I’ve had a pretty great reading month in terms of quantity, the quality of the books were a little average though. There was a lot that I thought I would love that were just kind of ok. I participated in two readathons this month which went really well and I read a lot of books that have been on my radar now for a while so I am definitely satisfied with that!
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski – ⭐️3/5 stars
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai – ⭐️4/5 stars
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa – ⭐️4/5 stars
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – ⭐️5/5 stars
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Night Country by Melissa Albert – ⭐️3/5 stars
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo – ⭐️3/5 stars
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan – ⭐️2/5 stars
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars
Sex and Vanity revolves around a girl named Lucie who travels to Capri for her good friend’s wedding where she meets George. From their first meeting Lucie decides she doesn’t like him but gradually she is drawn closer to him as the festivities continues and eventually they are involved in a tryst that could damage her families reputation.
Lucie I am kind of in two minds about. I sympathise with her in regards to the casual racism and subtle ostracism she feels from her father’s side of the family but I can’t relate to her at all because of her wealth. She can definitely be likeable at times but she just doesn’t stand up for herself enough. I wanted her to call out her grandmother and her cousins about what they have been doing to her for all these years but she just takes it all out on Christine. And then petulantly running that smear campaign against Rosemary who has been nothing but nice to her was just unnecessary, though I am glad she got called out for it.
We honestly don’t find out enough about George. I wish we got a few chapters from his perspective or just even what he has been up to. His background is alluded to but we don’t really get any concrete facts about him or his personality. The relationship between him and Lucie is kind of lacking depth as well. We get a nice introduction at the start of the book and the foundations are laid but they just didn’t have enough scenes together for me to really be convinced.
There were just a little too many conversations throughout revolving around all of the connections and various famous people that they know. I found myself skimming through a lot of those sections because I wasn’t all that interested in reading all these different random names and titles all the time. If the narrative would have focused more on the actual characters and the relationship at the core of the story and not just name dropping all the time I felt like I maybe would have enjoyed it a lot more.
⭐️2/5 stars A little shallow…
I accomplished all the goals I set for myself and completed some great books along the way! All of my ratings for the books will be in my monthly wrap up!
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
The Night Country by Melissa Albert
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
I ended up completing all of the reading challenges plus I collected a few of the extra badges along the way!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books I bought/borrowed because of the hype. I thought this week I would showcase all of the library books I have borrowed over the last year because they are so hyped. I have definitely been making a conscious decision to try and borrow the books instead of purchasing them in case I don’t actually end up liking them and wasting my money.
So these are 10 books I have borrowed from my local library because of the hype:
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – this wasn’t exactly the book it was more so because of the author.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – not as well known as some other books but enough for me to pick this up!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – the most hyped book of 2019
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – After the movie came out it seemed like everyone read the books so of course I had to as well
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – I seen a lot of people reading this book at one point so I had to borrow and read it as well.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I needed a new fantasy series to get stuck into and this one was very hyped on book tube
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Another book that at one point it seemed like absolutely everyone read and loved
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – this book was promoted everywhere at one stage and I heard a few good reviews so I thought why not
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – when she announced The Starless Sea everyone seemed to lose their minds, I knew this style wouldn’t gel with me but I succumbed and had to give it a read
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – same as previously, portal fantasy isn’t really a sub-genre I enjoy but the hype got to me
*There may be some spoilers if you haven’t read these books yet!*
For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt I decided to do an updated favourite fictional couples list! I made one of these posts early last year so I thought I would go through all the books I had read since then and list my favs from them!
So my top 5 recent favourite fictional couples are:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Birthday by Meredith Russo
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin