Birthday Book Tag | IcthusBookCorner

Hey there, everyone! It’s my birthday today, and I’m officially an old lady. Mentally and emotionally, I’ve been an old lady for a long time now. Well, this means I can finally bring you this super fun tag I saw over at Jawahir the Bookworm. They told me the original creator is Antonia @ Always books. Go check out their blogs if you feel like it. Let’s get into it!


BIRTHDAY CAKE — a book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway.

I don’t know! This question is quite hard. As you can probably tell from the reviews I post, I don’t usually read “cliché” type books. I tend to read a lot of non-fiction and poetry which obviously don’t contain clichés. (And I’m not saying this to be “#different”, please don’t hate me.)
I got it! I have to choose Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. This book was quite a wild card for me. I was looking for something different from what I usually read; I need fluff, cuteness and lightness. That was precisely what Pumpkinheads gave me. It’s far from the best book I ever read or anything, but it was a fun read. I did adore it, but it was very much cliché.

PARTY GUESTS — your most anticipated book release for this year

If I’m being honest, I have no idea what books will be released this year. I really what to read Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender and The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow, but I’m pretty sure these are both books from last year. Can I just say those, please?
Wait, I know one! It’s The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton(yes yes yes yes I remembered one) Do I need to explain my anticipation? The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is set in the ’70s, and it’s about and afro-punk duo. AMAZING

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS — a book that surprised you with how much you loved it.

This one is obvious, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it. It had an interesting title and was on sale, so I wasn’t expecting much. It ended up being one of y favourite books of 2020. I loved learning about Hemingway’s life in Paris and his life as a young author. Truly magnificent.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG — a book that certainly deserves all the hype it got.

I don’t know if I’ve recently read a book that had a lot of hype surrounding it. Maybe, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly! Was there hype? I feel like it had because of the film. Honestly, it was an interesting book. I was expecting a bit more, but it’s a good book for what it is.
It talked about the civil rights movement, NASA and women of colour working at NASA and kicking ass.

HAPPY MUSIC — a book with some very beautiful and truly meaningful quotes.

I don’t know if their beautiful, but they are meaningful and relevant, Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis. This book is a must for anyone looking for insight into the connection between different forms of oppression. This book was objective, concise and exactly what I was hoping for.

GETTING OLDER — a book that you read a long time ago but you think would appreciate more if y ou read it as a more mature reader.

For this one, I’m choosing The Appointment by Herta Müller. I read this book way too young the got nothing from it. I think I was 13 when I read it, and it was overall a boring experience. The book is about a young clothing-factory worker living during a totalitarian regime if I remember correctly, I really need to reread it.

SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES — a book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

Well, here I have to mention Blindness by José Saramago. I read this book at a difficult time during my mid-late teens. This was actually the book that made me fall in love with books again. It made me realize I needed book and literature to escape what I was going through.
If you haven’t, I highly recommend you read this book, it’s perfect. The man got a noble for a reason.


I hope you enjoyed this tag. It was super fun for me to think about these questions/topics. Please, let me know if you have ever read any of these books and what books you would choose for these topics.
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Book Adaptation Tag |IcthusBookCorner

Hello everyone, hope you are having a great week!

It is time for another tag. Today I am doing the Book Adaptation Tag because I was tagged by the amazing Eleanor Sophie. I’m super excited, this looks so much fun. Let us get into it!


What is the last book adaptation movie you saw?

I think it was the Portuguese film The Mystery of Sintra, an adaptation of the book The Mystery of the Sintra Road, written by Eça de Queirós and Ramalho Ortigão. I never read the book, so I have nothing to compare it to. 

What book movie are you most excited about?

Uuuuuuh, maybe Nomadland??It is based on a non-fiction book, and I feel like it is really up my alley.

Which upcoming book movie will you definitely not see?

I cannot think of any! Probably any of which I wouldn’t be interested in reading the book either. 

Which book movie would you NEVER watch again?

EASY! Alice Through the Looking Glass, this film was really just a waste of time and money. TERRIBLE!!

Is there a movie you saw that made you want to read the book if you had not yet?

Yes, yes, yes! If Beale Street Could Talk, this film was just perfect. PERFECT, I tell you. Now I really want to read the book by James Baldwin.

Conversely, is there a movie that made you never want to read the book?

Not that I can remember! That would only happen if it was a film that is really not my thing, and I went into it knowing it is not my thing. Am I making any sense?

Name an adaptation that has almost nothing to do with the book it is supposedly based on.

