The Worst Books I Read in 2020

If you saw my last post The Best Books I Read in 2020, you know I had an amazing reading year last year. But even the best reading years have terrible books, and that’s exactly what I’m bringing you today. Fortunately it wasn’t that bad of a year because I only have 8 books to share with you. But before going into the list, a quick disclaimer: please don’t take it personally if I mention a book you loved! We all have different opinions and tastes when it comes to reading and I’m not trying to offend anyone 🙂 Okay, now let’s go into the list! Here are the worst 8 books I read in 2020:

  1. Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna
    I don’t even want to talk about this book because I don’t want to promote it, but it’s definitely one of the worst books I read last year. There are two main reasons why I didn’t like this book: first because it’s terrible, and secondly because of Gabbie’s intentions when she decided to publish this. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s difficult to REALLY mess up a poetry book. I’m not saying writing poetry is easy by any means, but even if you wrote a bad poetry book, there will always be someone who would find it inspiring or relatable. This poem collection is neither inspiring nor relatable. It just felt lazy and rushed. It was clear to me this was just a cash grab, because when you read the book you know there was little effort put into it and the work is unfinished. If you want to read this go ahead, but my advice for you is to not spend your money on it. It’s not worth it. Just borrow it from someone or get it from the library if you can.
  2. Vox by Christina Dalcher
    Vox was disappointing. I really wanted to love this because when I read the sinopsis I thought it was the perfect book for me! A world where women can only say one hundred words a day? Sign me up for that! But unfortunately the execution was not good. The main plot of the book started to fade away, and another weird plot was going on instead of what was promised in the sinopsis. I was disappointed to say the least. You can find my thoughts on Vox here.
  3. Enemies by Tijan
    Enemies was not boring, but I felt like nothing made sense in this story. The dialogs were so weird and the relationship between the two main characters was very confusing. I thought about DNFing this three times while reading it, but I wanted to give it a fair shot. I still didn’t like it and I decided I wouldn’t be writing a review just because I didn’t even want to talk about it. I read Tijan before and I liked it, so I guess I just wasn’t lucky this time.
  4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
    I didn’t necessarily hate this book, but I was disappointed with the story. I don’t have a lot to say except I didn’t love the story and it felt like nothing was happening – which is funny because the entire book happens in a single day. I just wish the book was more memorable. Not terrible, but not good as well. Here is the full review if you are interested!
  5. Blood Orange by Harlet Tyce
    Okay, I admit: I bought it for the cover. Yes I’m an idiot, but what else is new? To me this book is similar to The Girl on the Train which I also don’t love, but at least I think it’s better. They both have a main character who is struggling in some way and they are both determined to solve a mystery. The problem is that I have a hard time connecting to characters like the woman from Blood Orange, because I feel like she was struggling in a few areas in her life but she never made a real effort to turn her life around! She kept finding excuses for her behaviours and she kept doing worse by the minute. I just can’t feel sympathy for characters like that. And not only that, but the mystery was weak and boring. I don’t know, I was expecting more from this book. But to be completely fair, I know I’m the unpopular opinion here because everyone seems to like this book, so don’t reject it based on my opinion. Here is my full review if you want to check it out.
  6. The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
    I don’t have a lot to say about this book, except it was boring and unmemorable. I didn’t care for the characters or the plot. I have tried to read Christina Lauren before, but I never loved a single book from them. Maybe it’s time to give up? Full review here.
  7. They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman
    Again, I blame the cover. The cover is stunning, so of course I had to pick it up. I thought I would like it because it’s about a bunch of preppy kids and a mysterious murder… but no. I was constantly annoyed by the characters and their attitudes, and how they treated the others around them. The story felt hollow and it wasn’t even interesting. You can find my full review here.
  8. Odessa by Jonathan Hill
    I received this book as an arc and I didn’t love it. The truth is that it’s not a bad story, it’s just really boring. This is the first book in a series, but I knew halfway through I had no desire to keep reading it. I also think the color scheme used for the entire book (black/white/pink) didn’t help, because it made the story even more monotone. It had good artwork though! You can find my review on Odessa here.

