How to Read More | Tips & How I Read

Hi everyone!! Today’s post is one that was requested. Last week I got a comment on one of my videos asking me to talk about my reading routine and how I make time to read ⇣

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Since this is a subject that I love, I was very excited to talk about it on my new channel, so here it is! 😋

My 5 Tips
  1. Manage your time wisely
  2. Make the most of your time – read any time you can!
  3. Take your books everywhere
  4. Multitasking is key
  5. Find your perfect format

I hope you enjoy this little video and that it’s even remotely helpful! ☺️


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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Summer Reading Recommendations 🌡

As it is now, officially, summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to talk about the books I recommend for the warmer weather ☀️

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of a seasonal reader – meaning I tend to read books according to the season and/or time of year. For summer, I usually prefer lighter reads, such as romance novels, maybe a fantasy book here and there and just not-so-serious books in general. You definitely won’t catch me reading Anna Karenina in the summer, just saying 😅

This being said, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite summer reads, and also some new or upcoming releases that I think are very appropriate for this season. Let’s get started!

click the book titles to read my review!

My Personal Favorites

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The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger – 4.5/5 ★

Dreamology by Lucy Keating – 4/5 ★

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – 4/5 ★

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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan – 4.5/5 ★

In Real Life by Jessica Love – 4/5 ★

The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day – 4/5 ★

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 4/5 ★

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – 5/5 ★

Summer Days & Summer Nights by Various Authors – 4/5 ★

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5 ★

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5 ★

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – 5/5 ★

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick – 4/5 ★

New or Upcoming Releases


Smothered
by Autumn Chiklis (review coming soon!)

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera


What are your summer recommendations? Let me know in the comments! ♡

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

World Book Day | 15 Book Recommendations

One of the most anticipated days of the year is here – World Book Day!! To celebrate the most relevant holiday for us bookaholics, I’ll be recommending 15 books of 15 different genres to you. I really hope you enjoy this post, and that you find something new to read 😄📚

Click on the book covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages and add them to your shelves! If you’d like to help me out by purchasing any of these books through my affiliate link, click the links referring to each book to be taken to BookDepository – and buy them with free worldwide shipping! ☺️

Fantasy

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Image result for the kiss of deception coverShe flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

I read this about two years ago and, unfortunately, never continued reading the series. I really liked it though, and I already have the second book because I NEED to finish reading this series – especially considering the cliffhanger at the end 😩

It’s the story of a princess named Lia, who runs away on her wedding day. She refuses to get married to someone she never met, so she teams up with her best friend, who is sort of a servant, and they escape together.

Throughout the story, we read from the perspective of two men who are following her – one is the Prince she was to marry, and the other is an assassin sent out to kill her. We don’t know which one of them is the assassin.

It’s a fantasy story with a thrilling mystery effect that I really enjoyed, and I can’t wait to get back into this world!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Urban Fantasy

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Related imageAs one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. The balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

As Malin wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought, she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. Malin, along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend, must decide where her loyalties lie…and whether helping Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and to her heart.

This was my first read of this year and I absolutely loved it! I’m not a fan of urban fantasy books, but this one was right up my alley.

It’s about Malin, who is a Valkyrie – which means her job is to ‘kill’ immortals, as in, send them to a sort-of underworld where immortals live when they’re done on Earth. She finds out some secrets and goes on a dangerous adventure with her best friend, her ex-girlfriend, and a cute boy that is stealing her heart.

It’s very fun, but also stressful because she deals with some really bad people. The mythology in this book is super nice, it’s definitely a positive in this book! I wrote a full review for it, you can read it here.

Buy this book: Paperback

Dystopian

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Image result for the selection coverFor thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

This is one of those books filled with clichés, but that are absolutely delicious. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be rolling your eyes every few pages, but you’ll devour the whole trilogy in the blink of an eye because this is truly addictive!

Prince Maxon is totally swoon-worthy, and I love the romance in this series. There’s also a political aspect, considering we are talking about a dystopian society, so that’s an interesting part of the story!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Young Adult Contemporary

In Real Life by Jessica Love

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

This is a cute love story – you might say it’s a typical YA romance -, but there’s an element that I really appreciated: long distance.

