Disappointing books of 2022 (+ worst book of the year)

I’m not someone who gives 1 and 2 stars a lot, so that’s why I don’t usually make a “worst books of the year” list. Instead, I like to make a list talking about the 3-star books that were meh and disappointed me. All of the books on this list are 3-star reads except for the last book which is my worst book of the year and it got 2 stars.

Here I talk about the reasons why these books disappointed me, but since they are all 3 stars, there are things that I enjoyed about them that I don’t mention here, so I left links to my Goodreads reviews of all of these books in case you want to know what I liked about them.

Without further ado, here are the books:

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey: I had high expectations and really enjoyed the first half, but unfortunately, I had so many issues with the second half. The hero decides that he wants the heroine forever after less than 3 weeks of knowing her and he becomes pushy and annoying, and the book becomes so cheesy that it was almost unbearable at times. (review)

Honey Girl by Morgan Roger: I had heard great things about this, but sadly the writing wasn’t for me, the author was trying SO HARD to be profound and poetic and it felt forced and sappy. Also, I didn’t feel the connection between the main couple, and their relationship felt a bit forced and awkward at times. (review)

A Sweet Mess by Jayce Lee: the dialogue was cringy and stilted at times, and the depth of the main characters’ feelings didn’t match the amount of time or experiences they shared. Also, in the end, a trope was used in a way that didn’t work, there was so much miscommunication and the protagonists acted so out of character, so it was a very frustrating ending. (review)

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren: This book relies way too much on the main character’s connection from their short time together 10 years ago. Beyond the physical attraction, there didn’t seem to be much to their relationship in the present or past timeline. Since I didn’t care about the romance, I wasn’t invested in the plot either and I kept noticing how unrealistic and convenient everything was. (review)

The Spinster and The Rake by Eva Devon: This sounded like something I would love and I have heard nothing but good things, so I went in with high expectations. But this ended up being just ok for me, I didn’t feel invested in the romance, and since not a lot happened plot-wise, I was a bit bored while reading it. (review)

Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux: After reading and loving Happening I was looking forward to picking up another book by Ernaux. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything particularly unique or special about this, and after finishing, I was left feeling like the whole thing had been a bit pointless. (review)

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher: This book feels at points formulaic and repetitive. Honestly, the plots of the books in this series are starting to feel very similar to me. Also, I know these books have a lot of sexism and hypersexualization of female characters, but this book took it to another level that made me really uncomfortable because it happened with a 17-year-old. (review)

The Tower of the Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski: I found this book boring and meandering. I feel like Gerald and Ciri’s storylines are almost pointless in the macro storyline of the series and Gerald gets forgotten in the last part of the book. The plot has advanced really slowly in the last few books, so I’m nervous that the final book is going to be rushed and it’s not going to give the series a satisfying ending. (review)

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: This dragged at certain points and it felt pretentious at times because the name-dropping was relentless, I don’t think there was one page where she didn’t name someone she knew that was famous or well-known (I didn’t know most of these people, but I guess other people do). (review)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson: I had high expectations because I really loved 2 of Lawson’s more recent books. But I found parts of this boring, the fact that every story revolved around animals (dead or alive) was something that I didn’t love, and I had issues with some of her jokes (about sexual assault, eating disorders, race) which crossed lines. (review)

Vulnerable AF by Tarriona Ball: besides a couple of standout poems, the rest were just fine. I actually ended up enjoying the short prose pieces much more than the poetry, but none of it was anything special.

Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace: This was the worst book I read in 2022. Amanda Lovelace’s books have always been very hit-or-miss for me, but the last few have all been misses so I think it’s time I stop reading them. This book didn’t evoke any sort of emotion out of me and it didn’t leave a lasting impression either. This collection felt repetitive and unsubstantial.

What are some of your worst or most disappointing reads of 2022?

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July 2022 Wrap Up: SFF reads, cozy mysteries and good romances

July was such a good reading month and I’m hoping that it’s a sign that my reading slump is finally going away. Not only did I read a lot in terms of the number of books, I also read a few really long ones and I discovered that reading long books – which is the opposite of what I have been doing- may be what I need to get out this reading slump because it makes me feel more invested in the characters and plot. It’s sonething i’ll take into account going forward.

