Ranking all the book I read this month aka My June 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! June was a bit of a weird reading month for me, I read a lot less than the previous months, I only read 2 books that were on my June tbr, and I was in a reading slump for the last two weeks of the month. Nonetheless, I read some good books. I’m not gonna talk too much about most of them because I already review them, so I’m linking those posts and I’m spending a little more time talking about the books that I didn’t review.

As always, I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not entirely dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

Without further ado, here are the books I read in June:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

This month there wasn’t one book that I truly disliked, so for my least favorite of the month I chose a disappointing romance:

12. Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn (3,4 stars): The main characters were very two dimensional and they only had two or three conversations that were not about sex in the whole book, but somehow they still fell in love. They did have physical chemistry tho. While I was not invested in the romantic relationship in this book, I was so invested in the relationship between the brothers! There was so much angst and I liked how their relationship developed.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:

11. The Blind Date Diaries by Branda St. John Brown (3,5 stars): it took me a while to get into this, but I ended up liking the relationship.My issue with this is that it was unrealistic that they fell in love in 3 dates. (Review)

10. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai (3,5 stars): This was ok. I liked the main characters, but this suffered from telling and not showing when it came to the romance and the guy needed to grovel a lot more at the end. (Review)

9. The Change Up by Meghan Quinn (3,6 stars): A good friends to lovers story, I could definitely feel the chemistry and tension between the main characters and I enjoyed seeing the way their relationship developed. Nonetheless, I had issues with the conflict at the end. (Review)

8. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (3,6 stars): This was a fun and quick read, but I had a lot of issues with it. Mainly because the author had a lot of good ideas, but she didn’t execute them very well. (Full Review)

7. Want by Cindy Pon (3,7 stars): This book was a quick, entertaining read. The group of friends was great; the setting (future Tapei) was very cool and atmospheric; I liked the twist and turns the story took, and I liked the fact that this dealt with important subjects like the environment, pollution, and privilege. Nonetheless, this book was so short and it included so many important subjects that it only dealt with them in a superficial way; the romance played such a big part of the story and there wasn’t any real connection, emotion or development between the characters; this book didn’t build tension, it was going so fast that I didn’t have time to care or worry, and I don’t understand what happened between the characters at the end.

The Ones I Liked

The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:

6. The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée by Annika Martin (3,7 stars): This book has a grumpy/sunshine romance, fake dating, and forced proximity. I slowly fell in love with the dynamic between the main characters and I ended up really enjoying their relationship. (Review)

5. Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (3,7 stars): I enjoyed both of the main characters and their relationship from the very first page. I could feel the connection and tension between them. But I had issues with the conflict. (Review)

4. Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,8 stars): I loved the two main characters in this book and I had fun reading about their marriage of convenience. They were so cute together and there were some very steamy scenes. (Review)

3. White Whisky Bargain by Jodie Slaughter (3,9 stars): This book was so good. The marriage of convenience plot worked perfectly and I loved both main characters, there was an instant attraction between them that made this entire book be filled with sexual tension. The hero was such a nice guy and I loved the way he treated the heroine and how much emphasis he put on communication. The heroine is a badass. While I learned a lot about moonshine, I liked that the business aspect and the conflict with the other family didn’t take over the story.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:

2. White Rage by Carol Anderson (4 stars): The way the author did a great job of showing how white rage has manifested in history after big “wins” for Black people and how they have essentially undermined and invalidated those triumphs. This book was brilliant and also exhausting. (Review)

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was. This month my favorite was a 4 stars romance book that made me so emotional!

1. Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese (4 stars): this book is one of my new favorite romances. I LOVED the main characters so much. They had a frenemies to lovers, slow burn, angsty and emotional romance that I absolutely loved. (Review)

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka My May 2020 Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! Today, I want to share my wrap up of all the things I read in May, but before that I want to encourage you to support the protests going on right now against the murder of Black people by the police, which were sparked by the murder of George Floyd. If you want to know how to help, click this link where you can find where to donate, petitions to sign, where to text or call to demand justice, and other useful information.

