Books that Made Me Cry | IcthusBookCorner

Hello hello, people of the internet. As you can probably tell from the title, today I’m going to talk about books that made me cry. Overall, I’m not someone who usually cries with books. For a book or film to make me cry, I have to really believe in the characters or be emotionally attached to them, which is something that does not happen often. I’m not easy to impress, what can I say?


So, I only have two books and two honourable mentions (for book with which I on the verge of crying). I know it’s not much, but you know it’s what we have got to work with.

Let’s start with the ugly cry:

First, we have My Sweet Orange Tree by José Mauro de Vasconcelos. This book is about Zezé, a five-year-old who lives in Rio de Janeiro, in a forgotten slump in great poverty. I’m pretty sure this is a Brazilian classic, and if it isn’t, it should be. There is a lot to say about this book, and I should probably reread it someday. It’s a sad book due to what it is about, but there are some happy moments, and the Orange Tree is a whole character (obviously). Just read it, please, so I don’t have to be sad alone. (Keep in mind, I read My Sweet Orange Tree when I was around 10 or 11, so it might not be that aggressively sad for an adult mind. Who knows?)

The second book is Guardian of the Dawn by Richard Zimler. The main purpose of Guardian of the Dawn is to bring light to the terror brought by the Portuguese Inquisition to Goa. It follows Tiago Zarco, his sister Sofia, his father and their housemaid Nupi, as they live in Goa during the end of the 16th century. The book is heartbreaking, not only that but a very much real one given the historical context.

Now, the honourable mentions (two Russian classics, who’s shocked?): 

Let’s start with Mother by Maxim Gorky. This book has a lot of meaning to me, not only because of the story but also history and family history. My copy of this book is probably one of the most valuable things I have and I can’t believe I almost lost it trying to send it home from Barcelona. If you want to read about the non-story part, I wrote about it in my review, which is here. The book itself is about the radicalization of an uneducated woman and mother as she witnesses her son taking part in the revolution. The message behind this book is just so powerful and relevant. I highly recommend it to everyone who cares about revolutions or politics.

The last book I’m mentioning today is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Honestly, I don’t know what to say except that if someone hadn’t spoiled the end for me I would have cried my eyes out. We get invested in all the characters, there’s this tragic atmosphere, and then the end hits you like a slap on the face. WHY? WHY? Tolstoy was like: “I’m a literary genius so let me just play with their feeling for a while.”

Well, I hope you found this entertaining. It was interesting for me to look back at these books and try remembering what about them made me cry or sob. What books have made you cry? Please let me know because, as you can see, I need recommendations.
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8 Books I Plan on Reading in 2021 | IcthusBookCorner

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Today I’m going to talk about eight books I plan to read in 2021. I’m not a tbr list type of person, but this allows me to focus on my reading goals for this year without making me feel restricted. So without further ado, let’s dive into this glorious list.


Unholy Ghosts

I’m going to start this list with a book that will be obvious if you have been following me since I first started this blog and this is Unholy Ghosts by Richard Zimler. This book was first published in 1996, I believe, but was translated into Portuguese last year (2020). Unholy Ghosts is about a man who decides to leave the United States and look for a new life in Portugal when he finds out that his most talented student tests positive for HIV and threatens to take his own life at the age of twenty-four. This pick isn’t a surprise because if you know me you know I love Zimler’s books and I’m sure this one will be just as amazing.

Out of Africa

The second book I want to read is Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). I can once again say that you aren’t new here this won’t be a surprise, you can probably find one of my blog posts from 2017 where I talk about wanting to read this book. It has been on my tbr pile for five years now I can’t keep looking at my shelves and see it there. I don’t really know muck about this book except that Hemingway said it was a good book and here on the blog we believe in Hemingway’s word.

War and Peace

The third book I’m bringing to the table is War and Peace by Tolstoy. I’m a massive fan of Russian classics, even though I haven’t read that many. I loved Anna Karenina, Mother and How Much Land Does a Man Need and loved them with all my heart. If you don’t know what this book is about it focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 while following three main characters and studying their humanity.

The Lower Depths

Continuing with Russian literature we have The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky. Apparently, it is the best known of Maxim Gorky’s plays and since I love Gorky’s work I feel like I must read this play. The theme of this play is the harsh truth versus the comforting lie and that seems really interesting.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The fifth book I plan on reading this year is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. (It’s becoming increasingly obvious that I feel the need to read all the classics.) This book is the tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul. It’s the only novel written by Oscar Wilde and it received a lot of backlash from reviewers with it first came out.

