Wrap-Up | What I Read in August 2022

Hello friends!

Another month, another Wrap Up – you know the drill! As usual, today I’m sharing with you what I have read in the month of August.

And by the way, I’m sorry this Wrap Up is coming a little late. I just had surgery, so I had to take care of some things before it happened and now I’m still taking it easy with my recovery. I haven’t been able to do a lot here on the blog other than posting my usual reviews. But I’m coming back slowly and I’m starting with this overdue Wrap Up! 🙂

August was a great reading month, knowing how low my book count has been in the last few months. I’ve read a grand total of 8 books, which was pretty good! I missed reading this much. Ready to check what I’ve read this past month? Here we go!

  1. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy: 5/5⭐
  2. How to American by Jimmy O. Yang: 4.25/5
  3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: 4/5⭐
  4. Everything is OK by Debbie Tung: 4.25/5⭐
  5. The Blouse by Bastien Vivès: 1/5⭐
  6. The Power is Within You by Louise Hay: 5/5⭐
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1) by Roald Dahl: 5/5⭐
  8. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie Bucket #2) by Roald Dahl: 2.75/5⭐

Interesting list, right? I’ve picked some great non-fiction books that are most of my highest ratings! Jennette McCurdy’s book was incredible and honestly one of the best memoirs I have ever read – if you haven’t read that one, I highly recommend it! Other than the non-fiction books, I have also picked an arc named “The Blouse” (which was terrible, in my humble opinion) and the very well-known duology “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” from Roald Dahl! I loved the first book of the duology, but I didn’t love the second book and I ended up giving it a negative rating! I’ll be posting the reviews for these books soon.

August was a better month than I was expecting! I’m surprised with the amount of books I was able to read knowing I haven’t read that much in the last few months.

Knowing we’re already in the middle of September, I don’t think I’ll be able to read much more this month. As of today, I am currently reading three books… but I don’t think I’ll be picking any more books soon. My focus right now is on my health and well-being, and I don’t feel like reading at the moment. We’ll see how the month goes, but I’m sure I’ll read at least one book in September!

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll catch you guys later!

Wrap-Up | What I Read in July 2022

Hello friends!

August is here, and with it comes another wrap up here in the blog. So today I’m sharing with you what I read in July.

I have to be honest with you, I did TERRIBLY this month. I really wanted to read more this month, but I had a few health scares that made me turn my focus on my well being instead. So I ended up only reading 2 books in July. And here they are!

  1. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen: 2/5⭐
  2. Truth or Dare by Camilla Läckberg: 3.5/5

As you can see, not even the ratings were great. I read the romance “The Kiss Thief” but I didn’t love the amount of unnecessary drama and toxicity, so I decided to rate it 2 stars out of 5. And then close to the end of the month I read “Truth or Dare” (in portuguese, “A Noite É Um Jogo”) which was a nice short thriller that I ended up giving 3.5 stars out of 5. I’m glad I picked up this smaller book because it helped me to feel like I was at least reading something! You can see my thoughts on each individual book here on the blog.

To be honest, I don’t have high hopes for August when it comes to reading. I’m going to do what feels right for now, and I’m not sure if I’m going to be in the mood for reading. But who knows… I might be surprised 🙂

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.

Wrap-Up | What I Read in June 2022

Hello my dear bookish friends!

It’s the beginning of a new month, and you know what that means… it’s time to take a look at all the books I have read in June!

June was an okay reading month. Life got very busy really quick and I didn’t have more time to read! I spent one week abroad, then I got Covid right after coming home (and I couldn’t read with all the headaches), and to make matters worse, things got VERY busy with work right after I got better! So not only my reading time was limited, but I wasn’t really in the mood to pick up anything.

So in retrospect, my reading month wasn’t that bad after all! I ended up reading 6 books: 3 romances, 1 graphic novel and 2 thrillers from the same series. So let’s get to the books!

  1. Fauxmance by Cookie O’Gorman: 4.25/5⭐
  2. Pretty Girls (Pretty Girls #1) by Karin Slaughter: 4/5⭐
  3. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyer (Pretty Girls #0.5) by Karin Slaughter: 2/5⭐
  4. Tidesong by Wendy Xu: 2/5⭐
  5. Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman: 4.75/5⭐
  6. Cupcake by Cookie O’Gorman: 4.75/5⭐

It may have been a small list, but the reviews are very mixed. I ended up loving two of the books, one was neutral and the other two received negative reviews from me.

