Books I Want to Read for Halloween

Hi Bookworms!

As October has arrived, the weather gets ever chillier and darker, and Halloween approaches, giving the perfect opportunity to cozy up with an atmospheric book. Here are the books I look forward to reading this month and that I think are going to be more enjoyable during this season! I don’t know if I will be able to read them all, but I surely will try.

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The Unofficial Catalog of Stereotypical Characters

Hello bookworms!

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve seen that character before? Do you get déja-vù constantly while reading certain books?? Well, your problems are over! I present to you the Unofficial Catalog of Stereotypical Characters, along with some books where they show up. Maybe you have seen this character before – find out below!

This post will be continuously completed and expanded. (and is full of sarcasm!)

“Badass” Damsel in Distress: This one is an evolution to the Damsel in Distress. She is allegedly badass, maybe has combat training or so, but really can’t deal with anything without her male love interest.

Example: Lia (The Kiss of Deception), Clary (The Mortal Instruments),

Best Friend With No Personal Life: This character solely exists with the purpose of listening to the main character’s complaints, helping in whatever way they can, giving words of wisdom and never caring for their own life and needs. Bonus points if they literally die for the hero/heroine.

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10 Book Recommendations for Fall

Helloooo, fellow book lovers!

I am so excited for Fall! Since moving to Europe, I am ridiculously happy with Fall stuff, it’s Pumpkin Season™ and I will have pumpkin everything, please (we don’t have pumpkin stuff in Brazil, so leave me be with my silly happiness). Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pasta, grilled pumpkin, pumpkin cake, GIMME ALL THE PUMPKIN. Also: DIE, FLIES, DIEEE

Okay, calming down and focusing…

Here are some suggestions of books for Fall! They are mostly creepy reads, but I also added a few cozy ones.

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Anti-TBR #2: Popular books I am not going to read

Hello book lovers!

So, writing the #1 of this series was such fun, and honestly one of my favorite posts to write! I have one rule when it comes to my TBR: it cannot pass 100 books. It’s a purely arbitrary rule, but I found it helps me keep in check the books I really am interesting in vs. the ones I feel I should read because they are classics, or so hyped, etc.

Just to make it clear once more: the books I list here are not books I think are bad. They are just books I have decided not to read, at least for now, and didn’t make the cut to the 100 books I want to read most.

Without further ado, let’s get to the list!


 Ready Player One, by Ernerst Cline

This book is a YA science fiction, and lately I’ve been reading quite some science fiction. But it just doesn’t speak to me, although I cannot point out precisely why. Maybe it’s all the 80s references this book is supposed to have. Maybe I’ve just read too much dystopia lately. In any case, it just didn’t interest me enough to kick out a book from my TBR to add this one instead. In addition to that, I have read quite some “meh” and some negative reviews about it. Continue reading

Books I’m Not Sure If I Should Add to My TBR #1

Hello readers!

I would like your help! As explained on my Anti-TBR post, I am quite critical of the books that make it to my TBR. A lot of times they don’t make it, and a lot of times they do. Most of the time, however, the books simply remain on a sort of limbo, where I am not sure if to read them or not. So I convince myself I will add them if I keep hearing about them and if I still want them after a few weeks, but sometimes it isn’t that simple!

Some of the books below I have simply been unable to decide for years. Because I normally don’t take note of the “limbo” books, I had to force my memory a bit here. I’m sure there are many more that I will remember, which is why I wrote this post as a series.

If you’ve read any of the books below, please let me know in the comments what you thought!


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The Princess Saves Herself in this One, by Amanda Lovelace 

I don’t like poetry a lot and I hardly ever read them. So I am very hesitant to add one to my TBR, but this one sounds so interesting! I’ve read very few reviews, and they either say “I hate this, it’s not even poetry”, or “I love it so much, it resonates with me a lot”. It tells a story through four point of views: the princess, the damsel, the queen, you. It sounds like a wonderful feminist piece, but it also sounds like it could be underwhelming.