It’s a subject that speaks to me, as I’ve been in long-distance relationships before, so it really moved me when I read it. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this book before, probably because I read it so long ago that I tend to forget about it, but I really loved it at the time!

Buy this book: Hardback

New Adult Contemporary

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Related imageWhen Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

This was the first book I ever read by Colleen Hoover and, even though I haven’t read any others, I know this is an author whose books I will always like.

This is my favorite New Adult novel, by far. It’s filled with emotions, and there’s lots of sex, which I can appreciate. If you don’t like graphic sex scenes, don’t go for this book – after all, it’s about a strictly physical relationship that turns into something else.

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Middle Grade

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Image result for furthermore coverAlice Alexis Queensmeadow, 12, rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

As you probably know by now, Tahereh Mafi is one of my favorite authors. When she announced this middle-grade book was coming out, I lost my mind and had to get it – and I was not disappointed.

It’s an adventure book that reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, in which the main character teams up with a boy that loves to lie, in an attempt to find her missing father. I wrote a full review of the book with pictures of the gorgeous paperback edition – click here to check it out!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Horror

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

Image result for the devil crept in coverYoung Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

This was the first horror book I read, and it definitely made me interested in reading more. It’s the story of Stevie, a boy whose cousin, Jude, disappears out of the blue. A few days later, after several attempts of Stevie at finding him, Jude comes back – but it’s not really Jude. He’s different, he acts weird, and Stevie tries his best to make him normal again.

This book is terrifying at times, and disturbing all around. If you’re into horror movies/books, I would definitely give this one a try! Read my full review here.

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Thriller

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Image result for the wife between usWhen you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

This book will probably be in my top 5 of the year. One of (if not the) best thrillers I’ve ever read.

It’s about a woman who recently divorced, and she is having a hard time dealing with it. Then, we have another POV, of the woman her ex-husband is now going to marry. She feels as though she’s being watched.

It seems like a regular story until you’re hit with a plot twist that completely changes everything. This book is simply genius, and I need to get myself a physical copy of it because I currently only have the ebook!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Crime

The Lost Woman by Sara Blædel

Image result for the lost woman book coverA housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing. Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground.

Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is actually a Danish citizen who’s been on the Missing Persons list for almost two decades–so Louise Rick is called on to the case. Then, in an unexpected twist, the police discover that Sofie had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover.

Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Completely blindsided by Eik’s connection to the case, Louise is thoroughly unsettled and sick with worry, yet she must set aside her own emotional turmoil if she hopes to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…

At the beginning of this book, we read from the perspective of a killer. He is crouching, aiming, and then shooting at a woman through her window. Then, detective Louise, our main character, starts investigating this murder. Next thing we know, Louise’s boyfriend is a suspect on the case.

This is a Nordic Noir book full of revelations that deals with controversial and sensitive subjects. It’s a quick, intriguing read that I definitely recommend. You can read my full review here.

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

LGBT

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Image result for you know me well book coverMark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

This is another book I never mentioned here on the blog because I read it forever ago. However, it’s one of my favorite LGBT books. Whevener I want an LGBT read, I tend to go to Nina LaCour’s books, she’s very good!

You Know Me Well is about two high school students, Kate and Mark, who sit next to each other in class but have never spoken. One crazy night, their paths intertwine, and a beautiful, strong friendship is born.

It’s a cute YA romance, but I wouldn’t say the romance is the focus of this book – it’s their amazing friendship! It’s a different contemporary book, so I thought it would be the best recommendation for today 😊

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Anthology

Summer Days & Summer Nights by Various Authors

Image result for summer days and summer nights book coverMaybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

An anthology of YA short stories, including different genres, with characters of multiple sexualities, races, cultures, etc. A great summer read, considering it focuses on the warmer weather – perfect to read by the pool with a cup of lemonade!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Play

Lysistrata by Aristophanes

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Aristophanes’ comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a comedy without peer in the history of theatre.

