June 2018 Wrap-Up

Although I had half of the month to do whatever I wanted (summer break woohooo), I was very worried about my exam grades and whether I would graduate or not, so I didn’t read nearly as much as I had originally planned 😔

However, the books I did read were generally good, so that sort of makes up for it 😉

Books read: 4
Pages read: 1457
Favorite read of the month: Lies by T.M. Logan ♡

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This is a domestic thriller that, for once, follows a male main character who spends a lot of his time home with his kid.

Going into this, I never expected to like it as much as I did. And from reading the synopsis, I definitely did not expect the story would go that way – let alone the plot twist! Best read of the month, for sure 🙌🏼

You can check out more of my thoughts in my spoiler-free review.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

34df2914-9ad2-4953-8519-4b365cc48f74This Does Not Leave this House by Julie Coons

I believe this is the first non-fiction I’ve read thoroughly. I can’t stress enough how important Julie’s story is.

It’s a memoir in which the author tells us how she broke two different cycles of abuse – first, in her family, then in her marriage. It’s a book every adult should read, I’m sure it will have some effect on anyone that does pick it up – and it could potentially save someone by preventing them from getting caught up in a similar situation.

If you’d like to know more and read some quotes, you can read my full review here. Big thanks to the author for sending her book my way! ♡

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

Ensina-me a Voar Sobre os Telhados by João Tordo 99f54511-4af1-490d-b698-057b6e810da1

As you can tell, this is a national novel, so I’ll be very brief (hasn’t been translated 😔).

This book had an interesting plot – there are two lines of narrative, about 100 years apart from one another. I liked the way they intertwined, but this was a weird story. Although I enjoyed it, I just wasn’t a fan of the story and all the philosophy that was thrown in there. I can’t stand philosophy to begin with 😩

Read my full (Portuguese) review here.

★★★☆☆ 3.5/5 stars

17379a53-ecc1-4c31-a514-d0c48ea57c7b-1The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

I picked this one up because I remembered it’s going to be published very soon, and I like to review books right before they come out. I received it through Netgalley, and boy am I glad I requested it 🙌🏼

This is a mystery novel, but it has ROMANCE! What a wild concept, I know. But I’m pretty sure this is the first mystery novel I read that gives me that same feeling I get from reading YA contemporaries – pure joy. 💕 The romance is not the main subject though, and nothing romantic actually happens until about 80%, so if you’re not in it for the romance, you’ll still enjoy this one – the plot is very gripping!

Oh, and I have something new to add to my reviews now – I’m so excited!!

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Doesn’t it look so pretty? I’m obsessed, I hope you like it as well!! 😍

If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can read my full review here.

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


So June was not my best month, but I am definitely planning to make up for it in July. I want to at least double the amount I read in June – Goodreads tells me I’m 14 books behind schedule, so I better shape up 😋

What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments! ♡

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

 

May 2018 Wrap-Up

Although May was a rather long, busy and tiring month, I managed to read a lot so I am very proud of myself! In contrast, I wasn’t able to post much here and on Youtube – unfortunately, time is limited 😔

A couple of the books I read were by Portuguese authors (and they’re not translated) so I won’t talk about those two. However, if you’d like me to talk about the Portuguese literature I read in future wrap-ups, please let me know!

Books read: 6
Pages read: 1688
Favorite read of the month: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blædel ♡

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

This is a novella that works are some sort of bridge between the ACOTAR trilogy and the next books in the series.

I read it the day it came out, so you can probably guess how excited I was about this release 😅

Although there isn’t much of a plot at all, I really enjoyed reading ACOFAS. I mostly read for the characters anyways, so I was very happy that character interaction was basically all this was!

You can check out more of my thoughts in my spoiler-free review (which also features a spoilery section for those of you who have read it!)

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

b16be050-bb93-410b-9c95-e3d528b50358-1The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blædel

This is one of my favorite crime books so far, no doubt – and definitely my favorite I’ve read by the author!

The Forgotten Girls is a rather disturbing and unpredictable story that involves an institution for people with mental illnesses. The children that were put in institutions like these were essentially forgotten by their families, hence the title.

I was hooked from the very beginning, as Blædel starts off with a stressful but captivating prologue, in which a woman is running through the woods, trying to escape from someone. Then, she is found dead and we follow detective Louise Rick as she investigates this murder.

I also had the pleasure to meet the author last week, when she came to the 88th Book Fair in Lisbon to talk about the latest release and for a book signing. She is very funny and the absolute sweetest, and she signed all of the books I own by her 💕 It was my first time ever meeting an author, and I’m so glad she was the first! 😍

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I can’t believe I actually met Sara Blædel, holy shit! Can you tell by my lunatic expression that I couldn’t believe it? 😂

If you’d like to know more, you can read my full review here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

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Unfortunately, this book was a disappointment, my first 2-star rating of the year. I was sent the ebook by the author, and I thought I would love it, but that wasn’t the case. I didn’t even finish it!

I found it rather childish, especially the 18-year-old main character, and the plot wasn’t for me at all. This isn’t a middle grade but definitely feels like one.

I love my ancient history, but Smith wasn’t at all my kind of read – which sucks because I was excited to read it 😔

Read my full DNF review here.

★★☆☆☆ 2/5 stars

 

92ffcd8b-5755-4419-8272-faab406eb646And I Darken by Kiersten White

This is a book I had started over a year ago, but then I put it down and never resumed my reading – until now!

And I Darken is a historical fantasy read, set in the Ottoman Empire. The main character, Lada, is based on Vlad the Impaler.

I enjoyed pretty much everything about this read – the plot, the writing and, especially, the characters. I really grew fond of the characters, especially the badass, smart women that we meet in the story.

There’s a sort-of-love-triangle kind of situation in this book, but oh my god is it well done!! Absolutely loved it, the romance in here is everything 💕

If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can read my full review here.

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars


Overall, I’m very happy that I was able to read this much in May. My TBR pile was pretty hefty and, although I didn’t read all of the books on it, I managed to read basically the same amount, just different books from what I’d planned.

June is finals time, so I probably won’t read much until the middle of the month – but hopefully, I’ll make up for it in the second half 🤞🏼😋

What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments! ♡

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

March 2018 Wrap-Up

I’d like to start by apologizing for my sort-of absense lately. I started a new project, a blog in Portuguese, and then school got in the way, so I haven’t been very active here. However, this is about to change because I have news to share with you, but I’ll tell you all about it in another post 😉

I know this wrap-up is a bit late, but I still wanted to write it to let you know what I read in March. It was a great reading month for me because I read 5 books for pleasure, and also did a bunch of reading for school. Alright, let’s get right to the books!

Books read: 5 (or 7?)
Pages read: around 1667
Favorite read of the month: O Diário Oculto de Nora Rute by Mário Zambujal ♡

74885a05-1df1-4829-b398-05e9cfb4c7ddRestore Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series which, as you probably know by now, is one of my favorite series.

It took me a while to write a review for it (because of my overwhelming feelings) but, somehow, I managed to do it.

I think Tahereh really outdid herself with this book: the story took a very interesting turn, really important themes were addressed, and the character development was, in my opinion, really amazing – especially Juliette’s. Nothing brings me more joy than to see her turn into a bad ass bitch who is learning to love herself.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Landaca95806-61b9-4748-a36b-5e4e09a1c114

Good Me, Bad Me is a debut psychological thriller novel. In it, we follow a girl whose mom is a serial killer. Throughout the book, we see how she deals with the fact that she has to testify against her own mother – since she is the only witness – and how she feels about the new life she has been forced to start.

I really, really loved this story, and I can’t wait until the author releases other books, because if she writes a debut like this, then I’m certain the following books will be absolutely brilliant!

Read my review here.

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

 

28765816_230303290868563_3221380872506703872_nStrange Medicine by Mike Russell

This little short story collection was sent to me by the author. It combines 8 different stories – all very bizarre surrealist.

Although this is not my kind of book or a genre I lean towards, I thought this was a nice, quick read. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s something original that deserves more attention than it gets!

If you’d like to know a bit about each story, you can check out my review, in which I provide a brief synopsis of each story!

★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars

 

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

This is the sequel to You, a thriller that I absolutely loved, as you might remember from my review

Unfortunately, Hidden Bodies is not nearly as good as You, and I gave up on it. No point in reading a book you’re not enjoying, right?

★★☆☆☆ 2.5/5 stars

 

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This short little book is definitely going to be on my favorites list of the year.

It’s a national novel, and there’s no translation for it so, unfortunately, unless you speak Portuguese, you won’t be able to read it.

I absolutely loved and devoured this book, practically in one sitting (only had bathroom breaks 😄). It’s the story of Nora Rute, a 21-year-old girl living in 1969 Portugal. I really connected to this story because a) she’s also Portuguese, and the same age as me, and b) I wasn’t alive back then, but the book mentions a ton of things that I was told about by my grandparents.

I think this is definitely a book for the Portuguese since it represents our history, culture, and language in such a way that only we can understand. This really sucks because I’d love for you to be able to read it as well!

For my Portuguese followers: podem ler a minha review em português aqui! ♡

★★★★★ 5/5 stars


Lastly, we have the Roman Classics. As I’ve probably mentioned, I’ve taking several Classical History/Culture classes, and this semester I’m taking Roman Culture. For that class, I have to read various pieces of work, and here are the ones I read (not entirely) in March:

Ab Vrbe Condita by Titus Livius

This is, essentially, a history book. It tells us, from Livius’s point of view and based on his knowledge and research, the story of Rome.