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Books coming out August/2017 I’m dying to read

Hello readers!

This August is a really good month for book publishing! Below are some of the books coming out throughout the month and that I really want to read. What are you guys excitedly waiting for in August?


29749085I just know I have to read Wonder Woman: Warbringer. The beautiful the cover, the amazing the story, it’s just so much goodness into one book. I must confess I am not familiarized yet with Leigh Bardugo’s work, I have Six of Crows staring at me on my TBR pile but I have other books to read before that one. I normally don’t put many books by the same author on my TBR but… just look at this!

Goodreads synopsis excerpt: She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

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Another Listicle Tag Post

Hello readers!

I was tagged by Darque Dreamer Reads on this really fun tag! Thank you so much, I am quite excited to answer this one! In case you don’t know her blog, Darque Dreamer has one really stylish blog, writes really great reviews and takes absolutely gorgeous pictures of books! Plus, she rates her books in fairies, so… what are you waiting for to visit her blog?

What is the Listicle Tag?

The listicle tag is a post that contains a list format for a topic or set of questions.

Rules

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

Darque Dreamer Prompt

Choose 5 books, television shows, or movies that your opinion of is different from the popular opinion.

I have answered the Unpopular Opinions Tag in this post, so I did my best not to mention the same books!

Brave New World Huxley

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley is a well-beloved science-fiction dystopia which explores a world in which the government controls the population by making them… happy. I will not linger much here, as I have a review on this book coming up soon, but – I just didn’t get into the hype. The story felt inconsistent and written at different paces randomly, I didn’t relate to the characters (especially not the Savage) and although I appreciate the innovation and creativity of the book, I thought it was just meh.

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Best Bookstores in Rio de Janeiro (via Capital Nerd)

The post below is from Capital Nerd, I love her “best bookstores from around the world” series, it’s amazing and I couldn’t resist sharing the one from my country ❤ Check it out if you’re interested – click on the link provided to see her post.

Nothing beats lying on the beach or next to the pool under the baking sun while getting lost in a good story. A holiday read is as essential an item as your sun cream for the beach, but what if you forgot to bring your book with you? Simply go to one of our takes on the […]

via Best Bookstores in Rio De Janeiro — Capital Nerd

Anti-TBR #1: Popular books I am not going to read

Hello!

So I thought it would be interesting to write a post on the popular books I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about but have decided, for one reason or another, not to buy or read it (at least for now! Who knows?)

As a person who reads around 30 books a year and with over 90 books on my TBR (I know, not that much for a blogger, but quite so among other groups), I tend to be quite ruthless when deciding if a book stays on my TBR or not. So the books below aren’t necessarily bad (I haven’t read them, how would I know?), they just didn’t make the cut. Let me know if you’ve read any of them and if you think I should add them to my TBR.


The Bronze HorsemanThe Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

This book tells the story of a forbidden love between Tatiana and Alexander, a soldier for the Red Army. It’s set in Leningrad during WWII, which is what initially drew me to it, and I have been meaning to add more romance books on my list, but this just didn’t make it. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and eye roll-worthy. From the reviews I read, it seems that although the theme of the book is so heavy and interesting, it isn’t executed too well and the characters have cringeworthy personalities.


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Summer 2017 Reading List

Hello readers and happy Summer Solstice!

I decided to publish an extra post today, since Summer Solstice seemed like the perfect time to talk about my Summer reads. I won’t post too many books because I’m a mood reader, but basically these are the ones I want to get done before Summer ends! What are you reading this summer?

Illuminae The Illuminae Files 01 Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff

Illuminae is the volume 1 of The Illuminae Files. Surely I don’t need to start another new series to add to my I-don’t-know-how-many series already started. But – of course there was a “but” – this sci-fi has been so highly recommended by basically everyone who reads it, and its unique format in reports and so on instead of a regular narration. It’s a thick book (608 pages), but from its format I suppose it’s actually fast to read. There’s AI, plague, interplanetary war. Need I say more?

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