2021 Surprises & Disappointments ⚡️

⚡️ Hi, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day surrounded by the best readings & wonderful moments! ❤️ Today, and for the rest of December, we’ll be chatting a bit about the books I’ve read this year, and we’ll be doing a kind of annual wrap-up by rating the books in different ways during each post. Here below will be the link to my previous end of the year’s post if you want to check it out, but today we’ll focus on the books that have surprised me the most and those that have disappointed me the most this 2021. 😍 
As always, I’ll make it perfectly clear what I mean by this and what we’ll encounter during this post. As a first instance, when I refer to “surprising” books, for me they’re those books that maybe I expected less or didn’t have high expectations and ended up surprising me, on the other hand, those “disappointing” books are those that couldn’t completely fulfill my expectations because probably the hype was high or I was expecting more than what I got. This isn’t to say that these books are bad books, in fact, no book is bad, that’s super subjective, but simply they’re books that have fallen a little short of what they promised under my point of view. While the others are books that have left me very impressed in the best way. 👏🏻
I don’t like to repeat books during my end of the year series, so none of these books will be in my favorite or least favorite books post, but they’re those books that have been mostly in the middle of it all, and yet I think they’re worth talking about, and I’m excited to share my humble opinion with you.
Maybe I’ve already mentioned this and although it seems obvious,
it’s very important for me to let you know that I deeply respect each one of your opinions and I love that you can share your ideas and thoughts with me about each book, even when we don’t agree the first thing is respect and it’s always fun to talk about it with love and cordiality. I really love to hear what you think so feel free to let me know!
I hope this post is entertaining for you, thank you SO SO much for sharing this post series with me, and without further ado…. LET’S GET STARTED!
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Favorite 2021 Book Covers 📸

 📸 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having an amazing day, full of the best readings, and above all, enjoying this last month of the year! ❤️ As usual for me here on the blog, the “opening” of my end of the year posts has arrived, where we’ll talk about the best, the worst, and the most surprising in terms of books of what has been this 2021.  😍 I love that December is all about this kind of post, not only do I love doing them, but I find it super fun to see all your posts related to your bookish wrap-ups of the year, so I’m excited to see all your content as well! 👏🏻 
Of course, we’ll open this series of posts with a post mostly about aesthetics, and I’ll dedicate it 100% to the amazing artists who create the most beautiful covers of all the books we read and love every year. THANK YOU, DESIGNER! YOU’RE AMAZING!  🥰 As you may have guessed by now,
this post will be all about my favorite covers of 2021. 🌟 
These covers that I’ll be sharing with you today,
aren’t necessarily from books that I’ve read, but they’re all covers from books that have been released this year, and that’s the point of these posts, each year to highlight my favorite cover designs from each respective year’s releases. 😊 
We all have different preferences and tastes regarding our covers, so of course, I’ll only be showing some of the ones that are the most beautiful for me, but not necessarily the most beautiful for everyone.
I think this is a fun idea, at some point we all look at the covers a little bit, and if you tell me you don’t, I’ll know you’re lying  😅, we’re all guilty at some point of “cover buying” so I know we’ll all appreciate an aesthetic post with a rainbow full of stunning covers! I hope you enjoy it a lot, feel free to share your opinion with me, and
my idea is that we spend a relaxing moment admiring some of the amazing works of amazing artists during 2021 🎉. Now yes, without further ado, LET’S GET STARTED! 📸 

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Book Review | The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore 🍃

Title: The Mirror Season

By: Anna-Marie McLemore

Series: NO

Pages: 311

By: Feiwel & Friends

Published: March 16th, 2021

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – Magical RealismHard-Hitting

Buy it: Book Depository | Amazon

An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. –#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus

When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season…

Graciela Cristales’s whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.

But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.

