Ranking all the books I read this month aka my February 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s time for my february wrap up and I’m excited with the new format that I’m using where I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my February tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read all the books on it – even if I finished We Unleash the Merciless Storm on March 1st which is why it’s not gonna be in this wrap up. So I read 8 books on my February tbr + 6 more books that were not on it. Here’s how I ranked them:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

Unfortunately, this month I read two books that I really disliked and that I had a lot of issues with, specially in terms of characters and writing.

14. Frenemies by Emma Hart (2,5 stars): The writing in this wasn’t good and the main character was annoying, she kept going around in circles about her relationship with the love interest and then she suddenly changed her mind at the end. I think this had lots of potential, but it needed to be longer and better written.

13. Dominik by Sawyer Bennet (2,8 stars): the hero of this book was extremely arrogant and controlling, he was a very two dimentional character and even if he did get a bit better by the end, the improvement wasn’t significant. Beyond sexual chemistry, the characters didn’t have any connection and they barely speak to each other for the first half of the book. Also, the writing wasn’t the best, the inner monologues of the main characters were so repetitive.

The One I Had Issues With, But It’s Not Bad

The books I give ratings between 3 and 3,5 stars are the ones that I have a lot of issues with but they have redeeming qualities and I can see that they are not bad books.

12. American Street by Ibi Zoboi (3,4 stars): This was a quick read but I had a hard time getting into it because I didn’t like the main character, I found her naive and judgemental. Nonetheless, all the other characters were interesting. This book didn’t handle the topic of abusive relationships very well and the ending was rushed and it was deus ex machina.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had some issues with them.

11. Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow (3,7 stars): I really liked both of the main characters, they had great chemistry and they were kind and understanding with each other. There was a storyline in this that was predictable revolving around pregnancy and infertility and I think it could have been handled better.

10. Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,7 stars): This book was told in dual timelines, at the beginning it did a good job of staying in one timeline long enough to not feel jumpy, but halfway through it started to feel like a bunch of scenes haphazardly put together without a strong narrative behind them and it actually skipped some really important scenes, which annoyed me.

9. The King of Crows by Libba Bray (3,7 stars): Nothing happened in this until the very end and then when the big confrontation took place it was so anticlimatic. The ending was nothing memorable and it felt like the stakes were super low. Still I’m not mad at this book because my two favorite characters got the ending I wanted for them and that was all I was asking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

8. The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor (3,8 stars): It took me a while to get into this, but when the action started, I got really invested in the story. This book tried to cram to much world building into very few pages and it suffered a bit for it and also I didn’t love the ending, but overall I enjoyed the conclusion to Binti’s story.

7. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (3,8 stars): This was a highly entertaning read, I really liked the characters and their chemistry was off the charts. Also, I LOVED the way Brazilian culture was incorporated. I know a lot of people were saying that the sex in this book was awkward and I would agree that the first sex scene was, but it got better.

6. Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): The plot of this got a bit ridiculous by the end, but I LOVED Portia and Tavish as characters and as a couple, their chemistry was amazing.

5. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): I LOVED the main characters! Nya and Johan are precious and I loved seeing them fall in love and get their happily ever after. I think the whole storyline with Nya’s father was resolved in a very weird and rushed way, but beyond that I really enjoyed it

4. Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (4 stars): This book has the most adorable, nerdy couple I have ever encountered in a romance book. I LOVED both of the main characters. There was a point where this book had me at the verge of tears just because the hero felt confused and sad and that’s a testament of how deeply Alyssa Cole made me fall in love with the characters.

3. American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): I love both of the main characters. Juan Pablo is such a swoonworthy hero. I really love how sex positive and unapologetically Latinx this book is. (Full review)

2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (4 stars): Queenie’s voice is incredibly captivating even when her life is spinning out of control. The first half of this book is full of Queenie making terrible choices and getting involved with the most horrific men, who treated her like she was a plaything that was there for their pleasure. But seeing the whole process she went through to get better was beautiful.

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites usually are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more. This month unfortunately I didn’t rate anything higher than 4 stars, but I still read a brilliant book:

1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (4 stars): The world building and magic system in this book were unique, intriging and devastating. The way it mirrors our society was smart and poignant. There were so many twist, some that I saw coming and some that I didn’t, but they all made sense to the story. I loved Syenite and Alabaster and I’m heartbroken over everything they went through. This is brilliant but the last 80 pages made me feel hopeless and angry and devastated and I’m not sure that I will continue on with the series because this book was one bad thing after another and I feel like I can’t handle that.

