Books read in 2014

Here is the final list of everything I read in 2014. My goal was to read 42 books, but the final number was 54! Yay!

  • Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1), Jim Butcher
  • M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman
  • The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  • The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
  • The Complete Poems, John Keats
  • Holocausto Brasileiro, Daniela Arbex
  • Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
  • One More Thing, B.J. Novak
  • A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Worte der Liebe, Goethe
  • The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2), Jim Butcher
  • A Book of Nonsense, Edward Lear
  • The Jumblies and Other Nonsense Verses, Edward Lear
  • Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops, Jen Campbell
  • Bad Girls Don’t Die, Katie Alender
  • Nicola and the Viscount, Meg Cabot
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • The Lover’s Dictionary, David Levithan
  • Hiperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
  • Amphigorey, Edward Gorey
  • Burning Girls, Veronica Schanoes
  • A Big Hand for the Doctor (Doctor Who #1), Eoin Colfer
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Blake
  • The Polysyllabic Spree, Nick Hornby
  • More Than This, Patrick Ness
  • Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
  • Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
  • Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3), Jim Butcher
  • Shatnerquake, Jeff Burk
  • The 13 Clocks, James Thurber
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  • Year Zero, Rob Reid
  • Not A Star, Nick Hornby
  • Tartuffe, Molière
  • The BFG, Roald Dahl
  • Revolting Rhymes, Roald Dahl
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Men Explain Things To Be, Rebecca Solnit
  • Blank Confession, Pete Hautman
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Simon Winchester
  • The Twits, Roald Dahl
  • Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
  • A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens
  • Revival, Stephen King
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Bossypants, Tina Fey
  • Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare
  • Young God, Katherine Faw Morris

In 2015, I hope to read 35 books, so I guess it’s time to get started.

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It’s time for a change

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I’ve changed.

Hell, I’m changing.

These past months have been an endless emotional roller-coaster, leading me to work a lot on learning about myself and finding peace with my demons.

In the process, I have neglected this blog a bit, partially because of having my mind elsewhere, partially because this whole way of reviewing simply wasn’t working for me anymore. I bought a Kindle and gave up trying: I downloaded tons – TONS – of books and now read a lot more than I used to. Since I was downloading them all already, I started buying books compulsively again. Reviews weren’t written because there were just so many to write.

And the thing is: who cares? Isn’t being a book addict the least of my problems? The least of anyone’s problems? It turns out I can finally say that I’m ok with buying too many books. Being a bookaholic is part of who I am. It’s not a situation that needs an intervention; I won’t go bankrupt or anything and I’ve been reading more than ever.

So here’s what we’re gonna do: I’ve changed, so this blog will change. I say to hell with rules. I will buy what I want whenever I want to, read whatever pleases me and review everything in a more concise way, keeping things shorter and easier. With that purpose, I’ll sometimes group book reviews together, as I have tried once or twice already. Easier, simpler, more readable.

And I’ll feel no more guilt. I am no longer a girl in her desperate attempt to buy less and read more. I am a girl in her desperate attempt to read everything she can.

No more rules. May the fun begin.

[(Short) Book Reviews] Who Could That Be At This Hour? and Storm Front

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Who Could That Be At This Hour?, Lemony Snicket

The first book in a new series from the nom de plume that signs A Series of Unfortunate Events, the story follows a young Lemony starting an apprenticeship with a completely incompetent mentor and trying to solve a mystery while asking all the wrong questions. Like anything else from Snicket, the book is fun and easy to read, with great plotting and strong characters. The story receives just the right amount of closure to make you happy with the book and waiting for the next one. Filled with irony and great lines, this is a nice pick for both children at age and at heart.