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Book Recommendations | 2021 Book Releases You Must Read Before the Year Ends! 📖 

 📖 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and a super positive start to the month! ❤️ I know this year has been crazy for many of us who are still trying to find our place after the madness of the pandemic in the world, so listen to me on this: celebrate every little achievement you have made this 2021 because if you have survived all this, you’re already a queen/king & here, hoping we all have a 2022 full of blessings! 🎉 
Today I’m excited because
I woke up wanting to talk to you about the best 2021 releases I’ve read, so here we are in this last recommendation post of the year, which I hope you like a lot and it will help you to find new reads. 🤓 
Many of the books I’ll mention have been huge surprises for me because although I was excited to read them, I never thought I would enjoy them at the level I did, either for their unique stories, their well-created atmospheres, or the outstanding narration. 😍 
So, this is why I’ve chosen them for today’s post where of course
we’ll focus on the 2021 releases I’ve read and highly enjoyed. Plus, I’ll also add some other releases that are on my “priority list” that even though I haven’t read them yet, I’m dying to do it because they sound AMAZING.

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From the middle of the month, more or less, I’ll be starting to upload my end of the year posts, where I’ll share with you my favorite books, less favorite books, new authors, and much much much more, so stay tuned for all of it, it will be super fun! 😄 I also promise I’ll be checking all your posts a lot more than usual because I love you and want to support you, you know that! 🌟 
Before I start, I want to thank you so much for all the comments of support and love regarding the situation my family is going through, all that energy has been beautiful a support for me and I know everything will be ok. 💕 
Now, guys,
I can’t wait to tell you a little bit about those “best for me” 2021 releases, and hopefully, you can add some of them to your TBR… make yourself a coffee or a tea because we’re BEGINNING! 📖

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November Wrap Up & December Plans | Incredible ARCs, but less Reading than I Anticipated + Some of my Plans for the last Month of 2021! ☀️

☀️ Hello, bookish friends! I hope you’re having a day full of blessings and the best reads! ❤️ Today, as always at this time of the month, I bring you one of my favorite posts to share with you: my monthly Wrap Up & TBR! where, of course, I share with you my past readings and future plans, as we catch up a bit.😊✨ November has been a crazy month in terms of my personal life, I’ve had ups and downs, and although you know that this isn’t a place where I usually share the negatives of my life, I feel I should mention that one of those situations has been that my parents split up (in fact, I mean my stepdad and my mom, but it’s the same thing for me), so even though I already have a life outside my parents’ house, this has affected the family structure, and clearly has had me very distracted from all my reading and the blogosphere in general. I’ve spent most of my time accompanying my younger siblings and being a support for them, so that’s where my focus has been and probably will be for at least the duration of this year. I also have a new job and that has been taking quite a bit out of me, so overall, I haven’t done very well with my reading. Still, I always like to convey how important it’s to take care of yourself and take your time, so I’ll preach what I say and be super supportive of myself. I’ve read what I can and that’s enough. 🙌🏻 Now, things are slowly taking shape and everything will come back together in time, so I know that even though my life is all over the place right now it will all be for the better. I want to thank you so much for how understanding you always are and also thank you for all the beautiful comments you take the time to write on each post, it means so much to me, every interaction with you makes my days. 🥺 🥺 🥺 

Of course, I’ll still be sharing what I’ve read, because even though I’ve only read three books they have all been great, so that makes me very happy. 😍 I have a series of books that even though it’s still in the process of being created, I must recommend to you because so far it’s one of those hidden gems, another one of those readings is a mystery ARC by a super popular author that never disappoints & lastly, I also have an unexpected read, that clearly wasn’t in my plans but I’m happy to have given it a chance because I found what I was looking for, something light, romantic and very inspiring. 💞 

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Friends, one more clarification before we begin. This month I’ll not be doing a TBR for December for obvious reasons, I really don’t want to put pressure on myself to read, so I’ll just be reading what I feel like at the moment and then we can do some reading updates during December to catch up on what I’ve been doing. Sorry, I know it’s not the usual, I really love watching TBRs, so I understand if it’s a bit disappointing, but I still hope to come across some amazing books to enjoy. If you want a little hint of what I might be reading, I invite you to check out my last month’s TBR, as there I included several books that are still my priority. 🥰 
I hope you’re ready and comfortable for today’s post 🍿,
enjoy it very much and as always, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments! Now, without further ado, let’s GET STARTED! ☀️ 

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December 2021 New Book Releases 🔥

🔥 Hi, mis amores!! I hope you’re having a wonderful day full of good readings & beautiful moments.❤️ Super excited to have the chance to share with you again this post series, where every month I’ll be bringing you the newest book releases of 2021, obviously focusing on those that sound more interesting and more appealing to me. 🌟 As I always say “Good news for the heart but bad for the pocket” right? that expression never gets old 😅 So if you’re not afraid to let your TBR grow… even more, & you’re dying to know what books are about to come out, this is the series for you. 👏🏻 In these posts, I always include those book releases that, as I said before, resonate the most with me or sound like something that I’ll love, so I’ll only highlight those that I plan to read at some point.
I hope you enjoy this post a lot & above all, that you can find new books to enjoy. 😍 Thank you for choosing to share this moment with me, make yourself comfortable, grab your favorite drink & LET’S GET STARTED
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‼️ Small Clarification: The dates of some of these books may change due to Covid-19 and everything that’s happening in the world right now, so if that’s the case, don’t hesitate to let me know!

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The 5 Oldest Book Series on my TBR… that I Still Want to Read 🙌🏻 

 🙌🏻 Hi, my loves!!! hope you’re having a wonderful day, full of the best readings! ❤️ Today, I’m here with a new post, where we’ll chat a bit about those book series that have been on my TBR the longest, but I still feel like reading them at some point. 😊  I think I need to organize my TBR, like,… urgently, especially my physical TBR, so this post isn’t only a fun idea, but I hope it will help me as an incentive to finally read those books that have been on my shelves for the longest period of time. 📚 
However, this time I’ve decided to focus on book series, be it trilogies or sagas, it doesn’t really matter, this post will be all about
those series that I own completed on my TBR, even though I haven’t even started them yet. I’m not proud of this, but when I feel like I could love a series or there’s a lot of hype around certain books and they’re all out (or so all of them) sometimes I have the urge to buy the complete set and binge-read them at some point, so that’s pretty much how each of these series has come into my life. 😅 But now, I’ve started to think that it’s been too many years since their release dates, and while that’s not really an impediment for me to read a book, I feel it’s time to decide if I really want to read them, and the answer in general for these 5 series I bring you today is: YES! 👏🏻 with each one I have different reasons, which I’ll detail in due time, but basically, I still feel quite a lot of urges to sit down and finally devour these very popular and much-loved series, plus I’m generally very curious to know if I’ll like them, and the fact that they’re so well known gives it a little plus, as I’m dying to bring you my thoughts about them to the blog once I read them. 😍 
I feel it will be a fun post to do, not only because I feel it will make me want to read these series even more, and not only because it’s a good way to organize myself, but also because I
would love to know your thoughts about them, so I hope you’re ready to share if you’ve loved or hated these series, I would love to know what side you are on and what’s in your mind, so don’t be shy! 🥰 
Finally, I hope you enjoy the post, and I invite you to do the same if you feel like it with your own older book series, I’d love to know which ones you haven’t read yet, but you’re dying to do it and why! 💕
I LOVE you,
thank you so much for being there on the other side and for all the love always, now without further ado, let’s get started! 🙌🏻 

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My last ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of 2021 & my first ones of 2022! 📚