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka my January 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Like you can tell by the title of this blog post, in 2020 I’ll be doing something a bit different for my wrap ups because I’ll be ranking all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month and I’m really excited and a bit nervous because I know it’s gonna be hard. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my January tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read most books on it except for The Outsider by Stephen King, which I chose not to read because Stephen King tweeted some disappointed things and made me not want to pick up his book right now, and also Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie, which I did start but I didn’t manage to finish it on time. So I read 6 books on my January tbr + 3 more book had were not on my tbr. Here’s how I ranked them:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

I didn’t read any truly terrible books in January, but there were two books that I had issues with. The first one I liked a lot of things about but strongly disliked one element of the story, which affected my overall enjoyment of the book and the other one was plain boring and I had a hard time caring about anything that was happening.

9. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (3,2 stars): This has an interesting world and magic system, as well as lovable character, but a really boring villain and a TERRIBLE romance (Full review)

8. Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau (3,3 stars): This was so boring and I think it wasn’t the plot, it was the flat and repetitive writing style specially from one of the two perspectives. Also, the steamy scenes were always rushed through and the ending felt rushed.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had small issues with them, but they are never books that I have one element that I strongly dislike.

7. Whatever It Takes by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,6 stars): I have been waiting for this book for so many years and I had huge expectations for it, which were not met. I still love both of the characters, I love how different they seem from one another but how strong their connection is and I love that their story is angsty and bittersweet, but I didn’t enjoy the dual timelines and also this felt like a bunch of disjointed scenes put together instead of a more cohesive and fluent narrative. 

6. Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): this novella started really promising, it was cute and funny and it had a kind and understanding hero. But then it dragged a bit, I was kind of annoyed with the main character, the conflict felt a bit forced and the ending was rushed.

5. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (3,6 stars): This book started strong, the heroine was amazing and even when I had issues with the hero because of his internalized toxic masculinity which he needed to work on, their chemestry was fantastic and the story of how they worked to fix their marriage was beautiful, but my enjoyment was severely affected by the conflict in the second half of the story, which relied on miscommunications (Full Review)

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (3,7 stars): This book is hard to get into and the beginning was just ok, but then it takes a couple of twist and turns that are very intriguing and made the book so much more interesting and then the ending was heartbreaking and bittersweet and shocking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

3. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (4 stars): The writing was fantastic,the characters from previous books showed up in this, which was amazing, and most of them were strange and vicious and it was easy to see how much going to their worlds skewed the way they think. This book also had outstanding mental health rep.

2.Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (4 stars): This was a fun and witty book, with lovable main characters that were very different from one another but had an adorable relationship. This was full of mouth-watering food, snarky tweets and complicated family dynamics. (Full Review)

My Favorite Book of the Month

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My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more and they are books that I truly loved .

1. The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan (4,5 stars): the world building and magic system in this are impressive, the characters are interesting and lovable and the plot is engaging. The pace slows down in the middle of the book and it gets a bit repetetive, but it picks back up and the ending is fanstastic.

What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?

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January TBR: something new for the new year!

Hi everyone! TBRs are not something I put together often, I honestly only do it for readathons, because I am a mood reader so it’s really difficult for me to stick to them. Nonetheless, in an effort to accomplish my reading goals for 2020, complete my reading challenge for the year and try to read a bigger variaty of genres, I have decided to start putting together monthly tbrs.

Below, you can see a list of all the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of and the emoji that will represent each one. Next to each of the books on my tbr, I’ll put the emoji of the goal or challenge that that book is going to help me fullfil. Obviously, there will be months where I’ll read books that don’t contribute to any of my goals and there will be months where some goals won’t have a book associated with them.

Without further ado, here are the goals and challenges:

  • Read 20 fantasy books in 2020 (🔮)
  • Read 35 books by Latinx authors in 2020 (🔥)
  • Keep reading diverse books: by Asian authors (☁️), by black authors (🌞), other #ownvoices rep (🌈)
  • Read 50 books by the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (⭐)
  • Read the 20 books on my tbr for the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (💫)
  • Read a book from a genre that’s not fantasy or romance (🦄)

BACKLIST

🔮 🌈 ⭐ 💫 Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh: I started this book in December and I didn’t finish it, so I’m hoping to be done with it today.

🔮 The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: I’m excited to finally be reading this fantasy classic, even if it’s part of a 14 book series. I don’t think I’ll finish this in January since it’s a long book, but at least I’ll start it.

