It’s been (another) hot minute since I’ve shared what I’ve been reading lately. This is going to be kind of a long one since I haven’t shared an update since the middle of May (lol). Anyways, my reading has been pretty great overall since then. I’ve read so many great books, and am in such a reading mood again!
Darling Rose Gold (3.5) – I enjoyed Darling Rose Gold! It was a quick read and hard to put down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. The ending was a little anticlimactic for me and there were some unanswered questions I wish we had the answer to, but overall a solid book and a great debut.
Tools of Engagement (4) – I’m not saying much here since I’ll have a review up closer to the review date, but I really enjoyed this book and it’s my favorite of the series. If you’ve been on the fence because you weren’t a huge fan of the second, I think this definitely redeemed itself.
Spinning Silver (4.5) – I loved this book so much! It took me a bit to get into the story, but once I did I didn’t want to put the book down. There were multiple povs in this book but it was so easy to tell which character was narrating. There were so many storylines that I felt confused about as I was reading them, but then were tied to other storylines to well. I cannot wait to read more from Naomi Novik!
The Gift of Therapy (3) – I read this for #mdwreadathon and it was anticlimactic. There was a log of great information that I’ll definitely use in the future, and there were of course some techniques I didn’t agree with. I did have a problem with some comments Yalom made about LGBTQ+ clients/therapists, and about responsibility related to social class injustices.
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls (5) – 100% a must read. This was a well written and well organized book about how society others women based on their bodies and how far from the “norm” they are. I loved this book so much, it had so much great information and so many powerful quotes.
The City of Brass (5) – This was such a great book, an amazing debut and an amazing first book in a series. I loved reading this book, and couldn’t put it down (it’s over 500 pages!). Sometimes I feel that fantasy can be difficult to read/understand, but I didn’t feel this at all while reading!
The Dreamers (4) – A super weird choice to read during a pandemic, but such a good book! The writing style was intering, it had be feeling disconnected from the characters, but it really worked for the story. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
The Body is Not an Apology (5) – This book is amazing, and should be required reading. The Body is Not an Apology is a short book, but man does it contain so much knowledge. I love that Sonya Renee Taylor shared what body acceptance is, as well as steps to help the reader understand how to love their body and everyone else’s body. 1000000% recommend.
Cemetery Boys (4) – I’m not sharing too much for this one either since I’ll have a full review up for this closer to release date. But omg, preorder this, it was really, really good. I loved everything about this book!
How We Fight for Our Lives (5) – This memoir was so good! It’s so beautifully written and with so much emotion. I’m definitely going to check out this author’s poetry soon.
Two Weeks Notice (2) – I’m so sad with how much I didn’t enjoy this book. It started off strong, and it’s a hate to love. Unfortunately I thought the hero was a jerk, and never did anything to redeem himself. He’s also supposed to be a self-made billionaire, but he’s so cringey and unprofessional during business meetings and other professional events.
Wicked and the Wallflower (4) – This is a reread in preparation for the third book Daring and the Duke. I loved this book so much the first time I read it, and it definitely held up. I love the banter between Felicity and Beast.
Xeni (4) – I binge read this in a day. This book was so fun, I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I loved both Xeni and Mason, and needed to see their relationship progress.
The Player Next Door (2.5) – Not writing much here since I have a full review up already. Overall I was dissapointed with this book. I did not appreciate the way K.A. Tucker wrote about mean/bad characters, and didn’t appreciate the slut shaming in the book.
Burnout (3) – This is a good book for anyone interested in learning about burnout. If you’ve read/learned about burnout and stress before this will not have much new information. A complaint I have with this book is that the authors tried to be inclusive, but it felt kind of half-assed, there was even a part where they talked about how much time women have, acknowledged that women from lower SES don’t have that time and then just ignored it after that.
Lovely War (5) – This is definitely going to be one of my favorite books of the year. I loved the writing style of this, and the pov (from the gods and goddesses). This was a beautiful and heartbreaking story and I cried so much while reading (but it’s so worth it, I promise).
Brazen and the Beast (5) -I reread Brazen and the Beast in preparation for the third book, and I loved this just as much the second time around. Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite authors, and I just loved everything about this book.
Circe (5) – This was so good! I tried reading this a couple years ago when it came out and couldn’t get into it, but I tried again and loved it so much. This is definitely another book that’s going to be a favorite of the year. I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of this book, and gave it a second chance.
Monday’s Not Coming (4) – I loved this book. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy read since it deals with murder, child abuse, bullying, gentrification, homophobia, and race. It wasn’t an easy read, but such a good book. I almost cried a few times while reading about Claudia doing everything she could to find out what happened to her best friend Monday, and no one taking her seriously. This was almost a five star for me, but I was taken out of the story a few times by how the timeline jumped throughout the story. I’m definitely going to read more of Tiffany Jackson’s writing!
So You Want to Talk About Race (5) – This is a phenomenal book, and a great introduction to anti-racism. SYWTTAR is a pretty short book with each chapter discussing different aspect of racism, how it affects people of color, and how to acknowledge and work through your implicit biases and racism and work to be an anti-racist. This is a book I know I’ll come back to again and again.
The Kingdom of Copper (5) -I love this book and this series so, so much. I flew through this one again (another 500+ page book) and cannot wait to read the final book in the trilogy!
The King of Crows (4) – I’m so bad at finishing series, but I finally finished The King of Crows! I loved being back with these characters that I love so much. Overall I enjoyed the book, but I felt that the end was a little rushed and a little anticlimactic.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (3) – I’m not going to write much here either because I’ll have a review up soon, but I’m a little dissapointed that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I am planning on finishing the series, but I felt like I didn’t know very much about the characters so I couldn’t connect with them as much as I wanted to.