I’m sorry I’m late with this one but, better late than never, right?
Today I’m supposed to tell you my favorite blogs, which is super hard for me. I don’t want to make anyone feel bad if they’re not in my list of favorites. It’s not that I don’t have favorites, of course I do. I’m human so I like some topics more than others, some people more than others and some blogs more than others. I have been back and forth, thinking if I should share a list of actual favorites. I can’t pick 5. Not even 10. I would have to give you a big list. I’ve decided I’m going to do just that.
I want to emphasize that I don’t mean to hurt anyone. By having favorites, I’m not telling you I don’t like you or your blog. Not at all. Maybe the topics you deal with are the ones I’m most interested in. Maybe we don’t know each other very well (in which case, let’s change that, please?) or maybe we haven’t just bonded like I have with some people.
I decided that, if I choose you, it means that I either love your content or we are close and talk often. Those are the ones I will include on this list.
My favorite blogs/bloggers: (in no particular order)
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.”