Review | Heartstopper: Volume 4 (Heartstopper #4) by Alice Oseman

“I love Nick. I love Nick so, so much. But what I’ve realised through all of this is that we need other people too. Siblings. Parents. Friends. More friends. A therapist. Even teachers, sometimes. That doesn’t mean our relationship isn’t strong. If anything… I think we’re stronger now.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: eating disorders, beach days, coming out, the three words, depression, self-harm, an emotional rollercoaster and a lot of love.

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fourth volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films.

Definitely the most emotional and serious book of the series.

Even though I feel like the series has changed a lot – in terms of the story and character development, and evident changes in focus -, I still think this installment was amazing. I’m still very invested in the characters and their story! There’s definitely many cutesy moments as one can expect from this series, but the focus of the story is on the serious topics.

Alice Oseman does an amazing job portraying the topics described in the book in a very healthy manner, which includes eating disorders, self-harm and depression (be aware of these trigger warnings!). 

And now there’s only one book left. I’m getting sad to know it will be over soon! I’m excited to see what will happen next and how the series will be wrapped up!

Review | Heartstopper: Volume 3 (Heartstopper #3) by Alice Oseman

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“There’s this idea that if you’re not straight, you HAVE to tell all your family and friends immediately, like you owe it to them. But you don’t. You don’t have to do anything until you’re ready.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: Paris, sightseeing, hotel rooms, bullying, eating disorders, dizziness and parties.

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In this volume we’ll see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private…

Meanwhile Tao and Elle will face their feelings for each other, Tara and Darcy share more about their relationship origin story, and the teachers supervising the trip seem… rather close…?

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How is it possible that this series keeps stealing my heart? Charlie and Nick are the cutest couple I have ever read about, and the third book of the series was not an exception!

In this volume, Charlie and Nick go with their class to Paris! I personally really liked this setting for their romance to blossom… What could be better than the actual city of love? I also really liked how we got to see more from their friends and classmates.

I was a bit worried about Charlie and the way he eats… is it possible he has an eating disorder? I wonder what will happen in the next volume!

Absolute perfection. I’m in love with this series! 😍

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Review | Heartstopper: Volume 2 (Heartstopper #2) by Alice Oseman

”Nick … don’t feel like you need to come out to anyone until you feel ready.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cute dogs, cool PE teachers, labels, confusion and a lot of kissing.

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself.

I was not disappointed with the second book from the Heartstopper series! It was even cuter than the first book, and I didn’t think it was possible.
I would say this book is more focused on Nick trying to sort out his feelings and trying to understand and define his sexual orientation. It’s still a book focused on their romance, but it’s definitely focused on identity. 
I love both Charlie and Nick, and their relationship is blossoming at a beautiful pace! I’m also a big fan of all of the members from their friend group – they’re all very inclusive, kind and fun.
I can honestly say this is probably one of my favorite graphic novel series of all time. It deserves all the hype. I’m very excited to read the rest of the series!

Review | Heartstopper: Volume 1 (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman

“You can’t tell whether people are gay by what they look like. And gay or straight aren’t the only two options.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: rugby practices, text messages, new friends, siblings, video games and drum lessons. 

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

I can’t believe it took me so long to get my hands on this graphic novel. I admit I was skeptical because this was a very popular and hyped book on social media. But I’m glad to say it lived up to the hype! 

The romance is incredibly sweet and the main characters had great chemistry. Nick and Charlie are perfect for each other and I hope they’ll be together forever in their perfect little fictional world *sigh*.  Also, the artwork is beautiful and it matches perfectly with the character’s emotions and dialogs.

My only complaint is that it felt short – well, it wasn’t, but I was so into the story that I was sad I devoured it so fast. Fortunately there are more volumes to read! 

I’m definitely continuing to read this series. I’m ready for all the cuteness! Highly recommend it.

Recommendations | Romances for Valentine’s Day by Genre

Hello lovebirds!

I hope you are doing great! As you know, Valentine’s day is right around the corner, so I thought I would make a post on book recommendations.

As I said plenty of times before, I read a LOT of romance books – so yes, I do consider myself an expert thank you very much… I’m kidding! I’m a very romantic person by nature and I love to read love stories. Romance is one of those genres that you can find in so many other genres. So I thought I would do a different kind of post: instead of only recommending romance books, I’m bringing you romances according to different genres!

And sorry if I didn’t mention your favorite genre! I tried to keep it relatively short, so in this list you’ll only find 12 books from different genres. Here we go!

  1. Contemporary recommendation: The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
    Let’s start with a very easy genre: contemporary! This book was a pleasant surprise to me, and I think you’ll like it too. This story is about a woman and a man who start to share a flat (and a bed), but they never see each other. The guy is a doctor so he works during the night and the girl works during the day, so they never cross paths… until they do. You can guess what happens next! It’s a very fun book with great humor, and I definitely recommend it for contemporary book fans.
  2. Historical recommendation: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
    Tessa Dare is the queen of historical romance (in my humble opinion)! This is one of her most popular series, and it’s jet packed with romance. Definitely worth trying if you like the genre!
  3. Fantasy recommendation: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
    For a fantasy book, I immediately thought of To Kill a Kingdom. This book is a standalone (which is rare to find nowadays within the fantasy genre) and the fantasy theme is pirates and sirens. This is definitely on the darker side, but the romance in it is definitely worth it!
  4. Thriller recommendation: The One by John Marrs
    I admit it was not an easy task to find a thriller with a romance in it… but once I remembered this book existed, I thought it would be the perfect addition to the list! The One is not your usual book, I can guarantee you that! It’s one of the most unique books I have ever read, and I think you’ll think so too. This thriller/science fiction book has a special focus on love, but it’s definitely not a romantic book. Intrigued? Give it a try!
  5. LGBTQ+ recommendation: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston
    I read this a while ago, but I really liked it! Who doesn’t love books with royalty and romance? It’s very well written and fun! If you like the enemies-to-lovers trope, you need to read this one!
  6. Adult recommendation: Float Plan by Trish Doller
    Let me clarify that “adult” in this particular context does not mean steamy – just a book with adult characters and adult topics. This particular book is extremely underrated in my opinion! I genuinely don’t understand how this book is not more popular. This story is not only a romance, but also a story about grief and overcoming depression. Highly recommend this one, it’s very worth it!

7. Young Adult recommendation: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
This one is an oldie but goldie! I think this book was popular a few years ago, and if you haven’t read, I encourage you to do so! It’s a very emotional book, but absolutely beautiful. The writing is great, the story is addictive… you can’t go wrong with this one!

8. New Adult recommendation: Leo (Preston Brothers #3) by Jay McLean

If you follow me for a while, you know I recommended Lucas (the first book from this series) before. There are three books in the series (Lucas, Logan and Leo) and each book follows a different brother and the respective love interest. I’m recommending this one in particular because it’s my absolute favorite! Not only does the book have a great romance, but I love the family dynamics as well! The book is swoony, steamy and just beautifully written. If I had to pick a favorite I would pick the book Leo, but I genuinely love the entire series just as much.

9. Graphic Novel recommendation: Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman
This was a fairly recent addition to my “read” pile, and I have to say I absolutely fell in love with it! Before I picked it up, I thought this was probably too hyped up on social media and I thought I wouldn’t love it as much as other people were praising it, but let me tell you something: if you take ANY recommendations from this list, I would say to read this one because it’s very worth it. This is probably the cutest romance I have ever read! I love the story, characters and romance. Highly recommend it!

10. Mystery recommendation: Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson

This has become one of my favorite series of all time! I have given a 5 star rating to all the books in the series because I absolutely love all of them. The romance present in this book (the second book of the series) is between the main characters, the young adult detectives! The focus of this book is not romance, but crime. Still, I think they’re adorable! If the romance doesn’t sell it to you, read it for the mystery because it’s chef’s kiss!

11. Mythology recommendation: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

For the mythology recommendation, I immediately thought of The Song of Achilles! I personally didn’t know a lot of Achilles before I read this book, so I learned a lot about Achilles and his romance in this book. The story is focused on Patroclus and Achilles, so if you’re interested in mythology this is a must read!

12. Paranormal recommendation: Layla by Colleen Hoover

I’ve said this a million times before and I’ll say it again: NOBODY writes romance like Colleen Hoover…. And this book is no exception! This story is very unique and the author added an amazing paranormal element to it. Also, needless to say that it is packed with a lot of surprises and twists (c’mon, it’s Colleen Hoover after all)! It’s not a typical romance, but it’s a very interesting story.

And that’s it for today folks! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you got a few new book recommendations from this list. Like I said, romance is my most read genre so if you have any romance recommendations, please share them in the comments! If you read any of the books I mentioned, let me know your thoughts as well. 🙂

Stay healthy and have a happy Valentine’s day!

Wrap-Up | What I Read in January 2022

Hello friends!

How was your month of January? I hope the beginning of the year has been good to you. You know what time it is? It’s time for the January Wrap up! This month I read 4 books, two from my TBR list and two more spontaneously.

Let’s start from the beginning! Here are the books I planned on reading in January:

  1. Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
  2. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
  3. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful Disaster #1) by Jamie McGuire
  4. Night Over Water by Ken Follett
  5. Liar Liar (Helen Grace #4) by M.J. Arlidge

So from all the books I planned on reading this month, I read 2 of 5, which was okay! So here’s what I actually read in the month of January, planned and unplanned:

  1. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu: 2/5⭐
  2. All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) by Adalyn Grace: 3/5⭐
  3. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful Disaster #1) by Jamie McGuire: 4.5/5⭐
  4. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson: 4/5⭐

I haven’t read a lot lately. The reason why is a mix between feeling tired, having a lot of work (my actual full time job) and watching more Netflix. I hope I’ll get out of this reading slump soon… wish me luck!