 📚 Hi, bookish friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day, full of the best readings!❤️ Today, I decided it would be fun to chat a bit about my ARCs, and share with you a small pile that I have yet to read for this 2021, but even more exciting are those that will be my first 2022 ARCs! 👏🏻 
I’m actually feeling super optimistic about my ARC situation, in the future I was super careless about it, and was always requesting more than I could read, which is a bit irresponsible now that I think about it lol, but… over time I’ve found a way to feel more comfortable requesting advanced copies as well as feeling more confident to know which ones to choose and which ones to reject. That has taken me from having a lot of ARCs backlogged from reading to having a 98% rating on NetGalley at one point. Since I’ve been able to control this situation, I’ve wanted to keep it to a number of copies that I know I can handle easily without losing my mind lol, so even when I have books to show you, they won’t be as many as they used to be, in fact now the ones I request myself are books that really interest me or some that I get by accepting requests from authors I’ve read and loved in the past. 😊 
I think I’m being a little pickier about the ARCs aspect and that’s fine 👍🏻, as a book blogger and as someone who has been in the community for over 5 years now and almost 5 years with my blog, I’m aware that while it’s fun to have advanced copies of books to share, it’s not exactly necessary to have good content and engage with the community, so if you’re just starting out in all this, and getting ARCs is something you’re worried about, just don’t my love… relax, it will all come naturally with time and if not, you still have thousands and thousands of books already published to talk about. 🥰 
With all this said and cleared up,
I can’t wait to share these titles with you as they’re books that have me super excited to read and share my thoughts with you! 🌟 Now yes, without further ado, grab your coffee and get comfortable because we’re getting started! 📚 

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Book Review | Final Girls by Riley Sager 🌪 

TitleFinal Girls

By: Riley Sager

SeriesNO

Pages: 352

By: Dutton

Genre: Adult – Mystery/Thriller

Published: July 11th, 2017

Buy itBook Depository | Amazon


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
 
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
 
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
 

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October Wrap Up & November TBR | Lots of Spooky Books to Share with You 🎃, plus: Catching up on my Readings Before 2022 Comes! ☀️

☀️ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with the best readings & obviously, I hope you all had a beautiful past month!❤️ Today I’ve returned with one of my favorite posts to share with you my Wrap Up of the month, where I tell you all about what I’ve read during the month of October, plus: What I’m going to read in the month of November!. And here we are! another month has passed and we’re getting closer and closer to the end of the year, guys, that’s SO crazy! 😮 the year flew by completely, I hope you all are taking it easy, it has been a strange and changing year so my best wishes to you for the last 2 months ahead of us. 🥰  So, my October was pretty good, you know I love horror season, so I’ve been enjoying it a lot, watching horror movies as I love it so much, and also of course with some spooky books as well. 🌙  Maybe I should share with you all about my favorite horror movies, I never thought about it, but even if it’s not bookish related it could be fun, so let me know if it’s something you would like to see in the future. 🙌🏻 


Before we start what we come here today for, I want to share with you that this is a very important month for me in the blog because I’ll be celebrating my 5th blogiversary! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!?!?! 🎉  it seems like only yesterday that I started my baby blog, time flies when you do something you enjoy, right? Because of this, and also because I’m looking forward to a little change, I would like to start making changes to the blog in terms of image, I’m working on creating new headers, logos, and cute little things, to give it a new look and feel like it’s more like myself, you know? 👏🏻 I just want my blog to look more like me every day, and when I grew up myself in life I feel that my blog has to reflect that too, so I feel ready to give it a little touch-up. Obviously, I’m not an artist, sorry about that 😅, I have no idea about design, so it will be a month of trial and error. So if you see some changes happening, that’s why.
I also want to tell you that I LOVE you, thank you so much for supporting me and being there during all these years, I’m having a great time in this community! 😚 

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So, in terms of reading this has been a great month, I’m very happy I’ve been able to start reading more consistently than in previous months where it was all disaster and reading slumps lol, I think finally the Halloween spirit came to save me and revive the reader in me. I ended up reading 5 books during the month of October, which coming from reading almost nothing is more than positive for me, so let’s celebrate!!! *little dance* 💃🏻 
Honestly, even though I read a good amount, I didn’t read any books that I’m passionate about or loved completely, which is kind of sad because I picked books that I thought I would love, but well that’s ok, anyway, I got two solid 4 stars and that’s always great! 😍 and also I have a lot of books ahead of me for this month of November, where, as I told you,
it will be all about catching up a bit with my reading and challenges that I have set for myself in general. 🌟 

Now, without further ado, because my intros are always SO DAMN LONG 😂 , let’s jump right into today’s post, I’m excited to share what I’ve read and my thoughts with you, as well as a little bit about what I’ll be reading during the month…. Let’s get started!!! ☀️ 

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