It goes all the way from before the founding, when Aeneas left Troy, to the days in which Livius lived – the Augustan period (1st century BC to 1st century AD).

I find it very fascinating to see how Livius had a critical approach to history, and how he explains different versions, and then tells you what he thinks really happened.

Metamorphoses by Ovid

This brilliant piece of literature is almost like a compilation of every Greek and Roman myth ever.

In this one, the narrative goes from the divine creation of the world all the way to Ovid’s days – also during Augustus’s ruling.

It’s kind of my Bible at the moment because I have to know all the myths for my midterms 😅


As you can tell, I read quite a lot, and a lot of these were absolutely wonderful reads, so I’m really happy with how March went. Here’s hoping that April will be just as good! 🤞🏼

What have you been reading? Let me know all about your latest reads down in the comments! ♡

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

February 2018 Wrap-Up

In addition to this being the shortest month of the year, I unfortunately got into a bit of slump in February. Because of this, I didn’t read much during February, which sucks. But hey, here’s to a better reading month in March!

Books read: 2
Pages read: 662
Favorite read of the month: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor ♡

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This is a thriller book that has been highly anticipated and praised and is, in my opinion, totally worth the hype.

It’s deliciously twisted and fucked up, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The only thing I would change is the fact that I read a Portuguese translation, instead of the original text, and it was a rather poor translation. But since that has nothing to do with the book itself, I do not have one bad thing to say about The Chalk Man. It’s crazy to think that this is C. J. Tudor’s debut, as it is absolutely brilliant ♡

You can read a more thorough review in this post.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

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The Dinner is a thriller/suspense kind of book that deals with family secrets.

I had heard great things about it, as it is one of Abby’s favorite books, so I had high expectations. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment.

Usually, thrillers take me a few days or less to finish… this one, I started in November and finished in February, which already shows you how uninterested I was in picking this book back up. However, I did feel like picking it up one day during this month, and finished the last half of it in a day. I enjoyed the book and the story, but I did not love it, unfortunately.

Read my full review here.

★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars


I didn’t read much, as you can tell, and I am reaaaally hoping that March will be better, because I’m already 7 books behind schedule. Here’s hoping! 🤞🏼

What have you been reading? Let me know all about your February reads down in the comments! ♡

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

January 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe it’s already February? What the hell??? I don’t wanna sound like a cliché, but where the hell is time going? It feels like New Years Eve was just a few days ago 😅

Alright, enough rambling… let’s get to the important stuff: what I read in January!!

Books read: 3
Pages read: 1057
Favorite read of the month: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen ♡

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This book is a fantasy novel set in a sort of futuristic version of our world. It is packed with mythology from various cultures and all kinds of different creatures.

Our main character is a Valkyrie, which means she is assigned to kill immortals – well, not kill, but end their time on Earth. Most of the women in her family have been Valkyries, just like her. One day, some guy she doesn’t know comes into her apartment looking for someone, and from there a dangerous adventure begins.

I really enjoyed this story, more than I had anticipated, so I do think it’s worth giving it a try. I partnered up with St. Martin’s Press to do a giveaway – my first giveaway of the year!! -, which was awesome, so thank you to them for working with me once again ♡

Read my full review here

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanenthe-wife-between-us-1-800x1221

This is a domestic thriller that is sure to make an appearance on my favorite books list of this year. I had no idea this story would go where it went, and it was SO amazing.

Such a good mystery, plot, everything. And the ending, what!?? It had the most unexpected ending. I would never even think of it, so kudos to the authors for the great ending!

There were also a couple of details about a character that made me feel kind of freaked out because they were exactly the same in my life. I mention them in my review if you’re interested.

I have a hard time expressing myself when I really love a book, so I’m sorry if this is all over the place 😅 You can read my full review here for a more detailed and cohesive text.


58f1cdf769f94f5295ce4b26479470fc_originalHer Every Fear by Peter Swanson

This is a post-WW3 dystopian novel – pretty much the only dystopian novel I ever loved, which is saying a lot!

I really loved the characters, especially Jeremiah 😋 You know me, cute boys are my weakness 😂 But on a serious note, the characters felt real in this one, and the way they acted made sense considering their past experiences.

The world is also pretty interesting, and I asked the author about it and how she came up with it, so if you’d like to know, be sure to check out my review + Q&A with Bethany here.


