TBR Pile/ Books I Own but Haven’t Read Yet

Hello, people of the interweb! “How you doin’?”
Today is the day I’ll bring shame to my TBR pile.Resultado de imagem para piles of books gif

Under no specific order, here it goes:

  1. Armada by Ernest Cline
  2. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  3. O Fio das Missangas by Mia Couto
  4. A Cidade e as Serras by Eça de Queirós
  5. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  6. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  7. The Stone Raft by José Saramago
  8. Journey to Portugal by José Saramago
  9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  10. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  12. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  13. Casa da Malta by Fernando Namora
  14. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  15. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  16. Orpheu #2 by a lot of people
  17. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  18. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
  19. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  20. Tales From the Future by Robert Billing
  21. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  22. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
  23. Seizure by Robin Cook
  24. Elephant Song by Wilbur Smith
  25. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  26. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  27. Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World’s First Consulting Detective by William S. Baring-Gould
  28. Padre Antonio Vieira – O Tempo e os Seus Hemisférios by  Maria do Rosário Pimentel
  29. Negócios de tanta importância: o Conselho Ultramarino e a disputa pela condução da Guerra no Atlântico e no Índico by Edval de Souza Barros
  30. Body, Poetry and Affect in Albrecht von Haller by Guido Giglioni, Marisa Russo, Rina Knoeff, Palmira Fontes da Costa, Adelino Cardoso, Fernando Silva and Albrecht von Haller
  31. Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) by Frank Herbert
  32. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  33. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) by Agatha Christie
  34. Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling
  35. The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler
  36. Homens Imprudentemente Poéticos by Valter Hugo Mãe

  37. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

 

Only now did I realize the crazy amount of classics I own in comparison with any other genera. What the hell?
Well, that was a fun ride through my bookshelves. I hope you like this, feel free to comment your opinion down below!

Bye, keep on reading!

My 2018 Reading Challenge

Hello, people of the interweb! “How you doin’?”

This year I decided to set myself a few goals/challenges regarding my reading habits. I thought of sharing this list of goals with you because I believe it will make me take more seriously.  Perhaps by this time next year, I’ll be telling you I accomplished all my goals.

Here it goes:

  1. Read at least 30 books.
  2. Read at least 3 fantasy books. (Harry Potter doesn’t count, it would make this one way too easy for me)
  3. Finish reading all historical novels by Richard Zimler.
  4. Read at least 4 books by a Portuguese author.
  5. Read a book released in 2018.
  6. Read a book over 50 years old.
  7. Read at least a book by a female author.
  8. Read a book that was made into a movie.
  9. Read a book that was banned somewhere in the world or sometime in the past.
  10. Read a poetry book. (Not one by Florbela Espanca or Fernando Pessoa)
  11. Read a short story.
  12. Read an award-winning book.
  13. Read a graphic novel.
  14. Read a play.
  15. Read a book by Kafka.

That is it! Tell me if we share any of these reading goals. I wish you all a very happy 2018, filled with books, films and everything you love!

Bye, keep on reading!

The Winter Tag

Hi there, people of the interweb! I was tagged by Danielle at The Introverted Book Nerd! She is an amazing blogger, go check out her reviews and tags! Thank you so much for the tag, Danielle!

THE RULES:

  1. Share 12 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 12 questions.
  3. Tag 12 bloggers.

12 RANDOM FACTS:

  1. I ironically hate computers and mobile phones. Which doesn’t make sense to say as a blogger.
  2. I am a huge fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S!
  3. I collect mugs, mugs are my one true love.
  4. I’m a scout.
  5. I love jazz.
  6. My mother and uncle were born in Mozambique because my grandparents moved there during the Portuguese dictatorship and one of my biggest dreams is to go there with my mom.
  7. I love chameleons.
  8. I love history but not as much as physics, that’s why I chose material engineering.
  9. I used to go pick up sprockets with my grandpa when I was really young.
  10. You’ll always find a book near me.
  11. I love cinema as much as I love books and at one point I wanted to be a filmmaker.
  12. I wish I could live eating nothing but fruit.

