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Yes, it’s me, Lais: the #1 fan of fake-dating books at your service. You’re welcome.

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while now and I feel like I finally have enough books to give you my opinion on.

Because fake-dating is a specific trope, I have a few things to consider when making this ranking:

  1. Characters’ motivations: /10
  2. Commitment to the fake-dating: /10
  3. Angst & tension: /10
  4. Overall book execution: /10

Obviously, all these things are STILL VERY MUCH SUBJECTIVE!!!! I can feel a certain way about the characters’ motivations and you can feel the complete opposite. And that’s okay! As much as I want to claim that I am well-versed in fake-dating, I am still just one person giving their opinion online for no reason at all. So I promise it’s not serious at all!

I also had to do Maths for this post, so pls like share with friends or sth, I worked hard, ok lmao.


THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, BY KASIE WEST

1. Characters’ motivations:

Gia’s boyfriend breaks up with her in the parking lot of her prom and she has to find a new fake date. Honestly, I’d do the same, because walking into prom without the boyfriend that you’ve been raving about for weeks would definitely be a cringe sequence for the history books. As for our fake-boyfriend, he doesn’t have that many reasons to keep up with the façade, except he wants to impress his ex, which is like… I guess? 8/10

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2. Commitment to the fake-dating:

I’d argue both characters are pretty committed, but it becomes too quickly about doing things for each other as “friends” rather than as “fake boyfriend and girlfriend”, which takes away the *tension* of it all (like, the pretending to hug, and kiss and hold hands, which is the excellence of the trope to begin with). 6/10

3. Angst & tension:

Gia is already facing enough angst and tension with her friends and family, so the relationship is more about being her safe space than anything. That is not a bad thing & actually works for the book, but I’m a hoe for angst, so… 4/10

4. Overall book execution:

I actually really like this book! It’s as dramatic as an early 2000s rom-com and I love it for that. The fake-dating is alright, and it added enough to the story imo. 9/10

FINAL RATING: 6,75/10


FRANKLY IN LOVE, BY DAVID YOON

1. Characters’ motivations:

Frank wants to date this girl, but this girl is white. Joy wants to date this boy, but this boy is Chinese. Joy and Frank’s parents just want them to date fellow Koreans, so they start fake-dating each other to put up a front for their parents, while they’re actually with their own partners. It’s honestly an epic plan. 10/10

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2. Commitment to the fake-dating:

These characters were so committed to the fake-dating that they actually cheat on their respective partners! We absolutely fucking hate to see it! -2/10

3. Angst & tension:

Most of the angst & tension comes from these characters, again, CHEATING on the people they’re *actually* dating. However, there’s also the fact that at one point, Joy and Frank’s parents fight and yet that somehow never affects their relationship because….? I guess the author just didn’t care enough to write about that? 2/10

4. Overall book execution:

Y’all, this book is not bad. As a coming of age story, a tale of identity and family, it’s actually pretty fucking good. I also really like David Yoon’s writing. But as a fake-dating book, it sucks. Not only the cheating, but the romance in general makes no sense and it’s so insta-lovey it hurts. 6/10

FINAL RATING: 4/10


TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, BY JENNY HAN

1. Characters’ motivations: Let’s bring it back to the classics, shall we? The motivations here are kinda blurry and all over the place. Lara Jean wants to prove she no longer has feelings for her sister’s ex, because well, it’s her sister’s ex. And Peter K wants to win his ex back. A lot of exes, childhood friends and drama. Lara Jean’s motivations are not exactly realistic, but a lot stronger, so it gets a 8/10.