I’ve talked about this comedy in a wrap-up before. It’s absolutely brilliant, and a very accurate depiction of how women were seen in Ancient Greece.

Lysistrata gathers the Greek women and gets them to agree to refrain from sex, as a way to stop the Peloponnesian War. It’s extremely misogynistic, but it’s sure to make you laugh at some of the dialogue!

Buy this book: Paperback

Classic

The Illiad by Homer

Image result for iliad [book]The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and is typically described as one of the greatest war stories of all time, but to say the Iliad is a war story does not begin to describe the emotional sweep of its action and characters: Achilles, Helen, Hector, and other heroes of Greek myth and history in the tenth and final year of the Greek siege of Troy.

The start of it all – one of the first Western pieces of literature. It is brilliant, and I love how, as you read it, you can see the influences of The Iliad on basically every book you’ve ever read.

It tells the story of Achilles, a Greek warrior whose honor is attacked by Agamemnon. The background is the Trojan War, and different conflicts take place between Gods, humans, and Gods and humans. If you haven’t read The Iliad, please do so, you won’t regret it – just make sure you choose a good translation!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Literary Fiction

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Related imageIan McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

The first and only literary fiction book I’ve read. I wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t required for my English class last semester – but I am SO glad that I had to read it.

This is a historical fiction novel set in the 1930’s and it follows Briony. She sees something that she doesn’t understand, an interaction between her sister and the son of a servant. Then, what she saw brings consequences to everyone, including herself. Throughout the rest of the novel, we see her try to atone for what she did.

This is brilliantly written and even more brilliantly plotted, so I recommend it, 100%!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Non-Fiction

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Related imageIn SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome “with passion and without technical jargon” and demonstrates how “a slightly shabby Iron Age village” rose to become the “undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean” (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating “the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life” (Economist) in a way that makes “your hair stand on end” (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this “highly informative, highly readable” (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.

I read this book for an essay, and I went in expecting a textbook kind of thing. However, I was pleasantly surprised, as Beard writes about history in a very simple and easy-to-understand way. She also makes sure to always show both sides of the coin, to let you know that there are two perspectives in every moment of Roman history.

If you’re a history enthusiast, I definitely recommend Mary Beard’s work – she even has documentaries in which she gives you a tour of different Roman monuments!

Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback


Alright, those are my recommendations for 15 different genres. I hope you like them as much as I did!! ☺️

Have any recommendations? Leave them in the comments, and happy World Book Day! ♡

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Books You Should Read Once In Your Life: Thriller/Suspense

I’ve recently come across the Ultimate List of Fiction Books You Should Read at Least Once in Your Life, since they contacted me suggesting a link exchange. I looked through the list and thought it would be fun to go through them with you, so that’s what we’ll be doing today. If you’re interested, I could do these posts from time to time, focused on a certain genre.

Today we’re starting with Thriller/Suspense recommendations, which is one of my favorite genres at the moment. If you’re interested, you can see all of my thriller reviews here. Let’s get right into the books…

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Sting Larsson

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.

It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

This book is one of the top Nordic Noir books out there, and the one that started all the buzz around the genre. Super recommended by everyone, including my mom 😄 She owns this book (the Portuguese translation), so I’ll definitely get to it sometime. The thing is I’m pretty sure I will want to binge read the series once I start it, so I have to pick this up over the summer when I have all the time in the world to read!


2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

The Girl on the Train has been on my TBR for a long time, and I’ve yet to see the movie (which I own) because I want to read the book first – that’s the only correct way to do things 😋 I have read Hawkins’s most recent book, Into the Water, which I really enjoyed, so I’m certain that I will love this one… if I just freaking pick it up!!


3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I’ve seen the movie adaptation for this book – blasphemy!! – but to be completely honest I barely remember what happens 😅 All I remember is that Amy is a crazy-ass bitch but also genius, which I’m assuming will be even better in the book than it was in the movie.

I don’t own this book, so I’m sure it will be a while before I pick it up, as I’m on a book-buying ban (and being very good so far) 👍🏼 I will get to it eventually, though, I hear great things about Gillian Flynn!!


4. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with two new, unusual allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

This book has recently made into a TV series that I’ve heard great things about, so I want to read it so I can watch the series. We have a copy of Mr. Mercedes but it’s a French translation soooo it’ll be a while until I pick it up 😅😬

I will get to it eventually, though, because I plan on reading all of King’s books throughout my life. One of those life goals you randomly set for yourself 😄


5. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

This one I had never heard about but boy, what a plot!! I might have to order this one someday – maybe when I’m not on a book buying ban 😅

Fun fact: I recognized the name of the author and I couldn’t remember what book he had written… well I remember his name because he wrote another mystery novel and one time I opened it at the bookstore and the first thing I saw was someone talking about grabbing a dick… it stuck with me ever since 😂

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS

1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

I bought this one in 2017 but unfortunately haven’t gotten to it. I hear everyone raving about it, and I do love me a domestic thriller, so I’m sure I’ll love this one. I’m hoping I can get to it this year 🤞🏼


2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

This was one of the books I unboxed last year. Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten to it, but I definitely will. Whenever school starts I always tend to read more standalones, since they don’t take as much commitment. And since the Spring semester starts next week, I’ll probably pick up my standalone thrillers! 😉


3. You by Caroline Kepnes

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

This one I’ve actually read and it’s one of my favorites. It’s all about this guy Joe who is stalking a girl he met at his work. It is told in 2nd person singular, as the title suggests, and it’s so fucked up. I’m slowly making my way through the sequel, Hidden Bodies, which is (unfortunately) not nearly as good as You.

You can read my spoiler-free review here.


4. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers:

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

I had never heard of this one either, but from the synopsis, this does seem like a book I would enjoy. Again, I love me some domestic thrillers so I might give this one a try if I ever come across it ☺️


5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

I’ve heard many people say this is Gillian Flynn’s best book in their opinion, which is saying a lot considering how much people loved Gone Girl. I don’t own this one, but I’ll probably end up buying it one day just to see if it’s THAT good 😋


Those are all the books I’ll be going through in this first post! Let me know if you’d like to see more of these posts and which genres you’d like to see next 😊 Click here to see all of the books on the Ultimate List of Fiction Books You Should Read at Least Once in Your Life

Have you read any of these? Do you recommend them? Let me know in the comments! ♡

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

 

Valentine’s Day Book Recommendations 💕

One of the most anticipated yet dreaded days of the year is almost here – Valentine’s Day!! ♡ I personally have never had a date to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, and by the looks of it, I’m sure the same will happen this year. But you know what I always have? BOOK BOYFRIENDS TO READ ABOUT!! That’s right, you don’t need a goddamned date, and I’m here to tell you how to have a good time on Valentine’s Day this year.

I have compiled a little list of books I consider to have good romance. Most of them are contemporary romances, but I’ve also incorporated a couple fantasy reads, in case you want to escape to a different world 👍🏼 I won’t be talking about them, as I don’t want to tell you what happens. Instead, I will leave you with the synopsis, a few words that I think describe the book, and some of my favorite quotes from it.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Words: dogs, scandal, writers, drama

Some of my favorite quotes:

“I leaned my head against his neck and closed my eyes for a moment—breathing it all in. The faint smell of chlorine on his skin, the way I could feel the pulse in his neck beating against my cheek, the soft terry of the towel around us. I looked up and saw the stars, and despite what had happened before, I felt really peaceful—Clark was next to me, I could hear my friends’ laughter so close, and I knew for a fact that there was an unopened bag of chips inside in case we got hungry later. It felt like a really perfect moment that nothing could ruin.”

“’Hey!’ I broke away and looked over to see Toby standing in front of me, waving the paper in my face. ‘Come on. We’re wasting time. And you’re fraternizing with the enemy!’
‘But the enemy’s so cute,’ I said”

“’Here’s the thing,’ Palmer said. ‘You’ve been really happy this summer.’ I looked over at her, and Palmer went on. ‘Like, the happiest I’ve ever seen you. And it’s also the first time in forever you’ve had no plan. You’ve been enjoying the right now. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.’”

