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

Hello friends!

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

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

November:

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

December:

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

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

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

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

Wrap-Up | What I Read in October 2022

Hello friends!

How are you doing? Did you miss me? Well, Wrap Up wise, I mean. I didn’t write a Wrap Up for September for a very simple reason: I didn’t read ANY books in September. Shocking, I know! The truth is that I had a lot going on in September with my trip to Spain and also my surgery plus recovery. So unfortunately, that left me with no time to read. But with that said, I’m happy to report that I’ve read a some books in October! And that’s exactly what I’m bringing you today: October’s Wrap Up.

October was a good reading month! I’ve read a grand total of 7 books, which was good! Ready to check what I’ve read this past month? Let’s go!

  1. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman: 3.75/5⭐
  2. Roomhate by Penelope Ward: 4.5/5
  3. Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward: 3.25/5
  4. Jaded and Tyed by Penelope Ward: 3/5
  5. The Obesity Code by Jason Fung: 5/5
  6. Bossman by Vi Keeland: 3.25/5
  7. The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne: 5/5

So this was mostly a romance month, with a non-fiction book and a fantasy book to the mix! In terms of ratings, the non-fiction book “The Obesity Code” and “The Book of Gothel” both win with a 5 star rating – I truly loved everything about these books! I admit I picked the romances mostly for fun so even though the ratings were lower, I still had a lot of fun reading them. I was trying to read more about Penelope Ward since I know she is a popular romance reader, but I didn’t read a lot from her until this month, so I ended up reading 3 books from her! And don’t worry, I’ll be posting the reviews for these books soon.

October was a good reading month, filled with nice books! In a perfect world, I would have read more thrillers and horror since it was spooky season… but I honestly was just in the mood for romance and non-fiction. The heart wants what the heart wants!

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 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: 2.5/5⭐

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!