The stars of this month were definitely the romance books from the author Cookie O’Gorman! “Fauxmance”, “Cupcake” and “Wallflower” were the perfect feel-good romances that I didn’t know I needed! Definitely recommend this author if you like fluffy, young adult romances. The neutral book was the thriller “Pretty Girls”. It’s a thriller with a good story, but there was nothing too outstanding about it, in my humble opinion. The two books that received negative reviews are “Tidesong” and “Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes”. You can see my thoughts on each individual book here on the blog!

I was sad I couldn’t read more in June, so I really want to compensate and read more in July. I hope I’ll do better this month!

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.

Wrap-Up | What I Read in May 2022

Hello friends!

I hope you’re doing well. You know the drill: another month, another Wrap Up! Today I’m bringing you all the books I read in May.

It ended up being an amazing reading month! As you’ll see in a bit this past month was (mostly) dedicated to fiction! In May I ended up reading 8 books: 1 non-fiction, 4 romance books (2 adult and 2 young adult), 1 fantasy and 2 thrillers. So as you can see, it was a very diverse month regarding book genres! Cool, right?

Let’s get into the books that made May such an amazing reading month:

  1. The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig: 3.5/5⭐
  2. The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns: 5/5⭐
  3. The Puppet Show (Washington Poe #1) by M.W. Craven: 4/5⭐
  4. Heartstopper: The Mini-Comics by Alice Oseman: 4.5/5⭐
  5. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker: 4/5⭐
  6. The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope: 4/5⭐
  7. First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan: 3.25/5⭐
  8. XOXO by Axie Oh: 4/5⭐

A pretty good list, right? In the past couple of months I’ve read 7 books, and this month I got to 8! The lowest rating this month was 3.25 stars – which is not bad at all. No negative ratings this month!

My favorite read was definitely “The Woman in the White Kimono”, just because the story is absolutely beautiful and well written. It also reminded me of my all time favorite, “Memoirs of a Geisha”, so that was a bonus point! The thrillers “The Puppet Show” and “The Boy in the Photo” were also interesting and I liked the mystery in both stories. The non-fiction book “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” was surprisingly good, and I took a lot from it! I really liked “XOXO” and “Heartstopper: The Mini-Comics“, but I wish some things were different in both of those books, so for those reasons the ratings weren’t higher on those two! Now, the other 2 books (“The House of Salt and Sorrows” and “First Time in Forever“) were just on the “okay” side for me. I’ll be sure to post the reviews of each book in the future.

So as you can see, it was a very nice, positive reading month! I’m excited to see all the amazing books June will bring to the table 🙂

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.

Wrap-Up | What I Read in April 2022

Hello friends!

I hope you’re all well. It’s that time of the month… the time when I share with you what I’ve read in the past month! So today I’m bringing you all the books I read in April.

Overall, it was a good reading month. This was one of those months, where I just grabbed whatever I felt like reading, so I ended up reading a lot of nonfiction (with some sprinkles of fiction).

Since there was no TBR list nor plans for April, let’s get into all the books I read this month:

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: 4.5/5⭐
  2. Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire: 5/5⭐
  3. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: 4.25/5⭐
  4. Atomic Habits by James Clear: 5/5⭐
  5. Bossy Nights by Liv Morris: 3/5⭐
  6. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles: 4.5/5⭐
  7. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale: 3/5⭐

This month I read 4 self-development books (2 of them being rereads), 1 fantasy book and 2 contemporary books. Two of my favorites from this month were “If I Was Your Girl” and “Ikigai”, just because they are so memorable! Both of these books will be on my mind for a very long time, and I can’t recommend them enough! If you’re curious, definitely check them out.

Not having a TBR has been really working for me lately, so I’m keeping this process for May as well. Let’s see what happens 🙂 What about you? Let me know in the comments how your reading month was!

Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.

Wrap-Up | What I Read in March 2022

Hello dear bookish friends!

