Resenha: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Since You’ve Been Gone é o mais novo contemporâneo da autora chamada Morgan Matson (também escreveu Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour e Second Chance Summer). Foi publicado ano passado nos Estados Unidos e, como a maioria dos contemporâneos, se passa no verão.

Sinopse: Antes de Sloane, Emily não ia a festas, ela mal falava com os rapazes e ela não fazia nenhuma loucura. Então aparece Sloane, um tornado social e o melhor tipo de melhor amiga, alguém que puxa você para fora da sua concha. Mas bem antes do que deveria ter sido um verão épico, Sloane apenas… desaparece. Nenhuma nota. Nenhuma chamada. Nenhum texto. Nenhuma Sloane. Há apenas uma lista aleatória com treze tarefas bizarras que Emily nunca iria tentar. Mas e se elas podem guiá-la até Sloane?
Colher da maçãs à noite? Ok, muito fácil.
Dançar até o amanhecer? Claro. Por que não.
Beijar um estranho? Um…
Começar a fazer a lista de Sloane vai significar um monte de primeiras vezes, e com um verão inteiro à sua frente  – e a ajuda inesperada do belo Frank Porter – quem sabe o que ela vai encontrar.
Vá mergulhar nua? Espera… O que?

Número de páginas: 464.

Publicado no Brasil: Ainda não.

Dificuldade de leitura: Inglês intermediário.

Avaliação: 5/5☆☆☆☆☆

Decidi comprar este livro porque estava me vendo numa “reading slump” (não conseguia ler nada) logo depois que terminei de ler Insurgente, então vi essa lindeza por míseros $1.99 na loja da Amazon kindle e me joguei. Não me arrependo de nada.

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A premissa deste livro é bem simples, o livro se centra na história de duas amigas que planejaram ter mais um verão épico juntas, até que uma delas (Sloane) misteriosamente some sem deixar vestígios. Bom, até pelo menos a nossa personagem principal (Emily) encontrar uma carta endereçada a ela com treze desafios, alguns mais loucos que outros.

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Para Emily, essas tarefas acabam por se tornar a nova forma de passar o tempo no verão, durante o qual ela acaba conhecendo novas pessoas e desenvolvendo novas amizades. Amizade é, sem dúvida, o tema principal deste livro. E foi o que mais me encantou nele. A autora soube desenvolver muito bem a relação da Emily com a sua amiga sumida em constantes flashbacks, assim como a relação dela com os novos personagens e dos novos personagens entre si. A mudança e o crescimento dos personagens desse livro também foi muito bem feito, a Emily pode ser um pouco irritante e “monga” no início, mas prometo que ela melhora!

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Como todos os livros contemporâneos, esse não deixa de ter o elemento romance. Porém, o romance foi muito bem desenvolvido e, na minha opinião, nada forçado/exagerado ou rápido demais. Não vou dar mais informações pois já seria spoiler, basta dizer que gostei bastante disso, pois essa é uma preocupação constante minha com livros desse gênero.

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Outra coisa legal de SYBG é que, por se passar durante o verão, é uma leitura muito leve e que te dá vontade de sair por aí para tomar um sorvete ou correr. Sim, correr! A Emily é uma super corredora e durante o livro temos várias cenas que incluem esse exercício, incluindo as playlists que ela e o parceiro de corrida dela escutam! Eu achei isso sensacional. O mais legal é que pesquisei no 8tracks e achei várias pessoas que fizeram as playlists contidas no livro. As playlists são uma mistura de músicas indie, folk e músicas dos Beatles que combinaram muito com tudo. Recomendo muito ouvir-las enquanto você ler Since You’ve Been Gone.

Pra finalizar essa resenha só queria dizer que, in a well oriented universe, você já estaria lendo esse livro! E que dei a ele 5/5 estrelas no Skoob e no Goodreads. Um abraço e até a próxima!

Resenha: Para todos os garotos que já amei by Jenny Han

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Para todos os garotos que já amei (To all the boys I’ve loved before, em inglês) é um livro encantador da autora Jenny Han. Eu o li em Março desse ano e estou escrevendo essa resenha agora porque SIIIM, ele vai ser lançado no Brasil! O livro tem lançamento previsto para este mês  pela editora Intrínseca. Além disso, aos fellows que lêem em inglês, a sequência deste livro (PS: I still love you) também será lançada na gringa, no dia 26 desse mês! Então vamos ao que interessa?