Honestly, I cannot think of any film I have seen that have been that different from the book. It might come to me later, but right I have no answer for this.

Have you ever left the theatre during a movie adaptation because it was so bad?

No! If I paid for it, I’ll be there till the end. I would also prefer, in that situation, to watch the entire film just to have good points to trash it later on. 

Do you prefer to watch the movie first, or read the book first?

Book first for sure! I almost always read the book first. I love both cinema and literature a lot. But it is easier to have a good book rather than a good adaptation. A film adaptation is like an interpretation of an interpretation so it’s easier for things to get lost. So reading the book first is always a good idea. While watching the film first might put you off of reading the book.

How do you feel about movie adaptations that age characters up? (ex. Characters that are in middle school, but in the movies, they’re all 18+)

On the one hand, most of the time, teenagers in books do not act like teenagers in real life, which annoys me. On the other hand, having 20-year olds and 30-year-olds playing highschoolers is just as annoying.

So, I guess I’m with Eleanor on this one. 

Do you get angry when the actors don’t look like you thought the characters would?

I mean, if a character is a person of colour and the actor chosen to play them is white… that irritates me. Otherwise, I’m okay with it, I guess. 

Is there a movie you liked better than its book?

It is rare for me like a film better than a book, but it has probably happened before. The only thing I can think of now is the TV series adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend series.

Name a book that you would love to see as a movie.

Let me think about this! Death at Intervals by José Saramago would make an amazing adaptation. I can feel it. Honestly, just fund me so I can do it myself. 

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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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The Last Ten Books Tag | IcthusBookCorner

Hello, people of the internet! Today, I’m going to be doing the Last Ten Books Tag, which I came across on Golden Books Girl. Let us get into it!


The Last Book I Gave Up On

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. This book killed my soul. I really want to try to read it again one day, but I guarantee the was haunting me. I do have the worst possible edition to read this book the font is tiny and not even a bit floppy. 

The Last Book I Reread

This was a very recent read, and it was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which I reread almost every year! I will always love this book. It was the first book I ever read by myself when I was a kid, so I hold it very dear to me. 

The Last Book I Bought

The last book I bought was Selected Essays by George Orwell. As you probably know if you have read a few of my other posts I am a massive Orwell fan and have some of his essays in physical format, but they are all so tiny that it is not worthwhile to have them in separate books. It hasn’t arrived yet, as of the day I’m writing this post, but I’m expecting it to be here tomorrow. 

The Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t

Not something I remember ever having done. I might have back in school because of mandatory reading, but it isn’t something likely to have happened. 

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of

I do not usually write in must of my books, but one I did write on was A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. In my opinion, that is a perfect example of a masterpiece. This culminated in me wanting to both highlight everything and writing what I was feeling everywhere. MASTERPIECE, MY FRIENDS. 

Last Book That I Had Signed

Easy! It was my copy of Hunting Midnight by Richard Zimler. Zimler was at Lisbon’s Book Fair and I wanted him to sign my copy of his book but I got embarrassed and one of my friends pushed me towards him. Looking back, I should have used the opportunity to speak with him about his books but stupidity has no limits sometimes. 

Last Book I Lost

I’m one of those people who lose things all the time and it’s exhausting to some extent. However, I can proudly let you all know that I never lost a book in my life. 

Last Book I Had To Replace

One time a family member lent me a book and it took me a while to pick it up. Once I did, I noticed that the book spine was torn. I then decided to buy a new one to give back and kept the torn on for myself. To this day I don’t know if I did tear that spine or not. 

Last Book I Argued Over

I am not one to argue over books. I believe everyone is allowed to their own opinion, especially on things such as books.

Last Book You Pre-Ordered

I have never pre-ordered a book in my life. I tend to buy most of my books second hand if possible and because of that, it ends up being rarely possible for me to do that. Not to mention, when I don’t go for second-hand books the ones I tend to want to read have usually been out for a while.


I’m extremely excited to tag four of my favourite bloggers Eleano Sophieanotherbookworm, Roro is Reading and Rosie Amber. I’d love for you to follow them and check out their blogs.

What would you answer to these topics? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments!
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The Classics Book Tag

Hello, people of the internet!

As you can probably tell by the title of this post, today I’m going to do the classics book tag. I’m aware that this tag is almost as old as the internet itself, but you know I love classics so, here I am.  
So, let us start!

  • An overhyped classic you really didn’t like.

