Overall I had a really good reading month!!
Total Books: 11 + 2 DNFs
Total Pages: 3,806
5 Stars: 2 (1 was 4.5)
4 Stars: 4
3 Stars: 4
2 Stars: 1
1 Stars: 0
1. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
I don’t have much to say about this one. I just didn’t jive with the writing style so I put it down. It just wasn’t the book for me.
2. This is Crazy by Natasha Madison
I received and arc of this through Wild Fire Marketing in exchange for an honest review. I made it 10% of the way into this and it was a hot, hot mess… Oh man. The sentences were wordy and convoluted, the cast of characters was thrown at you with minimal to no context, scenes were inconsistent and repetitive (at one point her father left the scene only to reappear 2 paragraphs later to repeat the exact thing he said the paragraph before..) and the dialogue was absolutely cringe-worthy. If I had to hear the main character refer to her ex as a “pencil dick” one more time I was going to break my kindle. I’m sorry but this was a huge flop for me.
I received an arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a novella about a man who is stranded in an artifact on the edge of our solar system. Overall this was interesting but slow and very, very strange. Check out my review for all my thoughts!
2. Can’t Text This (Text #3) by Teagan Hunter ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I love this series. Like the rest of the series, I listened to this on audio. This story was cute but not my favorite of the series. Check out my review for my thoughts on the book and audio.
3. Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) by L.J. Shen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m officially obsessed with this series. This book follows Dean and Rosie, the friend and sister of the characters from book 1. I actually enjoyed this one even more than Vicious! I love Dean so much.
I’ve been slowly working my way through all of R.S. Grey’s backlist books. Unfortunately this one wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t like the characters or the romance in this one. I spent most of this audiobook frustrated. My review goes into detail about what I didn’t like with this.
5. Inspection by Josh Malerman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book hasn’t been getting the best reviews but I thought this book was really good! It’s a speculative fiction novel about a group of boys who attend a prestigious boarding school. This school is all they’ve ever known but slowly the secrets start unraveling.
6. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received an arc of this from Simon and Schuster on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is one of my favorite reads of the month. This is a standalone fantasy that takes place in the Great Libraries. My full review goes into detail about the synopsis and what I loved!
7. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
This is my other favorite read of the month. I swear TJR can do no wrong. This book hit me so hard. It follows a couple as they go through marital trouble and a year of separation. This book absorbed me completely and like in all her other books, I loved Reid’s commentary on relationships.
8. Undeniable (Cloverleigh Farms #2) by Melanie Harlow ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received this from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. So when I requested this I didn’t realize it was book 2 in a series… oops. Luckily all of these also function as standalones. This is an enemies to lovers romance that takes place over the span of a weekend. This book was alright, but I personally didn’t love how quick the romance in this moved.
9. Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I picked this up when I needed a quick, fun read. And this totally fit the bill. This is M/M, new adult, romance duology. This friends to lovers romance follows two hockey players who are forced to hid their relationship. This tackles some pretty tough topics too – specifically homophobia and depression.
10. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received an arc of this from Riverhead Books via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This follows Vivian as she leaves college and moves to New York to live with her eclectic aunt Peg in the Lily Playhouse. Vivian is sweat into a world of theatre, showgirls, and nightlife. The best way to sum up this book is it’s a cross between The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and How I Met Your Mother. I really enjoyed my time reading this but it didn’t blow me away in the end.
11. Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was my favorite book of the month. This is a soft, queer YA contemporary. It follows Chris, a trans character who has just recovered from a brutal school year, and Maia who’s sister recently passed away. Both characters are going through some really intense things but they find solace and healing through each other. I can’t explain how much I felt for these characters. Read this asap.
What was your favorite read this month??