a very rambly life update & july TBR!

Hello, friends!

It’s been a hot minute, but I’m officially back! It’s winter break, so I’ll have much more time to connect and blog hop. I’m also incredibly thankful for all the lovely people that still remembered about me while I was M.I.A, it means a whoooole lot! 💛

I just did a monthly wrap up, but I still feel like talking about what I’ve been up to lately, since I didn’t get the chance to talk *enough* on my previous post, lol.


First of all: I SURVIVED LAST WEEK. It was kinda crazy, but I had this major presentation to prepare (I had to do a lot more, because group projects suck, especially when you are in a bad group, which was 10/10 my case) plus my best-friend’s surprise birthday party iN THE SAME DAY. I was so stressed out about both and had time to barely think. But, guess what? Everything worked out!

wowThe party was a success and he was super happy! He had absolutely no idea we were planning it, so mission accomplished, I guess? The theme was ‘La La Land‘ which is his favorite movie ever, and the high point was playing City of Stars while he first walked into the party and saw everyone, lol.  We are that over the top.

Also, I’m done with my first semester at university, and I don’t know how to feel. I am definitely grateful for the experience, but also having mixed feelings. Ultimately, I feel regretful that I haven’t talked to the people I wanted to talk to since the beginning of the year, and now friend groups are mostly formed, so I don’t know how to approach them without being awkward. But, I guess that’s life for introverts, hahah.


I didn’t read much in June, but I did watch some amazing things I want to talk to you guys about.

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(Trigger warnings: abusive relationship, graphic scenes of death and torture)

Friends: I *finally* watched an Original Netflix Show that doesn’t make me feel like piercing my eyes with a fork. It’s an ACHIEVEMENT!

I have given a lot of Netflix Originals a chance, but none captured my attention enough. However, The Society was extremely binge-worthy. I was procrastinating studying, as one does, and I watched pretty much the entire thing in one afternoon. It was great.

The ending didn’t wrap up the story the way I wanted to, but it leaves just enough to be answered in the following seasons. The cast definitely lacks on diversity, though I was happy to see a deaf character and the use of ASL throughout the show. Grizz is by far the best character in this show and probably the reason why I enjoyed it so much.

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Honestly, this show is ABSURD, but also so addicting? How?

I didn’t know The Good Doctor was inspired off of a K-drama, but once you start watching it, it becomes pretty obvious. The first few episodes give the same feel that a K-drama does: the very overdramatic dialogues, the flashbacks, the Angst… It was all there. However, I feel like halfway through the show was when they stopped following the original story and turning it into its own thing, and it was pretty clear too.

I still enjoyed watching it, and strongly agree with Freddie Highmore getting all the awards he can get for his performance in this one. I’ve read two articles from autistic people saying they were pleased with the representation, but I obviously can’t say much myself. However, I do wish they had been more emphatic throughout the show that autism is a spectrum disorder, therefore, everyone will experience it differently, and Shaun’s (the main character) is definitely authentic.

Again, though, this show is incredibly absurd. Most patients go to the hospital for a normal-ass thing just to find out they’re actually dying and have two months left to live. It’s insane, but entertaining too, lol.

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If you haven’t watched this yet, let me just warn you: BRING TISSUES. IT’S SAD.


I was sobbing for real and had to be really quiet because I didn’t want to disturb anyone. I’m crying now just thinking about it. Ugh. Really wish I wasn’t as attached as I am to animated characters.

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No one:

Not a single soul:

Me: Well, if that’s the case, I’m gonna rewatch SKAM.

I just love this show, ok? It’s problematic and flawed and definitely not the best thing ever, but it showed up in my life just at the exact moment I needed it the most, and I kinda want to go back to those feelings for a while.

(Also, I just really, really miss Even? And Chris? And Vilde too? Ugh).


My July TBR is just a little bit ambitious. (By a little bit I mean A LOT).

  • There’s Something About Sweetie, by Sandhya Menon. Have actually already read this one and loved it. Sandhya Menon, I’M SO THANKFUL.
  • The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren. When I found out that this book was going to be a romance novel from one perspective only: 😁😁😁😁 vs. When I realized that all of the male characters were still going to be trash: 😠😠😠😠😠
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama. I’m reading it, folks. The 19 hour long audio book. It’s happening.
  • Opposite of Always, by Justin A. Reynolds. Currently reading – the narrator is good, but I keep getting distracted as well? Ugh.
  • The Golden Compass, by Phillip Pullman. My best friend gifted me this book back in October for my birthday and I still haven’t read it. #worstbestfriendever
  • The Rose and the Dagger, by Renee Ahdieh. I’m only like three years late, but it’s fine. We’re good.
  • The Weight of Our Sky, by Hanna Alkaf. Started this one back in May and still haven’t finished it, so I need to fix this ASAP.

That’s all for this life update, friends! Now, please, share down in the comments: what have you been watching recently? And which books do you plan to read next? Let’s chat!


monthly wrap up: june, ’19


Hello, friends!

Life is finally getting sorted out. One week from now, and I’ll finally be free to enjoy my winter break as I should: reading & watching Netflix ALL DAY. I simply refuse to get out of bed during winter break, much to my parent’s annoyance. But honestly, who can blame me?

I still have to go through a very busy week, with a major presentation + my best friend’s birthday party (which I’m organizing) IN THE EXACT SAME DAY. If I survive this week, I’ll make sure to let you all know.


  • It’s my favorite time of the year! I’ve already talked about this during my ‘Trip From My Home Country’ post of the month, but if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s FESTA JUNINA TIME in Brazil! During June and July, schools, churches and other institutions throw parties to celebrate Catholic saints, the countryside and street food. It’s currently winter here, so there are a lot of hot beverages and great food. I’ve eaten so much for the past two weeks. It’s been great.
  • I watched the one movie may have gotten into my favorite-movies-ever list. I finally watched Rocketman this month and I’m still in awe. I was obsessed. I spent about 80% of my time talking about this movie and the other 20% of the time, I was praying for someone else to bring it up so I could talk about it more.  I didn’t know a ton about Elton John, but I’m very interested in biopics, and this is by far the best one I’ve ever watched. It’s not a movie with music; it’s really a musical, with dance moves and extravagant performances. It was heartbreaking but so beautiful and entertaining at the same time.


