One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 10 (My favorite books)

Dearest friends,

Please don’t forget that I’m doing this challenge with Maggie and Angela, so be sure to go over to their blogs and check their answers to the challenge. Today, you have the chance to know what their favorite books are.

I’ve been reading since I can remember. I’ve had always loved books. It become a passion when I was about sixteen. That’s when I made my first library card. It was on my Summer vacation. I didn’t have much to do and nowhere to go, as my mother was working all Summer. I needed to take two buses to get there but that didn’t stop me at all. I would go once a week and bring 10 books. That was the number the library would allow. 5 fiction and 5 non-fiction. For non-fiction I would usually get health related books, general knowledge and facts books, History and science related books. Fiction, always a few novels. Books were really good friends of mine. I would always have a book on me. Teachers would get mad because they would catch me reading in class. When it came to subjects such as Literature and Portuguese, I would be one of the few who would actually read the book. Sometimes I had read it the Summer before, and would read it again once it was assigned to us. When the time to choose where I wanted to go for college, I knew that Literature had to be part of it. So I decided on my degree (Languages, Literature and Cultures) because it seemed that it had everything I was interested in and good at. Once in college, I realized I was really good at English and that I was drawn to all of the American history, literature and culture courses, so I decided that would be my Major. American Studies. I still loved English authors and culture, so English Studies became my minor. Funny story, I had first chosen it to be the other way around, but then I changed according to my interests. My school’s library is the second best in the country and has a wide range of books in English. And so, first year of college, I began to read everything in the original language (for English and American works), no translations. Yes, even Shakespeare. I believe that reading in English helped me in becoming fluent. When I started university I was at a B2 level and I got to a C2, which the native equivalent. And then teaching came into my life.

I needed to tell you this little story, of how I feel in love with books. Now, finally, I’ll get to my favorites.

My favorite books: (and authors)

  • Every single one of Jane Austen’s novels

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

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Please consider this as my birthday gift. Please?

 

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

 

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Such a warm and familiar novel. It makes my heart happy!

 

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

 

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Probably my favorite ever. I’ve read it so many times I know some quotes by heart

 

  • Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

“Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them.”

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind

 

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Oh Scarlet…

 

 

  • The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

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I named a cat after this one. Gatsby lives very happily at my mother’s house

 

  • O Primo Basílio by Eça de Queirós
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One of my favorite Portuguese novels

 

  • Ensaio sobre a Cegueira by José Saramago
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You might know “Blindness” because it become a movie a few years ago

 

  • La Casa de los Espíritos by Isabelle Allende
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Will never get tired of this one!

 

Authors worth mentioning:

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; The Tempest; Midsummer night’s dream

D.H.Lawrence – Women in Love; Sons and Lovers

Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe; Moll Flanders

Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre

Jack Kerouac – On The Road

Jodie Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper; The Pact; Handle With Care

Danielle Steele – No Greater Love; Sisters

Dorothy Koomson – My Best Friend’s Girl; The Rose Petal Beach; Goodnight Beautiful

Daphnee du Maurier – Rebecca

Pearl S. Buck – The Good Earth; East Wind: West Wind

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How many of them have you read? Do we share any favorites?

(All pictures are from Google images)

 

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83 thoughts on “One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 10 (My favorite books)

  1. Maggie says:

    Awesome picks, Cheila! The Great Gatsby is one of my favorites too, and I’m planning on reading Gone With The Wind for the first time this summer. The cool thing is, I grew up in the town where the author wrote the book 🙂 That town is such a cool city!

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  2. iwannabealady says:

    I can’t believe we have so much in common. First of all, most times I totally forget you aren’t a native English speaker. Well done to you. I majored in English Literature. My favorite was always 19th century literature. Everything Jane Austen. Everything. Now you’ve got me thinking to go back and reread Mansfield Park. My favorite. I adore the way she characterizes people in all her novels in such a way that we always know that person in real life, or else our minds can create them as vividly as if they truly exist. She’s so good. She penetrates human nature. She has balance and grace and wit. I could go on all day.
    I actually decided to do some brain work and tally up your list. It was actually fun. I have read 9 of the books. I have 6 of the books on my bookshelf waiting to be read. And I have 1 book which I started but didn’t finish.

