The Best Books I Read in 2021

Hello friends!

Today I’m bringing you the best books I read in 2021! I read 120 books last year and I found new, amazing books I want to share with you today. Just a small disclaimer first: these are not necessarily books that came out last year! This list is focused on my personal reading year and the books that were part of it. I wanted to pick 10 of my favorite reads, but I ended up picking 14 because there were so many books I loved! So let’s get into it:

1. Badass Habits by Jen Sincero
I’m a huge fan of Jen Sincero’s books, but this book surprised me even more. I honestly loved it and I think this is probably my favorite book from her. The format of this book is a little different from the others, because this is more of a practical guide. You are given clear instructions with examples of what you should do to change your habits. It was really good and I’m definitely picking it up this year again to work on some of my habits. Highly recommend it!

2. The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Sophie Anderson books may appeal to you because of the cover, but you will fall in love with her stories. This book blew me away with how good it was. Not only was the story beautiful, and full of magic, but it was very well written with a solid story with a great meaning. I can’t stress this enough: if you like middle grade books, you need this in your life!

3. Warcross by Marie Lu
This includes the second book in the duology, “Wildcard“. I started 2021 the best way by reading the “Warcross” duology! I’m not a huge science fiction fan, but this duology was an amazing surprise. The story (and mystery) was compelling, the theme was interesting and it was written in a really approachable way! Definitely one of the best books I read in 2021!

4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I actually started this book a few years ago, but never finished it. This year I decided to pick it up again and this time I finished it! Needless to say, this story is absolutely beautiful and a must-read in my humble opinion.

5. Verity by Colleen Hoover
This was one of the only Colleen Hoover’s standalones I was missing, and I finally read it in 2021. I LOVED the mystery of this book, and it quickly became one of my all time favorites from this author. If you love Colleen as well and you haven’t read this one yet, you NEED to pick it up!

6. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I was very curious about this book because I heard a lot of amazing things about it. I honestly never read anything like this before, but in a nutshell: it’s an amazing fantasy book with great characters and a wholesome story. I don’t know what I was expecting when I first picked up this book, but it surpassed all of my expectations. Highly recommend this one!

7. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Even though I’m mentioning the second book of the series in this post, this is valid for the entire series. I picked the second book for this post because it was definitely my favorite, but the entire fantasy series is incredible! I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, because it was really good. One of my favorite reads from this year, for sure!

8. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
My first Matt Haig book and it was a bop! I really like when stories have deep meanings and messages behind the main stories, and this was a treat. It’s a book that makes you think about life after death and life regrets. It’s amazing, can’t recommend it enough!

9. Kill Joy by Holly Jackson
I admit I didn’t expect this novella to be as good as it was. I love the popular Holly Jackson’s series, but I never in a million years thought this was just as good as her full-length books. I just wished this was a normal sized book because I wanted more!

10. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
Another Holly Jackson book from the same series, but I thought this one deserved to have its own spot. This was amazing. I think it’s difficult for an author to continue writing a series with the same quality as the first book of the series, but this author surprised me. This was just as good as the first book and I can’t wait to pick the third book of the series now!

11. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
I picked it up randomly and I ended up loving it! Trevor Noah really poured his heart when he wrote his story, and as a reader I really appreciate what he did with this book. Not only do we get a very raw testimony of what it was like to live in South Africa, but I also learned a lot. I loved how strong his mother was and how she did her best to raise him. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan or not, I highly recommend it if you like non-fiction.

12. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Another book I randomly picked at the bookstore. I heard about it before, but I never considered picking it up because it didn’t look like a book I would like. I ended up buying it and really liking this book because I saw myself in the man character. The main character struggled with her weight and felt insecure about other people commenting on her looks – which is something I also struggle with. The writing was really good and made the story even more realistic to me. Great message and great story!

13. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
This book was… something. For a horror book it was perfect: a good dose of disturbing energy, mystery and not a single loose end. I’m aware that this book has mixed reviews, but I personally loved it and I would still recommend it if you are a fan of horror!

14. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Another great surprise to my reading year! I DEVOURED the first four books of this series last year, and the only reason why I didn’t read the fifth book is because it’s not out yet. This is the cutest romance I have ever read in my life, and that’s saying a lot! Highly recommend it if you’re curious about it.

