A Much Longer Book Survey (Or How This Is All I Ever Post)

Yes, this is how I roll. I disappear and re-appear and then only post book surveys. 
And there have been times I've thought about updating this here blog- only to prefer sleepy time to writing time. Or Netflix time. Or just wasting-away time. 
Shame on me, I know. 

Regardless, here I go. Taken from Alley (aka Red) from What Red Read

1. Favorite childhood book:

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
This was my favourite mostly because I thought it was funny and my parents always called me grouchy (I was a little bratty at times, but nothing too crazy)

2. What are you reading right now?
Oy vey. It feels like I've been reading Peyton Place for the longest time; I have actually really been enjoying it, though. I may look into the series/film when I am done with it.
I have also been reading a book for school (acting related)- it's been pretty darn insightful.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Where I am, libraries are few. And far from where I am. :(

4. Bad book habit: 
Buying them and piling them up at home. I do eventually read them, but the rate I buy them at doesn't compare.
I also tend to read too fast and miss out on action/information in a story.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yep. I love a book, physically holding one. But an e-reader really is handy!
I've got both a Nook (1st Edition) and a Kindle Paperwhite. 

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I used to be a "One book at a time" kind of person. Now I read up to 3; they all must be different genres though. Otherwise I can't handle it.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
No. It has changed since I graduated from Uni (for the worse, I'm afraid to say).

9. Least favorite book you read this year:
None. I've enjoyed all I've read so far.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year:
Life of Pi. People raved about it for good reason and glad I finally got to it.

11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
I break out of it every now and then! Mostly with non-fiction (I know, I know...)

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Fiction, especially classics. I need to keep my contemporary game up. 

13. Can you read on the bus?
Yep! As long as I'm not driving (even then, I wish I could read while driving)

14. Favorite place to read:
Anywhere I can get into a comfortable position.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Ay, ay, ay. I've had bad experiences (I still mourn the loss of my "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" copy...) so I don't do it. 
There's only one person I lend books to. 

16. Do you dog-ear your books?
 Yes. *cringes* I know and I'm sorry.
I try not to, though. It's just, when there's a really good/lovely/thought provoking passage, I can't help it. 

17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books?
No. I did once or twice when I was in college and whenever I pick up those books I want to scream, "WHY?! WHY?!"
I learned my lesson well.

18. Do you break/crack the spines?
Not intentionally.

19. What is your favorite language to read?
If I can read it in it's original language, then that's my favourite language to read. I can do Spanish, Portuguese and French.
But for those I can't: English.

20. What makes you love a book?
The characters. The story/plot. The writing!

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
The aforementioned; if done well.

22. Favorite genre:
Fiction. All kind. 

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):
Non-fiction/history kind of stuff...

24. Favorite biography:
Primo Levy's "If This is a Man" and Gene Wilder's "Kiss me Like a Stranger"
25. Have you read a self-help book (and was it helpful)? 
YUP and YUP.
This is also a recent thing. Growing up and battling with depression have led me to these books. 

26. Favorite cook book:
Nigella Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

27. The most inspirational book you’ve read this year:
Viktor Frankl's Man's search for Meaning and The 7 Spiritual Laws for Success by Deepak Chopra
Also Life of Pi by Yann Martel because well, that's what great storytelling is all about. And I want to whip of great stories one day too.

28. Favorite reading snack:
A nice big hot cup of tea and cookies or a fruit or some nuts or crackers

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:
The Da Vinci Code. Hype or no hype though, I still would've hated the book. Awful, awful. 

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
Eh. About 50/50

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If I do it's because it really is awful. I'm too nice to give straight up negative reviews.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?
One that I don't already? Japanese, hands down.

33. Most intimidating book I’ve ever read:
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
But definitely worth it

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin:
The Bible?

35. Favorite Poet:
Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams, Pablo Neruda, William Blake

36. How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?

37. How often do you return books to the library unread?
I'll ignore this one.

38. Favorite fictional character:
At the top of my head: Sirius Black, Atticus Finch, Mr. Darcy, Matilda.

39. Favorite fictional villain:
Iago from Othello

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:

Light reads. This summer I read A Streetcat Named Bob and it was a perfect beach companion.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:
Hmmm. A month?

42. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Internet and technology.
And if people speak to me directly (I can read while people are talking, as long as they're not talking to me)

43. Name a book you could not finish:
The DaVinci Code. When We Were Bad (Charlotte Mendelson).

44. Favorite film adaption of a novel:
Hmmm. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (David L. Wolper version), The Lord of the Rings, Pride & Prejudice (miniseries & Keira Knightley one)

45. The most disappointing film adaptation:
Emma... Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.
Life of Pi was great visually (and Ang Lee is phenomenal as was the cast) but that is the problem about a story of a stranded narrator in open sea. 