Orlando

Next on the list, we have…drum roll, please… Orlando by Virginia Woolf. If you follow me on social media you probably know that I’ve been fangirling Woolf like a crazy person. I read A Room of One’s Own and now I’m reading Three Guineas, from where I stand they are both masterpieces of non-fiction. So my little brain thinks it’s time to try to read her fiction. The book is about someone that undergoes a mysterious change of sex at the age of 30 and lives on for more than 300 years into modern times without ageing.

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

The seventh book is If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. The first time I heard of this book was while watching one of Emma Angeline’s videos on youtube (her channel is amazing, please go check it out). She talked about the book with such enthusiasm that, on that exact moment, I knew I had to read it. It’s about a reader trying to read a book called If on a winter’s night a traveller, emphasis on the TRYING.

Notes from Underground

And finally, the last book on this list is Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky. (Yes, yet another Russian classic. Who knew?) This book presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter and isolated retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg that remains unnamed. I don’t know much more about this book but you know, Russian literature is Russian literature.


And that is my list of books I really want to read in 2021. If you liked the list, please let me know. I’ll make a part two because I could very well go on with this, there are a lot more books I want and plan to read this year. Also, let me know the books you plan on reading in 2021 because I really want to know what you are looking for to read this year.

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5 Books I Need to Read in 2019!

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There are a few books that I’ve been meaning to pick up for years now and I fell like this will be the year I’ll do it.

  1. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen: I’ve had this book for 2 years now, it’s about time I pick it up.
  2.  Any book by Jane Austen: IT’S ABOUT TIME. I’ve never read anything by her and feel like that is a crime against my love for classics.
  3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: Just another classic, you know the drill.
  4. Seeing by José Saramago: I read Blindness in 2014/2015, I should just finish the goddamn series! (love Blindness with all my heart, no hate whatsoever towards Saramago)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke: Being the sci-fi loving queen I am, I just feel like it is about time.

If you have read any of these books, please tell your opinion on them. These listed books are not the only ones I will read this year, as I will also be continuing my progress on the Is This a TBR List for 2019?. Feel free to send me recommendations of books you have loved or are looking forward to reading this year.

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January Wrap Up

Hello, people of the interweb! “How you doin’?”
I’m here today to bring you my January wrap up.
Now, I’m actually very pleased with my reading moth. The moth of January I ended up reading 9 books, almost 10. And I have to say that they were all quite good.
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The first book I read in January was Animal Farm by George Orwell and I read it in less than a day, it is obviously a small book but anyway I loved it.

The next book I read was probably my favourite book of the moth because it was absolutely incredible and that was Guardian of The Dawn by Richard Zimler. I cried at the end and needles is to say it is probably one of my favourite books ever.

From there I picked up The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. It’s a book that has a lot of mixed reviews and I wasn’t really sure if I such read it or not but I ended up enjoying it very much not to mention I loved its premise.

The next book I read this month was Silence by Shusaku Endo, it was such a painful and deep read. It left me asking hard questions about not only religion but life in general.

After that, I read Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado which is an amazing book with one the deepest stories I’ve ever read. I’m so grateful for picking it up.

Then I read Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling. That was probably the most fun, light read this January.

The seventh book I read was Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi which I won on a giveaway a few months ago but only got here in the middle of December. It was such a cute whimsical read.

The next book I read was Strawberry Fields Forever by Richard Zimler. Totally different from what I’m used to in Zimler. But a really nice book nevertheless.

The last book I finished in January was Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold by Iain Reading. I know it took me a long time to pick up this book but I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. Which was not the case at all. I have to thank Iain Reading and to Kelsey Butts for sending me a copy of this book for me to review.

That completes my wrap up! Hope you liked it.
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Classics I Want to Read in 2018

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I’m here today to talk about the classics I plan on reading this year! If you have been following me for a while you probably know I love my classics. Honestly, I love almost all the classics I ever read. So I decided I was going to make it a goal to read more classics this year.

 

So, without further ado and in no particular order here goes my list!

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

“In this classic of the 1960s, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, back by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.”

