Top 5: Books Read In 2014 (2nd Semester)

Hey, everybody!

Will you kill me if I say I had forgotten that I had to do a second Top 5 books that I read last last year? Ops. But after listing my Top 5 ’til July, now I’m listing my favorites from the end of the year. I said it before, but, again: as I’ve read 40 books last year, it would be impossible to choose only 5 🙂

1. The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.”

I cannot describe how much I loved this book. It gripped me so hard, I couldn’t stop reading and my heart was pumping all the way through. It’s amazingly written, the story is so interesting and it takes a lot of unexpected turns. I felt I was in that world. Loved it.

 

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”

This book, oh dear, this book. It was so beautiful. And magical. And lovely. And heart warming. And all things good. It made me laugh, it made me “aww”, it made me cry, it made me happy. It’s adorable without being sappy. Loved it too.

 

3. 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.”

Not going to lie: I was proud to get through this book. But as I’m not lying, I have to say: I really really liked it. Until the middle, I did think it was boring and I didn’t stop because I wanted to be able to say that I’ve read a Jane Austen novel, but when the book gripped me, there was nothing I could do. I read it nonstop wanting to know what happened. You know, classics can be interesting 😛

 

4. The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan

I chose not to put a synopsis because this book is the last of a series of 10 books, so better not spoil everything. Also, I feel like most of you know what Percy Jackson is about.

Now, being honest, I wasn’t absolutely crazy about this book, but it was a good ending. I’m putting this in the list because of what the series in general meant to me. I love all characters, I love how greek mythology is incorporated, I love the crazy adventures and all that. I read the first 4 books when the fifth one was about to come out and then I read one each year as they were being released. And I loved that journey, so this end meant a lot.

 

 

5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith

“Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?”

I need to include a sappy romantic silly book, okay? Don’t judge me. I read this in a matter of hours and I did have an amazing time. Is it all those things I described it as? Yes. But it’s not completely stupid lol if you know what I mean. It’s a good cute book that you can read in a day and believe in love.

 

Bonus: Across The Universe series, by Beth Revis

“A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.  Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.”

I felt the need to add this series because, as much as it isn’t on my Top 5, it was amazing and I read all of it in a week or less (3 books, by the way). At some parts I did get annoyed at the characters and, therefore, at the author, but, in general, I really enjoyed these books. Good dystopian-young-adult books, guys.

 

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Okay, this is it for today’s post. Hope you enjoyed it!

See you next time,

Love,

Dani.

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Top 5: “Red” Songs

Captura de Tela 2014-12-22 às 20.19.10

Hi, everyone!

I was planning on doing my Top 5 songs out of “1989” since it came out and I’m completely obsessed with it, but I couldn’t find the audios to put in the post. So yeah, let’s wait and see when they’ll be easy to find.

To be honest, this is probably my least favorite album by Taylor, but… Well, I have my favorites haha, let’s go:

1. All Too Well [audio https://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_n7492tYt5q1qdhgq4o1.mp3 ]You tell me about your past thinking your future was me
And I know it’s long gone, and there was nothing else I could do
And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to

2. Starlight [audio https://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_mpldimMwsk1ru1g9zo1.mp3 ]He was trying to skip rocks on the ocean, saying to me,
“Don’t you see the starlight, starlight?
Don’t you dream impossible things?”

3. Red [audio https://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_mqysdjrZZJ1rpa9xbo1.mp3 ]Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red

4. I Almost Do [audio https://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_ngofykch9F1tvhkyro1.mp3 ]That in my dreams you’re touching my face
And asking me if I’d want to try again with you
And I almost do

5. Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran) 

I love this and it may be because of Ed Sheeran, but I’m going to put the music video because it’s the cutest thing:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1oM3kQpXRo ]

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Okay, that’s it for today! I’ve already made a list regarding “Speak Now”, “1989” by Taylor and “Take Me Home” by One Direction. And I have plans for “x” by Ed Sheeran and, of course, “Four” by One Direction.

Love,

Dani.

 

Movies To Make You Happy

(Disclaimer: I saw this on Tumblr, but I can’t find the post anywhere. It was various little square gifs of these movies, so if you find it, please link it to me?)

Hi, everyone!

As I said there on top, I saw a list of movies to make you happy on Tumblr and it was on point. Most of them are those teenager-kind-of-old movies that everyone loves, and here are some of my favorites:

– Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-P6p86px6U ]

 

– Back To The Future

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvsgGtivCgs ]

 

– 10 Things I Hate About You

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpVZS5nTxh8 ]

 

– Grease

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xscJ3C4bUYE ]

“The original High School Musical” – oh my God.

 

– A Cinderella Story

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkymvwd02xQ ]

 

– Sixteen Candles

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGLtBJupFFM ]

 

– The Breakfast Club

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkX8J-FKndE ]

 

– Clueless

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0KyTZ3Ie4 ]

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Found this while doing this post and it goes with it perfectly: The Happy Masterpost, to when you’re not on your best days.

Love you,

Dani.