September 2022 mid-month wrap up: two weeks full of mysteries

The Latinx Book Bingo starts today!!! Because of that, this is my wrap-up of the first 2 weeks of September. Weirdly, I only wanted to read and watch mystery/thiller books and shows, so that’s what I did and I had a lot of fun doing it.

The Appeal by Janice Hallett (4 stars): At first, I wasn’t sure if the epistolary format was going to work for me, but I ended up getting used to it and enjoying the book. The beginning – which was just correspondence between people involved in the case- wasn’t that fun, but once the interns of the law firm get more involved and we get their theories and commentary on the case, the book got more interesting to me. While the resolution was a bit predictable, I think that was the point, that the reader could solve it. Also, there were still a few details that I didn’t see coming or wasn’t able to figure out.

The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda (4 stars): I really liked the writing in this book, the tension that was present throughout the story, how atmospheric it was, and the isolated, cold, dark setting. I felt a lot of dread while reading this and there was a strong sense of anticipation, which I appreciated. The ending wasn’t mind-blowing, but I was satisfied with it.

I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (3,5 stars): I appreciate all the research that went into this book, I knew nothing of the Golden State Killer so this was a really interesting read. At the same time, the fact that the events weren’t in chronological order, that the book skipped certain parts, and jump around so much, made following the events that took place, the different victims, and the evidence very difficult. I often felt a bit lost in the first half of the book. The second half which focused on the investigation in the 2010s was a lot easier to read. Still, this was very well-written, the author did a great job of providing an unflinching but compassionate look at the events, and it was a quick read despite the fact that there was so much information to convey.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (3.5 stars): The first half of this was 5 stars and the second was 3 stars. I loved the mystery within the mystery, which it’s told in the first half. It was very reminiscent of Agatha Christie, who I love, it was entertaining, it had compelling characters and an interesting story. Unfortunately, when we switched to the storyline set in modern times, I found it really hard to get invested in that story since I was enjoying the other one so much, I didn’t find the characters as compelling and I guessed the resolution to the “real life” mystery early on. Also, once we finally went back and learned the resolution of the “fictional” mystery, I didn’t feel as invested. Still, overall it was an enjoyable read and I will continue with the series.

As I mentioned, this month my obsession with mysteries and thrillers books, also carried over what I was watching and since this wrap up is shorted than normal I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on what I watched:

Only Murders in the Building – Season 2 (4 stars): Honestly I watch this show because it’s entertaining, it has its funny moments, the characters are easy to root for, and even with people getting murdered, it’s lighthearted. The performances of the entire cast were felt very earnest and the writing was excellent.

I’ll be Gone in the Dark (4.5 stars): I really enjoyed this docuseries, the mix between the story of the Golden State Killer and the story of the author of the book worked better in the documentary than in the book. Also, the documentary followed the chronological order a lot more closely and it had images and graphic representations of places, routes, and timelines, which made the story easier to follow. Moreover, the fact that there were interviews with the victims and detectives added so much depth. Lastly, the fact that they caught the killer while they were filming this, was incredible because it allowed them to give some sort of resolution to the narrative.

The Spinster and the Rake by Eva Devon (3 stars): 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 really liked the interactions between the main characters but I didn’t feel invested, and since not a lot happened plot-wise, I was a bit bored reading this.

What are the best and worst books you have read so far this month?

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August 2022 Wrap Up: reading lots of anticipated releases

I had such a good reading month, I didn’t love everything I read but I didn’t dislike any of the books either. Even the 3 stars I would recommend because I had a good time reading them. So I’m counting it as a win!

Here are my (very extensive) thoughts on the books I read this month:

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (4 stars): I really liked this, it made me feel so much dread, there were so many creepy and disturbing things in this book, and the wait for something bad to happen was anxiety-inducing. I appreciated that the two main characters were not idiots or foolishly brave, they were complex, interesting characters. The only thing I had a small issue is that the “chase” at the end dragged a lit bit. 

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (4.5 stars): This was a quick read, it kept me engaged and the ending was really satisfying, which is hard to in short horror books. It wasn’t scary, but there were a few unnerving moments.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (4 stars): This is a quick read and a very interesting book. As always, Silvia Moreno-García manages to include important topics and conversations in this book, I appreciated that it portrayed misogyny and it addressed the way forced labor was performed by indigenous people in Mexico during the nineteenth century. Also, really liked the setting and how atmospheric this was, and the fact that Moreno- García presents us with flawed and complex characters who make the wrong choices and who are not the type of character that appears in novels often. The concept of this, the way it reimages The Island of Doctor Moreau but sets it in Mexico and the twist of that storyline were all incredible. Overall, I really enjoyed this and it kept me interested even if I wish I was a bit more invested in the story while reading it.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (3.5 stars): It took me a long time to get into this, mainly because the main character was so confused in the beginning that it made it hard to connect with him and he changed bodies so often and most of the people that he had to live as were terrible, so I didn’t feel invested in the characters. I even contemplated DNFing this, but after a while, the mystery was so interesting to me that I really wanted to find out what was going on and I ended up feeling invested in the story even if I was not invested in the characters. 

Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews (4 stars): This book was a good finale for this trilogy, I couldn’t put this down, I found it really entertaining and I loved finding out how everything wrapped up. As always, the world and magic systems in this series are fantastic, it has a super compelling cast of characters, I love the family dynamics and the romance between Catalina and Alessandro was also really good. I wish it was a bit less action-packed, there were mini-action scenes happening all the time because there were like a thousand minor villains and a lot of storylines needed to be wrapped up, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (4 stars): I had such a hard getting into this book because the beginning is confusing and nonsensical but not in a whimsical way, instead in a very dense and scientific way and I just found that to be a bit boring. Nonetheless, a little before the halfway point when the mystery of this world starts to be revealed, I started to really enjoy the story and feel very fascinated by it. The mystery, the different people involved, the history behind what’s going on, all of it is very intriguing and entertaining to read about. After things are revealed to the reader, it was a bit frustrating to see Piranesi stumbling in the dark but he eventually discovers the truth and the story gets even better from there. The speculative elements of the story mixed with a very scientific and philosophical approach to them make the concept feel very unique and interesting.

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (4.5 stars): While it took me a little bit to get into this, I was sold on it once the characters started to interact more about 60 pages in. I loved the characters, seeing them slowly bond and clear up misunderstandings, how much Levi adored Bee, the chemistry and tension between them, and the smutty scenes. The only issue I had with this was the over-the-top ending that seemed like something taken out of an action movie that came out of nowhere.

Don’t Go Baking My Heart by N.G. Peltier (4.5 stars): This is the best representation of the grumpy/sunshine trope I have read. At first, they were a bit frustrating, especially the hero. Still, throughout the book the character development of the two main characters was outstanding and it ended up being really easy to root for them. The chemistry, tension, and slow development of their relationship were all great. Also, the steamy scenes were great.

The Godparent Trap by Rachen Van Dyken (3 stars): I have mixed feelings about this. The hero in this book is such a jerk to the heroine, and while he was grieving, she was also grieving and she wasn’t a jerk, and he started being mean to her since before everything happened and the explanation for it didn’t completely work for me. Nonetheless, once he stopped being a jerk, I actually liked the romance, it was really sweet. I also really enjoyed the relationship between the main characters and the two kids, that part was sweet and the way parenthood was depicted felt very realistic. Unfortunately, the steamy scenes weren’t that steamy.

For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa (3 stars): This is truly a hate-to-love story, these two characters really hate each other at the beginning and I appreciated that. Nonetheless, while the main characters had a lot of chemistry and I could understand the physical attraction, I felt like they went very quickly and without reason from hating each other to being comfortable and vulnerable with each other, which didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Also, the very public apologies and grand gestures are not something I like in my romance, and even less so, if it’s done without talking to the other person about the issues first. But beyond all that, I have to admit that I did enjoy the cute and romantic moments and the steamy scenes were good. I also appreciated the anxiety rep, the fake dates and “fake” PDA, and the way this used google searches and tweets, which worked really well to see the reaction of the public to their romance.

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn (3.5 stars): It took me a long time to get into this, mainly because there was no mystery for the first half of the book. The mystery mentioned in the synopsis gets solved really quickly and then the real mystery started around the 50% mark. So not a lot happens in the first half. The second half of the book was a lot better, I was interested in the mystery and I liked that the main characters had some personal stakes in it, which I felt was something missing in the previous book in the series. Also, I really liked Veronica and Stoker as always, even if I wanted a bit more Stoker in this book. The final bit with all the angst between them was really good. I’m excited about where their story is going next.

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

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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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June 2022 Wrap Up: an amazing sci-fi book, lots of romance, and more

Hi everyone! I can’t believe June is over and my reading slump is still here. In June, I managed to read a bit more than what I have read in previous months and I actually enjoyed most of what I read, but I think I’m still in a slump because I spent so many days without reading and then I get a little bit of motivation to read and I end up finishing a bunch of books in a row. So my desire to read goes up and down, and I’m getting really frustrated because it’s been over a year since this weird reading slump started and I have never had a slump that was so long and I’m not sure what to do to get out of it. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

Still, since June was a better reading month than I was expecting, I’m excited to share my thought on the books I managed to read:

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (4.5 stars): The political maneuvering and intrigue in this book are fantastic, the characters are so clever and interesting, and the worldbuilding is complex without being hard to understand. I also appreciated that this book went in directions that I wasn’t expecting and there were a couple surprising twists that kept it interesting.

My favorite thing about this is definitely the discussion about loving and enjoying a culture that it’s imposing itself on your own culture in a way. This hits close to home for me because I think anyone that lives in Latin America understands how the desire to imitate the way of life of the United States is so prevalent here, how we measure ourselves against American ideals all the time, and how much media produced in the States we consume and love. And all of these things happen, while we know how deeply flawed and messed up a lot of this “culture” and ideals are, and how they don’t entirely fit us. This book is thought-provoking and a great conversation starter about this topic.