Like I said, please take my opinion with a grain of salt. Everyone likes what they like and we all have different opinions! So tell me, have you ever read any of these books? Let me know in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you in my next review 🙂

xoxo, Neide

The Best Books I Read in 2020

Last year was one of the best years I have ever had when it comes to reading. Not only did I read 125 books (23 more than 2019!), but I also encountered a lot of amazing, beautiful stories that I will take with me for a very long time. 

I was going through my 2020 Goodreads reading list to pick my favorites, and let me tell you… I struggled. My initial plan was to pick my top 10 favorites, but there were so many great options there that I didn’t know what to do. I took my time selecting the best of the best, but then it got to a point where I couldn’t take any more books from the list… so I decided to make a list with my 12 favorite books instead!

In this list you will find a few books that came out in 2021, but there are a lot of books here that came out before. So without further ado, here is the crème de la crème of my 2020 reads!

  1. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
    I will never forget Elizabeth is Missing – no pun intended! This book is about an elder woman who suffers from dementia, and the entire story is told from her perspective. As you can probably tell by the description I just gave you, it’s a very sad book. But it’s also one of the most memorable books I read last year. It gave me a glimpse of what it is like to have a disease like that in a very realistic way. The book is beautifully written and very well made, I can’t recommend it enough! You can find my full review here.
  2. Scythe (series) by Neal Shusterman
    I put the cover of Scythe above, but what I’m about to say is valid for the entire series, because I didn’t read just the first book last year. This series is absolutely amazing! If you like dystopian books like I do, you need to check out this series because it surprised me. This story takes place in a time when humans achieved immortality, so now there are assigned scythes to kill people in order to control the population. So the story follows two apprentices and their scythe master who is teaching them how to do their jobs. What is so amazing about this story to me is the world building and plot. The story is complex, incredibly well made and entertaining… it’s worth your time, I promise. You can find my full review of the first book here.
  3. The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air series) by Holly Black
    Just like Scythe, I’m referring to the entire Folk of the Air series, not only the first book. I’m a big fan of dark, slow burn romances so it’s natural this would be right up my alley. Another fantastic thing about this book is the fantasy world! You have magical rules, a magical atmosphere and really complex, deep characters. It’s a terrific fae series that everyone should try. You can find my full review on the first book here.
  4. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    I was physically shaking when I finished this book. Yes, I agree, it sounds like an extreme reaction to have while reading a book, but this mystery thriller was absolutely insane. I won’t tell you a lot about this book because you’ll have a better experience if you go into it without knowing too much. Just trust me on this one. Just read it… you’ll thank me later. If you want to check out my full review (after reading it!), you can find it here. I still can’t believe how strongly that bomb hit me…
  5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
    I confess I had zero expectations when I first picked up this book. I didn’t expect it to be bad, but I thought it would be just a normal YA book with a typical story. Well, I was wrong and I’m not afraid of admitting it! This book is amazing. There are so many great elements present, like the fearless and intelligent main character, a good murder mystery and the interesting plot that grabs you and won’t let go. It’s truly an amazing book that took me by surprise. If you like murder mysteries, this is a great one to pick up! You can find my full review on this book here.
  6. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
    It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of retellings. I picked this up thinking it would be just another Cinderella retelling, but it was so much more! Stepsister became one of my favorite retellings of all time. The story is amazing and I fell in love with Isabell and how strong she was. This is a coming of age story that tells us we are not defined by what people think of us – a very powerful message, in my opinion. It was a very inspiring book to read, and I can’t recommend it enough. You can find my full review here.
  7. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
    It took me four months to finish this book. I know that does not sound like a compliment to the book, but that’s my fault. I could have read it faster, but I admit I felt intimidated because the portuguese version – my version – has almost 900 pages! I know for sure I would have finished this book sooner if I wasn’t an idiot, because the story is incredible! I wouldn’t describe it as an in-your-face kind of horror though, it’s more of a creepy, slow, disturbing story. It’s very haunting and the author does a great job creating an eerie atmosphere. The characters are amazing, the story is really good and I was creeped out the entire time! Yes, it took me a long time to finish it, but I can honestly say it was worth it! You can find my full review here if you want any more details!
  8. Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen
    Oh boy… this book. I’m guilty of choosing books by their covers sometimes and I know I put myself in these situations, so why am I surprised when the books don’t turn out as I imagine them to? Don’t be fooled by the cover, this is not a cutesy YA book. I don’t want to go into too much detail about this book, but it definitely brought out a lot of feelings from me. I can’t believe I felt so angry and protective over a single character! It’s really a great, heartbreaking book that is not what you expect! You can find my full review here.
  9. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
    Kate Elizabeth Russell messed up with my head with this book. I think I never felt so conflicted and grossed out by a book like I felt with this one. This is one of those books you will never forget – and probably will remember several times after reading it. It’s a book with a huge blurred line. In case you don’t know, this book portraits the romantic relationship between a high school student and her Literature teacher. You will be asking yourself constantly if what is going on is wrong or not, and you will keep rethinking your feelings. Some of my most asked questions while I read this book were: Is the teacher doing it on purpose? Does he know that he is doing it? Are his feelings true? It was such a conflicting book for me, but that’s why it was so great. This book will make you question things on a different level. I still have a hard time remembering the story is fictional, because I know this could easily be about a real person. I’m not going to lie, it’s a difficult book to go through, but I promise you it’s worth it. If you’re interested to know more about it, you can find my full review here.
  10. Leo (Preston Brothers series) by Jay McLean
    I’ve read a lot of romance books before, but only a few were as good as Leo. I was in the mood for a smutty romance, and since I read all the Preston Brothers books except for this one, I knew it was time to pick it up. And let me tell you, this book is incredible. You would think by the cover that it would be a hollow, smutty romance but it actually has a very complex, dense story behind it. The plot draws you in and before you know it, you finish the book. What’s even more surprising is how this book is different from the others from the series. The first two books don’t have the depth this one has. Nonetheless, I still highly recommend the entire series if you never picked it up… but this book is the best, for sure! You can find my full review on Leo here.
  11. Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
    I read a few of Colleen’s books in 2020, but this one was my favorite. This book in particular reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen’s books because it’s set in the summertime and it’s more focused on romance. Of course you still have the mystery and twists that are part of her writing style, so if you like her books for that reason, I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a great mix of romance, good plot and mystery… I highly recommend it! Here is my full review if you’re interested.
  12. Fable by Adrienne Young
    Fable was stunning. There are a lot of pirate books out there, but this one is exceptional. The atmosphere, the writing, the way the characters talk and act, the storyline… It’s just beautiful and immersive. You can tell the author took her time with this book because it is very well made. If realistic pirate books existed, this would be their king. I’m also very excited for the sequel that is coming in a few months! Until then, you can find my full review of this book here.

See, what did I tell you? Aren’t these amazing? It was a great reading year for me because I got to know amazing stories and I truly had a lot of fun with my books! I’m excited for the future and I hope I’ll find new, beautiful stories to share with you in 2021.

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 – remember, sharing is caring! 🙂

xoxo, Neide

Most Anticipated 2021 Book Releases

Hello guys! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the 2021 book releases. Lately I’ve been doing a little bit of research about all the cool books that are going to be released next year, and oh boy… I have some good books to share with you today. I’ve also done some research on my favorite authors to see if they were working on something for the next year just to see what I was missing out on and I found even more books. So after all that digging, I gathered all the titles I’m most excited about and I created a list to share with you guys. Ok, let’s get into it!

  1. The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin
    I don’t know a lot about this book because I stumbled on it yesterday when I was looking for new releases. What caught my attention was the synopsis. I’ve been really into retellings lately and this is a Cinderella retelling! From what I know, the story is about Cinderella and her happily ever after… except there is nothing perfect about it. The prince is terrible to her. I thought it would be interesting to read it because I read Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly this year – which is also a Cinderella retelling but it is about one of her stepsisters – and it became one of my favorite books of all time! Maybe I’ll like this as well. I never heard about the author Olga Grushin, but I’m excited about it. Maybe I’ll find a new favorite in this, who knows?
  2. Untitled book by Colleen Hoover
    I’m not going to lie, I don’t know what this book is about. It doesn’t have a title. It doesn’t even have a cover. But it’s from Colleen and I’m reading it!
  3. Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire
    I’ve been keeping up with this series for some time now and I’m always happy when a new book comes out. Seanan McGuire’s writing is very unique and – in my opinion – perfect for fantasy. If you never read this series, I highly recommend it! The books are short and easy to go through, so what do you have to lose?  I’m not super invested in the story, but I still think it’s fun!
  4. The Project by Courtney Summers
    Courtney Summer also wrote Sadie, an amazing mystery thriller book. I can confidently say it is one of the best audiobooks I have ever read. I’m not going to read The Project in the audiobook version, but I still feel like this book is going to be a good one. I got this book as an arc from NetGalley and I want to read it before it’s published in February. I don’t want to go into it knowing too much, so the only thing I know is that it is also a YA mystery thriller.
  5. The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor
    This year I read The Chalk Man and I wanted to read The Other People (I didn’t have time though). I like C.J. Tudor’s style when it comes to mystery thrillers, so I’m excited to read this one. And hopefully I’ll read The Other People too!
  6. Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young
    Namesake is coming this year and I can’t wait! In case you don’t know this book, this is the second book from the duology series Fable. I read Fable a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it! I would describe it as a good, atmospheric pirate story. The story ended in a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see how it follows. Needless to say I have high expectations for this sequel. I just hope I won’t be let down!
  7. Sunkissed by Kasie West
    Another Kasie West book! Are you really surprised this is on my most anticipated books list? I devoured every book I read from this author and I know this won’t be an exception. I love young adult romance books and she writes the cutest, fluffiest stories! This particular story is about a girl named Avery. Her parents dragged her and her sister to a family camp for summer, and she’s not happy about it. So the story follows her journey throughout the summer there and her personal growth. It looks interesting to me, but we’ll see how it goes… I have high hopes though!
  8. Blade of Secrets #1 by Tricia Levenseller
    This one is a first book of a brand new fantasy series. I really like Tricia Levenseller’s books because she always writes about strong themes. This new series follows a girl named Ziva who works as a blacksmith and unfortunately takes the wrong job from the wrong person. Seriously… how cool and different is that! This is why I like her books so much. I definitely want to read this when it comes out.
  9. Realm Breaker #1 by Victoria Aveyard
    Victoria Aveyard is releasing a new fantasy series named Realm Breaker. This is one of the books I picked out because of the author, because she is the one who wrote the Red Queen series. I’m expecting good things about this one, but we will have to wait and see!
  10. Curse of the Specter Queen #1 by Jenny Elder Moke
    I’m obsessed with Jenny Elder Moke’s books so I was happy when I saw she is releasing Curse of the Specter Queen. This is the first book in a new historical fantasy series. I’m not a huge fan of historical books but this looks cool! According to Goodreads, this book is full of action, cyphers and relics. Sounds good to me!
  11. The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson
    This is probably the book I’m most excited about. I didn’t even know this book existed until last night! As far as I knew, Truly Devious was a mystery trilogy so I wasn’t expecting a fourth book. I loved this series when I first read it and I was super invested in the plot and Stevie (the main character). From what I researched, this is going to be about a different mystery outside the Ellingham Academy. Thanks to her fame, Stevie was invited to investigate the “Box in the Woods” murders in Bounty Lake by the owner. To me this sounds really good! I just hope this will be just as good as the trilogy.
  12. The Betrayed (The Betrothed #2) by Kiera Cass
    I’m both excited and scared for this book. The reason for this is because I read the first book (The Betrothed) and I was a bit disappointed with the outcome. It’s not a bad book, but after reading The Selection I raised my expectations when it comes to Kiera Cass. I didn’t love the first book as I thought I would, but I’m hoping I’ll love the sequel when it comes next year. Fingers crossed!
  13. Game Changer (The Field Party #6) by Abbi Glines
    And last but not least, the sixth book in the Field Party series by Abbi Glines: Game Changer. I confess I’m two books behind on this series, but I really want to reread it from the start next year. This is a romance companion book series, so every book follows a different couple within the main group of friends. This series follows a group of friends who play in the football team of Lawton High School and their love interests. It’s an easy series to go through and it’s perfect for the summertime!

I know I’ll find new books as the year progresses, but right now I’m very excited for these 13 books. I hope you are just as excited for these new releases as I am, and I hope you found a few interesting books from this list!

I also want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy 2021. May it be full of joy and great books! Thank you all for supporting and encouraging my blog, I really appreciate it 🙂

xoxo, Neide

My reading goals for 2021

Every year I set a goal for how many books I want to read the next year… and that’s about it. This year I’m feeling inspired to change things a little bit so I decided to add a few more reading goals to keep things interesting! So here are the reading goals I’m setting for 2021:

  1. Read 60 books
    Every year I define a goal for myself for the number of books I want to read the following year. The last few years made me realise that picking a goal of 60 books (5 books per month) is a very reasonable goal for me. I work 40 hours a week on my full-time job, so to me this number is doable. I usually change the number after achieving the goal, but 60 books will be my bare minimum!
  2. Read all Colleen Hoover’s books
    I loved every single Colleen Hoover book I put my hands on. There are still a lot of them I didn’t pick up, so one of my goals for 2021 is to get them all and read them. The ones that I still didn’t read are: the Hopeless series, the Slammed series, Layla, Verity, November 9, Ugly Love, the Maybe series, Too Late and All Your Perfects… and of course, whatever she publishes in 2021! Yes, there are a lot of books included in this goal, but I’m not that worried about it because I always go through her books quickly.
  3. Read all Kasie West’s books
    Kasie West is one of the main reasons why I read so much. Her books always filled me with joy and brightness, so this year I decided I would finish all of her books. I think this goal will be simple because right now I’m only missing two books: Split Second (Pivot Point #2) and Sunkissed. My plan is to reread the first book from the Pivot Point series – just because I want to have the story fresh in my mind – and then read Split Second. Sunkissed is going to be published in May 2021 and I’m planning to get my hands on that book as soon as possible. It’s a simple goal, but an exciting one!
  4. Read the fantasy series I always wanted to read
    There are so many series I want to go through, but who has the time? My to-be-read list is filled with fantasy series I never got to read, so in 2021 I want to go through some of them. Just to name a few:
    • A Court of Thorns and Roses
    • Divergent
    • City of Bones
    • Shatter Me
    • The Raven Boys
    • Warcross
    • Ready Player One
    • Shiver
    • Throne of Glass
    • And so many more!

I’m not even going to mention them all here because there are so many, but I really want to start (and finish!) some of these series.

  1. Change NetGalley score to 100%
    This is probably the most difficult goal I have on this list. Let’s just say I was young and dumb when I started requesting books on NetGalley. I will write a post about this in the near future, but long story short: my current NetGalley score is not as good as I wanted. I currently have 14 books with pending reviews so one of my goals for this year is to turn this number around and write the long due reviews. I’m not sure if I’m going to accomplish this, but I’m still hopeful!

And that’s it guys, these are my 2021 reading goals! Let me know what are your reading goals for the next year and why you chose them. I wish you a great reading year with amazing books 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo, Neide

Books I want to finish before 2021

I always get inspired by new beginnings and fresh starts, so naturally one of my favorite times of the year is New Year’s Eve. Before you ask: yes, I’m the kind of person who likes to make plans for the year and define goals – and actually stick to them throughout the year. But for that to happen, I always try to take care of my unfinished business before going into the new year so I can start it with a clean slate. 

I have the habit of reading more than one book at a time because I like to pick up what I’m feeling at the moment. If I’m in the mood for a romance, I can pick up the romance novel I’m currently reading. If I’m craving mystery, I can easily pick up my current mystery book. This is how I do my reading and it always worked well for me. But as a consequence of this constant rotation, I’m currently reading 5 books at the same time. My hope is to finish them before 2021 so I can create a fresh TBR list and focus only on what I want to read next. 

There is just a teeny tiny problem. I’m going through a reading slump right now so I don’t know if I will finish all the books before the beginning of the year. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge and I still have hope I can do this!

Without further ado, here are the 5 books I need to finish before 2021:

  1. Vox by Christina Dalcher (219 pages left)
    I’m about a third of the book right now and I’m not very impressed. I wanted to read it because I thought the concept was really cool but I don’t like where the story is going. We will have to wait and see, but I’m not super motivated to finish this.
  1. Fable (#1) by Adrienne Young (278 pages left)
    I’m liking Fable and I think I can finish this book easily. I haven’t gone too far yet, but I will say it’s probably the most interesting book from this selection!
  2. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (54 pages left)
    I’m confident I will finish this today. I’m really enjoying this and I’m even more motivated to finish it because I know I’m almost done with it!
  3. The Whisper Man by Alex North (344 pages left)
    I only read about 10% of this book but I’m really enjoying it. This is the book I made the least progress, but I’m not too worried about it because I’m liking it so far.
  4. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (547 pages left)
    Last but not least… this book. Oh boy, this book. This is the one that I’m the most worried about! I’ve been reading this book for months now and I’m not even halfway through it. It’s not that I’m disliking the story, but the book is SO big that it feels like it will never end – it’s almost 900 pages! I feel demotivated just by looking at it. The story itself is really good and I’m enjoying it a lot, so I want to make an effort and finish it before 2021. Wish me luck!

It’s not a big list, but since I’m on a reading slump I know this will be a challenge. Like I said, I’m still hopeful I’ll finish all of these but I will be more impressed with myself if I finally finish Imaginary Friend. Wish me luck!

xoxo, Neide

My fear of big books

Hi. My name is Neide, I’m twenty five years old and I’m afraid of big books. Big books can be scary and intimidating to pick up if you are used to reading small to medium size books. Maybe you are like me and you are interested in reading some big books because you think they look cool or interesting, but when you look at them you think “well… maybe another day”. That’s how I feel, but at least I know I’m not alone in this because it’s actually a very common feeling amongst readers.

So what is my definition of a big book? Each person has their own idea of what is too much, but for me personally a big book has at least five hundred pages. So why don’t I pick books like this more often? Well, in a nutshell: they look intimidating and I get bored easily. I know some people like big books because they like the experience of spending a lot of time in a specific world, but I feel exactly the opposite. I have a hard time leaving books unfinished if I’m not enjoying them – I’m trying to fight that too, but that’s a topic for another day -, so when I get tired of reading the same book it’s difficult for me to keep myself motivated to continue reading and finish the book.

And yes, I’ve accumulated a bunch of big books that I’m actually interested in reading, but they just sit on my shelves and I never touch them. Below are some examples of big books I really want to read but never picked up – just keep in mind that I have the portuguese editions of each book so that’s why the covers and titles are different, but I’m still going to refer below the original titles.

  1. The Host (A Nómada) – Stephanie Meyer (836 pages)
  2. The Starless Sea (Um Mar Sem Estrelas)  – Erin Morgenstern (528 pages)
  3. The Good Daughter (A Boa Filha) – Karin Slaughter (701 pages)
  4. Imaginary Friend (Amigo Imaginário) – Stephen Chbosky (864 pages)
  5. Pet Sematary (Samitério de Animais) – Stephen King (464 pages)
  6. El Bosque Sabe Tu Nombre (As Filhas da Floresta) – Alaitz Leceaga (624 pages)

You have to admit these books look really good! Stephen King’s Pet Sematary doesn’t reach the five hundred pages mark, but I still decided to include it in this bunch just because it’s not far from being a big book. But the title of champion of big books goes to Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend, which has eight hundred and sixty four pages! If this is not intimidating, I don’t know what is.

So… this needs to stop. At the beginning of this year I decided to face this fear of mine and finally pick up some big books. I really want to read these until the end of the year and I will do my best to keep my word, even though I know it is going to be tough. The good news is that I usually end up happy for giving a chance to books like this because I know afterwards they were worth the effort. I’m going to practice what I preach, so I decided my goal for August is to read the champion of book pages, Imaginary Friend. I know I will probably struggle, but I will do my best to finish it – yikes, wish me luck!

If you have these first world problems like me, please know you are not alone! I hope this encourages you in any way to get out of your comfort zone. Be brave, grab that book that is waiting for you and you will (probably) not regret it.

Stay healthy and wash your hands!

xoxo, Neide

Best books I’ve read in 2019

I had such an amazing reading year last year! I’ve reached my goal of reading 100 books by reading 102 books – which is crazy compared to what I used to read! So with all the reading I did last year, I’ve found a lot of great books that I would like to recommend and share with you! In no particular order, here are the top 10 best books I’ve read in 2019.

1. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

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This book is incredible and I’m surprised no one talks about it! You may think this is about a cutesy fairytale: a prince fights a dragon and rescues the sleeping damsel. But surprise surprise, there is nothing enchanted about this story. After being rescued, the damsel begins to realize that things are not what they seem. Why was she saved if she was not in danger? Why doesn’t she have a say on whatever is happening? And why does the prince think she is his property? Damsel is a feminist, dark retelling of your typical fairytale.

Why is this book so good? Because of how refreshing it was! It was super original and creative. There is something so great about taking a simple story and giving it a new different meaning. Definitely one of my favorite books I read last year!

2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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I know, I know… There is nothing new about this series. But I finally picked it up and I fell in love! In case you live under a rock don’t know, The Hunger Games is a very well known young adult dystopian series. The main character Katniss Everdeen volunteers to participate in the annual Hunger Games to protect her sister from participating. But why? In these games invented by the Capitol to keep districts in line, two teenagers from each district are put in an arena to fight to death. Whoever is the one last standing wins the games, gets wealthy and becomes a tutor for the next tributes. So Katniss is sent to the arena and she tries to keep herself alive, using her survival skills!

Why is this book so good? There is a reason why so many people love this book. One word: concept! The book is so original and full of detail, it is impossible not to love this book. I’m also a fan of survival stories, and this is a great one! It is such a good dystopian trilogy, probably one of my favorites!

3. Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie was definitely my favorite audiobook of 2019! This mystery book is about a girl named Sadie, whose sister was found dead. She disappears and no one knows where she is or if anything happened to her. Enters radio host, West McCray. He finds out about Sadie’s story at a gas station and he decides to start his own podcast to find out what happened to her. Through some investigation he soon discovers Sadie raised her sister and didn’t have an easy life like most kids. What he doesn’t know is that Sadie herself was on a quest to find her sister’s killer.

Why is this book so good? The audiobook gives life to this book! I know a paperback/ebook version of this book would not have the same impact as the audio version. The story is told in two different timelines through podcast episodes and Sadie’s POV in alternate chapters. The story is great, the atmosphere is eerie and mysterious, the audio matches the story perfectly… I can’t recommend this enough!

4. Circe by Madelline Miller

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If mythology is your jam, you should pick up Circe! Here we follow the witch Circe, daughter of the nymph Perses and the god Helios. It was obvious that since she was an infant, Circe was not a child like the others. She was rejected by everyone for being weird, not as beautiful as her mother and for possessing the ability to transform other creatures. She is quickly seen as a threat and she is banished by her father to live alone on an deserted island. On that island she discovers how powerful she really is by practicing witchcraft on a daily basis, and she finally starts to accept herself.

Why is this book so good? Because I learned so much about mythology in just one book! The story doesn’t mention only Circe, there are so many crosses with other famous figures. The good thing is that you don’t need to be an expert on mythology to understand the story, the author keeps it simple and contextualizes everything you need to know. If you think mythology is interesting, give this one a go and I promise you won’t regret it!

5. Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson

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If I had to pick a favorite book from this list, this was probably my first choice! I read the first two books in this trilogy last year – Truly Devious (#1) and The Staircase (#2) – and I fell in love with them! In this story we follow Stevie, a girl that was accepted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy for her detective skills. Stevie has a personal mission to discover what happened to the school founder’s daughter and wife who were kidnaped. The only clue known for this cold case is a riddle left behind, signed by the one and only, Truly Devious. But something unexpected happens: Truly Devious is back and students are getting killed! Stevie is now determined to find out who the murderer is.

Why is this book so good? I love that there are two different investigations, one regarding the founder’s wife and daughter, and another one for the students that are living on campus in the present day. Besides, everything seems so eerie and creepy and that adds to the mysterious setting – especially those riddles! In my opinion it is a very interesting book that you won’t want to put down! The last book in this series, The Hand on the Wall (#3), is going to be released in January and I can’t wait to finally pick it up!

6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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If you are a fan of retellings or the classic Alice in Wonderland, this is the perfect book for you! Heartless is a retelling of the story of the Queen of Hearts, from Alice in Wonderland. According to Marissa Meyer’s story, Catherine – who later became the Queen of Hearts – was not always cold and mean like everyone thinks. She was a sweet girl that loved to bake, until she met the king’s new court jester. Then her life changed forever.

Why is this book so good? The story is so complex and creative, it will inspire you! The atmosphere and the descriptions made me travel to the land of Hearts – I swear I can smell the lemon tarts! This beautiful story will break your heart, make you laugh and make you cry. It’s dark and heartbreaking, but completely worth it.

7. Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover is such a talented writer, I swear no one writes dramatic romance like her! In my opinion, it is best if you don’t know much about the story when you first dive in, so I’ll give you the gist of what you should know: the story follows a girl named Auburn that meets and later falls in love with Owen, an artist, at a point where she is trying to rebuild her life and heal her broken heart. Pretty simple plot, right? Wrong. There are so many twists, secrets and other things going on, that you won’t put this book down until you finish it.

Why is this book so good? If I had to narrow it down I would definitely pinpoint the originality, the crazy plot twist halfway through the book and the confessions. The most unique aspect of this book for me is how Owen used confessions from people in his town for art inspiration. The cool thing about this is that these were in reality actual confessions that Colleen’s readers sent her for her book. There was something so personal about reading real confessions from real people that gave me chills. Not only that, but Colleen’s writing is so good, you will be hooked from the start!

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Looking for a good coming of age story? Say no more. I now present you The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky! Well, I know this is not a new book and I’m about 20 years late reading it, but I finally did it! It was first published in 1999 but since then it was considered a must read for people of every age. In this book, Charlie – you guessed it, the wallflower – sends letters to a friend sharing very personal thoughts and feelings about his life and his friends since he started high school.

Why is this book so good? It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. It’s impossible to read this book and not feel the youth and all the troubles and dilemmas that come with growing up. Also, unless you already know the story, you don’t see the ending coming. Of course the author hints here and there about what may have happened, but when you finally know for sure, you feel like you were hit by a truck.

9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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This is by far one of my favorite murder mysteries of all time. In this story, ten strangers were invited to stay on a private island for the weekend by an unknown host. As time goes by, they start to die mysteriously one by one after knowing their accusations! The atmosphere is tense and the strangers now suspect one another. Who is the killer and why is he or she doing this?

Why is this book so good? Because it is such a smart, well-written book! While I was reading it, I kept trying to figure out who was the killer and never in a million years I know find out what was really going on. It’s an AMAZING murder mystery! I would recommend this to everyone, Agatha Christie’s novels are timeless.

10. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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If you are into rock and roll and you find bands from the eighties interesting, this is the book for you! This fiction book follows the band Daisy Jones and the Six. It’s written with two timelines, one where you follow the band’s daily life and what they did in the eighties, and another one in the present where they are giving interviews about the old times and the reason behind the group’s split.

Why is this book so good? Because it is so realistic you almost forget the band never existed! I also recommend you get the audiobook version of this. The book is narrated by a full cast in an interview format, so it seems like you are hearing real interviews from real band members. It is an unforgettable book.

Have you read one of these books? What were the best books you read last year? Let me know what you think! 🙂

xoxo, Neide

Good morning y’all!

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to publish my first post on my brand new blog! Maybe I should introduce myself first because – well, duh – you don’t know me yet. My name is Neide, I’m 25 years old and I’m a book junkie! I’m very passionate about reading because – let’s be honest – books are magical.

I read a lot of contemporary novels (mostly YA and NA), dystopian novels, romance novels, fantasy novels, thrillers, horror novels and self-help books.

So why did I create a blog in the first place? Because I wanted a platform to talk about all the things I can and can’t talk about on Goodreads. Not only will I be writting about book reviews, but I also want to write about TBR lists, favorite books, recommendations… all the good stuff!

I also have a Goodreads account, where you can see all the books I’ve read with reviews, all the ratings I gave and what I am currently reading! Feel free to follow me there 🙂

I hope you like my blog! It’s full of love and happiness… and of course, five star reads!

xoxo, Neide