I didn’t read a lot this month and I’m already 3 books behind on my goal, but I’ll get there!! Hopefully, I can get my shit together and bring my TBR down 🤞🏼

What have you been reading? Let me know all about your January reads down in the comments! ♡

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

December 2017 Wrap-Up

This is coming a bit late – sorry about that – but better late than never, right? 😛

Books read: 3
Pages read: 512
Favorite read of the month: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson ♡

Here are the books I read…

medea-sandysMedea by Euripides

This is a Greek tragedy that focuses on a woman, Medea, whose husband has left her for another woman. Medea is sort of a witch, and she finds the “perfect” way to get her revenge, which, as you can probably guess, is absolutely horrible.

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This was my first time reading a Greek comedy, and I must say it was pretty great. Some of the jokes will go unnoticed if you’re not familiarized with the Athenian society of the 5th century B.C., but I’d say the majority is rather universal, and you are sure to get a laugh – if only at the ridiculous dialogue.

This is a story in which women take charge, in order to stop the war – the Peloponnesian war. Their plan, which Lysistrata, the main character, came up with, is to refuse to have sex. Aristophane’s humor is expressed through satire and ridicule scenarios for the time. For a Classical Culture student, this is a delicious read.

I’ve heard people say this is a feminist play… I don’t know where they got that idea because this is literally the epitome of misogyny lol

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32768905Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

This was my last read of 2017 and, although it wasn’t the best book ever, I really enjoyed it.

In Her Every Fear, we follow Kate, who moves into her cousin’s apartment in Boston. Next thing you know, there’s been a murder in the apartment next to hers, and we’re thrown into a murder investigation.

There are several points of view, from all the different people involved, which gives you great insight as to what led to the stuff that happened. We have a particularly fucked up character, whom you will hate, but is actually fascinating to read about.

This was my first Peter Swanson read, but certainly won’t be the last – especially considering all the amazing reviews of his other book, The Kind Worth Killing.

You can read my full, spoiler-free review for it here.


Well, that sure was a short wrap-up 😀 Hopefully January will be better, I want to read a lot more this year!

What have you been reading? Let me know all about your last reads down in the comments! ♡

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

My Year in Review: 2017

So I’ve been seeing these posts everywhere, and I wanted to be cool so I’m jumping on the bandwagon 😀 No but seriously, these posts are very nice because a) you get to relive your whole year and b) your readers can have a quick glance at everything that went down throughout the year. Let’s get right into it, shall we?

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I had set my reading goal to 30 books, and I am very happy that I surpassed it. 38 books is pretty good for someone who has only recently started reading, and never went over 30 books in a year. So I’m very happy about that, and I want to keep increasing this number as the years go by ♡

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I am generally a fan of big books, and that’s what I tend to read the most. However, this year I took a few literature classes, for which I was required to read a lot of Greek plays. As you might know, plays are rather short in general, so a lot of my 2017 reads are like under 50 pages. Very unusual for me, but I must say I do enjoy a short read from time to time!

Do you see what I mean when I talk about how underhyped The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash is!? God, how is this even possible that only 200-something people rated it on Goodreads? If I could I would give everyone a copy of this book, honestly.

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Four stars is quite an awesome average, I’m very happy that I read so many books that I loved. 2017 was a very good reading year for me, and I hope 2018 will be just as good – hopefully even better!

EVERY BOOK I READ IN 2017

Click the title to read my review

  1. Virgin by Radhika Sanghani – 4/5 stars
  2. The Iliad by Homer
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars
  4. Estrella Distante by Roberto Bolaño – 2/5 stars
  5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars
  6. The Odyssey by Homer
  7. The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence – 3/5 stars
  8. The Trojan Women by Euripides
  9. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars
  10. Alcestis by Euripides
  11. Always and Forever, Lara Jean – 4/5 stars
  12. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  13. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
  14. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – 4.5/5 stars
  15. The Aeneid by Virgil
  16. Saga: Volume I by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – 4/5 stars
  17. The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash by Candace Ganger – 4.5/5 stars
  18. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – 4/5 stars
  19. Literally by Lucy Keating – 3/5 stars
  20. Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews – 3/5 stars
  21. The One that Got Away by Melissa Pimentel – 3/5 stars
  22. Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti – 4/5 stars
  23. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin – 3/5 stars
  24. The Lost Woman by Sara Blædel – 4/5 stars
  25. The Trust by Ronald H. Balson – 4/5 stars
  26. You by Caroline Kepnes – 5/5 stars
  27. The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn – 4/5 stars
  28. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 stars
  29. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars
  30. Educating Rita by Willy Russell – 4/5 stars
  31. Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell – 5/5 stars
  32. Atonement by Ian McEwan – 4/5 stars
  33. The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus
  34. 1922 by Stephen King – 4/5 stars
  35. Antigone by Sophocles
  36. Medea by Euripides
  37. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  38. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – 4/5 stars

How was 2017 for you? Let me know in the comments!


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