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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August 2019 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! August was a really good month especially since we announced the second edition of the Latinx Book Bingo, which will take place form September 15 to October 15. Reading wise, I feel like I got back on track after not reading much in July. So I’m excited to share some of my thoughts for the 13 books I read this month:

Diverse Romance

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): This was a fast, steamy and sweet read with a interesting female protagonist. Black main character and Black author (full review).

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I loved the female protagonist, I had some issues with the guy at the beginning but at the end he turned out to be sweet and they had lots of chemestry. Afro-Latinx main character and Afro-Latinx author.

Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I really liked both main characters in this one and their chemestry was great. Also, I really like the way this incorporated discussion about diversity and representation in Hollywood. Black hero and Afro-Latinx author.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (3,7 stars): I enjoyed this book and I think it touches important subjets, but I couldn’t really get fully into the story at any point. Black heroine and Samoan hero.

Only for a Night by Naima Simone (3,7 stars): This is a short novella and it’s really, really steamy! Even if it’s mainly sex scenes, there’s enough of the character’s backstory to make evident the connection and love between them. Black author.

Romance

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam (3,6 stars): This book was both steamy and sweet, my only issue is that it relied too much in miscomunication (full review)

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone (3,5 stars): This was really steamy and really angsty, my main issue with it was that guy got a bit too posessive for my taste (full review)

Temporary Groom by J.S. Scott (2,8 stars): The writing in this was terrible and I only finished it because it was so short.

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely (3,8 stars): This book was fun, steamy and angsty and I would totally recommend it!

Others

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (3 stars): This poetry collections deals mainly with mental illness and it does it well, but I would say the only outstanding poem is “Explaining Depression to my Mother”, the one that went viral, everything else is just ok. 

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (4,5 stars): This was amazing, there was an underlining tension thorughout this book that made it really hard to put down because I was always waiting for something bad to happen. I loved how complex the relationships in this were and the ending was heartbreaking. I can’t wait for the next book.

Nocturna by Maya Montayne (4 stars): I really enjoyed this book, I liked the main characters, I loved the way Spanish was incorporated and the way Latinx culture was reflected in the story. Also, the way this book addresses colonialism and its effects in the colonized countries is very interesting. My only issue is that I think the pacing could have been better.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (3,8 stars): This was a fast and entertaining read, but the mystery left something to be desired and I was so confused the entire time and I was left confused after I finished. Still, I loved Holmes and Watson and their complicated, angsty relationship. I read this as part of a buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts

How was your reading in August? Any new favorite books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? 
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May 2019 Wrap Up: Romance Books & My Favorite Latinx Book of the Year So Far

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! May was really busy, hard month for me because of school stuff, but I’m so glad I still managed to read 12 books in the middle of everything else. I’m also excited about the fact that with this post I’ll be up to date with my wrap ups…yay!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes (3,6 stars): I really liked this book, it’s fun and entertaining and it has great characters. It was written by a latinx author, it has latinx characters and it’s based on Mayan mythology, which is amazing. I just had issues with the amount of internalized ableism.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (5 stars): This book made me sob, it was so good and so bittersweet, the writing was incredible and the book took a turn that I wasn’t expecting. One of my favorite books so far this year.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (3,6 stars): I finally read one of Flynn’s book and I actually enjoyed it. Not a lot happens, I was expecting more investigation and discovery, and all the reveals are at the end, but it’s short and captivating enough.

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in this One by Amanda Lovelace (3 stars): I didn’t really find any poem in this that was particulary especial or that resonated with me. They were all just ok.

ROMANCE 

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (4 stars): This is probably my favorite Christina Lauren book. It’s a enemies to lovers, fake dating romance, with a ridiculous premise that works so well. There’s so much tension between the characters and there whole time in Hawai is fun and entertaining and when they are no longer in Hawaii things get a bit more angsty, but the story is still great.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (3,7 stars): This book has #ownvoices autistic rep, which I appreciated. But I had a few issues with the book, the main character, Esme, frustrated me a lot and also the secrets and the power imbalance in the relationship didn’t sit well with me. The story ended up having had a sweet ending that I liked and I enjoyed the huge vietnamese family in this book, their scene were really entertaining and funny. 

Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau (3,6 strars): More fake dating romances because they are my faves. Great chemestry between the characters, VERY grumpy hero, really steamy book.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (4 stars): The whole concept of this book is so unique and entertaining. I loved the stick notes that the characters used to communicate and how they got to know each other through them. But more than the sweet romance, I was impressed by the way this portrayed the experience of  someone coming out of an emotionally abusive relationship. Trigger warnings for gaslighting, emotional abuse and stalking

Rookie Movie by Sarina Bowen (3,8 stars): Second chance romance with an amazing hero that doesn’t play games, he’s honest and sweet. Amazing chemestry between the characters and swoon worthy romance. Trigger warning for mention of sexual assault.

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen (3,7 stars): The relationship between the characters in this book is so interesting and captivating. There’s the perfect amount of angst and indecision about getting together. I really liked the way flashbacks were used to show their relationship through the years.

Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars): I loved both of the main characters, their chemestry and the sexual tension. This was a fun, steamy read with a enemies to lovers, kind of second chance romance.

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely (3,5 stars): The characters were sweet, but the chemestry wasn’t completely there and the obstacules they faced were minimal. Also, there are chapters told from a cat’s perpective, which is a bit weird and it doesn’t entirely work with the story.

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December 2018 Wrap Up: Queer Lit Readathon, Smutathon & Shortathon

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Life Update 
  • December was such an amazing month. I went on a trip to Barcelona with my best friend and we had an amazing time. There are so many things to do and it’s such a vibrant and beautiful city, it’s a new favorite place for me.  We were there for only 4 days and I really want to go back some day!
  • Since I’m living in Spain and I had to spend Christmas and New Year’s eve away from my family that is back in Colombia, my best friend and I planned a trip to Paris for Christmas, then Milan and then Rome for New Year’s Eve (Spoilers for January:  I also went to Florence and Venice at the beginning of 2019, I just got home yesterday!). Paris is my new favorite city, I had the best time there, we stayed for 6 days and got to see so much of that beautiful place. I can’t wait to go back!
  • Even after traveling so much, I managed to read the 16 books that I needed to complete my goal of reading 150 books in 2018, so that’s really exciting as well!
What I Read
Queer Lit Readathon

 

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (3,6 stars) 

It took me a while to get into this books, I didn’t really enjoy the first part of it, but once it got to part two, I found it a very cute read. (full review)

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (4 stars)

I really enjoyed this book, I think it was interesting that instead of a coming out story, this was about a trans girl living her life. I liked the way this book explored the relationships between Amanda and her parents and the way those relationships developed.  I think the main conflict was a bit unnecessary and I wish things could have gone differently, but overall this was a great read.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera  (3,8 stars) 

It took me a while to get into this book, but when both of the main characters finally meet it gets better. While I didn’t really feel the chemistry, overall I really liked their relationship and I think the way they both grew in this book was amazing. I don’t understand what was the point of the chapters told from other people’s perspectives, since I didn’t feel like they added anything to the story, but nontheless, I fount his to be a thought provoking book.

Smutathon

 

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3 stars) 

This was just ok, sadly the writing style wasn’t for me and I felt like the characters had no chemistry, they had their sweet moments though.

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely (3,7stars) 

This was a short and fun read, steamy and low on angst. The fake relationship trope is one of my favorites and that part of the story was really well done. Also, the fact that this was friends to lovers made it even better. The characters had so much chemistry and I really enjoyed their interactions.

Mister O by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars)

After reading Big Rock, I wanted to read the sequel right away. I really liked this couple, their dynamic is playfull and fun and they have lots of chemistry. This book handles the best friend’s little sister trope really well, because it avoids the whole ‘you’re my best friend but you don’t deserve my sister’ narrative.

 

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (3,7 stars) 

At first I thought I wasn’t gonna like this, because the prince in this story comes off as a entitled jerk, but at the end I enjoyed seeing his development. I really liked the fact that the main character was a woman in STEM and I think the topic of sexism in her field was handled really well. My problem with this was that the last part of the book goes in a weird direction and it didn’t worked that well for me.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (4 stars) 

I really enjoyed reading about Josh and Lucy’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did it so well. I really liked Josh as a love interest, he is introduced as an asshole, but ends up being such a soft guy and I want to cry just thinking about it!

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata (4 stars) 

This is the most beautiful enemies to friends to lovers relationship of all times. The main character, Jasmine, goes through so much character development and it’s amazing, and she and Ivan are perfect for each other. I usually don’t get crushes in fictional characters, but I have a huge crush on Ivan Lukov.

Shortathon

 

Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett (3,4 stars) 

I had low expectations for this one, but I found it entertaining and it actually left me intrigued about the next books in this series. A short and steamy romance, it has good characters and it has low levels of angst.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (4 stars)

This was so relatable!!! I really enjoyed this one, it was cute and funny and I wanted to take pictures of so many pages and send them to my friends.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert (3 stars) 

My main problem with this was that I didn”t understand why the characters got together, they had cero chemistry and honestly the guy was a jerk most of the time and it was excused because of his tragic past. Also, the writing wasn’t for me. At the end, it got better and when the guy wasn’t being a jerk, they actually had some nice moments, but nothing beyond that.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks & Kurt Busiek (3 stars) 

This was ok, it did nothing especial, but it was entertaining. I honestly don’t have anything else to say about it.

 

Soft on Soft by Em Ali (4 stars) 

This was so adorable and soft. I loved both of the main characters and their relationship, even if I did feel like they got together out of nowhere. A f/f romance that I would totally recommend!

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman (3 stars)

This is a f/f romance novella and I think it was ok, it had some cute moments, but I felt like it tried to cover too much in very few pages and somethings felt both unnecessary and unresolved.

For Every One by Jason Reynolds (4,5 stars) 

I really enjoyed this book, it was the perfect book to end the year because it left me feeling hopeful. A beautiful book written in verse about working to accomplish your dreams and not giving up.

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