My answer is a common one, which is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This book was far too melodramatic for my liking. Personally, if the plot is more drama intense I need there to be a self-awareness from the characters, which is not the case in this book.  

  • What is your favourite time period to read about?

I have to go with the late 19th century and the yearly 20th century. There is a revolutionary feel in books from that time which I love. 

  • Favourite fairy-tale.

I’m not an avid fairy-tale reader or fan. So, I don’t know. I had a Grimm Brothers’ book when I was younger I liked, does that count? 

  • What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read yet?

I have never read a book by Jane Austin, feel free to judge me. I picked up Sense and Sensibility once and just wasn’t feeling it. 

  • Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon).

I do know this one, I have a list:

  1. A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf.
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
  4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  5. And the one I just bought, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. 
  • Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic.

The 1954’s adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four by the director Rudolph Cartier. 

  • Worst classic to movie adaptation.

I don’t know. I really don’t like the 2012’s adaptation of Anna Karenina but I highly doubt it’s the worst classic to movie adaptation, it’s just not for me.

  • What is your favourite edition you’d like to collect more classics from?

Easy, Oxford World Classics. They have both a good font and a nice size. Not to mention, the introductions and notes. Love it. 

  • An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I have to recommend Mother (in the original: Мать) written by Maxim Gorky in 1906. It’s about revolutionary factory workers, as well as the story of the radicalization of an uneducated woman/mother. It’s amazing!

So, that is it. That is all I have for you today, hope you enjoy. Talk to you next time.
Bye, keep on reading!

End of Year Book Survey 2020

**2020 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 31 (not my best year)
Number of Re-Reads: none
Genre You Read The Most From: Non-fiction, both feminist and anti-Racist literature

Here we go!


  • Best Book You Read In 2020?

It has to be a tie between A Moveable Feast by Hemingway and Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I read the first one this month after a reading slump and it really got me back into the mood to read. The other I read during January before were all it by this neverending pandemic and all I can say is that I’m glad it was my first book by Murakami. 

  • Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

For this one I have t go with How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. The concept looked really good but unfortunately, the delivery and writing were not. I can’t tell you if it’s only this book, or if it’s her tone or outlook in general I disliked, the only thing I can say is that it was overall a disappointment. 

  • Favourite new author, you discovered in 2020?

I have to keep with the first answer and say, Murakami and Hemingway. 

  • Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

No doubt this title belongs to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. I was so glad to confirm my love for H. G. Wells’ books. Highly recommend this one to all the sci-fi fans. 

  • Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville just because I feel like I need to give it another chance. I feel like if I re-read it, I might actually really like it. 

  • Favourite cover of a book you read in 2020?

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, it’s just so cute. 

  • The most memorable character of 2020?

Nakata from Kafka on the Shore we all need to collectively hug him. 

  • Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

Death with Interruptions (or in the original title: As Intermitências da Morte) by the great, the best, the only José Saramago. We all know I love his writing with all my soul, nothing new. 

  • Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

I have to go with Death with Interruptions by Saramago or Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis.

  • Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez. I just needed to read all of his small books first before picking up Hundred Years of Solitude get to know his writing style. 

  • Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020

This is easy:

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

This has to be the most beautiful, most honest paragraph to ever be written. 

  • Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

The shortest is the essay Fascism and Democracy by George Orwell and the longest is obviously Moby Dick. 

  • Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I know this one, it has to be Nakata and the truck driver from Kafka on the Shore. Just so sweet and pure, aaaaaah. 

  • Favourite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Death with Interruptions by Saramago, my love for his books is the most authentic form of love.

  • Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Death with Interruptions by Saramago! It this getting repetitive? 

  • Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

It was a very dry year for me, book crying wise. No triers, whatsoever. 

  • Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

Poems to Night by Rainer Maria Rilke. Some of the best poetry I have ever read. 

  • Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Suffragettes from the Little Black Classics collection. The part about the anti-suffragette movement was infuriating.


Well, I guess this is it. Let me know if you read any of the books I mentioned and what books fit these questions regarding your reading year.

I what to thank The Perpetual Page Turner for once again sharing with us her Annual End Of Year Survey, please go check out her blog.

Bye, keep on reading.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2019!

Hello, people of the interweb! Here we go on another Mid-Year Book Freak Out post. Hope you like it.

