August 21, 2017

Daily Mantras // Peace + Productivity.

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you're all as excited for this week as I am and I hope you woke up feeling refreshed and ready to get stuff done too. This week is going to be a chill week for me. I need to get my life in order and do things like: go to the doctor, organize my room, go through my closet and work on the blog. I'm super excited about blogging every single day in September, but first I need to do a lot of planning and make sure I have good content to put up everyday. I'm also back to volunteering - I teach English at my local church every Friday night. I had to take a break because of the exams I took last week, but now that that's all over I'm so excited to be back.

As for this week's mantras, I wanted to go back to productivity and peace. There's no point in working on being more productivity if that's going to cause you more anxiety and stress. So, I thought it'd be could to combine peace and productivity. Focusing on centering yourself and calming your mind throughout the day is extremely important, without that you won't be able to accomplish anything. So.. I'm excited. I hope you're excited. Let's go!
MONDAY // Focus your attention on the things you can control.  

TUESDAY // The best you can do right now is good enough. 

WEDNESDAY // Planning and organizing are not time wasted. 

THURSDAY // Honor the things you've accomplished so far and keep going. 

FRIDAY // What you give power to has power over you.

SATURDAY // Your body and your mind are your best tools to accomplish anything. Take care of them. 

SUNDAY // Even God took a break. 

Those are all the mantras I have for this week, guys! I hope you're able to apply them to your everyday life and I really hope they help you throughout the week. I wish you a smooth Monday and lots and lots of productivity. I pretty sure I've said this before, but take as breaks as you need, drink as many cups of coffee as you need but don't give up - good things take time, it's as simple as that. 

What's your favorite?!
Do you have any special mantras to share?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful week!


August 20, 2017

I'M ALIVE // Life Update.

Heeeello, everyone! 

I really hope your week was a little better than mine.. If you're up to date with my IG stories, you probably already know that on Thursday I caught the flu the came from hell, I was coughing, sneezing every two seconds and I was in bed until today. I don't want to say that not eating meat is the cure to all your health problems, but this is the first time I've been sick ever since I stopped eating meat in January. I was having a pretty good run until my sister brought the virus/bacteria (I never know which one causes what) into our lives.  But I'm better now. I was in bed all these days and I could have blogger, but I don't like blogging when I'm feeling down. Instead, I used that time to read read read and my wrap-up for the #7in7Readathon is going to be glorious (check my TBR post here).

Anyway, I wanted to make this post to kinda update you guys on my life in general. I told you guys I would take this week to figure out what I wanted to do next and I think I've made a decision. I won't be going back to my regular job, that's for sure. Even my parents told me to quit and when you're decision is backed by your parents you know you're doing the right thing. I'm not quite set on what I want to do next. I think I'm going to try applying for master abroad. I need a break from my current life. I've been doing what I'm doing for years and I'm not happy. I don't have anything tying me down to where I'm currently living and I'd like to try something new. So, if you live in Europe and you love your city, let me know on the comments where you live, I could really use your help on this. I've traveled to Europe a lot of times and I've living in France for six month a couple of years ago, but I'd love to hear what someone who actually lives in Europe has to say.

I regards to traveling, I'm currently planning a trip to Europe. The dates are not set and I still haven't bought my ticket, but the plan is to go in October or November. I have a lot of friends living in Europe at the moment, like five or six and I plan on visiting as many as my wallet allows me too. Two very close friends are living in London (you check Adriana's post about living in London here), so I'll start over there. I've been to London before, but if you have any tips of cool places to eat let me know! I'm super excited for this trip and I can't what to go. 

As for my plans for the blog, since I'm currently unemployed, I'll be blogging everyday in September. I've talked about this before, but now I'm really sure I'll be able to do it. I planned out the posts and everything. I still haven't written them all, but they're coming. I didn't want to blog just for the sake of blogging, I can promise you I'm working very hard on these posts in order to make then interesting and entertaining. If you have any special requests, you can let me know and I'll work on it. And now that I'm feeling better, I also to get a jump start on the blog makeover. I really want to change the layout of the blog, make a new banner, spice things up a bit. Like I've said multiple times, I did everything you see on the blog. There was a lot of trial and error and I've blogged a lot of about it. You can see my posts about how to improve your blog design herehere and here, if that's something you're interested in.  