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Words: forbidden love, accident, first time, addiction, adorable children

Favorite quotes:

“You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.”

“Did you know that in space it’s very, very cold? And there’s no oxygen? And if an astronaut fell out of a shuttle without his suit he’d die right away?”
I’m a fast learner. “But that would never happen. Because astronauts are really, really careful.”
George gives me a smile, the same dazzling sweet smile as his big brother, although at this point, with green teeth. “I might marry you,” he allows. “Do you want a big family?”

“…And the way he does look at me makes me feel absolutely beautiful.”

“Um. So … Are we going to study?”
Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He’s only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. “You bet. I’m studying you.”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Words: pretend relationship, family, self-discovery, coming-of-age

Favorite quotes:

“You’ve just gotta hold your head up and act like you don’t give a shit”

“It’s scary when it’s real. When it’s not just thinking about a person, but, like, expectations. And wants.”

“It’s not fair for the girl. Guys have it easy. I’m sure they were all congratulating him, pounding him on the back for being such a stud.”

“I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to be brave. I want… life to start happening. I want to fall in love and I want a boy to fall in love with me back.”

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Words: writer, twins, college, fanfiction, becoming yourself

Favorite quotes:

“Im such an idiot I can’t even go nine hours without seeing you”

“You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me”

“I choose you over everyone”
Cath took a painful breath and reached up with one hand to touch his chin. “I love you,” she said.

“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“Levi moved his arms around her waist until he was holding her properly. Then he pushed his mouth into her hair. “Read to me, sweetheart.”

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Words: princess on the run, deceit, cute prince, love triangle?

Favorite quotes:

“If one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything. Some things can’t be forgiven.”

“I got to my feet, my chest heaving, busying myself with a loose button on my shirt. “Let’s forget that happened, Kaden.”
He had jumped to his feet too. He grabbed my hand so I had to look at him. “You wanted to kiss me.”
I shook my head, denying it, but it was true. I had wanted to kiss him.”

“In the farthest corner … I will find you.”

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Words: assassin, triangle (?), forbidden love, cute dog, the cutest fucking prince

Favorite quotes:

He picked up the brown bag of candy on the table. “What’s your . . .” He trailed off as he weighed the bag in his hands. “Didn’t I give you three pounds of candy?”
She smiled impishly.
“You ate half the bag!”
“Was I supposed to save it?”
“I would have liked some!”
“You never told me that.”
“Because I didn’t expect you to consume all of it before breakfast!”
She snatched the bag from him and put it on the table. “Well, that just shows poor judgement on your part, doesn’t it?”

“Are you planning on biting the cue again? Because if you are, I’d like to invite the court painter so I can forever remember the sight.”

“His breath was warm on her neck as he bent his head, resting his cheek against her hair. Her heart beat so quickly, and yet she felt utterly calm—as if she could have stayed there forever and not minded, stayed there forever and let the world fall apart around them.”

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“With each day he felt the barriers melting. He let them melt. Because of her genuine laugh, because he caught her one afternoon sleeping with her face in the middle of a book, because he knew that she would win.”

“How long was I asleep?” she whispered. He didn’t respond.
“How long was I asleep?” she asked again, and noticed a hint of red in his cheeks.
“You were asleep, too?”
“Until you began drooling on my shoulder.”


Alright, those are some of my favorite romance books or books with romance. They have made me very happy, and I hope they will make you happy as well, regardless of whether or not it’s Valentine’s Day ☺️

Have any recommendations? Leave them in the comments, and happy Valentine’s Day! ♡

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Top 5 Tuesday: Most Read Authors

Hi loves! I decided, on a whim, to answer the Top 5 Tuesday prompt for today, created by Bionic Bookworm: Most read authors.

Let’s get started…

5.

Huntley Fitzpatrick | 3 books

I absolutely love Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books. They’re contemporary romances, but there’s always some deep meaning in them, so they’re not your typical cheesy YA books. I’ve been waiting for her to write something new for a while now, and I actually got an ARC for it, yaaaay. It’s called Meet Cute, and it’s an anthology of short stories by different authors ♡

4.

Sarah J. Maas | 3 ¼ books

Sarah J. Maas is probably my #1 favorite author. I am a huuuuge fan of her ACOTAR series, which I binge read this year. You can read my reviews for each book here: ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR.

I had also previously started her Throne of Glass series, but only got about ¼ of the way through ToG, hence the ‘3 ¼’. I wasn’t in the mood for it, and it didn’t really hook me, so I put it down and still haven’t picked it back up. Since I own the whole series, I will definitely give it a try sometime, and maybe SJM will be my most read author next time haha

3.

Tahereh Mafi | 5 books

Tahereh is one of my favorite authors, hands down. I have read every book she’s published thus far, and I’m SO EXCITED for her upcoming books!!!

I read her Shatter Me series (3 books + 2 novellas), which will now have three new books – can’t wait!!! Warner is my everything ♡

I also recently read Furthermore, which is a middle grade fantasy. You can read my review for it here. There will be a companion to this book called Whichwood, which will be coming out this November!!

2.

Kiera Cass | 5 books

Kiera Cass’s books are sort of a ‘guilty pleasure’ for me. You know they’re the typical cheesy YA romances, with a dystopian feel to them, but once you pick them up, you absolutely can’t put them down. They’re super addicting!

I’ve read the main Selection trilogy, The Heir, and the first two novellas. I’ve yet to read The Crown because I want my series to match, and they still haven’t translated it to Portuguese *cries*.

1.

Jenny Nan | 7 books

Jenny Han is also one of my favorite authors (can you sense a theme here?). I’ve read her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, the Summer trilogy, and Shug, a sweet middle grade book.

I still have to read the Burn for Burn series that she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian, and her short story in My True Love Gave to Me. Considering I own both, I hope I’ll pick them up soon enough.


That’s it for today’s prompt!

I hope you like this kind of post. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more of them 🙂

Thank you for reading,

I’ll see you in my next post!

10 Books To Read During Summer

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Read in English

Now that summer is upon us and the weather is hotter by the day, I thought I would recommend a few books that I think are great summer reads.

These are not necessarily books that take place during the summer (some of them are), but they are books that I read during the summer and absolutely loved the combination of the story, the beach, and warm weather.

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (trilogy) by Jenny Han
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (trilogy) by Jenny Han
  • Shatter Me (series) by Tahereh Mafi
  • Summer Days and Summer Nights (anthology) by various authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Selection (series) by Kiera Cass

So those are all the books I have to recommend today. As you can probably tell, most of them are contemporaries because, in my opinion, those are the best books you can read during summer – at least I love to read them this time of year!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you on my next post ♡
Lê em Português

Nesta altura em que o Verão está no seu auge e as temperaturas insuportáveis, achei que seria boa ideia recomendar alguns livros de Verão.

Não são necessariamente livros que se passam durante o Verão (apesar de ser o caso de alguns), mas livros que eu li durante o Verão e acabei por adorar a combinação da leitura, da praia e do tempo quente.

  • trilogia The Summer I Turned Pretty (traduzido como O Verão em que me Apaixonei) de Jenny Han
  • trilogia To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (traduzido como A Todos os Rapazes que Amei) de Jenny Han
  • série Shatter Me de Tahereh Mafi
  • Summer Days and Summer Nights de vários autores, editado pela Stephanie Perkins
  • The Unexpected Everything de Morgan Matson
  • My Life Next Door de Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • What I Thought Was True de Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Dreamology de Lucy Keating
  • Furthermore de Tahereh Mafi
  • série The Selection (traduzido como A Seleção) de Kiera Cass

E são estes os livros que tenho para vos recomendar hoje. Como podem ver, a maioria deles são romances contemporâneos porque, na minha opinião, esse é o melhor género para se ler durante o Verão – pelo menos eu adoro ler esse tipo de livros nesta altura do ano!

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Vêmo-nos no próximo post! ♡