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2. Commitment to the fake-dating: Lara Jean and Peter actually have a whole ~contract~ for what they’re supposed to do when entering this deal, and they’re pretty commited. Peter gives Lara Jean rides every morning and writes her notes. Lara Jean goes to parties with him and bakes him cookies. A fair trade for me. 10/10

3. Angst & tension: Ooooohhh, yes, these two deliver. Because they have “history” – like the fact Lara Jean wrote an entire letter confessing her feelings to him -, it makes things twice more complicated. Unlike the other couples I mentioned in this post, that didn’t really know each other that much before the fake-dating, these two absolutely do and the unresolved feelings come to play wonderfully here. 10/10

Overall book execution: I am absolutely biased, because I adore the To All the Boys series and the entire universe Jenny Han created. I love the characters, their dynamics, the writing, the amount of baking & rom-com references, etc. So, this is another easy rating for me. 10/10

FINAL RATING: 9,5/10


BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, BY ALEXIS HALL

Note: this book is actually an adult romance.

Characters’ motivations: Again, the motivations are a bit unbalanced. Luc needs a fake-boyfriend that is respectable and with a good reputation, to help him repair his so he can keep his job. But Oliver doesn’t have that much of a reason to be engaging on the fake relationship, except he needs emotional support when meeting his (incredibly toxic cof cof) family. 7/10

Commitment to the fake-dating: This is another case where the characters turn to friends pretty quickly, so most of what they do together is not to keep up the front of their fake relationship, but because they’re genuinely being supportive. 7/10

Angst & tension: Even if there’s not much *actual* tension in terms of the fake dating (like, not a lot of forced proximity and PDA moments, even though these are absolutely chef’s kiss whenever they happen), there’s definitely a good amount of angst, especially towards the end, and it’s totally worth reading if you’re a fan of those in your romances. 10/10

Overall book execution: I did adore this book. The humour is absolutely out of this world, the romance made me actually giggle and the characters are so beautifully complex. It’s another easy 10/10 for me.

FINAL RATING: 8,5/10


HANI AND ISHU’S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING, BY ADIBA JAIGIRDAR

Characters’ motivations: Hani wants to “prove” to her friends that she is in fact bisexual by dating a girl, which is… like, a realistic motivation I can see people having becaue biphobia is very much real, but also absolutely awful that she’d even have to do that. Friendly reminder that no one should have to “prove” their sexuality to others✨. As for Ishu, she hopes to by dating Hani she’ll become more popular and get more votes for her as Head Girl, which is a motivation I can stand by. 8/10

Commitment to the fake-dating: I also didn’t think there were many moments when these characters actually went out of their way to commit to the fake-dating, except when Ishu had to go on a triple date with Hani’s friends and talk about Riverdale and the royals, which I imagine must’ve been in her top 10 hardest moments. 8/10

Angst & tension: Well, there were definitely some moments. Like, their first date had me giggling and there’s this scene in Ishu’s bedroom that was also UMMM YES OK. I will say, though, the “there’s only one bed” scene’s execution had me \: 8/10

Overall book execution: This was another really good one. Adiba Jaigirdar is so good at discussing very serious topics in her books, while still keeping them entertaining. Her writing is also SO good. I loved both Hani and Ishu’s family dynamics, so honestly this was solid. 9/10

FINAL RATING: 8,25


RENT A BOYFRIEND, BY GLORIA CHAO

Characters’ motivations: This one is different because it’s literally a rent a boyfriend situation. Meaning Drew is just here for the coin, lol. But he does grow fond of Chloe very fast, so he’s also there to support her. As for Chloe, she hopes that getting herself a boyfriend will finally remove the idea off her parents’ head that she should get married to the local playboy. 9/10

Commitment to the fake-dating: Drew is COMMITTED, ok. Again, yes, he’s technically being paid, so he doesn’t really have a choice? But like, the way he was cooking and washing the dishes and spending family holidays with Chloe and almost fucking up his other fake dates for her? Iconic. 10/10

Angst & tension: To be honest, this book could’ve been A LOT more tense and angsty than it was. Like I said, Drew quickly realizes how complicated Chloe’s situation is, so they quickly become friends more than fake boyfriend and girlfriend, which was a bit disappointing tbh. 6/10