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  3. Lee says:

    I enjoyed reading the story of how you fell in love with books☺️ I use to read on the school bus and as soon as I got home. I’d even fall asleep with books on the bed lol I wish I could find them all because I can’t remember most of the books I’ve read sadly😞 I know I had some great ones but I moved around so much and left them some family members probably thought they were meaningless. I’ll have to start reading again, a lot more than I had and add new books to my collection, I’ll check out some of these✨

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  4. lifeofangela says:

    That’s a lot of books! Both you and Maggie are big book lovers, and i was curious to see what would be on your list of favourite books 😄
    I haven’t heard of too much of yours, I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan though! 🙂
    I may check out some of the other ones you listed too 😄

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  5. wonderwall360blog says:

    Wow that is impressive, I have never got far with Jane Austin books or Withering heights or Shakespeare and English is my native language. Jodi Piccoult is more my level and I also like Diane Chamberlin who writes similar style of books.

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  6. Hannah says:

    Great books! I’ve read some but not many of those! I have the Jane Austin collection at home and have always wanted to read it but I struggle a little with the old vocabulary of them a bit which means I get bored trying to work out that it all means

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  7. 3sistersabroad says:

    some really great classics in there. I know I have read them many years ago. The last 3 are they classic Portuguese Novels? i wonder if they are in english as well. (my language skills are terrible)…

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  8. Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

    I have not read Eça de Queirós and Isabelle Allende, but all of those others writers have made my life a better one. I used to be like you, Cheila. The one with the story book hidden inside a textbook at the back of the class, the one whose books were hidden by her mother because she thought her child was not reading enough of the prescribed textbooks. How I used to hunt them out, telling myself, “Think like S. Where could she have kept it?” I used to find them out eventually 😉 All of those quotes that you have put here have a special place in my memory too xx

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  9. caffeinatedcarly says:

    Isn’t reading the best? When people tell me that they don’t enjoy reading, I get a little sad. Haha! In college, I majored in English, so I was constantly reading. I can’t wait to read the few on your list that I haven’t read yet!

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    • Cheila says:

      I’m happy to know that there are many bloggers who are fellow English Majors 🙂 I’m technically North American studies, but it’s the same 🙂 I wish I could read as much as I used to

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  10. myhearinglossstory says:

    Wow! you’re a big fan of the classics! i have read many of those too.
    I love anything by F Scott Fitzgerald! America in the 1920s really intrigues me, and it must have been such an exciting time to live! I love the elaborateness of the parties and the beautiful clothes and fashions 🙂
    Take care, and happy reading.
    Carly

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  11. Mackenzie says:

    Girl, you have so much CLASS!!! I have wanted to read Wuthering heights and the Jane Austen series for forever, but I feel like I haven’t ever had the chance through high school and nursing school (with ALLLL the other reading I was booked-out). Once I get through the HP series for the first time those are next on the list. Also- So sorry I’ve been so MIA! Life has been crazier and more stressful than ever before. I’m thankful for a couple days now to blog and catch up on blogs. Have a great week, sweet girl! XO

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  12. englishwithkirsty says:

    I’ve loved books since I was a small child too, and I remember reading Little Women. If you like Pride and Prejudice, you might be interested in the post I wrote about our visit to Jane Austen’s house: https://unseen-beauty.com/2017/04/22/jane-austen/
    Wuthering Heights was one of our texts for English literature at school, but I found it hard to like any of the characters, which in a way prevented me from getting in to the book…

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    • Cheila says:

      Oh, thank you. I’ll definitely read your article. I like them both. Cathy and Heathcliff. They are not good people, the only good think they have in them is their love for each, which makes me like them, despite everything 🙂

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