🦄 The Outsider by Stephen King: I finished the Bill Hoadge Trilogy in 2019 and I’m excited to see more of Holly in this book.

🔥 🌈 ⭐ 🦄 More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I’m reading this with the Backlist Bookworms

2020 RELEASES

🦄 Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: I’m part of the blog tour so I need to read this ASAP (January 21st)

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey: I have wanted to readthis book since the moment I finished the first one in the series, I can’t believe it’s almost here! (January 14th)

Whatever It Takes + Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie: I have been waiting 4 years for these books and I NEED THEM NOW. (January 21st & 28th)

What are your reading plans for January? If you want to buddy read any of the books on this tbr, let me know in the comments!

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My Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 17

Hi everyone! Today I have a list of my most anticipated romance books that are coming out in 2020. Before starting I think it’s important to mention that most of these books are part of a series, but all of them can be read as standalone novels if you don’t mind spoiling other books.

It was really hard to narrow down this list, but here are the 10 books I chose (more like 11, but…):

*Click the titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Release date: January 14th 2020

Rosie and Dominic are high school sweethearts, who used to be maddly in love, but now Rosie’s lucky to get a few words from the ex-soldier.  So encouraged by her friends, she proposes a marriage boot camp and it’s surprise when Dom actually agrees. The relationship rehab run by hippies helps their relationship get stronger than ever, but then Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything. 

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVED Fix Her Up, the first book in this series of companion novels, and I was so intrigued by the glimpses of Rosie and Dom that we got in that book that I can’t wait to read their story. I recently realized that I actually like second chance romances, so I’m excited to read more of them starting with this one!

Whatever it Takes + Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie

  Release date: January 21st  & January 28th 2020

Garrison has a reputation as a bad boy but no one knows the abuse he endures at home, and then he founds someone who sees beyond his walls and wants to help him, the only problem is that he likes the sister of the only guy willing to give him a second chance, she is true good girl that sees more in him too.

Why am I anticipating it? Garrison and Willow were minor characters in a series I read a long time ago and the authors actually started to write their story in Wattpad for free for the fans and then realized that there was a lot to tell and decided to write these books, so I have waiting for this moment for 5 years because I love these characters and their relationship and I’m FINALLY GETTING THEIR BOOKS!

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Release date: February 4th 2020

Enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about a wedding planner who gets left at the altar and whose new job requires her to work with the best man who ruined her wedding: her ex-fiancé’s infuriating and annoyingly handsome brother. Soon they discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them

Why am I anticipating it? I’m a big fan of Mia Sosa’s Love on Cue series and I’m excited to have a new book by her to read. Also, going by the synopsis this book is right up my alley, specially since it has hate to love.

Dominik by Sawyer Bennett

Release date:  February 18th 2020

Dominik, a billionaire who owns a hockey team, wants more than just a good time with Willow, a war photographer, who is the sister of one of his star players, the only problem is she is hesitant, so he has to win her heart.

Why am I anticipating it? This is the sixth and final book of the Arizona Vengence series, I have loved all the previous books and I have been waiting to read Dominik and Willow’s story for a while now, so I’m definitely excited. Willow is such a cool character, I’m sure I’m gonna love her as the protagonist of her own story.

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Release date: March 10th 2020 

When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene for confronting a celebrity chef that harrased a hostess, Mack offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club a helps Liv with her problem, but they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart.

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVED the first book of the Bromance Book Club series and I really liked Mack as a minor character, so I’m happy he’s getting his own book. The whole concept of this series is so unique and cool, can you imagine if more men read romance books?!

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Release date: March 24th 2020

Laurie’s partner of over a decade suddenly ends things and since they work together, she has to see him every day. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office, Laurie decides she needs a new man to give people something else to talk about and it turns out that Jamie needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance, but there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling.

Why am I anticipating it? Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes, so as soon as I read the synopsis of this book I knew I needed to add it to my tbr. I also really like office romances, so that’s a plus as well.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Release date: March 24th 2020

Carey and James work for home remodeling gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: they can’t stand each other. Both James and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But then they realize that they may have the chance to build something beautiful together.

Why am I anticipating it? I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books and the premise of this one sounds so cool that it has me counting the days until I can read it! This reminds me a bit of the movie set it up and I hope I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed that movie.

