I didn’t get to read as many Pride books as I wanted this month, but I think I’m finally getting out on the other side of this reading slump.
Total Number of Books: 12
Total Number of Pages: 3,765
Favorite (New) Reads of the Month: Yearbook by Seth Rogen AND One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Shipped by Angie Hockman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Anna K: Away by Jenny Lee – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
One Last Stop was pure magic. I knew I would enjoy it because I loved Casey McQuiston’s debut—Red, White, and Royal Blue—so much, but I was worried about the whole “time-travel” element to it. It was so great and believable and I absolutely loved August as a main character. Anna K was one of my favorites of 2020 and while I did enjoy the sequel, definitely not as much. I loved being back with all the characters and getting involved in their dramatic lives, but I think I missed them being all together in New York, rather being spread out around the globe. While not as great as it’s comparative The Unhoneymooners, Shipped was a fun debut that makes me excited to read more from Angie Hockman in the future.
Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I don’t want to say too much because these are arcs, but these were some above average reads. I think the short story collection Up All Night, edited by Laura Silverman is probably one of my all time favorite anthologies. I finally read my first Tessa Bailey book and it was a wonderful—and steamy—story that brought more depth than I expected. I’ll be posting more reviews throughout the month, including a blog tour stop!
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper – ⭐️⭐️
Yearbook by Seth Rogen – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Waiting for the audiobook of Seth Rogen’s Yearbook was such a great decision. The hilarious book of essays ranging from topics of his time at summer camp to ridiculous celebrities encounters was narrated by a cast of characters including Seth’s own parents, Nick Kroll, and Snoop Dogg. I feel like it’s rare of me to give books lower than a three star rating, but As Far As You’ll Take Me was a chore to get through. If I was physically reading it, I don’t think I would have finished it.