My reading goals for 2021

Every year I set a goal for how many books I want to read the next year… and that’s about it. This year I’m feeling inspired to change things a little bit so I decided to add a few more reading goals to keep things interesting! So here are the reading goals I’m setting for 2021:

  1. Read 60 books
    Every year I define a goal for myself for the number of books I want to read the following year. The last few years made me realise that picking a goal of 60 books (5 books per month) is a very reasonable goal for me. I work 40 hours a week on my full-time job, so to me this number is doable. I usually change the number after achieving the goal, but 60 books will be my bare minimum!
  2. Read all Colleen Hoover’s books
    I loved every single Colleen Hoover book I put my hands on. There are still a lot of them I didn’t pick up, so one of my goals for 2021 is to get them all and read them. The ones that I still didn’t read are: the Hopeless series, the Slammed series, Layla, Verity, November 9, Ugly Love, the Maybe series, Too Late and All Your Perfects… and of course, whatever she publishes in 2021! Yes, there are a lot of books included in this goal, but I’m not that worried about it because I always go through her books quickly.
  3. Read all Kasie West’s books
    Kasie West is one of the main reasons why I read so much. Her books always filled me with joy and brightness, so this year I decided I would finish all of her books. I think this goal will be simple because right now I’m only missing two books: Split Second (Pivot Point #2) and Sunkissed. My plan is to reread the first book from the Pivot Point series – just because I want to have the story fresh in my mind – and then read Split Second. Sunkissed is going to be published in May 2021 and I’m planning to get my hands on that book as soon as possible. It’s a simple goal, but an exciting one!
  4. Read the fantasy series I always wanted to read
    There are so many series I want to go through, but who has the time? My to-be-read list is filled with fantasy series I never got to read, so in 2021 I want to go through some of them. Just to name a few:
    • A Court of Thorns and Roses
    • Divergent
    • City of Bones
    • Shatter Me
    • The Raven Boys
    • Warcross
    • Ready Player One
    • Shiver
    • Throne of Glass
    • And so many more!

I’m not even going to mention them all here because there are so many, but I really want to start (and finish!) some of these series.

  1. Change NetGalley score to 100%
    This is probably the most difficult goal I have on this list. Let’s just say I was young and dumb when I started requesting books on NetGalley. I will write a post about this in the near future, but long story short: my current NetGalley score is not as good as I wanted. I currently have 14 books with pending reviews so one of my goals for this year is to turn this number around and write the long due reviews. I’m not sure if I’m going to accomplish this, but I’m still hopeful!

And that’s it guys, these are my 2021 reading goals! Let me know what are your reading goals for the next year and why you chose them. I wish you a great reading year with amazing books 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo, Neide

Books I want to finish before 2021

I always get inspired by new beginnings and fresh starts, so naturally one of my favorite times of the year is New Year’s Eve. Before you ask: yes, I’m the kind of person who likes to make plans for the year and define goals – and actually stick to them throughout the year. But for that to happen, I always try to take care of my unfinished business before going into the new year so I can start it with a clean slate. 

I have the habit of reading more than one book at a time because I like to pick up what I’m feeling at the moment. If I’m in the mood for a romance, I can pick up the romance novel I’m currently reading. If I’m craving mystery, I can easily pick up my current mystery book. This is how I do my reading and it always worked well for me. But as a consequence of this constant rotation, I’m currently reading 5 books at the same time. My hope is to finish them before 2021 so I can create a fresh TBR list and focus only on what I want to read next. 

There is just a teeny tiny problem. I’m going through a reading slump right now so I don’t know if I will finish all the books before the beginning of the year. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge and I still have hope I can do this!