From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper (4 stars): while I enjoyed the first book more than this one and found it more memorable, this still is an entertaining and well-written story. I found the mystery that the main characters were trying to solve intriguing and for the most part, I was very engaged in the investigation process. Nonetheless, the investigation dragged a little bit in the middle, it took too much focus away from the romance for my personal preference, and the resolution was a bit underwhelming.

I really liked the main characters and the romance between them, they had good chemistry and banter. It was fun to see the characters learn to understand each other, resolve the misunderstandings that have led them to be “nemesis” and finally give in to the attraction between them. The world-building and the secondary characters add so much to the story, getting to learn more about the different types of magic in this world as well as the history of the different magical families was really interesting.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (4 stars): I really liked the main characters in this book, it has a relatable heroine and swoony hero, and I loved their relationship, the chemistry and the banter were great. I loved seeing them work together editing a book and seeing them bond over their love for books. This book is very meta and it works so well. Also, the writing as always with Emily Henry was really good.

Nonetheless, there’s a big subplot involving the main character’s relationship with her sister, and while I appreciated seeing the main character deal with the sense of responsibility she felt over making sure her sister was happy, it was a bit frustrating how they went on this trip to connect but they didn’t have that many interactions because they were avoiding important conversations and it wasn’t until the very end when everything blew up and it was solved really quickly, which felt odd when this conflict was such a big part of the book. I ended up liking the resolution, I just wish it happened a bit earlier and it didn’t feel so rushed.

Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron ( 4 stars): At first, I wasn’t completely into it because despite the change in the time period and the addition of diversity, it was too similar to the original Emma and I was a little bit bored. Also, there was a point where it felt like all these characters were in high school, even when they were in their late 20s and early 30s. Nonetheless, from the very beginning, what I loved about this book was Kamila and Rohan and their relationship, they had so much chemistry and the banter was great.

After a while, my hesitation went away and I was so into the story. This covered a lot of deeper subjects than I was expecting, especially about mental health within Asian communities. Moreover, the characters, even the secondary ones, ended up being a lot more complex than I was expecting. But, the main reason I ended up loving this was the way the relationship between Kamila and Rohan developed: the angsty moments, the connection and care between them, the slow admission of their feelings… I loved everything about it.

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake (4 stars): This was so delightful. My favorite things about this book are: how three-dimensional all the characters are, how all of them have things they need to work through, and how it includes different types of dynamics and relationships between characters which made this book really engaging. Overall, this book was entertaining and well-written, the main characters had great chemistry, there were some really steamy scenes, and all the other storylines – outside the romance plot- worked really well and were seamlessly integrated to make a complex, emotional and satisfying story.

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins (4 stars): I really enjoy the fake dating/ fake engagement trope and this version of that trope was so well and fun to read. The relationship between d’Vaughn and Kris developed in a short period of time but it felt realistic because of the way they were there for each other, how supportive they were, how well they communicated, and the amount of sweet and steamy moments we got. while there were things they had to work through, I really appreciated that they TALKED about things and communicated with each other, so everything was resolved so maturely and there were no unnecessary conflicts or break ups. Also, the addition of the main character’s families to the story was fantastic, because they were so hilarious and chaotic. The only thing I had a small issue with is that it got really cheesy at points, especially towards the end.

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren (3 stars): While this book wasn’t for me, it is a well-written, fun action-adventure book with a little romance that I think a lot of people will enjoy. The reason this didn’t work for me is that I wasn’t sold on the second-chance romance, because the book relies way too much on their connection from the few months that they spent together 10 years ago. Beyond the physical attraction, there wasn’t much more to their relationship in the present time, they had a couple of heartfelt conversations and that was it. And even the few times they remember their time together in the past, they always remember how good the sex was and nothing else. So I really didn’t see their emotional connection.

In the beginning, I thought I was going to enjoy the treasure hunt aspect of the book because there were unexpected twists and turns, but 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.

The Maid by Nita Prose (3.5 stars): I’m not sure what to say about this book. On one hand, I found it entertaining, well-written, humorous, and a fast read. On the other hand, all of the characters were kind of one-dimensional and Molly felt at times like a caricature of an autistic person. Also, she was so clueless and naive and she kept digging a bigger hole for herself and it got to a point where it became frustrating because it wasn’t realistic and it was almost like the author was making her act like someone stupid or making her act out of character just to further the plot. While reading it, I actually really enjoyed the book, but after finishing it and giving it some thought I had some issues that prevent me from giving it a higher rating.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (3 stars): This is a very well-written book where Didion discusses grief and mourning in a really insightful way. I was captivated by how she talked about her relationship with her husband during their 40 years together, his death’s impact on her and her daughter’s illness, and how she coped and lived through it while grieving her husband.

Nonetheless, I have to say that this got slow at some points and it felt a bit 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)

Break your glass slippers by Amanda Lovelace (2 stars): Amanda Lovelace’s books have always been very hit or miss for me, but the last few that I have read have been all 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.

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

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May 2022 Wrap Up: a month of reading books by Asian authors that I really enjoyed

Hi everyone! Another month is gone and we are halfway through the year already, I can’t believe it. While I’m sad to say that my weird reading slump is still very much here, I managed to read some good books in May that I want to talk about. Since it was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I only read books by Asian authors, nonetheless, I do want to point out that I only read books by Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Arabic authors, so I definitely need to do a better job of reading more books by Pacific Islander authors and authors from other Asian countries.

Let’s talk about the books I read in May:

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (4 stars): this was an interesting and thought-provoking book about womanhood in Korea. It addresses so many different topics from beauty standards, the obsession with plastic surgery, sex work, society’s double standards for men and women, sexism in the workplace, disability, and so much more. While all of it is interesting, focusing on such a wide array of subjects means that there’s not too much depth in the way that they are discussed. Nonetheless, it’s still a worthwhile read.

The book has 5 main characters, even if only 4 of them have chapters told from their pov, and the choice of narrators is a bit odd. Overall, there was one character that had a captivating storyline, two characters whose storylines were ok, one that I didn’t particularly like, and one I wish we got more from. The ending felt a bit rushed, and since this book was slice-of-life, most storylines felt unfinished by the end but there were glimmers of hope for the future of the characters, which I appreciated. 

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (4 stars): This is a quick, engaging, and emotional read, that manages to be both hopeful and bittersweet at the same time. It includes interconnected short stories that explore relationships facing different challenges: a couple splitting up for external reasons and lack of communication, a marriage fading away due to dementia, two sisters that missed their chance to understand each other, and a mother and a daughter who are destined to meet only briefly. All these stories are captivating and impactful, and I appreciated what each one was trying to say about the human experience. The time travel element with all its rules is captivating and I especially liked how the characters couldn’t change anything when they travel through time, but traveling through time changed their perception and through that, it changed the present.

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee (3 stars): The beginning of this was so good, I really liked both of the main characters, and their banter and sexual tension were amazing. This doesn’t really have a plot but I’m usually ok with that as long as the relationship is fun to read about, the problem is that at first the relationship was fun but it lost me like halfway through. Also, the writing wasn’t the best, especially because the dialogue was cringy and stilted at times.

But my main problem with this is that the depth of the main characters’ feelings at the end didn’t match the amount of time they spent together or the experiences they shared, it wasn’t believable to me. Moreover, a trope was used at the end, and while I don’t hate this trope in itself, the way it was used here didn’t work at all, also there was so much miscommunication at the end and the protagonists acted so out of character, so it was a very frustrating ending.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (4 stars): I loved the way this book explored so many difficult subjects from the wonderful and complicated relationship between the author and her mother, to how difficult it was to cope with her mother’s illness and death, the author’s grief after losing her mother, the role food played in her relationship with her mother and Korean culture, the hardships of being a biracial person in America and so much more. This was very well written, it was emotional and hard-hitting, it made me tear up, and overall it was an excellent memoir.

White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad (4 stars): This book does a great job of exploring the link between white feminism and the oppression of women of color. The author’s points are well made and interesting, due in part to the use of examples from different time periods and of women of different backgrounds. At the same time, while I appreciated that the author tried to address each point she made from a lot of different perspectives, sometimes this made the book feel a bit repetitive and it felt like it was more focused on including a wide range of experiences than on having a more in-depth discussion of the points she was making. Still, this was thought-provoking, well researched and a needed read for all of us.

Home body by Rupi Kaur (4 stars): This collection addresses a lot of different topics from sexual assault, love, racism, trauma, community and much more. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t read a Rupi Kaur book in a while, but my perception is that she is a lot more explicit while addressing some heavy topics. This feels like a gut punch at times. Just like any poetry collection, there are some poems that are better than others but overall this is raw, powerful, and beautifully written

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

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April 2022 Wrap Up: a very meh reading month

In this post, I’m going to talk about the books I read in April, but before that, I wanted to talk about blogging. Because I thought April was going to be the month I came back to blogging consistently but I have had so much work, which makes me feel tired all the time and so uninspired to blog, so posting consistently didn’t happen. Nonetheless, I’m hopeful that May is going to be a great blogging month for me because we finally hired someone to fill a position that has been vacant on my team at work and I’m hoping that is going to reduce my workload a lot and I’ll have the energy and motivation to start blogging more.

With that out of the way, I’ll share my thoughts on the books I read in April:

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (3 stars): this was ok, it was entertaining enough and a quick read but not too memorable. I didn’t dislike the characters, but I know Sophie is a lot of people’s favorite heroine in this series and I thought she was just fine. And Benedict was a little self-centered and spoiled but he was nice and caring sometimes too. I think my main problem with this is that, since it was a cinderella retelling, the relationship starts with instant attraction and connection and I didn’t feel like there was enough relationship development beyond that. Also, I feel like the power dynamics weren’t handled well enough at some points. I did like the ending, Mrs. Bridgerton was a great character in this book, I loved seeing glimpses of the other Bridgertons and I appreciated the way the storyline with the stepmother and stepsisters was wrapped up.

