TBR | February 2023

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you my TBR list for February. January didn’t go as planned and I ended up not reading all the books I wanted, but it was a very busy month for me and I definitely wasn’t counting on that. I still was able to read a little, so that’s good!

I’m keeping my plan on doing a 5 book TBR list monthly, which includes 2 printed copies, 2 audiobooks and 1 ebook. So, without further ado, here are the books I’m planning on reading in February:

  1. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
    I was maybe too hopeful I would reread the third book and the first prequel for the Maze Runner series in January, but I just finished the second one! Right now I’m focused on picking up The Death Cure next. I’m very happy I decided to pick up this series once again – I’m having so much fun revisiting this story!
  2. The Freshman (College Years #1) by Monica Murphy
    For my monthly ebook, I decided to go with an easy read so I’m going to pick up The Freshman by Monica Murphy. This is a 4-book romance series and I think I’ll read this quickly since I devour books like this super fast. I hope it’s good!
  3. How To Be Perfect by Michael Schur
    This is a book that captivated me by the title and by the cover. I think this is the perfect opportunity to listen to this as an audiobook. I have high hopes for this one!
  4. The Club by Ellery Lloyd
    This was on my January TBR and I started to read it but I’m still far from finishing it. So one of my reading goals for February is to finish this one!
  5. The Roadtrip by Beth O’Leary
    This has been on my TBR for a while, and now it’s time to read it! I read the synopsis and I thought the story looked interesting for a romance! Also, I have a printed copy in Portuguese, so it’s another opportunity for me to read a book from physical TBR.

And there you have it friends, my TBR list for February. I hope you liked this post! Let me know if you read any of these or if you have any recommendations.

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

Review | Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

“Never take anything you haven’t earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: detailed elevators, rules, ouroboros, creepy wallpaper, signed book copies, gargoyles, easy money, park benches, missing flyers, lost cell phones, puppies, suicides, guns, dumbwaiters and reset buttons.

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

I can’t remember the last time I read a good thriller, so I decided to pick this up – it looked promising. This is classified as a thriller and a mystery novel, but for me it was more of a mystery trying to be horror.
When the story began, I thought the setup was perfect! The building had a creepy vibe, the gargoyles were eerie, the residents seemed TOO private, the building history was haunting… and then you find out there’s a dumbwaiter in the apartment and now you know for sure you are in for a treat! Well… and I was, just not the way I expected.
I feel like I spent the majority of the book wondering why “nothing” was happening… and still, I wasn’t bored. I remember when I read about the first time Jules felt something in her apartment and the time when the first message appeared in her dumbwaiter, I thought the story was going to be about a haunted apartment/building but it was nothing like that.
With that said, it was still a great story and I was hooked the entire time! But please note that if you are expecting a paranormal book like I was, this is probably not the book for you.

Review | The Power is Within You by Louise L. Hay

“If we can use our problems and illnesses as opportunities to think about how we can change our lives, we have power.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: meditation, affirmations, positive thoughts, gratitude, teddy bears and the power within us.

In The Power Is Within You, Louise L. Hay expands her philosophies of loving the self through:
– learning to listen and trust the inner voice;
– loving the child within;
– letting our true feelings out;
– the responsibility of parenting;
– releasing our fear about growing older;
– allowing ourselves to receive prosperity;
– expressing our creativity;
– accepting change as a natural part of life;
– creating a world that is ecologically sound where it’s safe to love each other;
– and much more.

She closes the book with a chapter devoted to meditations for personal and planetary healing.

I loved this book so much!

Some books come to us when we need to hear something specific, and this book was exactly that: It came exactly when I needed it most.

When I started this book and I got through the first chapters, I thought this would be a pretty simple self-development book. Just because I’ve already read about the things the author was talking about – such as affirmations, for example.

But as the book progresses, I started to read about things that really spiked my interest and curiosity. One of these topics was on how we create our own diseases with our negative emotions such as frustration and anger. Not only that but she also talked about how the affected organs and side of the body are also not coincidental. This was really interesting to me and I immediately thought “I need to read more about this topic”! I’m hoping her other books talk more about this.

It’s a very positive, feel-good book! Even if you don’t take everything it preaches, I guarantee you’ll still find something here that you can take with you.

Louise seems like an awesome, warm person and I’m very excited to take a look at her other books! Definitely worth it.

Review | Chatter by Ethan Kross

“When supporting others, we need to offer the comfort of Kirk and the intellect of Spock.” 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: baseball bats, diaries, teddy bears, distancing, Star Trek, rituals, the power of words and an inner voice.

An award-winning psychologist reveals the hidden power of our inner voice and shows how to harness it to combat anxiety, improve physical and mental health, and deepen our relationships with others.

Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. When we talk to ourselves, we often hope to tap into our inner coach but find our inner critic instead. When we’re facing a tough task, our inner coach can buoy us up: Focus–you can do this. But, just as often, our inner critic sinks us entirely: I’m going to fail. They’ll all laugh at me. What’s the use?

In Chatter, acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies–from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy–Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk–what he calls “chatter”–can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure.

But the good news is that we’re already equipped with the tools we need to make our inner voice work in our favor. These tools are often hidden in plain sight–in the words we use to think about ourselves, the technologies we embrace, the diaries we keep in our drawers, the conversations we have with our loved ones, and the cultures we create in our schools and workplaces.

Brilliantly argued, expertly researched, and filled with compelling stories, Chatter gives us the power to change the most important conversation we have each day: the one we have with ourselves.

This was a very insightful and interesting read. This book is focused on how our inner chatter influences our lives positively or negatively – well, according to what we do consciously and unconsciously. I think the most memorable and useful thing I took from this book is how creating some distance with our thoughts helps putting situations in perspective. I never thought very deeply about this until now, but it makes total sense! I know some people who do this unintentionally and it’s very interesting to see their internal dialogue. I’m definitely applying this to my own life!

I like how he showed a lot of studies made by his team and gave real-life examples from other people – and even himself! – to prove his points.

Another thing I also loved was how the author mentioned how important it is to take walks and look at green (trees, bushes, plants). I already read some books that said the same thing about the power of nature, and I’m very glad he mentioned this as well because I think it’s something we overlook often. 

It’s a very nice book that touches a lot of important topics. It was nice to review some of the concepts and also learn a few new perspectives coming from the stories and studies presented. I recommend the audiobook version for this. It’s a great way of working on yourself while doing a mindless task such as driving or cleaning!

My 8 Reading Goals for 2023

Hello friends!

New Year, new me… right? Well, I’m going to try again to set some reading goals for the new year that is coming! So that’s exactly what we are going to do today.

I’m using some of the goals that I set for 2022, but I changed a few things! I also added 3 new goals to keep things interesting! Needless to say, I’m very excited with my new plan for 2023!

So after some thought and deliberation, I put together all of my bookish goals that I want to achieve! Ready to take a look? Here they are:

1. Read 60 books

Every single year I set my reading goal for 60 books per year (which means 5 books per month). This amount works perfectly for me. It’s a very achievable goal for me, and if the year gets trickier, it becomes more of a challenge. Most years I surpass this amount, but I’m still happy if I get to read 60 books in a year!

2. Reduce book collection to 200 (or less) books

I’ve had this same goal for 2022, but it didn’t go as well as I thought it would, so I decided to try again in 2023. I have a ton of books on my shelves and I would love to reduce my collection to a more manageable number. The truth is that nobody needs that many books – I have about 260 as I’m writing this. It’s time to reduce the collection for good!

3. Read 20 books from my physical TBR

I also had this goal for 2022, but this time I’m reducing the value to 20 books. I read books in different formats, but I want to prioritize what’s currently on my shelves. I found 30 books to be a lot, so in 2023 one of my goals will be to read at least 20 of my physical copies… we’ll see how that goes!

4. Read 2 fantasy series I have always wanted to read

Another repeated goal, but I’m downsizing this one to 2 fantasy series. The thing is: I love fantasy series, but I have a hard time compromising with long series with a ton of volumes. Which is a shame, because from my experience, these kinds of series are amazing! My TBR list is FILLED with all the ones I never got to read, so in 2023 I want to go through some of them, no matter the size. For example, some of the fantasy series I want to read are: Dune, The Lord of the Rings, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Red Queen, City of Bones, Shadow and Bone, Ready Player One, Throne of Glass, and many more!

5. Read 2 big books (>500 pages)

Another repeated goal, but I’m making it 2 this time! So, not only am I intimidated by big series, but I’m also intimidated by big books (for me this means over 500 pages). I always try to go against my fear of big books, because I know I’m missing out on some amazing stories and world-building. And that’s the reason why I’m doing this! I want to pick up at least 2 of these in 2023.

6. Do not finish books if I really don’t want to

A new goal for the new year (finally)! This is pretty self-explanatory, but I’m tired of keep reading when I’m not into the stories. So this year I want to remind myself that life is too short to read boring books. If it’s not good, I am moving on!

7. Read a book for every genre

Another thing I want to try to achieve this year is to read from different genres! I think of myself as a diverse reader, but this year I’m putting it on paper! I want to get out of my comfort zone and read some cool, different books so this year I’ll try to check the following genres:

  • Romance
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Adult
  • Horror
  • Historical
  • LGBTQ+
  • Contemporary
  • Science Fiction
  • Science
  • Self-Development
  • Memoir / Biography
  • Mystery
  • Paranormal
  • Graphic Novel / Manga

8. Do TBR lists again!

I did this for a very long time, but I stopped because at some point I felt like I was being forced to read whatever I planned for the month. I want to try this again for a few different reasons, but mostly because I really liked how organized I was with my reading. It was a lot of fun to write my TBR posts every month and pick new books for each month! Another plus is that I can track my reading goals a little better this way as well. For me these are all great reasons to try again, so why not? 🙂

So what do you think of my reading goals for 2023? To be honest, I’m feeling confident! I think all of the reading goals that I’m setting for 2023 are both challenging and achievable, just like in 2022.

Tell me about you! Do you have any reading goals for 2023? Let me know!

See you in my next post 🙂

The Worst Books I’ve Read in 2022

Hello friends!

Did you see my last post “The Best Books I Read in 2022”? I honestly believe I had an amazing year full of amazing books! It was a very positive year because most of the books I picked up were good. Now with that said… I read some bad books as well.

Fortunately they were very few! So that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today: the worst books I read in 2022. To be more specific, I’m bringing you 4 books I read last year that I disliked and the reasons why I disliked them.

Just a small, but necessary 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… this is just my personal opinion 🙂

Okay, now let’s go into the list! Here are the books:

1. The Blouse by Bastien Vivès

This was by far one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. I got this book from NetGalley, and I absolutely hated it. I rated it 1 out of 5 stars – which is one of the lowest ratings I have ever given a book. 
Just to explain quickly what the book is about: we follow a plain Jane named Séverine. She doesn’t stand out in any way, shape or form… until she puts on a silk blouse. Then all of a sudden she becomes a sex bomb. And not only that, but her personality changes just like magic. First she’s very shy, does not smoke and is very quiet. After putting on the blouse, she starts smoking, starts cheating on her boyfriend recklessly and “interacts” with strangers with confidence. Aaaand… that’s it, that’s the whole story.So why did I dislike this so much? There are a lot of reasons, so to name a few: it’s a very shallow book, it has no story (or explanation, or goal, or motivation, or direction or anything); it has a lot of weird, vulgar and icky scenes – I’m no prude, but it was too much; the artwork was bland and underwhelming… I just don’t get what this book was trying to achieve. I don’t think I will ever find anyone I would recommend this book to. It was a complete waste of time.

2. Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

I was a little sad that I started the new year with a bad book. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read in my entire life, but it was still bad and very confusing. 
The artwork was beautiful and I liked the magic and witchcraft theme of the book… but what really went wrong for me was the plot. The story was mostly focused on a romance, so the plot felt secondary and unnecessary. It was very weak and rushed, and the timing of the images felt weird. I also had a hard time connecting to the characters, because they were extremely bland and boring. The insta-love romance was weak and lacked chemistry, so I didn’t care for it either. 
The only thing I really liked about this book was the art, but… why on Earth is the art different in the last chapters? It looks like the work was left unfinished which was super weird. Unfortunately it wasn’t even entertaining, I wouldn’t recommend it as well.

3. How To Be Better At (Almost) Everything by Pat Flynn

Well, this one didn’t work out for me as well. Do you know the famous quote “a jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”? Supposedly, this was the main idea of the book. However, one of the reasons why I didn’t like this book is because it feels more like a random memoir than a self-development book. It’s very focused on the author’s experiences and interests. There is a lot about him playing the guitar, working out and faith/religion… but not much about actual self-development.
There’s bad, cringe humor and a lot of biased religious references that ended up being a little too preachy.
I always say that I always learn something about every book I read, but I don’t think I learn anything from this “self-development” book. It was underdeveloped and all over the place, there was a lot of filler and the good/evil preaching session was unnecessary. I didn’t take much from it, and I believe it’s a waste of time.

4. Tidesong by Wendy Xu

What are the odds of the same author appearing two times in a “Worst books” list? Not only “Mooncakes” is here, but also “Tidesong” by Wendy Xu.
I thought “Mooncakes” was probably an isolated situation, so I decided to pick up “Tidesong” this year as well. Even though the plot was a little better this time, the reading experiences were very similar.
Again, the illustrations were beautiful, but… that’s pretty much it. That’s all I liked about this book. The story was weak, the pacing was weird, and the timing between the frames felt super off sometimes – and I had the exact same experience with “Mooncakes”. It felt like everything happened in two or three pages, and then nothing happened for a longer time. These books lack structure and a solid plot to shine.
So what’s the conclusion here? Wendy Xu’s books are not for me, so I think I’ll avoid them in the future.

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 post!

The Best Books I’ve Read in 2022

Hello friends!

Happy new year! Let me ask you something: is there a better way of starting the new year than with great book recommendations? Because that’s exactly what I’m bringing you today: the best books I’ve read in 2022! 

I read 60 books last year, and let me tell you… it was an amazing reading year! It was overwhelmingly full of 4 and 5 stars ratings, so it was very necessary for me to make this post to tell you all about it!

Just a small disclaimer: these are not necessarily books that came out last year! This list is focused on my personal reading year and the books that were part of it. 

So here are 7 books I read last year that I loved! Let’s get into it:

1. The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

This book was absolutely stunning! It reminded me of my all-time favorite book “Memoirs of a Geisha”, and I honestly couldn’t help falling in love with this story. This is an historical romance, with a setting in Japan.
This book is beautifully written and the reading experience is very immersive. Not only will you feel like you traveled in time, but you also get a good glimpse of what life in Japan was like in 1957. The author used two different time periods for the story.and when these timelines converge, the story is blended perfectly and a big revelation is made!
The inspiration for this book came from someone close to the author, who lived a similar reality, so she worked on this fictional story for years before publishing it.
It’s just a beautiful story. It is so much more than a love story. It’s a story about heartbreak, love and loss. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s absolutely worth it.

2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This year I found the best book I have ever read about financial freedom: the amazing “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. This is the kind of book that changes your perspective forever.
It had a huge impact on my life and I will forever be grateful to Mr. Robert for sharing his knowledge with this book. My perspective on money issues has forever changed and I’m now on the right path to achieve financial freedom. There were so many things said in this book that made me reflect on my life and my own beliefs about money. To create a different reality, we need to think differently and get out of our comfort zone. And that’s exactly what I have been doing this last month! My reality already changed drastically and I’m even more motivated to keep going.
I don’t know what else to say other than: you need this book in your life. No matter how much money you have (or don’t have), this is definitely worth picking up. There’s no way you’ll stay indifferent to your financial situation after reading this book. You need to read it!

