The Worst Books I Read in 2021

Hello friends!

If you saw my last post The Best Books I Read in 2021, you know I had a great reading year last year. But even the best reading years have terrible books, and that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today.

Today I’m bringing you the 8 books I read last year that I disliked and the reasons why I disliked them. A big 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. Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher
    This book… oh Lord, where do I start with this book? I’m always very grateful when authors and publishers reach out to me and give me books to review, but I have to be real when I review them and this book ended up being absolutely dreadful. I wish this was only my opinion, but apparently it is a very popular opinion with almost everyone who read this book. This was the worst middle grade book I have ever read, and one of the worst books I have ever read. I think it had great potential, but the execution killed the story. I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re curious give it a go.
  2. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
    I spent almost 4 months trying to read this book, and I jumped with happiness when I finally ended it. It was one of the most boring, dense and confusing books I have ever picked up. There’s like six or seven POVs in this, and it’s very difficult to keep up with what’s going on. Not only that, but I found the book extremely slow and uninteresting. I personally wouldn’t recommend it as well, but in this case I think it’s a matter of taste.
  3. Maid by Stephanie Land
    Although I’m a big fan of reading true stories and non-fiction, this was a major flop for me. I think the intention of the book was to show resilience and strength from Stephanie, but it definitely backfired on her, because it ended up giving the opposite effect. Stephanie was unbearable, whiny and kept a “poor me” attitude through the entire book. It wasn’t even inspiring, just a waste of time.
  4. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
    What made me dislike this book so much was the main character. I never disliked a character more, like I disliked this one. She was annoying, entitled, mean and was always jealous of other people. The story also wasn’t very strong, so overall this was a fail to me.
  5. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    This is a very unpopular opinion and I’m aware of that, but I really disliked this book. I just couldn’t take the romance or the characters seriously, because I found them childish and immature. I’m not sure if my experience would be different if I read a physical copy instead of the audiobook version, but I don’t think I will ever find out.
  6. Hungry Hearts
    This anthology disappointed me for different reasons. As a foodie, I love to read about food and cooking, and even though this had that, it was the only thing I enjoyed about this book. The stories on this were crazy and other than being in the same neighbourhood, there was absolutely nothing that connected these stories. You get a bit of everything here: one story is about romance, another is paranormal, another one is fantasy, another one is about dangerous gangs and killers, etc. There was a lot going on, and at one point the range of genres just felt silly. Didn’t work out for me, but maybe you’ll enjoy it?
  7. Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
    The problem I had with this book was the weak plot and slow pace. It almost feels like the story didn’t progress, and there were too many loose ends and nonsense. I wouldn’t recommend this one. If you’re looking for a good mystery, there are many amazing books out there… this is not one of them.
  8. Eight Perfect Murders by Peter May
    This story was overall okay, but there was something in this story that really made me dislike this book: the spoilers. So, if you don’t know, this book basically exposes the mysteries of some well-known books, and I was furious because I wanted to read some of the books mentioned. I’m still really mad at this and I can’t comprehend how something like this happened. Why not make up books and stories to use in this book? Was it really necessary to spoil mysteries from books that actually exist?

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

The Best Books I Read in 2021

Hello friends!

Today I’m bringing you the best books I read in 2021! I read 120 books last year and I found new, amazing books I want to share with you today. Just a small disclaimer first: 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. I wanted to pick 10 of my favorite reads, but I ended up picking 14 because there were so many books I loved! So let’s get into it:

1. Badass Habits by Jen Sincero
I’m a huge fan of Jen Sincero’s books, but this book surprised me even more. I honestly loved it and I think this is probably my favorite book from her. The format of this book is a little different from the others, because this is more of a practical guide. You are given clear instructions with examples of what you should do to change your habits. It was really good and I’m definitely picking it up this year again to work on some of my habits. Highly recommend it!