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (3.5-4 stars): I was really looking forward to this book but I was nervous because I kept hearing really mixed things about it. I’m happy to say that I ended up enjoying this. Penelope is a great character, my favorite so far in the series, and I loved her development in this book as well as the relationship she developed with Lady Danbury. Colin was a good character even if I had some issues with his jealousy and attitude at the end of the book. This does a good job of establishing the relationship between Colin and Penelope at the beginning as close acquaintances and then the transition to being friends. Their conversations and dynamics were amazing and seeing Colin realize how fantastic Penelope is was wonderful. My main issue is that the last part of the book dragged because it felt like the romance plotline was concluded but they still needed to reveal who Lady Whistledown was so the book kept going. Also, that last part was focused on Colin’s insecurities and jealousy and I didn’t find that interesting.

Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood (4 stars): This was good, a solid novella, but I think it’s my least favorite of this series. It was entertaining, a quick read, and it had some pretty good steamy scenes. I really liked Ian, I think he was swoony, I liked their relationships and while I didn’t love Hannah as a character, she was alright. I think the reason this is my least favorite is that I wish there was a bit more to the storyline of their past together.

Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski (4 stars): This was a lot better than the previous book mainly because we saw a lot more of Geralt. I wish that didn’t mean that we basically didn’t see Yennefer and saw very little of Ciri (even tho I didn’t like her storyline in this book so I didn’t want more of it). This book is heavy on the political intrigue which I enjoy so I didn’t have a problem with it and I actually found it very entertaining, but I can see why some people may find this book boring. There’s not a lot of plot beyond getting people to where they need to be and other people making alliances. I did like the new characters that were introduced and the unlikely group that Geralt ends up traveling with, who are part of the main storyline in this book. The one thing that bothered me is the absurd amount of sexual violence against women that was included in this book, while I know sexual violence during a war is common, it felt almost gratuitous at times.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (4 stars): This was a whimsical and nonsensical short story that was very well-written, really captivating, and fast-paced, in the sense that things kept happing in quick succession and there wasn’t much time to dwell on them. It had the sinister tone of old fairytales and the images that are included contributed to the oddness of the book. The theme or the point of the book is not entirely clear and I think it may need more than one reading to see it, but the ending gives a solid clue about the deeper meaning behind the story.

A Cruelty Special to Our Species by Emily Jungmin Yoon (4 stars): This was incredibly powerful. Emily Jungmin Yoon focuses mainly on the experiences of “comfort women”, which were Korean women forced into sexual slavery during the Japanese occupation of Korea in World War II. The poems related to this topic were the highlight of the collection, they were raw, impactful, and really hard to read at times. Also, there were some other good poems about Emily’s experience as a Korean-American woman. While most of the collection was fantastic, there were a few poems that didn’t work quite so well and some that even felt out of place in the collection. Nonetheless, this is a collection that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys poetry.

Vulnerable AF by Tarriona Ball (3 stars): This was ok. I actually ended up enjoying the short prose pieces much more than the poetry. Besides a couple of standout poems, the rest were just fine.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (3 stars): I didn’t enjoy this nearly as much as I enjoyed the other two books that I have read by this author. I wasn’t that interested in the beginning of this book when she talked about her childhood but once she gets to her college/ adult life I started to enjoy it a lot more. The fact that every story revolved one way or another around animals (dead or alive) was something that I didn’t love about this wither. But I appreciated the way she talked about mental health, miscarriages, relationships, and motherhood in such a frank and witty way. Nonetheless, I had issues with some of her jokes (about sexual assault, eating disorders, race) which crossed lines at certain points.

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

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March 2022 Wrap Up | A month for romances and cozy mysteries

Hi everyone! I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting that much lately, but I have been feeling a little uninspired, I come up with ideas for posts but none of them make me excited so I have been struggling to make myself write posts, but I feel like I’m finally getting over that feeling.

In March, I read a lot less than last month but I’m ok with it because while I read 17 books in February, I didn’t watch any movies and I finished only 3 kdramas. This month I read a lot less, only 9 books, but I watched 9 movies and I finished 8 kdramas. So I feel like I’m striking a balance between all of my interests. My wrap-ups for movies and kdramas are coming soon.

But for now, here are my thoughts on the books I read in March:

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (4.5 stars): It’s been a while since I read a Christina Lauren book, but I’m so glad I decided to read this one. I read the whole thing in one sitting and loved it. This book not only has an interesting premise, but it also has great main and secondary characters, and the couple has really good chemistry, I enjoyed their conversations and seeing them slowly get to know each other. The only reason this is not a 5 stars book is that the conflict at the end felt a bit rushed and it didn’t quite work for me.

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata (4 stars): It’s been a while since I read a book by the queen of slow-burn romances, but this book absolutely reminded me why I love her books. By the time the main characters get together, you know why they like each other, you feel it’s right for them to be together, you witnessed them falling in love, there was no telling it was all showing and that makes you feel super invested in the relationship. This book has a heroine that it’s so nice and easy to root for, and the hero is grumpy but kind and considerate. Also, the hero has a son, and seeing him also establish his own relationship with the heroine was really special.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon (4 stars): This book feels very wholesome and lighthearted even when it deals with tough subjects like depression. It has two lovely, cinnamon roll main characters. Both of them are Jewish, Russell is a fat single dad and Ari has depression, and I feel like all of these parts of their identities are incorporated well into the story. They have a low angst relationship that naturally develops based on their incredible chemistry and the tension that builds between them. Also, this gets really steamy. The plot revolves around them trying to parent-trap their bosses, and while I enjoyed that storyline and the friendships that developed because of it, I’m glad that the author managed to balance it so it didn’t take over the story. Another interesting element was seeing Ari develop a relationship with Rusell’s daughter and I loved that they got along so well. The reason this is not a 5 stars read is that the conflict at the end felt cliche and it didn’t completely work for me.

Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood (4 stars): Ali Hazelwood’s voice is so captivating and fun to read, her humor works for me, I always find her characters compelling and entertaining, and the steamy scenes are great. This story relies on a misunderstanding and lack of communication, but since there are two timelines and only one of them deals with these issues, for me, they didn’t drag and I didn’t mind those aspects of the story.I know one of the main criticisms of Ali Hazelwood’s stories is that the protagonist are pretty similar and I’m not gonna lie, they are. But since it’s characters and dynamics that work for me, I don’t have an issue with it.

Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (3.5 stars): I liked this book more than the first one, which I know it’s an unpopular opinion. I loved Hannah and I actually really liked Fox too, even if his insecurities made him behave in ways that were a bit irritating. But overall, I really liked both main characters and I loved their relationship. The text conversations at the beginning of the book really helped to quickly create an idea of their friendship. I loved their deep conversations and how supportive they were of each other. Nonetheless, I had two main issues with this book. The first one is the pacing of the book and also the pacing of their relationship development, there was something about it that felt off, it was very stop-start and it didn’t flow. The second issue is that the conflict at the end needed to happen either sooner or not happened at all because the resolution felt rushed at the end.

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (3,5 stars): I have really complicated feelings about this book, there were things I liked and things I didn’t and I talk more about them in my full review

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano (4 stars): This was as fun and entertaining as the first book in the series, the characters are easy to root for and the relationships between them are one of the best things about these books, especially the friendship between Finlay and Vero. Nonetheless, while the first book was 5 stars because of how fresh it felt, this one lost that fresh element and felt like more of the same, which is a good thing since it has the same great humor and characters, but I think that’s why it’s not 5 stars. Also, I had a harder time suspending my disbelief because at this point the fact that Finlay has been caught is pretty ridiculous.

Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala (4 stars): This was a quick, captivating and entertaining read. It has a compelling and endearing cast of characters, and it’s interesting to see the way it includes the culture and food from the Philippines. The mystery was a bit predictable, but I liked how it addressed the trauma and ptsd of the main character after the events of the previous book. The one thing that really didn’t work for me in this was the romance, there was sort of a love triangle and while in the previous book there was more doubt of who the heroine liked more, it’s clear very early on in this book who she is leaning toward. The problem is that she has zero chemistry with that person, he came across as a sweet guy who is just a friend to her.

The Bitch by Pilar Quintana (3.5 stars): Pilar Quintana’s writing is great as always and she does some interesting things in this book. I liked the way she portrays the setting, this settlement on the Pacific coast of Colombia, while it’s very matter-of-fact and not overly descriptive, it’s successful in letting the reader see the complex realities of this territory and its inhabitants. I also enjoyed the complicated and almost visceral way it addresses motherhood. Nonetheless, there was something missing for me, I feel like I failed to grasp the meaning behind this.

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

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February 2022 Wrap Up | the best reading month I’ve had in a long time

I don’t think I have ever been this excited to write a wrap up, but after almost a year of a reading slump and not feeling like I loved reading as much as I used to, I’m finally back in a reading mood and it’s all thanks to a little challenge where I tried to read 100 pages every day for a week. After that challenge, I read so much and I loved most of the books immensely.

So, despite the fact that this blog post is late and my posting schedule went out of the window this week because work was wild and I had so much to do, I’m still really happy to share my thoughts on the 17 books I read in February!

Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood (5 stars): This was such a fun and quick read. It has forced proximity and “enemies” who are attracted to each other, slowly become friends, and then become so much more. This book makes the evolution of their relationship so believable and it manages to actually show them becoming more and more important to each other. Also, as a bonus, this is really steamy.

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper (5 stars): I loved the witchy small town, the magic tournament, the humor, the captivating characters, the lovely sapphic romance, the banter between the two main characters, and the personal journey the main character went through. (Full review)

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur (3.5 stars): I really liked the characters and their chemistry but the lack of communication got really annoying and the conflict was boring. (Full review)

Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones (3.5 stars): This was a quick, entertaining read with lots of steam. It’s a good friends-to-lovers story, but the one big issue is that there’s quite a bit of miscommunication.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (3 stars): Relatable main character, great friendships, and an interesting exploration of mental illness, but the writing wasn’t for me and the romance felt forced and awkward. (Full review)

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente (5 stars): This was so unexpectedly good! I thought it was gonna be a completely different story, but it’s so smart and quietly disturbing. (Full review)

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas (5 stars): This was a very slow, atmospheric book, it was strange and captivating. I was intrigued the entire time while reading and the ending had me at the edge of my seat. (Full review)

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (4 stars): Ilona Andrews did it again, once I started reading this I didn’t want to stop. Their books are always compulsively readble and fun. They also come up with the most interesting concept, this is a mix of fantasy and sci-fi full of vampires, werewolves, different types of aliens, magical inns, advanced technology and so much more. The main characters are easy to root for and captivating, and the little hints of the romance were enough to make me want more.

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (3.5 stars): While this was interesting, I was having trouble being fully invested in the story for the first 60% because the main character had no real personal stakes in the plot, so I felt a little detached. I also missed the love interest who doesn’t show up for most of the book. Nonetheless, the last part of the book was SO GOOD, the way everything came together and the main character acting like a badass were things I really enjoyed.

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (4 stars): I really enjoyed this, it was action-packed and so fun to read. The main characters were great as always, it had an amazing cast of side characters (both old and new), the plot was really interesting and I enjoyed the twist that happened at the end. While I really like the main couple and we got some intense, emotional moments between them, I wish there were a few more quiet, nice moments of them connecting and falling in love outside of life-threatening situations. Also, while I liked the side couple, I think the build-up was missing, it’s almost like they went from 0 to 100.

Angel of Khan el-Khalili and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djelí Clark (3.5 stars): Just like the first novella in the Dead Djinn Universe, both this short story and this novella showed glimpses of a fascinating and unique world and magic system and they had interesting characters. Nonetheless, the short format is simply not working for me with this series, still, I’m looking forward to reading the full-length novel.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (4 stars): this had an interesting concept, great main characters, good humor, a surprising change in direction, but it dragged so much at certain points. (Full review)

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (4 stars): Didn’t love the main character and found the beginning a bit boring but I liked the concept, the casual queerness, and the message about not tying your value to your job and productivity. (Full review)

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (4.5 stars): This is over the top, melodramatic and so fun. It’s not exactly a murder mystery, it’s more a story of how to get away with murder where things keep going wrong but in a really funny way. This has incredible main characters, the relationship between Meddy and the aunts is heartwarming but their bickering and rivalries are really funny at points too. There’s a second chance romance that’s a big part of the story, and while it was good, I think Nathan forgave Meddy way too easily and she should have groveled more.

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown (4 star): This was a really good collection of essays, it was an interesting, quick read. There weren’t many new ideas in it, but what made it special was the way the author addressed race and religion and the reluctance of some Christians to recognize their racism and put in the work to change. I’m not a religious person but I still found what Brown had to say really captivating and thought-provoking.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (4 stars): This short story collection is captivating, messy, and realistic. It talks mainly about queerness, womanhood, complicated mother/daughter relationships, and the intersections of these things with religion and faith. The writing is fantastic and, with the exception of one, I enjoyed every single story in this collection which almost never happens. My favorite stories were Eula, Peach Cobbler, Snowfall and How to Make Love to a Physics Professor.

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

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January 2022 Wrap Up: cozy mysteries, unique SFF reads, meh romances and some interesting horror and nonfiction

Hi everyone! it’s time for the first wrap-up of the year. I actually had a pretty good reading month in January both in terms of quantity and quality, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on the 10 books I read.

But before getting into the books, here are some posts I wrote in January in case you missed them:

Now, without further ado, here are the books I read in January:

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (3,5 stars): The first 40% of this was confusing and a little frustrating. It did get better after the 40% mark and the last 30-25% was actually really good. My main issue was not that it was confusing, it was that I had a rough idea of what was going on (not everything but I guessed some things) and that made the past timeline a little boring for me, even if at the end, something surprising happened with that storyline.

This was a very unique and original book and I appreciated that. I like the weird relationships between all the characters, every interaction was charged and it was interesting to understand a little of the backstory of those relationships. I also really appreciated all the twists and turns the story takes. While I liked Harrow as a pov character, I missed Gideon, she made book 1 funnier and more entertaining.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova (4 stars): This is a beautifully written and magical story, full of strange and wonderful magic and about a large and complicated family. It explores the importance of knowing and understanding where we come from and it deals with the things we inherit from our families, the good and the bad. A story filled with interesting characters, that changes perspective often and while there were moments where it seems like it’s going to dive deeper into the characters, it never really happens.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí  Clark (3.5 stars): I enjoyed this, but not as much as I was expecting. The setup, the concept and the world-building are amazing. Steampunk is not a subgenre of fantasy that I read often, so a lot of elements from this felt new and interesting to me. I really liked the main character as well, she is sassy, strong, and independent. While the mystery was interesting, the resolution felt really rushed.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey (3 stars): I had high expectations for this book and I’m so sad that I didn’t love it. I usually end up loving hyped romances but it was not the case with this one. In the beginning, I was really enjoying this story. I liked Piper from the start and I actually enjoyed her character development throughout the book. At first, I also liked the relationship between Piper and Brendan, the bad first impression, the bickering, the slow transition into a friendlier relationship. I liked all of it. But I had so many issues with the second half of the book, Brendan decides that he wants Piper forever after less than three weeks of knowing her and he becomes pushy and annoying, and the book becomes so cheesy that it was almost unbearable at times. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was so dramatic when narrating the dialogue, which didn’t help.

