My 8 Reading Goals for 2023

Hello friends!

New Year, new me… right? Well, I’m going to try again to set some reading goals for the new year that is coming! So that’s exactly what we are going to do today.

I’m using some of the goals that I set for 2022, but I changed a few things! I also added 3 new goals to keep things interesting! Needless to say, I’m very excited with my new plan for 2023!

So after some thought and deliberation, I put together all of my bookish goals that I want to achieve! Ready to take a look? Here they are:

1. Read 60 books

Every single year I set my reading goal for 60 books per year (which means 5 books per month). This amount works perfectly for me. It’s a very achievable goal for me, and if the year gets trickier, it becomes more of a challenge. Most years I surpass this amount, but I’m still happy if I get to read 60 books in a year!

2. Reduce book collection to 200 (or less) books

I’ve had this same goal for 2022, but it didn’t go as well as I thought it would, so I decided to try again in 2023. I have a ton of books on my shelves and I would love to reduce my collection to a more manageable number. The truth is that nobody needs that many books – I have about 260 as I’m writing this. It’s time to reduce the collection for good!

3. Read 20 books from my physical TBR

I also had this goal for 2022, but this time I’m reducing the value to 20 books. I read books in different formats, but I want to prioritize what’s currently on my shelves. I found 30 books to be a lot, so in 2023 one of my goals will be to read at least 20 of my physical copies… we’ll see how that goes!

4. Read 2 fantasy series I have always wanted to read

Another repeated goal, but I’m downsizing this one to 2 fantasy series. The thing is: I love fantasy series, but I have a hard time compromising with long series with a ton of volumes. Which is a shame, because from my experience, these kinds of series are amazing! My TBR list is FILLED with all the ones I never got to read, so in 2023 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!

5. Read 2 big books (>500 pages)

Another repeated goal, but I’m making it 2 this time! So, not only am I intimidated by big series, but I’m also intimidated by big books (for me this means over 500 pages). I always try to go against my fear of big books, because I know I’m missing out on some amazing stories and world-building. And that’s the reason why I’m doing this! I want to pick up at least 2 of these in 2023.

6. Do not finish books if I really don’t want to

A new goal for the new year (finally)! This is pretty self-explanatory, but I’m tired of keep reading when I’m not into the stories. So this year I want to remind myself that life is too short to read boring books. If it’s not good, I am moving on!

7. Read a book for every genre

Another thing I want to try to achieve this year is to read from different genres! I think of myself as a diverse reader, but this year I’m putting it on paper! I want to get out of my comfort zone and read some cool, different books so this year I’ll try to check the following genres:

  • Romance
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Adult
  • Horror
  • Historical
  • LGBTQ+
  • Contemporary
  • Science Fiction
  • Science
  • Self-Development
  • Memoir / Biography
  • Mystery
  • Paranormal
  • Graphic Novel / Manga

8. Do TBR lists again!

I did this for a very long time, but I stopped because at some point I felt like I was being forced to read whatever I planned for the month. I want to try this again for a few different reasons, but mostly because I really liked how organized I was with my reading. It was a lot of fun to write my TBR posts every month and pick new books for each month! Another plus is that I can track my reading goals a little better this way as well. For me these are all great reasons to try again, so why not? 🙂

So what do you think of my reading goals for 2023? To be honest, I’m feeling confident! I think all of the reading goals that I’m setting for 2023 are both challenging and achievable, just like in 2022.

Tell me about you! Do you have any reading goals for 2023? Let me know!

See you in my next post 🙂

Happy New Year!

Hello friends!

Once again, I just wanted to pop on here and wish you all a happy New Year! This last year was a little tough for a few different reasons, and my hope is that 2023 will be a better year for all of us. I’m very grateful for all of the lessons this past year has taught me… but I’m ready for a new chapter!

Friends, I wish you all the best for 2023. I wish you health, wealth and a lot of happiness and fulfillment in your lives. Nothing less than that. 🙂

Cheers! Let’s grow and have a great 2023 together.