I think this is everything I have going on in my life at the moment! This was a very long post, if you sticked till the end, THANK YOU! I hope you're all having an amazing end of the weekend, with lots of relaxing and Netflix watching. I think I'm going a walk with my parents right now and then is back to reading - it's the last of the readathon and I need to watch Game of Thrones tonight!

Do you have anything planned for today?!
How was your weekend?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

August 16, 2017


This is going to be super impromptu blogpost. As soon as I published my last post, I realized that there was actually a readthon going on this week. The 7 in 7 Readathon started on August, 14th and it finishes on the 20th. The goal is to read 7 things in 7 days, it could be a magazine, an article, a short story.. whatever you want! Since I need to work on my TBR, I'll be attempting to read 7 books and I'm so excited there's still time to join. So, I thought I'd share my TBR with you guys and the books I've already read so far. I'll obviously try to finish the books I'm currently reading and you can check them out on my last post, just click here. As for the rest of them, here we go! I'm so excited! 

Nights with Parker - Alice Tribue // I just finished this book this morning and I really really disliked it. To be honest, the only reason why I finished it was because it was short, the writing was easy to read and because I wanted to get a book in for this challenge. There's so much wrong with this book that I can even begin talking about it on this post, but I'll give a more in depth review later on the week. 

Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie // I'm so excited for this book. I've never read anything from Agatha Christie before and that's weird because I love murder mysteries! I also really want to get to this book right now because of the movie. I saw the little teaser trailer and I loved it. I have high hopes for this one and I can't believe it took me this much read Agatha Christie.   

God Is a Woman - Michael Tavon // I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review andI'm excited about it. I'm already a couple of pages in and I'm enjoying it so far, but we'll see how things go. It's an interesting plot.

How to Break a Boy - Laurie Devore // This book had me at first glance. Cute title, YA and adorable cover. It's been a while since I've read a YA novel and I have high hopes for this one! I've never read anything from this author.. From what I've gathered from her GoodReads profile this is her debut novel, so I'm excited! 

Hopefully, that's everything I'll be reading! You can follow them on their Twitter account here and you can also keep up with me on IG and my Twitter account. If you're participating on this let me know the comments so we cheer each other on and I'd love to check out your TBR! Wish me luck, guys! I love reading but 7 books in 7 days is a lot to take in even for myself.. 

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

August 15, 2017

Currently Reading // August, 2017.

Heeeello, everyone!

Like I've said yesterday, I'm currently on vacation! I took a couple of days off work after a very stressful couple of months and I'm planning on using this time for reading and blogging as much as it's humanly possible. I'm even thinking about doing my own personal readathon. I still have so many books I want to get to this year and I think the only way to do it is by marathoning them. If you know of any readathons happening soon, let me know on the comments. But if there isn't anything going one, I might start my own. We'll see how it goes!

Anyway, the books I'll be talking about today are all books I've started months ago and had to put down because of life, study or working. I've been pretty busy.. I had a lot family and friends events, like graduations, birthdays and Father's Day last Sunday (I live in Brazil so Father's Day is on August, 13th here). There was also the two exams from hell, but I'm done talking about them and I'm sure you're all tired of listening. I'm just so excited to get to this books! As soon as I'm done writing this post, I'm going back to reading! 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl // I've been wanting to get to this book for ages, so I decided pick it up while I was studying for my exams because it's super short and a very fast read. I'm loving it! This is pretty much exactly like the movies and it's so much fun to be able to have something to compare to because the whole factory and Mr. Wonka are  super crazy. I think I'm on the last 20 pages so I'll be done with it tonight or tomorrow morning tops. Something cool I've discovered because of this book is that there's actually a second one. You can call me ignorant, but I had no idea there was a book two.. I'm totally reading it after I'm done with this one!

