Book Spotlight: The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston

Although I am still on hiatus, I’m bringing you a new book spotlight today (since I signed up for it way back when) for The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston. This tour is being hosted by TheWriteReads between May 2nd to May 15th.

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My Most Anticipated Releases of April, May & June!

Part 2 of my 2022 anticipated releases list is here! This time my list is comprised of only sequels or books by authors I’ve already read – and mostly it’s a mix of romance and middle grade, so I’m definitely more likely to read these.

Looking back at my first list of anticipated releases for January-March, I’m definitely less excited about a few of them, but I still think I’ll read most eventually. As for my progress, I’ve read 4 of 12 and still have arcs to read for another 2.

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Reasons to Read the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

One of my obsessions this year has been the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and today I’m setting out to convince you all to read it (and obsess over it) as well!

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Recommending you my favorite romances of 2021! (+ mini-reviews)

I’m certain I’ve recommended these books to everyone and their mother on bookstagram, but other than one or two reviews I’ve barely talked about them here. It was fairly easy to make this list, all of these books and authors popped into my head as soon as I decided to do it. (Arguably, it was also easy to do this since I consume the most romance through the fantasy romance subgenre as opposed to just contemporary romance – otherwise, this list would include at least seven other books).

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Cover Reveal: The Liar’s Crown by Abigail Owen

I’ve partnered with Entangled Teen over on IG to help with the cover reveal of Abigail Owen’s new YA fantasy The Liar’s Crown!

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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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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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Best Horror Book Covers of 2021

Horror book covers don’t necessarily allude to scary books, and I think that’s a problem. A book cover’s purpose is to attract the reader, naturally, but it should also reflect the genre/subject of the story somewhat. Well-known horror authors such as Stephen King or Riley Sager, have books with boring, typical covers most of the time that do not allude to anything scary or even spooky. (And I’ve read a few of their books and they are at least spooky). It’s disappointing.

Since I have a personal interest in book cover design, I decided to take a look at what I think are the best horror covers of the year! (Obviously, this is just my opinion and I am absolutely biased towards one specific trend or two.)

*Also, although I am focusing primarily on the horror genre here, some if not most of these books may also fall into the mystery/thriller category as the two are often intertwined. Some may even be more thriller than horror. I focus on the book covers and not on the synopsis and I’ve only actually read one of these, anyway. Let’s just get started!

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Cover Reveal: Blood, Fire & Mercy by Christina Davis

Hello, friends! Today I’m participating in a Cover Reveal for Blood, Fire & Mercy by Christina Davis (Da’Valia Trilogy #2) hosted by TBRandBeyondTours.

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The Best YA Fantasy Novels I Read this Year

I think writing this post made me realize just how much my reading taste is moving away from YA, which isn’t to say I haven’t read some bad YA this year, either. These are the ones that I enjoyed the most this year and that I always recommend whenever I can, so I figured it was time to share them here with you guys too!

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