2. The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Sophie Anderson books may appeal to you because of the cover, but you will fall in love with her stories. This book blew me away with how good it was. Not only was the story beautiful, and full of magic, but it was very well written with a solid story with a great meaning. I can’t stress this enough: if you like middle grade books, you need this in your life!

3. Warcross by Marie Lu
This includes the second book in the duology, “Wildcard“. I started 2021 the best way by reading the “Warcross” duology! I’m not a huge science fiction fan, but this duology was an amazing surprise. The story (and mystery) was compelling, the theme was interesting and it was written in a really approachable way! Definitely one of the best books I read in 2021!

4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I actually started this book a few years ago, but never finished it. This year I decided to pick it up again and this time I finished it! Needless to say, this story is absolutely beautiful and a must-read in my humble opinion.

5. Verity by Colleen Hoover
This was one of the only Colleen Hoover’s standalones I was missing, and I finally read it in 2021. I LOVED the mystery of this book, and it quickly became one of my all time favorites from this author. If you love Colleen as well and you haven’t read this one yet, you NEED to pick it up!

6. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I was very curious about this book because I heard a lot of amazing things about it. I honestly never read anything like this before, but in a nutshell: it’s an amazing fantasy book with great characters and a wholesome story. I don’t know what I was expecting when I first picked up this book, but it surpassed all of my expectations. Highly recommend this one!

7. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Even though I’m mentioning the second book of the series in this post, this is valid for the entire series. I picked the second book for this post because it was definitely my favorite, but the entire fantasy series is incredible! I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, because it was really good. One of my favorite reads from this year, for sure!

8. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
My first Matt Haig book and it was a bop! I really like when stories have deep meanings and messages behind the main stories, and this was a treat. It’s a book that makes you think about life after death and life regrets. It’s amazing, can’t recommend it enough!

9. Kill Joy by Holly Jackson
I admit I didn’t expect this novella to be as good as it was. I love the popular Holly Jackson’s series, but I never in a million years thought this was just as good as her full-length books. I just wished this was a normal sized book because I wanted more!

10. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
Another Holly Jackson book from the same series, but I thought this one deserved to have its own spot. This was amazing. I think it’s difficult for an author to continue writing a series with the same quality as the first book of the series, but this author surprised me. This was just as good as the first book and I can’t wait to pick the third book of the series now!

11. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
I picked it up randomly and I ended up loving it! Trevor Noah really poured his heart when he wrote his story, and as a reader I really appreciate what he did with this book. Not only do we get a very raw testimony of what it was like to live in South Africa, but I also learned a lot. I loved how strong his mother was and how she did her best to raise him. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan or not, I highly recommend it if you like non-fiction.

12. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Another book I randomly picked at the bookstore. I heard about it before, but I never considered picking it up because it didn’t look like a book I would like. I ended up buying it and really liking this book because I saw myself in the man character. The main character struggled with her weight and felt insecure about other people commenting on her looks – which is something I also struggle with. The writing was really good and made the story even more realistic to me. Great message and great story!

13. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
This book was… something. For a horror book it was perfect: a good dose of disturbing energy, mystery and not a single loose end. I’m aware that this book has mixed reviews, but I personally loved it and I would still recommend it if you are a fan of horror!

14. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Another great surprise to my reading year! I DEVOURED the first four books of this series last year, and the only reason why I didn’t read the fifth book is because it’s not out yet. This is the cutest romance I have ever read in my life, and that’s saying a lot! Highly recommend it if you’re curious about it.

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

My Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2022

Hello guys!

It’s time to take a look at 2022 book releases! I admit there weren’t a lot of book releases I was excited about, so I did some digging on some of the authors I adore. I gathered the titles and I’m ready to share with you the books I found! Let’s get into it 🙂

1. Game Changer (The Field Party #6) by Abbi Glines
I’ve read all the books in “The Field Party” series, so I’m very excited to get to the sixth book in 2022! I hope it’s a good addition to the series.