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Storm Front, Jim Butcher

The first book from the The Dresden Files series introduces us to Harry Dresden, a wizard that takes both private cases and helps the Chicago PD in ongoing investigations that seem to have something of the magical world to do with them. An incredibly fast read, the writing might be a bit sloppy at times and the story might not have profound metaphors or deep psychological development, but it is SO. MUCH. FUN. I mean it, it’s caps lock fun. It has everything from a talking skull named Bob to a love potion to giant insects to explosions to a spell called “FUEGO”. And if you’re the kind of person who turns down a book with a talking skull named Bob (I’m not), let me tell you something: the plotting is great. All the pieces of the story connect and make sense, showing Jim’s ability to set the game and then properly close it. I’m dying to read the next ones, which I heard are even better than the first. If you like easy and fun, this one is for you!

I’m now on GoodReads!

Hey, guys,

I’m dropping by just to let anyone who might be interested to become friends and share book love that I have joined GoodReads!

Here’s the link to my profile – feel free to add me

I’m keeping my account on the Brazilian equivalent, Skoob, but GoodReads turned out to be so addictive I can’t believe I hadn’t joined it before!

Tons of hugs,

Mari

Books read in 2013

2013 is coming to an end and, to keep with tradition (that started last year, but let’s all ignore that detail), here’s a list of the books I read throughout the year:

  • Looking For Alaska, John Green
  • Invisible, Paul Auster
  • Por Isso A Gente Acabou (Why We Broke Up), Daniel Handler
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  • Mandado de Segurança, Francisco Cavalcanti (Law stuff)
  • The International Brand Valuation Manual, Gabriela Salinas (Law stuff again)
  • Anna Karenina, Liev Tolstoi
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan
  • 50 Ways To Find A Lover, Lucy-Anne Holmes
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
  • Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella (book review in 2014)
  • Cidade dos Ossos (City of Bones), Cassandra Clare (borrowed from a friend. It sucked so much I won’t even bother reviewing it – just don’t read it.)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carré (book review in 2014)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (book review in 2014)
  • Tree Of Codes, Jonathan Safran Foer (book review in 2014)
  • Pray: Notes on a football season, Nick Hornby (book review in 2014)
  • À Paz Perpétua (Perpetual Peace), Immanuel Kant (read for college, so I won’t review it)
  • The Name of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (book review in 2014)
  • Julian, Gore Vidal (book review in 2014)
  • Quem Poderia Ser A Uma Hora Dessas? (Who Could That Be At This Hour?), Lemony Snicket (book review in 2014)

21 books: I guess it’s a pretty decent number considering I had so much going on at college this year! Next year I will be unemployed and intend to double that number. I know it’s not much for many people, but 42 books in an year will be a lot for me if I manage to do it!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and that 2014 is such a beautiful year you will never want it to end.

Tons of hugs,

Mari

We’re now on Facebook!

Bookaholic In Therapy now has a Facebook page so it’s easier for any user of the social network to keep in touch with what’s new!

Like if you feel like it (:

Help!

I am quite aware that I haven’t been posting as much as I should. College and my internship have been consuming a lot of my time, but, with the second ending tomorrow, I will have a much lighter schedule and will be able to write (and read) more!

So I was thinking of starting a few fix, weekly posts here. I’m still trying to decide what to do, though. So far I have come up with three ideas which I intend to implement on the course of next week.

If you have any idea of what you’d find interesting to see here, please let me know on the comments! I am open to suggestions (and quite desperate for them, if I’m honest haha).

Virtual bookshelves

The best part about social networks is how they allow us to keep in touch and to make great discoveries through our friends. Most of us have gotten to know a band or a movie because someone we know talked about them – and, well, sometimes we get out of spending some hours of our lives on something we wouldn’t like because we were advised not to read/watch/listen to whatever it was we originally intended to.

That is one of the best reasons to keep a virtual bookshelf. Our actual, made of wood or plastic, stuck-to-our-walls bookshelves are of course prettier and nicer to look at, but, much like websites for keeping track of tv shows watched, these social networks might help you control what you have read, what you are reading and what you want to read while looking at what your friends themselves are reading. Another positive side to it is finding out about books you didn’t know or that perhaps never interested you: you can read reviews, meet people with a taste similar to yours or even, depending on the website, tell others that you would be quite delighted to receive a particular hardcover or paperback as a present.