In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Water // This book is great, I'm loving it so far, but it sooooo creepy and very, very dark. I'm about 100 pages in and it's already super scary. Is not like scary scary, it's more like creepy and dark. Like you know something is going and the author is building this whole vibe and mystery, but you're not sure where the story is going. I love when books get me this hooked! I'm really excited to keep reading it. But you guys know, I'm a huge baby so I can't read this at night. 

A World Without You - Beth Revis // I picked this one up because I wanted more YA in my life. I love these books because I'm usually able to fly through them and the stories are very gripping. However, I'm 50 pages in and this is not what I expected. I have no idea if I'm going to like where the story is going, but we'll see. This was super hyped on booktube, so I have high hopes for it. 

The Break Down - B. A. Paris // The only reason why I even bought this book is because I loved Behind Close Doors so much. That book got me pumped to read more thrillers, so I decided to pick another one from the same author. To be honest, I'm not liking this one very much. I'm just about 150 pages in, but it's very slow and I'm just not in the mood for something so slow. I'll keep pushing through and I will finish it, I'm just hoping something major happens in the next few pages because this story NEEDS a plot twist. 

That's all I'm reading at the moment! You can follow me on GoodReads to keep up with my Reading Challenge and the books I'm loving. I know it might sound like a lot of books to be reading all at once, but I'm on vacay so most of these will be finished by the end of the week. I'm so excited to get back to reading so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments so I can check them out later. I probably shouldn't be asking for recommendations, given the amounts of books I already have, but we all know I won't stop buying books anytime soon!

What are you currently reading?!
Have you read any of these?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon.


August 14, 2017

Daily Mantras For Relaxing + Recharging.

Heeeello, everyone!
If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (IG or Twitter), you probably already know that I was taking two very important exams this month and they are FINALLY over! I'm a free bird! I'll be taking a couple of days off work (actually, I don't even know if I'll be coming back), so I'm going to have plenty of time for blogging, blogging, blogging and more blogging. I think I'm going to blog every day in September, but I'm still not 100% sure because that's a lot of commitment and I don't want to get you guys excited and them let you down. 

But, this very long intro and life update was just to give you a little bit of context as to why this week's mantras are going to be all about chillin' out maxin' relaxin' (if you know where this is from you get extra starts). I NEED TO CHILL! I've been locked up in my room studying for the past two weeks and, to be honest, I know I've earned the right to relax and take a step back, but I still feel guilty and get a little anxious when I do. So, we're gonna work on this together! It's great to be productive and get things done, but it's also more than ok to take a step back to relax and recharge your energies to achieve your next goals. 
MONDAY // The time to relax is when you need to relax.

TUESDAY // Worrying doesn't solve any problems.  

WEDNESDAY // Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

THURSDAY // Learn the lesson and move one. 

FRIDAY // I've done well. I don't have to be perfect.

SATURDAY // I release all expectations that are creating stress.

SUNDAY // I focus on living in the now. I am centered. 

That's all I have for today, guys! I hope you are able to implement these mantras on your daily life, whenever you feel overwhelmed, stress or sad take some time out, sit down on a quite place (if you can't do that at work, go to the bathroom), pick a mantra and focus on it. Keep repeating it to yourself and visualize your mind and your brain calming down. I really hope it helps and that you have a wonderful morning (or rest of the day depending on where you are)!

What is your favorite mantra for this week?!
What helps you come down when you're anxious or stressed?!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

August 9, 2017

BOOK HAUL // Harry Potter Galore.

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Heello, everybody!

So, this week has been stressful. I had a major exam on Saturday and I still have major exam left next Sunday, so I'm really sorry for the lack of posts. I know I could do a better job with time management and schedule posts in advance, but if you've been following me for some time you know I really struggle with time management. But, I'm here today and we're going to talk about one of my favorite things, Harry Potter. 

I'm a hardcore Harry Potter and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I grew up with this wizard, I went on almost all the premieres and I waited in line to buy most of the books. So, it might come as a shock to you that I'm yet to read the books I'm going to mention today. I've only decided to get them now because, if I'm being honest, I kinda forgot about them. I've been so busy lately and so stressed out with life that I haven't been keeping up with new releases or anything life, even though these are not new releases. 

