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!

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

Hello everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

TBR | December 2021

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you my TBR list for December! In the last few months I didn’t plan what I was going to read, so this is me trying to get back to a monthly routine. I picked six books for the month of December – which I thought was a very reasonable number. So here are the books I want to read this next month:

  1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    I’ve been wanting to read Malala’s memoir for a very long time. I love memoirs and biographies, and this one in particular has been recommended to me many times. I have it on my shelf waiting for me, and it’s time to finally pick it up!
  2. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Before the Coffee Gets Cold #1) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
    This book is a recent addition to my physical TBR and I think it would be perfect to read at this time of the year. Also, it’s a small book to pick up if things start to get busy again.
  3. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman
    This was another series I wanted to read for a very long time! Also, I haven’t picked a graphic novel in a while now, so is there a better time to get into this series? 🙂
  4. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
    I don’t know a lot about this book as well, but it’s also a recent addition to my physical TBR! I bought this because it was recommended to me a lot on Bookstagram. Apparently it became very popular here in Portugal in the last year, so I wanted to hop on the trend! Instagram did it again ahah
  5. L’anomalie by Hervé Le Tellier
    This is a book that has been very popular in Portugal as well, and even though this doesn’t look like the type of book I usually pick up, I’m very curious to see what it’s all about! Looking forward to read this one.
  6. All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) by Adalyn Grace
    I have the bad habit of losing interest in series, so duologies are perfect for me. This duology in particular is being tricky because I already lost some interest in the first book, but I want to keep going and finish the second book! I’m a bit apprehensive with this one so… fingers crossed!

And that’s it, these are the ones I’ll be reading next month! Tell me about you! What are you planning to read in December? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

xoxo,

Why I’ve Been Away

Hello friends!

So… I’ve been away for a few months now. You probably didn’t notice because I kept posting book reviews two times a week – but the truth is that they were all scheduled posts. I haven’t posted a TBR list or even Wraps Ups since August. l wasn’t absent just here on the blog, but also on most social media platforms and I started reading less too.

But before you worry, don’t! Nothing bad happened – my health is good and nothing tragic happened in my life. Au contraire mes ami! I just started a new project that took a lot of my free time. I had to figure out a lot of things (and I still do), and unfortunately that left almost zero time for my other hobbies and activities. So here is what I’ve been doing for the last few months… Can I get a drumroll please? *drum roll*

I started my very own subscription book box!

I know, it sounds crazy and completely out of the blue, but I’m having the best time doing it! It’s been a few months since I started it and I’m still very excited about it. I have always loved artsy projects and reading so… why not combine the two to create something special? 🙂

Here’s my logo!

It’s called Sprayed Edges Book Box and it’s a monthly book box with a book (thriller or romance, readers choose what they want), snacks, tea and reading goodies! I also make seasonal special boxes with books in English for fantasy lovers! Let me share with you some pictures of some of the previous boxes:

The first box is the November edition of the Bad Blood box (the monthly thriller box), the middle one is the Themed Box and the entire concept of the box revolves around the book “To Kill a Kingdom”, and the last box is the November edition of the Lovey Dovey box (the monthly romance box).

It’s been an amazing experience! I’m learning a lot, I met so many new people who share the same love for books I have and I found a new outlet for my creativity! All kinds of good things came out from this experience and I’m very grateful to everyone who’s supporting me. This is just the beginning! 🙂

And that’s it! That’s the reason I’ve been disconnected in the past few months. I’m currently working on a few new posts for the blog, such as the Wrap Up for the last three months and my TBR for December, so we will talk very soon! Thank you for staying tuned, I appreciate your support as always!

Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!

xoxo,

TBR | September 2021

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you my TBR list for September! Surprisingly, the idea of reducing my TBR list to five books this past month worked wonders. It gave me enough space to satisfy my moody self by picking whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, but it also made me commit to some books and challenge myself. So I’m still doing a TBR list of five books in September!

So here are the books I want to read this month!