  • My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst

“The closing paragraphs of this book were written in the late summer of 1914, when the armies of every great power in Europe were being mobilised for savage, unsparing, barbarous warfare-against one another, against small and unaggressive nations, against helpless women and children, against civilisation itself. How mild, by comparison with the despatches in the daily newspapers, will seem this chronicle of women’s militant struggle against political and social injustice in one small corner of Europe. Yet let it stand as it was written, with peace-so-called, and civilisation, and orderly government as the background for heroism such as the world has seldom witnessed. The militancy of men, through all the centuries, has drenched the world with blood, and for these deeds of horror and destruction men have been rewarded with monuments, with great songs and epics. The militancy of women has harmed no human life save the lives of those who fought the battle of righteousness. Time alone will reveal what reward will be allotted to the women.”

  • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

“Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America–and living happily ever after.”

  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

“When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond, who, beneath his veneer of charm and cultivation, is cruelty itself. A story of intense poignancy, Isabel’s tale of love and betrayal still resonates with modern audiences.”

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

““It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.””

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.”

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

“Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.”

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

_”A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling spectre who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written — and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.”

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

“(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as “magical realism.””

  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

“Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror. In The Island of Dr. Moreau, a shipwrecked gentleman named Edward Prendick, stranded on a Pacific island lorded over by the notorious Dr. Moreau, confronts dark secrets, strange creatures, and a reason to run for his life.”

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbour, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.”

  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf 

“Virginia Woolf’s Orlando ‘The longest and most charming love letter in literature’, playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf’s close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Spanning three centuries, the novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth’s England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost. At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, awakes to find that he is a woman, and the novel indulges in farce and irony to consider the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. As the novel ends in 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women. Orlando, now a wife and mother, stands poised at the brink of a future that holds new hope and promise for women.”

 

Please tell me in the comments what classics you are hoping to read this year or any book you believe I should add to my list.

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

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

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My Top 15 Favourite Books (to date)

Hello, people of the interweb! I thought I should write down my 15 favourite books of all times, that is until January 2018. Then I thought, why not share them with you? It might help you out while choosing something to read, or we perhaps share a common fav book, who knows?

This list won’t be in any specific order, I love them all and wasn’t able to pick out favourites among them. Here it goes:

  1. Guardian of the Dawn by Richard Zimler
  2. The Seventh Gate by Richard Zimler
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  3. Feel Me Fall by James Morris
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  4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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  5. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (signed by Bernardo Soares)
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  6. Blindness by José Saramago
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  7. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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  8. The Night Watchman by Richard Zimler
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  9. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
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  10. My Sweet Orange Tree by José Mauro de Vasconcelos
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  11. Yargo by Jacqueline Susann
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  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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  13. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
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  14. Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago
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  15. 1984 by George Orwell
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    Hope you liked this post, tell me if you have read any of these books!
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My Top 5 Books of 2017

There are only a few days left in 2017,  therefore it is time for me to tell you what books I liked the most this year! I have read 24 books in 2017 so far.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This book is about a self-made millionaire, Jay Gatsby, that after the war reunites with the women who apparently is the love of his life. When they finally reunite, a set of tragic events takes place.

4. A Primavera Há de Chegar by Luís Ramalheira

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This book tells us a story of a group of people during and after the Portuguese dictatorship, that lasted 40 years.

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 

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I really don’t have to tell you what this book is about.

2. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler

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This book is about Berekiah who’s a secret Jew in Portugal of the 16th century. His family declared that they converted and were “New Christians” after 1492, but they never stop professing their beliefs.

 

1. Feel Me Fall by James Morris

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A plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, Emily and her five friends are the only survivors. This book is the story of how that came to be.

 

I’m extremely happy with my top 5 reads of this year! Tell me if you’ve read them, or are planning on reading them. What was your favourite book this year?

 

My Top 10 Favourite Films

Hello, people of the interweb! You probably don’t know this but I am a bit of a cinema junkie, I spend a huge part of my days watching films and trying to give them a star rate, just like I do with books.

I’m here to make the top ten list of my favourite books, that I wasn’t able to put in any specific order.

So here it goes:

  1. Little Miss Sunshine
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  2. Out of Africa
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  3. Dances with Wolves
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  4. Rain Man
  5. Kramer vs. Kramer
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  6. The Normal Heart
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  7. Os Gatos Não Têm Vertigens (which translates to Cats Are NOt Afraid of  Heights)
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  8. Grand Budapest Hotel
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  9. The Pianist
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  10. Girl, Interrupted
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I love way more films, besides the ones I mentioned. If you like any of the films above please comment down below, I’d love to know your top 10 too!!

Keep on going to the cinema and buying books, because that is how I can support the cultural industry that we all love!

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