But without further ado, let’s talk about the books:

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (4 stars): While I liked the first book more than this one, I think this sequel did a good job and continued the story successfully. This is such a thought-provoking sci-fi series, full of political maneuvering and intrigue, clever and interesting characters, and worldbuilding that is complex without being hard to understand. I really appreciated the addition of new pov characters in the second book, it added so much complexity to the story, it allowed an exploration of the different political factions within both the Teixcalaanli Empire and Lsel Station, and it expanded the world so much in comparison to the first book. This sequel includes some interesting discussions about empires and ethics, cultural assimilation vs cultural isolationism, the value of ancestral knowledge and collective memory, power dynamics in romantic relationships and so much more.

A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark (4 stars): I have been slowly making my way through the novellas and short stories in this series this year and while I have always recognized that the world and characters are fantastic, the short format wasn’t working for me. But this full-length novel was SO GOOD. I got to see more of the two elements that I liked from the novellas: the complex and fascinating world and the flawed but easy to root for characters, while getting a longer mystery plot that I could get invested in with more characters involved and with more moving pieces. Even if the reveal wasn’t that surprising, it was still fun to read.

Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree (3,5 stars): This was good, but I had heard so many amazing things about it that I went into it expecting too much. I loved the characters and the found family, there was interesting world-building, and I appreciated that it was a cozy fantasy book, but I think I needed a bit more plot-wise. Still, I would read more books set in this world and I will check out other books by this author.

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (3 stars): I have so many conflicting feelings when it comes to this book. I still think this series is a fun, entertaining and easy-to-read series set in an interesting and complex world. At this point, I’m invested in the characters, so I like seeing how the different characters and relationships evolve. But after the way the last book ended, I thought we would see more of this world and Harry would be more involved with the bigger picture of what’s going on, but it didn’t really happen, there were again only glimpses of that. Because of that, this book feels at points formulaic and repetitive. Honestly, all the plots of the books in this series are starting to feel very similar to me. Lastly, I know these books have a lot of sexism passing for chivalry and hypersexualization of female characters. Nonetheless, this book took it to another level that made me really uncomfortable because there’s hypersexualization of a 17-year-old.

Everything for you by Chloe Liese (4 stars): This is a great grump/ sunshine romance between two professional soccer players who don’t like each other all that much but are forced to be co-captains of their team. I loved the pent-up sexual tension, the amazing chemistry between them and how slowly they started to open up to each other. They shared some very vulnerable moments and they were there for one another, which made their romance believable and realistic. Beyond the main couple, I loved the glimpses we got of the rest of the Bergman family.

I had two minor issues with this: It dragged a tiny little bit in some parts and the love declarations got a bit too cheesy for me at end. but nothing that was a big deal.

To Marry and To Meddle by Martha Waters (4 stars): This book cemented me as a big Martha Waters fan. I have enjoyed all three books in this series so much. This book is a funny, entertaining, and quick read. Both of the main characters were easy to root for, the romance was sweet, without unnecessary conflicts or miscommunication, and there were some good steamy scenes.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder (3,5 stars): Honestly, for the first 60%, I actually really enjoyed this and thought it was really entertaining. Nonetheless, this ended up being a lot darker and sadder than I thought it was going to be and the ending was so rushed, they resolved a big issue that was the source of conflict throughout the entire book off the page and that didn’t work for me. (full review)

Just Folking Around by Penny Reid (3,5 stars): This was a quick, fun, steamy read that worked perfectly as my palate cleanser after three long SFF books. I really liked both of the main characters and their dynamic and I can’t wait to read the full-length novel about them.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (4,5 stars): This book is not going to be for everyone, but it worked perfectly for me. It was a charming, quirky and quick read. Seeing a group of old people in a retirement home trying to solve a murder was fun, I liked all the characters, and I was interested in the mystery the entire time. Yes, a lot of convenient things happened but I didn’t care, I still enjoyed the story. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is that I didn’t love the ending, but I didn’t hate it either. Out of the three big reveals right at the end, I only liked one, the other two were kind of random and felt forced.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (4 stars): This was a quick and entertaining book. I continued with the series mostly to see the characters again, they are quirky, funny, sweet and clever and I have so much fun reading about their adventures. I didn’t find the mystery in this book nearly as interesting as the mystery in book 1, because the scope of the mystery was so big (spies, mafia, drug dealers, stolen diamonds) that the story, and especially the ending, felt incredibly unrealistic. But as I mentioned before, I read this for the characters, so I didn’t really mind that much.