In terms of my wrap up, I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

Without further ado, here are the books I read in May:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

This month there wasn’t one book that I truly disliked, so for my least favorite of the month I chose a disappointing romance:

20.Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon (3 stars):  The writing was flat, I was bored and the characters were two-dimentional. But there were some cute moments and the steamy scenes were actually really good. (My review)

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:

19. Wylde by Sawyer Bennett (3,5 stars): I really liked the hero in this book but the heroine was so judgemental and “not like other girls”. (My review)

18. Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert (3,5 stars): Solid novella! The main couple in this was cute and there were a couple of really steamy scenes, but I didn’t care about the plot at all.

17. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (3,5 stars): I liked this and while I really liked the main couple, their relationship relies too much in the past. 10 years is a long time and people change and I feel like this book would have been better if it showed the characters falling in love with the people they are in the present and it didn’t rely so much in them being in love in the past.

16. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (3,5 stars): This is my least favorite book of the series so far. It took me a long time to get into it because 1) this book starts in the middle of a “case” so I wasn’t as invested in it as I was with the cases in the other books and 2) I usually don’t like very religious characters and this book opens by introducing a new and very religious character. The second half of this book is a lot stronger than the first and I liked how it ends. 

15. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (3,5 stars): I wasn’t invested in what was happening in this book and I didn’t care about the characters for most of this book. But the last 100 pages of this are brutal and brilliant, I teared up reading them, I was incredibly emotionally affected by everything that happened and I suddenly cared about all the characters and their safety. And the ending! The commentary of this book on the cyclyc nature of violence is brilliant and the depiction of the social, political and economical situation in Chile in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s is outstanding.

14. Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This book started really strong, the banter and chemistry between the characters was great, but the transition from the flirty relationship of the beginning to a more romantic relationship was lacking something.

The Ones I Liked

The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:

13. Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli (3,7 stars): The friendship in this book is so cute and the political aspect of it is really interesting. This book feels like a conversation starter about the link between the personal and the political, how that link particulary affects minorities, and how we shouldn’t engaged politically only when it’s easy or convenient for us but, at the same time, how self-care within political activism is incredibly important.

12. Unforgettable by Melanie Harlow (3,8 stars): This book pleaseantly surprised me and it ended up being my favorite of the series. The romance is great and it has a very positive depiction of adoption. (My review)

11. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (3,8 stars): I really liked this, the little girls are the best part of this book and the relationships that both main characters have with them are so sweet and I loved seeing how all of them learned to trust each other. My main issue with this is that it took me a while to actually believe or be invested in the romantic relationship between the main characters.

10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (3,8 stars): This wasn’t an enjoyable read, but it was brilliant. My main problem with this is that I really dislike terrible parents in books and this book was asking me to look beyond them being terrible parents to understand the traumas and expectations that their childhoods had caused and understand that they couldn’t see what they were doing to their kids, and I had a hard time doing that. But I really liked how it explored the different ways in which women and people of color experience otherness

9. A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai (3,9 stars): THIS IS SO STEAMY!! I loved both of the main characters, they have so much chemestry and such a captivating dynamic. Also, this is incredibly sex positive which I LOVED. The heroine is japanese and bisexual.

8. Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert (3,9 stars): I really liked the characters in this book and their relationship. This is so emotional and angsty and I loved it. My main complain is that the ending was a bit hasty, but overall this was really good.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:

7. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (4 stars): The writing – as always with Elizabeth Acevedo- was fantastic. I just wish that the two main characters had met sooner and that we got to see more of them intarcting and bonding. This was such an emotional read and the ending made me tear up.

6. The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel (4 stars): I loved a lot of things about this book, but especially the relationship between the main characters, Jay was so patient and kind, I loved their banter and the whole hate to love, slow-burn romance worked so well with these characters and I was so invested in their relationship. (My review)

5. Beach Read by Emily Henry (4 stars): This was darker than I was expecting, but so good. Interesting character, great writing and a swoony romance. (My review)

4. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (4 stars): I liked this one more than the first book in the series, it was quick and entertaining. The different types of werewolves in this book were fascianting and the fact that no one could be trusted kept me gripped.

3. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (4 stars): This is such a fun read! I was fascinated by how excessive and opulent all the descriptions of wealth are, the strongest element of this book is that sucks you in into this world of privilige that’s so far removed from normal life. I was interested in all the characters and storylines and I’m specially invested in Astrid story.

2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (4 stars): This book was really dark and unexpectedly fast-paced (at least it felt that way to me). I was completely invested in the story and once I finished the book I was shocked and I truly didn’t know how to feel, I still don’t. This was really good, engaging and thought-provoking.

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was. This month one brilliant book that instantly became one of my favorite books:

1. Jade City by Fonda Lee (4,7 stars): This was so intense and I was so invested. The concept of this story is unique and captivating and I LOVED the characters so much. This book broke my heart but it was SO GOOD. It’s definitely a new favorite book for me.

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Ranking the 30 books I read this month aka My April 2020 Wrap Up

Hi everyone! I had a goal in April of reading 30 books in 30 days and I’m happy to say that I completed that goal! In terms of my April tbr, I finished 8 of the 9 books that were included in it and I DNFed the other book, not because it was bad, simply because I wasn’t in the mood for it.

As always, I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

Without further ado, here are the books I read in April:

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

This month there wasn’t one book that I truly disliked, so for my least favorite of the month I chose a comic that really disappointed me:

30. Heavy Vinyl #4 by Carly Usdin (3 stars): The artwork was still great and this was still cute, but the big revelation at the end was so silly.

The”Just Ok” Books

These can be books that 1) I had issues with, but I don’t have a strong negative opinion about them 2) had good elements but bored me or didn’t really impact me in any way, the meh books.

29. The Murders in the Rue Morgue & Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe (3,3 stars): I really liked The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget was ok and I was SO BORED by The Gold Bug. (my thoughts about each story)

28. Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz (3,4 stars): this book has an interesting premise, beautiful art, diverse characters and a captivating protagonist (Selena), but also lackluster plot and a boring protagonist (Bruce). (Full review)

27. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (3,4 stars): great female friendship and a good discussion on Black women in STEM, but the romance was disappointing because a lot happens off page. (My review)

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:

26. Heavy Vinyl #3 by Carly Usdin (3,5 stars): The artwork is beautiful and this issue did a good job of keeping me interested in the mistery. I had issues with Chris’ attitude towards Maggie in this issue.

25. Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant (3,6 stars): this has an interesting premise, complex and captivating characters and a shocking ending. But it’s missing something, the second part of the story is a bit underwhelming.

24. Untouchable by Talia Hibbert (3,6 stars): This book has very steamy scenes, the power imbalances between the characters is handled well, the kids are adorable and it has good mental health rep. But I felt a distance between me and the characters, so as much as I liked them, I didn’t feel a strong connection to them or their romance.

The Ones I Liked

The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:

23. Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (3,7 stars): This is a fun addition for someone who has read Into the Drowning Deep. It’s entertaining and interesting, but I was expecting a little bit more from it, the ending especailly fell short for me

22. Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (3,7 stars): This is cute and entertaining, but the first book was better. My favorite character in this book is Jacob, he is funny, his story is so sad and the mystery of what it’s happening to him is the most interesting part of this.

21. b.b. free #3 by Gabby Rivera (3,7 stars): This is my least favorite issue so far. The art is beautiful, I love bb free and Chulita and I think the plot is taking shape and becoming more interesting. But the transitions from one storyline to the next are incongruous.

20. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (3,7 stars): It took me a while to fully get into this story, the beginning dragged a little for me. But then, this got really intense and atmospheric and I just really wanted to know who had done it. The ending was ok.

19. Gone Girl Viral by Alisha Rai (3,7 stars): This book has two sweet, kind main characters, I loved them both and I really enjoyed their slow burn romance. (My review)

18. You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle (3,7 stars): This is funny and entertaining, the characters are flawed but lovable and they were cute together by the end. But this is a second chance romance and it takes a bit too long for their relationship to start improving and some necessary conversations and important topics were left in the air.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:

17. The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (3,8 stars): It took me a little bit to get into this, but once I did it sucked me in. I loved how this book mixes alternative history with African Folklore, it made the story feel unique and interesting.

