As you may or may not know, one of my goals for 2017 was to read 52 books this year. That’s a book a week. It’s going to be a bit of a tough task but I’m hoping you will all keep me accountable!
Thanks to this goal, I thought it might be a good idea to share with you all my monthly book roundup – a post of books I read in the month, as well as some thoughts on each!
Before you all hate me for my opinions on this much-loved book in the YA community, I do want to admit that I am 1. not a huge fan of fantasy books and 2. I had no clue what this book was about when I bought it; I mostly chose it because of the hype.
Whew, now that you know that about me I feel like I can admit that I did not love this book. Wow, I know, someone who doesn’t love a Sarah J. Maas book! But, I didn’t hate it either. I like the idea of the story. I like that the main character is a badass female. I surprisingly don’t mind the fantasy aspect. I just hated how god damn dragged out the story was. Literally, the first half of the book contributed nothing to the story line other than to introduce the characters and then it moved so slowly to the very predictable ending. Also, gotta admit, I hate that there’s a love triangle brewing. Hate it! I also, somewhat, kinda, really dislike Celaena. There I said it. I just find her annoying, petty and well, boring. Which is not a word I should use to describe someone who is meant to be the best assassin in the land. I give Throne of Glass a 2/5.
Something you’ll notice for the month of January is that I read a lot of cringey chick lit. This is partly due to the fact that well, I discovered Bookbub which has opened up a door of free ebooks and I also don’t mind chick lit as long as it’s not pornographic literature with no plot.
Cue the book Sweet Girl.
Sweet Girl is a ‘girl falls for brother’s best friend’ trope lovers dream with a twist. Without ruining anything, the book is set in College where Nicole, her brother, and her brother’s best friend are all attending. There’s lots of angsty ‘should I? Shouldn’t I?’ moments and even more tension. Though, I do have to admit the book reads as a stereotypical new adult romance book until you get to the end. Seriously, I did not expect that ending. It’s sweet but oh so heartbreaking. This was a quick read for me and it is the first in a series but as much as I enjoyed the characters, writing and the storyline, I have so many other books I want to read, so I don’t think I’ll be getting into the sequel – Garrison’s Creed anytime soon. I gave this book a 4/5.
I loved Billy & Me (the prequel to this book) and read it back in 2014. I didn’t keep up with Giovanna or the series, so when I was perusing through iBooks and saw there was a sequel, I knew I had to read it right away.
I found Always with Love a little bland. The beginning was a little slow and boring, which I can normally accept and push through but thinking back about it now, I found the whole book to be a little boring. Yes, the book was probably meant to be about the mundane, about Sophie growing up and becoming more adult, doing things for herself and not for others, I get it. But there’s no major conflict, nor really any plot.
I also have to admit that I found Sophie anxiety so annoying (and this is coming from someone who has her own annoying anxiety issues!) that I found myself counting pages to countdown how close I was to the end. Not a good sign.
I gave Always with Love 3/5 (mostly because I love Billy, there I said it.)
Another Bookbub find, this time one I enjoyed more than I thought I would. This is the story of a girl who cannot admit to her overbearing mother that her engagement has been called off and finds herself on a flight back home, to her own wedding (sans groom) and a man looking for revenge and to save his failing family business.
Not entirely realistic (I mean, who lets a random man they meet on a flight pretend to be their fiance, to hide the fact you’re not really getting married in the upcoming days) but it is an enjoyable read.
I liked the plot, I liked Megan and Josh and their weird friendship/fake relationship and as a sucker for good supporting characters, I also really enjoyed Megans friends and brother.
I gave The Substitute a 4/5.
Another free ebook by Bookbub and this one is a little less lovey-dovey and a teeny tiny more gritty. The second I started reading it, I was captivated by Autumn and Jude. Autumn Maddox with a bad family reputation, left town to make something, anything of herself and is forced back home where she meets the good doctor, Jude Southerland. It’s cute but not stereotypical and normal for a book like this.
Feels Like Home explores a lot of great themes, like domestic violence, drug abuse, and suicide. So, I’ll recommend this book with a bit of warning. It’s nothing too in deep, although I do wish it was explored a bit further, so read with caution if that’s something you can’t handle.
I really loved the comparison of Autumn’s tarnished family and Jude’s perfect, well-respected one. As someone who is (obviously) big on psychology and social dynamics, I found it interesting to see the two so well contrasted and compared.
Again, another quick, suck you in, read that I gave 4/5 stars to.
A freebie on Amazon, I kinda couldn’t resist. The premise just sounded fun. Good girl Abby Renard goes to join her brother’s band on the last leg of their tour to become their fourth member but accidently finds herself on the tour bus of notorious bad boy and womanizer Jake Slater and his band Runaway Train. As you can probably correctly guess, Abby finds herself stuck on the bus for a week and falling in love with Jake.
It’s cute, it’s predictable and Jake is so damn stupid at times with his ‘I’m God’s gift to women’ attitude but if you’re into the opposites attract thing, this is an okay read. It’s also not realistic at all. I mean, who decides to take a bet to live on a tour bus with four strangers, most of whom are constantly cracking jokes about getting into your pants and one who is most of the time a grade A ass hole? Nobody. Nobody would do that.
So, if you’re looking for a fun read that has minimal realism despite being set in the real world. I’d give this one a whirl.
I gave the book 3/5 stars.
Clearly, I have a thing for books set in small country towns because unsurprisingly, here’s another one.
Allie begrudgingly finds herself back in the town her dad grew up in. Holding on to the past and the guilt of an incident she had no control over, Allie hates the world and is determined to make everyone’s life as difficult as she perceives her own to be. In walks Wyatt Holcomb, a boy who has every right to hate the world but doesn’t.
Another pretty predictable book with a few little hooks and turns you don’t really expect. I enjoyed the writing, I enjoyed the relationship between Allie and her brother and I obviously loved Wyatt but I did find Allie to be a little annoying and bratty at times (something she’s aware of, though!) and it was a little bland since it was so predictable.
It does touch a little on domestic violence, so again, I give fair warning but it’s not a major feature of the book.
I gave Cowboys & Kisses 3/5 stars.
Katy likes Gage. Gage likes Katy. Only he’s about to leave town for five months. After a night together, Gage leaves promising a future together once he gets back. Which would be fine if this wasn’t a novel and something dramatic has to happen in order for there to be a plot. Cue Katy getting into a car accident, losing her memory and finding out she’s pregnant and Gage returning three months earlier than expected.
Can you feel the dramatic tension already?
Not exactly your stereotypical small town boy and girl fall in love novel but it’s still a pretty good read. A little annoying with the lack of relationship development and the external conflict being so darn ridiculous (seriously, Simon, you pain in the ass. You’re such an unnecessary plot point) but it was a pretty sweet, breezy read and I really liked how it ended.
I gave Ride Baby Ride 3/5 stars.
Those are all the books I finished in January! What books did you read last month? Or have you read any of the books I’ve listed above? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you want to follow what I’ll be reading in February you should follow me on Goodreads! I update and review regularly!
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