My month was a disgrace. I only read three books, and I just had 5 on my TBR. There were two super hyped reads, and I didn’t like either. So, yeah, thanks, life, for beating me up and making me feel like I’ll drown in all the books I want to read, but don’t have time to. 🙃


The first book I completed this month was already a controversial read. I picked up Red, White & Royal Blue expecting to love it as much as everyone else did. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of romance books (though I love rom-coms with my life, my brain apparently doesn’t work like that), I was looking forward to a fast-paced and entertaining read. Except for the fact that this was not quick at all, and it actually felt like I was reading for ages and not moving on at all. The paragraphs are so long and the descriptions are endless. I also did not care for most of the characters; except for Prince Henry, though he was as deep as kiddie pool. Who’s going to break the news that having a British accent is not a personality trait? Most of the representation of The Royal Family was so unrealistic and it actually felt like I was reading The Royals (the E! TV show) in a book format. I do admit, though, I’m not the target audience for this book, since I’m neither a romance fan nor American. Perhaps, Americans, who can actually relate to the political side of the story, will feel this more deeply. As for me, I do appreciate what it was *trying* to do, but man, that ain’t it.


The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miler is another super well loved book, which all of my Goodreads friends have given 5 stars to. Except for moi, of course. This book was pretty much Twilight in Greece, with all the tropes that make Twilight unlikeable, such as the perfect-literally-flawless love interest and the unbalanced relationship. I was so surprised that yet this is such a loved story. Patroclus was Bella all the way – clumsy and weak; the type of person no one would ever glance twice to. He wasn’t good at anything and besides being good at medicine, his only personality trait was liking Achilles. And Achilles was the man, the perfect equivalent to Edward – beautiful, strong, destined to all of the great things in the world. But his personality kinda sucked too, so I don’t get the hype. Overall, even though the Greece setting was interesting and the writing style definitely beautiful, the romance was a true disappointment.

37880094Lastly, I picked up The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. I was actually expecting to like this one the least out of the three and it was the one I enjoyed the most. Oh, how the tables have turned. Mackenzi Lee’s writing style is one of my favorite things in the world, and reading this book made me want to revisit The Gentleman’s Guide very badly. I mostly picked up this book because it had ace/aro rep and I was so happy to say I really related with Felicity in this sense. Even though she was one of my least favorite characters when reading the first book, she definitely grew on me in this one. The supporting cast of female characters was also fascinating and added a lot to the story, especially when discussing feminism and introducing layered female characters.


I failed my schedule miserably and didn’t post a single review this month. I’ll just stop now because this post has literally just been me counting all my failures.


Everything I listened to this month were soundtracks, mostly Aladdin and Rocketman. I’m still obsessed with Wallows and screaming to everybody that I know that they just *need* to listen to it.

I also have to thank El for recommending so many amazing artists for me, which I’ve included in my playlist – iamnotshane and Lewis Capaldi are my favorites.

My playlists are as random as ever, but this one is definitely one of my favorites of the year so far.


July is Winter break for me, which means a whole month doing absolutely nothing. I’m so ready. There’s so much time, so many possibilities. I have an extensive TBR and my goal is to read at least 100 pages a day (watch me fail during the first week). I am also looking forward to blog hopping more and, hopefully, organizing myself better once life gets chaotic again, so I don’t miss out on so much like I have this past month.

Now, let me know in the comments: how was your June? Did you get to all the books you wanted to? Is there something – a song, a movie, a book – you’re obsessed with at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

a trip to my home country: my favorite time of the year!


Hello, friends!

I’m sorry that all of my posts have been starting out with an apology, including this one. It’s just that, truly, life has been chaotic lately. I’ve announced before that I have now kind of a side-job that has been taking a lot of time; plus all the school work that comes with the end of a semester; and I’ve also decided to plan a surprise party for one of my best friends, so to say I have my hands full is an understatement.

Because of that, I haven’t been reading at all and I’ve also been pretty absent here too. I also apologize if I’m not able to get to everyone’s previous posts, but I’ll try my best!

However, this post is not only to talk about the fact I’m incredibly overwhelmed with life. It is actually time to discuss my favorite time of the year, aka: FESTA JUNINA SEASON.

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How do I even begin to explain festa junina?

During the months of June and July, my country celebrates “Saints Season“. A lot of Catholic saints are celebrated during this time of the year, including Saint John the Baptist, Saint Anthony and Saint Peter. And since Brazil is a predominantly Catholic country, a lot of parties happen all around.

Originally, Festa Junina was a celebration that happened on the countryside, and around churches. People ate traditional food and got around the bonfire to sing and dance. Throughout the years, though, the party has changed a lot, but some things remain the same.

Not only Catholic churches celebrate Festa Junina. Most schools do as well, and it’s now considered a time of the year where you can gather around with your community, so it can happen literally anywhere – even in someone else’s backyard.

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Because Festa Juninas originated and were more popular in the countryside, it is a tradition to dress alike and play country songs. We mostly see kids going around in plaid shirts, high waisted jeans and boots. There’s a lot of sertanejo playing in the background too.

Bonfires are not that common anymore, though, but because it happens during Winter for us, there are a lot of hot foods and beverages to make us feel warm, since most of the parties happen outside.

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But why do I love it so much? Simply because the food is delicious. I am obsessed with street food and it’s literally everything I can want in one place. Plus, it’s always nice to be surrounded by your community. These photos I took were from the Festa Junina happening in my high school, which I am no longer enrolled at, but I was able to go and see a lot of my old friends and teachers.

Overall, I like festa junina more than I like Christmas or any other celebration, to be honest. It’s truly my favorite time of the year.

Now, please, share down in the comments: what’s your favorite time of the year? And which celebrations only happen in your country? I’d love to know!


monthly wrap up: may, ’19


Hello, friends!

I feel like I need to start this post by apologizing for my lack of interaction this month. I still have a lot (a lot) of blog posts to get to, so excuse me if you see a comment by yours truly in a post that is already two weeks old. College hasn’t been treating me well and my side job has been taking a lot of my time lately, plus all the reading & writing I’ve been doing.

Hopefully, by the second week of June, I’ll have sorted things out and will be able to get back on commenting & blog-hopping as usual.


  1. I went to my first ever student march! Last year, a lot of marches happened in the US, such as the Women’s March and even the Students March as a result of school shootings. In my country, though, the protests happened for a different reason. Basically, our government has cut investments for our public universities, with the excuse that “students are just there to party and do nothing else”. Literally. (Our president is so stupid is laughable). As a public university student, I felt the need to be there. It was pretty crowded and it was quite scary, but I’m still overall very glad I was able to go.
  2. I finally watched Aladdin and I’m in love with it. I’ve even added the soundtrack to my monthly playlist for June already. Aladdin has always been one of my favorite animations, and I was very much looking forward to it. Despise the controversy when the casting was first released, I think it’s truly worth watching. Will Smith is amazing as the Genie, and by far my favorite character. I also loved Mena Massoud as Aladdin; he was the perfect balance between charming and awkward, lol. I’d 10/10 recommend it if you like the animation as well!


All the books I read this month (except for one) talk about mental health issues in some way, in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month.


First book completed this month was I Have Lost My Way, by Gayle Forman, which deals with depression. I re-read Where She Went by the same author earlier this year and I was excited to catch up with her most recent release. And, typically, I’d trust Gayle Forman with books set in one day. She’s still able to write three-dimensional characters and flesh out relationships, but not in this one. I really didn’t like how quickly the connection between these characters was formed, especially considering how little they knew about each other. Nathaniel, especially, was a character who had about two lines throughout the book, and yet Freya was falling head over heels for him. Harun was the only one whom I truly sympathized with and I definitely wish he wasn’t so much of a third-wheel. I still recommend the audiobook, though, especially because you get to listen to a song that is very important for the narrative and the full cast makes it super dynamic.


My re-read for May was A List of Cages, by Robin Roe, that has ADHD rep. I wanted to re-read this and take my time, since I read it in one sitting the first time around. I also took the chance to highlight some of my favorite quotes and really appreciate the writing. I still find that this book has some minor plot holes and things that fall too conveniently into place, but it’s a beautiful story nonetheless. Adam is, by far, one of my favorite characters in the world and I just wish he could be turned into a real person so we could be best friends. Julian is a sweetheart too and his relationship with Charlie never fails to break my heart and put me back together. Despise this book’s problems, I’d still recommend it to everyone I know.


Then, I was craving desperately some romance, and I thought it was the perfect timing to pick up The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang that came out this May, 7th. I thought it was okay to make an exception for my themed month, because this book still has a lot of great representation, with two Vietnamese leads & an autistic main character. Overall, I enjoyed this book much more than I enjoyed The Kiss Quotient. It was refreshing, because Khai’s character takes some time to understand his own way to cope with feelings, and I wasn’t exhausted of the miscommunication like with Hoang’s previous book. I also found Esme to be such a powerful main character; she was badass and hardworking, and definitely not your typical protagonist, but that’s exactly what made her so endearing to read. (The author’s note at the end!!!!!!) I still hate having to read romance and especially sex scenes from a male perspective, so if you have any romance books recommendations that are written from one perspective only, let me know!


I also finally picked up Eliza & Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia, that includes anxiety and selective mutism rep. This book was sort of a ride. I didn’t connect to it at all at first and was so frustrated because of that. Eliza was desperate to be edgy, in that “I don’t fit in but I don’t want to fit in” kinda way that I find so annoying and trope-y. Her parents were very understanding & supportive and she still complained about them 24/7. Even though she grows and learns, I still feel like the book could’ve gone further in showing how her behavior was unacceptable. Her relationship with Wallace also got borderline abusive and manipulative at the end and it was a no-no for me. I also did not connect to the fandom aspect of the story as much as I thought I would. I was excited to fall in love with Monstrous Sea as much as I loved Carry On, when reading Fangirl, but I didn’t understand the plot for that series *at all* and I was very much let down. Even though this was not a horrible book, I’d still take it as a disappointment.


At least, my expectations were met with Darius The Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram. This one has depression and Persian rep. I loved so many things about this book. First and foremost, the whole talk on identity was so remarkable and I’m pretty sure will touch a lot of people out there. I also loved the friendship element; Sohrab and Darius had the purest of the relationships and it was very heart-warming. The one thing that stood out the most for me was definitely the family aspect. Darius’ relationship with his father mirrored a lot my relationship with my own father and I was already in tears only 20% into the book. Also, the whole talk on body-image was so important! I have yet to read more books with fat MC, but this one made me feel everything. Even though this book deals with a lot of different topics, it never once felt like it was *trying too hard*. Instead, it felt like a very natural way to tell this story, and I’m just so so so happy that I’ve read this. (ALL THE STAR-TREK REFERENCES!!!!!!!!!)


The last book I was able to finish for the month of May was Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman, with schizophrenia rep. The book doesn’t actually label the character’s feeling, but it is mentioned to be within the schizo-spectrum. This book was so smart and well done. It was able to, through the writing, show you what it was like inside Caden’s head, in a way I had never seen before. This being a first person novel felt like a true personal ride down the mental illness hole. I also learned that Caden (our main character) was very much inspired off of the author’s son, who also deals with similar disorders, and the book has exclusive illustrations made by him when he was first diagnosed at the age of 15. Because of that close experience, I think the book was able to handle the subject in a very personal and realistic matter, and it was truly heart-wrenching.

Currently, I am reading The Weight of Our Sky, by Hanna Alkaf, that has OCD and anxiety rep. I’ll carry on this read to the month of June and talk to you guys about it in my next monthly wrap up.



My May playlist has been sort of a weird ride. Even though there are some great artists I’m glad to have found out, such as Wallows and Rex Orange County, I still didn’t feel as inclined to listen to it in a regular basis, as I did with my previous playlists. I still think it’s a fun one, if you want to give it a listen. And I’d highly recommend Wallows, by the way!


June is Pride Month so I obviously have plans to read all them queer books. There are a couple I’m super excited to get to, such as Red, White & Royal Blue and A Song of Achilles, because people have been talking non-stop about these two titles and the reviews are all incredibly positive. Hopefully, I’ll love these two just as much as everyone else.