3. Atomic Habits by James Clear

This book is absolutely phenomenal! The focus of this work of art is to teach you how habits work and how to make changes in your life using practical and easy techniques. It’s a very practical book because the author gives easy and clear instructions for the reader to follow. He also explains what’s behind each tip with a fresh and new perspective.
It is a very simple and easy book to follow. It’s not a dense, complex or hard book to keep up with. Everything is very well structured and the language used is accessible to readers of all ages.
I learned a lot from this amazing book and I already use some of its teachings in my daily life. I strongly believe you’ll take something from this book if you give it a chance. If you are looking for a book to create new habits or to stop old habits, this is the book for you!

4. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read in my entire life, and trust me… I’ve read a few already! Like everyone else who came across this book, I was hooked by the words “I’m Glad My Mom Died”.
The title hooked me in, but the book amazed me. Jennette shares a lot about her and her life in her book, including her family dynamics, the abuse from her mother, what it is like to go through child stardom, and body image issues/eating disorders. This is a very personal memoir, but mostly – it’s an important one. This is just a real life example of what so many child actors go through growing up. They frequently are abused and exploited by parents and people in the business, and they’re scarred for life – just like Jennette was.
It’s a very impactful and tough book to read, and I’m very impressed with what was achieved with this book. If you’re into memoirs, I have to recommend this one!

5. The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

If I had to pick the best book I have read in 2022, this one would be my first choice. This was a life changing book for me. I’ve struggled with overeating and being overweight for a few years now, and I’m always looking for new information and new things to read on the subject. This was a very important read for me because I learned a lot and I applied a lot of the teachings to lose weight… and guess what? It worked perfectly! I’m happy to say my habits have changed and I’ve lost a lot of weight so far!
The author uses A LOT of human studies to back up every claim. It’s the kind of book that you will definitely take something from, even if you’re an expert in the subject because he covers a lot of areas. Not only does he explain what works and what doesn’t for weight loss, but it uses a lot of proof to back it up. And the best part? It’s very easy to read because the language used is simple so anyone can read it.
This is an amazing book and an essential read with anyone struggling with losing weight! It’s a must read.

6. The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

And the award for best retelling book read in 2022 goes to… you guessed it, “The Book of Gothel”! Yes, I’m a big fan of retellings – especially with villains -, and this was one of the best I have ever read! I’m very surprised this is a debut novel, because it’s absolutely stunning and well written. Every single element of this book created a beautiful and immersive reading experience. I would describe this book as young adult fantasy, but it definitely matures as the story goes. It’s nothing too graphic (in my opinion), but it talks about more serious topics as the book progresses.
There’s a bit of romance in here, but it’s not the main focus of the book. The focus of this book is 100% the main character’s development. It’s a coming-of-age story with a touch of feminism, folklore and paganism. I just love how original, creative and inspiring this story was! If you like retellings, this is definitely a must-read!

7. The Power is Within You by Louise L. Hay

Another great book! When I started this book and I got through the first chapters, I thought this would be a pretty simple self-development book. But as the book progresses, I started to read about things that really spiked my interest and curiosity. One of these topics was on how we create our own diseases with our negative emotions such as frustration and anger. Not only that but she also talked about how the affected organs and side of the body are also not coincidental.
Honestly, I just loved this one so much. It’s a very positive, feel-good book, and I learned a lot of new things. Even if you don’t take everything it preaches, I guarantee you’ll still find something here that you can take with you.

I’m just so happy with all of the amazing books I found this year. It was truly an inspiring year dominated by self-development and non-fiction. I feel like I learned a lot through reading in 2022 and I’m forever grateful for that.

Like Dr. Phil always says, “no matter how many times you flip a pancake, it always has two sides’ ‘. But why am I referencing this quote? Because even though I had read amazing books in 2022, I also read bad books… and that’s exactly what I’m bringing you in my next post: “The Worst Books I’ve Read in 2022”! So stay tuned for that. 🙂

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

See you in the next one!

Wrap-Up | What I Read in November & December 2022

Hello friends!

Today I’m bringing you all the books I have read in November and December. I forgot to do a Wrap Up for November, so I just decided to condense it with December’s Wrap Up!