Overall book execution: This book is hilarious and an absolutely wild ride. Like, it’s very ridiculous at times, but there are also serious and relevant conversations in terms of identity and how both of these characters relate to their heritage as Chinese-Americans. 7/10

FINAL RATING: 8/10


COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU, BY TASHIE BHUIYAN

Characters’ motivations: To be honest, the fake-dating in this book doesn’t make that much sense at all. Alistair wants to prove his family that he can actually find a decent girlfriend, but at the same time, his entire thing is *not* being decent because that’s what makes his family give a shit about him? See how it doesn’t go at all? Karina also has no reason to be his fake girlfriend, except she wants to help him because she’s a good soul or whatever. 2/10

Commitment to the fake-dating: They do go on a date together and Karina does pretend to be Alistair’s girlfriend when she’s around his family, but for the most part, they’re actually dating and yet pretending it’s fake. It’s very confusing, trust me. 6/10

Angst & tension: Literally, none. Which is probably good considering Karina technically didn’t even want to be in this agreement in the first place (she legit has a panic attack when he brings it up), so at least he’s not putting her into more unnecessary tension, though there’s still a lot of confusion between what’s real and what’s not, that is frankly a shared emotion between all the readers. 4/10

Overall book execution: Sooooo, I actually didn’t like this one. I did appreciate the friend group and the anxiety rep, but the characters were a bit too cliché and their dynamic too cheesy. 7/10

FINAL RATING: 5/10


TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY, BY SANDHYA MENON

Characters’ motivations: Again, not the most balanced ones. Pinky wants to prove to her parents she is not as immature and impulsive as they believe, hence why she chooses perfect-good-two-shoes Samir as her fake boyfriend. As for him, he just wants to be outside of his mom’s shadow for once. 8/10

Commitment to the fake-dating: Samir was literally STAYING THE SUMMER AT PINKY’S HOUSE for this. It’s a commitment if I ever saw one. 10/10

Angst & tension: Most certainly there’s a lot of it here! I will say that the forced proximity is not even as much as I’d like, but you have to consider that they’re ENEMIES > to fake-dating > to lovers, so the tension comes naturally at that. 9/10

Overall book execution: This book makes me so happy. It’s the perfect summer read, the family dynamics are A+ and Samir and Pinky were already characters I was obsessed with from the Menonverse that I just loved getting to know better here. 9/10

FINAL RATING: 9/10

wild at heart

  1. Homecoming Queen (Left Behind the Gold)
  2. White Vans (Say My Name)
  3. Out of Reach (Out of My Limit)
  4. Sunny Blues (Out Like a Light 2)
  5. Rhythm of Santa Monica (Lunch Break)
  6. Sunflower (Sun Punks)
  7. Megan’s Waiting (Fake ID)
  8. Born Bright (Mr. Loverman)
  9. I Don’t Care (In Between Plans)
  10. Weekend (Dance, Baby!)
  11. Real Friend (You)
  12. The Tide (90210)
  13. Please, Maybe (Shouldn’t Be Sorry)
  1. Mad Love (Life Goes On)
  2. Yours (All Over Me)
  3. Dead Girl in the Pool (Dead Girl in the Pool)
  4. Getaway (Heart Eyes)
  5. Sinkin’ Ships (Wait For Me)
  6. Everland (Everland)
  7. I Wanna Know You (Pictures of Girls)
  8. Ghost in My Postcard (Periphery)
  9. Sidelines (Strawberry)
  10. Somebody Else (Waves)
  11. Sweet Escape (Modern Loneliness)
  12. Ask Me Anything (Televised)
  13. Where You Go (Honey Sweet)

DELUXE VERSION

  1. Slipping Through My Fingertips (Rose Leaves)
  2. Nowhere Boys (All in All)
  3. The Edge (Under the Blue)
  1. Telescope (Talk Deep)
  2. Unforgettable (She’s a Riot)
  3. Between the Lovers and Me (Drama Queen)
  4. Total Eclipse (Save Me)
  5. California on My Mind
  6. Dropout (Spitting Fire)
  7. Chlorine (Chicken)
  8. Breaches (Bad idea!)
  9. The Only Reason (Blowjob)
  10. Little Love (Little Love)
  11. Self (1999)
  12. All I Know (Small Talk)
  13. Love Affair (Circles)
  14. Living on a Movie Scene (If Only I Was a Poet)
  15. The Runaways