THE QUESTIONS:

  • What are your favorite things about Winter?

It’s sweatshirt weather.

  • What is your favorite Winter outfit?

Anything that has layers. Layers and layers and more layers of clothing.

  • What is your favorite Winter food?

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  • What is your favorite Winter drink?

I don’t know, hot coffee maybe.

  • What is your dream way to spend a Winters day?

Reading a book by the fireplace with a cup of tea.

  • How do you like to do your makeup in the Winter?

My make up is the same all year-round.

  • What are you hoping Santa brings you?

What I really wanted was to be able to play E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial PC game that I used to play with one of my cousins when we were younger, unfortunately, we can’t seem to make it work on windows 10.
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  • What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?

Snow, peppermint mocha/hot chocolate, Christmas.

  • What is your favourite Winter song?

Frosty the Snowman.

  • What is your favourite Winter memory?

Being at my grandmother’s place by the fireplace with my family-

  • What is your favourite Winter scent?

CINNAMON

  • Finish this sentence…If I could have anything this Christmas it would be…

I don’t want to answer this, sorry. It’s kinda sad.

I tag:

Roxie @ An Average Life

Norah @ Bookish Fever

Raven @ The Life of a Raven

Rimpy @ RimpysReads

Rachel @ Rachels Readings

Ruby @ RUBY RAE READS

The Best of 2017 Tag

This Tag was originally created by TRAVELING ACROSS PAGES, she didn’t tag me but I asked if I could do it nevertheless and she said yes!Thank you thank you thank you!

So here we go!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and credit the creator.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want!

The Questions:

During the year of 2017, what was your…

  • Favourite sci-fi/fantasy book?

My favourite fantasy book of 2017 was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I reread it this here and of course, it is still one of my favourites!

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  • Favorite historical fiction book?

My favourite historical fiction book was The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, if you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you probably know that I just love Zimler’s books!

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  • Favorite contemporary book?

I didn’t read a contemporary this year, it’s not really my cup of tea. But if there’s a contemporary that you think I should give a chance to please comment down below.

  • Favourite singer?

aaaaaah let me think! I’ve got to choose Ella Fitzgerald, she’ll always be my favourite!

  • Favorite song?

For this one, I’m going with Breezeblocks by alt-J!

  • Favorite movie?

Hidden Figures, I honestly cried at the end of the film. It was more than I was expecting, I really should have read the book before.

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  • Favorite TV show?

The Big Bang Theory is still the top TV show for me. I see myself in that group of characters.

  • Favorite place you travelled?

My parents and I went on a train trip to Viana do Castelo, I loved it. It was the first trip in a long time and it was amazing.

  • Happiest memory?

I really don’t know, but it probably was being able to see my cousins this Christmas, they had been away for so long and I almost cried when I finally saw them.

  • Favorite superhero?

I don’t know, not even a little not even at all.

I Tag:

Late December and January TBR

Helly people from the interweb, here is an extremely overdue tbr!

  • Books I plan on reading until the end of this month:

-More Than This by Patrick Ness (already started)
-Utopia by Thomas More (just got from the library)
-Orlando by Virginia Woolf (if I can finish the two above in time)

  • Books I plan on reading in January:

-Kitty Hawk and the Curse of Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
-The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler (cause Zimler is my literary love)
-Hamlet by Shakespeare
-One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

 

Tell what books you’re planning on reading soon and if any of the books I mention are on your tbr!

Bye, keep on reading.

 

Currently Reading Tag

Danielle was a sweetie and tagged me in this amazing tag. Thank you so much, sorry it took me so long!

How many books do you usually read at once?