American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera

Release date: March 30th 2020

By the end of a trip to Dominican Republic, the love/hate thing JuanPa and Pris have been doing for sixteen years has risen to epic proportions. And they can both finally admit—if only to themselves—they’ve always been a perfect match. The future they dreamed of together is still within reach…if they can just accept each other as they are.

Why am I anticiáting it? This is probably my most anticipated book of 2020, I read the first three books in the series in 2019 and in those books there have been hints of the history between Priscilla and Juan Pablo, which are the main couple in this book, and I can’t wait to know what happened between them in the past and how are they gonna get back together. Another second chance romance that I can’t wait to read.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Release date: April 7th 2020 

Naomi and Nicholas are about to get marry, the problem is that both of them have been feigning contentment. But whoever backs out of the wedding has to pay for it, so the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare. But now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVE the premise of this book and I know a few people that got arcs of this and they loved it, so it makes me so excited to read it! The premise of this reminds me a bit of The Hating Game and since that’s one of my favorite romances of all times, so I’m hoping I’ll love this one as well.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Release date:  June 23rd 2020

Zafi rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong and for Dani is a sign: they are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along, since his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic.

Why am I anticipating it? Recently I read the first book in this series and loved it, Talia Hibbert’s writing and her characters are amazing. I’m excited for Dani’s story, specially since I love the fake dating trope and they are fake dating for a good reason.

What 2020 romance books are you highly anticipating?

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November 2019 Wrap Up: I read 20 books! | Blogmas Day 4

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! November was a great reading month for me, I read a total of 20 books, mainly romance novels that distracted me and made me feel better during a month that was emotionlly draining for me. I even found some new favorite romances and I’m excited to talk to you about them!

ROMANCE

Beard with Me by Penny Reid (4,2 stars): This is a prequel to the Winston Brothers Series and I didn’t think it was necessary, so I almost skipped it, especially since it was supposed to be sad,  but oh boy, that would have been a huge mistake since this ended up being my favorite book in the series. This is not romance since it doesn’t have a happily ever after, but it was a beautiful and heartbreaking hate to love story.

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid (3,8 stars): The final book in a series that means a lot to me. Billy and Claire’s story is such a bittersweet one and I loved it.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (4 stars): Unique and quirky premise, a second chance romance that gave me all the feels, a hero with a stutter (which I have never seen in a romance book before) and so many other things I loved. I can’t wait for the companion book in this series.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (4 stars):  This book was cute and funny but it also included important discussions about chronic pain and abusive relationships and it was just a fantastic book.

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars): This one was so cute! A widowed single dad and his frenemy fall in love and it’s an emotional and beautiful story.

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely (3,6 stars): great couple, but the conflict in this book was kind of dumb.

Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely (3,6 stars): I loved the couple in this one, there was a lot of tension and chemistry. It has the best friend’s sister trope.

Overnight Service by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars): Second chance romance, with love to hate to love. This book has an amazing main couple, their chemestry is off the charts!

Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely (2,8 stars): Honestly don’t remember much about this book and that probably says a lot about why I gave it such a low rating.

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I love the relationship between the main characters, it was sweet but steamy, and I liked that this book includes conversations about important topics like domestic violence, death of a love one and grief.

I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): I really enjoyed the relationship in this book, there was tension and chemistry, but the ending was so rushed that it afected my overall enjoyment of the book.

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne (3.8 stars): best friends to lovers is my favorite trop and this one was so well done! The whole premise of a guy teaching his female best friend the art of seduction was very entertaining even if it was not very unique.

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne (3,5 stars): This book took place in a short amount of time and I felt like there weren’t enough scenes of the couple to justify the strong feelings between them. There were pretty good scenes between them tho, even if there were few of them.

Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco (3 stars?): This is more like 2,8 stars. I wanted to love this book because it’s written by a Latinx author, but the first 70% was really bad,  the writing wasn’t the best and the romance made no sense.  Even if it got a bit better at the end, it wasn’t that much better.

Plan B by Jana Aston (3,7 stars): I really liked the main couple and their relationship, even if the conflict in the story made no sense to me.

Headstrong Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (3,5 stars): nothing really happens in this book, but I liked getting to see all the characters in the series together, even if it was just for short scenes.

Tacker by Sawyer Bennett (3,6 stars): I had such a high expectations for this book that I was bound to be disappointed. I enjoyed this book, it’s just that those books with the really, really, really tragic pasts for both of the main characters never works for me. Also, I like the couple but I didn’t love it.

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (4,3 stars): This is a hilarious but at the same time heartbreaking middle grade novel full of latinx characters and I LOVED it!

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie (3,5 stars): This was entertaining, as it’s always the case with Christie’s books, but there was a hole in the resolution of the mystery that could have been so easily fixed, but it wasn’t and that annoyed me

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (4,5 stars): This is officially one of my favorite YA series of all times, I loved the complex and captivating characters, the politics and scheming, and the ship that owns my heart: Cardan and Jude.

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10 Cities that Books Made Me Want to Visit | Top Ten Tuesday

Cities that Books Made Me Want to Visit

Hi everyone! When I started blogging I participated in Top Ten Tuesday regulary and I loved the fact that it allowed me to interact with so many people from the community, because I miss that, I decided to start participating again!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Today, the topic is places mentioned in books that I’d like to visit, so I decided to write about 10 cities that are the setting of some amazing books and that play such an important role in the story that after reading the books I can’t help but want to go visit them myself.

*If you click the title of the books, it will take you to the Goodreads page for the book

Without further ado, here are the 10 cities that books made me want to visit:

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman-—> Manila, Philippines

Honestly, all the #romanceclass books I have read made me want to visit the Philippines, but If the Dress Fits is my favorite #romanceclass book and it’s the one that mentions more especific places from Manila like the Dangwa flower market and the Manila Metropolitan Theatre, as well as different types of food that sounded delicious.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan —–> Taipei, Taiwan

I really want to go to Taipei, and especifically, the food markets that are constantly mentioned in this book, I’m just so excited to try delicious food! Also, the observatory inside Taipei 101 sounds so cool, I really want to see the city from that height.

Darius the Great is not Okay by Adib Khorram —-> Yazd, Iran

Iran is the most recent addition to this list, I read Darius the Great is not Okay in January and I fell in love with the way Darius talked about Iran.  I would love to go to Yazd and see the Jameh Mosque, the Towers of Silence and the Atashkadeh.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan —-> Singapore

While reading Crazy Rich Asians, I couldn’t help but be incredibly intrigued about Singapore. I can’t wait to visit the food markets and the impressive buildings, especially the Marina Bay Sands and the gardens by the bay.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares —-> Santorini, Greece

I’ll confess that my desire to visit Greece is due to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and the movie, as well as to the Mamma Mia movies. But, even if the Mamma Mia made me want to go to Greece even more, it all started with Lena and her trip to Santorini in the first book of the series.

City of Ghost by Victoria Shwab —-> Edinburg, Scotland

There are so many European cities that I want to see and to be completely honest, Edinburgh wasn’t one of them until recently when I read City of Ghost. Now I can’t wait to go to the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Vaults! Also, I’m so excited by the fact that book 2 is taking place in Paris and especifically in The Paris Catacombs, which I have been to.

Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie —-> Costa Rica

Ryke and Daisy are my favorite couple in this series and they talk so many times about Costa Rica that it put this country at the top of my list. I’m not sure which city or region they were in, but I would love to go to Cahuita, which is supposed to be a place to relax and find peace.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – Los Angeles

I have wanted to go to L.A. for as long as I can remember, but the last few years, it had been slipping further and further donw the list of places I wanted to visit, until I read this book and it made me want  to go to L.A. so badly! As I said on my review this is a love letter to Los Angeles, there’s commentary on different neighborhoods, who primarily lives there, what type of activities are done and what types of food are sold in them. It simply made me feel excited about going to L.A. again.

Like Us  Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie – Philadelphia 

I already was interested in going to Philadelphia thanks to the original Addicted/Calloway Sister series, but if I’m being honest, the Like us series was the one that really made me want to go to Philly. It’s just that the bodyguards talk about their city with so much love that I can’t help but being curious!

Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid – Chicago, United States

I loved this series, I have already read like 10 books in this series between novels and novellas and I have spent so much time with the ladies of this knitting group that I can’t help but want to visit their city!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Prague, Czech Republic

I had never thought about visiting Prague before this book, but then I read this and soon after I met a dear friend who is from Czech Republic and so I knew the universe was telling me that I needed to visit this beautiful city. It’s being almost five years and I’m happy to say that I’m visiting my friend in April in Prague and I’m so excited!

What books do you want to visit because of a book or series? HAve you ever visited a city because I book was set in it? 
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January 2019 Wrap Up (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

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Life Update 

  • I started the month in the best way, traveling through Italy. I went to Rome, Florence and Venice and it was amazing! Venice was so beautiful.
  • Then I got home the 8th of January and I started my internship the next day – after a 20 days trip through France and Italy – and it was exhausting if I’m being honest. The internship has been kind of a disappointment.
  • I also had exams during January, I did really well on those, but with everything that was going on, my anxiety got a bit out of hand after a few months of being in very low levels, which sucks.
  • Still, overall it was a good month, I love the fact that I started the year traveling and I’m so grateful I got that chance!

What I Read 

This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be lkeeping track of that with some emojis!

                     🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics                                    ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (4,3 stars): my favorite book in the series so far! I found the goblin market so interesting and the characters were so complex! This entire book was so bittersweet and I loved it! (review)  – ⭐

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (3 stars): This was disappointing; the writing style wasn’t for me, I didn’t found the case interesting and the only really good thing was the characters. (review) – 🌿

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (5 stars):  Lovely, flawed, amazing characters and a really interesting relationship and dynamic between them.  (review coming this week!) – 🌿🌸

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie (4 stars): This was really good, Thatcher is not my favorite but I love Jane and they work as a couple and I liked that we got to see more of the Cobalts. Honestly,  I can’t wait until we get a Sulli and Akara book. I NEED IT! – 🌸

Hi Fi Fight Club by Carly Usdin (4 stars): I really liked this, I think the characters are amazing and the art and color pallet are so lovely! (review)

Lumberjanes by Various Authors (4 stars): This was so much fun! The perfect amount of spooky and mysterious to make want to continue with the other issues. (review)

Lumberjanes: 2016 Special by Various Authors (3,4 stars): Didn’t really enjoy this story as much, I think it was a little too ridiculous and not spooky enough. But the art was pretty. (review)

Mental Health Book Bingo 

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (4 stars): Beautifully written, I loved the romance and seeing the evolution of the father/daughter relationship. I wasn’t even 10% into this and it had me tearing up. My only problem with this is that it dragged a little. It has depression rep, so trigger warning for that and for suicide.  (review) – 🌻 🌸

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (4,5 stars): I loved all the characters in this book so much and I had a lot of fun reading this story until the moment when my heart was broken. Besides that, I really liked that this was a Fantasy standalone, which we need more of, and it’s a fantasy with anxiety rep, which we need even more –  ⭐

Darius the Great in Not Okay by Adib Khorram (4,5 stars): This was fantastic, the family relationships were the main focus of this book and there were so many complex and interesting characters that even when there’s not much plot, I still found this absolutely compelling. The friendship part of the story was also really sweet and i loved that it was set in Iran and mostt of the main characters were iranies. Also, this was the second book this month that made me tear up, which is so unusual for me! Trigger warnings for depression- 🌻

You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza (3,5 stars): The writing style wasn’t that great, but I really liked the themes this addressed, like depression and  second love, and I found a lot of what the author was trying to say relatable. (review coming this week!)

Blog Posts 

Here are some of my favorite blog posts I wrote in January:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?

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Anticipated Book Releases of December 2018

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I have written a post about my most anticipated releases for each month this year, I would like to say I have read at least half of the books I put on those lists, BUT I HAVE NOT 😭 My tbr is out of control! Please send help!

Anyway, here are three more books that I’m highly anticipating and that I hope to read before the year is over:

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare 

This is the third and final book in The Dark Artifices series, which follows the Shadowhunters of the Los Angeles Institute as dark secrets and forbidden love threatens their very survival.

I’m currently reading Lord of Shadows so I can be ready to read this book as soon as it comes out.  I waited so long to read Lord of Shadows so I didn’t have to wait too long to know how the story ends, but now it’s finally time to find out!

Release Date: December 4th

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie 

This is the fourth book in the Like Us series, which follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the bodyguards that protect them. The Like Us series is connected to two other series by these authors, so it’s actually the 14th book that revolves around the same family.

I have LOVED and reread the other 13th books a few times, so I can’t wait to know how the story of this family continues. Also, this is the first book told form Jane and Thatcher’s perspectives and I’m so excited!

Release Date: December 18th 

The Disasters by M.K. England

Nax Hall gets kicked out of an elite Academy, but when a terrorist group attacks, Nax and three other washouts escape and become the sole witnesses and the perfect scapegoats. On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and the others execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

I LOVE books about heists that take place in space, so this sounded right up my alley. I only know one person that has read this book and they loved it, so I’m excited to give it a chance. Also, the main characters is biracial and bisexual and that makes me even more excited to read this.

What December book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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