What sparked this little haul was the Instagrams. I shouldn't follow bookstagram accounts because they make everything look so pretty and so cute and next thing I know I'm reaching for my Kindle and I'm buying all of these. Since three of them are short stories, they were not expensive at all, I think I paid $2.99 for each. The one from the Hogwarts Library collection were a little more expensive, but nothing major. Like I've mentioned, I'm gonna be super busy this week, but I'm already planning on reading all of these books the week after my exam and them doing a Harry Potter marathon.. Oh, the glory! All I want to do right now is sit in front on the TV and rewatch all of the movies! Anyway, for now, we're just going to enjoy the haul! 
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Quidditch Through The Ages // I'm gonna be honest, I only got this one because it was part of the set. I'm not really excited about it, but I will read it. From the Harry Potter world, quidditch is one of the things I'm least curious about. I like it, I think it's incredibly creative and a great addition to the world, but it's just not my favorite thing. It's part of the collection and I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it, I'm just not super duper excited for it. 

Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them // This is the one I'm most excited about. The movie blew my mind and I cannot wait for the next ones, I need more Harry Potter content asap. I didn't know to read the movie scrip, it's just not something I'm really into, but I think this one is going to be super fun. I'm really looking forward to learning more about the wizarding world and I know this is mostly about the animals, but you always little glimpses and snippets of the world and whatnot.

Tales Of Beedle The Bard // If you follow me on IG (actually, if you want to keep up with what I'm reading that's a good place to follow me), you know I've started reading this on Sunday, but I'm only 20 pages in. The 7th movie got me super curious about this book so I decided to start with it. The preface and the introduction are great, I think I'm really going to like this one! 

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships and Dangerous Hobbies // This is the only one I've already finished. It was only 71 pages long so I read it in one sitting and I loved it so so so much. From what I've read, I think these books are going to be kinda like an index with information about specific topics and characters from the Harry Potter series. It is so great that we have these short stories to support the other books and give us more content. I think it's fascinating how much creativity and how J.K. Rowling's mind works. She has thought about everything, she basically created a parallel world and it's incredibly fascinating. Every character has it's back story, friends, family and so much life that we have no idea about. I love it and I can't wait to read more!

Hogwarts - An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide // Hogwarts is by far my favorite part of the magical world. I remember the first time I saw the first movie, I was completely fascinated by the entire thing, specially the movie stairs. I can't wait to dive into this one because I feel like there's going to be a lot of new information.  

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists // If this is anything like the first one, I'm sure I'll love it. Although I'm always down for more Harry Potter content, I like the fact that these books are all very short. The information is direct and to the point. I'd much prefer a lot of little short books, than a huge Harry Potter encyclopedia. 

I know I was on a book-buying ban, but I just couldn't resist it. I am stressed and I needed a little shopping therapy.. Hey, it's better than eating my feelings, right?! Although, sometimes I do that too (wouldn't recommend it, though). Anyway, let me know on the comments if you've read any of these books and what you think of them. Like I've said, I've only read one of them so far and I really really really like it, so I'm expecting great things from all of them now. And also, if you've been book shopping lately, let me know your more recent purchases and what you're currently reading, I'm always curious about this stuff. 

Are you a Harry Potter fan too?
Have you read any of these books?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

August 7, 2017

Daily Mantras For Dealing With Stress.

Happy Monday, guys! 

This week's mantras are coming to you a little late today, guys! I don't like to be negative, specially on a post about having a better week (pro tip: if you want to have a better, don't be negative), but these past two weeks have been CRAZY and I still have one more week of craziness until I can finally embrace sanity. This is something I've never told you because I'm not ready to share it yet, but I really want an specific public position and in order to get that all you have to do is pass a very important and extremely hard exam.. you can take the exam every year, but still really hard and I've beens studying for it for over to years, so whenever I say I'm studying, that's what I'm studying for. 

Anyway, long story short, I'm taking the exam next week and I've been freaking out. I've studying like a mad woman and I haven't had time to blog. I know I could have planned it all out and scheduled some posts, but I didn't and it is what it is. Whenever I'm absent from blogging you can bet that there's something big in my life causing me stress. I wanted to let you guys know that and also that I won't be blogging until a take this exam. I do have very big things planned for the rest of the year, I'm telling you when I'm done with this exam I WILL BE LIVING LIFE! 