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn (3,5 stars): This was better than book 5 but still not as good as the first 4 books in the series. The mystery plot was ok, the problem was that in the first 50% not a lot happened, Veronica and Stoker didn’t uncover too much, everything was left for the last half of the book, and particularly to the last 20%. So the pacing felt weird and the first half dragged a little. Also, I didn’t really guess who the villain was but that may have been because I wasn’t completely invested in the mystery plot. I still enjoyed this because I love Veronica and Stoker and there were some good moments between them. 

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (3,5 stars): The mystery in this was entertaining, and there were so many likely culprits which is always fun. Nonetheless, this is my third Miss Marple book and I was left with the same feeling that I had when I read the other two, I wish Miss Marple showed up more and not only occasionally and at the end when she appears with all the answers to everything, which she pulled out of thin air.

Goddess of Filth by V. Castro (4 stars): This wasn’t scary but it had creepy and gross moments and it was a very different take on possession. I appreciated how it discussed the stereotypes around and the dangers of being a young Latina, as well as the roles that religion, sexuality and female friendships play in the lives of young Latinas. My one issue with this book is that some of the dialogue involving the Goddess was kind of corny and that took me out of the story at times.

What are the best and worst books you read in July? Was July a good reading month for you?

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July 2022 TBR: fantasy, romance, sci-fi and more

Hi everyone! Before starting with this post, I wanted to mention that I posted my june wrap up on Sunday, which from my experience it’s not exactly the best day to post. So in case you missed it, check it out here.

Now, let’s talk about my July tbr. I know I don’t usually have tbrs since I’m a mood reader, but the last couple of months I have put together tbrs and I have managed to read most of the books on them and I feel like that’s helping a little to pull me out of the weird reading slump I’m in, so I will keep putting together tbrs for the time being and see if it works.

These are the books I’m planning to read in July:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: I read Station Eleven at the end of 2020 and I have been meaning to pick another book by this author since then and it’s finally time.

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine: I just finished the first book in this series, A Memory Called Empire, on June 30th and I loved it, so I can’t wait to continue with the sequel.

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher: It’s been a while since I read a book in this series and lately, I have been feeling curious about where the story goes after what happened in the last book, so I think it’s the perfect time to continue on with the next installment.

The Tower of the Shallows by Andrzej Sapkowski: I read the previous book in this series right before season 2 of the tv show came out and I really enjoyed it and I don’t want to let too much time pass before reading the two final books in the series.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: I watched The Hours as part of the film club I participate in, which made me really curious about this book, and I have owned it for a while, so I want to read it before I lose interest again.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley: I enjoyed The Guest List when I read it at the end of last year and I want to read more from this author.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder: I added this recently to my tbr because it sounds exactly like the kind of romance I would enjoy. I hope this is as fun as the cover makes it look.

To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters: I have really enjoyed the previous 2 books in this series and I’m excited to continue reading more since I really enjoy Martha Waters’s writing.

What books are on your July tbr? What book are you most excited to read?
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November 2021 Wrap Up: I’m back and I’m reading lots of romance

Hi everyone! I’m back! or I hope that I’m back. I spent most of this year in a reading slump, it goes away, and then it comes back and I hate it. And as usual, when I’m in a reading slump it translates into a blogging slump too, so that’s why I haven’t been posting consistently. Also, I’m so tired from my job most of the time that I don’t feel up to blogging. But right now, I do feel like blogging so I’m going to take advantage of that.

In this post, I will talk about 2 books I read in the last week of October, which were Dead Beat and Things have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke (the rest of my October reads are in my Latinx Book Bingo Wrap Up), and about the 7 books I read in November. As someone who was reading about 16 books a month at the beginning of the year, it pains me that the number of books that I read in a month keeps dropping lower and lower, but that’s just how it it right now.