Sinopse: Lara Jean guarda suas cartas de amor em uma caixa azul-petróleo que ganhou da mãe. Não são cartas que ela recebeu de alguém, mas que ela mesma escreveu. Uma para cada garoto que amou — cinco ao todo. São cartas sinceras, sem joguinhos nem fingimentos, repletas de coisas que Lara Jean não diria a ninguém, confissões de seus sentimentos mais profundos.
Até que um dia essas cartas secretas são misteriosamente enviadas aos destinatários, e de uma hora para outra a vida amorosa de Lara Jean sai do papel e se transforma em algo que ela não pode mais controlar.

Número de páginas: 320.

Publicado no Brasil: Brevemente, pela Editora Intrínseca.

Dificuldade de leitura em inglês: Intermediário simples (é um livro leve, sem nenhuma linguagem rebuscada, considero simples até para um iniciante).

Avaliação: 5/5☆☆☆☆☆

Esse livro me pegou de uma forma muito muito inesperada. Eu não tinha grandes expectativas nele, por ser um romance e porque sou uma pessoa de coração gelado e que revira os olhos em cenas adocicadas muito facilmente. Mas não gente, esse livro é doce na medida certa! Ele te pega de fininho e quando você vê, já esta amando os personagens como se fossem super próximos de você.

Lara Jean é uma irmã do meio, sua irmã mais velha (Margot) está indo estudar em uma universidade na Escócia. Kitty, sua irmã mais nova, tem 9 anos (se não me engano) e é sem dúvida uma das personagens mais cativantes e engraçadas desse livro. A mãe delas morreu quando eram novas, logo Lara Jean se vê bem apreensiva com a mudança de sua irmã mais velha e tendo que “cuidar” de Kitty e de seu pai sozinha. Achei toda a família de Jean muito doce e fácil de amar, sabe? Não é uma história triste sobre meninas órfãs, muito pelo contrário. A autora soube descrever toda essa parte da família com muita docura e leveza. Eu amei.

Não entrarei em detalhes quanto às cartas que Lara Jean escreveu e nem sobre a reação dos garotos que as receberam. Acredito que esse livro seja um desses que você deve se jogar sem saber muito sobre, sabe? Para a resenha não ficar muito curta, vou colocar aqui alguns trechos que gostei bastante enquanto lia Para todos os garotos que já amei. Vale dizer que o livro é narrado em primeira pessoa, o que considerei um ponto muito positivo pois transmitiu muito bem o que Lara Jean estava sentindo em todos os momentos.

Trechos:

“Margot não vê motivos para ficar se perguntando. Essa é a nossa vida, não existem motivos para ficar imaginando os porquês. Ninguém pode nos dar as respostas. Eu tento, tento mesmo, mas acho difícil de aceitar esse tipo de pensamento. Estou sempre me perguntando sobre os e-ses, sobre a rota não tomada.”

(“Margot doesn’t see the point in wondering. This is our life; there’s no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it’s hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken.”)

“O amor é assustador: ele muda; ele pode ir embora. Isso é parte do risco. Eu não quero mais ter medo. Eu quero ser corajosa.”

(“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore. I want to be brave.”)

“Você prefere criar uma versão fantasiosa de alguém na sua cabeça do que ficar com essa pessoa de verdade.”

(“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”) -Traduções feitas por mim.

Eai, ficaram curiosos? Estou louca para ter esse livro na minha estante, mesmo já tendo lido a versão ebook, porque ele é simplesmente lindo. E não consigo esperar mais pelo segundo livro! Um abraço e até a próxima!

March wrap-up and April TBR

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It’s that time of the month again! Let’s see how much I’ve managed to read through March and my extremely ambitious April TBR pile? Let’s.

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In March I read the total o five books, being three physical and two ebooks. I don’t know if I’ve already said that here, but since I got my Kindle paperwhite I have no problem reading ebooks. I actually love the practicability and I think I read faster on it.

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Books read and ratings:

-To all the boys I’ve loved before (Jenny Han): 5/5☆☆☆☆☆

-Then ocean at the end of the lane (Neil Gaiman): 3/5☆☆☆

-The book thief (Markus Suzak): 5/5☆☆☆☆☆

-Vicious (V.E. Shwab): 4/5☆

-City of bones (Cassandra Clare): 4,5/5☆☆☆☆

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Now for my April TBR pile. I am sure being really ambitious on the next picture, but I hope to finish at least two of The mortal Instruments series and the complete Divergent series.