The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating by Emma Hart (3,5 stars): This was a fast and entertaining read, which was exactly what I needed when I picked it up. While it was good, it wasn’t anything memorable. It has a frenemies-to-lovers relationship which is a trope I love, it has good banter, it is a little steamy and it has sweet moments. The main problem with this is that it had way TOO MANY side characters for such a short novella.

Finlay Donavan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (4,5 stars): This was fun, fast-paced, full of twists and turns, and absolutely absurd. It kept me at the edge of my seat. My issue with this is that was a lot of convenient and unrealistic things happened, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment too much. More of my thoughts HERE.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (4 stars): I read this in one day and it was a fast and entertaining read. It had captivating characters, complex relationships and the Filipino culture and food were an interesting part of the story. The mystery was entertaining, but there wasn’t any sense of urgency or danger, which made it feel just a little lackluster. More of my thoughts HERE.

We Have Always Live in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4 stars): I didn’t have high expectations for this book and maybe that’s why I ended up really enjoying it. I know this is an unpopular opinion but this was a very quick read for me. This had an unreliable narrator but also unreliable characters in general, they all seemed to be hiding something even from themselves, and it’s set in a creepy little town full of hateful people which added to the atmosphere of the story. While not a lot happens, it was still an interesting read because I kept trying to figure out what really happened even if I had strong suspicions.

The Low. Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado (4 stars): I didn’t know what to expect going into this so I was shocked while reading it. This is like literary horror put into graphic novel form, so it’s slow and it’s disturbing and sinister in a quiet way. But it’s also so powerful. It’s a story about two queer women of color and it’s definitely a story for women and about women’s experiences.

Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson (4 stars): Jenny Lawson is honest, raw and funny while talking about her mental health, her chronic illness, her marriage, being an introvert and her life in general. Which makes this book very touching and entertaining at the same time. The chapter that it’s a letter to Lawson’s health insurance company is one of the most heartbreaking, infuriating, and powerful things I have read.

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

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December 2021 Wrap Up: a new favorite & some middle of the road reads

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I hope 2022 brings wonderful things to all of you.

In the spirit of starting the year off right, I wanted to post something today to begin working towards my goal of prioritizing blogging. So today, I bring you my December wrap-up, which surprisingly includes a new favorite book.

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 liked 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 second chance romance never quite worked for me.

Just for the Holidays… by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): This was a quick and entertaining second-chance romance. It has likable main characters, who have lots of chemistry, and there are a few very steamy scenes.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (4.5 stars): I really enjoyed this. It’s really confusing at the beginning because it’s that kind of book that throws you in the middle of a story, a world, characters and doesn’t really hold your hand or explain too much about anything. But as the story progresses you start to understand more and more. It has incredible main characters, Gideon is likable, sassy, and entertaining, and Harrow is fierce and focused on getting what she wants, both of them are very damaged by their shared past. I loved the dynamic between them, their banter, and all the angst. I would have liked it if they didn’t spend so much of this book not talking to each other because it made the book feel slow at times. But overall, I found the mystery about this abandoned palace and its previous inhabitants, as well as the whodunnit aspects very compelling.

Such a Quiet Place by Meghan Miranda (3,5 stars): I found the first 30% of this book to be very boring, I kept waiting for something to finally happen. I almost dfned it but I’m glad I didn’t. The second half of the book gets a lot more engaging, not a lot happened, but the atmosphere and the tension picked up. Also, learning more about everyone’s secrets and getting little clues of what happened was interesting. I didn’t find anything particularly shocking and I wasn’t fully engaged, but overall, ended up enjoying it.

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn (3 stars): unfortunately, this book is my least favorite of the series. Mainly because of the plot, the mystery in this one was not interesting and it dragged. The development of the main characters and their relationship was not as present in this book, it was left to the very end and I think the book suffered because of it.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal (4 stars): I really enjoyed this. It’s a character-driven story and I enjoyed reading from the three sisters perspectives and while the character development took a bit longer than I wished, at the end I liked reading about the journey (both literal and metaphorical) these sisters take: to India, to become better versions of themselves and to build a better relationship with each other. It has a very satisfying ending.

Celebrations by Maya Angelou (3 stars): I liked this, but it’s not as good as what I have read from her before. I listened to the audiobook version and I think that may have been a mistake (which I almost never say about listening to audiobooks narrated by the author). Still, the writing was beautiful and powerful. It had more religious references than I usually like, but I expected that going in. I particularly liked A Brave and Startling Truth.

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Oddball by Sarah Andersen (4 stars): This was good. As always, there were some comics that were more relatable than others, but in general, it was a fun experience. As an anxious introvert, I saw myself a lot in her comics

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Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (4 stars): Like I have said before with her collection, there were some comics that were more relatable than others, but in general, I saw myself a lot in her comics and some of them made me laugh.I did like the first half where the comics were not part of a continuous storyline. In the second half, I felt like some storylines that dragged a little and I found myself wanting to move on.

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

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