For now, I'll leave you guys with these weeks mantras. I know I missed last week, but please be patient. Having said all of that, you can imagine that these mantras will be all about finding peace, dealing with stress and being productive (I feel like all my mantras are about that, but that's what I struggle with the most). So, after that little chitchat, let's get to the good stuff!

MONDAY // Any progress is ALWAYS better than nothing. 

TUESDAY // Good things take time.

WEDNESDAY // If it doesn't open, it's not your door. 

THURSDAY // Struggling is part of the process.

FRIDAY // Everything is hard in the beginning.

SATURDAY // You can do hard things.

SUNDAY // Peace and serenity are a choice.

Those are the mantras I'll be focusing on this week, guys! I hope they help you have a more happy and fulfilled week, with less stress and more focus. I really hope you're not as stressed as I am and I'm seeing you all the best vibes I can. Leave me a comment with something you're looking forward to or something good that happened to you today, I think we could all benefit from a lot of positivity and good vibes! 

Do you have anything exciting planned for this week?
Do you have any mantras to share?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful!

August 2, 2017

Links I'm Loving // Blogger Edition.

Heeeeello, everyone! 

I've recently come across a lot of different blogs (thank you, Twitter!) and I'm dying to share them with you guys! All the blogs I'm sharing today are very different from eachother, but they have one thing in common: they're run by very nice ladies! All these bloggers are super nice and supportive and active on Twitter, I don't know them in real but I'd like to believe that if I did we would totally be friends. That's the funny thing about blogging, you can read a person's blog and kinda feel like you actually know them in real life. I like to do these posts (you can see more blogs I love here) because I feel like one of the best things about blogging is connecting with people, may them be readers or fellow bloggers, from all over the world.

Another thing I believe all of them have in common is the fact that they keep it real. I've talked about this before, but I cannot relate to girls who are constantly on tropical vacations or getting paid to promote sugar bear vitamins. I'm a normal person, I have job, I study and I spend most of my weekends reading and doing normal human things.. So, I like to follow girls that also have normal lives that I can relate to. They do have very different lives (which is part of the reason why I follow them in the first place), but I can totally relate and that's very important to me. So, if you're looking for new bloggers to follow, I got you! 

Natalie Leanne // Natalie's blog is one of my favorites. I love the design, I love her posts and I love the fact that she posts so frequently (something I should definitely work on). You can clearly see that she takes a lot of time planning out her posts and her reviews because they're always super helpful and informative, which is why I trust her opinion when she's talking about a product. I specially enjoy her skincare tips and product recommendations. She's also super sweet and supportive on twitter. She's just started her youtube channel and I'm super excited to keep up with her content. 

A Crush on Life // Srna's blog is equally amazing, but different. She makes very insightful and entertaining posts, which are always super creative. She also has a youtube channel, I believe, although I mostly keep up with her blog. She's also super nice and extremely supportive on Twitter. I've been following her for a while and she's currently on the process of getting married and moving to a different country, which is extremely exciting. Like I said, blogging is a weird thing. You read a person's blog and you kinda get invested in their life.. 

AutumnSkyesBlog // This blog is run by an anonymous bloggers and although that's not something I usually enjoy, her blog is just too awesome! She blogs about real life and that's what got me hooked. I love reading about makeup and fashion just like the next blogger, but that's something refreshing about her posts - they are real, the writing is amazing and they're relatable. If you're looking for something different, that's the blog for you. 

These are my favorite bloggers at the moment. I really hope you get the chance to check out these blogs and let me know on the comments if you do. I would also love to know the bloggers you're currently loving at the moment. Feel free to leave the links to your own blog  too (if you have one), so we can check it out and support each other - I love discovering new bloggers and I love the fact that the blogging community is (most of the time) such a supportive and encouraging place!

Do you have any cool blogs to share with us?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

July 29, 2017

Pan That Palette Update.

Heeeello, everyone!