  1. Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
    This is one of the series I always wanted to read for years now, and I decided I would pick it up this year. I read the first book Hush, Hush in August and I was very invested in the story! I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what is going to happen next.
  2. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
    I don’t know a lot about this book and chose to go into it without knowing too much. I just picked it for this month because I want to read all of Colleen’s books this year. So far I have loved all of her books… so fingers crossed!
  3. Happy Ever After by C.C. MacDonald
    This has been sitting on my shelf for the longest time and it’s time to finally read it! I need to give it a chance, so this is my first pick for this month. I haven’t read the sinopsis yet because I prefer to go into this mystery without knowing what happens!
  4. You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
    This is a book I’m excited about but I still haven’t got it to yet! From what I saw in the last few months on Bookstagram, this has become a very popular book. This is a serious case of “Bookstagram and Booktube made me do it“, and I hope I won’t regret picking it up. I have high expectations from all the good reviews I have seen!
  5. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
    I HAVE to pick up this book this month. I can’t believe summer is almost over and I still haven’t read this one. Everything about this book screams summer, so I’m super excited to see what this story is all about!

And that’s it, these are the ones I’ll be reading next month! Tell me about you! What are you planning to read in September? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

xoxo,

TBR | August 2021

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you my TBR list for August – with some changes! Last month I struggled a bit to finish my TBR because I wasn’t in the mood to pick up any of the three last books. Unfortunately, for that reason, I didn’t finish all the books I planned to read in July – which you’ll get to see better in my Wrap Up post -, and I ended up focusing my attention on other books I wanted to read.

This month I want to have more freedom to appease my moody self and I don’t want to feel like I’m stuck to a selection of books, so I’m only adding five books to my monthly goal.

Now I’ll stop rambling and, without further ado, here’s my TBR for August:

  1. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
    One to Watch is one of those books I never paid too much attention to. So surprisingly, after discovering it was translated to portuguese, I decided to give it a try. I heard it’s a really fun book to read so I’m hoping it’s good!
  2. And The Little One Said by Elizabeth Coffey
    This book was kindly sent to me by the author! I saw other readers hyping it up on Instagram, so the feedback has been very positive. I don’t know much about it yet, but I wanted to make it a priority, so I added it to my August TBR!
  3. The Authenticity Project by Claire Pooley
    I keep seeing this book everywhere. Instagram, Youtube, blog posts… everywhere! Also, a friend just recommended it to me a few days ago! Since I’ve heard so many great things about it, I got curious and I finally got my copy. I have a feeling this is going to be a great one!
  4. Pop Goes the Weasel (Helen Grace #2) by M.J. Arlidge
    I started this series recently, and I really liked how easy it was to get into the story. It’s a detective/mystery series, and it revolves around the same main character, the detective, who solves a different mystery in each book. If this one (the second) is as interesting as the first book, I’m sure I’m going to love it as well!
  5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
    I’m on a roll with Colleen Hoover’s books! I read Too Late and Verity in July and now I’ll be reading Ugly Love in August. This one in particular has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, so it’s time to give it some love. Can’t wait for this one!

And that’s it, these are the ones I’ll be reading next month! Like I said, I kept the list pretty simple, but I’m excited for all of these. Now tell me about you! What are you planning to read in August? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

xoxo,

TBR | July 2021

Hello guys!

Today I’m bringing you the 8 books I want to read next month! I’ve been having great reading months, because I’m still working from home and it seems like I’m not coming back soon. So instead of spending hours in traffic, I’m spending time reading books I’m excited about – and what a magnificent way of spending time!

I’m very excited for each and every single book I selected for this month! As you’ll see in a second, it’s a mixture of summery books with thrillers. I always hear that people like to read thrillers when the weather gets cooler, but I’m in a big thriller mood at the moment and I can’t put them down!

Well, without further ado, here’s my TBR for July!