Without further ado, here are the books:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (5 stars): I LOVED THIS! I usually don’t find that many books funny, but this book actually made me laugh out loud a few times. I really liked both of the main characters, the romance was great, it was a slow burn (in that great way that has you screaming at the character to get together already) and the whole fake dating plotline put them in a bunch of slightly awkward but full of sexual tension situations. Also, it had some good steamy moments.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker (5 stars): I LOVED both of the main characters in Battle Royal, this book included the sunshine/grumpy trope in all its glory, they had so much chemistry but also from very early on the deeper connection was evident. I love how mature the relationship in Lucy Parker feels and how she manages to write books with relationships that don’t have too much drama and angst, but that is still interesting. The writing in this was really good and the book as a whole was funny and entertaining. Obviously, the whole plot with the royals was a bit unbelievable and unrealistic, but it was fun and I didn’t really care if it was something that would never happen in real life.

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory ( 4 stars): I loved the main characters, their connection and chemistry were fantastic, it has some good steamy moments, and I appreciated the good mental health rep as well as the fact that this book shows therapy in a very positive light.

Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams (3,7 stars): I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun reading experience and the romance was sweet. But the more I think about it, the more little issues I have with it. I really liked Vlad and Elena as the main characters. I enjoyed the little glimpses of Vlad and Elena being friends before they got married and I wanted more of that, just to understand how they fell in love in the first place. They were so sweet together and the sexual tension was definitely there too, but there was no real conflict or reason why they could be together. I feel like Lyssa Kay Adams tends to put too many elements in her books to have more drama or to make up for the fact that there’s no real conflict. And things can end up feeling forced, rushed, or like they don’t make sense. 

Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev (3.5 stars): I really enjoy Sonali Dev’s writing and I love the world she created for this series, with this big, wild family at the center of it. I liked both of the main characters, and I could see the tension and angst between them. Nonetheless, I had a hard time believing that they were not over one kiss and a few hours of conversation that happened 10 years ago. Also, I love slow burns, but they took so long to get together and the story definitely dragged a lot in the second half.

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria (3.5 stars): I want it to love this but sadly it was just ok for me. I have discovered this year that second chance romances where the main characters are reunited after a long time (10 years in this case) without seeing each other, and before parting ways they only had a day or night or a short period of time together, don’t work for me. I thought this was going to be different since they were best friends for a long time before something romantic happened between them, but we only see a little bit of them being friends, so the friends to lovers element wasn’t really there for me. I did like both of the main characters, I enjoyed Gabe’s storyline with his family and his character development, I enjoyed the fake dating aspect of this, and the steaminess was great too. But, while I did enjoy it more towards the end, the romance never quite worked for me.

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (3,5 stars): In the beginning, this book felt a little repetitive and formulaic. Still, there was some character development, which I appreciated. In the second part, when we learned more about what’s happening in the war against the red court, the book gets more interesting. I hope to see Harry more involved with the conflict that it’s affecting the magical world and I feel like that’s the direction the series is taking. I liked seeing the development in Harry and Thomas’ relationship and Butter was also a good side character. As with most of the books in this series, I wish Murphy was in this more. Lastly, I don’t know where the whole storyline with the demon?/goddess? is going, but I’m intrigued.

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca (4 stars): In the beginning, this was a very bizarre story and it escalated quickly to being gross, disturbing, and even more bizarre. The way the story is told, through emails and chat conversations, left me feeling very intrigued about one of the characters, I wanted to know more about her because she is so mysterious in her messages and emails.

Los Abismos (The Abysses) by Pilar Quintana (4 stars): there’s not an English translation of this book yet, but if you can read Spanish, give it a chance! This is a quick and easy read, beautifully written without being too flowery or pretentious. A slice of life story with a very open ending told from the perspective of a little girl. At its core, it’s a story about women that feel trapped in their own lives and can’t see a way out, as well as the ups and downs of mental illness. And, even if it’s told by a child, it manages to address these topics in a powerful way without shying away from hard moments.