What about you? What were the best books you read last year? Did you read any of these books I included in the list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Review | Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

“It’s a very strange reality when you can’t trust yourself. There’s no foundation for anything. The faith I might have had in normal things like gravity or logic or love is gone because my mind might not be reading them correctly. You can’t possibly know what it means to doubt everything. To walk into a room full of people and pretend that it’s empty because you’re not actually sure if it is or not. To never feel completely alone even when you are.” 3.75/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: school uniforms, diary entries, experimental drugs, hallucinations, homemade sweets, bullying, uniforms, tennis matches, newborns, high school proms, psychiatrists, real friendships and a lot of praying.

Adam is a pretty regular teen, except he’s navigating high school life while living with paranoid schizophrenia. His hallucinations include a cast of characters that range from the good (beautiful Rebecca) to the bad (angry Mob Boss) to the just plain weird (polite naked guy). An experimental drug promises to help him hide his illness from the world. When Adam meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the normal, great guy that she thinks he is. But as the miracle drug begins to fail, how long can he keep this secret from the girl of his dreams?

For a young adult contemporary book with a mental illness theme… I was very impressed! Nowadays it’s difficult to find unique books within this genre, and this was a good example of what a good, different book is.

So if you don’t know, this story follows a teenager named Adam. He has schizophrenia and is trying a new experimental drug to control his symptoms. We get to follow his daily life in high school, the challenges he usually faces with the disease, and also the regular teenager struggles of going through puberty, finding his own path and having his first ever romantic relationship. So there was a lot going on for Adam!

The book is easy to read and the characters are easy to love. Adam is a teenager with a very realistic personality, in my opinion. It didn’t feel like just another boy in young adult contemporary fiction with a fabricated personality. He and his struggles felt very realistic, but he had a great personality. He stood up to bullies and he fought for what he believed… he wasn’t a crowd pleaser, and I loved that about him. Also, I liked his humour.

The writing style was also a positive point for me: the story is told in very personal diary entries. It was easy to follow the story and it gave a good glimpse of the way Adam thinks.

Another thing I really liked was the focus of the book: schizophrenia. I think this was the first ever fictional book I have read on the subject and I loved. I have a family member that suffers from the same disease, and this book helped me realise some things that I never completely understood. I can’t imagine what it is like to question if what is around us is real or or just a product of an hallucination. I learned a lot, and I’m happy I took so much from a single book.

The only question I have surrounding this book was the accuracy of the representation. Is this a realistic representation of schizophrenia? According to the author, she wrote this book based on reports of schizophrenic patients. So supposedly this should be realistic, but since this is written from an external source, we don’t know for sure.

Either way, I really liked this book and it was incredibly informative and interesting. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on this author!


Review | How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

“And, just as it only takes a moment to die, it only takes a moment to live. You just close your eyes and let every futile fear slip away. And then, in this new state, free from fear, you ask yourself: who am I? If I could live without doubt what would I do? If I could be kind without the fear of being fucked over? If I could love without fear of being hurt? If I could taste the sweetness of today without thinking of how I will miss that taste tomorrow? If I could not fear the passing of time and the people it will steal? Yes. What would I do? Who would I care for? What battle would I fight? Which paths would I step down? What joys would I allow myself? What internal mysteries would I solve? How, in short, would I live?” 3.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: lost daughters, true love, books, dogs, secret societies, French, “witches”, plagues, history and time. 

“She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going… I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.”

Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages–and for the ages–about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

Matt Haig really knows how to write books that make you reflect. It wasn’t a perfect book for me, but I really liked the message behind it.

So let’s start with the plot! To be honest, I can’t tell you what the plot is about, because I honestly don’t know because it feels like this book doesn’t have a plot. The story is about Tom – who is several centuries old for some unknown reason -, and his memories. Throughout the book he constantly remembers his past moments and his first love romance, while dealing with his present. There is a lot of back and forth in Tom’s timeline, so it can be confusing for some readers.

The characters were okay but not the most engaging. Tom was an okay main character, but I didn’t connect to him too strongly because he was always whining about being old. The romance with Camille felt a bit forced. They didn’t develop a proper friendship, so everything felt rushed when he started feeling deeply connected to her. It was too unrealistic, so I had a hard time believing the romance. One character I did love was Rose! She was a very solid character with a good background and development, but I wish we got to know her better.

One thing I really liked is how Fitzgerald and Shakespeare appeared in the book! I really liked how they made an appearance, and I liked how they were portrayed.

What I really liked about this story was the reflections about time. There is a strong message here on how we should live and appreciate the present moment and accept that time doesn’t wait for us. I think the story could be developed a bit better, but it did its job of delivering the message and making the reader reflect.

I liked this, but if I were to recommend a book from this author to anyone, I would still recommend “The Midnight Library”, because it’s an amazing book!

My Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2022

Hello guys!

It’s time to take a look at 2022 book releases! I admit there weren’t a lot of book releases I was excited about, so I did some digging on some of the authors I adore. I gathered the titles and I’m ready to share with you the books I found! Let’s get into it 🙂

1. Game Changer (The Field Party #6) by Abbi Glines
I’ve read all the books in “The Field Party” series, so I’m very excited to get to the sixth book in 2022! I hope it’s a good addition to the series.

2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
We’re getting another Colleen Hoover book! I have no idea what it’s about, but I’m reading it.

3. Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire
This is a series I’ve been reading for the past few years, and I fell in love with it. If you never read it, I seriously encourage you to pick it up (if you like fantasy). The books are fairly short and the stories are amazing. Can’t wait for this one!

4. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
I read “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley and I liked it. I still have “The Hunting Party” on my TBR, but I’ll try to read both books in 2022. The premise seemed interesting!

5. Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
I have a love/hate relationship with Peter Swanson, but I’m willing to give him another try with this book. It looked interesting so I added it to my TBR. I hope it’s good!

6. Places We’ve Never Seen by Kasie West
Of course Kasie West is here. I’m obsessed with her books from the very first book I read from her. I’m REALLY reading this one as soon as it comes out. I’m very excited for this one!

7. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
I love Riley Sager’s books, and I know this one won’t be an exception! I tried not to look too much into it because I want to start reading this book with a blank slate. I have high expectations!

8. This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi
A new series from Tahereh Mafi?! Sign me up, I’m reading this one!

9. Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Abert
Melissa Albert is an amazing author and I’m excited to read her new book. I’m definitely curious about the story, so I hope it’s a good one.

10. Good Girl Complex: An Avalon Bay Novel by Elle Kennedy
I LOVE Elle Kennedy! So when I found out she was writing a new book not so focused on romance, I was intrigued. We’ll see if I prefer her romances or not… either way, I’m really curious to see what this is all about.

11. The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberly
I have never read anything from this author, but I have seen this book everywhere. I saw it so many times being promoted by Booktubers and Bookstagrammers that I decided to add it to my TBR. I hope it’s interesting, the cover looked a lot like Emily Henry’s covers so I’m guessing the style is similar? We’ll see!

12. Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
I fell in love with “His and Hers” by the same author, so I really want to see what this book is all about. The writing is really good and the mystery was out of the box. I’m sure this will be amazing as well!

13. The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
What made me add this book to my TBR list was the author! I read a book from this author before and I really liked it, so I’m excited to pick this one up.

14. Night Shift by Alex Finlay
I found this book randomly on Goodreads, and I was curious to see what it was all about. The synopsis and the cover convinced me to add it to my TBR. Sounds intriguing and mysterious!

15. Sundial by Catriona Ward
I fell in love with the book “The Last House on Needless Street“, and I decided I would pick the author’s next book… so here it is! Can’t wait to read this one, I hope it is just as good as the first book!

16. The Island by Adrian McKinty
I read “The Chain” from the same author a while back and I thought the story was very interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author is going to do for this book.

What about you, do you have any books you’re excited to read? Let me know so I can search them up!

Stay healthy and sexy my dear friends.

Revisiting My 2021 Reading Goals (a.k.a. Come Laugh With Me)

Hello friends!

Today I’m bringing you a fun post! I thought we could revisit my 2021 to see if my reading year went well – and of course, to laugh at all my attempts at achieving my yearly reading goals.

Every year I set a goal for how many books I want to read and a few extra goals to keep me motivated and interested in reading! In front of each goal I added an icon: ✔️ if I achieved it or ❌ if I failed. So here are the reading goals I set for 2021:

  1. Read 60 books: ACHIEVED ✔️
    We’re starting on a good note! I did achieve this goal by reading 120 books in 2021 – so I read double the books I wanted. I’m happy I still got to read a lot, even having my full-time job and now the monthly book boxes!
  2. Read all Colleen Hoover’s books: FAILED
    This was a flop. To be fair, I read some of Colleen’s books in 2021, but I still missed a lot of them. She has so many! Maybe I’ll get to read some of her books in 2022, but I’m not making this a goal anymore. Here are the books/series I still haven’t read from Colleen Hoover:
    • Hopeless series
    • Slammed series
    • All Your Perfects
    • Maybe series
    • November 9
    • Reminders of Him (coming up this year)
  3. Read all Kasie West’s books: ACHIEVED ✔️
    This was a fairly easy goal to achieve because I was only missing two of Kasie West’s books: Split Second (Pivot Point #2) and Sunkissed (published in 2021). She is one of my favorite authors of all time, so I wanted to know all of her stories. I’m happy to accomplish this one.
  4. Read the fantasy series I always wanted to read: ACHIEVED ✔️
    I should’ve been more specific when I added this goal to the list by defining a number, but I’m going to consider this goal achieved. I added this goal to my 2022 yearly goals, but this time I put a number to it: I want to read 3 fantasy series in 2022. Like I said, I’m considering this goal achieved because I got into two of the fantasy series I always wanted to read: Warcross and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I also loved them both!
  1. Change NetGalley score to 100%: FAILED
    Ladies and gentleman, this is where I failed MISERABLY. I read ZERO books on NetGalley. My NetGalley score is still in the mud and I don’t think it will get better anytime soon. I deeply regret the amount of books I downloaded on NetGalley when I first started reviewing, but I really didn’t know how things worked at that time. Maybe I’ll try to work on my score this year, but I’m not making this a priority.

And there you have it friends. It wasn’t that bad… was it? I still achieved 3 of 5 goals, so I think I did okay. What about you? Have you revisited your goals? Let me know how your year went! I wish you a great reading year with amazing books 🙂

Have a great day!

Wrap-Up | What I Read in December 2021

Well helloooo there hot stuff!

I hope you’re having an amazing start of the year! Today I’m bringing you all the books I read in December. So… this didn’t go as planned *nervous laughter*. And the problem wasn’t the number of books I read, but how I didn’t read what I planned to (again).

I started two of the books, but I wasn’t feeling them, so I ended up switching my planned reads for other books. But one thing at the time, here are the books I planned on reading in December.

  1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  2. All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) by Adalyn Grace
  3. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  4. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Before the Coffee Gets Cold #1) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  5. L’Anomalie by Hervé Le Tellier
  6. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐

So from all the books I planned on reading this month, I read 1 of 6, which was terrible! I’m truly embarrassed with myself, because it seems like I can’t get keep up with my goals. I’m going to make an effort and I’ll do my best for the following months. Now here’s what I actually read.

  1. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  2. Heartstopper: Volume 2 (Heartstopper #2) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  3. Heartstopper: Volume 3 (Heartstopper #3) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  4. Heartstopper: Volume 4 (Heartstopper #4) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  5. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero: 4.5/5⭐
  6. Badass Habits by Jen Sincero: 4.5/5⭐
  7. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig: 3.25/5⭐
  8. Little Lies by H. Hunting: 3.5/5⭐
  9. The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson: 4.75/5⭐

As you can see, I still read a good amount of unplanned books! I’m so happy I finally started the Heartstopper series, because I completely fell in love with it! I hope I’ll get my hands on the last volume As you can see, I still read a good amount of unplanned books! I’m so happy I finally started the Heartstopper series, because I completely fell in love with it! I hope I’ll get my hands on the last volume when it comes out 🙂 I also read and reread two Jen Sincero books, a Matt Haig’s book and two lighter books (Little Lies and The House With Chicken Legs). As you can see, my lowest ratings were 3.25 and 3.5, and all the other books were higher – including four 5 star reads – so overall it was a very positive month!

I’m a bit sad I didn’t get to read my planned books, but I’m definitely working on creating more balanced monthly TBR lists. I have a good feeling for January, because I’m going to make an effort to achieve my goals!

Let me know how your reading month was 🙂 Thank you for reading, I’ll see you guys later!

My 6 Reading Goals for 2022 (Happy New Year!)

Hello friends!

First of all, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year, full of good moments and good reads! I appreciate you very much, and I hope 2022 is kind to you and your family and friends.

Today I want to share with you today all my reading goals for 2022! I will be posting a “Revisiting my reading Goals for 2021” soon, so stay tuned for that.