  1. Verity by Colleen Hoover
    This has been on my TBR for the longest time! One of my goals for this year is to read every single Colleen Hoover book, so I decided to add one of her books to my TBR. I did a poll on my Bookstagram, and my followers chose Verity over Ugly Love for the month of July. I heard it’s really good, so I have high expectations. We’ll see how it goes!
  2. The Thursday Murder Club #1 by Richard Osman
    I’ve heard great things about this book and I’m very excited to read it! I recently got this, and I feel like I can’t wait to finally pick it up. The sequel is coming this year, so my hope is to read both of the books soon!
  3. The Push by Ashley Audrain
    I don’t know a lot about this book, but all the great reviews made me curious. All I know is that it is marketed as a thriller and it got very popular! The Push was also translated to Portuguese, so that gave me the opportunity to support the Portuguese publishers. I have high hopes for this one!
  4. Float Plan by Trish Doller
    Float Plan is a fairly recent addition to my TBR. I saw Heather from Bookables on Youtube talking about how great this book was, and I decided to buy it! I’m excited for it and I know it’s probably going to make me cry, but I’m ready! I hope it’s a good one!
  5. O Silêncio da Cidade Branca by Eva G. Sáenz de Urturi
    This is not the kind of book I would usually pick up, but my friend lent it to me and insisted that I needed to read it. I don’t know a lot about this book, but I trust her and her good taste. So we’ll see how it goes!
  6. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    I’m not going to lie, this is probably the book I’m most excited for! Being a Taylor Jenkins Reid book, I just know it’s going to be amazing. Not only that, but the cover is gorgeous and it screams Summer! I know a lot of people who have read it and loved the book, so I have high expectations. I’m super excited for this one!
  7. His & Hers by Alice Feeney
    I’m super hyped for this book! I think this will be the first book I’m going to pick up this month, because I’m really curious to read this story. I keep seeing this everywhere and I also see the overwhelming amount of good reviews this has. Right after I got my copy, my first thought was “this needs to be added to my next TBR ASAP”… so here it is!
  8. Love & Gelato #1 by Jenna Evans Welch
    I thought this would be a cute, light book to add to the TBR! You know when sometimes we just want to read something quick and lighthearted? Love & Gelato seemed like the perfect addition in that sense. It’s a very popular book here in Portugal at the moment, so I’m excited to know what the hype is all about!

And here they are! These are the ones I’ll be reading next month 🙂 What about you? What are you planning to read in July? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

xoxo,

TBR | June 2021

Hello guys!

Summer is right around the corner and needless to say, I’m very excited for the warmer weather! And it’s pretty obvious I was inspired to create a TBR list with summery books! Of course I still added a couple of thrillers in the mix, just in case I’m in the mood for something different. So, without further ado, here’s my TBR for June.

  1. O Vale Da Montanha Branca by Endrigo Mignoni
    This book was kindly sent to me by the author and it’s going to be one of the books I’ll be reading next month. I don’t know much about it and there is only a Portuguese version of it yet, but I’ll be sharing my thoughts later here on the blog!
  2. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    A book that has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I admit I bought this in the first place mostly because of the author – I really like Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing style and I want to read more books from her so this month I’m reading this one!
  3. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but I never got to it. I’m a bit apprehensive because it’s a taboo romance, but I really want to keep an open mind while reading this. I’m very curious to see what will happen!
  4. The Silver Road by Stina Jackson
    This book was a recent purchase and I’m very excited about it. I don’t know a lot about it, but the cover and the sinopsis made me curious!
  5. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
    This book has also been sitting on my shelf for a very long time, so it’s time to give it some love. I’m finally reading it, I hope it’s good!
  6. Beach Read by Emily Henry
    Maybe it’s because the weather is getting nicer, but I really feel like reading summery books! What’s the perfect way to start summer with a literal beach read?
  7. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
    This book was recommended to me by another bookstagrammer! I honestly never paid too much attention to it until she told me it was really good. I got curious so I bought it and I’m reading it this month!
  8. Shipped by Angie Hockman
    This is another book I’m very excited about! And like I said I’m in the mood for summer books so I thought this would be a good pick for this month!

And here they are! This is what I’ll be reading next month 🙂 What about you? What are you planning to read next month? Have you read any of these? Let me know!

xoxo,

TBR | May 2021

Hello guys!

I’ve been in a reading slump for the past two months, but I’m feeling better and I think I’m (almost) out of it – finally! I think this happened mostly because I was reading books I wasn’t super excited about, but I have finally finished all of them and now I’m excited to start a new month with a brand new TBR!

I’m feeling adventurous and I’m excited to read again, so this month I decided to read 8 books. I couldn’t narrow it down. Am I going to read all of them? Well, I’ll try but we’ll see.

I’m currently in a big thriller/horror mood, so I wanted to take advantage of it this month! Still, I tried to add some variety, so in this list we have 1 historical fiction, 1 science fiction, 1 romance, 1 fantasy and 4 thrillers. It’s probably a lot, yes, but it’s okay if I don’t read them all 🙂 

So, without further ado, here’s my TBR for May!