DELUXE VERSION

  1. Like That (One Too Many Movies)
  2. Feels Right (Warm Animal)
  3. The Tourist (Fade Away)
  4. Emma Lee (Reverse Cowgirl)
  1. Early Morning Cry (Drive)
  2. Leave It All Behind (Mammal Talk)
  3. It’s a Lonely Road (Hope I Don’t Fall in Love)
  4. Time Lapse (Little League)
  5. Dancing In Your Arms (Hang Loose)
  6. Younger Now (The Borders)
  7. Sentimental (Can I Call You Tonight?)
  8. Avalanche (Washed Up)
  9. Read Your Mind (That’s How It Goes)
  10. Fade Into The Horizon ($10)
  11. Who We Once Were (Goodbye Baby)
  12. Love You Home (Love You Home)

DELUXE VERSION

  1. All The Time (New Flesh)
  2. Wish You Were Here (Studio Ver.) (golden thing)
  3. Time Lapse (Acoustic Ver.)

Wayward Son was my most anticipated release of 2019. I was so excited when this book was first announced, as Carry On is one of my favorite books and Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors and I’m always happy to read more about her. (Yes, I know she’s problematic. You can enjoy someone’s work and still acknowledge they’ve done offensive things in the past. I know. Shocking.)

This review will be slightly different, because under the ‘Read More’, I’ll be discussing my favorite and least-favorite aspects of the book with spoilers. But if you haven’t read Wayward Son yet, I’ll share some of my non-spoiler-y thoughts first.

I think Rainbow Rowell’s writing style will forever be my favorite and there’s no difference here. I also appreciated how it discussed mental health issues, though it could’ve been much more developed. Apart from that, though, there’s not much I enjoyed about it.

The characters had no development and it truly felt like none of the problems they started the book with were actually resolved. I also feel like the magical system is so confusing and hasn’t been explained at all. My biggest gripe is probably the fact that there was so much that could’ve happened here and yet it was just 350 pages of much non-sense.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like this at all, but I still feel like there are people who could enjoy it. I, sadly, just wasn’t one of them.

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the jonas brothers book tag!

Hello, friends!

This is, by far, the most exciting tag I’ve ever answered in my blog before. First: we can oficially say that the Jonas Brothers are back and I still feel like crying everytime I’m reminded that this is real. And also because there’s now an entire book tag, merging two of my favorite things together and I, of course, had to answer it.

This tag was created by Rendz, @ Reading With Rendz and I saw it on Angelica’s blog, The Book Cover Girl.

YEAR 3000

A book/series set in the way distant future or A book/series that took you on an adventure

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First of all: Year 3000 is a jam. My biggest pride growing up was being able to successfully sing to the bridge of this song. (It’s not much of an impressive skill now, but considering I knew two words in English at that point, I’d say it was pretty impressive).

I think there’s no other way to answer this question than talking about THE ILLUMINAE FILES, because it is one of my favorite series of all times. I already miss these characters.

HOLD ON

A book/series that took a while for you to get into

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That is hard, not gonna lie, because I hardly ever continue with a book series if the first book doesn’t capture my attention enough.

But for regular standalones, I’d say it was a bit hard to get into TRULY DEVIOUS. I was struggling with the language and long descriptions a lot and I found the first chapters to be super slow. I’m super thankful I pushed through, though, because it turned out to be a fantastic read – and much more dynamic after the halfway point.

(Hold On is also my mom’s favorite song by the Jonas Brothers. Thanks, guys).

