Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes!

Genres: Science Fiction

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Confession: I have not watched the movie, so my review is solely based on the book.

Mark Watney is one of six astronauts in the Ares 3 mission in Mars. When the planet is hit by a storm and a flying antenna stabs Mark, the life signals his suit sends to his crew is clear: he’s dead. But Mark isn’t – yet. And now his crew and ship are gone.

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Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads

This was another book that I would not have read without the book blogging community, although I cannot remember anymore whose review exactly convinced me to read it. I expected this to be a more light-hearted, fun read, but it was far more powerful and emotional than that, and I was quite pleased by the surprise! Continue reading

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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The Blogger Recognition Award

Danielle at The Introverted Book Nerd has nominated for this award around 47 years ago and I found it in my drafts today and decided to answer it finally! Thank you so much for the nomination, Danielle, I am very, very happy to receive it and honored! If you don’t know her blog, do check it out (also if you know it!) –  apart from having the most relatable blog name ever, my Ravenclaw sister also kills it with her reviews and is a very sweet person!

THE RULES:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

HOW MY BLOG STARTED

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Mini-Review: How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time Matt Haig

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

“I should also say, in case it needs saying: I don’t know for sure that the words I write were the words that were actually spoken. They probably weren’t. But this is how I remember these things, and all we can ever be is faithful to our memories of reality, rather than the reality itself, which is something closely related, but never precisely the same thing.” Continue reading

Review: She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery, by M. J. Tjia

She be Damned by M J TjiaRating: ★★☆☆☆

Recommended: No

Genres: Historical Fiction, Crime

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob


Goodreads Synopsis:

London, 1863: prostitutes in Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey to investigate. With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust before the killer strikes again. Continue reading

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

Mini-Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1), by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman Warbringer Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes!

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

Wonder Woman: Warbringer was definitely among my top 5 on the books that came out this year that I was most excited for. I had never read anything by Leigh Bardugo before, so I was a bit worried her style might be not be my taste, but I had nothing to worry about – I loved the book so much! So I decided to go for a mini-review, so as not to bore you guys too much with all my drooling over it.

Diana is such a fantastic character, I loved her distinct, unique and badass voice. Reading Wonder Woman felt like a breath of air, a book so glorious in its unapologetic feminist tone that will actually make you happy.

‘‘Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’’

Review: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes!

Genres: Contemporary, Literary Fiction

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Little Fires Everywhere was one of the books coming out in 2017 that I was most looking forward to! And did Celeste Ng deliver. She certainly did.

Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend and I started reading this book basically at the same time, and we chatted about it and let me tell you – her thoughts on it are spot on, she writes beautifully and you should definitely read her review! Continue reading

Review: The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

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Confession: I bought this book because the cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve seen. Anyone else does that?

“You told me once you forget you are a woman, and I understand it now – you think to be a woman is to be weak – you think ours is a sisterhood of suffering! Perhaps so, but doesn’t it take greater strength to walk a mile in pain than seven miles in none? You are a woman, and must begin to live like one. By which I mean: have courage.” Continue reading