Note – So far in 2019 (as of 09/07/19) I have read 18 books, two 5 Star Rating, eleven 4 Star Rating, two 3 Star Rating, two 2 Star Rating, one 1 Star Rating.
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?
Ohh this is such a hard question! Given that I have to pick one I’ll stick with 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe. This book was so much more than what I was expecting.
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019?
I haven’t read any sequels this year, sorry…
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
There are few of these already, due to the fact that Portugal hardly ever get books on release days. The one I am waiting for must be Magical Women by Sukanya Venkatraghavan.
4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019?
I have no idea what books are going to be released in the next 6 months. It’s sad but true. Feel free to judge me.
5. Biggest Disappointment?
The book that disappointed me the most this year would have to be The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, but that is probably a “me” problem. I had heard such fabulous things about this classic but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enjoy it. Most likely because of the writing style.
6. Biggest Surprise?
The biggest surprise would have to be 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe.  It was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, I had never heard anything about this authour so I wasn’t expecting much from the book, let alone was I expecting it to leave me breathless.
7. Favourite New Author?
I don’t think I have a new favourite author. I haven’t found anyone who meets Saramago’s or Zimler’s standards. (it’s my opinion don’t hate me for it)
8. Newest Fictional Crush?
My newest fictional crush would have to be either Vronsky from Anna Karenina or Pavel Vlassov from Mother by Maximo Gorki. Both Russians for some reason.
9. Newest Favourite Character?
I loved, loved, loved many of the characters that I’ve read about in books this year. But I truly fell for Pavel Vlassov, I think it’s because of his revolutionary nature. From the same novel, I also really loved Mother herself, she must have one of the best character developments I have ever witnessed.
10. Book That Made You Cry?
Let me think… I believe I cried reading Mother, but there was a lot of emotion linked to the book apart from the story itself…
11. Book That Made You Happy?
A book that really made me happy while reading was We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
I have to go with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I recommend you go watch it if you can.
13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
I was most proud of my review for Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
Now, this is a tough one, I’ve to stick with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (aka J.K. Rowling).
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
There are a lot of them! But here’s a list of six from books that I already have on my asap tbr:
1. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
2. Seeing by José Saramago
3. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
5. The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler
6. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Bye, keep on reading!

HARDEST BOOK LOVER WOULD YOU RATHER!

Hello, people of the interweb it’s me Margarida.

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Today I’m going to do the HARDEST BOOK LOVER WOULD YOU RATHER. Yesterday I saw Regan from PeruseProject doing this kind of book challenge and I thought it was extremely funny as well as a great idea for a blog post. All the questions are from a BuzzFeed quiz to which I’ll leave the link to at the end of this post.

Without further ado, let’s start!

1. Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or one who dog-ears them?

I’m going with a friend who dog-ears my books because with this option at the end I’ll still have my books.

2. Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates, or secretly hate a book everyone else loves?

I’d rather hate a book everyone else loves because I feel like that already happens to me a lot.

3. Would you rather be stuck on a very long plane or train ride without a book?

I’m going to go with the really long train ride because on a train ride I at least have the landscape to look at whereas on a plane I’d have to look at other people which is not my idea of a fun time.

4. Would you rather have dinner with your favourite author or your favourite character?

I’m going to go with the favourite author, I think it would be amazing to chat with the author about his/her process of creating the characters I love.

5. Would you rather date a character you have a crush on or your crush from real life?

My crush from real life.

6. Would you rather have your favourite book turned into a movie, or your favourite movie turned into a book?

Even though some book to movie adaptation can be a disappointment, I think the other way around would be even worse.

7. Would you rather read a book with an annoying cliffhanger or one where your favourite character is killed off?

I’m going with kill my favourite character off. I get really annoyed with cliffhangers, I think it’s because of my OCD or something but I honestly can’t stand them.

8. Would you rather lose the ability to read any new books, or the ability to reread books you’ve already read?

Read new books, there is no other option here.

9. Would you rather live in a library or a bookstore?

I have to go with a library, it is an entirely different vibe.

10. Would you rather lose your place or get a paper cut every time you read a book?

Lose my place, I’m used to that. Not to mention paper cuts are the worse.

11. Would you rather have to always read in the dark, or always read books with tiny text?

I would always read in the dark, I hate those books with tiny text.

12. Would you rather read by a fireplace, or on the beach?

Fireplace, it’s my favourite place to read by.

This was the HARDEST BOOK LOVER WOULD YOU RATHER which you can find here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/hardest-game-of-would-you-rather-for-bookworms?utm_term=.esON4aZwg#.pnALDOE2p .

I hope you interweb people enjoyed this post, be sure to comment what you think and what you would answer to these questions.

Bye, keep on reading.