16. Locke & Key Vo. 1 by Joe Hill (3,8 stars):  This is dark, bloody and violent. I didn’t like the art, but the premise is fascinating and unique and I think this volume does a great job as set up. I wish there was a bit more about the keys, the kids finding them and exploring what they do, but overall it’s pretty good.

15. b.b. free #2 by Gabby Rivera (4 stars): The art in this is so beautiful, there’s so much diversity and the story is caprtivating and the world is really interesting.

14. Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot (4 stars): This is a powerful and accesible poetry collection about black girl magic. It does an amazing job of incoporating both current events and the works of an earlier generation of black poets.

13. Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith ( 4 stars): This is a poetry collection about race, queerness and the interception of both, about the embodied effects of racism and homophobia. This collection has such a visceral and powerful imagery that transmits the emotions behind the poems incredibly well.

12. A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro (3,8 stars): the mystery in this book is really interesting and I liked that it isn’t related to the character’s personal lives, but I felt like the resolution of it was so lackluster. As always, I loved Charlotte and Jamie and their relationship.

11. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (3,8 stars): this is a quick and interesting read. It has a fascinating world and magic system, and likable secondary characters. But the main character suffers from special snowflake syndrome and this book doesn’t really have a plot.

10. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (3,8 stars): As someone who loves both fantasy and crime novels, this was a pretty good fit for me. This has rally interesting magic and magical creatures and I really liked some of the secondary characters. But the pacing is uneven and sometimes the main character uses magic in “almost impossible” ways – accordng to himself- when he needs to.

9. The Deep by Rivers Solomon (4 stars): The concept of the story is unique, weird and intriguing. There are two timelines and both are really interesting. I love the way this book talks about identity, community, history and memory and the message it delivers about individualism vs collectivism.

8. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (4 stars): This is a quick and fascinating read. I loved how all the different storylines were intertwined and the last part of the book had me at the edge of my sit dying to know how everything ended.

7. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel (4 stars): This is an interesting and twisted novella about the choices we make and the choices we have to live with. The epilogue made me love this a little less, it is a realistic outcome but so sad and hopeless.

6. Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega (4 stars): This book has lovely friendship between two wonderful girls, fun family dynamics, Dominican Folklore and nice and helpful adults that actually listen to the main characters.

5. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (4 stars): A big portion of this book is dialogue and it doesn’t really have a plot, it’s about getting to know the characters and the political situation in this world. I found all of it really interesting, so I didn’t mind it the lack of plot.

4. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (4,2 stars): My first ever historical romance and I LOVED it! I really loved the main characters and their relationship. This was the perfect mix of cuteness and steaminess.

My Favorite Books of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books that I truly love are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more:

3. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (4,5 stars): This was such a fascinating and thought-provoking read. This book focuses on the scientific and technical side of space travel without forgetting about the impact that the discoveries, the advancements and the search for those things have on people.

2. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (4,5 stars): this is a quick and entertaining story. Murderbot is a likable and engaging main character and its voice captivated me from the very beginning.

1.Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova (4,5 stars): This book has an intricate magic system, vivid characters, tons of twists and an ending that will leave you wanting more. (full review)

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka my February 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s time for my february wrap up and I’m excited with the new format that I’m using where I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my February tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read all the books on it – even if I finished We Unleash the Merciless Storm on March 1st which is why it’s not gonna be in this wrap up. So I read 8 books on my February tbr + 6 more books that were not on it. Here’s how I ranked them:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

Unfortunately, this month I read two books that I really disliked and that I had a lot of issues with, specially in terms of characters and writing.

14. Frenemies by Emma Hart (2,5 stars): The writing in this wasn’t good and the main character was annoying, she kept going around in circles about her relationship with the love interest and then she suddenly changed her mind at the end. I think this had lots of potential, but it needed to be longer and better written.

13. Dominik by Sawyer Bennet (2,8 stars): the hero of this book was extremely arrogant and controlling, he was a very two dimentional character and even if he did get a bit better by the end, the improvement wasn’t significant. Beyond sexual chemistry, the characters didn’t have any connection and they barely speak to each other for the first half of the book. Also, the writing wasn’t the best, the inner monologues of the main characters were so repetitive.

