Novel Newcomers 2018 is currently on hiatus due to real life commitments.

Monday, February 27, 2017

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Novel Newcomers: Joana @ Hard Choices Girl

Hello everyone and happy last Monday of February!

Welcome to another week of Novel Newcomers 2017, where book bloggers who started last year will be getting featured through mischievously fun interviews (at least, I hope they're fun and no one's come across the most dreadful question I carried over from last year's question set... YET) and guest posts throughout most of the year!

In February, we kicked off the event with the host of the Fantastically Diverse Read-A-Thon, Uma from Books. Bags. Burgers, with a phenomenal guest post about why fantasy is her favorite genre. Just last week we had an interview with Ross from The Royal Bookshelf. This week, we are swinging right back to guest posts with Joana from Hard Choices Girl!

Before I temporarily hand over the blog to Joana, it is time for an announcementtt! As many of you guys might have seen on Twitter (@HannahSophiaLin) last year, every month (okay, I tried, but that failed, so I'm going to carry this over to the blog rather than a tweet or two) I would announce those who celebrated their blogoversaries! Since it is the last Novel Newcomers post of February...

Happy Blogoversary to January and February Bloggers!

Because January is not the month Novel Newcomers is active. After all, it is the holidays... and no book blogger is left behind in this feature.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. *exits stage right* Um... is it supposed to be left?

Top 5 Books that Changed My Life

Hello everyone! I’m Joana from Hard Choices Girl and although I have been blogging around for the past 10 years, only last year did I start a book blog, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of NN’17!

I’m a 22-year-old Portuguese girl obsessed with historical fiction and YA, and I thought that showing you the top books that I feel have entirely influenced my life was a good way for you to get to know me. ENJOY!

Tre metri sopra il cielo by Federico Moccia

Probably one of the first Young Adult Romances I ever read, and undoubtedly one of the best ones. It’s exactly the kind of book that makes you feel inside the story, makes you wish you had that same love (sometimes) and makes you fall in love with the characters and remember them for the rest of your life.

To summarize, it tells the story of two Italian teenagers: Step, the usual bad-boy-pretty-face-with-a-motorbike, and Babi, the cliché of a pretty girl with rich parents and a perfect life. Telling it like this might make it seem like every other YA book, but trust me when I tell you it’s not!

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Growing up in a European country makes it almost a given fact that you will read this book. Every young kid does it. And I couldn’t be more thankful I did. It was the first book that ever made me realize how bad the world can be, how unfair life is for some people, and how lucky I was to be safe and happy where I live. It was the first book that ever made me cry.

As most of you know this is the diary of a young Jewish girl living in an attic during World War II while the Nazis occupied Holland. It tells us the cruelty and sadness of those times through the eyes of [a] 13-year-old girl.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I’m pretty sure this is not a surprise for any of you, after all, how many of us consider this series the most influential of our childhood?

I know I don’t need to give a summary so I’ll just explain how much I am in love with all these books. Harry Potter made me feel like reading was better than any movies, show, or song. It made me fall in love with the concept of magic and made me understand the true meaning of friendship. I grew up with them and they grew up with me, and letting them go after “The Deathly Hallows” was like saying goodbye to my family. I will never forget what this story brought into my life, and I don’t think any other book will ever make me feel this way.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The first time I read this book I felt like I had completely entered a new world and a new life. Combining my favorite city – Barcelona, and my favorite thing – Books, it was a no brainer when it came to decide which books changed my life. The way Zafón writes makes you feel everything so deeply that for some moments I swear I could feel the scent of the bookstore, of the streets, of the coffeeshops.

It tells us the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer, and how he came to find this one book – The Shadow of The Wind. It follows his journey when he sets out to find the author, Julian Carax, and his other books. It takes us through the beautiful city of Barcelona in 1945 and all his dark secrets.

1984  by George Orwell

My first and best dystopian read. Orwell has a way with words that makes you put everything in perspective. This is a read cover-to-cover in one night, it got me glued to the pages from the very first line. And it changed my life in so many ways, different from the other books. It made me take a completely different look upon the world and the society. After reading this I was never the same.

The plot starts in 1984 in a place called Oceania, a superpower in post WW2 in Europe. It describes the day-to-day of a repressive regime ruled by the one they call The Big Brother, as it follows the life of one of their middle-class workers and his rebellion against the Party.
I only talked about 5 books that changed my life, but the truth is that every single book I ever read had an impact on me. Whether it was because of the times it made me laugh and cry, or the times I had to put it down to think and contemplate my own life, they all changed me in a way, and that is the main reason I love reading so much!

I hope you enjoyed my little list, and you will all be welcome on my little corner over at Hard Choices Girl. I like books, lists, nostalgia, and sometimes I write about myself and my feelings.

Thank you all for reading, and thank you Sophia for giving this opportunity to so many new bloggers like me!

Be sure to stop by Joana's blog, Hard Choices Girl, for more of her posts!
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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.