If you missed my Pan That Palette updates, I'm sorry it took me this long to figure out what I want to do - I haven't done an update since February, but I was contemplating stopping the challenge altogether.. I've started out with three palettes, the three oldest eyeshadows in my collection and, to be honest, I thought this was going to be extremely easy, a piece of cake. But, as it turns out, using up an entire pan of eyeshadow takes a long time, specially when you don't do your makeup everyday like myself.. I can go an entire week without wearing any makeup and to use up an entire eyeshadow palette in a year you have to actually use eyeshadow almost every single day. And also, the fact that two of the three palettes I chose were extremely old and poor quality to begin with didn't help. 

I've decided to just throw away the two palettes that we pissing me off - two super old palettes I got from Forever 21 a couple of years ago, you can see them on the updates here, I was actually making some progress. Makeup is supposed to be a fun hobby for me, something I enjoy doing and that brightens up my day, not a chore. I already have too much stress in my life to add to it with an old makeup palette, right?! So, when I decided to throw them out, I was contemplating wether or not I should just go ahead and quit the challenge. But, I've clearly decided not to. I started this whole thing to downsize my makeup collection and decluttering is a way of downsizing. I also didn't want to disregard the progress I've been making on the palette that I've decided to keep. 

I've been making progress but I still don't think I'll be able to finish it all up. I'm feeling like I've failed this and I hate this feeling. It's a small palette with only 5 pans and I still won't be able to finish it up in the year. It just goes to show that we actually don't really NEED all the makeup we buy! So, this is becoming a little too dramatic.. It's only makeup, Michele! Let's get to the update! 
As you can see, this is the only one that's left - the Kiko Milano Street Fashion Palette in Addictive Song (02). The more I use it, the more I love these shades. The formula is amazing and I don't even use an eye primer most of the time because I just don't feel like I need it. The only minor issue I have with this palette is the marron (or is it burgundy?) shade, which is a bit chalky and difficult to incorporate in most looks. But, the rest is awesome, no complains! I even use the pink shade quite often on the crease mixed in with the light brown for a sunset-ish/warm look. 

The light brown shade is by far my favorite from this palette. It's actually my favorite light brown shade ever, the tone just works perfectly with my skin and the warm looks I usually go for, which is why it's the one with the most pan. I've actually repressed it and there's already major pan showing again. Hitting pan on the dark brown was a pleasant surprise since I only use it to set my eyeliner whenever I use brown liner. But, I've been trying to use it more often on the crease and the outer-v. The problem is that I usually go for this palette when I want a soft, everyday look so the dark brown doesn't always fit in with that look. The picture doesn't do it justice thought, this shade is gorgeous.. It has pinkish undertows and warm shimmer in it, it's super unique. 
Surprisingly, the shimmery white shade is the one I'm most "worried" about just because it the pan is HUGE. No one needs that much of one shadow, even if it's the all over the lid/highlight shade. It's a gorgeous shade and I love it, but it is too much product. I can't really use it as face highlight or anything like that because it too intense and I'm going to look like a disco ball if I do. Like I said, I'm enjoying these shades and they're fun to use, but I don't think I'll be able to use up the entire thing until December. We're almost in August and I haven't even hit pan on all of the shades. 

I guess that's it for my update! From now on, I think I'll go back to doing the monthly. If you have any tips on how I could use these shades faster, they'd be much appreciated. I've already accepted the fact that I won't be able to finish up this palette in 2017, but it'd be really cool if I did. I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that these types of challenges are not for me since I just don't wear makeup on a daily basis, I think I should just focus on my empties and project pans

Are you doing the Pan That Palette Challenge?!
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Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!


July 27, 2017

BOOKS // Monthly Wrap-Up // July, 2017.

What's up, everyone?!

Where's the time going?! What's going on? JULY IS ALMOST OVER! I mean, seriously.. something is up with the time because July flew by! Nevertheless, I managed to read 4 books this month.. crazy, right?! I was incredibly busy with life in general like always, studying like a maniac, but somehow the reading gods helped me out and I did it! And also, the books I chose for this month were all pretty great! I feel like reading wise, I haven't been having the best month and I don't know why.. maybe I was just picking the wrong books to read, but not this month!