The One I Had Issues With, But It’s Not Bad

The books I give ratings between 3 and 3,5 stars are the ones that I have a lot of issues with but they have redeeming qualities and I can see that they are not bad books.

12. American Street by Ibi Zoboi (3,4 stars): This was a quick read but I had a hard time getting into it because I didn’t like the main character, I found her naive and judgemental. Nonetheless, all the other characters were interesting. This book didn’t handle the topic of abusive relationships very well and the ending was rushed and it was deus ex machina.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had some issues with them.

11. Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow (3,7 stars): I really liked both of the main characters, they had great chemistry and they were kind and understanding with each other. There was a storyline in this that was predictable revolving around pregnancy and infertility and I think it could have been handled better.

10. Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,7 stars): This book was told in dual timelines, at the beginning it did a good job of staying in one timeline long enough to not feel jumpy, but halfway through it started to feel like a bunch of scenes haphazardly put together without a strong narrative behind them and it actually skipped some really important scenes, which annoyed me.

9. The King of Crows by Libba Bray (3,7 stars): Nothing happened in this until the very end and then when the big confrontation took place it was so anticlimatic. The ending was nothing memorable and it felt like the stakes were super low. Still I’m not mad at this book because my two favorite characters got the ending I wanted for them and that was all I was asking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

8. The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor (3,8 stars): It took me a while to get into this, but when the action started, I got really invested in the story. This book tried to cram to much world building into very few pages and it suffered a bit for it and also I didn’t love the ending, but overall I enjoyed the conclusion to Binti’s story.

7. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (3,8 stars): This was a highly entertaning read, I really liked the characters and their chemistry was off the charts. Also, I LOVED the way Brazilian culture was incorporated. I know a lot of people were saying that the sex in this book was awkward and I would agree that the first sex scene was, but it got better.

6. Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): The plot of this got a bit ridiculous by the end, but I LOVED Portia and Tavish as characters and as a couple, their chemistry was amazing.

5. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): I LOVED the main characters! Nya and Johan are precious and I loved seeing them fall in love and get their happily ever after. I think the whole storyline with Nya’s father was resolved in a very weird and rushed way, but beyond that I really enjoyed it

4. Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (4 stars): This book has the most adorable, nerdy couple I have ever encountered in a romance book. I LOVED both of the main characters. There was a point where this book had me at the verge of tears just because the hero felt confused and sad and that’s a testament of how deeply Alyssa Cole made me fall in love with the characters.

3. American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): I love both of the main characters. Juan Pablo is such a swoonworthy hero. I really love how sex positive and unapologetically Latinx this book is. (Full review)

2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (4 stars): Queenie’s voice is incredibly captivating even when her life is spinning out of control. The first half of this book is full of Queenie making terrible choices and getting involved with the most horrific men, who treated her like she was a plaything that was there for their pleasure. But seeing the whole process she went through to get better was beautiful.

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites usually are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more. This month unfortunately I didn’t rate anything higher than 4 stars, but I still read a brilliant book:

1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (4 stars): The world building and magic system in this book were unique, intriging and devastating. The way it mirrors our society was smart and poignant. There were so many twist, some that I saw coming and some that I didn’t, but they all made sense to the story. I loved Syenite and Alabaster and I’m heartbroken over everything they went through. This is brilliant but the last 80 pages made me feel hopeless and angry and devastated and I’m not sure that I will continue on with the series because this book was one bad thing after another and I feel like I can’t handle that.

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka my January 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Like you can tell by the title of this blog post, in 2020 I’ll be doing something a bit different for my wrap ups because I’ll be ranking all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month and I’m really excited and a bit nervous because I know it’s gonna be hard. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my January tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read most books on it except for The Outsider by Stephen King, which I chose not to read because Stephen King tweeted some disappointed things and made me not want to pick up his book right now, and also Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie, which I did start but I didn’t manage to finish it on time. So I read 6 books on my January tbr + 3 more book had were not on my tbr. Here’s how I ranked them:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

I didn’t read any truly terrible books in January, but there were two books that I had issues with. The first one I liked a lot of things about but strongly disliked one element of the story, which affected my overall enjoyment of the book and the other one was plain boring and I had a hard time caring about anything that was happening.

9. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (3,2 stars): This has an interesting world and magic system, as well as lovable character, but a really boring villain and a TERRIBLE romance (Full review)

8. Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau (3,3 stars): This was so boring and I think it wasn’t the plot, it was the flat and repetitive writing style specially from one of the two perspectives. Also, the steamy scenes were always rushed through and the ending felt rushed.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had small issues with them, but they are never books that I have one element that I strongly dislike.

7. Whatever It Takes by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,6 stars): I have been waiting for this book for so many years and I had huge expectations for it, which were not met. I still love both of the characters, I love how different they seem from one another but how strong their connection is and I love that their story is angsty and bittersweet, but I didn’t enjoy the dual timelines and also this felt like a bunch of disjointed scenes put together instead of a more cohesive and fluent narrative. 

6. Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): this novella started really promising, it was cute and funny and it had a kind and understanding hero. But then it dragged a bit, I was kind of annoyed with the main character, the conflict felt a bit forced and the ending was rushed.

5. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (3,6 stars): This book started strong, the heroine was amazing and even when I had issues with the hero because of his internalized toxic masculinity which he needed to work on, their chemestry was fantastic and the story of how they worked to fix their marriage was beautiful, but my enjoyment was severely affected by the conflict in the second half of the story, which relied on miscommunications (Full Review)

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (3,7 stars): This book is hard to get into and the beginning was just ok, but then it takes a couple of twist and turns that are very intriguing and made the book so much more interesting and then the ending was heartbreaking and bittersweet and shocking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

3. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (4 stars): The writing was fantastic,the characters from previous books showed up in this, which was amazing, and most of them were strange and vicious and it was easy to see how much going to their worlds skewed the way they think. This book also had outstanding mental health rep.

2.Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (4 stars): This was a fun and witty book, with lovable main characters that were very different from one another but had an adorable relationship. This was full of mouth-watering food, snarky tweets and complicated family dynamics. (Full Review)

My Favorite Book of the Month

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My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more and they are books that I truly loved .

1. The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan (4,5 stars): the world building and magic system in this are impressive, the characters are interesting and lovable and the plot is engaging. The pace slows down in the middle of the book and it gets a bit repetetive, but it picks back up and the ending is fanstastic.

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December 2019 Wrap up

Hi everyone! After all the work I put into the blog in December (I posted 28 out of the 31 days), I decided to take a little break but now I’m back and I’m ready to close my 2019 posts with my December wrap up.

Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the 15 books I read in December:

End of Watch by Stephen King (3,7 stars): After the disappointment that was the second book in this series, I was really glad this book turned out to be good. I loved getting to see more of the three main characters, the premise of this one was really weird and it’s the first time we get paranormal elements in this series but it worked for me and the ending was bittersweet but I liked it.

The Alchemist of Loom by Elise Kova (3,8 stars): I really liked the characters in this book, as well as the world this takes place in and the different species that exist in it. Also, I loved the way this book discusses colonialism and the unexpected consequences of progress. But I had trouble with how vague the descriptions are throughout the book and I never felt completely gripped by the story. (review)

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (3,4 stars): I had a lot of problems with this book, mainly that I found the chracters annoying and that I could never truly believe in the romantic connections between the main characters. (review)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (4,5 stars): I loved that the magic system in this book is really unique, I loved how strong and resilient the two main characters are and the slow-burn love story between them, which is touching and beautiful and it makes me emotional. This book does a great job at showing how law and faith work together to maintain certain groups oppresed and the things people are capable of doing to others when those others are seen as less than human.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (4,5 stars): I loved how much this book makes you care about characters that you only see for a few pages, so that it’s very distressing when bad things happen to them. I love Kady and Ezra and I rooted for them the entire time, but my favorite thing was how complex and fascinating Kady and Aidan (the AI) were and how devastating and engrossing their relationship was.

ROMANCE

Awk-weird by Avery Flynn (3,7 stars): I remember enjoying this book, but I can’t really remember much else about it. I liked the characters, even if the hero was frustrating at times, and their relationships was sweet and steamy.