I read a total of 1 book in November and 5 in December. Fantasy and self-development ruled these past two months, so I’m excited to show you what I’ve read. Ok, let’s go!

November:

  1. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller: 4/5⭐

December:

  1. Chatter by Ethan Kross: 3.5/5⭐
  2. VisualFestation by Peter D. Adams: 3.5/5
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner: 4/5
  4. Attitude 101 by John C. Maxwell: 3.25/5
  5. Get Up and Do It by Beechy and Josephine Colclough: 3/5

Like I said, I only read fantasy and non-fiction in November and December. It was a great way for me to get myself motivated for the new year! I’ll be posting the reviews for these books soon, as usual.

What about you guys? Let me know in the comments! 

Thank you for reading friends, I’ll catch you guys later!

Revisiting My 2022 Reading Goals (a.k.a. Come Laugh With Me)

Hello friends!

It’s that time of the year: the time I look back at the reading goals I set myself for the past year… and laugh at how miserably I have failed. To be fair, I try to achieve what I planned at the beginning of the year, but life sometimes has a sense of humor that doesn’t always go with my plans.

I really like setting goals for myself for different areas of my life, and reading is no exception. I think it’s the perfect opportunity to push our boundaries, explore new things and get out of our comfort zone. I highly recommend that you do the same! My recommendation is to start with a quantity goal, which means you could start by defining a number of books you want to read for the year. And don’t worry, even if you don’t always achieve what you plan… the important thing is that you try and grow along the way!

So how does this work? In the following list, I will list all of my reading goals for 2022. In front of each goal I added an icon: ✔️ if I achieved it or ❌ if I failed. So here are the reading goals I set for 2022:

1. Read 60 books: ACHIEVED ✔️

Another successful year of achieving my goal of reading 60 books! This was not very hard for me to achieve since this has been my yearly goal for the last few years. This year I was able to read 62 books, which means I read about 5 books per month (average). At this point I’m already used to reading this amount!

2. Reduce book collection to 200 (or less) books: FAILED

Oh, this was a MAJOR flop. I started the year having 262 books in my collection, and right now my book collection count is at 264. So somehow I ended up with two more books than when I first started the year! The funny thing about this is that I sold dozens of books this year… but somehow I bought even more! This is something I desperately need to fix, so I’m working on this in 2023.

3. Read 30 books from my physical TBR: FAILED

I was very surprised with myself with this goal, because even though I wasn’t able to reach the goal of reading 30 books from my physical TBR… I got to read 22! That’s crazy! I ended up reading a lot of my physical books, so I’m very proud of myself nonetheless!

4. Read 3 fantasy series I have always wanted to read: FAILED

Another goal that didn’t go according to plan because I wasn’t in the mood to pick up book series. I picked a lot of standalones and non-fiction books, so fantasy series were not on my priority list this year. From all the fantasy series I wanted to read, I only read one complete series: “The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” duology.

5. Read all the books sent/lent to me: FAILED

I have a few books that were sent to me by authors and publishers, so I want to read those in 2022. Not only that, but I have also accumulated a lot of books that were lent to me by friends. I want to read them all and return them afterwards so I’ll have more space on my shelves and time to read my own books.

6. Read 3 big books (>500 pages): FAILED

If you read my “My Fear of Big Books” post, you know I’m intimidated by big books. I wanted to work on this fear of mine because I don’t want to miss out on all the amazing stories out there. So one of my goals was to read 3 big books in 2022. This also was a failure, because I only picked up 1 big book, which was Karin Slaughter’s “Pretty Girls” (with 548 pages). I’m not super mad with goal, because I was still able to read at least one!

And there you have it friends, my reading year. Try not to judge me, please! I’m still very proud of myself for trying because this was a hard year for me. My illness and surgery took a lot of my time and energy, and I was still able to achieve something and make progress with my reading. I’m not going to be hard on myself. It was a tough year, but hopefully I’ll achieve more goals in 2023 🙂

What about you? Have you revisited your goals? Let me know how your year went! I wish you a great reading year with amazing books 🙂

Have a great day!