16 julho 2017


1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017?
Bliss and other stories by Katherine Mansfield. Actually, at this moment, I'm reading War and Peace and probably by the end of the year this will be my favourite book, but as I haven't finished it yet, I'll say Bliss because it was like revisiting an old and familiar place. Some of the short stories I knew, some of them I didn't, but it was like all those words spoke to me like no other did. I made a blog post about the feeling of reading Katherine Mandfield's works before, but I'll repeat, she is like no other.

2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017?
I've just finished The story of a new name and I loved it! As a matter of fact, I read the first book of the Neapolitan series in January, and I felt like I had to continue reading it this year and it was one of my best decisions specially during my vacation time, as it is such a delight to read Elena Ferrante's books.

3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To?
Novelist as a profession by Haruki Murakami. Nothing else to say, it is Haruki Murakami.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?
All the graphic novels from the publisher Darkside.

5. Biggest Disappointment?
The sun and the fish by Virginia Woolf. Click here to check my review.

6. Biggest Surprise?
A desumanização by Valter Hugo Mãe. I haven't done a review about this book, because it is such a heavy and difficult subject to talk about that I'm still processing my thoughts about it. But in the future I'll definitly do it. 

7. Favourite New Author?
Marcel Proust. (Because he is new to me, but my heart still belongs to Tolstoi two years in a row)

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

No crushes this year :( 

9. Newest Favourite Character?

From the book that I'm reading at the moment Pierre Bezukhov. I believe he is my new Lievin <3 HAHAHAHA he sometimes is made of fool, but I love him anyways.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

Swann's way by Marcel Proust. I'm just in the beginning of this journey, but it is such an emotion path to follow that I can't only be grateful for having the opportunity to read it.

11. Book That Made You Happy?
Wonder Woman's stories on the DC New 52. 

12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was a gift from a dear friend of mine, I read it and rewatched the movie and I think it was the only story that I read so far that it has an adaptation.

13. Favourite Review You've Written This Year?

All the videos released on Gisele Eberspacher channel.

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

This year I only bought Outlander, howeverthe cover is sooooooo ugly, that I don't have an answer to this question.

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
I wanna finish War and Peace, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

15 junho 2017

24 hours in 4 days Marathon - Tati Feltrin

I decided to join the new marathon that Tati Feltrin created because it was the first time that I saw a possible marathon, when I say possible I mean something that would allow me to sleep, because to me nothing is more special than my eight hours of sleep. She'll read from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m., but as I will work friday and saturday, I decided to start at 6 p.m. and finish at 12 p.m.

This are the books that I plan to read:

Tell no one by Harlen Coben: I don't know what is it about, but one of my students asked me to read, and I love to read my students book as I feel like I'm some how influencing them to read too. I plan to finish this one!
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible- that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive. 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: This book is on my 12 books to read in 2017. Probably, I won't finish this weekend, but it is going to be a nice opportunity to start.
Taken from the poverty of her parents' home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny's uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry's attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary's dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords' influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen's most profound works.

Swann's way by Marcel Proust: I want to finish chapter one, because I started and I want to continue reading. On this first chapter the main character is talking about his childhood memories and his relationship with his mother and he has just introduced Swann, the character that this book is going to focus on. I'm really excited about this reading, because I have been learning a lot with his writing methods and it has been something new to me as I'm not so used to read memories like that. 
Swann's Way tells two related stories, the first of which revolves around Marcel, a younger version of the narrator, and his experiences in, and memories of, the French town Combray. Inspired by the "gusts of memory" that rise up within him as he dips a Madeleine into hot tea, the narrator discusses his fear of going to bed at night. He is a creature of habit and dislikes waking up in the middle of the night not knowing where he is. He claims that people are defined by the objects that surround them and must piece together their identities bit by bit each time they wake up. The young Marcel is so nervous about sleeping alone that he looks forward to his mother's goodnight kisses, but also dreads them as a sign of an impending sleepless night. One night, when Charles Swann, a friend of his grandparents, is visiting, his mother cannot come kiss him goodnight. He stays up until Swann leaves and looks so sad and pitiful that even his disciplinarian father encourages "Mamma" to spend the night in Marcel's room

A lot of people tend to read comic books during these marathons, I was thinking about reading something related to Wonder Woman, as I saw the movie and I really liked it. So, problably, I'll check my fiancé's library to see what he has there and maybe I'm gonna add a comic book, too. I'll try to keep track of it on my instagram @okubarostudies, but I'll also try to recap it here at the end of each day.
See you guys soon,

09 junho 2017

When an author knows you so well

It doesn't make any sense to say that Katherine Mansfield, the new zeland writer, knows me because she died long before I was born. But it is true when I say that we have a story together. 
In 2010, I was totally lost about my college paper that would help me finish the course, I thought about it a thousand times because when you have to write about something that your teacher gives you the theme, you have a guide so it's easy to start working on something, but when you're free to choose a theme and you are like me, you're gonna get lost. Till this day I don't know what I want, I like a bunch of stuff, but I still don't know what I love. 
And in some point of my search, I watched a seminar about Katherine Mansfield short story Bliss and it was love at first "sight". I don't know why exactly, but her writing touched me enough to start working on my paper on the next minute after the seminar. That year I studied her as much as I could, I read her short stories, I read her diary, and it was like I was reading every peace of her. I felt so intimate with her, she was my best friend, because I was able to see how she saw the world and that was a strong connection. 

After my presentation, I steped back for some time to look at the bigger picture, I was a graduated student and I was working, but I didn't know how to continue growing and I had to focus all my energy on that: finding what I love, and in a sense, finding myself and she was left aside for some time. 

But then, this year, 2017, I was lost again, trying to look at the bigger picture and not finding what I was supposed to find, and I really wanted to take some action and start living something better, but again I didn't know where to go and on a cloudy night, I was looking at my bookshelf and I found her. It was like she had a real presence, I felt like I needed to read that book to find something that I didn't remember what it was and then I found it. I found the happiness to read again, I found some time to relax and focus on myself, on what I really loved doing and everything made me think about "what was pushing me away from what I love?" and then I started to see some answers, like: I didn't like my job, so what could I do? and I didn't like my routine, so what could I do?
New ideas, new positive thoughts and hope that I could change my live started to grow on me. She acted like a real friend for the second time in my life. So this text, it's my way of saying thank you for someone that I don't know if it's listening to me. But I just wanna get it out of my system and be grateful. Just grateful.