What is your favorite and least favorite book of November? Was November a good reading month for you?

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka My November Wrap Up | Blogmas Day 3

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Hi everyone! For blogmas day 3, I’m sharing my November wrap up. I read a lot of books in November, so I’ll keep this introduction short. As usual, in my wrap ups, I rank all the books I read in a month from least favorite to favorite. Without further ado, here are all the books I read:

MY LEAST FAVORITE BOOK

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (3 stars): I don’t know how to feel about this story. It was not what I was expecting at all and I think I would have liked the story I was expecting more than the story this book actually tells. It did some things I hated and it did some things I liked.

THE OK ONE

American Christmas by Adriana Herrera (3,5 stars): This was short, sweet, and heart-warming. I think the plot was interesting but the ending was SO unrealistic and I wish we got to see the characters actually being ok and dealing with things going badly. I do understand that they deserved a happy ending, but at the same time, I can’t say I loved the ending.

THE ONES I LIKED

Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert (3,7 stars): This was short and sweet. Talia Hibbert did an amazing job handling mutual pinning in a short novella. I liked the main characters and their friends to lovers romance.

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (3,7 stars): I mainly enjoyed this book because Murphy has a big role in it, I really like her friendship with Harry. I like that we got to know more about Thomas, and I also appreciate that we learned more about the different types of vampires. The case in this book isn’t the most interesting, but it is ok.

Death Masks by Jim Butcher (3,7 stars): The beginning is slow and it drags a bit. The books in this series are starting to feel a little formulaic to me. Nonetheless, I ended up really enjoying the second half of the book, the villain this time around is interesting and I always enjoy seeing the recurring side characters.

Burn for me by Ilona Andrews (3,7 stars): I really enjoyed this, but I was expecting more. I like the main characters and their dynamic. But I’m hoping that the plot, world-building and the main character’s powers get more complex and interesting as the series progresses.

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams (3,7 stars):  I really liked the friends to lovers romance in this book and the main characters. But I had issues with the romance not feeling- at some points- like the main focus of the book.

THE ONES I REALLY LIKED

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (4 stars): The writing in this book is very captivating, I liked the main characters, I think this does a great job of discussing depression and PTSD, but my favorite part of this book is that it’s a love letter to Puerto Rico and that aspect of it made me so emotional.

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez (4 stars): I really liked the main character, Camila, the fact that this includes female Fútbol and it’s set in Argentina, the discussions about feminism and femicide, the evolution of Camila’s relationship with her mom, I even liked the romance.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (4 stars): I really like the way Tessa Dare writes historical romances. I like the characters in this book, especially Emma, I like the whole grumpy/sunshine dynamic between the main characters, and I especially like how steamy this is.

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (4 stars): I really like Sonali Dev’s writing, I like the main characters and the romance in this book. But my favorite part is the complicated family dynamics, the presence of all relatives in this book adds a lot to the story.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (4 stars): This book has an interesting but devastating concept and characters that you root for. The last half of this book kept me at the edge of my seat and there was a point while reading when I couldn’t help but think “WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO THEM?!” There were a couple of things that happened towards the end that weren’t that realistic, but I didn’t mind too much.

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews (4 stars): The world-building and magic system are amazing, I LOVE the family dynamics and all the side characters, I really like Catalina and I liked Alessandro more than in the first book. I also really liked their relationship, the romance in this book can be a bit cheesy and over the top, but it wasn’t that bad and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.

Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (4 stars): I like the characters in this series so much and I love seeing more of them and getting to know them better through these stories. The complicated relationships between them are so entertaining.

4.The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (4 stars): This book is brilliant. I’m not the biggest fan of Military fantasy, but this series does it so well that I’m still really engaged with the story. I LOVE the main group of characters so much and I appreciate the way this book discusses colorism, colonialism, and the role of religion within colonialism.

3. Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (4 stars): I really loved both of the main characters, but especially Hattie. Her fight to be in control of her own life was wonderful. She was witty, she was charming, she was smart. I LOVED Hattie. And her bantering and flirting with Whit was fantastic. I loved Whit too and the two of them together were perfection.

MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE MONTH

2. The Stange Case of the Alchemist Daughter by Theodora Goss (4,5 stars): I love the characters, monstrous girls are my favorite thing in the world, I love their relationship with each other and the found family aspect of the book, I found the premise and the mystery really interesting, I love the funny and unique structure in which this book is told, I love that it includes characters out of classical stories, basically I love everything about this.

1.Cementery Boys by Aiden Thomas (4,5 stars): This book is SO GOOD! My favorite thing about this book is the main characters. I love Yadriel and Julian so much. Julian is like a puppy and I LOVE HIM. And the romance between Yadriel and Julian warms my heart and makes me so happy.

Was november a good reading month for you? What were your favorite and least favorite books of the month?

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Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Hi everyone! I can’t believe 2020 is almost over, this was such a weird year and I want to end it in a good note. So I chose a bunch of books I think I’ll really like to read the last two months of the year. This list includes 24 books and I know that may sound like a lot, but I usually read between 12 and 17 books in a month, so I think it’s manageble.

I chose 3 types of books:

  • Books that are part of a series that I want to finish or continue before the end of the year
  • The audiobook loans I have from the library
  • Some 2020 romances that I’m really excited to read

Without further ado, here are the books I hope to read in November and December:

SERIES

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan: I started the series this year and the plan was to read at least the first 3 books, which didn’t happen, but I want to read at least book 2.

Death Masks by Jim Butcher: another series I started this year, already read the first 4 books and I want to finish the year reading another one.

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang: I read The Poppy War this year and, depending on how this book goes, I may add The Burning God to this list to read the entire trilogy in 2020.

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski: I have read 3 books in this series in 2020, the last one I just finished on November 3rd, and I just want to continue with it inmediately.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I read 45% of this book in May and I put it down but I do want to finish it and I’ll try to do it before 2020 is over.

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: I have put off this book long enough, I love Audrey Rose and Thomas and I need to know what happens to them.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan: I enjoy these books so much and I really want to finish this series in 2020 so I can start Kwan’s new series in 2021.

One by One by Ruth Ware: this sounds like an Agatha Christie novel, since I love her books, I want to give this a chance!

AUDIOBOOKS

The Only Good Indians by Sthephen Graham Jones: I’m reading it for IndigAThon and I’m so excited!

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: This has been on my tbr forever, I’m finally reading it for IndigAThon

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware: I was supposed to read this in October, for spooky season, but I run out of time.

The One by John Marrs: I have heard great things about this one and the audiobook was available in my library

A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: that cover! enemies to lovers romance! black main characters!

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin: the concept of this book is amazing and I have heard great things about it

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: the first book in this series devastated me back in February and now that I have recovered, I want to continue with the series.

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez: I had an earc of this book and didn’t read it in time, I haven’t been in the mood for it, but I want to read it before 2020 is over.

ROMANCE

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev: I really liked the first book in this series of companion novels, which is not a suriprise since I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, and I want to continue on.

Love Hard by Nalini Singh: I have never read a Nalini Singh book before and I’m curious because I have heard they are great.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade: A fat main character in a romance book? Sign me up!

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams: I really liked the first book in this series, the second book was a disappointment and I’m hoping this book will redeem the series.

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews: I really enjoyed the first book in this triology, the world and magic are so interesting and I can’t wait to know what happens next in the story.

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite: I loved the first book in this series of companion novels and I have heard this one is even better.

A Duke, the Lady and a Baby by Vanessa Riley: I’m trying to read more historical romance and this one sounds so good!

American Christmas by Adriana Herrera: I have read every other Adriana Herrera book, I love her writing and I can’t wait to read this!

That’s it! Those are all the books I want to read before the end of the year. What books do you want to read before the end of 2020? What books being released in the next two months are you excited about?
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Ranking all the books I read this month aka My July 2020 Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely July! Today, I want to update you on some cool things that happened in July and I want to talk about all the books I read this month and as always, I’ll rank them from least favorite to favorite. But before getting into the post, I want to encourage you to support the Black Lives Matter movement in any way you can. If you want to know how to help, click this link.