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    I read about 70% of this book a few years ago, but I never finished it. It’s not that I wasn’t liking it, but I gradually stopped reading at that time. No one’s fault, but mine! I still remember most of the story and I fell in love with it, so I really want to start again and finish it this time. I already know I’m going to love this!
  2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
    A good friend of mine lent me this book, and I have it for about two years now – I’m ashamed, I know! I just have so many books I want to read, that this one never became a priority. It’s a huge book and I’m feeling a bit intimidated by it, but I really want to face it this month, so I decided to make it my challenge book. Then I can finally return it to my friend ahah!
  3. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
    Not a lot to say about this one: I’m almost finishing this series, and I may shed a tear or two in the end, not gonna lie! This is a novella that is placed right after the original trilogy, so I think I’ll finish this quickly. I’ll probably read A Court of Silver Flames next month, because I’m really curious about Nesta! The series is really good, so I have no doubt this will be just as amazing.
  4. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
    I keep seeing Little Darlings EVERYWHERE. I think it’s a really popular book in the U.K., and I really want to know what the hype is all about. Lately I’ve been in a thriller/horror mood, so I’m excited for this one!
  5. If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin
    Another book I’m very excited about! I also don’t know a lot about it other than it’s a popular thriller in the U.K. and I have heard great things about it. I’m very curious to see what it’s all about!
  6. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
    Another book I’m very curious about! I also don’t know a lot about this one (and I prefer it that way), but I know it was a popular thriller a few months ago, so I’m expecting it to be a good one. The cover is very intriguing as well!
  7. The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett
    I don’t know why, but I keep looking at this book. I’m just attracted to it, so I’m taking this as a sign and I decided to finally add it to my TBR this month. I don’t know a lot about this one, so I’m going in with an open mind! Aaaand the cover is really pretty.
  8. Sunkissed by Kasie West
    Sunkissed is coming out this month, and I’m not even going to wait to buy a printed copy. I’m definitely buying the ebook just because I want to read it ASAP. I’m really craving a new Kasie West book, so I hope it’s good!

It’s a lot, yes, especially considering two of them are humongous. But this month I just want to focus on books I’m excited about, and this is the list I came up with! 
What about you guys? What are you planning to read next month? Have you read any of these? Let me know!

xoxo,

TBR | April 2021

Hello fellow bookworms!

Another month is gone, and now it’s time for April – and, of course, for a new TBR list! I usually pick ten or twelve books to read each month, but today I planned things a bit differently. I’m currently in a reading slump and I feel like it’s here to stay for a while, so I decided to slow down a bit and pick only six books to read in April.

It’s funny how something so simple such as picking fewer books was such a challenging task! My to-read book list is never ending, and there are so many books I still want to read but unfortunately time does not stretch! So here are the six books I picked for this next month:

  1. A Cloud Can Weigh a Million Pounds by A.D. Stephenson
    A Cloud Can Weigh a Million Pounds
    was kindly sent to me by the author to review in exchange for an honest review. I’m very excited to read this book soon and I’ll be sharing my thoughts afterwards. I’m craving a bit of science fiction, so this will be a treat!
  2. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
    My lovely friend Marina was kind enough to lend me this book! I’ve been eyeing it for a while and when I discovered she had it, I immediately asked her if she could borrow it. This is the first book of a mystery/thriller detective series, and I have high hopes because it’s a very popular book here in Portugal. Detective books are not my favorite, but I’m willing to try this one… fingers crossed!
  3. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
    I’m loving this series so much and I’m hoping I’ll get to the last book in the next few months! The end of the second book was so good and it got me very curious to know what would happen next. I decided to read only the third book from this series this month because it’s HUGE – but hopefully I can finish it until the end of April. I have a great feeling about this one!
  4. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and the time has finally come! I keep seeing this book everywhere and even though there are some mixed reviews here and there, I still want to give it a fair shot and have my own opinion on it. Let’s see what the hype is all about!
  5. Horrid by Katrina Leno
    Something about this book keeps calling me, and now it’s time to answer! I don’t know much about Horrid, but I really want to go into this book without knowing too much. Let’s hope it’s good!
  6. Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young
    One of my most anticipated reads for this year! I loved Fable so much and I can’t wait to read the conclusion to this story! I’m always in the mood for a good pirate book, and Fable was exactly that – here’s the full review if you’re curious. I’ve read some Namesake reviews online and so far people are really liking it, so that’s good! And seriously… how gorgeous are the covers?

And that’s it! This is my TBR for the month of April! It feels weird to cut my TBR to an half, but I feel like it’s necessary just because I’m not as motivated to read like I usually am.

What about you? Have you read any of these books? What are your reading plans for April? Let me know 🙂

xoxo, Neide