Year. Five to be exact. Not kidding!), so I may get a little busy and distracted over there, resulting in no blog posts over here.

I’ll bring my laptop and, even though the net is not great at my parents’, I’ll try to participate on the next RTW from YAHighway, but I’m not promising anything.

I have blog posts scheduled for Christmas and New Year, so I won’t wish you anything right now hehe.

See you later!


Last #ROW80 Checkin of the year!

The last check-in of this round. It officially ends tomorrow, but since tomorrow I’ll be on roadtrip, I’m posting it now.

Omg, that went by so fast! I had fun, did you?


Here are my goals (for the whole round):

  1. Write at least 2k words from Mon to Fri, when I’m not editing (Sat and Sun are reserved for family!)
  2. Finish the MS I’m writing (for now, I call it Attitude) (*)
  3. Edit Attitude (*)
  4. Outline a novel for NaNoWriMo (*)
  5. Participate on NaNoWriMo (*)
  6. Revise my NaNo novel (G.H.) (*)
  7. Read 1 book per week
  8. Blog at least once per week (besides the #ROW80 check-ins)
  9. Comment on #ROW80 friends’ blogs


This last week:


All done.



I’m reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow during the roadtrip to my parents ;)



Monday: Had to run a few errands and also had my pilates class, so only wrote 2133 words (I wanted to write 5k …).

Tuesday: 6779 words.

Wednesday: 1500 words and finished the novella. At night, I should send it to two beta-readers.



I’ve got loads done: I wrote two novellas and a novel (and about 20k words of another) during these 80 days.

More important, I had a great time and met great writers who also have a life and a family to take care of and have to juggle all they want/need to do.

The challenge, the check-ins, and the support of the other members kept me on track, even when I was down or thinking about tossing all away lol

Since the goals can be anything and many things, I recommend ROW80 to any writer in need of friends and encouragement and support—if you’re willing to give support too.

I’ll definitively be back for round 01 of 2012! (the post with my goals is already written lol)



RTW: The only shopping I like


Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.


This week’s topic:


Where do you buy most of your books? No one is judging!


I buy e-books at



*The title of the post refers to buying books as the only shopping I like, cause I hate, HATE shopping. Even clothes, shoes, anything. I love having them, hate going to the mall to shop. 


I have a good explanation, though.

When I used to live in the US, I went to Books A Million, which was the bookstore nearest to my house.

When I came back to Brazil, I brought a lot of books, but, within a few months, I had read them all. I wanted to keep reading in English (so I would not lose my English and because I was writing in English). There are a few bookstores here in Brazil who carry a dozen of titles in English, the “original” book, but they charge a lot for it (you know, it’s foreign …).

So each time my husband went to US for work, I ordered 10+ books. Can you imagine the weight of 10+ books on a suitcase? More than once he paid for overweight on his baggage and wanted my neck for it lol

Then the e-books exploded and I saw a solution for my reading … my husband bought a Kindle for me and I started buying books online. Pretty simple, pretty neat.

I do miss the smell and the feel of print books, but at least now I can keep reading without having to wait for my husband’s rare US-trips ;)

When and if I go back to US (to live again!) next year, I’ll probably buy half of the books on a bookstore near to my house (luckily a local one) and the other half on Kindle. You gotta admit that having a hundred books on a small device is kinda of neat for traveling and such.


Anyway …

Where do you guys buy books?


A Book Giveaway


Hey guys!

My friend Melissa Hurst is hosting an awesome giveaway on her blog.

She is giving away her ARC of Tempest by Julie Cross since she loved it so much!

You just need to be a follower of her blog and answer this question: what you would like to do if you could travel to the past? (my answer: visit Ancient Egypt!)

Nice, uh?!

Your time to hop on there and check it out!



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