Top 5 Books Released in 2019 I Want to Read Before the Year is Out

Hello readers!

It’s November and I, like many of you, probably, am starting to panic about all the books I wanted to read before the year is out. I normally try to get as many newer releases (and ARCs!) reviewed as possible before the end of the year, because I know that once the new year begins, it’s harder for me to pick up older books. I know it’s a defect from being a book blogger, and I have a plan to help correct that! Anyway, here are the books I want to finish by the end of 2019!

Edit: I changed the last book as it was kindly pointed out that the book I had there was actually published in 2018.

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Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo

I just bought this book and I’m so excited!! I really enjoy the author’s writing and I’m curious to see how an adult book from her is like – I have been burned out on the YA side lately, so it’s exciting to see an adult fantasy release.

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This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This is probably one of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most! I’m hoping to read it this weekend already!

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune, by Roselle Lim

I have been changing my mind about this one about a thousand times, but I just received an eARC from Netgalley, so this definitely tipped the balance in favor of “yes, I’ll read it”. I love the premise of the book, and although I’m hesitant to pick up another YA, I think this will be really nice!

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

This is a recent addition to my TBR, and I was lucky enough to get an eARC from Edelweiss! So I’m super excited to pick it up soon!

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The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

This is the one book of the list I don’t own yet, but hopefully I’ll get it soon!! I’m quite excited about all the amazing adult fantasy books coming out this year!

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Which books do you want to read until the end of the year?

7 Books I Read and Loved Because of my Mom (It’s her birthday!!)

Hello readers (hello mom!),

Today is my mom’s birthday and I thought dedicating a post to her would be a nice and fitting thing to do – I took my reading habits from my parents, and read many books together with my mom and sister as a kid and teen. Even nowadays we still read similar books and recommend books to each other. I am 100% positive that I would not be half the reader I am today without my mom. She’s also one of my most assiduous readers in this blog, which is why I barely curse in here. 😀

Without further ado, here are books that I read because of my mom and loved!

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling: I got as a gift from her this book when I was maybe 9 years old or a bit older?, and I devoured it, and then proceeded to inform her that there was, in fact, a book before that one and she had given me book 2. My mom then proceeded me to supply me faithfully with all the other books.

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien: we read these books together when I was maybe 15. We’re big LOTR fans and have re-watched the movies lots and lots of times. My sister famously slept thought the big battle scene on The Two Towers one time. I loved drawing the Middle Earth map and, at some point, had it memorized.

The Iron King, by Maurice Druon: I still have a lot of books from this series to read, but my mom has been trying to get my dad and mw to read these for a while, and even my fiancĂ© has joined in, and I have finally succumbed to social pressure. Which is great, because this is such a great read and I look forward to reading the next ones! Drama, politics, royalty… these books have it all.

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Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie: well, really any Agatha Christie book, but this one is my favorite. My mom must have dozens and dozens of her books and I am not even sure how many I’ve read. My sister and I used to take a few on vacation and exchange them after reading (so only taking half the books we’d need to otherwise) and trying to guess who the murderer was and more or less how. I particularly remember reading this one on vacation and guessing the murderer.

The Martian, by Andy Weir: my mom RAVES about this movie so much. I don’t particularly like Matt Damon, so instead of subjecting myself to it, I decided to pick up the book instead and ohmygod, this was HILARIOUS and so good. I want to re-read just talking about it!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows: another movie my mom bullies me into watching and instead I picked up the book because I’m too lazy to watch a movie if it isn’t on Netflix. This was super charming, sweet and bookish and I love this book so much.

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Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer: I was 10 when this book came out and the main character was 10 so I was like !!!! and also this book is GOLDEN and beautiful and I was so hyped for it! Artemis Fowl book 1 has been an all-time favorite since then, although it’s been a few years now that I haven’t read it! There’s a kid genius, fairies, scheming and magic… what else does a person even need?!

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There are probably a lot more that I am forgetting, but these ones stood out to me, plus the ones in Portuguese I don’t think you guys would know! I love every single one of these books. (I also think she gave me His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman, another of my all-time favorites, but I’m not 100% sure about that…)

Mom, happy birthday. Thank you for everything. Te amo ❀

I hereby formally invite you to write a post on the books I recommended to you and you loved (or hated), too! 🙂


My Halloween-themed TBR for October, 2019 Edition

Hello readers!