I've finally read a classic! I've been telling myself I should read more classics and it's actually one of my Reading Resolutions for 2017, but I just didn't get around to it until this month and I loved the one I picked, which is getting me motivated to pick another one for August. I also finally got around to reading a book that has been sitting on my Kindle for ages and I honestly thought I would never get around to it - best feeling ever, right?! I know July is not over yet, but I'm sure won't be finishing another book anytime soon, so I thought I would get a jumpstart on this wrap-up!
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It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini // First book I read this month and I loved it so much! It's waaaay better than I was expecting. I've seen the movie before and I really disliked the book, but a lot of people online were recommending this as a good book for people struggling with their mental health and anxiety (ME!), so I decided to give it go. I loved this book from the start, the wiring is amazing and the author is incredibly funny. The main character was extremely relatable and sometimes it felt like he was describing exactly what I was feeling. The book is mainly about a teenage boy who studies really hard to get into a very prestigious school, and when he finally gets in her starts to deal with severe anxiety and depression, which leads him to check himself into a mental hospital. Honestly, I loved everything about it. I loved the way it shows how hard it is to explain to people (even parents and close friends) what your going through when it comes to mental health and how some people just don't get it, the way it's also extremely hard to accept your own issues and take some time out to deal with them. I also loved how all the other characters were unique and that, even though it talks about a very serious topic, I found myself laughing out loud while reading it. My heart broke a little when, after reading it, I found out the story is loosely based on the author's life and how he committed suicide not a long time ago. This book is a masterpiece and the ending was fantastic. I would HIGHLY recommend this to ANYONE, specially if you're going through a hard time with depression and anxiety (like me). 

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen // Another amazing book! I can't believe it took me this long to read this book, seriously. I'm not gonna explain the plot because it's a classic and you all should at least know what's it about, but I will say that it's sooo good, waaaaay better than I was expecting it. Since it's a classic, the English was a bit hard to understand at times, specially if English is not your first language like in my case (I'm Brazilian), but nothing major or anything like that. The plot is amazing and the characters are so unique and interesting! This made me want to take a English literature class so much! Needless to say, this gets 10 out of 10 and I'll definitely will be reading more Jane Austen for sure!

Joyride - Anna Banks // This is the book that has been sitting on my Kindle for ages, collecting digital dust and mocking me for not getting to it every month. I got this after reading Of Poseidon from the same author (read my thoughts here) - I kinda enjoyed the writing on that one, but not the plot about mermaids and all that. So, I wanted to try something else from this author and I picked up Joyride. The cover is gorgeous and tbh that's what really made me buy it in the first place. The book itself was good, but not great. I loved the fact that it portrays so much diversity, which is something I wasn't expecting from an YA novel and it's really awesome - we need more diversity in YA, that's for sure! I disliked some parts and some characters, but nothing major or that made me stop reading it. It was good and if you're already a fan of Anna Banks I would totally recommend reading it. If you're not a fan of YA, stay away - this has all the typical YA romance cliches. I like YA and I like YA cliches, so I'm giving this a 3.5/5.    

Before the Fall - Noah Hawley // This book is everywhere. I think it was a NYT bestseller or something like that and everyone has been reading it and recommending it on social media. This is usually not the type of book I go for and I'm not a big fan of reading about planes crashing since that's literally my worst fear, despite all that.. I really enjoyed it! The writing is what really sold me on it, and although I didn't like most of the characters, I really enjoy the main one. It was a fast read for me and I enjoyed the mystery vibes, but this doesn't have a big plot twist or anything like that, which is something I really missed and that I feel like it's really important on books like this one. Not the best, but definitely not the worst! I give this 3/5. 

Those are all the books I read this month! As you can see, I've had a great reading month and now I'm super pumped to read more in August. My next TBR will be up next week for those of you who actually enjoy reading those - they are not my most read posts, but I really enjoy writing them! If you'd like to keep up with my reading you can follow me on GoodReads so we can be reading buddies and you can keep up with my Reading Challenge (spoiler alert: I'm not killing it!)

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