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I will also be reading Say what you will by Cammie McLovern for a book reading club I entered. I’m excited and a little apprehensive for this one. I hope it’s not a waterfall of tears, cause I’ve heard it is like John Green and Rainbow Rowell combined. hah

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This cover is just beautiful though.

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I decided to start by reading the Divergent series, because I watched the Insurgent movie and OMG I just need to know what happens on the last book. What are you currently reading and what do you plan to read this month?

Review: The Book Thief

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I have been postponing to write this review for way too long. I might ever have forgotten all the feels I had when reading this book (so many feels). But let’s try! The book thief is the most known novel by Markus Suzak and if you haven’t heard of it yet, I don’t know where have you been. I was a huge success when it was published in 2006 and won a ton of awards. According to Goodreads: National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (2006), Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children’s Literature (2007), Buxtehuder Bulle (2008), Prijs van de Kinder- en Jeugdjury Vlaanderen (2009), Michael L. Printz Award Nominee (2007) Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2007), The Quill Award Nominee for Young Adult/Teen (2006), Zilveren Zoen (2008), Teen Read Award Nominee for Best All-Time-Fave (2010), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2009),ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES NEW AND NOTABLE BOOK for Teen Book Award (2006), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2010), Kathleen Mitchell Award, YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (Top Ten) (2007), Literaturpreis der Jury der jungen Leser for Jugendbuch (2009). I wasn’t even aware of that until now. It was also turned into a movie as you can see by the cover. So, let’s begin with my thoughts and feels about this book. First thing you need to know is that it takes place on 1939, Nazi Germany and tells a story about a girl named Liesel that is delivered to a foster German family after losing her brother and being “abandoned” by her mother. Second thing you need to know is: this novel is narrated by Death. The story develops in the years after she turns 10, so it goes on until she is 12 and the times death encounters her. The thing that really got me the most about this book is that it shows another side of Germany during the war: the poor side, the one that is not always happy about the situation, the one that isn’t always agreeing with Hitler’s ideals and goals. Even though they can’t say that aloud. The characters in this book are extremely well developed and they are so so easy to love. I specially love Hans Hubbermann (her foster father) and Rudy Steiner.

✦ A few facts about Rudy Steiner ✦

He was eight months older than Liesel and had bony legs, sharp teeth, gangly blue eyes and hair the colour of a lemon. One of six Steiner children, he was permanently hungry. On Himmel Street, he was considered a little crazy. This was on account of an event that was rarely spoken about, but widely regarded as, ‘The Jesse Owens Incident’, in which he painted himself charcoal-black and ran the hundred meters at the local sporting field one night.

This incident just cracks me up every time. This also shows one of the other big things the author did so brilliantly: the irony. Irony is often present through the book, but in a light funny way. Death is the perfect narrator for Liesel’s story. The writing is fabulous and there are so many passages I wanted to save forever in my heart, that I lost count.

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✦ A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.✦

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All the tags. ♥

I don’t want to go into more details about this book because I really think it is even better if you just dive into it knowing not that much. Let’s just say that It will warm your heart and make you laugh and cry so many times. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites and, of course, 5/5 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ stars.

#marchbookchallenges + random pictures

Today I took a bunch of random pictures to include on my #marchbookchallenge on Instagram. I just got carried away and didn’t want to let them go to waste, so I decided to post them here as well.

Day 1 of the book challenge is to post your #TBR pile. This is roughly what I intend to read this month:

– City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

– City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

-To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

-Catch up on The walking Dead comics❤

-O oceano no fim do caminho (The ocean at the end of the lane) by Neil Gaiman

I also have a lot of books loaded on my kindle that I might pick up if I feel like it. I know that list is not long, but I just have been on a reading slump and I don’t want to put too much pressure on me.

The second picture of the challenge is a book that is on your wishlist. I just love Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell has such an amazing writing style. Even with the ending being kind of.. Well, I don’t really know how to begin.. It was still one of my favorite books of 2014. So yes, it is for sure on my wishlist.

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I just love taking random pictures like that.❤

2015 Reading Challenges

1. Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge

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I started doing challenges on Goodreads last year, and i must say it was quite exciting when I got to beat my own challenge. I think challenges are a good way to never forget your goals and try to always beat your own limits. It can also be a little stressful, though, so you should really stick to a number you consider doable.