  • I believe I’d be able to read more book at the time if I had different platforms to read them in, like Audiobook, Kindle, … But since I own none of the above I usually read one book at the time, two books tops.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

  • I go with what my mood tells me. I read the book I feel like reading at the moment.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

  • No, as a rule, I choose the bookmark I think goes better with the book and I keep it until the end.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

  • Always keep them near me. If I’m at uni, the book is in my backpack. If I’m on the train, the book is in my hands because I’m probably reading it.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

  • At night, before I go to sleep. I spend the entire day studying so I use the only time I have off to read.

How long do you typically read in one sitting? 

  • 2 to 2h30 hours. But it depends on the book and on how into it I am.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

  • I don’t own hardback, those are expensive af. The only hardback I own is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and it was given to me.

What position do you mainly use to read?

  • Laying in bed, on the floor, sitting in a chair, standing, I can be in the same position for a long time.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

  • Of course. And If I like it I shove it in everybody’s face.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

  • Normally at the end of the day, before I go to bed!

 

I TAG…

Ana @TheGirlWhoReadsBooks

Diana @Books.in.armour

 

Anything But Books Tag

Hello people! Danielle tagged me to do the Anything But Books Tag! Check out her blog here, she is an amazing blogger! Thanks, Danielle!! I’m excited to do this tag because it’s really different from what I usually do.
Let’s do it!


NAME A CARTOON THAT YOU LOVE

I know this might be a little basic but I love The Simpsons. Lisa Simpson is my soul mate, she is me if I were a cartoon character. This show makes me laugh so much, it always makes me happy!

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW?

I don’t really have a fav song, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Louis Armstrong lately. The one song I’ve been listening to the most is Summertime, it’s just perfect!

 

WHAT COULD YOU DO FOR HOURS THAT ISN’T READING?

I love cinema. It’s my second favourite in the entire world! Going to the cinema, watching a film at home anyone will do. I even have a little book where I review films I watch.

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WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE TO DO THAT YOUR FOLLOWERS WOULD BE SURPRISED BY?


Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

First of all, I know I’ve not been the most active blogger on earth, but uni has been really hard and I’ve not had the time to do much at all. But today I found time to pre-schedule some post so that is what I’m going to do.

I love anything Harry Potter, for me, it is just the perfect world!! I was tagged by Danielle at The Introverted Book Nerd! Thank you so much for the tag, and sorry I took so long! This tag was originally created by Kimberlyfaye Reads.


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AN UPCOMING RELEASE YOU WISH YOU COULD GET YOUR HANDS ON RIGHT NOW!

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Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes-
 “The author of Liars, Inc. delivers a twisted psychological tale about Embry Woods, who is both praised as a town hero and haunted by the secrets she must hide to keep her loved ones alive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAVORITE SERIES STARTER.

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The first book from The Sephardic Cycle Series, by now you should already know how much I love Richard Zimler Books’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU ALL THE WARM FUZZIES.

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“Feminism. I’m new to it. The word still sounds weird and wrong. Too white, too structured, too foreign: something I can’t claim.” This book was such a perfect read for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY.

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Once again Richard Zimler is the one I go for. I can say with all the certainty that The Seventh Gate is in the Top 2 best books I ever read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOKISH HERO OR HEROINE YOU WANT AROUND TO PROTECT YOU IN REAL LIFE.

I don’t really know any hero/heroine from any book that I’d want in real life. Most of the books I read don’t have heroes/heroines. sorry 😦

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A BOOK YOU INTENTIONALLY SPOILED FOR YOURSELF.

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Don’t judge me but I intentionally watched the film first because I was too afraid to read the book. I regret it now and if you have been following my blog for a while now you already know I love Saramago’s writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD MAKE EVERYONE READ BECAUSE YOU LOVED IT SO MUCH.

Blindness by Saramago, I just love this book! I just love it. I can’t even begin to explain it. (the cover is the same as in the spell above)

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A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED.

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A minute of silence for this book series, please.

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There is not much I can say to you about this book, I don’t think there is an English edition or anything. It is a Portuguese classic that is based on the 1817 liberal rebellion that happened in Portugal. The author used the play he wrote as a way of denouncing the government that he lived in since he couldn’t to it verbally, but the play was censored anyway.

