Such a great month, reading so many of my anticipated reads.
Total Number of Books: 14
Total Number of Pages: 4,845
Favorite (New) Reads of the Month: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood AND Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
A Cuban’s Girl Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Nina Moreno – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Bodyguard was really sweet and I enjoyed the chemistry, but it just fell a little flat. Despite owning all of her books, Part of Your World is my first read from Abby Jimenez—and I loved it. It explored toxic families, great friendships, and a relationship oozing with chemistry. Something Wilder was a departure from the usual Christina Lauren so I can understand if their usual audience was turned off. However, I really loved it—an engaging second chance romance with an adventure on the side. Love on the Brain was even better than Hazelwood’s debut, The Love Hypothesis. Bee could have easily been annoying and obnoxious but I found her charming. And why are Levi’s always swoony? Never read a Levi I didn’t love.
Bad Girl Reputation by Elle Kennedy – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Built to Last by Erin Hahn – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Somebody That I Used to Know by Dana L. Davis – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m a massive fan of Erin Hahn—she’s written some of my favorite YA books over the years—so I was very excited to read her adult debut, Built to Last. Another second chance romance that was right up my alley. Every year there are narrative trends and one this year happens to be the ‘childhood best friend returns home after becoming a big star and now we’re going to fall in love.’ Somebody That I Used to Know by Dana L. Davis is the third YA I read this year with this trope. It’s fun to read and I’m always up for a second chance romance with some friends-to-lovers. We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds was an incredibly well crafted debut following a biracial queer girl trying to connect with her dying grandmother as she learns the secrets of her mother’s past.
Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Broken by Jenny Lawson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I actually had an ARC of Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan, but because it revolved around an audiobook writer, I thought it would be beneficial to listen to the audiobook. I absolutely loved this. I thought the banter and chemistry was excellent and the story as a whole was really wonderful. I have read all of Jenny Lawson’s books now, and Broken is by far my favorite. Her frank discussion on her treatment for severe depression and her letter to her insurance company really resonated with me—all without losing her signature humor.