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

TBR | February 2022

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you my TBR list for February! To be completely honest with you guys, I haven’t read a lot lately. I only read 4 books in January (which is way lower than my usual months and I’ll be talking about it on my Wrap Up post coming soon), so I hope in February I’ll pick up more books!

This month I’ll be spinning my TBR Wheel again, and I’m going to pick 5 books to read in the month of February. Here’s the wheel:

All the prompts are pretty basic, but they make sense to me and my reading habits. In case you’re wondering, I’m using the “Spin the Wheel” application for Android. Also, if you have any suggestions for prompts, let me know in the comments!

I’m going to spin the wheel now! Here are the results from the 5 spins:

ROUND #1: YA Book A book within the YA genre;
ROUND #2: Thriller – A book within the thriller genre;
ROUND #3: Standalone – A single book / a book that is not part of a series;
ROUND #4: Fantasy – A book within the fantasy genre;
ROUND #5: Old on TBR – A book that has been on my TBR for a long time.

Overall, I’m happy with this month’s prompts! The “Standalone“, “Fantasy” and “Old on TBR” are definitely going to be good ones. So here are the books I came up for all the prompts:

  1. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (“Thriller” prompt)
    This was an easy prompt because I have a lot of thrillers to read! I only read one book from Lucy Foley before, so I kind of know what to expect. Hope this is good!
  2. House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig (“Old on TBR” prompt)
    This has been on my shelf for a while, and I hope I’ll get to it this month. I’m really enjoying sea/pirate/fantasy books, so I hope this hits the spot for me!
  3. Sapphique (Incarceron #2) by Catherine Fisher (“YA Book” prompt)
    I NEED to finish this duology! I was actually enjoying this, but I never picked it up again… hopefully I’ll finish it in February.
  4. Disclaimer by Renée Knight (“Standalone” prompt)
    I don’t know a lot about this book, but I heard it’s really good! It was borrowed by a friend, and I hope it’s just as good as everyone says.
  5. Heir of Blood and Secrets by Linda Xia (“Fantasy” prompt)
    This book was offered to me by the author – so thank you so much Linda Xia! I’m very grateful and I’m excited to read it… so let’s see what it’s all about!

And there you have it: my TBR list for February. 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!

Review | Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill

“The person who moves with definiteness recognizes the difference between temporary defeat and failure. When plans fail he substitutes others but he does not change his purpose. He perseveres.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: defined goals, alienation, procrastination, powerful tools, success, habits, caution, limitations, the media, associations and a very interesting interview.

Napoleon Hill wrote this book in 1938, just after publication of his all-time bestseller, Think and Grow Rich. This powerful tale has never been published, considered too controversial by his family and friends.
Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Napoleon Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching personal goals: fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy, as tools of the Devil. These hidden methods of control can lead us to ruin, and Hill reveals the seven principles of good that will allow us to triumph over them and succeed.

Annotated and edited for a contemporary audience by Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Three Feet from Gold co-author Sharon Lechter, this book is profound, powerful, resonant, and rich with insight.

It’s funny how books appear exactly when we need them the most… and of course, that was exactly what happened with this book.
From what I’ve researched, Outwitting the Devil was originally written in 1938, but it was only published a few years ago because of how controversial the book is. Still, even though it was written so long ago, everything mentioned can be applied in the present days. It’s a timeless book.
First off, it’s important to point out that this is not a religious book whatsoever. The title can suggest this is a book about religion, but it’s not. If that would stop you from reading the book, please reconsider. I think it’s extremely important to keep an open mind while reading it because of its approach. The book is told in an interview format… but the interviewee is the devil. I know, I understand some people may find this weird, but the truth is that it doesn’t matter if the interview was real or not. The metaphor here is what is truly important.
There were a lot of important things mentioned in this book, but there were some things that stood out the most to me. The first one is the importance of having defined goals to look forward to. This hit me like a ton of bricks. It seems (and is) simple, but it’s something I never thought about too much. I always had goals, but I never thought about how defined those goals needed to be to not be influenced by external forces. Another thing that was memorable to me is how most of the times we don’t think for ourselves. Other people’s opinions, our own experiences and even our environment can dictate how we live our lives and we forget to live by our own thoughts. And the last thing that I want to mention is the correlation between negative and positive energy. I do believe the good and bad are balanced in our world, but I never thought about the correlation with the positive and negative charges of atoms. My chemistry background wished he put emphasis on how the 98% percentage is about the volume of the atom, and not the mass… but I digress!
The book talks about relevant topics, such as fear, habits, addiction, thoughts, harmony and time. I would recommend this book to anyone, not only if you need help in some area of your life. It is a great book that shares a fresh perspective on some important issues. It’s a fairly quick read and I think there are a lot of things worth taking from this book.