Without further ado, here are the 5 books I need to finish before 2021:

  1. Vox by Christina Dalcher (219 pages left)
    I’m about a third of the book right now and I’m not very impressed. I wanted to read it because I thought the concept was really cool but I don’t like where the story is going. We will have to wait and see, but I’m not super motivated to finish this.
  1. Fable (#1) by Adrienne Young (278 pages left)
    I’m liking Fable and I think I can finish this book easily. I haven’t gone too far yet, but I will say it’s probably the most interesting book from this selection!
  2. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (54 pages left)
    I’m confident I will finish this today. I’m really enjoying this and I’m even more motivated to finish it because I know I’m almost done with it!
  3. The Whisper Man by Alex North (344 pages left)
    I only read about 10% of this book but I’m really enjoying it. This is the book I made the least progress, but I’m not too worried about it because I’m liking it so far.
  4. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (547 pages left)
    Last but not least… this book. Oh boy, this book. This is the one that I’m the most worried about! I’ve been reading this book for months now and I’m not even halfway through it. It’s not that I’m disliking the story, but the book is SO big that it feels like it will never end – it’s almost 900 pages! I feel demotivated just by looking at it. The story itself is really good and I’m enjoying it a lot, so I want to make an effort and finish it before 2021. Wish me luck!

It’s not a big list, but since I’m on a reading slump I know this will be a challenge. Like I said, I’m still hopeful I’ll finish all of these but I will be more impressed with myself if I finally finish Imaginary Friend. Wish me luck!

xoxo, Neide

My fear of big books

Hi. My name is Neide, I’m twenty five years old and I’m afraid of big books. Big books can be scary and intimidating to pick up if you are used to reading small to medium size books. Maybe you are like me and you are interested in reading some big books because you think they look cool or interesting, but when you look at them you think “well… maybe another day”. That’s how I feel, but at least I know I’m not alone in this because it’s actually a very common feeling amongst readers.

So what is my definition of a big book? Each person has their own idea of what is too much, but for me personally a big book has at least five hundred pages. So why don’t I pick books like this more often? Well, in a nutshell: they look intimidating and I get bored easily. I know some people like big books because they like the experience of spending a lot of time in a specific world, but I feel exactly the opposite. I have a hard time leaving books unfinished if I’m not enjoying them – I’m trying to fight that too, but that’s a topic for another day -, so when I get tired of reading the same book it’s difficult for me to keep myself motivated to continue reading and finish the book.

And yes, I’ve accumulated a bunch of big books that I’m actually interested in reading, but they just sit on my shelves and I never touch them. Below are some examples of big books I really want to read but never picked up – just keep in mind that I have the portuguese editions of each book so that’s why the covers and titles are different, but I’m still going to refer below the original titles.

  1. The Host (A Nómada) – Stephanie Meyer (836 pages)
  2. The Starless Sea (Um Mar Sem Estrelas)  – Erin Morgenstern (528 pages)
  3. The Good Daughter (A Boa Filha) – Karin Slaughter (701 pages)
  4. Imaginary Friend (Amigo Imaginário) – Stephen Chbosky (864 pages)
  5. Pet Sematary (Samitério de Animais) – Stephen King (464 pages)
  6. El Bosque Sabe Tu Nombre (As Filhas da Floresta) – Alaitz Leceaga (624 pages)

You have to admit these books look really good! Stephen King’s Pet Sematary doesn’t reach the five hundred pages mark, but I still decided to include it in this bunch just because it’s not far from being a big book. But the title of champion of big books goes to Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend, which has eight hundred and sixty four pages! If this is not intimidating, I don’t know what is.

So… this needs to stop. At the beginning of this year I decided to face this fear of mine and finally pick up some big books. I really want to read these until the end of the year and I will do my best to keep my word, even though I know it is going to be tough. The good news is that I usually end up happy for giving a chance to books like this because I know afterwards they were worth the effort. I’m going to practice what I preach, so I decided my goal for August is to read the champion of book pages, Imaginary Friend. I know I will probably struggle, but I will do my best to finish it – yikes, wish me luck!

If you have these first world problems like me, please know you are not alone! I hope this encourages you in any way to get out of your comfort zone. Be brave, grab that book that is waiting for you and you will (probably) not regret it.

Stay healthy and wash your hands!

xoxo, Neide

Best books I’ve read in 2019

I had such an amazing reading year last year! I’ve reached my goal of reading 100 books by reading 102 books – which is crazy compared to what I used to read! So with all the reading I did last year, I’ve found a lot of great books that I would like to recommend and share with you! In no particular order, here are the top 10 best books I’ve read in 2019.

1. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

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This book is incredible and I’m surprised no one talks about it! You may think this is about a cutesy fairytale: a prince fights a dragon and rescues the sleeping damsel. But surprise surprise, there is nothing enchanted about this story. After being rescued, the damsel begins to realize that things are not what they seem. Why was she saved if she was not in danger? Why doesn’t she have a say on whatever is happening? And why does the prince think she is his property? Damsel is a feminist, dark retelling of your typical fairytale.

Why is this book so good? Because of how refreshing it was! It was super original and creative. There is something so great about taking a simple story and giving it a new different meaning. Definitely one of my favorite books I read last year!

2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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I know, I know… There is nothing new about this series. But I finally picked it up and I fell in love! In case you live under a rock don’t know, The Hunger Games is a very well known young adult dystopian series. The main character Katniss Everdeen volunteers to participate in the annual Hunger Games to protect her sister from participating. But why? In these games invented by the Capitol to keep districts in line, two teenagers from each district are put in an arena to fight to death. Whoever is the one last standing wins the games, gets wealthy and becomes a tutor for the next tributes. So Katniss is sent to the arena and she tries to keep herself alive, using her survival skills!

Why is this book so good? There is a reason why so many people love this book. One word: concept! The book is so original and full of detail, it is impossible not to love this book. I’m also a fan of survival stories, and this is a great one! It is such a good dystopian trilogy, probably one of my favorites!

3. Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie was definitely my favorite audiobook of 2019! This mystery book is about a girl named Sadie, whose sister was found dead. She disappears and no one knows where she is or if anything happened to her. Enters radio host, West McCray. He finds out about Sadie’s story at a gas station and he decides to start his own podcast to find out what happened to her. Through some investigation he soon discovers Sadie raised her sister and didn’t have an easy life like most kids. What he doesn’t know is that Sadie herself was on a quest to find her sister’s killer.

Why is this book so good? The audiobook gives life to this book! I know a paperback/ebook version of this book would not have the same impact as the audio version. The story is told in two different timelines through podcast episodes and Sadie’s POV in alternate chapters. The story is great, the atmosphere is eerie and mysterious, the audio matches the story perfectly… I can’t recommend this enough!

4. Circe by Madelline Miller

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If mythology is your jam, you should pick up Circe! Here we follow the witch Circe, daughter of the nymph Perses and the god Helios. It was obvious that since she was an infant, Circe was not a child like the others. She was rejected by everyone for being weird, not as beautiful as her mother and for possessing the ability to transform other creatures. She is quickly seen as a threat and she is banished by her father to live alone on an deserted island. On that island she discovers how powerful she really is by practicing witchcraft on a daily basis, and she finally starts to accept herself.

Why is this book so good? Because I learned so much about mythology in just one book! The story doesn’t mention only Circe, there are so many crosses with other famous figures. The good thing is that you don’t need to be an expert on mythology to understand the story, the author keeps it simple and contextualizes everything you need to know. If you think mythology is interesting, give this one a go and I promise you won’t regret it!

5. Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson

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If I had to pick a favorite book from this list, this was probably my first choice! I read the first two books in this trilogy last year – Truly Devious (#1) and The Staircase (#2) – and I fell in love with them! In this story we follow Stevie, a girl that was accepted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy for her detective skills. Stevie has a personal mission to discover what happened to the school founder’s daughter and wife who were kidnaped. The only clue known for this cold case is a riddle left behind, signed by the one and only, Truly Devious. But something unexpected happens: Truly Devious is back and students are getting killed! Stevie is now determined to find out who the murderer is.

Why is this book so good? I love that there are two different investigations, one regarding the founder’s wife and daughter, and another one for the students that are living on campus in the present day. Besides, everything seems so eerie and creepy and that adds to the mysterious setting – especially those riddles! In my opinion it is a very interesting book that you won’t want to put down! The last book in this series, The Hand on the Wall (#3), is going to be released in January and I can’t wait to finally pick it up!

6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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If you are a fan of retellings or the classic Alice in Wonderland, this is the perfect book for you! Heartless is a retelling of the story of the Queen of Hearts, from Alice in Wonderland. According to Marissa Meyer’s story, Catherine – who later became the Queen of Hearts – was not always cold and mean like everyone thinks. She was a sweet girl that loved to bake, until she met the king’s new court jester. Then her life changed forever.

Why is this book so good? The story is so complex and creative, it will inspire you! The atmosphere and the descriptions made me travel to the land of Hearts – I swear I can smell the lemon tarts! This beautiful story will break your heart, make you laugh and make you cry. It’s dark and heartbreaking, but completely worth it.

7. Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover is such a talented writer, I swear no one writes dramatic romance like her! In my opinion, it is best if you don’t know much about the story when you first dive in, so I’ll give you the gist of what you should know: the story follows a girl named Auburn that meets and later falls in love with Owen, an artist, at a point where she is trying to rebuild her life and heal her broken heart. Pretty simple plot, right? Wrong. There are so many twists, secrets and other things going on, that you won’t put this book down until you finish it.

Why is this book so good? If I had to narrow it down I would definitely pinpoint the originality, the crazy plot twist halfway through the book and the confessions. The most unique aspect of this book for me is how Owen used confessions from people in his town for art inspiration. The cool thing about this is that these were in reality actual confessions that Colleen’s readers sent her for her book. There was something so personal about reading real confessions from real people that gave me chills. Not only that, but Colleen’s writing is so good, you will be hooked from the start!

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Looking for a good coming of age story? Say no more. I now present you The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky! Well, I know this is not a new book and I’m about 20 years late reading it, but I finally did it! It was first published in 1999 but since then it was considered a must read for people of every age. In this book, Charlie – you guessed it, the wallflower – sends letters to a friend sharing very personal thoughts and feelings about his life and his friends since he started high school.

Why is this book so good? It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. It’s impossible to read this book and not feel the youth and all the troubles and dilemmas that come with growing up. Also, unless you already know the story, you don’t see the ending coming. Of course the author hints here and there about what may have happened, but when you finally know for sure, you feel like you were hit by a truck.

9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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This is by far one of my favorite murder mysteries of all time. In this story, ten strangers were invited to stay on a private island for the weekend by an unknown host. As time goes by, they start to die mysteriously one by one after knowing their accusations! The atmosphere is tense and the strangers now suspect one another. Who is the killer and why is he or she doing this?

Why is this book so good? Because it is such a smart, well-written book! While I was reading it, I kept trying to figure out who was the killer and never in a million years I know find out what was really going on. It’s an AMAZING murder mystery! I would recommend this to everyone, Agatha Christie’s novels are timeless.

10. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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If you are into rock and roll and you find bands from the eighties interesting, this is the book for you! This fiction book follows the band Daisy Jones and the Six. It’s written with two timelines, one where you follow the band’s daily life and what they did in the eighties, and another one in the present where they are giving interviews about the old times and the reason behind the group’s split.

Why is this book so good? Because it is so realistic you almost forget the band never existed! I also recommend you get the audiobook version of this. The book is narrated by a full cast in an interview format, so it seems like you are hearing real interviews from real band members. It is an unforgettable book.

Have you read one of these books? What were the best books you read last year? Let me know what you think! 🙂

xoxo, Neide

Good morning y’all!

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to publish my first post on my brand new blog! Maybe I should introduce myself first because – well, duh – you don’t know me yet. My name is Neide, I’m 25 years old and I’m a book junkie! I’m very passionate about reading because – let’s be honest – books are magical.

I read a lot of contemporary novels (mostly YA and NA), dystopian novels, romance novels, fantasy novels, thrillers, horror novels and self-help books.

So why did I create a blog in the first place? Because I wanted a platform to talk about all the things I can and can’t talk about on Goodreads. Not only will I be writting about book reviews, but I also want to write about TBR lists, favorite books, recommendations… all the good stuff!

I also have a Goodreads account, where you can see all the books I’ve read with reviews, all the ratings I gave and what I am currently reading! Feel free to follow me there 🙂

I hope you like my blog! It’s full of love and happiness… and of course, five star reads!

xoxo, Neide