I’m also excited because June is a birthday month for a lot of people close to me. And the day this post comes out is also Champion’s League final and I don’t know why I’ve been anticipating this so much, but I low key am, lol. (GO, LIVERPOOL!)

Let me know in the comments: how was May for you? And what are you’re mostly looking forward to in June? Are you doing any themed reads for Pride Month? And if you care for soccer at all, are you excited for the match?

a trip to my homecountry: dancing to brazilian music


Hello, friends!

I feel like this month, my blog has been filled with posts about music. It wasn’t really my intention, but things ended up working this way. I’m excited to be sharing this one, nonetheless, because music is very important to me as I’ve stated multiple times before.

I do want to clarify, though, that I’m not an expert on this topic at all. I listen to very few Brazilian artists, and I’m not that much interested in Brazilian music in general. I’d be bothered by that, but my choices as far as music goes, are very conscious. I don’t feel like I’m only listening to American artists because that’s what everyone else is listening to, which is what matters the most, after all.

Today, I’ll be presenting to you five exclusive Brazilian genres (Brazil does have pop & rock & punk, but these genres weren’t originated here) and some of my favorite songs from it. Again, this is all from the perspective of a white 18-year-old girl, so take it with a grain of salt.

I also ask you guys to please share in the comments some of your favorite artists from your homecountry; I love listening to music whatever the language, but I never know exactly how to search and approach artists from different countries, so your recommendations will be deeply appreciated!


Even though you may feel like you’ve already heard this name before, funk is the most Brazilian thing I know. It’s very unique and exclusive to my country’s reality. It’s probably the most popular genre nowadays, especially amongst young people, and is the one to be played exhaustively at high school/college parties.

Funk is mostly associated with people living in favelas and poor conditions, even though nowadays it is consumed by people from all over the financial spectrum. In a lot of ways, funk allows young people coming from slums to breakthrough and become celebrities. Funk artists are called MCs.

The songs are typically associated with sexual content, using vulgar vocabulary or slurs, which is what makes it such a controversial genre. In funk music videos, you’re likely to find girls showing their bodies and twerking away in very short shorts.

If you want to get a grasp on funk music, I think this music video explains it pretty well. However, it’s important to note that this is by Anitta, who is a HUGE artist who has collaborated with Diplo & Snoop Dogg before. This is a representation of most funk artists and a glimpse on how Anitta first started as an artist, but it’s definitely not how she *herself* lives or produces her music anymore.

It’s definitely my least favorite music genre; not much because of the content, but because it is a genre for people to *dance*. There’s a lot of choreo and twerking and all of that and I am not a fan of dancing, so it doesn’t work for me in the slightest.


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Country music is so great that it really is a part of every country’s culture, lol.

Sertanejo = country. It’s a genre popular in the countryside, and back in the day, the artists wore boots, high-waisted jeans and cowboy hats. A lot of the OG songs also talked about the rural lifestyle, with a lot of nature-based lyrics, the simplicity of the time, etc.

Originally, it was a very male-dominant genre, much like country in the US, I think. Only recently, women started to break through. There’s also a very big thing about two people singing together in sertanejo. It’s what we call “duplas sertanejas” (a country duo). They’re usually brothers, and at least one of them has to play either an acoustic guitar or an accordion.

Now, though, the genre has changed quite a bit. Even though it’s still more popular in the countryside, the lyrics are mostly relationship-related nowadays, with a lot of melodramatic love songs as well.

This is what sertanejo looks like these days. As you can see, very different from the picture I inserted up there. I still like it, though. Not every song and definitely not every artist, but there are still some great hidden gems.


MPB is a very OG music genre. It’s definitely more popular amongst elders – very few teens would listen to it. It’s also not a genre to have new artists or songs being released regularly. Its’ moment of most hype was around the 1960s, but there are still a few artists who identify with it.

MPB stands for Música Popular Brasileira – Popular Brazilian Music. The best way I can describe it is: very chill songs, with deep and meaningful lyrics and a lot of soft instruments – mostly the acoustic guitar. The genre was developed after Bossa Nova – a music genre from the 1950s, that put samba and jazz together.

The most iconic and internationally acclaimed Brazilian artists are all MPB artists: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, etc. If you’re a teenager, then I don’t think you would recognize these names, but I promise they’re known worldwide!


Samba is how Brazil is known internationally, but not a lot of people listen to it nowadays.

Samba was first created as a derivation of African dances brought by African slaves. It’s definitely, still to this day, a more popular genre amongst black people, but it is appreciated from people all over. We listen to samba mostly around Carnaval, because it is the music layed in those massive Carnaval parades every year.

There are two different ways to describe samba: the more chill version of it and the *hardcore* one. By hardcore, I mean they add a lot of percussions intruments, such as loud drums and large rattles. Even though I do not listen to samba at all, I find this version very fascinating, because the sound of the instruments truly reverberates through your body.

This is a very interesting song, because it was written during Brazil’s dictatorship period, that lasted from 1964 to 1985. Back then, most songs were censored, especially the ones that tried to criticize the government in any way. This one was approved, though, because they used a lot of metaphors, but when you analyze it deeply, you realize it’s a big f*ck you to the government, lol.

Samba is not known anymore as a genre to express political opinions, but I think, in a lot of ways, every song has a bit to it. If you analyze funk, for example, even if most songs talk about sexuality, it is still a big political statement, considering so many of these songs were written by people from marginalized communities.

 This is all I have to share for today, friends. Once again, please share in the comments below some of your favorite artists from your home country. I’d love more music recomendations! 💛


monthly wrap up: april, ’19


Hello, friends!

April is over and I think I should start by apologizing for my lack of interaction this month. College is kicking my ass and I haven’t been able to keep up with everything. I have still been reading a lot, though, which is great, but I will make an effort to be more active here next month.

As for you all that still comment on my posts even though I haven’t been blog hopping in a couple weeks: thank you so much. I appreciate the heck out of you! 💛


  • I have now (kind-of) a side job? It’s a little bit hard to explain what it is about, but basically, I’m sort of a monitor for my former high-school teachers and it’s been a very good experience so far. I do want to be a teacher one day, so it’s been helpful with that too. It’s not as overwhelming of a job, which is great, since college has been a mess lately.
  • I also went through a social media detox week. Okay, it wasn’t exactly an overall social media detox; more like a five-day week where I didn’t open Instagram or Twitter and only allowed myself 30min on YouTube. It was very important for me, because I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of social media and especially digital influencers in my life. I was actually discussing that the other day with my friends. We disagree with the fact that stupid people are ruling our countries, but we let stupid people, that we’ve made famous ourselves, rule our lives – what products we buy, what makeup we use, what shows we watch. Since that detox, I’ve become more conscious of what I actually want to consume on social media and it was pretty important to shift my focus to more important things.
  • And I watched Avengers: Endgame! I’ve always side-eyed people who would go through the LONGEST lines in the world just to watch a movie during release date (in my city’s largest cinema, 4,000 people were waiting on line to watch the movie), and yet, look at me: watching it during release week, lol. Even though so much about this movie was still a mess, it was pretty epic too. It’s kinda sad to think this really is the end of an era.



My re-read for the month of April (I’m trying to re-read a book a month) was the amazing Lola & The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins. This is a very popular YA contemporary and one of my favorite books of all times. The funny thing about it is I was actually reading some negative reviews for this book prior to my re-read, and most of the things people had issues with are the exact things that make me *love* this book. I adore how querky and unique the characters are. How Lola dresses for Halloween every day. Her two gay dads. Cricket & Calliope. Étienne being shorter than Anna. I don’t care that this book is not relatable at all, because fiction sometimes is exactly about being the odd one out.



April was Autism Acceptance Month and I decided to finally pick up The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang that got a lot of hype last year. It is an adult romance novel, following an autistic main character who hires an escort to help her feel better about intimacy. There’s a lot of great rep in this. First and foremost, our autistic protagonist, and also the love interest who was half Vietnamese. Besides that, though, there isn’t much I enjoyed about this. I feel like it was way too similar to The Wedding Date, in which I was exhausted of the banter by page 5. Because this is a dual perspective novel, you know that these characters have *real* feelings for each other, but they lack on communication and take forever to understand that. I needed a nap by the end of it.



I finally read the most hyped book of last yearSeven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Now, honestly, the reason why I didn’t like this book that much isn’t even because I consider it to be a bad book. It’s because EVERYONE ELSE had told me it’s a 5 stars read. Throughout my read, I kept telling myself: “okay, when is it going to get really good?“. The part ultimately came, but it was in the 70th out of 74 chapters (for the audiobook). I spent more time wanting for the book to get good than actually enjoying it when it did, so I couldn’t appreciate it all that much. I still enjoy the discussions that Taylor Jenkins-Reid was able to bring, such as identity, media’s pressure, sexuality, etc. The final quote is badass and probably why this was so worth reading after all – and the reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 3.



Heretics Anonymous was one of the most delightful surprises of my 2019 so far. I didn’t expect to adore this book as much as I did and I’m just so glad I gave this one a shot. Following our protagonist Michael, Heretics Anonymous is able to talk about religion in a way that felt so natural and not disrespectful at all. I identified with him a lot, growing up surrounded by Catholic traditions myself. The supportive cast of characters was also hilarious and incredibly diverse and I loved following them as they tried to fight, in the best way they could, the hypocrisy of their catholic school. The narration was so smart and funny and I appreciate the narrator for the audiobook a lot as well. But my favorite thing is for sure Lucy, because she’s a Colombian girl (South-American rep!!!!!), who is actually very religious, but also a badass feminist. I loved her so much and I just really wish I could have a best friend Lucy as well.



Then I picked up this super short novella by Sandhya Menon, following the same characters from When Dimple Met Rishi. Now, even though this novella was way too short to even appreciate it fully, it made me INCREDIBLY hyped for There’s Something About Sweetie – the upcoming compannion novel. Sweetie is introduced in this novella and we’re also able to read the first two chapters of the next book. I’m so hyped and I really think I’m going to love it even more than I loved When Dimple Met Rishi – which is a statement.




And, finally, the last book I read this month was Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. I still can’t believe I’ve finally read this, as it’s been on my TBR since 2015. This book was so interesting & captivating. It wasn’t perfect, but still, it was one of the best written books I’ve read in a looooong time. I’ll admit: I’m a skim-reader sometimes and it’s pretty frequent that I’ll skip long paragraphs and just read the dialogues. But with this book, I wanted to savour every single line. It felt like I was reading a Netflix show sometimes; it was giving me a lot of The End of The F***ing World vibes, though a much better version of it. I also adore the characters: Sydney and Victor are my favorites. Even Eli was interesting as heck, especially when we start to learn the motivations behind his actions. Apparently I love psycopaths, and I’m not mad about it. I don’t know when I’ll be picking up Vengeful yet, but hopefully soon!



April was a good month music-wise. I listened to *a lot* of The Smiths this month, and I’m very happy I did so, because it fit the mood for the month perfectly.

But, truly, if I can recommend anything for you to listen/watch to, it has to be this amazing cover. I’m not the biggest fan of Billie Eilish or Khalid, but this song is beautiful. What NCT did to it in this dancing cover made me speechless and I cried – real tears – watching it. (I get very emotional with dance, okay? It’s an issue).


May is going to be an exciting month, because as Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ll try my best to read only books that deal with mental health issues of any kind. It’s very likely it will be a contemporary filled month, and I’m excited already.

What about you? How was your month of April and what are you’re looking forward to in May? Also: have you watched Avengers: Endgame? And do you have any songs you recommend for my May playlist? Let me know in the comments!

a trip to my homecountry: high school sucks worldwide


Hello, fellow bloggers!

First of all, I really want to say thank you for all the love this feature got on my first post. I’m happy that you all are willing to support it, because I was very hesitant on sharing these posts, as I didn’t know if they’d perform well compared to my other ones. But you guys seemed to really like the idea of me sharing more about life in Brazil, so I’m excited to carry on with it.

For today’s post, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my high school experience – how schools work in Brazil, the college entrance process, etc. Please, share in the comments down below any particular memories from your personal high school experience, as I’d love to know!