That said, I present you the virtual bookshelves that are, in my opinion, most interesting:

  1. Skoob – This is a Brazilian website and the first one I found out about. It’s brilliant to say the least. Very simple, organized and easy to use, it’s perfect for us who also read in Portuguese and want to add Brazilian or Portuguese literature to our lists. The only downsides are the fact that it has no version in English and that, for that reason, sometimes the user has to register a book (especially if not in Portuguese or English). I’m sticking to it, though, since it works just fine for me and some of my friends also have accounts on it. Here’s my bookshelf, in case you want to see it.
  2. Goodreads – First of all, I must admit that I love a good layout. Social networks and apps have to look good or they just won’t get me addicted. Goodreads not only seems to be the most organized and steady option for readers who don’t speak Portuguese, it seems to be the best of all these websites period. If I weren’t so happy on Skoob, I would most certainly migrate. The number of users (12 million, according to their website) reflects how thorough their website is when it comes to the book-sharing experience.
  3. WeRead – The best part of this one, as far as I’m concerned, is the possibility to read book previews from the website itself. It also seems well organized and steady, but, if I were to choose, I’d pick Goodreads.
  4. Shelfari – The best part of Shelfari is its connection to Amazon.com, which surely will be significant to users of the online store. For people like me, though, who do their purchases much more on actual bookstores, that doesn’t make it better than Goodreads from what I’ve seen. I haven’t registered, so maybe there is more to it, but unless you are an avid Amazon user, it doesn’t seem much more interesting than its competition.

I’ll continue to use Skoob unless something goes wrong with it, but the other websites also look very interesting. Do you use any of them at all? If so, what are your impressions? And if not, why not give them a try? You might surprise yourself at how easier your life might get!

Reviews listed by author

A

Auster, PaulInvisible

B

Butcher, JimStorm Front

C

Cabot, MegJinx

D

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan – A Study In Scarlet

F

Fitzpatrick, BeccaHush, Hush and Crescendo

G

Gaiman, NeilThe Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Green, JohnAn Abundance of Katherines, Looking For Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

H

Handler, DanielWhy We Broke Up, Who Could That Be At This Hour?

Hawkins, PaulaThe Girl On The Train

Holmes, Lucy-Anne – 50 Ways To Find A Lover

K

Kaling, MindyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Kinsella, Sophie – Wedding Night

L

Le Carré, JohnTinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Levithan, DavidWill Grayson, Will Grayson

M

Menkell, HenningEin Kater Schwarz Wie Die Nacht

S

Sestero, GregThe Disaster Artist

Simsion, Graeme The Rosie Project

Smith, Jennifer E.The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

Snicket, LemonyWho Could That Be At This Hour?

T

Tolkien, J. R. R.The Hobbit

Tolstoy, LievAnna Karenina

W

Wilde, OscarThe Picture of Dorian Gray

Reviews listed by title

0

50 Ways To Find A Lover, Lucy-Anne Holmes

A

Abundance Of Katherines, An, John Green

Anna Karenina, Liev Tolstoy

C

Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick

D

Disaster Artist, The, Greg Sestero

F

Fault In Our Stars, The, John Green

G

Girl On The Train, The, Paula Hawkins

H

Hobbit, The, J.R.R. Tolkien

Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick

I

Invisible, Paul Auster

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling

J

Jinx, Meg Cabot

K

Kater Schwarz Wie Die Nacht, Ein, Henning Mankell

L

Looking For Alaska, John Green

O

Ocean at the End of the Lane, The, Neil Gaiman

P

Picture Of Dorian Gray, The, Oscar Wilde

R

Rosie Project, The, Graeme Simsion

S

Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, The, Jennifer E. Smith

Storm Front, Jim Butcher

Study In Scarlet, A, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

T

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John le Carré

W

Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella

Who Could That Be At This Hour?, Lemony Snicket

Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan