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

TBR | January 2021

New year, new me! I want to start this year off with a great selection of books I’m excited about! As you can probably see, most of the books with the exception of Layla and The Project are books that were published a long time ago. The reason for my choices is that I want to focus on series I always wanted to read but I never got the chance to read. The Project is an arc I got from NetGalley that is going to be published in February. So these are the books I picked for my January TBR:

  1. The Project by Courtney Summers
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  4. O Fantasma de Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
  5. Layla by Colleen Hoover
  6. Life, the Universe and Everything (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #3) by Douglas Adams
  7. Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
  8. Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu
  9. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
  10. Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West
  11. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  12. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I hope you liked my selections for this month! If you are curious about what is currently on my tbr categories, click on the tab “TBR” above to find out.

xoxo, Neide

Review | Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

“Sometimes I believe personalities are shaped more by damage than kindness. Kindness doesn’t sink as deep into your skin as the damage does. The damage stains your soul so bad, you can’t scrub it off. It stays there forever, and I feel like people can see all my damage just by looking at me.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: stray dogs, spontaneous tattoos, shrimp, the ocean, car ferries, bread, hurricanes, memory cards, sunsets, prepaid phones, backpacks, volleyball, poems, luxurious summer houses, dead bodies, tight hugs, heart bones and a lot of secrets.

Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.

With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.

Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface.

She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. Which means they’re drawn to each other. With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.

This was really close to becoming one of my favorite books from Colleen, but it felt a bit short for me. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of things happen in this book and I loved it nonetheless, but I still felt like there could be more development when it comes to the romance itself – or maybe that’s just me? And yes, I know her books have very strong themes but this one is a very romance-oriented book. I didn’t mind because I love romance books… and this is a really good one! 

So what can I say about this story? It’s beautiful, sad, full of tragedy and it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Not only that, but it’s paired with a good dose of romance, mystery and secrets – in true Colleen’s fashion. It’s the kind of story that will make you forget everything else around you when you’re reading it.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Colleen Hoover book without the drama… and oh boy, there is drama for days! I was just waiting for the big bomb to be dropped – because I knew there would be one even though I had no idea what was going to happen – and when it finally did, I was not disappointed with the outcome! I was so shocked that I devoured the rest of the book in a heartbeat.

This story is gripping and beautiful, I just wished it was a bit longer with more development because it felt a bit rushed sometimes. You’ll probably shed a tear or two, so grab your tissues beforehand… you have been warned!


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

Review | La Douleur Exquise by Kavya Janani U.

Our eyes would meet
for a split second,
And I would know
Why it feels so good
To be in love with you,
ven if it’s unrequited. 4.25/5 stars!

“I choose to love you in silence…
For in silence I find no rejection

I choose to hold you in my dreams…
For in my dreams, you have no end.” – Rumi

We fall.

We fall for someone who doesn’t catch feelings for us. We fall when we’re not supposed to fall in love. We fall in a way we’d never be able to express it, no matter what.

Sometimes, to love someone unconditionally without expecting to be loved in return, is the most exquisite feeling in the world. It is painful, but it gives you a dose of euphoria and heals you by the end of the day. It is that kind of love, where you take the pain as a base for your personal growth.

If at all there is a love that could give you happiness alongside heart-wrenching pain, it is unrequited love.
If at all there is a love that could keep the desire for life burning in you, it is unexpressed love.
If at all there is a love that could provide you with never-ending hope, it is unattainable love.

La Douleur Exquise is a collection of poetry that celebrates unexpressed, unrequited, and unattainable love through the eyes of a woman. Just sit back and delve into the world of love where conditions don’t apply.

They never did. They never should.

If there’s something unconditional, it is love, after all…

I’m not an expert in poetry, but I personally connect more to poetry when I can relate to it… and that’s exactly what happened with this collection. While I was reading this book, I kept thinking about my past and my own experiences with unrequited love. Yes, I’m no stranger when it comes to one-sided love, and this book reminded me of my teenage self buried feelings. I could feel the pain and sadness coming from the author, that reminded me of my own when I was younger. And isn’t that beautiful? The way a single book just digs up your memories like that?

The poems are divided in three sections: hoping, hurting and healing. My personal favorite poems were “Eyelids”, “Where Do They Go?”, “The Boy Who Wants To Leave” and “Selenophilia”. But the Exquisite Shots were definitely my favorite part of the book! The only thing I want to point out is that I think the shots should be integrated with the full length poems, just because it would create a better flow.

The writing style was enjoyable and simple to follow. There were two particular poems here that I found interesting because they were written with bullet points. I understand why they were used and the purpose of them being there, but it felt like they were a bit misplaced in the middle of the collection.

Overall I think the collection was interesting and beautiful. I connected to a lot of poems and for me that’s what good poetry is all about. When a book awakens something in you, it’s worth your time!

A big thank you to the author Kavya Janani U. the free copy in exchange for an honest review.


Review | The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins

“Snow lands on top. 3.75/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: iridescent snakes, untailored clothes, white long stem roses, mentors, zoo cages, rainbow dresses, essays, guitars, songs, mockingjays, water bottles, compact mirrors and freedom.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

When it comes to complete series, I’m always skeptical when an author decides to introduce a new book. And that’s exactly what I felt when I knew this book was coming. On the one hand, I was excited to relive the Hunger Games experience again because it’s one of my favorite stories, but on the other hand I knew there was a great possibility that this addition would be a flop. And to be completely honest, I still don’t know entirely what to feel about this book.

In case you don’t know, this book is about president Snow when he was younger. I wasn’t very excited when I found out it was about him, but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought it would. I liked him when the book started. He was very ambitious and you could tell he was very smart, but what really stood out the most for me were his social skills. The guy could walk into a room and make every single person like him. But I quickly understood he was actually a two-faced b*tch, and this is one of the elements I have mixed feelings about. I respect the way he worked hard to get what he wanted but at the same time, he was such a phony to people he didn’t care about. I just don’t know what to feel about him! I was also really surprised to see how much he influenced the Hunger Games. It was very unexpected to see him suggesting the use of sponsors and gifts to help the tributes and encourage more people to watch the Games.

Lucy Gray was the kind of a character I wasn’t expecting to get in a book like this. She was interesting and colorful and full of life! I spent most of the time thinking about if she was related to Katniss in some way since she’s also from District 12, and what would be her destiny when the book ended – because we all know how Snow turned out in the end. With this said, I don’t have mixed feelings about her, but I do have mixed feelings about the ending. I mean… how am I supposed to feel after that ending?

One thing I found interesting was how we got to see how the Hunger Games were made before. This was the first time where they had a mentors/gifts system going on and the technology was not as advanced. I also thought it was crazy how they kept the tributes in zoo cages and they called veterinarians if someone needed assistance. That’s crazy! I was expecting the book to follow the Hunger Games entirely, but since the book is about Snow, I guess it made sense there would be more to it other than the Games.It was really cool to go back to this story because it’s one of my favorites, and I loved the references to the original trilogy – like the hanging tree song, for example. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it as well. It gives you a good glimpse of what Snow was like when he was younger so if you’re interested in that, you should check the book out… but keep in mind he’s not a likeable character!


Review | Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

“We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: woods, lottery tickets, white plastic bags, voices, sleeping bags, weird looking clouds, oreos, dead bodies, black line, sewed eyes, dyslexia, abandoned fridges, deers, treehouses, hospital beds and imaginary friends.

Christopher is seven years old.
Christopher is the new kid in town.
Christopher has an imaginary friend.

We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six long days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

I can’t believe I finally finished this book. I started reading it in August and here I am finishing it on Christmas Eve – which actually was a cool coincidence considering what happens in the book. I took a lot of time reading this book because I was constantly intimidated by it. It’s not a difficult book to go through, but every time I looked at this huge book with almost 900 pages (portuguese edition) I had no desire to pick it up. Which was unfair to the book, because I actually enjoyed it.

I would describe this book as horror, but not the aggressive kind. Don’t get me wrong, I got chills reading it and I felt uncomfortable most of the time, but it’s not an in-your-face kind of horror. It’s more of a disturbing kind, like Stephen King’s horror books.

The story was good. Like I said, I was creeped out most of the time because of the way the story kept building up. There is almost nothing comforting about this story other than the relationship between Christopher and his mother. You just feel uncomfortable most of the time – but in a good way! What makes this book so great to me is the combination of writing, characters and overall plot. Stephen Chbowsy is a natural when it comes to storytelling and it shows in this book. He writes in a very compelling way, making you want to know more and uncover the truth. And that plot twist? Oh lord, I did not see that coming.

The characters were amazing. I really liked how we have our main characters – Christopher and his mom – but also a huge set of secondary characters with their own personal stories. In the beginning I was a little lost because there are so many extra characters involved in the story, but after a while you get used to it. You get to know each character’s personal problems and how they fit into the story, so you go down an extra layer when it comes to depth. I don’t think I ever read something like this, but I liked it a lot.

The writing was one of my favorite things about this book. This is Stephen Chbosky’s second book after The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published with a 20 year old gap between books and I was curious to see how he would write horror. I could see some similarities in writing between books, but of course, the stories are very different. This story is very well developed and the pacing was really good until it slowed down a bit towards the end. If you feel intimidated by gigant books, don’t worry about this one because it has small chapters. This helped me a lot!

And can I say this book reminded me a lot of Stranger Things? A mom concerned about her kid, a xerif doing his best to uncover what’s going on, a group of nerdy friends hanging out together, a creepy setting in a small town… there were so many elements that reminded me of the tv show!

What a ride! It was an interesting book to say the least.


Review | Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young

“You weren’t made for this world, Fable.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: pyre, coppers, daggers, old scars, fake gems, shadow ships, traders, thieves and maps.

For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

This was such a cool story! I usually like to read pirate books, and this is a great one. One of my favorite things about this book is how well this world is put together. It’s obvious the author put in a lot of work to make this story seem realistic – you know, for a fiction story. The way the characters talked and acted, the terms used, the scenery… Everything contributed to create a rich story. This is the kind of book where you don’t know who to trust. You get into Fable’s shoes and you just hope for the best! I will say there were some points the story felt a bit slow paced, but not to the point that would bother me. Still, there is a lot of adventure, danger and secrets to unfold, so if you like pirate stories you are in for a treat!

Fable was a great and interesting main character. Her surviving skills and heart made her very likeable to me. She was a woman with a goal, and she did everything she could to achieve it. But to be honest I liked all characters, especially the ship crew. It was really cool to see their relationship blossom and to see how they become friends after that rocky start.

If you are interested in this book for the romance aspect, you need to know that it takes a while to get there. It’s not a romantic story from the beginning. It develops after a while, but it still takes some time to get there. But I honestly thought it was worth the wait, and now I’m very curious to know what will happen in the next book.

And I have to talk about this… how beautiful is this cover! This cover is gorgeous and if you never saw the cover for the second book, you should see them side to side, because they create this beautiful image of Fable. I liked this a lot!

Overall I liked the story and I was entertained. I’m excited for the second book to come out next year!


5 Short books to help you finish your 2020 reading goal

Having trouble finishing your reading goal for 2020? Well, let’s be real: the end of the year is near and you don’t have a lot of time to read a full length book. But have no fear, Neide is here! Today I’m bringing you five short books you can easily read until the new year comes. I tried my best to find ACTUAL short stories, so books I picked have between 70 to 141 pages to make your life easier. So without further ado, here are the recommendations!

  1. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evidence of the Affair is a very interesting story with a great twist. And the best part? It’s only 87 pages long! I can’t tell you a lot about this story without spoiling it, but all you have to know is that it’s about two people dealing with the affair between their spouses. The entire story is told in a letter format, so it’s very easy and fast to go through. Keep in mind that these people don’t even know each other! Taylor Jenkins Reid is an amazing author and this is a very interesting story to pick up.

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell

This one is for the classics fans – and the short books fans! Animal Farm is one of those books you will never forget. This George Orwell classic portraits the Russian Revolution in a very interesting, simple and smart way: by writing a satire using farm animals…in only 141 pages! The farm animals decided that they already had enough abuse from their owner, so they started a revolution to free themselves. When they finally kicked the owner out, they formed their very own concept of a society. But as the book goes on, you see how their initial rules change progressively to benefit the leader. Everybody in the farm thinks they’re happy and free, but the leader is manipulating and exploring their feelings and interests. This a political book – not a book I would usually pick up, but I’m really glad I gave it a chance. Absolutely genius!

3. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

This is such a beautiful written, heartbreaking short story (97 pages) that tells us what it is like to suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as what is like to be a family member/friend to someone who is suffering with diseases like this. It’s a small, great story to understand better how people suffer internally and how sometimes they feel ashamed and know exactly what’s happening to their brains. It gives an honest, cruel and truthful vision of the reality of so many people who struggle with the disease. It will hurt, but I promise you it will be worth it!

4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

With only 70 pages, this beautiful book will make you fall in love with Mango Street. This book, poetic in its prose, describes Esperanza, the oldest child in a Hispanic family who moves from apartment to apartment each year with her family. Mango Street is her family’s first house and the neighborhood becomes a part of her existence. Navigating life as one of few Hispanics in her school, Esperanza faces pressure at school, at home, and with her friends. Partially autobiographical and part fiction, Cisneros employs luscious words to reveal how Esperanza desires to become a writer and leave Mango Street. As in her own life, her neighborhood will always be part of her, no matter how far she goes. It’s not exactly a classic since it was published in 2009, but it’s an all time favorite for people of all ages. So if you like to read stories that will be with you for a very long time, this one’s for you. Besides, it’s only 70 pages long!

5. A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

A House at the Bottom of a Lake is a bit different but I liked it a lot. How to even describe it? This is a thriller fantasy book with only 118 pages. Two teenagers decide to go canoeing through a chain of lakes for their first date. But during their date they discover a mysterious house at the bottom of the last lake they visit. This, of course, is really weird. They decide to keep their discovery a secret and they go there every day to explore more about this mysterious house. As you can probably imagine, things get creepy very quickly and trouble awaits for them. Not gonna lie, it’s a weird book. But I thought it was really different and unique, and definitely worth reading.

I hope you liked these recommendations for short books! I also hope this was useful in any way and if you read any of these books let me know what you thought of them 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone!

xoxo, Neide

Review | Vox by Christina Dalcher

“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. That’s what they say, right?” 1.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: lab rats, double standards, privileges, electric “bracelets” and silence.

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

*Some spoilers ahead, proceed with caution!*

Vox disappointed me. When I first read the premise of the book I got really excited to get it and read it. A world where women are controlled to only say 100 words per day? I love dystopian books and this sounded amazing. And it was… in the beginning.

The story starts off nicely. They build the world and tell that women stopped having access to books, passports, information and other small, normal things. But after about a third of the book, the story changes direction abruptly and to me it felt like it was no longer about the main premise. The main idea was lost in things that weren’t even relevant to the story. 

The characters were so flat, plain and unlikeable that I didn’t care for anyone. The first third of the book made me hate Jean’s husband and older son – especially her older son. But I even disliked Jean. I tried to relate to her as a woman and a scientist (I’m not one anymore though), but I just couldn’t find a single relatable thing about her. She kept saying she cared about her kids, but she was selfish enough to get back to that italian (plain) guy just because he was good to her. I will say I liked how her relationship with her daughter was portrayed, but was she really willing to leave her other kids behind just because they were boys? Really? I will say I liked the fact that she had a daughter and sons because it was a good way to show the readers the contrast between gender privileges.

There are so many moments I thought “what the hell is going on”. This story could be realistic, but they seriously worked and developed a drug in weeks? Really? And that ending with her husband…? Oh my God. I had no words for so many reasons. And the way the book ends for Jean? I don’t want to get in too much detail, but this was the nail in the coffin for me. For a book that talks about woman power, the ending was just ridiculous.

I could be here all day to point out all the problems I had with this book, but in a nutshell: the plot is terrible, there is no backstory or explanation, the characters are plain and unlikeable and there are too many unbelievable coincidences and unnecessary stereotypes.

For a book I was so excited to read, I was bored the entire time. I’m honestly surprised I finished this book, but I just kept going because I hoped it would get better. I’m just disappointed because the concept had so much potential but the execution and plot completely ruined the book for me. Better books will come though!