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Blog Update: renaming it “dragons & paperbacks”

I’ve been wanting to make this change since last summer but my lack of motivation and active posting delayed that. Now, with the start of the new year, I thought it was time!

I originally named this blog The Portuguese Bibliophile because 1) I’m Portuguese, 2) I was hoping to post in Portuguese occasionally (and maybe read more in my native language as well) and 3) I just needed a name to create a blog and could always change it later.

Although I have been reading more in my native language lately, my audience is more international than Portuguese. So, I decided it was time for a change. “dragons & paperbacks” is also my bookstagram name/handle (but as “dragonsandpaperbacks”) and twitter (sort of – dragonsnpaprbak), so this just feels a little more consistent.

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My Most Anticipated Releases of 2022: January – March

Today I’m bringing you 12 of my anticipated releases for 2022! Last year I tried a more comprehensive format, encompassing six months’ worth of new releases with a focus on the ones I was most likely to read. However, I missed so many gems that I only discovered much later on! This time I decided to limit it to a 3-month period – and not only focus on the ones that are at the top of my tbr like sequels, but also the ones that I’m most curious about and are on my radar, if not in my actual GR tbr. This year is looking really good for new books hitting the shelves!

I’m also trying to use notion more this year to keep track of my new releases, arcs to be read, among other things that I had trouble keeping organized last year so hopefully, this year won’t be such a mess for me…

Note: if one of the short summaries sounds boring, you guys should really check out the official synopsis because it’s hard summarizing a book in two or three sentence! I just wanted to give you a general idea of what the book is about…

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Series to Finish Readathon [21.01-23.01] – my tbr

There is one reading challenge I’ve been doing for about 4 years now, the Series to Finish challenge. I’ve mentioned this challenge several times in the past on this blog, but since it’s been a while, let me reintroduce you!

THE SERIES TO FINISH READING CHALLENGE

The goal for this challenge is to finish book series. You can finish as many series as you want, whether you’ve started them last year or this year. There are buddy reads, discussions, and readathons to do every month and it’s just a very fun challenge. This challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st and you can join at any time. This readathon is hosted by Anna @ sstarryann and Tiffany @ Tiff_booknerd.

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ARC Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Synopsis: Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods, and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

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December Wrap Up 2021

December was a bit of a difficult reading month for me. I was in a bit of a slump because I was feeling stressed, and I ended spending my free time watching senseless media (or rewatching B99) and playing ACNH instead of reading. On a more personal note, December was also the month I concluded one of my yearly goals – the conclusion of my masters! I’m very happy to be finally done with that and now I’m moving on to new goals this month.

I read 6 books last month, my weakest reading month in a very long time, (I also put a couple on hold and DNFed Night Film), but these were almost all great books!

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Mini-Review: All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

*This review was previously posted on my bookstagram and it is spoiler-free.*

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November Wrap Up //2021

It’s been a while since I’ve had such a fantasy-centric month, I think. I did read 3 romances (and 3 fantasy romances), and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go much time without reading a romance again.

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Double Review: Broken Bonds & Savage Bonds by J. Bree

Let me tell you all about one of my newest obsessions, the Bonds that Tie series by J. Bree! I binge-read these two books earlier this month, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since! (The next book is coming out on Dec 21st, and I’ve already preordered the kindle ebook… so this is what I’ll be thinking about during Christmas, I just know it.)

*these reviews are spoiler-free*

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Double Review: Skyward & Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Now that I’m reading Cytonic (a.k.a. Skyward #3), I thought it was finally time to review these books! This is one of the few scifi series I whole-heartedly enjoy (and maybe even love?) and I just think more people need to read it! *Don’t let the Brandon Sanderson hype get you down, it’s completely different from his other books!

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(a late) October Wrap Up //2021

It’s the middle of November so this is rather late, but let’s just get into what I read in October.

This was a somewhat mediocre, below-average reading month for me. The big problem was I had too many backlisted arcs, or blog tour arcs, and although I was indeed interested in reading all of them when I first sent my requests, I ended up not really enjoying most of them. Some were just disappointing on their own, frankly; it wasn’t necessarily a timing thing.

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