S.O.S

A book/series that you needed saving from

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I feel like I haven’t ranted enough about this book yet, but here it goes one more time. THE FOXHOLE COURT, BY NORA SAKAVIC. Why? Whyyyyyyyyy?

I was so sure I was going to love this book. It was in my 5-star-prediction’s list. And I hated it. This book was a mess. The characters are all bad-boys; there was absolutely NO PLOT; the writing is messy and I literally spent eight hourslistening to an audiobook and I can’t even tell you what I’ve listened to because it was just a ball of ???????

I’d gladly have Joe Jonas rescue me from this book, thank you very much.

WHEN YOU LOOK ME IN THE EYES

A romance that makes you melt into a puddle of goo

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I just need to mention this couple, because there’s no one else that melts me into a puddle of goo like these two. NINA & MATTHIAS, FROM SIX OF CROWS.

Every single time they flirted or just *looked* at one another, I was already crying. When they get together, I had to actually put the book down and fangirl for about fifteen minutes before I could continue reading. I don’t even want to think what a re-read of Six of Crows will look like. I hope I’m not reading it in public, otherwise it will get embarrassing.

I probably cried with them more times than I cried listening to When You Look Me in the Eyes, which is a statement, because that song turns on all the hose.

BURNIN’ UP

A book/series so good it set you on fire

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I think my current read will be a great fit to this answer: HERETICS ANONYMOUS, by Katie Henry.

You know when you pick up a book and two seconds into it you already have the feeling it will be one of your favorite books of all times? That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. It’s hilarious, relatable, interesting and very immersive. I love Michael a lot and I’ve only known him for a couple hours. (Is this allowed?)

I hope to be slipping into the lava for a good reason here. Let’s hope future Lais doesn’t get totally disappointed.

LOVEBUG

A ship you were not expecting, but it happened and you ship it

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if you don’t agree that lovebug is the best title track by the jonas brothers we can not be friends

I totally didn’t see them coming, and then when it happened, I was the happiest person in the world. ALEX & MAGNUS, FROM MAGNUS CHASE.

(From Mangus Chase. Not the other two Alex and Magnus, from Shadowhunters. Thanks).

When Alex first shows up, I could kinda feel some tension between them and Magnus, but I didn’t think they would work as a couple. (Alex is snarky and a bit mean; Magnus is a Hufflepuff. Do you get me?) And then they start getting closer, and closer, and by the third book, I was already the president of their fanclub.

SUCKER

A book/series you would reread over and over again

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There are a lot of books I’d re-read nonstop. Where She Went. (I just re-read this book back in March and I already want to re-read it again. Someone stop me). Lola & The Boy Next Door. Percy Jackson. Ari & Dante.

Re-reading books is a huge passion of mine. I feel like it’s a safe space for me, because I already know just what to expect. I know some people find scary to re-read books and realize they don’t like it as much as they did the first time around, but I have yet to encounter a book that feels like that for me (I only re-read old favorites anyway, and they’re definitely favorites for a reason).

Before I leave, I want to tag three fellow bloggers to answer this if they feel like it:

I know they’re fellow JoBros fans, so I hope they enjoy answering this tag as much as I did!

my top 5 female authors!

Hello, fellow bloggers!

One remarkable trait of mine is that I tend to care a lot for male characters. I don’t know why, but I’m more drawn to them than by female ones and I feel like, sometimes, I am only talking about men in my blog. Even if they’re fictional men. And I am not really about that.

So, I decided to finally share my favorite *female* authors and soon a female characters list too. Basically, let’s have me hyping up all the amazing women in the bookish world who deserve so much more.

ONE. RAINBOW ROWELL

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Ha. We’re already going for a controversial start.

Now, honestly, I adore Rainbow Rowell. Don’t take that as personal offense if you don’t. I know she has released problematic things in the past, but I still love all of her stuff with my whole heart. She wrote the first fat character I had ever read about in YA. Or at least the first fat character who was not there for a comic relief or as a bully. (I’m talking to you, J.K Rowling and Dudley Dursley).