2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
We’re getting another Colleen Hoover book! I have no idea what it’s about, but I’m reading it.

3. Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire
This is a series I’ve been reading for the past few years, and I fell in love with it. If you never read it, I seriously encourage you to pick it up (if you like fantasy). The books are fairly short and the stories are amazing. Can’t wait for this one!

4. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
I read “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley and I liked it. I still have “The Hunting Party” on my TBR, but I’ll try to read both books in 2022. The premise seemed interesting!

5. Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
I have a love/hate relationship with Peter Swanson, but I’m willing to give him another try with this book. It looked interesting so I added it to my TBR. I hope it’s good!

6. Places We’ve Never Seen by Kasie West
Of course Kasie West is here. I’m obsessed with her books from the very first book I read from her. I’m REALLY reading this one as soon as it comes out. I’m very excited for this one!

7. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
I love Riley Sager’s books, and I know this one won’t be an exception! I tried not to look too much into it because I want to start reading this book with a blank slate. I have high expectations!

8. This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi
A new series from Tahereh Mafi?! Sign me up, I’m reading this one!

9. Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Abert
Melissa Albert is an amazing author and I’m excited to read her new book. I’m definitely curious about the story, so I hope it’s a good one.

10. Good Girl Complex: An Avalon Bay Novel by Elle Kennedy
I LOVE Elle Kennedy! So when I found out she was writing a new book not so focused on romance, I was intrigued. We’ll see if I prefer her romances or not… either way, I’m really curious to see what this is all about.

11. The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberly
I have never read anything from this author, but I have seen this book everywhere. I saw it so many times being promoted by Booktubers and Bookstagrammers that I decided to add it to my TBR. I hope it’s interesting, the cover looked a lot like Emily Henry’s covers so I’m guessing the style is similar? We’ll see!

12. Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
I fell in love with “His and Hers” by the same author, so I really want to see what this book is all about. The writing is really good and the mystery was out of the box. I’m sure this will be amazing as well!

13. The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
What made me add this book to my TBR list was the author! I read a book from this author before and I really liked it, so I’m excited to pick this one up.

14. Night Shift by Alex Finlay
I found this book randomly on Goodreads, and I was curious to see what it was all about. The synopsis and the cover convinced me to add it to my TBR. Sounds intriguing and mysterious!

15. Sundial by Catriona Ward
I fell in love with the book “The Last House on Needless Street“, and I decided I would pick the author’s next book… so here it is! Can’t wait to read this one, I hope it is just as good as the first book!

16. The Island by Adrian McKinty
I read “The Chain” from the same author a while back and I thought the story was very interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author is going to do for this book.

What about you, do you have any books you’re excited to read? Let me know so I can search them up!

Stay healthy and sexy my dear friends.

Revisiting My 2021 Reading Goals (a.k.a. Come Laugh With Me)

Hello friends!

Today I’m bringing you a fun post! I thought we could revisit my 2021 to see if my reading year went well – and of course, to laugh at all my attempts at achieving my yearly reading goals.

Every year I set a goal for how many books I want to read and a few extra goals to keep me motivated and interested in reading! 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 2021:

  1. Read 60 books: ACHIEVED ✔️
    We’re starting on a good note! I did achieve this goal by reading 120 books in 2021 – so I read double the books I wanted. I’m happy I still got to read a lot, even having my full-time job and now the monthly book boxes!
  2. Read all Colleen Hoover’s books: FAILED
    This was a flop. To be fair, I read some of Colleen’s books in 2021, but I still missed a lot of them. She has so many! Maybe I’ll get to read some of her books in 2022, but I’m not making this a goal anymore. Here are the books/series I still haven’t read from Colleen Hoover:
    • Hopeless series
    • Slammed series
    • All Your Perfects
    • Maybe series
    • November 9
    • Reminders of Him (coming up this year)
  3. Read all Kasie West’s books: ACHIEVED ✔️
    This was a fairly easy goal to achieve because I was only missing two of Kasie West’s books: Split Second (Pivot Point #2) and Sunkissed (published in 2021). She is one of my favorite authors of all time, so I wanted to know all of her stories. I’m happy to accomplish this one.
  4. Read the fantasy series I always wanted to read: ACHIEVED ✔️
    I should’ve been more specific when I added this goal to the list by defining a number, but I’m going to consider this goal achieved. I added this goal to my 2022 yearly goals, but this time I put a number to it: I want to read 3 fantasy series in 2022. Like I said, I’m considering this goal achieved because I got into two of the fantasy series I always wanted to read: Warcross and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I also loved them both!
  1. Change NetGalley score to 100%: FAILED
    Ladies and gentleman, this is where I failed MISERABLY. I read ZERO books on NetGalley. My NetGalley score is still in the mud and I don’t think it will get better anytime soon. I deeply regret the amount of books I downloaded on NetGalley when I first started reviewing, but I really didn’t know how things worked at that time. Maybe I’ll try to work on my score this year, but I’m not making this a priority.

And there you have it friends. It wasn’t that bad… was it? I still achieved 3 of 5 goals, so I think I did okay. 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!

My 6 Reading Goals for 2022 (Happy New Year!)

Hello friends!

First of all, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year, full of good moments and good reads! I appreciate you very much, and I hope 2022 is kind to you and your family and friends.

Today I want to share with you today all my reading goals for 2022! I will be posting a “Revisiting my reading Goals for 2021” soon, so stay tuned for that.

So after some thought, I put together all the book related goals I would like to achieve in 2022. Here they are:

  1. Read 60 books
    This is not necessarily a new goal on my yearly list, but it’s the goal I usually take more seriously. Reading 60 books per year (5 per month) is my bare minimum! I’ll be happy if I end up reading more, but I’m also happy if I only read at least 60 books in 2022.
  2. Reduce book collection to 200 (or less) books
    I have A LOT of books. As I’m writing this post, I currently have 262 books on my shelves. I have the bad habit of spending too much money on books, and I want to change that about me. I want to be a more conscious consumer when it comes to books. I want to focus on the books I already have and start reducing my collection, so I won’t be buying as many books as I usually do. It will be a challenge though!
  3. Read 30 books from my physical TBR
    Like I said in the previous point, I want to focus on my physical TBR, so I will be reading more of the books I already have. I think 30 books is a good number to start off with!
  4. Read 3 fantasy series I have always wanted to read
    There are so many series out there I want to read, but I sometimes struggle with fantasy series because they’re (usually) so long. My TBR list is FILLED with all the ones I never got to read, so in 2022 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!
  1. Read all the books sent/lent to me
    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.
  2. Read 3 big books (>500 pages)
    If you read my “My Fear of Big Books” post, you know I’m intimidated by big books. I want 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 is to read 3 big books in 2022.

I’m feeling confident! I think all the reading goals set for 2022 are both challenging and achievable! Tell me about you! Do you have any reading goals for 2022? Let me know!

See you in my next post 🙂

The Books I Got For Christmas

Hello friends!

I hope you are all doing well and I hope you had fun during the Holidays! Today I wanted to share the books I got for Christmas from family and friends. I was very lucky to get these five amazing books!

Aren’t they beautiful?! The first four books are actually translated to Portuguese and the last one, “The Love Hypothesis”, is in English. I read a lot in both languages, but I usually prefer to read in Portuguese when it comes to more complex books such as “Dune“. Either way, I’m very happy with all the books I got! Here are the books in more detail:

  1. Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Helbert
    I can’t believe I forgot to mention this book in my previous post 7 Books I Would Love to Find Under the Christmas Tree! It was probably the book I wanted the most, and I was really excited when my boyfriend gifted it to me. I want to read it ASAP!
  2. Dune Messiah (Dune #2) by Frank Helbert
    Not only was I lucky enough to get “Dune“, but my boyfriend also bought me the second book, “Dune Messiah” – I know, he’s a keeper. I wasn’t expecting to get this one as well, but I was SO happy when I saw it! Now I have the first two books in the series 🙂
  3. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
    This one was a gift from my series! In the past weeks we have been talking about getting this book! We both read “If Cats Disappeared From the World” (here’s the review) by a japanese author, and we loved it, so now we’re trying other similar books and this one caught our attention. She bought me a copy and I’m sure I’ll be reading it soon!
  4. Night Spinner (Night Spinner #1) by Addie Thorley
    A book that has been on my TBR list for a few months now! This one was also a gift from my sister. This is a young adult fantasy duology inspired by the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and I’m very excited to read it because it sounds amazing and different!
  5. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
    My dear friend Vera gifted me this amazing book! I know it’s a very popular book on Tik Tok, Instagram and Youtube, so I’m excited to read it and see what the hype is all about. I have high expectations for this one!

I’m very happy and grateful for everything I got, but I’m especially grateful for all the amazing people around me. I’m incredibly lucky and I know it 🙂

What about you guys? What did you get this Christmas? Also, have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts!

xoxo,

7 Books I would love to find under the Christmas tree

Hello friends, I hope you’re doing well 🙂

Sooo… the holidays are right around the corner, and what reader doesn’t love to get new books under the Christmas tree? So, I wanted to do a fun post on some of the books I would be more than happy to get in the near future. Pay attention Santa, here are the books you should bring this Christmas (I’ve been good this year, I promise!):

  1. A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
    This year I started the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series and I fell in love with it! This is the only book I haven’t read from this series yet, but it’s only a matter of time – I’m for sure getting my hands on this one! I know Nesta was a difficult character to love for a lot of the ACOTAR readers, but I actually liked her, so I’m excited to read her story!
  2. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
    Another book I would love to get my hands on is “The Lucky List“. But for some weird reason, every time I try to buy this book the price increases! This is one of those books I found randomly on Instagram and I immediately wanted to buy, I just didn’t have a good chance for it yet. I’m sure it will be mine soon though!
  3. Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
    Ace of Spades is going to be published here in Portugal in Portuguese, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! I already made a pre-order on the sprayed edges limited edition and I’m very excited for it! I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m sure I’m going to love it.
  4. The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson
    The “Truly Devious” series by Maureen Johnson quickly became one of my favorite series of all time. The mystery was really good and the entire atmosphere of the book made everything even creepier. I think originally it was supposed to be a trilogy, but a few months ago I discovered the fourth book was being published. What more can I say other than I need this book in my life?
  5. As Good as Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson
    This has also become one of my favorite series of all time and I’m looking forward to reading Pip’s third adventure! So far all the books are very well written, mysterious and entertaining, and I’m sure this book won’t disappoint as well. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one!
  6. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
    To be completely honest, I didn’t love “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, but I’m very curious about this particular one because of the crazy hype around it. Also, the synopsis made me very curious! This seems more interesting than Paula Hawkins’ bestseller and I’m hoping I’ll get a copy soon.
  7. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
    This book has been on my radar for a couple of months now, so I would say it’s a fairly recent addition to my TBR. Still, I heard great things about this book and now I’m hoping I’ll get it soon!

And that’s it! Of course I have WAY more books I would love to have, but we would be here all day.
Ok Santa, time to start working your magic! I’ll be sure to be waiting with cookies and milk 🙂 And what about you guys? What books do you hope to get this Christmas? Have you read any of these? Let me know!

xoxo,

The Worst Books I Read in 2020

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

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

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

xoxo, Neide

The Best Books I Read in 2020

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

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

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

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

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

What about you? What were the best books you read last year? Did you read any of these books I included in the list? Let me know in the comments – remember, sharing is caring! 🙂

xoxo, Neide

Most Anticipated 2021 Book Releases

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

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

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

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

xoxo, Neide