You’ve probably noticed I haven’t been sharing that many reviews here on the blog lately. If you don’t follow me on Goodreads or Instagram, you probably wonder if I’ve been reading at all. The answer is yes, but while I struggle to get my reviewing mojo back, I thought it might be fun to share what I’ve been reading here on the blog.
These mini-reviews won’t replace my full reviews, but they should bridge the gap nicely as I think about which books I’m going to review. I couldn’t decide whether to start with April or May for my post, but I eventually decided to go with May since that’s the current month. So here goes nothing!
Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
Though I really enjoy Avery’s writing, I put off reading this one for a long time because of the title. As a plus-sized woman, I want representation but I’m worried about what that will turn into. I had no need to worry. I have too many thoughts about Lucy, Frankie and their story, but I’ll get to those once I actually write a review. The bottom line is I loved it, though.
Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott & Audrey Carlan
I was very excited about this book. I really wanted to see how a love story during this time might play out. Around 30% in, I was finding it “just okay” when I saw a spoiler that made me stop reading immediately. **SPOILER ALERT** A secondary character dies of COVID on the page, which feels really cheap and insensitive to me. In fact, I did something I never do — returned the book to Amazon. I had super high hopes for this one, but it didn’t work for me. It’s also worth noting the writing was also really choppy with a lot of “info-dumping” early on, so I feel like I never had a good chance to connect with the characters.
Sure Shot by Sarina Bowen
Second chance hockey romance from Sarina Bowen? That pretty much has my name written all over it. Bess and Tank’s story checked all my boxes. It was impossible not to love them and root for them. They had some hurdles to get through, but I loved how they tackled them together. Bonus: appearances by my Brooklyn faves.
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
I wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t in the cards. The pacing was too slow for me — and I love slow burns — and I struggled with the hero. I do think I could’ve liked the heroine, but I couldn’t stick with it long enough to find out. It had promise and might work for you better than it did for me.
Love the One You Hate by R.S. Grey
I can always count on R.S. Grey to give me a fun and sexy story and while Love the One You Hate isn’t my favorite of hers, it was an enjoyable story. The pace was a little on the slow side and I didn’t really buy into the attraction between Maren and Nicholas at first, but they totally grew on me. If I’m honest, the book was shaping up to be a three-star read, but the epilogue was too perfect for words, so I ended up bumping it up to four stars.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve been long overdue for a reread of Attachments. How’s it possible that it’s been nearly 8 years since I read it? I’m glad I decided to read it again because it was pretty much exactly what I needed. Now, I’ll admit audio wasn’t my favorite way to consume this story, but I still enjoyed it. More so when I switched over to ebook for the last half. I loved Beth, Jennifer and Lincoln as much this second time around. Though, I am a greedy reader who would give just about anything for a few more scenes from Beth and Lincoln.
What have you been reading lately?
Have you read any of the books on my list?