I find she has one of the most unique writing voices ever. Considering she has YA and adult books, a fantasy one and contemporaries, it’s phenomenal to me that her voice pops in every single one of them. Her dialogues are also always hilariousand the way she describes romance tugs in my heart strings everytime.

(And she also taught me that Oklahoma is a state!)

TWO. NIC STONE

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Granted, Nic Stone is still a new author, and has only released two books. But when I tell you that she’s an autobuy author and I’ll get whatever else she releases, I mean it.

Her writing style is phenomenal. So engaging and so fast-paced, like you’re just having a regular conversation at her kitchen’s table. And, yet, she’s able to intertwine all these powerful and important topics.

Dear Martin is one of my favorite books of all times, because despise being a super short-read, it holds a punch. There are a lot of meaningful discussions and hilarious dialogues too. The same goes for Odd One Out. While the book touches on sexuality in a very messy, but relatable way, the narrations were always funny and endearing.

I am SO excited for Jackpot. I simply can not wait to have this book in my hands.

THREE. STEPHANIE PERKINS

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Granted, my relationship with Stephanie Perkins has always been a bit of a hit or miss. We haven’t seen eye to eye in every single book, but I still know that I’ll buy any contemporary she releases in the future, because, deep down, I’m just her bitch.

I think my favorite trait in her writing is just how quirky it is. And not in like: “I’m desperate to be edgy” way, but just in an unique wayI had never seen in YA before. Like, in Anna and the French Kiss, where Anna is taller than her boyfriend. Or how Lola wears colorful wigs depending on her mood. Her characters aren’t exactly relatable, but that’s okay.

I sometimes look at people around me and I label the ones who look like fictional characters. They’re typically the most different ones, with crazy hairstyles or funky shoes. I think standing out is very much a fictional character trait and I love how Stephanie Perkins writes the best ones.

(Plus, the way she describes sexual tension. Ugh. Always a great time).

FOUR. GAYLE FORMAN

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Gayle Forman and I have a similar relationship than the one before. We have our fall outs every now and then, but we’re still connected deep down. (Why has this post turned into me discussing my non-existent relationship with book authors? Jesus).

I think my favorite thing about Gayle Forman is that she likes writing about music a lot. And I love books about music. So, we’re pretty much the perfect match.

She also tends to write a lot about New York or amazing places I’ve never been to but desperately want to and I am always prepared for a solid great time with her. Plus, she’s one of the few people whose set-in-one-day books generally work for me. (Except for I Have Lost My Way. That was sort of a disappointment).

FIVE. MAGGIE STIEFVATER

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Important to note that even though I’m including all these authors in my favorites list, I know very littleabout their persona behind their books. Like, I am aware Maggie Stiefvater has a very big online presenceand I’ve read some of the things she said and completely disagreed with, but I’m still adding her to this list because I love her books to death. It’s a problem. I don’t think she’s ever made any hugeproblematic statement, but let me know if that is the case, so I can re-think this list.

Obviously, The Raven Cycle series is a huge deal and I am thankful for this amazing world she created. I also have to acknowledge The Wolves of Mercy Falls, because even though this is not her most popular series, I still adore it. I’m always grateful for people who are writing about werewolves, because few are BRAVE ENOUGH.

Her characters are always torn and broken and probably went through something very traumatic that either made them the softest beans (Gansey, Noah, Sam) orsnarky and rude badboys with a good heart beneath it all (Ronan, Cole). She also gave me the gift that is Joseph Kavinsky and I’ll never be able to repay that.

Yayyy! Those are all my choices for today. I am definitely a fan of Leigh Bardugo and Jenny Han as well, but I haven’t read as many books by them as I have by these other authors. Let me know in the comments some of your favorite female authors too! 

discussion: how do you use goodreads?

Hello, fellow bloggers!

Once again, I apologize for the fact I’ve been a mess lately. I’m taking the weekend to write blog posts, reply to comments and blog hop, so hopefully you guys don’t mind if you see my face popping up on two-week old posts, because, as I’ve stated before, I am a mess.