 

 

 

 

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A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET YOU EVER READ.

There is not a book that I regret reading, just lucky I guess.

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AN AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS ALWAYS GET YOU OUT OF A SLUMP.

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Richard Zimler, my friends, Richard Zimler is the way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A SWOON-WORTHY HERO OR HEROINE.

There are not many heroes/heroines among the books I usually pick up. I’m sorry guys.

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A BOOK THAT CAUSED YOU TO STOP DOING ALL OTHER THINGS UNTIL YOU FINISHED IT.

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It took me less than 24h and I read it all at once, I can assure you that I did not stop reading it for one second.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ (FOR WHATEVER REASON) OR BROKE YOU.

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This was the first book that ever made me cry. I went through a big Antonio Mota phase when I was younger. For an entire summer, I only read his books. This one as a huge deal to me. It is about a relationship between a little boy and his grandfather when his family decides to put his grandpa in a nursing home. At the time my family had just done the same with my grandmother and I related to most of the feelings the little boy from the book had. (the book’s title translates to “house of flares”)

 

 

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A BOOK THAT HAD YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD.

I haven’t had that book that made me laugh all the time, I have read a lot of books that made me laugh at some point in the story but not a funny book if that makes any sense to you.

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A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WANT TO SEND IT (OR YOUR E-READER) FLYING.

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Everything took so long to happen in this book that I can still remember getting really upset while reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOKISH WORLD YOU WISH YOU COULD VISIT.

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Is that even a real question??

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A BOOK WITH A SHOCKING TWIST OR ENDING.

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Are you seeing a pattern here?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A CHARACTER DEATH THAT DESTROYED YOU.

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Still crying about it. The 25th of April revolution got me crying like a baby.  (I know I have to translate this review, but if  for some reason you know Portuguese click here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEST SERIES CONCLUSION.

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I’m just saying that even though it ended, it ended with a bang!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Props to Kimberlyfaye Reads for all graphic part of this tag!


I TAG:

Roxie @ An Average Life

Norah @ Bookish Fever

Raven @ The Life of a Raven

Rimpy @ RimpysReads

Rachel @ Rachels Readings

Ruby @ RUBY RAE READS

September Book Haul

Hello, people of the internet!
I’m really sorry I’ve not been present for the last few weeks. University has been crazy and I haven’t found the time nor to read or to post anything in here! But I’m back and I promise I’ll try to be more regular regarding my posts.

I did not acquire that many books during the month of September but here is the list!
Let me know I you have read any of these books or plan on reading any of them.

BOOKS I PURCHASED:

– Quidditch Through the Ages – J. K. Rowling
– BATMAN nº4 – Doug Moench and Alan Grant
– Hotel Iris – Ogawa Yoko

BOOKS SENT TO ME BY AUTHORS FOR REVIEW:

– Feel Me Fall – James Moris
– Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold – Iain Reading
– Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1) – David Meredith
– Adventures In Farland – Moshank Relia

Expect to see reviews of these books in the near future!

Bye, keep on reading!

Get to Know Me Tag

Hello, people of the internet, fellow readers and aliens!!I’m doing a tag once again because I’m tagged in a lot of tags, I can’t even. I like in most of the tags I do I have to thank Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd. She is amazing, just like her blog so go check it out!

Let’s go!!!

BOOKS

Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter?

  • I cannot stop anywhere! I have to be at the end of a storyline or something like that. Most of the time I just stop when I reach the end of a chapter.

Do you eat or drink anything whilst reading?

  • I don’t eat while reading due to the fact I like to keep my books safe from crumbles. Regarding drinks, I usually do drink tea while reading, especially during winter.

Can you read listening to music or watching tv?

  • Not watch tv, not at all. But sometimes I read while listening to jazz or some other type of music.

One book at a time or several at once?

  • It depends, if I’m really loving the book I won’t be able to read anything else until I finish that one. Otherwise, I’m okay with two books at a time.

Reading at home or everywhere?

