Book Haul #1, May/17


I am having today my first book haul in this blog! As I started the blog a few days into May, I am not sure if the books below were the only ones I got, but are the ones I remember getting during my last bookstore trip. They aren’t many because I am trying not to hoard books, so sometimes there are months when I won’t buy books.


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Review: Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff

fates-and-furies-lauren-groffRating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Contemporary fiction, drama

Add to your TBR: Goodreads

Let me just start by saying that I could stare at this book’s cover the whole day. How gorgeous is that? Also, I added this book to my TBR* because I thought I had read somewhere that Michelle Obama recommended it, but actually it was Barack Obama’s recommendation instead. Continue reading

Review: All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr


Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical fiction

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

I may have gotten this book mainly because I was seduced by its glowing reviews on Goodreads and Buzzfeed. I normally shy away from books about World War II, for the fact that I am not into tear-jerkers and it is such a heavy topic to read about, but I am glad I got this one. Continue reading

Review: Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell #1) by Hilary Mantel

6101138Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Goodreads / Skoob

My boyfriend was peacefully reading the book #2 of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy in a train trip last year, when I started creepily staring, almost drooling over the pages, until he told me what book it was. I have a thing for thick books – they just look so beautiful and full of promises – so I was immediately convinced to put it on my TBR.

I have recently mentioned this book in the review from The Other Boleyn Girl, but this book is by no means in the same style. If you liked The Other Boleyn girl and are looking for something similar, this book may not be for you. I recommend reading some more reviews before getting into this one. Continue reading

Review: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

818588Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend:  Yes, with restrictions

Genres:  Fiction, historical fiction

I came across this book as a suggestion from Goodreads right after I read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (see a theme?) and my sister-in-law gave me as a gift (thank you!). After reading a Tudor-themed book, it is mandatory to spend the next minutes/hours lost in Wikipedia articles about every character. Continue reading

5 Favorite Authors #1


I was going to post today my Top 5 Authors of All Times Ever in my Entire Life, but I couldn’t really do that with absolute certainty that they would still be my favorite ones some time from now. As I am sure happens to many of you as well, my favorite authors change according to my mood and what I look for when I read. So here are my favorite authors at the moment, meaning those were the first 5 that popped up in my head when I was figuring out a top 5. Let me know in the comments if you have a top 5 and, if yes, who they are! Continue reading

Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

26247008Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Fiction, contemporary

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads

I got to know Liane Moriarty’s work almost by accident: it was a cold week of February and I had just finished the book I was reading  two days earlier than I expected and desperately needed something for the 2-hour trip that awaited me that Friday.


Truly Madly Guilty follows the main characters through flashbacks and current days’ events as it slowly starts to unfold the mystery of what went wrong on a rainy day during that ordinary barbecue on a Sunday afternoon. Continue reading

First blog post


Dear readers,

welcome to my blog! My name is Naty and I am thrilled to start a new blog about books – as said on the “About” page, this is my second blog on this theme. My first one included an obsessive amount of The Lord of the Rings posts and far too many pictures of Legolas, which are a couple things I wish to avoid this time around.

My rating system will be the com 5-star one. Here is what each rating means:

My native tongue is Portuguese, meaning sometimes my English may be a bit rough on the edges, and my sentences may come out a little weird. My intention is to write posts mainly in English, but sometimes in Portuguese as well, as some Brazilian books that are my favorites aren’t published in English (yet!).

Please feel free to leave book recommendations, your personal impressions on the things I write about and any other comments you feel like. I will respond as often as possible!

Happy readings!

With love,