I’d like to start by apologizing for my sort-of absense lately. I started a new project, a blog in Portuguese, and then school got in the way, so I haven’t been very active here. However, this is about to change because I have news to share with you, but I’ll tell you all about it in another post 😉
I know this wrap-up is a bit late, but I still wanted to write it to let you know what I read in March. It was a great reading month for me because I read 5 books for pleasure, and also did a bunch of reading for school. Alright, let’s get right to the books!
Books read: 5 (or 7?)
Pages read: around 1667
Favorite read of the month: O Diário Oculto de Nora Rute by Mário Zambujal ♡
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series which, as you probably know by now, is one of my favorite series.
It took me a while to write a review for it (because of my overwhelming feelings) but, somehow, I managed to do it.
I think Tahereh really outdid herself with this book: the story took a very interesting turn, really important themes were addressed, and the character development was, in my opinion, really amazing – especially Juliette’s. Nothing brings me more joy than to see her turn into a bad ass bitch who is learning to love herself.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me, Bad Me is a debut psychological thriller novel. In it, we follow a girl whose mom is a serial killer. Throughout the book, we see how she deals with the fact that she has to testify against her own mother – since she is the only witness – and how she feels about the new life she has been forced to start.
I really, really loved this story, and I can’t wait until the author releases other books, because if she writes a debut like this, then I’m certain the following books will be absolutely brilliant!
★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars
Strange Medicine by Mike Russell
This little short story collection was sent to me by the author. It combines 8 different stories – all very bizarre surrealist.
Although this is not my kind of book or a genre I lean towards, I thought this was a nice, quick read. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s something original that deserves more attention than it gets!
If you’d like to know a bit about each story, you can check out my review, in which I provide a brief synopsis of each story!
★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
This is the sequel to You, a thriller that I absolutely loved, as you might remember from my review
Unfortunately, Hidden Bodies is not nearly as good as You, and I gave up on it. No point in reading a book you’re not enjoying, right?
★★☆☆☆ 2.5/5 stars
O Diário Oculto de Nora Rute by Mário Zambujal
This short little book is definitely going to be on my favorites list of the year.
It’s a national novel, and there’s no translation for it so, unfortunately, unless you speak Portuguese, you won’t be able to read it.
I absolutely loved and devoured this book, practically in one sitting (only had bathroom breaks 😄). It’s the story of Nora Rute, a 21-year-old girl living in 1969 Portugal. I really connected to this story because a) she’s also Portuguese, and the same age as me, and b) I wasn’t alive back then, but the book mentions a ton of things that I was told about by my grandparents.
I think this is definitely a book for the Portuguese since it represents our history, culture, and language in such a way that only we can understand. This really sucks because I’d love for you to be able to read it as well!
For my Portuguese followers: podem ler a minha review em português aqui! ♡
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Lastly, we have the Roman Classics. As I’ve probably mentioned, I’ve taking several Classical History/Culture classes, and this semester I’m taking Roman Culture. For that class, I have to read various pieces of work, and here are the ones I read (not entirely) in March:
Ab Vrbe Condita by Titus Livius
This is, essentially, a history book. It tells us, from Livius’s point of view and based on his knowledge and research, the story of Rome.
It goes all the way from before the founding, when Aeneas left Troy, to the days in which Livius lived – the Augustan period (1st century BC to 1st century AD).
I find it very fascinating to see how Livius had a critical approach to history, and how he explains different versions, and then tells you what he thinks really happened.
Metamorphoses by Ovid
This brilliant piece of literature is almost like a compilation of every Greek and Roman myth ever.
In this one, the narrative goes from the divine creation of the world all the way to Ovid’s days – also during Augustus’s ruling.
It’s kind of my Bible at the moment because I have to know all the myths for my midterms 😅
As you can tell, I read quite a lot, and a lot of these were absolutely wonderful reads, so I’m really happy with how March went. Here’s hoping that April will be just as good! 🤞🏼
What have you been reading? Let me know all about your latest reads down in the comments! ♡
Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