Every October I choose a few spooky, witchy or otherwise Halloween-themed books, and this year will be no different! It’s just the perfect weather to pick up something a bit eerie, creepy, atmospheric and magical.

Other posts I wrote on previous October reads:

My October 2018 Spooky TBR

Spooky Books I Got This October

Books I Want to Read for Halloween

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All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders has been on my TBR for a while! I’ve owned this book for maybe a year or two, so I’m excited to read it. It’s a book that seems to be more on the weird side than horror, but it’s magical and witchy and strange, so I thought it was pretty cool for October!

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman is also not horror, but sounds delightful, dangerous and has monsters, so it’s a pretty Halloween-y book in my opinion. Also the edition I have has illustrations and I’m super excited for it!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a horror book! Yay! Of all the books I’d like to read this month, this is the one I’m most excited for, so I might just pick it up first. Continue reading

Bookish Playlist #2 (Six of Crows, Vicious etc)

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It’s been a while that I wrote the Bookish Playlist #1, and I thought it would be nice to do a follow-up. This is always such a fun post to write, and I think it’s super useful if you’re on a bookish hangover after finishing any of these books – I obsessively listen to music that reminds me of the book if I loved it. It helps me process my feelings, somehow.

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This might be a bit of a stretch, but I actually think The Monster by Eminem ft. Rihanna fits well with Wintersong: they’re both about finding your place among the monsters nobody else could live with. Also this series has a bit of that trope where the main character experiences fantastical elements that could be interpreted as mental illness, and that too fits the song!

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Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

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Top 10 F/F Books on my TBR

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If you’re following me on Goodreads or Twitter, you probably know I’ve recently added about 10.000.000 F/F books to my TBR. I normally don’t particularly look for book recommendations because I have so many books still to read and I get book recs anyway from reading people’s blogs/listening to podcasts/existing in Twitter/having bookish family & friends, but I have recently realized that unless I actively search for F/F books, not a lot of recs come my way at all.

Although LGBT+ books have recently become “trendy” (aka. people finally acknowledged that those exist and aren’t inherently erotica! Shocking, really), it is a fact that F/F books just get largely dismissed (although I believe this is changing, thankfully). It’s no surprise that women’s inner lives are still seen as based upon their male relationships (fathers, husbands, lovers), so people consider relationships between women, whether romantic or not, as not so relevant, interesting or literary. Not worth reading about. So! I’m putting an extra effort on my blog from now on to write more posts recommending books about relationships between women, especially romantic ones.

As usual, YA is being badass and making LGBT+ books mainstream! I tend to be very picky with YA and don’t read a whole lot of it, so it’s a bit more difficult to find books that are F/F, not YA and also not erotica.

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I’ve owned The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith / Clare Morgan since forever, and I loved her Mr. Ripley’s book, so I am very excited to pick up this one! Continue reading

My Favorite F/F Book by Genre

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Today I have a post I’m quite excited about! I realized a few days ago that I actually don’t have any posts on F/F books, although I have been reading those a lot more lately and have about 10000 on my TBR. So I put a poll on Twitter and for this first post about F/F books I will be posting my favorite F/F book by genre!

I’d love to get recommendations on other F/F books you guys loved! So if you see a book I list below and think “you know what, if you liked this book I’m sure you’ll like this one too”, let me know in the comments!

Also I will be changing my posting days a little – I’ve been doing Tuesday, Friday, Sunday so far, and I think I’ll keep Sundays because I’m going to go back to my Sunday Snuggle posts soon, but I am changing Tuesday posts to Monday, and Fridays to Wednesdays, because I constantly get late on answering comments and I think spreading those out through my work week makes it easier to stick to a routine than on my weekends. It’s not as easily spread out as I’d like, but I want to keep the Sunday Snuggle posts, so this is what I’ll be doing 🙂 Continue reading

More Audiobook Recommendations

Hello readers!

It’s been a while since my Audiobook Recommendations post, so I thought I’d give you a few more recs! I listen to audiobooks a lot, and these are some that I thought were done really well!

I read mostly thrillers on audio, so most of my recommendations will be thrillers!

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Jar of Hearts, by Jennifer Hillier

January LaVoy is my favorite narrator, so I will gladly recommend basically any audiobook she narrates. This one was no exception – Jar of Hearts was very popular when it came out, and although I ended up giving it 3 stars, most people I know loved it. AND the narration is fantastic.

The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn

This book is just fantastic, and the narrator does a pretty good job, too! My sister recommended this one to me and boy, was she right.

Lying in Wait, by Liz Nugent

There are three POVs and three narrators to this book, which always makes me happy. I love different narrators! One of them has quite a thick accent, which for me was not so easy to understand, and talks in sort of a monotone, but the others are really good, especially Lydia. Continue reading

Reaction to 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner & Thoughts on the Longlist

Hello readers,

The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction has just been announced!

An American Marriage is a really good book, an easy read and the first third of the book was so amazing – to add to that, the topics An American Marriage deals with are really relevant: racism, the judicial system, loyalty, family and marriage, which I think are the reasons why it was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. It’s a good book for creating discussion, for sure. But it’s not, in my opinion, the greatest book written by a woman in 2018, the most innovative and unique, the most creative. Tayari Jones is an amazing writer, there is no doubt about that. But the Women’s Prize for Fiction is about more than just a good book people will like – it’s about giving a voice to a group of writers who used to be (and still are) constantly silenced and dismissed as “serious” authors. I don’t mind if the main character is unlikable and if the book is not one I loved and will die for – but it needs to have something more, a challenge perhaps on the way it’s written, on the way the main character is, on the plot, anything really. The themes are important and definitely need to be talked about and represented more in fiction, but that does not change the fact that An American Marriage is a conventional contemporary, even if a very good one, and does not bring anything new. So it’s disappointing.

I would have been happy with most of the books that never made it to the shortlist winning the prize, but I’m not surprised by this result at all. The entire prize has been, so far, giving off a vibe of trying to please the crowd instead of challenging it. An American Marriage is the safest book of the entire longlist. It would have been a truly satisfying ending to see The Pisces or Ghost Wall win, they both felt like they had that extra oomph that a lot of the other books don’t. Continue reading

Bookstores Around the World: Berlin, Germany

Hello book lovers!

On the second installment of this series, I have some places in Berlin to talk about today. I’m super excited about this post, because I really love Berlin. It was the first place I ever tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte (it was okay), and went to a Banksy exposition, which I thought was so very underground, and my boyfriend chuckled in true German-Hipster style and said it was actually very mainstream. Berlin is a very interesting city: it’s both vibrant and dark. There is so much history ingrained in its buildings that it’s impossible not to have your heart broken by visiting the Wall, the Jewish memorials, and the various museums that present unflinching memories of WWII. But it’s also a place full of artistic expression, and oh my gosh, so very hipster. You can literally visit an abandoned amusement park, stay in a hotel decorated with books, go to a restaurant inspired by toilets (I didn’t go there).

It’s also quite perfect for bookish people. There are SO MANY bookstores (I live in a small city, so please forgive my wide-eyed childlike amazement). Here are the ones I went to!

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Yes, that is the bookstore from my profile picture! This place is such a treat to the eyes – books from floor to the ceiling! It does make it so very difficult to find particular books, but it’s quite wonderful to just let your eyes wander from one beautiful spine to the next and get the books that call your name. While the non-fiction section is much, much larger than the fiction one, you can surely find nice things in the fiction section. Continue reading

Choose a Movie or Animation and Get a Book Recommendation #1

Hello book lovers!

I’m not a big person for movies, I surely enjoy watching them but I hardly ever do. It’s difficult for me to actually love a movie, but those I do… I watch over and over. I actually have a surprising soft spot for rom coms. And an unsurprising soft spot for nostalgic Disney movies that transport me to my childhood. Apart from The Butterfly Effect, which my sister loves but I never managed to finish because it made me AGONIZE, I love the movies below and I think some of you might too!

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If you like I Give It a Year…

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If you loved this movie for its emotional punch and truthful take on a marriage that might or not work out, After I Do is such a great read.

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