As I had expected, I wasn’t able to do even better in August than I did in July – I mean, reading more than 11 books in a month is not exactly easy for the average reader! However, despite my slump, I still managed to read quite a bit. This month, most of the books I read were written by Portuguese authors, so you might not be able to read them unless you speak Portuguese. I will compensate in September, though, I’ll read almost exclusively books from publishers in the US and the UK 😉
I’ll share my TBR with you very soon!
Books read: 6
Pages read: 1445
Favorite read of the month: A Trança de Inês by Rosa Lobato de Faria ♡
Doomed Love: A Family Memoir by Camilo Castelo Branco
This is a very tragic story of forbidden and/or unrequited love, written by one of Portugal’s most famous 19th-century authors. In it, we follow Simão, who falls for his neighbour, Teresa. Problem is, their families are enemies, rivals, so they are not allowed to be together. I know, cue the Pyramus & Thisbe or Romeo & Juliet comparisons 😄 So throughout the book, we read about their story as time passes and they try to find a way to be together. It is a heart-wrenching story, but totally worth the read! 👌🏼
Going into it, I had a feeling I would like it, despite the comments on my videos from people who did not like it at all. Truth is, I ended up loving it, and I immediately bought two more books by the same author – which I hope to read soon! 🙌🏼 It is the only Portuguese book of this month that was actually translated into English (and there’s also a movie!), so sorry about that 😅
You can check out more of my thoughts by watching my Portuguese review.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Ponto Sem Retorno by Gabriela Simões
I believe this is the first fantasy novel I’ve read that is by a Portuguese author, which is why I was so excited to get to it. In it, we follow Giselle, a half-witch who has to hide, along with her grandpa, because all witches are killed in her world. Additionally, she is pretty much the last witch standing. Since she has to hide her powers, the way she can make sure they survive is by stealing food from time to time. However, she makes a huge mistake on one of her trips downtown when she steals the royal jewels that are falling from a carriage and is faced with a big challenge: in order to not be executed for her crime, she has to become an employee at the royal palace.
This was a very fun read, I enjoyed it waaaay more than I was expecting to. The palace element reminded me of The Selection series by Kiera Cass, which I also love, considering Giselle, much like America, has to interact with the princes – and keep her secrets hidden.
If you’d like to know more, you can watch my full review here (PT). Big thanks to the author for sending her book my way! ♡
★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars
Persona by Eduardo Pitta
I picked this tiny book up at a local book fair for 1€ and I thought “for that price, you can’t really go wrong”. Well, it didn’t go right either, because this wasn’t a book that I enjoyed very much. Persona tells us the story of Afonso, a gay young man who lives in Mozambique in the 60’s and 70’s. As you can probably guess, this is a book that involves racism and homophobia.
My main problem with this book was how the author included very obscene stuff involving sexual assault. I just didn’t like reading those whatsoever 😖
Besides that, though, I thought the personal development and social aspects of this book were nice, which is why I didn’t hate it. It was just okay.
★★☆☆☆ 2.5/5 stars
A Trança de Inês by Rosa Lobato de Faria
I picked this one up because I watched a review that totally sold me in regards to the story – and because the movie adaptation is coming out in October! 😍 It is a retelling of a very famous love story in Portuguese history, between our king Peter the First and his queen’s court lady, Inês de Castro. In this book, the author tells their story in three different times: the 14th century, when it actually took place; the late 20th century; in the 22nd century, in which she creates a dystopian world.
Despite all the heartbreak this book causes, it is incredibly fascinating to see how the author creates this whole narrative based on Peter and Inês’s story. Simply wonderful, and I cannot wait to dive into her other books 🙌🏼
If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can watch my full review here.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers
A very anticipated YA release of this year – and probably one of the best YA thrillers out there! In it, we follow Sadie, a girl who leaves everything behind to hit the road in an attempt to find her sister’s killer.
The most interesting aspect of this novel is its format: part of it is written in prose, from Sadie’s perspective, but the rest is a transcript of a fictional podcast. This podcast is hosted by someone who is trying to find Sadie. For this reason, I am very excited to check out the audiobook version, as I’m sure it will work perfectly in that format.
Sadie comes out today, September 4th, and you can order it here if you’d like!
★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
I finally started the Helen Grace series!! 🎉 After months of hearing people raving about these books, I finally picked up the first one – and I was not disappointed 👌🏼
In Eeny Meeny, we follow D.I. Helen Grace and her team as they investigate a serial killer who doesn’t actually kill anyone. What they do is kidnap two people at a time, lock them in somewhere with a gun and give them a choice: kill or be killed. Intrigued, are you? I definitely was and, despite taking a while to finish this read, I am now a big fan of M.J. Arlidge and I can’t wait to continue with the series 🙌🏼
If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can read my full review here.
★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars
Quick update on my challenges:
- I have now completed my #BeatTheBlacklist challenge by having read 25 books published before 2018 🎉
- I recently lowered my Goodreads challenge from 75 to 50 books, in order to reduce stress and self-indulged pressure to read more ☺️
Alright, my loves, those were the books I managed to read in August. In September I will be dedicating my time to thrillers and a couple fantasy novels, but you’ll see that in my TBR post 😉
What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments! ♡
Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