And that is the big thing about goodreads challenge: you set up your own goal (e.g.: 50 books) and the website keeps track of it for you, and even shows you when you are behind schedule! It’s also pretty cool to follow your friend’s challenges, you can get a little competitive if you want too! haha

So, thinking of how much fun I had when I completed this challenge last year, I decided to check out on the internet if there are others. I knew about a Rory Gilmore’s reading challenge that has been going on a while, but I seriously didn’t get much interested on the titles. Plus, the list is like really long. So I made a little list of some cool challenges I’ve found.

2. Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge

This website has a variety of things but I found this challenge pretty fun, I’ll definitely try to cross some books off that list. The fun thing is that it is not restricted to one genre or type of book, and you can just choose a random book you’ve never thought of reading and end up enjoying it. Here is the printable version of the list. And here is the link to their original post.

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3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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This challenge was created by Rachel and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. To participate you just need to read as many fantasy books as you think you can! Here are some rules:

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
  • The challenge will run from January 1-December 31, 2015.
  • We’re welcoming all readers to join us for this challenge! In order to sign up, readers must link to their blogs or their Goodreads profile in the Linky provided below.That way, we can see where you’ll be sharing your thoughts on the fantasies you’ll read!
  • You can read as many fantasy novels as you’d like to. No levels for this challenge!
  • There will be 2 giveaways, one at 6 months and one at the end of the year. More details will be provided closer to those dates.
  • Help us spread the word! Feel free to tweet about the challenge using our official hashtag#flightsoffantasy, grab the button to link to the challenge in your sidebar & pin the image on Pinterest.

4. 2015 Prequel and Sequel Challenge

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This one intends to make you read all your unfinished series from
start to end! It is being hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Writer Grrl. The rules are as it follows:

  • The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st.
  • Any books started before Jan. 1 will not count.
  • All books in a series count for points (see below)
  • Novellas count, either prequels or sequels (i.e. #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, etc).
  • Books can be of any publication date. They don’t have to be released in 2015.
  • In order to get 10 points for a completed series, there must be at least 3 full-length books in the series.
  • You can still get sequel points for a duology, you just can’t get the 10 bonus points for finishing it.
  • Sign-ups will be open until December 1st, 2015.
  • To join, add the URL of your challenge post to the linky widget. (If you’d like to wait, it’s ok to use your blog URL and send us your link as soon you get the post up)
  • At the end of each quarter (every three months), we will post a linky for you to add your sequel reviews to.  The linky will rotate between our blogs on alternate quarters, so you can link up at Novel Heartbeat at the end of March and September, and over at Writer Grrl Reads at the end of June and December. If you have a ton of reviews for the quarter, you can always link to wherever you’re keeping track of your progress. This will make it much easier for us – not only is it less posting, but it will be easier to keep track of how many points everyone has.
  • We will try to do some giveaways throughout the year for participants (as long as we can afford it), as well as some mini-challenges and read-alongs … so stay tuned for further details!
  • There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for all participants who completed the challenge!

And it has also a pointing system! (how cool is that?):

For each prequel and sequel read this year, points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1 point for each prequel or sequel novella read and reviewed
  • 2 points for each full-length sequel read and reviewed
  • 10 points for completing and reviewing a full series (doesn’t require novellas)*†
  • **You do not get points for the first book in a series

To get points, you must review the book/novella somewhere. If you want to earn points, please link up your reviews at the end of each month, and enter the number of points earned (we will give examples in the linky).  Each point earned is an entry into the giveaway at the end of the year for all participants who completed the challenge.  So, the more sequels you read, the better your chances of winning the giveaway!  Plus, we are also considering one prize for the “overacheiver award” — the person who gets the most points!

*The 10 bonus points is for finishing a full series. That means that all books must be published (unless you got an advance reader copy early). i.e. If you are completely caught up on a series, and the next book is not releasing until 2016 (and you do not have an advance reader copy), that does not count toward the 10 bonus points.

If you started the series before 2015, you can still get the bonus points for finishing it if you reviewed the other books in the series at some point. For example: You read The Hunger Games in 2014, but read Catching Fire and Mockingjay in 2015 – you would get 2 points for both sequels and 10 bonus points for finishing the series (14 points total). You don’t have to start the series in 2015 to get the bonus points.

10-25 points: Newbie
25-50 points: Amateur
51-75 points: Advanced
76-100 points: Professional
101+ points: Veteran

Here is a board on Pinterest with a ton of reading challenges, if you are interested in more. I’m going to participate com the Flights of Fantasy and the Goodreads Challenge, so far. What about you? What reading challenges are you embarking on?