How are you doing? I hope you’re all well! Today I’m bringing you all the books I read in March. Was it a good month? Absolutely! It’s funny how the entire reading energy changed when I didn’t feel like I had “homework”. I had no TBR list  planned for March and it worked wonders! I grabbed whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted!

So since there was no TBR list nor plans for March, let’s get into all the books I read this month:

  1. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: 4.5/5⭐
  2. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Before the Coffee Gets Cold #1) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi: 3.25/5⭐
  3. The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare: 3.75/5⭐
  4. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza: 4.5/5⭐
  5. The Legacy (Children’s House #1) by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: 3/5⭐
  6. The Risk (Mind*ck #1) by S.T. Abby: 4.25/5⭐
  7. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie: 4.25/5⭐

This was such a nice month! I was lucky enough to find really cool books in March. It was a very diverse month in terms of genres: I read contemporary romance, historical romance, thriller and even non-fiction!

I feel like not having a TBR list has been very freeing and it’s working for me at the moment, so I’m keeping this process for April. Let’s see what this new month brings!

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

Wrap-Up | What I Read in February 2022

Hello friends!

How are you doing? I hope well! Today I’m bringing you all the books I read in February. Was it a good month? I would say yes, but not a perfect one. And the reason why I say this is because (once again) I failed to read all the books from my TBR. But on a positive note, I still read a good amount of books.

To be honest, I think using monthly TBR lists is not working for me at the moment. So for now, I’ll have the freedom to grab whatever I want, whenever I want. I’ll probably get back to this system in the future, but in case you’re waiting for my March TBR post… I don’t think that will happen in the near future. Let’s take it a month at a time, and I’ll see how I feel this month without a reading guide.

Ok, now let’s get started! Here are the books I planned on reading in February:

  1. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley ✅
  2. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig ✅
  3. Sapphique (Incarceron #2) by Catherine Fisher ✅
  4. Disclaimer / Pura Coincidência by Rennée Knight ✔️
  5. Heir of Blood and Secrets by Linda Xia ✅

So from all the books I planned on reading this month, I read 1 of 5 – I wish I read more from my original TBR, but it’s okay. So here’s what I actually read in the month of February, planned and unplanned:

  1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kyosakiu: 5/5⭐
  2. Disclaimer by Renée Knight: 4/5⭐
  3. Atomic Habits by James Clear: 5/5⭐
  4. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy: 3/5⭐
  5. Multiplique o Seu Dinheiro by Ariana Nunes: 5/5⭐
  6. White Bodies by Jane Robins: 3.25/5⭐
  7. How To Be Better At Almost Everything by Pat Flynn: 2.5/5⭐

Overall, I was happy with all the books I read! I think the main reason why I didn’t pick the other books from my TBR list is because I’m currently in a big non-fiction mood (as you can see by the books I read). I think I needed a little break from fiction. The question is: is that break over? We’ll see what happens in March without a TBR List! Fingers crossed 🙂

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

Wrap-Up | What I Read in January 2022

Hello friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrap-Up | What I Read in December 2021

Well helloooo there hot stuff!

I hope you’re having an amazing start of the year! Today I’m bringing you all the books I read in December. So… this didn’t go as planned *nervous laughter*. And the problem wasn’t the number of books I read, but how I didn’t read what I planned to (again).

I started two of the books, but I wasn’t feeling them, so I ended up switching my planned reads for other books. But one thing at the time, here are the books I planned on reading in December.

  1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  2. All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) by Adalyn Grace
  3. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  4. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Before the Coffee Gets Cold #1) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  5. L’Anomalie by Hervé Le Tellier
  6. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐

So from all the books I planned on reading this month, I read 1 of 6, which was terrible! I’m truly embarrassed with myself, because it seems like I can’t get keep up with my goals. I’m going to make an effort and I’ll do my best for the following months. Now here’s what I actually read.