So after some thought, I put together all the book related goals I would like to achieve in 2022. Here they are:

  1. Read 60 books
    This is not necessarily a new goal on my yearly list, but it’s the goal I usually take more seriously. Reading 60 books per year (5 per month) is my bare minimum! I’ll be happy if I end up reading more, but I’m also happy if I only read at least 60 books in 2022.
  2. Reduce book collection to 200 (or less) books
    I have A LOT of books. As I’m writing this post, I currently have 262 books on my shelves. I have the bad habit of spending too much money on books, and I want to change that about me. I want to be a more conscious consumer when it comes to books. I want to focus on the books I already have and start reducing my collection, so I won’t be buying as many books as I usually do. It will be a challenge though!
  3. Read 30 books from my physical TBR
    Like I said in the previous point, I want to focus on my physical TBR, so I will be reading more of the books I already have. I think 30 books is a good number to start off with!
  4. Read 3 fantasy series I have always wanted to read
    There are so many series out there I want to read, but I sometimes struggle with fantasy series because they’re (usually) so long. My TBR list is FILLED with all the ones I never got to read, so in 2022 I want to go through some of them, no matter the size. For example, some of the fantasy series I want to read are: Dune, The Lord of the Rings, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Red Queen, City of Bones, Shadow and Bone, Ready Player One, Throne of Glass, and many more!
  1. Read all the books sent/lent to me
    I have a few books that were sent to me by authors and publishers, so I want to read those in 2022. Not only that, but I have also accumulated a lot of books that were lent to me by friends. I want to read them all and return them afterwards so I’ll have more space on my shelves and time to read my own books.
  2. Read 3 big books (>500 pages)
    If you read my “My Fear of Big Books” post, you know I’m intimidated by big books. I want to work on this fear of mine because I don’t want to miss out on all the amazing stories out there! So one of my goals is to read 3 big books in 2022.

I’m feeling confident! I think all the reading goals set for 2022 are both challenging and achievable! Tell me about you! Do you have any reading goals for 2022? Let me know!

See you in my next post 🙂

TBR | January 2022 (feat. the New TBR Wheel!)

Hello everyone!

We’re almost in 2022, so today I’m bringing you my TBR list for January! I’m not going to lie, A LOT happened in December, so my reading slowed down a bit. I planned on reading six books in December, but I only read 1 of the planned (plus a few more unplanned). With that said, I want to start fresh! I’m a big fan of TBR games and I follow some of them on Youtube, so I decided to make my own game.

So today I’m not only bringing my TBR, but I’m also introducing my new TBR wheel! I’ll be picking my books based on the prompts from this wheel – I’ll probably add/change some of the prompts with time, but I came up with a few already! So here you have the (very cool) TBR wheel:

Yes, all the prompts are pretty basic, but I wanted to add prompts that made sense to me and my reading habits. I think there’s a good balance between easy and challenging prompts, so I won’t be unmotivated – also, if you have any suggestions for prompts, let me know in the comments! In case you’re wondering, I’m using the “Spin the Wheel” application for Android.

I’m going to pick 5 books based on the prompts, so I’m going to spin the wheel now! Here are the results from the 5 spins:

ROUND #1: Young Adult Book – A book within the genre “Young Adult”;
ROUND #2: Friend Pick – A book picked/recommended by a friend;
ROUND #3: Reread – A book I already read and want to reread;
ROUND #4: Intimidating – A book I’m intimidated by (because of its size, genre, etc.);
ROUND #5: Continue Series – A book from a series I haven’t finished yet.

Overall, I’m happy with this month’s prompts! I admit I’m a little scared about the intimidating book I will have to pick, but since all the other prompts are good, I’m happy to have one challenging prompt this month. Here are the books I came up for all the prompts:

  1. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (“Young Adult Book” prompt)
    I was very happy when this prompt came out because I have a lot of YA books to read! I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan, but I still have some of her books to read. So for this prompt, I picked the book “Lock and Key” for January. I just know I’m going to love it!
  2. Mooncakes by Suzzane Walker and Wendy Xu (“Friend Pick” prompt)
    For the “Friend Pick” prompt, I have the graphic novel “Mooncakes“! This book was recommended to me by a friend on Instagram, so I’m picking it up in January. I’m curious about it because some readers liked it, but a lot of people didn’t… we’ll see how it goes!
  3. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful Disaster #1) by Jamie McGuire (“Reread” prompt)
    This prompt is the perfect opportunity to reread one of my favorite romances of all time (and also one of the first good romances I read). “Beautiful Disaster” is one of those books that really influenced my reading in a positive way, so I’m very happy to revisit this story. Also, this is a great opportunity to finally read the second book that came out afterwards! I never picked it up because I wanted to reread the original book.
  4. Night Over Water by Ken Follett (“Intimidating” prompt)
    For the “Intimidating” prompt, I came up with the book “Night Over Water” by Ken Follett! A friend lent me this book, but since it’s not exactly the kind of book I usually pick up, I’m a bit apprehensive. I’ll do my best to read this and I’ll let you know my experience!
  5. Liar Liar (Helen Grace #4) by M.J. Arlidge (“Continue Series” prompt)
    Another perfect prompt for my TBR list for January. I have a (small) commitment issue when it comes to long series – I know, I know… it’s something I’m working on! -, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to continue the “Helen Grace” series by M.J. Arlidge! I’ll be reading the 4th book in January 🙂

And there you have it: my TBR list for January. Let me know if you read any of these or if you have any TBR Games you play! Also, if you have more ideas for prompts, let me know 🙂

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

The Books I Got For Christmas

Hello friends!