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how we all thought high school was going to look like

FIRST. Public schools vs. private schools

My country definitely has a lot of issues, politically-wise. I’m sure you’ve heard that our country just elected a guy worse than Trump and all of our many corruption scandals. The reason why I’m mentioning this is because poor administration is reflected a lot on public schools.

Most public schools in my country have very bad infra-structure. The teachers aren’t well paid and, sometimes, are required to teach subjects they’re not even specialists on. The books are outdated, kids don’t have meals and it’s pretty bad conditions overall.

So private schools are, in fact, very, very common. I was privileged enough to only study in private schools throughout my whole life. The infrastructure is definitely a lot better, we have updated materials and some of the best teachers we could have. The better the school is, obviously, the more expensive it is.

This is just a general overview. There are a few public schools who are outstanding in their methods and have very good results in national exams. These are exceptions, though, and you have go through an admission process in order to get into them.

SECOND. Public universities vs. private universities

Now, if you got the idea that: “private schools are better than public schools“, you actually have the opposite when it comes to universities.

Public universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Obviously, the admission process is a lot harder too. A few private universities also hold the same prestige – though they’re hella expensive -, but most don’t offer as good of an education.

(Just to clarify: public and private here mean exactly what they’re supposed to mean. I know that for universities in the US, you have to pay expensive tuitions no matter what, but in Brazil, public institutions mean you don’t have to pay a single thing).

It’s a huge paradox, if you really think about it.

People who can afford private schools end up being much ahead of the ones who can’t, obviously. They have better infrasctruture, teachers and curriculums. So for public college entrance exams, these people tend to get the best grades, and get in. Which means that people who can not afford private schools also can not afford private universities and it becomes a much more complex problem than I can describe. But just to show that education is a huge issue in my country’s reality.

THIRD. College entrance exams

In Brazil, college entrance exams are called “vestibular“. It’s an exam covering all subjects, from Sociology to Physics, and it pretty much defines whether or not you’ll get into college. You can only take them once a year.

I know some countries take into consideration your entire high school performance, such as awards and GPA, but not around here, sadly. It’s all up to that one test.

Each institution has their own exam, so it’s not like a general SATs. The only exam that is accepted by several universities is called ‘ENEM‘ and you can enter to both private and public colleges with this one.

FOURTH. What high school truly looks like

Now, this is the part of the post in which I share my personal experiences. In any way, this is an example of the life of every Brazilian student. My experience was pretty out of the ordinary, but I wanted to briefly share anyway.

For my last year of high school, I had tests every Satruday morning. Waking up on a weekend and going to school is just as awful as it sounds. Every week, I had to study for a different subject. In my country, you can’t really take electives and “choose” what you’re going to study. Every subject is mandatory for your graduation.

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My favorite subjects were History and Maths. I absolutely loathed Chemistry, Philosophy and Literature.

On top of that, some Sundays, I had to be in school again, taking tests that we call “simulados“. It’s basically a prep for our college entrance exams: looks exactly the same, has similar questions, takes the same time. It’s the best way to prepare for the *actual* day, since you can only take a college entrance exam once a year. (I think these exist in other countries, but I forgot what they’re called? Help).

I didn’t have any extracurriculars in my senior year – we simply didn’t have time. Classes ran from 7 a.m till 2 p.m, with two twenty-minute breaks in between. P.E is required in my country, but most of us ditched it to study and the teachers didn’t care at all.

The only thing I remember truly enjoying during my high school time was an event called ‘Festa Junina‘. I’ll explain more about it in future posts, but it’s my favorite holiday in all year, and one of the few school festivities I’ve always taken part in, every year.

Soooo… That’s it! I apologize for the long post, but I hope it was informative in any way. I’m really curious about what high school looks like in your country, as well as the college admission process. I feel like I’m familiar with the one in the US, because that’s what most books and movies cover, but not at all in the rest of the world! Let me know in the comments! 💛




monthly wrap up: march, ’19


Hello, fellow bloggers!

March is over, and I’m kind of very excited about it. Mostly because fall is approaching and finally the weather will get better around here. I feel like I’ve been dying due to the heat for the past four months, so I really can not wait for it to get cooler.

Despise that, March wasn’t exactly an eventful month for me and I’m kinda glad that I had enough time to complete all the books I wanted to read!


  • The Jonas Brothers are back! This is the best thing that has happened to me in the past three years. No joke there. I was a huge JoBros fan growing up – they were the first concert I’ve ever attended! – and seeing them back together just gave me so many feelings. I probably cried watching their Carpool Karaoke and all the interviews they’ve done in the James Corden show are absolutely hilarious! Sucker, their new single, is also phenomenal and has been on repeat for weeks now.
  • I’ve had a lot of movie marathons. If there’s one thing that happens when I’m feeling uninspired and *meh* (like I was at the beginning of the month), is I end up marathoning tons of movies. I did an Ashton Kutcher marathon, where I watched all of his iconic rom-coms (What Happens in Vegas remains my favorite), a Maze Runner re-watch (that literally made me cry my eyeballs off, once again) and I’m currently watching all of the Marvel movies in chronological order to prepare for Avengers: Endgame.
  • I got back in my writing game – and I’m handwriting this time! I know some of you are cringing at the thought of it. The mere thought of writing an entire book by hand gave me a headache – and cramps -, but I realized that writing on a screen was stressing me out. It felt like I was trying to be an author, constantly comparing myself and getting distracted by social media and the internet in general. When I sit down with a notebook, though, it feels like I have no one else to please but myself and it has grounded me back to what really made me fall in love with this idea in the first place. I’ve only tried it for a week now, so I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to keep up with it, but I’m letting all my ideas out and it’s been refreshing.



Where She Went was actually a re-read for me. I talked about this book on the blog before and I was eager to revisit this story. Where She Went takes place three years after the events of If I Stay and it focuses on Adam, as he’s now a famous rockstar, lead of the rising punk band, Shooting Star. In fact, Adam is a super angsty and anxious character, and his perspective was absolutely marvelous to read from. Even though this book has its problems – like all the numerous sexist remarks -, I still love it so much? Honestly, just give me all the books with angsty musicians and I’ll devour and love them forever.