Review: This shattered world (ebook and audiobook)

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Hello! Today I wanna talk about this awesome book:  This Shattered World by Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This is the second book on the Starbound Trilogy. It’s a Young Adult sci-fi fantasy that takes place in a world that no one lives on Earth anymore, and there is all those different Terra-formed planets and hyperspace travel through space. I know, sounds pretty awesome.

So the first thing you need to know about the second book in this trilogy is that it takes place in a completely different environment than the first one, but on the same universe. So different issues are involved and new characters are inserted. However, we do have both stories overlapping at some point.

So, this book tells us the story of Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, they both live on the same planet called Avon. Whoever, they live completely different lives. Jubilee is a soldier, actually the captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists. But she’s not an ordinary soldier, on the contrary, she has a lot of mysteries and mixed reasons to hate the rebels in this planet.

Flynn, on the other hand, is on the heart of the rebellion. His sister died on their first uprising against the powerful corporations that terraformed Avon. The colonists live in precarious conditions and the so-called better life that was once promised to them by the corporations never came. So while Flynn is fighting for better conditions of life and a better planet overall, he meets Jubilee and takes her as a prisoner. That is when it all begins.

The narration of this book is on first person and it flips between Flynn and Jubilee, which I find pretty interesting. Personally, I like her better, I think she’s a really strong character with a lot of potential. Flynn, on the other hand, kind of “goes with the flow”. I hope this changes over the rest of the book (I am currently 69% done).

Another thing I wanted to share is that I enjoy reading to the ebook while listening to the audiobook, not always, but sometimes. You know those moments that you are kind of tired but you still want to keep reading? I feel that the audiobook really helps, although it kind of makes the reading slower. The narration of this book was made by Callard Harris, Donnabella Morlet and Lincoln Hoppe. I quite enjoy the voices of Jubilee and Flynn, but the one that narrates the small passages between chapters is kind of creepy and I have been skipping those (haha) but that is a personal issue.

I will hopefully be ending this read by tomorrow and I can give you guys a full review of how many stars I’ll give. So far I am enjoying it way more than the first one (***SPOILER ALERT***specially because my favorite character from the first book just appeared!!!).

***UPDATE***

I’ve just finished reading the book and decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars. The ending was not very surprising in my opinion, although it was ok for the second book in a trilogy. I did like how things turned out, but I think I expected more on the romance; I just don’t think I bought it. Overall, I loved the writing and the way the story advanced through the book. It was way more action packed than the first one, that is kind of slow. So yeah, it was pretty fun reading it and I can’t wait for the sequel. I’m specially curious for how it will go, do you think the writers will come out with new main characters? I kinda hope so, cause I enjoyed this way of writing. It feels different from all the other trilogies and series I’ve read so far.

Has anyone there read this trilogy? What are your thoughts and ideas about it? I’d like to know.

If you are interested in buying physical the book, that is absolutely gorgeous, you can find it here. I hope to buy all of them together, when the third book comes out.

If you want to download the kindle version, you can find it here. And the audiobook, for free (30-days trial) here.

Hello there!

Hey!

So, I decided to create -yet- another blog, to talk about books, series, movies, photography and everything else I love. I know, you must be thinking well, we don’t really need a new blog to talk and read about those things. But hell I don’t care, if one person reads it and enjoys, I’ll consider myself happy.

First of all, I think introductions are in order.

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I’m a 23 year old Brazilian, graduated engineer (environmental), proud to be a Ravenclaw. Yes, as most of you must be, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter books, I also love young adult books, fantasy and a little bit of contemporary romance. I intend to post reviews, indications and photos I take of books and related things. A little disclaimer: as I decided to write this blog in English and this is not my mother language, I hope I don’t make a lot of mistakes. And also, feel free to correct me at any time! I’m hoping this can help me practice my English as well as make more friends throughout the world.

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This is my current TBR (to-be-read) pile and I’d like to leave it here just as a reminder that I don’t have to buy new books for a little while!

I also love reading books on my kindle, I have a kindle paperwhite and absolutely love it, so sometimes I’ll take pictures of my e-books when doing a review, cause I don’t own all the books in the world (yet!).

I hope someone around the world will enjoy this little blog, I am sure enjoying to write on it! See you guys next time!