Otherwise known as the month Joe Biden was elected as our new president!!!!
Total Number of Books: 19
Total Number of Pages: 6,551
Favorite (New) Reads of the Month: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson AND The Truth Project by Dante Medema
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Luster by Raven Leilani – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I used this month to read some books that are nominated for the Goodreads Books of the Year. I’ve seen all over the internet of people raving about Raven Leilani’s debut, Luster. I can appreciate that it’s extremely well-written—grotesque and raw—but it just wasn’t for me. I felt that way about My Dark Vanessa as well, but I enjoyed it more. Tiffany D. Jackson does it again! Every single one of her books blow me away, and Grown might be my favorite out of the bunch.
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Off Balance (Ballet Theatre Chronicles #1) by Terez Mertes Rose – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Outside the Limelight (Ballet Theatre Chronicles #2) by Terez Mertes Rose – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ballet Orphans: A Prequel (Ballet Theatre Chronicles #3) by Terez Mertes Rose – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received an arc of Ballet Orphans and read it thinking I had already read the two others in the Ballet Theatre Chronicles series—I knew that they’d been sitting on my Kindle for a while—but I hadn’t. So after reading #3, I went back to 1&2. Fortunately, they are more like companions than straight sequels. I’m actually kind of happy at the order I read them in, because if I had read Off Balance first, I don’t know if I would have continued. Oh, that’s a lie, of course I would have. Give me a dance book, and I’m there.
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
The Truth Project by Dante Medema – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After watching The Queen’s Gambit, I had to read the book and I surprising liked the show better (more on that another time). More people need to be talking about Dante Medema’s, The Truth Project. A novel-in-verse was absolutely gorgeous was an absolute gut punch. I really loved it. Notes on a Silencing was another favorite of the month—a memoir of a woman’s look back at the sexual abuse she endured at her boarding school and how it shaped her as an adult.