When I was planning my reads for March, I was most excited to read The Foxhole Court. I was 100% sure I was going to love this book. It’s the first installment in the All for the Game series and it follows the team of the Foxes, for this fictional sport called Exy. It centers around a lot of male characters, including our protagonist, Neil Josten, who has a big secret about his past. My main problem with this book was: THERE’S NO PLOT. The characters are not moving to any specific goal. The writing is so all over the place. You’re being introduced to these characters over and over again, and I still feel like I don’t know them at all. Also: they are ALL bad-boys. Like, I am broken and damagedTM, so I can act like an asshole. It was excrutiating to get through the 8-hour-long audiobook. I am still going to carry on with the series, though, because I refuse to believe that this is what the hype was about.



Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson was a ride. I took about two weeks to finish this book, much due to the fact I completely overestimated my English skills and I had to focus A LOT to fully understand it. So, it was 100% my fault that it took me so long to get into it. But, once I did, it was brilliant! The mystery was engaging and so was the setting – boarding school with lots of mysteries? Count me in. The characters were also adorable, and even if I didn’t love Stevie, I certainly liked David and Nate a lot. I am literally dying to pick up the second installment in the series – hopefully, I’ll be able to do it until the end of the year?!


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I feel like March was a polarizing month, with some amazing reads and other very disappointing ones. Every Heart a Doorway falls on the latter category. I realized that Rick Riordan is probably the only author who I trust to mix fantasy/mythology and our contemporary world. This book had a lot to do with portal fantasies and boarding schools, and I couldn’t care at all. The murder mystery was also incredibly predictable (and this is coming from someone who can never figure out mysteries) and the way it was handled was beyond unrealistic. Like, a girl is found dead in the morning and then they move on to class as if nothing had happened? Uh, sure. I did appreciate the diversity, though! We had an asexual protagonist and a trans side character, but still it wasn’t enough for me to rate it any higher.



I also finally finished Crooked Kingdom! It’s been a year since I last read Six of Crows, but I can safely say I’m free to check the Tumblr tag without being spoiled now! This installment was not as good as the first one, sadly, but it definitely changed my opinion on a lot of things! I’ve officially solidified Matthias as my favorite character, along with Nina. They’re my absolute sweethearts and I cried so much with them throughout this book. I’ve also started to like Kaz & Inej more,which was surprising. The ending was truly what knocked down the book for me, as I was sure it’d be a 5 stars. It was underwhelming and disappointing for such a strong start. Nonetheless, I still love Leigh Bardugo’s writing style and I do consider these books worth the hype.



Far From The Tree was my last read for March. This book showed up kinda randomly in my life, as I saw it in a bookstore once and have been dying to finish reading ever since. I ended up listening to it in audiobook, which I’m not sure yet if I recommend. I think I’d have liked it better if we had different narrators for each perspective – kinda like the Odd One Out audiobook. Nonetheless, the story really captivated me. Maya was definitely an annoying character, but she was written to be unlikeable, so I guess that’s okay. Her relationship with her sister felt a bit unrealistic, but my love for Grace and Joaquin (especially Joaquin) made the book so worth it for me. I cried multiple times – sometimes in public – with this book, so I can’t recommend any more than that.




This is the first time I’m writing about music here, but I really liked the idea of sharing my monthly playlists here as well.

Music is a huge part of my life, and I’m constantly listening to something. For the year of 2019, I wanted to do something different, and so I started creating monthly playlists, in which I pretty much incorporate all songs that match my mood for the month.

I warn you in advance: these playlists are suuuuuper random. You can be listening to Billie Eilish in one second and Jackson 5 in the other. It’s just how my musical taste works sometimes.


Hopefully, in April, I’ll be able to read just as much as I did in March! I do have a lot of books I want to complete in the upcoming month, with some much anticipated reads, so I hope to find time to read them all!

Let me know in the comments what you’ve accomplished recently and what are some of your goals for April! 🌟

a trip to my home country: stereotypes


Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m here to introduce a new feature in my blog, called ‘A Trip to my Home Country‘. Through these posts, I’m looking forward to sharing more about my country and life in this hemisphere.

I don’t know a lot of other South American bloggers, so I think there’s a lack of representation in the community. I hope that, through this feature, people will get to know more about how we live around here.

For today’s post, specifically, I was inspired by this post, written by Prags @ The Inked In Book Blog for a feature in Fadwa‘s blog @ Word Wonders. (By the way, her feature is amazing and I’m so glad that people from all over the world can have a place in this community to share about where they come from!). In the post, she busts some stereotypes and myths involving Indian culture, so I thought it would be nice to do something similar for Brazil as well.


We don’t, actually! Even though the rest of South America was colonized by Spain, and therefore, speak Spanish, Brazil was actually colonized by Portugal. So, our language is Portuguese!

Portuguese and Spanish are similar languages, but are definitely not the same, thanks.

And as for the ‘Brazilian’ language… That’s just dumb, sorry.


I’ve lived in Brazil for 18 years and I’ve never been to the Amazon rainforest. It’s located in the North of the country, so it’s pretty far for most people who live in the bigger cities – like moi.

Foreign tourists are most of the people that actually visit the Amazon rainforest. It’s not a popular traveling location amongst Brazilians.


Uh, this is almost true.

Football – or soccer, however you call it, even though I consider kinda dumb to call it soccer because the US is literally the only country to think of any other meaning for football – is very popular in Brazil. Even if you don’t play it, you probably have a team you cheer for or at least a FIFA videogame.

I know a lot of people who play football, especially kids and teenagers. But not everyone is obsessed with football, just like not everyone in the US cares for NFL or everyone in Canada skates and plays hockey.

It’s popular, but don’t *generalize*.


Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of the country, so that’s true! Back in the 1800s, when the Portuguese Royal Family first came to Brazil – they were actually running away from Napoleon, so there goes some history lessons here! -, they established that the capital of the country should be Rio.

Albeit the most popular city worldwide, it hasn’t been the capital for almost 60 years. I think Brazil suffers from the same disease as Australia – everyone thinks the capital for the country is Sydney, but it’s actually Canberra. (And now some geography lessons too, wow, this post is going everywhere).