  • Home, train, underground, public gardens, … Not at uni I just can’t.

Reading out loud or in your head?

  • In my head! I get tired when I read out loud.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

  • No, there’s important information in every single page.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

  • I don’t really care as long as they don’t look too bad.

Do you write books or just read them?

  • read, read, read, reaaaaaad

Five favourite books:

  • Blindness 
  • The Seventh Gate
  • The Little Prince
  • The Tiger’s Wife
  • Yargo (probably if I read it again I won’t love it as much, but it was one of the first books I ever loved.)

The last book that you read?

  • I am currently reading The Year of The Flood  by Margaret Atwood

ABOUT ME

Name: Margarida

Name meaning: Has its origin in the name Margarita, in latin. Margarita comes from the Greek word margarítes, which means pearl.

Hair colour: Blond

Hair length: Long, way too long. It goes lower than my hips.

Eye colour: Dark green in the summer, light brown inthe winter.

Birthday: March 25

Height: 162 cm (5ft 3.6in)

Place of birth: Lisbon

Star sign: Aires

Best feature: belly

Piercings: 1

Tattoos: none, but want two that I’ve been thinking of for years

Right or lefty: Righty

Pets: None currently, I’m living in an apartment near my university and the landlord doesn’t allow animals.

Siblings: none, I asked my mother for brothers but she never gave me one 😦

Kids: None

Married: No

Hobbies: Reading, photography and cinema.

FAVORITES

Movie: I can’t answer this question. It’s way too difficult. Sorry.

Song: afg – sensible soccer

Tv shows: ALF, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., …

Youtubers: Regan, Tess Begg, Supreme Banana, Ariel Bissett

Food: carrot cake, lentils, broccolis, any fruit ever made by nature.

Drinks: pisang ambon with orange juice, Oporto’s wine

Restaurants: Any Indian, Japanese or Mediterranean type of restaurant

Shops: IKEA, Nike, idk

Animals: chameleon, elephant, pig, peacock

Perfume: Halloween Eau de Toilette

Colors: black, grey, green

Music: almost anything that is not too pop (love jazz, post-hardcore, alternative, different styles as you see)

DO YOU:

Believe in love at first sight?

  • No

Believe in ghosts?

  • idk

Believe in aliens?

  • Yes

Believe in soulmates?

  • Yes

Believe in heaven and hell?

  • Yes

Believe in yourself?

  • more than  years ago, not 100%

WHAT:

If you won the lottery, what would you buy?

  • university tuition, books, trip to the Canary Islands.

Your favourite/worst subject in high school?

  • Favorite was Physics. Worst was P.E.

Something you wish you were talented at?

  • Gymnastics

The first thing you notice about people?

  • Eyes

On top of your bucket list?

  • Interrail in Europe

Your biggest accomplishment?

  • Being part of a scientific project that made calcium supplements from chickens eggshells to give to contries in development, such as Mozambique, where the lack of calcium easily leads to malnutrition, that is the 3rd leading cause of death in that specific country.

Something you look for in a partner?

  • Loyalty, kindness, in general, a good person.

Something you dislike?

  • Liars.

Favorite fairytale?

  • Beauty and The Beast

RANDOM FINAL QUESTIONS

Season?

  • Spring.

Furthest you’ve ever been from home?

  • Londen or Bruxels, I’m not sure which one is further.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where?

  • Oporto!

Sweet or savoury?

  • Savoury

Last time you cried?

  • yesterday

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

  • Yes, I see myself as a good friend.

Scary movie or happy ending?

  • Happy ending, as long as it is not a romance.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

  • Black with something that may or not be black, comfy.

Are you competitive?

  • It depends really.

Describe yourself in a single sentence.

  • I love books, alcohol and food.

Who is your role model?

  • My precious grandmother.

If you could give your younger self-advice, what would it be?

  • Believe in yourself.

I feel like you know way too much about me now!

I TAG:

The Wanderlust Reader

Rebecca Reads

A Bookish Human

 

Bye, keep on reading!