Book Bloggers Abroad (21) – Brazil


Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country is featured who talks about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.


Our guest blogger for today is Larissa from Brazil. Her book blog is called Larissa’s Life. She reads and reviews Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance and she does a lot of giveaways too. So, go and have a look at her blog!

Larissa in Brazil

Larissa in Brazil

Hey there, my name is Larissa and I am a Brazilian-Israeli Book Blogger. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but over 3 years ago I moved to Israel and did something called Alyiah, where Jewish people move to Israel and become Israeli. On April 2010 I moved back to Rio and there is where I am living right now with my dad.

I have always loved English and it all started because my parents wanted to be able to talk about things I shouldn’t know LOL. They don’t speak English well, but the little they knew they used to mask their conversations, so there is where my obsession started.




I learned the language mostly from TV, Movies and Books; which got me to become fluent by age 14 and start teaching it as a second language in Brazil at age 17. It was an amazing 7 years of teaching before I moved to Israel. There I went to an International University to study Communications and specialize in Interactive Studies (internet), when I completed 5 months there I started my blog, where I shared my adventures, stories, thoughts and whatever I felt like.

I actually started two blogs at the time, one in Portuguese and one in English, but I have always felt more comfortable writing in English, not only that, but I truly believe I can express myself better this way.

I have always been an avid reader, but a couple years ago my obsession with it went to the extreme when I discovered Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance novels. I read 350 books in 2009 and I am over 200 this year. I started tweeting about the books I was reading on October 2009 and started meeting authors and other bloggers online and it was then that I thought ‘Why don’t I start reviewing all these books I’m reading?”, that was it, the moment everything changed.

Chapter 32 in the second book in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Bookstore in Israel...

Chapter 32 in the second book in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Bookstore in Israel...

I started reviewing then and there, then I started emailing my favorite authors and asking them for interviews, got some amazing ones to do giveaways and the rest is history… I haven’t stopped and don’t plan to anytime soon.

As an international book blogger living in a country where the language isn’t English, I find that I have a number of obstacles that I have to deal with.

First, it’s very hard to find the books I want in the bookstores, so I end up buying them on Amazon or eBook stores. Now I have a Kindle and that makes it much easier as well.

Blogging Area

Blogging Area

The second problem is that Publishers very rarely send books and ARCs overseas, so to get onto their mailing list is practically impossible. When is comes to receiving books for review, I depend on author’s requests, small publishers and NetGalley.

I am a full-time blogger right now, I feel like I want to invest my time on it and see where it goes. I love blogging and I can’t imagine my life without it.

I used to do most of my reading on my laptop, using reading programs or reading paperbacks, but now I have the Kindle as well. I read in my bedroom, in bed, but I can read anywhere, classroom, train, bar, restaurant LOL I read 100% in English nowadays, I haven’t read anything in Portuguese in years actually.

I’d like to recommend a Brazilian author to you, but the only one I know that has been translated into different languages is Paulo Coelho. A lot of people love him, but I’ve never read any of his books, so I really don’t know.



To finish off I’d like to say that in terms of blogging, being Rio or Tel Aviv, doesn’t really make a difference. Both countries’ languages are different than English, so the obstacles are the same. However, they are very different countries, but amazing in their own way nonetheless.

Israel is beautiful and has a fascinating culture, I have never felt so safe as I did living in Tel Aviv. Rio doesn’t feel safe like that, but it is my hometown and I do feel I belong to that society, people from Rio are so friendly and fun that is impossible not to enjoy them.

Thanks so much for having me over Judith! I had a blast!

Worldmap-Rio de Janeiro

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Larissa, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. I am amazed by how many books you read. And then you also review them! And still have time for other things (like eating and sleeping)!

Don’t forget to take a look at Larissa’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Larissa, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Alexandra from Belgium will be visiting us for the twenty-Second Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

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17 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (21) – Brazil

  1. Tes says:

    It is so wonderful to learn about another book blogger from different country. Larissa has such a amazing life. Thanks for sharing a glimsp of Israel and Brazil…

  2. What a wonderful post. Larissa is amazing!

  3. Dorte H says:

    I must say, Larissa´s is a truly international blog. And I know what it is like, living far from English book shops which is one of the reasons why I bought my Kindle last week.

    But I know a writer who lives in Brazil: Leighton Gage, writer of a great crime fiction series 😀

  4. Chachic says:

    I’m already a follower of Larissa’s blog and she’s VERY active. It was interesting to find out more about her life, I didn’t even know she lived in two different countries. Larissa, how many languages do you actually know? 🙂

    Thanks to Judith for hosting! It’s great getting to know other international bloggers because I think we all encounter the same problems – book availability and not getting review copies.

  5. That was a great post! I loved learning more about Larissa. Her blog is full of awesomeness!

  6. WOW! Thank you for this interesting look into your life. I used to want to move to Israel to join the Israeli army. I’ve been to Brazil and Rio was so beautiful and amazing. I’ve never been to Israel though…hopefully one day.

    And 350 books in 1 year!? Amazing!

  7. shelleyrae@ Book'd Out says:

    Great interview, you have had such an interesting life!

  8. Esme says:

    What an interesting post. I like the multi cultural aspect to it.

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