Merry Christmas!

Hello friends!

I just want to take a few minutes to wish you all a merry Christmas! I hope you are spending the holidays with the ones you love, surrounded by tons of love, warmth and great food! Most importantly, I hope you have a lot of fun during this magical season, and who knows, maybe Santa will bring you a few books that have been on your TBR list for a while 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful festive season. See you in the next post!

10 Books I would love to find under the Christmas tree | 2022

Hello friends! 

I hope you’re doing well and I hope you are excited for the holidays. I sure am, and that’s exactly why I’m having so much fun writing these Xmas posts!

Last year I wrote a post titled “7 Books I would love to find under the Christmas tree”, and I thought it would be nice to keep the tradition alive! It is also a way for me to share with you a few books that have been on my radar for the last few months.

This year’s version is not 7 books, but 10! I was planning on doing the same number, but I honestly couldn’t reduce the list – and trust me, I tried! There are so many amazing books out there that I still haven’t picked up, so the list got a little longer for 2022.

Enough chit chat, let’s get into it! Here are 10 books I would love to find under the Christmas tree:

1. It Starts With Us (It Ends With Us #2) by Colleen Hoover
I mean… is there any question on why this book is in this list? Not only Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors of all time, but I loved the first book in this series – “It Ends With Us”. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t supposed to be a duology/series, so I’m curious to see what this book is about. To be completely honest with you, it’s only a matter of time I’ll get this one – gifted or not!

2. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Another book I would love to get my hands on is “The Daughter of Doctor Moreau“. The reason why this is on my wishlist is simple: I read “Mexican Gothic” and I was obsessed with it. I really wanted to read this new Silvia Moreno-Garcia because it seems like the book has a similar vibe to it. It’s also historical gothic horror themed, and I’m so here for it!

3. Realm Breaker / Blade Breaker (Realm Breaker series) by Victoria Aveyard
I’m super curious about this new Victoria Aveyard fantasy series! Some people say it’s a duology and others say it’s a trilogy, so I don’t know exactly how long this series is. Either way, I would be more than happy to get the two first books. *wink wink*

4. Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West
A new Kasie West book always means “new addition to my TBR”. Kasie West is one of my favorite authors of all time, so the fact this book is here is self-explanatory.

5. Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach
This is a pretty random addition to my wishlist, I admit. With that said, I’m still curious about this one. Some people compare this book to Moxie, but I haven’t read it so I wouldn’t know what that means. The story sounds cool and the cover is gorgeous, so why wouldn’t I want to read it?

6. Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie
I’ve been wanting to pick up this book ever since it came out. Fortunately this was published in Portuguese, which I thought was awesome! But for some reason I never actually bought it. I would be super happy to find it under the Christmas tree!

7. Blade of Secrets (Blade of Secrets series) by Tricia Levenseller
Tricia Levenseller is one of my favorite authors as well and this is one of the books I still haven’t picked from her. I think this is the first book of a duology (or maybe a trilogy?), and I’m very curious about it. I love her strong female characters! I’m definitely picking this up sooner or later.

8. Twisted Love by Ana Huang
The reason why I added this book to my wishlist is because there is so much hype around this series! I have friends who recommend it to me all the time, so I got curious. Another good thing is that this was also translated to Portuguese, so I’ll try to get it in the future to support Portuguese editors.

9. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
I don’t know a lot about this book other than it’s super popular among fantasy readers. I believe this is a mythology book, which is a genre I always love to read about!

10. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas
And the last book on this list is another book I’ve been wanting to read for a while! The newest fantasy series from Sarah J. Maas grabbed my attention since the day it was announced. For this reason, I’m also going to get this one in the future… gifted or not. 🙂

Great books, right? I really want to pick these in the future, and I hope I’ll get to (at least some of) them in 2023! Of course, I have more books I would love to put my hands on… but we would be here all day if I kept writing!

What about you? What books do you hope to get this Christmas? Do you have a bookish list for Santa ready? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

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 | 2021

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,