Because of that, I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to share about how do I use Goodreads and discuss with you guys more about it as well. You’ll soon learn that, much like every other aspect of my life, my presence there is also messy af.

Goodreads is this online platform where you can track all the books you’ve read, give them ratings, organize them by shelves, see other people’s comments about it and so on and so forth. By the way, you can follow me there if you want *shameless self promo*.

As for how I use my Goodreads:

1. I track all the books I’ve read, but not necessarily the time it took me to finish them.

can not understand only adding books to your Goodreads *a month* after you’ve read them. Like, no. I read books solely so I can see the little bar on my Reading Challenge move. That is my source of motivation.

I will say, though, that I do not add books as soon as I start reading them, so the time it takes me to finish a book is definitely a loooot longer than typically showed in my Gooderads. I’ve been trying to better about it this year, but I almost always forget to add the day I start a book.

2. My TBR shelf is a mess

I do not use my TBR shelf as an actual TBR shelf at all. I don’t know why I’m like this, honestly. But the Goodreads interface is not the most user-friendly and so I’d much rather have phone-notes on the books I want to read, other than adding it to a shelf.

There are books on my TBR which I owe physically, others I don’t. There are books I owe physically and haven’t added there yet.

So, yeah, it’s pretty much a mess, much like my life.

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3. I do have different shelves for different genres and representations

I’ve only done this recently, but it’s been a life-saver. If I’m writing a recommendations post under a specific genre or rep, I can just go for that specific shelf and see all the books I’ve already read that could go for that post.

Since I’ve been tracking how diversely I’m reading this year, this also has come in handy. I’m tracking it in a separate notebook I have, but I’ve been using these shelves a lot, just in case I forget the specifics for each book.

4. I do not write lengthy reviews for every book I read

I know! Probably the biggest crime of having a Goodreads account is not writing reviews, but I just don’t care that much.

I’d much rather white a lengthy review for my blog, where I feel more comfortablesharing my thoughts and being able to format the way I want to. Also, the response on my blog is much better than it would ever be on Goodreads, so I’d much rather share it here than anywhere else.

I do write one-sentence thoughts for each book I read, but that’s about it. I end up always going deeper in my monthly wrap-ups anyway, so I don’t worry that much.

Plus, I don’t think every book deserves a lengthy review. Sometimes, it was just mediocre, and I don’t have that many thoughts on it, so I don’t stress trying to find words for something I don’t even want to talk about on the first place.

I do appreciate Goodreads reviews, though! Every time I’m interested in a book, I end up reading some reviews and especially after I’ve read it, I always look at people’s thoughts and see how we agree or disagree. I just don’t have the same level of diligence, truly.

5. I do have a Goodreads challenge – and this may be the first year I’m closer to achieving it

I know many people do not have Goodreads challenges and don’t care about them, which I do not judge at all. Last year, I didn’t set a number for the challenge either, and it was freeing in a great way.

This year, though, I wanted to work my motivation and aim for something that was high for my previous standards, but still achievable, which is why I chose 40 books as my initial challenge.

We’re halfway through the year, and I’m 70% into it already. It makes me super happy to know I’m much closer to achieving it than I’ve ever been before.

I’m 11 books ahead on the challenge, where in previous years, I’ve only been around two books ahead and probably many behind.

Despise being close, I do not think I’ll be raising the number. I don’t want to get overconfident and ruin it by the end of the year, so I’ll just stick with 40 and see where I can go from there.

That is all I wanted to share with you today. Now, I ask for you guys to continue the discussion in the comments: how do you use Goodreads? Do you write reviews there or in your blog only? How do you shelf your books? Do you use the challenge feature and how close are you to achieving your goal? Let me know! 

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.

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 predominantlyCatholic country, a lot of parties happen all around.

Originally, Festa Junina was a celebration that happened on the countryside, andaround 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.