  1. Heartstopper: Volume 1 (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  2. Heartstopper: Volume 2 (Heartstopper #2) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  3. Heartstopper: Volume 3 (Heartstopper #3) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  4. Heartstopper: Volume 4 (Heartstopper #4) by Alice Oseman: 5/5⭐
  5. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero: 4.5/5⭐
  6. Badass Habits by Jen Sincero: 4.5/5⭐
  7. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig: 3.25/5⭐
  8. Little Lies by H. Hunting: 3.5/5⭐
  9. The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson: 4.75/5⭐

As you can see, I still read a good amount of unplanned books! I’m so happy I finally started the Heartstopper series, because I completely fell in love with it! I hope I’ll get my hands on the last volume As you can see, I still read a good amount of unplanned books! I’m so happy I finally started the Heartstopper series, because I completely fell in love with it! I hope I’ll get my hands on the last volume when it comes out 🙂 I also read and reread two Jen Sincero books, a Matt Haig’s book and two lighter books (Little Lies and The House With Chicken Legs). As you can see, my lowest ratings were 3.25 and 3.5, and all the other books were higher – including four 5 star reads – so overall it was a very positive month!

I’m a bit sad I didn’t get to read my planned books, but I’m definitely working on creating more balanced monthly TBR lists. I have a good feeling for January, because I’m going to make an effort to achieve my goals!

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

Wrap-Up | What I Read in September, October and November 2021

Hello everyone!

It’s time for another Wrap Up, and this time I’m condensing the Wrap Ups from September, October and November all in a single post. I didn’t have a lot of time to write these in the past, so I decided to do them all here! So let’s start from the beginning: the month of September.

When it comes to the books I planned to read in September, I failed big time. I planned on reading 5 books and I didn’t read a single one of them – that was a new record for me! I started 3 of them but I wasn’t feeling them, so I ended up reading other books. Here are the books I wanted to read in September:

I’m honestly not that bothered because I always try to not judge myself if I don’t read the books I want. Plus, I ended up reading 7 other books instead! Here they are:

  1. Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond: 2/5⭐
  2. The Doll’s House (Helen Grace #3) by M.J. Arlidge: 3.75/5⭐
  3. The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey: 3.5/5⭐
  4. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena: 4.5/5⭐
  5. I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll: 3.75/5⭐
  6. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas: 4.25/5⭐
  7. The Butterfly Bruises by Palmer Smith: 4/5⭐

I’m more than okay with reading 7 books per month, even if they weren’t the ones I originally planned on reading! “Hungry Hearts” was the only book I didn’t love, so it was a good month! But this is where the reading slump started…

In October I didn’t make any reading plans because I was starting to get very busy and I found myself in a massive reading slump. I had no desire to pick any of the books that were on my general TBR, so I decided to pick my all time favorite series to help me get out of the reading slump: The Selection series. So here’s what I read in October:

  1. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass: 5/5⭐
  2. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass: 5/5⭐
  3. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass: 5/5⭐
  4. The Red Button by Keith Eldred: 4/5⭐
  5. The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides #1) by Valerie Bowman: 3/5⭐

“The Selection” series helped me a lot with my reading slump and I loved rereading the original trilogy! Also, I had to read “The Red Button” in October because the author asked me, so that is what I did. And I also started a new historical romance series named “The Playful Brides” series by Valerie Bowman. This was my first ever historical romance, and even though I didn’t love it, I still wanted to continue the series… and that’s what I did in November.

I went through the month of November without a TBR list as well, and things went great! My reading slump hit the road and I read a lot of amazing books. Here’s what I read:

  1. The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter: 3.75/5⭐
  2. Incarceron (Incarceron #1) by Catherine Fisher: 3.75/5⭐
  3. If Cats Disappeared From the World by Genki Kawamura: 4.5/5⭐
  4. The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides #2) by Valerie Bowman: 3/5⭐
  5. The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3) by Valerie Bowman: 4.5/5⭐
  6. The Irresistible Rogue (Playful Brides #4) by Valerie Bowman: 3.25/5⭐
  7. The Unforgettable Hero (Playful Brides #4.5) by Valerie Bowman: 3.25/5⭐
  8. Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton: 4/5⭐
  9. All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace: 3/5⭐
  10. Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards: 2/5⭐
  11. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward: 5/5⭐

I read A LOT in November! I continued “The Playful Brides” series and since I was in a darker mood, I read some thrillers too. “The Last House on Needless Street” surprised me a lot and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it! It’s important to say that it’s the kind of book people either love or hate, but you should give it a go. It was a very successful reading month and I’m very happy with all the books I read.

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

xoxo,