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec & Andi Arnt (3,6 stars): This book was hilarious, so I really enjoyed the reading experience. But the romance was definitely not the main focus and it wasn’t as swoony or as steamy as I was expecting. The focus was Heidi’s character growth but even that felt rushed.

The Lineup by Meghan Quinn (3,4 stars): This wasn’t bad, but the hero was annoying, a lot of the things he said didn’t make sense with the ‘good guy’ he was supposed to be and the relationship didn’t make any sense to me either, I didn’t understand why these two people would like each other.

Love With Me by Kristen Proby (3,6 stars): I finally read a Kristen Proby book and I actually liked it, I enjoyed the way this relationship developed, I think the conflict was very realistic, my main problem with this is the way certain trope was used at the end.

Irresistable by Melanie Harlow (3,8 stars): my favorite book of the series, I really liked the main couple, I think the age gap was handled really well, there were swoony and steamy moments, but my favorite part is the realtionship of the heroinr with the hero’s kids.

Undeniable by Melanie Harlow (3,6 stars): the main characters in this book have a lot of chemistry and I really enjoyed their realtionship. My problem with this is that there’s a lot of character development that the hero needed to go through and it did not happen.

Insatiable by Melanie Harlow (3,7 stars): I really liked the heroine and the main couple in this book, I always love a good friends to lovers story. My problem with this was that the hero was very frustrating and stubborn.

The Boss Who Stole Christmas by Jana Aston (3,7 stars): this one was my favorite of the series, I ended up really liking the two main characters and there were some really steamy scenes. This manages to not feel insta-lovey even when it’s a novella.

If You Give A Jerk a Gingerbread by Jana Aston (3,5 stars): I liked the premise of this book a lot, the whole cooking competion aspect was cool, but the romance was really insta-lovey.

The One Night Stand Before Christmas by Jana Aston (3,6 stars): This one felt the most realistic and less insta-lovey, it was a snipped of the beginning of a relationship between two characters I liked.

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November 2019 Wrap Up: I read 20 books! | Blogmas Day 4

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! November was a great reading month for me, I read a total of 20 books, mainly romance novels that distracted me and made me feel better during a month that was emotionlly draining for me. I even found some new favorite romances and I’m excited to talk to you about them!

ROMANCE

Beard with Me by Penny Reid (4,2 stars): This is a prequel to the Winston Brothers Series and I didn’t think it was necessary, so I almost skipped it, especially since it was supposed to be sad,  but oh boy, that would have been a huge mistake since this ended up being my favorite book in the series. This is not romance since it doesn’t have a happily ever after, but it was a beautiful and heartbreaking hate to love story.

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid (3,8 stars): The final book in a series that means a lot to me. Billy and Claire’s story is such a bittersweet one and I loved it.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (4 stars): Unique and quirky premise, a second chance romance that gave me all the feels, a hero with a stutter (which I have never seen in a romance book before) and so many other things I loved. I can’t wait for the companion book in this series.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (4 stars):  This book was cute and funny but it also included important discussions about chronic pain and abusive relationships and it was just a fantastic book.

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars): This one was so cute! A widowed single dad and his frenemy fall in love and it’s an emotional and beautiful story.

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely (3,6 stars): great couple, but the conflict in this book was kind of dumb.

Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely (3,6 stars): I loved the couple in this one, there was a lot of tension and chemistry. It has the best friend’s sister trope.

Overnight Service by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars): Second chance romance, with love to hate to love. This book has an amazing main couple, their chemestry is off the charts!

Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely (2,8 stars): Honestly don’t remember much about this book and that probably says a lot about why I gave it such a low rating.

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I love the relationship between the main characters, it was sweet but steamy, and I liked that this book includes conversations about important topics like domestic violence, death of a love one and grief.

I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): I really enjoyed the relationship in this book, there was tension and chemistry, but the ending was so rushed that it afected my overall enjoyment of the book.

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne (3.8 stars): best friends to lovers is my favorite trop and this one was so well done! The whole premise of a guy teaching his female best friend the art of seduction was very entertaining even if it was not very unique.

