The month where I become more stingy with my five stars.
Total Number of Books: 18
Total Number of Pages: 5,715
Favorite (New) Reads of the Month: Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram AND Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
American Royals by Katherine McGee – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Majesty by Katherine McGee – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Well Met by Jen DeLuca – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
The American Royals duology was everything I wanted and more. I thought the world building was really interesting and clever and the DRAMA! Ugh, so entertaining and bingeable. I want more! Well Met just got me excited to read the newly released companion, Well Played. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was the last thing I read this month and it made me so happy. Get a Life, Chloe Brown was one of my favorites of the year in 2019 and getting to know another member of that family was just what I needed.
Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu – ⭐️⭐️.5
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini – ⭐️⭐️.5
The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Smash It! by Francina Simone – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Recommended for You by Laura Silverman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Come On In edited by Adi Alsaid – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Most of these are ARCs that have reviews up about them already or they will in the next few weeks so I won’t comment too much on them but they kind of took me on a rollercoaster when I was trying to review them. Towards the end of the month I got approved for Darius the Great Deserves Better from the library and I was pumped. I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the duology, I had loved that one too. Darius is such a precious character that I just wanted to hug and protect. I cried a lot.
Not Like The Movies by Kerry Winfrey – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Being Lolita by Alisson Wood – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (reread) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I really enjoyed Felix Ever After, but I feel like I was supposed to like it more than I did? It has such high reviews, which I totally think is valid, I just didn’t feel as strongly for it as others, I guess. My two memoirs this month were new favorites: Trevor Noah is so hilarious and hearing him discuss his truly difficult childhood with such humor was a treat. Being Lolita was a tough read but utterly fascinating. In such a sort time, Alisson Wood lived through so much and reading about her looking back on that time in her life made me see her as such a strong woman. Especially knowing that she uses her experiences to help and encourage young women is pretty inspiring.
Next month will be filled with spooky thrillers! Okay, maybe not spooky, but they will definitely be SPOOPY.