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:
Eeeh. Perhaps $60 to 70.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I'll read the first page or so and that's it.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it?
If I really haven't been enjoying it or if I didn't pick it up in a long time (only to restart it again).

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Somewhat. I have various shelves that are independently organised.

50. Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?
I've only ever given a couple of books away and it was very difficult for me; that being said, they were for special people. It is not something I do regularly- I get attached to them- but it also isn't something I'm against.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?

52. Name a book that made you angry:
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. I started reading it and putting it down about 5 times before I actually got through with it. I couldn't stand Professor Umbridge and how angsty and teenager-y Harry, Ron & Hermione were.

53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:
The DaVinci Code- I can't get over it, I'm sorry.

55. Favorite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading:
YA novels. They're fun, alright?


Museums are the shit (if I do say so myself)

If I do say so myself, If I do say so myself. 
They have also been my soul playground these past two months. 
                                                          ^ mmmhhhmmmm

July and August have been a reconciliation with creativity. I don't ever recall going to so many art museums to creativitate: to cultivate my creativity.
My creative garden was starting to rot- I wasn't taking very good care of it. Life distracted me from it and it began to wither away, a cold harsh winter ravaging it. The garden has always been there; it used to be a Versailles. Now? It's rusty. Unattended, weed infested. 
I'm Mary Lennox has rediscovered her own secret garden; scary at first and somewhat overwhelming. But square by square I can still find some flowers, seeds budding and the birds have come back to sing. The garden is blossoming again.

What I'm saying is: I'm curing my head space once again.

Visiting these museums has been refreshing and oh so necessary. They remind me that it's okay. That it's good to make art. Or that it's good to make, period. 

And now my moleskine has been filling up with museum stickers! 
The outside are mostly all brazilian- the insides have some from Japan, Thailand and the US.
Also a little sketch I made (Gram and Cramps).

i wish I'd drawn that bottom right one- it's from this book below:

1 Page at a Time - go visit and follow him on tumblr *

I bought this book - which is due out in the US on October (the perks of being bilingual *wink wink*) and already  I know it will be a great companion on this renewing journey.  
My birthday's a couple of days away... This new year is already starting to take form. 

Back to museums...
The last one I went to was MAC USP - located in front/next to Ibirapuera Park. Henrique Oliveira's exhibition is phenomenal. I had fun walking in it and taking pictures (will post those up later).

That- however- doesn't stop me from taking and sharing selfies-the light was just right for what I had in mind. 

                                                 This is just the beginning.



Bookish Meme

1. What author do you own the most books by?
I want to say Jane Austen, but I think Stephen King.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
The Little Prince in different languages and versions.

3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Mr. Darcy, duh. And Atticus Finch.

4. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children, i.e. Goodnight Moon does not count)?
The Little Prince, Lolita and The Bell Jar.

5. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Probably any Babysitter's Club book

6. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Five People you meet in Heaven. The premise of the story is great but besides that... 

7. If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?
Take a wild guess... Yep, The Little Prince

8. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Margaret Atwood

9. What book would you most like to see made into a movie? 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

10. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts unless it were made into a miniseries and even then... The book is worth reading and living.

11. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I can't read thrillers, mystery, horror or suspense before going to bed. I can't help having nightmares (and not being able to fall asleep). When I read McCarthy's The Road all my dreams were ashen and grey and about survival with a random occasional zombie.
I once started to read Hogan and Del Toro's The Strain, but that wasn't going too well either. 

12. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I guess YA Literature? But why does lowbrow have to be a negative thing- I mean, I get that negative tone in this question (or is it just me?)

13. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Virginia Woolf is not an easy feat for me- the modernists in general. James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, granted I was 13 when I picked that up...

14. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I don't think I've seen an obscure Shakespeare play. I've read them but not seen them.

15. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I am more familiar with the French (and biaes because I love everything that is French). I will have to delve deeper into the Russians. 

16. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Contemporary and mostly anything that is not Latin American and from the English language. Oh, and non-fiction...

17. What is your favorite novel?
Ay, ay, ay! To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women and/or Lolita.

18. Work of nonfiction?
See 16. Though I enjoyed The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

19. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Dan Brown.

20. What is your desert island book?
All of Harry Potter