I hope you are all doing well and I hope you had fun during the Holidays! Today I wanted to share the books I got for Christmas from family and friends. I was very lucky to get these five amazing books!

Aren’t they beautiful?! The first four books are actually translated to Portuguese and the last one, “The Love Hypothesis”, is in English. I read a lot in both languages, but I usually prefer to read in Portuguese when it comes to more complex books such as “Dune“. Either way, I’m very happy with all the books I got! Here are the books in more detail:

  1. Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Helbert
    I can’t believe I forgot to mention this book in my previous post 7 Books I Would Love to Find Under the Christmas Tree! It was probably the book I wanted the most, and I was really excited when my boyfriend gifted it to me. I want to read it ASAP!
  2. Dune Messiah (Dune #2) by Frank Helbert
    Not only was I lucky enough to get “Dune“, but my boyfriend also bought me the second book, “Dune Messiah” – I know, he’s a keeper. I wasn’t expecting to get this one as well, but I was SO happy when I saw it! Now I have the first two books in the series 🙂
  3. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
    This one was a gift from my series! In the past weeks we have been talking about getting this book! We both read “If Cats Disappeared From the World” (here’s the review) by a japanese author, and we loved it, so now we’re trying other similar books and this one caught our attention. She bought me a copy and I’m sure I’ll be reading it soon!
  4. Night Spinner (Night Spinner #1) by Addie Thorley
    A book that has been on my TBR list for a few months now! This one was also a gift from my sister. This is a young adult fantasy duology inspired by the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and I’m very excited to read it because it sounds amazing and different!
  5. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
    My dear friend Vera gifted me this amazing book! I know it’s a very popular book on Tik Tok, Instagram and Youtube, so I’m excited to read it and see what the hype is all about. I have high expectations for this one!

I’m very happy and grateful for everything I got, but I’m especially grateful for all the amazing people around me. I’m incredibly lucky and I know it 🙂

What about you guys? What did you get this Christmas? Also, have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts!


Review | The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides #1) by Valerie Bowman

“The lady had a rapier for a tongue. She jabbed with nouns, riposted with verbs.” 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: word battles, sharp tongues, schemes, promises, marriage proposals, funny banter, war trauma, letters, injuries, balconies and dances.

Is there any greater surprise than falling deeply, madly in love?

In This Battle of Wits

Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the duke…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

Kisses Are the Best Weapon

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And the spoils of this war just may be true love…

I don’t know why but I have never picked up an actual historical romance – which is weird because I love romance books! I wanted to change that and I found out the three first books of this series were translated and published in Portuguese… so I bought them. Needless to say I was very excited to dive into this new genre, but unfortunately I was left a bit underwhelmed with the start of this series. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this book is terrible – I certainly have read way worse -, but I genuinely think it had the potential to be an amazing romance.

If you’re a fan of the “enemies-to-lovers” trope like I am, the premise of this book may seem captivating and exciting, but the romance was a bit two superficial for my own taste. There was something about the main characters that didn’t work well for me. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is, but I think it’s related to them being superficial and immature – Lucy lacked depth and maturity and Derek was irrational and shallow. And not only the characters and romance were superficial, but the story was too. The entire thing is mostly empty dialogs, a lot of flirting and the MC keeping Derek away from her best friend… and that’s about it. I understand that Derek’s war story was meant to give depth to the plot, but the execution was not the best so it ended out working the opposite way. As a whole, the combination of dialog choices, scenarios and situations the characters were put in felt unrealistic and it made it difficult for me to take them “seriously”.

On a positive side, I loved how this book is full of lovely female friendships. We love women supporting women! That I don’t mind having more of, and I’m hoping we’ll have more of it in the next books!

I’m continuing the series because I’m still hoping I will find a gemstone in this series – and also because I already bought some of the next books *nervous laughter*So would I recommend this book? Since I don’t have a lot of experience with historical romances, I can’t recommend you other books. But I will say that you can probably find a better historical romance with a stronger plot – I’ve heard great things about Tessa Dare’s books, and that’s where I’m heading next when it comes to historical romance!