quarta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2018

"Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story": a minha review.



"Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story", de Debbie Tung , foi-me cedido pela Netgalley e pelo editor para que eu fizesse uma apreciação honesta deste livro. Não há de momento edição em português. Publiquei a minha opinião na Amazon e no Goodreads com 5/5 estrelas e a seguinte "review":

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story is a comic book by Debbie Tung about a girl growing to accept her introversion as a feature instead of a flaw.

This book is SO me! I've always been an introvert and I used to feel inadequate. Now I'm older and ok with it. It's who I am and I know there is nothing wrong with it.

The author of this book really understands introverts, she must be one. Her portrait of introverts is accurate. The comics are short and to the point. The drawings are simple, in black and white and very expressive. They convey well, and without the help of much text, the message.

This is a good reading for introverts: it demystifies introversion. (I smiled as I recognized myself in some funny situations, I felt understood).

It's also a good book for extroverts who want to understand introverts. (I already told my husband, who is an extrovert, to read this book so he understands me better).

Yet, don't think that introverts don't like people, they do. They just get tired and drained after some time around people. They need some time alone.

There is another quirk to which I relate to the main character: I'm also a bookworm. I love to stay home with my kids, my husband, and my dogs. And also alone, in my corner, reading my books and recharging batteries.

I received this book as an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.




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Um poema de amor de Fernando Pessoa para o Dia dos Namorados

Fernando Vicente



O amor, quando se revela,
Não se sabe revelar.
Sabe bem olhar p'ra ela,
Mas não lhe sabe falar.

Quem quer dizer o que sente
Não sabe o que há de dizer.
Fala: parece que mente
Cala: parece esquecer

Ah, mas se ela adivinhasse,
Se pudesse ouvir o olhar,
E se um olhar lhe bastasse
Pr'a saber que a estão a amar!

Mas quem sente muito, cala;
Quem quer dizer quanto sente
Fica sem alma nem fala,
Fica só, inteiramente!

Mas se isto puder contar-lhe
O que não lhe ouso contar,
Já não terei que falar-lhe
Porque lhe estou a falar.


Fernando Pessoa

quarta-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2018

A contadora de histórias / The storyteller


Hugues Merle (1823–1881)


"A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent               


"Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts": a minha "review"



"Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts", de Marilyn McEntyre , foi-me cedido pela Netgalley e pelo editor para que eu fizesse uma apreciação honesta deste livro. Não há de momento edição em português. Publiquei a minha opinião na Amazon e no Goodreads com 3/5 estrelas e a seguinte "review":

A different approach to lists

I always do to-do lists. Lists of Christmas presents to buy. Lists of things to take on vacations. Lists of groceries to buy. I did a list of names when I was to chose my younger daughter. I also have a list of dreams and this Marilyn McEntyre would understand. For her, lists can be much more complex than our daily to-do lists. They therapeutic and a tool for self-discovery.

Lists serve a surprising variety of purposes. Here are a few reasons to make them:
To discover hidden feelings
To name what you want
To clarify your concerns and fears
To notice what you might have missed
To unburden our sorrows
To claim what gives you joy and what you are grateful for

The author presents “rules” or suggestions in list-making to make lists useful, beautiful, and fun.Lists can be a way of opening up “play space". There is a whole section that is an invitation to play with lists.

The book ends with an appendix which suggests several original lists. A good one is "Why children enchant us". I have three children and my list will be endless.:)

This is an entertaining book with several good ideas to inspire us.

I received this book as an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

terça-feira, 2 de janeiro de 2018

"The Workplace Writer's Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done": a minha "review"



"The Workplace Writer's Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done", de Anne Janzer, foi-me cedido pela Netgalley e pelo editor para que eu fizesse uma apreciação honesta deste livro. Não há de momento edição em português. Publiquei a minha opinião na Amazon e no Goodreads com 5/5 estrelas e a seguinte "review":

"The Workplace Writer’s Process" is not only about writing, it's a book about structure and organization. It teaches how to write for an organization, how to handle those who influence your writing work and how to overcome external and internal obstacles to a text that is useful to the reader.

This is a book for those whose writing is their job but I think it is also useful for those who simply have writing as a hobby. This book teaches you about discipline, time management, the importance of planning and the fabulous idea of "the incubation effect". So true!

Another truth written by this author is about research: "Excessive research is a dangerous form of procrastination". I know it! But it's good to have it explained!

And "Inspiration tends to follow action, not precede it".

In the end, go to Anne Janzer's site and download the worksheets and checklists from the book. And subscribe to her Writing Practices email list. She really gives good advice about writing!

I received this book as an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review".


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segunda-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2017

Uma ilustração de Natal com livros e uma citação de Voltaire

Jenny Nyström


"Um livro aberto é um cérebro que fala;
Fechado, um amigo que espera;
Esquecido, uma alma que perdoa;
Destruído, um coração que chora". 
     
Voltaire

A ouvir música sertaneja: No rancho fundo, primeiro por Chitãozinho & Xororó e depois por António Zambujo e Miguel Araújo




E na versão portuguesa de Portugal:


"Poema de Natal" de Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage



Edward Burne-Jones, Star of Bethlehem, 1890


Se considero o triste abatimento
Em que me faz jazer minha desgraça,
A desesperação me despedaça,
No mesmo instante, o frágil sofrimento.

Mas súbito me diz o pensamento,
Para aplacar-me a dor que me traspassa,
Que Este que trouxe ao mundo a Lei da Graça,
Teve num vil presepe o nascimento.

Vejo na palha o Redentor chorando,
Ao lado a Mãe, prostrados os pastores,
A milagrosa estrela os reis guiando.

Vejo-O morrer depois, ó pecadores,
Por nós, e fecho os olhos, adorando
Os castigos do Céu como favores.


Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage

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