December Wrap-Up


OMG, I can’t believe that 2015 is over! Where did this freaking year go? It went by way too fast, right?

My December TBR had a great amount of 9 books in there, and I ended up reading 18 books, though some were novellas or short stories. I didn’t manage to finish Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (though I started it), Winter by Marissa Meyer and Crystallum by Laney McMann, because it took me forever to finish a review book… =/

This month I read:


And then I read a bundle with 8 books/novellas:


Books Reviewed:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. Deal Breakers by Laura Lee
  3. Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me by Becky Jerams
  4. Whatever it Takes by L.E. Bross
  5. More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs
  6. More Than Music  by Elizabeth Briggs
  7. This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
  8. Eight Naughty Nights by Eliza Madison
  9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  10. The Girl’s Got Secrets by Linda Kage
  11. Banged: Rock Stars, Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds
  12. Distraction by Laura Clark

This will be my 60th post of the month of December, and also my 1000th overall post! YUUUUPPPIII!!! That’s huge, right?!





This was my December! I’ll be posting my January TBR in a day or two. For now, I’m 10 hours away from 2016, so I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!




2016 Resolutions Book Tag


It’s the last day of the year, so time for a few resolutions! Trisha @The Bookgasm tagged me for this super original and fun bookish tag, the 2016 Resolutions Book Tag, and even though I’m not exactly a resolutions kind of person, I thought “why not?!“.

“4 topics only. Not a fan of multiple questions, sorry! No rules. Give whatever. No right or wrong. You’re your own boss!”

Bookish Resolutions

In 2016, I will…

1. Request less books from Netgalley. I’ve been overdoing it for a couple of months now, and it has to stop, or at least slow down, because my To Read for Review pile is ginormous.

2. Read more books from my shelf. I won’t impose myself a book-buying ban or anything of the sorts, but I do want to get through some books that I already own and that I didn’t get to this year.

3. Buy a second bookshelf and put away all my books. The trouble with living in 2 houses is that I have books everywhere, and each time I come home from Barcelona, I don’t have the space to put away the books I brought with me. This will be better once I get my second shelf.

Book Blogging Resolutions

In 2016, I will…

1. Keep posting at least 5 times a week, ideally every day. I like it! I like to have something to say every day, and if I keep reading at the pace of the last few months, this won’t be a problem.

2. Stop blog hopping while at work. This one is important. I need to stop with this bad habit.

3. Be more active in social media and make more blog friends 😀 !

4. Do some discussion posts. I only did one so far and I really liked it, and I want to keep doing them, maybe create a one a month kind of thing… I think that would work for me.

Career/ Academic Resolutions

In 2016, I will…

1. Finish my PhD! I know this one is a big point, but it is the main goal for 2016!

2. Find a job. With or without finishing my PhD, I need to get a job or paid position soon, because my grant ended this month and now I’m officially unemployed and just a student again, and that sucks.

3. Do a short stay in another lab, mainly to learn a couple of techniques that are important for my future job in my area (whatever it turns out to be).

Personal Resolutions

In 2016, I will…

1. Stop slacking on my Gym attendance…. seriously!

2. Get out of my comfort zone (I’m stealing this one from Kat).

3. Meet new people. I’m terrible at meeting new people, but I want to change my place of work, and it would be a good opportunity to be a little more sociable.

This is it, I’m done with my resolutions! Now, what about you? What are your resolutions for the coming year?

✨✨✨ Happy New Year!!!! ✨✨✨

Book Traveling Thursdays: Favorite Read in 2015


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “It’s the last day of 2015! Choose your favorite book read in 2015“. Once again, the covers fail me! My favorite read of 2015 was Queen of Shadows, but there are only 2 covers for it, given that it came out not that long ago… so, I’m gonna chose ONE OF MY FAVORITES of 2015! And that will be Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell :D. I’m currently reading Carry On, and it somehow seems fitting to end the year with a book that made me want to read a lot more and that has one of my favorite covers ever.

Original COver:

I love love love this cover! I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t like it, right?



I love that this book is already out in Portugal and in Spain :D! The Portuguese edition is similar to the one I own, which is probably my favorite. It’s similar to the original, but the focus is more on the title and not on Cath and Levi. The spanish edition is pretty much the same as the original.

Favorite COVER(s):


These are my favorite covers for Fangirl. The first is the one I own and it’s the UK paperback edition. The second is the hardcover Exclusive Collector’s Edition, and I love how big Cath and Levi are here, it just works. And the last one is a paperback Special Fan Art Edition and I love this combination of yellow with pink.



The Slovak just doesn’t work for me, even though it is the original one, but the lettering is just… no… and that huge white balloon isn’t really looking good either. The Hungarian and Serbian covers are just BAD!

2015 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up


I really wanted to complete this challenge, but it just didn’t happen… ups! Still, I finished books in 39 of the 50 categories, so I’m considering it a win. The goal when I started this challenge was to read a bit more, and I initially aimed for 30 books to read in the whole year, and now, one day from the end of the year, and I’ve surpassed the 90 books read this year, so I’m happy about it!

  1. A book with more than 500 pages – City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6), Cassandra Clare
  2. A classic romance – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  3. A book that became a movie – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
  4. A book published this year – An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
  5. A book with numbers in the title – The One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
  7. A book with non-human characters – The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
  8. A funny book – Attachments, Rainbow Rowell 
  9. A book by a female author – You had me at hello, Mhairi McFarlane
  10. A mystery or thriller – The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, Max Wirestone
  11. A book with a one-word title – Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
  12. A book of short stories – The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  13. A book set in a different country – The Year of Taking Chances, Lucy Diamond
  14. A non-fiction book – Bossypants, Tina Fey and Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
  15. A popular author’s first book – Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
  16. A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet – Landline, Rainbow Rowell
  17. A book a friend recommended – More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera
  18. A Pulitzer-Prize winning book 
  19. A book based on a true story – Love at First Type: A Chronicle of Addiction to Online Dating, Robert D. Spake
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Finding Cinderella, Colleen Hoover
  21. A book that your mum loves
  22. A book that scares you – Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas and Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas
  23. A book that’s more than 100-years-old – Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  24. A book based entirely on the cover – Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
  25. A book you were supposed to read at school but didn’t finish
  26. A memoir – Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, Maya Van Wagenen
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, J.K. Rowling
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set in a country you want to visit – The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  30. A book that came out the year you were born 
  31. A book with bad reviews – Nirvana, J.R. Stewart
  32. A trilogy – Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi
  33. A book from that reminds you of your childhood – A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, Liz Braswell
  34. A book with a love triangle – To all the boys I’ve loved before, Jenny Han & P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han
  35. A book set in the future – Armada, Ernest Cline
  36. A book set in high school – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
  37. A book with a color in the title – Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
  38. A book that made you cry – My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga
  39. A book with magic – Love in the Time of Global Warming,  Francesca Lia Block
  40. A graphic novel – Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Perfect Match, Katie Fforde
  42. A book you own but you’ve never read – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas – Girl Online, Zoe Sugg
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play 
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a television show – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  50. A book you started but never finished 


December Book Haul


Hello people! I’ve been kind of away from the internet for the last few days – even with posting everyday and stuff – but Christmas time has been crazy, and I haven’t had that much time lately. Still, I hope I can get back on track this next week and actually start blog hopping again, because I miss it like crazy. Anywho… it’s the last Book Haul of the year! That’s crazy!

Now, let me tell you the books I hauled this month, shall I?!

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I got 5 amazing books for Christmas and then I bought a couple more. To be completely honest, I bought all the books 😛

My grandma gave me The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m kind of in love with the colours of my trilogy. Then my brother gave me A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, two hard covers that I wouldn’t have bought otherwise… And then I bought The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Fairest by Marissa Meyer.

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Once again, Netgalley was my biggest source of eARCs this month, so I basically have my January TBR all here. I got Without a Doubt from Xpresso Book Tours, and The Total Package from Edelweiss.


Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown

The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) by Linda Kage

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

Eight Naughty Nights by Eliza Madison

The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

Not Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips

Sever by J.M. Miller

Progress by Amalie Silver

Without a Doubt by Lindsay Paige

The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich


I got such amazing deals this month! I subscribed to BookBub and so I receive amazing deals all the time! 😀 😀 😀


The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals

I hauled 31 book this month, and a couple of bundles from Netgalley that I didn’t picture… not bad at all 😀 !

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 68,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love this year’s numbers!!!! I managed to surpass last year’s visitors, I got a lot more likes and comments, and I posted a hell of a lot more, managing to post consistently since July 5th. I got more than 11.000 likes! And a total of more than 8.000 comments! CRAZY RIGHT?

I also would like to thank Kat, Cátia, Makayla, Raven and Josie for being my top commenters on this blog… I ❤ U girls!


Distraction (Westbrook #1) (Laura Clark)


Seventeen-near-old, Laila Patterson, would never describe her heart as fickle. She understands the difference between reality and fantasy, which is why Sam Woodson is not realistic boyfriend material. After all, he is in college, and college boys simply do not date high school girls. Plus, he is Laila’s older brother’s best friend. According to the unspoken bro-code, messing around with your friend’s little sister is pretty high on the list of forbidden taboos.

What happens when Laila discovers that her secret crush on Sam isn’t quite so one-sided? What if the only way to keep him is to keep their relationship hush-hush? Is Sam worth all of the lying and sneaking around?

As if things weren’t confusing enough with Sam, an old family friend suddenly shows up after being gone for more than three years. She isn’t expecting Trevor Maddox to move back to Westbrook. She isn’t expecting him to attend her high school, and she certainly isn’t expecting him to be so damned gorgeous.

Laila doesn’t want or need this unexpected distraction. . . or does she?

First I would like to thank the author, Laura Clark, for contacting me to review her book. Secondly, I really love this cover, it’s just gorgeous. Unfortunately the book did not fully work for me.

I’ll start with the positive. I’ve mention that I love the cover, and I’ll say it again, the cover is simply gorgeous, and I would pick up this book any time based only on that. I also like the premise of the book and I was curious to see how the relationship between Laila and Sam would develop. The story, mainly between the both of them was mostly cute, and I wanted to see more of that, but it ended way too soon.

Now, a lot of things didn’t quite work for me =/, and one of those things was the writing… I found it too descriptive, derivative and repetitive. In my opinion, this book need some serious editing. I found Laila to be a terrible narrator, she would rant about the most random things within her main narrative, and grrr, it was frustrating. Other thing within the writing that made me cringe was the abuse of italics. Just no!

This wouldn’t have mattered if I had actually liked Laia, which I just didn’t. I actually believe that you can be in love or in lust with more than one person, but Laila was never fully into her relationship with Sam, except for the rare moments they were truly alone together, otherwise she would spend more time thinking about Trevor than actually considering her boyfriend. I think that it would have been more convincing if both boys wouldn’t have appeared in her life at the same time…

For the most part, I actually liked Sam, though this book doesn’t gives us a clear picture of him or the situation given its abrupt end. I understand Sam’s actions, the only thing I don’t truly understand is the whole of his feelings for her. I do think that Laila was extremely childish in her reactions to the situations, but maybe my 16 yo self would understand that. I also liked Trevor, except for the Avery part, I’m still not sure how I feel about that.

Back to Laila… grrrr… OMG, she’s so frustrating. I understand some stuff, but flirting with your best friend’s possible boyfriend, while she’s in the same room as you? NO! Laila was a bad friend and she wasn’t a good girlfriend. I was just so irritated with her for most of the book.

One thing I didn’t really like was how fast Laila and Sam’s relationship developed, especially after she asked him to go slow and he promised he would… suddenly, bikini tops were flying and they were once again in full make out mode on her bed, partially undressed… *sigh*

I also hated that ending. The book ended too abruptly, nothing gets resolved in this book and in the end, nothing really happens in it, except for the beginning and end of Laila and Sam’s relationship, and the beginning of a friendship between Trevor and Laila. We never know what’s in the letter Sam wrote to her, though I understood why he broke up with her and never thought he needed to explain further. I also felt that she was a bit unfair to Sam, given that she never actually told him what she wanted, and that he was right in breaking up with her… actually, I’m not sure he should even have begun something…

We never really get what’s going on with Kyle and Avery, though I suspect that they’ll end up together, and what about Georgia? I like series and books that will compel you to pick up the next book in the series, but this ending was just too much (or not enough).

Even though this book just really wasn’t for me, I’m kind of curious to read the next two, because I need to know what the hell happens. Given that this series has 3 books, I suspect that it will be only in the third book that anything really gets resolved, and probably something will happen between Laila and Trevor in book 2… either way, I’ll probably have to give it a go. I just need to know…

Doctor Strange First Look


Yesterday we got the first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and he looks kind of glorious. 😀 What do you guys think? I’m super excited by this movie, it combines two of my favorite things: Marvel and Benedict Cumberbatch!

Movie of the Week: Star Wars The Force Awakens


This will be a simple and quick post, because I won’t drop any spoilers, but WOW, holy mother… that was GOOD! 

Whatever theories I had about the characters, I was wrong. The cinematography is excellent. I love the new characters, especially BB-8 and Rey. I love the old characters and I shed a few tears during the movie, because some things I did not see coming.

The plot is very reminiscent of the first ever Star Wars movie, and I think that was a smart move, because not only it works, but it will also reign in some old and new fans to this new trilogy.

So many known actors in unpredictable roles. So many people I didn’t even see… I saw the movie in IMAX and it was worth it, I now want to go see it again and catch all those little things I missed.

Have you see it? What did you think of Rey? Finn? Poe? BB-8? Han Solo and Leia? Theories? Talk to me!