First, some bookish updates:  1) I’m part of the team behind Colored Pages Book Tours, which is a company that prioritizes international and own voices readers when it comes to blog tours. The Company just launched but we have already started organizing tours, so check out the website or twitter to see if you are interested in participating in any of them. 2) I wanted to share that I was invited to be one of the judges of the 2020 Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction, which I’m incredibly honored and excited about!

That’s it! Those are my updates and now, without further ado, let’s talk about the books I read in July:

*Click on the title of the book to go to the Goodreads page + the amazon links are affiliate links which means I get a small commission if you decide to use them, it doesn’t affect the price of books* 

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 mystery book:

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13. The Hollow by Agatha Christie: This book was ok, but I definitely expected and wanted to see more of Poirot. He appeared so little in this and it was almost like the focus of this book was not on the case but on the relationships between the characters. The case was interesting enough, but most of the characters in this were very unlikeable at times, which is not uncommon in Agatha Christie’s book and I usually don’t mind, but for some reason, in this one, I found them a bit annoying. (Amazon)

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:

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12. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher: This ended up being ok, as always with this series it was a quick and entertaining read but I had issues with it. Some of the plot elements in this book felt forced and unrealistic to me, and while I enjoyed getting to see a new element of the world thanks to the fairies and the role they played, I felt like the fairies acted very out of character a lot in this book, they were introduced as one thing but when Harry needed help they suddenly became entirely different characters. Still, I will continue with the series, because as I said the books are quick and entertaining. (Amazon)

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:

Go Deep (Unexpected Lovers #1) by Rilzy Adams

11. Go Deep by Rilzy Adams: This started strong, I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, their relationship as best friends and then seeing how fast that relationship changed. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the conflict, it relied too much on the two characters not talking to each other but since it’s a short book the conflict was resolved easily so it wasn’t a big issue. (Amazon)

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10. I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya: This is a short but impactful nonfiction book. The author shares vulnerable and honest insights about gender, sexuality, and toxic masculinity based on their own experience. (Amazon)

Artificial Condition

9. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: I enjoyed reading this. Murderbot is still an amazing main character and I really liked ART, the sarcastic and slightly rude spaceship that was introduced in this book. The relationship between Murderbot and ART was very entertaining. I really like the humor in this series. My only complaint is that the plot in this one was a lot less interesting than the plot in the first book. (Amazon)

Lock Every Door

8. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: My reading experience with this book was very weird because it took me a bit to get into this, but after a while, I started to really enjoy it and I actually ended up liking most of the book. Unfortunately, I found the ending a bit disappointing. Riley Sager does a great job of creating tension throughout and I was at the edge of my seat for a big portion of the book and that’s the main reason why I enjoyed this book. (Amazon)

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7. If My Body Could Speak by Blythe BairdThe writing in this collection was so powerful but so unpretentious at the same time and that made it hit harder. The poems are beautiful and raw. I can’t wait to read more of Blythe Baird’s poetry. (Amazon)

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

6. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: This is a cute, fluffy YA contemporary. I loved Liz as the main character and her journey and character development. The f/f romance is so sweet and heartwarming. (Amazon)

The Ones I Really Liked

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

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert:  This book has amazing main characters and there’s a lot of character development. This book is so funny, I laughed out loud more than once. The characters have so much chemistry and the relationship is so adorable, I loved all their interactions, I just wish there were a bit more angst and yearning. Also, it has great anxiety rep! (Amazon)

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: this book does a great job of establishing Fitz as a protagonist and making you feel for him and root for him. I found the world fascinating and the political intrigue aspect of this book was very cleverly done, I’m looking forward to the next books when Fitz is older and maybe he will have a bit more agency and be more involved in what’s going on. (Amazon)

Always Only You (Bergman Brothers, #2) by Chloe Liese

Always Only You by Chloe Liese:  This is a slow-burn, sunshine x grumpy romance where the grumpy one with the heart of gold is the woman and the smiley, sunshiny character is the man. Chloe Liese has a special talent that allows her to create wonderful and complex characters who you can’t help but root for.  The heroine is an Autistic woman (#ownvoices) with a chronic illness (rheumatoid arthritis) and the hero is Ren is an Shakespeare-loving Hockey player. Their relationship is so heartwarming! (Review + Amazon)

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 I read two brilliant books that instantly became new favorites:

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune: This book was adorable. The stars of this were definitely the children, they were cute and funny and just lovable. Also, the main character, Linus, was so sweet and his character development in this book was amazing. I love the relationship Linus forms with the kids and how good he is to them. This is such a hopeful book and it made me so happy. Also, there’s a heartwarming m/m romance. (Review + Amazon)

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: This book is creepy, atmospheric, and disturbing; and the writing is brilliant, beautiful, and captivating. This book has a very three-dimensional and flawed main character and I absolutely rooted for her the entire time,  and the villains are so well crafted. This book includes a very frustrating but interesting depiction of eugenics and a fascinating exploration of sexism and colonialism. (Review + Amazon)

 What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?

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Summer Reading Recommendations

Hi everyone! Before starting this post, 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.

Now onto the post! Summer is almost here and I wanted to put together a list of books that I think are great summer reads. When thinking about perfect books to read in the summer, 3 things come to mind for me:

  1. Light and fun romantic comedies
  2. Highly entertaining fantasy books
  3. Smart mysteries

So today, I have 3 recommendations for each of those categories:

LIGHT & FUN ROM-COMS

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

If there is a book more perfect for the summer than this one, I haven’t read it! This is a fun romance novel where the two main characters are fake dating because the heroine needs to look good in front of her family during a vacation to Key West, and before long, things turn all to real between the main characters. If you enjoy romance books that include complicated family dynamics, this one is for you! (Full review)

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

A hilarious second chance romance between two main characters who are engaged and want to call off the wedding but whoever does it has to pay for it, so the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks and sabotage to get the other one to it call off. If you like funny, slow-burn, hate to love romances, this one is a great choice for the summer!

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

A highly entertaning romance book about a wedding planner who gets left at the altar because the best man convinced the groom not to get married. Worst of all, she ends up having to work with the best man to get her dream job. This book includes Brazilian culture in a great and seamless way and a fantastic hate to love romance. If that sounds interesting to you, give this book a chance!

HIGHLY ENTERTAINING FANTASY BOOKS

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary is a YA fantasy book inspired by the Spanish Inquisition about a young woman that was kidnapped and used for her magical powers, before being rescued by a rebel group, and who has to go back to her captors in order to defeat them. This book has an intricate magic system, vivid characters, twist and turns that will keep you at the edge of your sit and an ending that will leave you wanting more. (Full review)

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

A young woman accidentaly rescues the Mayan god of death from imprissionment and ends up having to go in a life changing journey with him to save both of their lives. The Mayan mythology in this book is captivating and lush and the mix of the mythological elements and the ‘modernity’ of the Jazz Age gave this story a unique touch. If you are looking for a fantasy story that’s different to anything you have read before, check out this one!

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

A wizard detective has to work with the Chicago police to fight evil that most people don’t even believe exist. This book has an interesting magic system and magical creatures (vampire, demons and evil wizards make an apperance), and a compelling mystery element. This book is so entertaining and fast paced that it’s perfect for the summer. If you like both fantasy and crime novels, I think you’ll enjoy this one!

SMART MYSTERIES

I See You by Claire Mackintosh

A woman sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper and she is determined to find out why it’s there. Then the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make. If you enjoy twisty and gripping mysteries, this book is for you!

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that someone has been murdered and nothing is what it seems, so Detective Poirot who was aboard the ships has to find out who is the murderer. Soon to be a movie, this Agatha Christie book is perfect for fans of mysteries revolving around love, jelousy and betrayal.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A child goes missing and turns up death, this is the story of how her parents and siblings deal with the grief and loss and how all the things that they don’t tell each other start to come up. This book explores very important and heavy subjects in a subtle and brilliant way. Some of the topics it explores are parent/children relationships and the weight of expectations as well as the different ways in which women and people of color experience otherness. If you are looking for a mystery that will make you think, this one is perfect for you!

What books do you think are perfect for the summer? What genres do you like to read during the summer?

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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.

 What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?

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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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