Imagem relacionadaOur capital is a city called Brasília, located right in the middle of the country. It was planned to be the capital, so it’s a pretty city, with a lot of interesting buildings – hence this one, which is actually a church!


That’s *so* innacurate.

I don’t know anyone who can actually samba. Honestly. I’ve never learned it myself!

Samba is definitely a popular genre, but not all over the country; just in some cities. It’s not the type of music genre we listen on a daily basis either, and it’s typically more popular around Carnaval time.

So, yeah, most people don’t actually know how to dance samba here, lol.


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A lot of people do live in favelas. Brazil is a third world country, so there are a lot of homeless people or others living in poor conditions, such as favelas. There’s a major and historical living problem in my country, and that’s why many people end up in such situations.

However, there are also a lot of people living in regular houses and apartments. As any other country, Brazil does have a lot of layers, and albeit the more poor ones are the ones to get the attention by the international media, there are several others in better conditions.


Brazil is, racially, a very diverse country. There are literally people from all over the world living here!

Black people, white people, people from Native-American backgrounds, Asians, etc. Seven out of thirty students in my classroom were from a Japanese ethnicy. I know a lot of people who are all over the spectrum – myself included!


That’s true! Brazilians are welcoming towards foreigners and very likely to be overprotective at “gringos” – how we call foreigners here.

However, in my experiences in the United States, I actually find that Americans are much more likely to initiate small talk, and offer you a good day, and all of that. In Brazil, people don’t do this as much. Wishing each other good morning and good night is the basics, but going up to a counter and starting small talk to a costumer is not exactly a trait for Brazilians.

Nonetheless, we try to be very welcoming and make sure foreigners feel at home here as well.

That’s it! Those are all the stereotypes I have for today. Do you have any other perception towards Brazil and would like to know whether it is a myth or a fact? Let me know in the comments! And please feel free to bust other stereotypes about your home country here too!

monthly wrap up: february, ’19


Hello, fellow bloggers!

February has already come to an end. Even though it is the shortest month of the year, I feel like so much has happened since my last wrap-up. Mostly: school happened. And I’m still trying to get used to all the future changes I’ll have to go through *shrugs*.

Anyway, onto this wrap up:


  • I got a SCRIBD subscription! I’m so excited about it already! I’ve been wanting to read more audiobooks – this was actually one of my 2019 goals – and SCRIBD was the one with the best deal for me. So far, it has been great! I really like the fact that I can be reading even when I’m doing other things (playing Gardenscapes like crazy) and I hope it will help me achieve my Goodreads goal even when school gets chaotic.
  • School has officially started. So far, our first week has been pretty chill; we are mostly getting to know classmates, teachers, the buildings and all. I’m going to a big university, so it is a bit overwhelming walking through the campus sometimes. I’m looking forward to finding my group of people. I feel like everyone I’ve met so far is in college to party & drink – and I’m not interested in either. Nonetheless, I’m excited to be studying something I’m very passionate about and I’m looking forward to the projects for next months.
  • I watched Billy Elliot and I haven’t gotten over it yet. Honestly, I’m not the type of person to care for highly-acclaimed films. Obviously, since my favorite movie is 27 Dresses. But I find that my problem with Academy Award nominees is that, even if I can recognize they’re well-crafted, they just bore the living hell out of me. But Billy Elliot wasn’t like that at all. It was a movie with A+ acting, fantastic writing AND that also made me feel everything. I’m so in love with it!


For the month of February, I commited myself to read only books by black authors in honor of Black History month. This is what I ended up reading:

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Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann was a super interesting read. I’d been wanting to read this one for a long time now, mainly because it features an asexual protagonist. The book was adorable indeed, and so were the characters. I was not expecting the friendship element to the story and it was my favorite – obviously, because when am I not crying over fictional friendships? Takumi, the love interest, was sweet & all, but he felt way too perfect at times. Nonetheless, it was a solid contemporary and I just want all asexual characters having happy endings.


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All American Boys was the best book I read this month, and I’ve already done an entire review on it (a huge one, btw), so I won’t talk much about it here. To put it simply: if you liked Dear Martin or The Hate U Give, you need to read All American Boys. It’s just as moving, powerful and incredibly important. The writing was, at first, hard to get through, but it gets better! I promise!




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The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory was my first 2.5 stars of the year and I don’t know why I’m so happy about it. Basically, 2019 has so far been the best reading year and I’ve only read 4~5 stars books, except for this one. I was basically begging for an opportunity to rant. Now, The Wedding Date wasn’t even that bad. But I went into it thinking it was going to be a lot of fake-dating trope, and it becomes more of a friends-with-benefits trope – which I like, but just wasn’t what I expected. There was way too much miscommunication and I feel like the book dragged more than I would’ve liked, so even though it was entertaining, fast-paced and did the job, it wasn’t anything too special.


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Dear Martin, by Nic Stone was a re-read, as I want to re-read at least one book a month. I was very excited to revisit this story as it is one of my favorite books of all times. I took the chance to highlight some of my favorite quotes and tab all of them, since the first time I read it was during a roadtrip and it just wasn’t convenient to do so. This book has so many important moments & messages, and I want absolutely everyone to read it. Also: Manny is a baby and I’ll love him forever.



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Then, because I just hadn’t had enough of Nic Stone, I also picked up Odd One Out! I was excited because it was my first audiobook experience. I loved the narrator for Cooper’s character; he really was the best. Overall, I feel like the experience was bittersweet, and I still don’t know exactly where I stand with this book. Nic Stone’s writing style was for sure exceptional in this one as well, but I feel like the story lacked on showcasing healthy ways of dealing with your confusion. Figuring out your sexuality is definitely a tricky process, but I don’t believe in messing with other’s feelings in the way.




March is an exciting month because for the first week, it’s Carnaval! Basically, Carnaval is this massive holiday in my country, where people go to the strees, party and dance a lot of samba, lol. I am not exactly a fan of the genre, and as an 18 year old grandma, I also don’t party a lot. But we don’t have school for almost a whole week, and it’s glorious! I have a lot of exciting books to read in March, and I really can not wait.

How was your February? And what are your looking forward to do in March? And also: do you feel the same way about highly-acclaimed films or you love them all? Let’s talk in the comments!