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne (3,5 stars): This book took place in a short amount of time and I felt like there weren’t enough scenes of the couple to justify the strong feelings between them. There were pretty good scenes between them tho, even if there were few of them.

Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco (3 stars?): This is more like 2,8 stars. I wanted to love this book because it’s written by a Latinx author, but the first 70% was really bad,  the writing wasn’t the best and the romance made no sense.  Even if it got a bit better at the end, it wasn’t that much better.

Plan B by Jana Aston (3,7 stars): I really liked the main couple and their relationship, even if the conflict in the story made no sense to me.

Headstrong Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (3,5 stars): nothing really happens in this book, but I liked getting to see all the characters in the series together, even if it was just for short scenes.

Tacker by Sawyer Bennett (3,6 stars): I had such a high expectations for this book that I was bound to be disappointed. I enjoyed this book, it’s just that those books with the really, really, really tragic pasts for both of the main characters never works for me. Also, I like the couple but I didn’t love it.

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (4,3 stars): This is a hilarious but at the same time heartbreaking middle grade novel full of latinx characters and I LOVED it!

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie (3,5 stars): This was entertaining, as it’s always the case with Christie’s books, but there was a hole in the resolution of the mystery that could have been so easily fixed, but it wasn’t and that annoyed me

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (4,5 stars): This is officially one of my favorite YA series of all times, I loved the complex and captivating characters, the politics and scheming, and the ship that owns my heart: Cardan and Jude.

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Latinx Book Bingo & Latinxathon + October 2019 Wrap Up | Blogmas Day 3

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! I’m trying to catch up on wrap ups after my hiatus, so today I bring you what I read for the Latinx Book Bingo and the Latinxathon that took place from September 15 to October 15 and also what I read the last two weeks of October. I was planning on including my November wrap up in this post as well but I read 19 books in November and I think the post would end up being way too long.

Latinx Book Bingo & Latinxathon

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Take the Lead by Alexis Daria (3,6 stars): I loved the unique premise of this book (a dance competition tv show), the main characters (a pro dancer and a reality tv star hero who lives in Alaska) and the relationship between them (so steamy!).

Dance With Me by Alexis Daria (3,7 stars): A puerto rican pro dancer and an Ukranian coreographer are friends with benefits who end up living together. I loved how each character had their own fears and insecurities and how they supported each other to get pass them.

News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (4,3 stars):  this is about the kidnapping of 9 journalist organized by Pablo Escobar in the 90s in Colombia and it’s incredibly well-written and a really fascinating book.

Ripped Pages by M. Hollis (3 stars): This is a short rapunzel retelling with a f/f relationship between princesses. The writing wasn’t great, the characters weren’t as three dimentional as I wanted and it was a novella so everything happened a bit too fast.

Latinxathon

America Vol. 2 by Gabby Rivera (4 stars): This is a comic about a Latinx lesbian superhero, what else could I ask for?! I loved getting to know a bit more about America’s past and where she comes from.

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): The cuteness of the relationship in this book has no limits and I loved it! This has a m/m relationship between a food truck owner and a sexy librarian.

American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera (3,8 stars): An m/m romance between a Cuban-Jamaican social worker and a Dominican-American businessman with a cute daughter. This book was heartwarming and adorable.

American Love Story by Adriana Herrera (3,6 stars): This is a m/m romance that I enjoyed, but it’s my least favorite of the series because while it dealt with really important subjets, it became repetitive and it dragged a bit.

OCTOBER

Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn (3,6 stars): This has an interesting concept (a dating app that let’s parent choose the dates) and a great relationship between the main characters.

Tomboy by Avery Flynn (3,7 stars): I love a grumpy hero and this had a great one and I also love when the grumpy hero falls in love with a great woman, which this also has!

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (4 stars): I loved this book as much as I loved the first two in the series. It has the same creepy vibe that the other two and the plot just keeps getting more complex and interesting. Also, I’m rooting for Evie and Sam so hard!

Cosas que piensas cuando te muerdes las uñas by Amalia Andrade (4 stars): a mixed media book about fears and anxiety by a Colombian author and artist. If you speak spanish, I would totally recommend this!

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