Monday, 19 February 2018

Sonetos (Portuguese) (sonnets)

By Luís de Camões:
Source: Sonetos. Goodreadscom. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23523990-sonetos?ac=1&from_search=true. Accessed February 19, 2018.

The sonnets of Luís de Camões are complex and require concentration. They demand a good knowledge of grammar and style figures. Because of their complexity, they don't give us the delight that, for example, the sonnets of Florbela Espanca provide us. But trying to decipher the messages behind them is challenging.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Mindfulness: an eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world (Mindfullness: atenção plena [Portuguese])

By Mark Williams and Danny Penman:
Source: Williams M, Penman D. Mindfulness. Goodreadscom. 2015. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26566092-mindfulness. Accessed February 18, 2018.

After taking a Buddhist meditation course, reading this book became a little boring because I felt it was not adding anything new. In other words, putting meditation into practice is better than reading the book. However, I can not remove the merit of the authors because they have done their best to try to describe in words what only practice genuinely shows.

Bittersweet (agridoce [Portuguese])

By Collen McCullough:
Source: Agridoce, Colleen McCullough - Livro - WOOK. Wookpt. 2014. Available at: https://www.wook.pt/livro/agridoce-colleen-mccullough/15826187. Accessed February 18, 2018.

I have not read such a good book for a long time! Collen McCullough was, in fact, one of the best writers of recent times. From «the thorn birds» to this «bittersweet», rich historical novels with strong characters, well-detailed scenarios and very interesting plots. It was very good, very current. No one wastes time while reading this author.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Conquering King's heart (jogo sedutor [Portuguese])

By Maureen Child:
Source: Jogo sedutor. Goodreadscom. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18722944-jogo-sedutor. Accessed December 12, 2017.

This is the 4th book in the «Kings of California» collection, by Maureen Child. The book was published by Harlequin Ibérica, SA, in 2009. The author's website is https://maureenchild.com/index.html.
I liked the other book (Wedding at King's convenience) more because it had a better description of the landscapes and places of development of the action. However, it is always pleasant to read such a novel because happy endings and love leave us happier.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

When I'm with you (quando estou contigo [Portuguese])

By Beth Kery:
Source: Quando Estou Contigo. Goodreadscom. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31741482-quando-estou-contigo. Accessed December 6, 2017.

The second book of the collection «because you are mine», translated into Portuguese by Teresa Martins de Carvalho and Nanci Marcelino. Most of the book consists of a detailed description of sexual scenes. The plot develops only in the last pages. However, the story is beautiful. The next book in the collection is called «because we belong».

Saturday, 2 December 2017

How to lie with Statistics (como mentir com a estatística [Portuguese])

By Darrell Huff (text) and Mel Calman (illustrations):

Source: Como Mentir com a Estatística. Goodreadscom. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18779720-como-mentir-com-a-estat-stica. Accessed December 2, 2017.

This book was recommended to me by Dr. Mário Carreira, Unidade de Epidemiologia do Instituto de Medicina Preventiva e Saúde Pública da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (Epidemiology Unit of the Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Portugal). As Dr. Mario Carreira mentioned, this book is required reading for any citizen who wishes to be informed. We can do a lot of gymnastics with statistical calculations, without these being wrong. But the informed citizen must be aware of what the publisher wants to convey.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The ultimate beauty book (manual completo de beleza [Portuguese])

By Sally Norton, Kate Shapland, and Jacki Wadeson

A book rich in beauty tips and very well supported by wonderful photographs.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

O evangelho segundo Jesus Cristo (Portuguese) (the gospel according to Jesus Christ)

By José Saramago

Source: O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo - José Saramago, SARAMAGO, JOSE em Fnac.pt. Fnaccom. Available at: https://www.fnac.pt/O-Evangelho-Segundo-Jesus-Cristo-Jose-Saramago/a173311. Accessed October 11, 2017.

romanticized vision of the life of Jesus Christ, with a well-grounded description of the main historical eventsIt is a historical novel with fiction mixed with facts truthful. It is a majestic book, which may shock prudes and marvel open minds.