Ranking all the books I read last month aka My December 2020 Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! This post is a bit late, but my anxiety has been kicking my ass for the last few weeks and I needed some time off. This is my last wrap up of 2020, so it’s the last one where I’ll be ranking all the books I read in the month, I had a lot of fun doing my wrap ups like this in 2020, but I think it’s time to shake things up again.

Before getting into this post, here are my lists of favorite books of 2020 in case you missed them:

Without further ado, here are the books I read in december 2020:

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

My least favorite books this month were a really disappointing romance book:

19. Fans Only by B. Love (2.5 stars): I didn’t like the writing in this at all and that was my main problem, it was SO CHEESY and there were parts that sounded like a bad self-help book. Also, there’s a part where the hero tells the heroine what he likes about her and his answer sounded like someone looked up a badly written birth chart or horoscope and copied it. Also, I didn’t particularly like the characters. This book has an interesting premise, but beyond that, the only thing it has going for it is that it was really steamy.

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.

18. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana del Rey (3 stars): This poetry collection was ok. Nothing that moved me or that it’s going to stay with me, but I listened to the audiobook and it was a pleasant enough experience.

17. Holiday Home Run by Priscilla Oliveras (3 stars): This was ok. I think my main issue is that the dialogue felt stilted and that made it really hard to see the chemistry between the main characters.

16. Steele by Sawyer Bennett (3 stars): The characters in this were ok, but nothing special. They had a lot of chemistry, so that was good. My main issue with this, beyond the writing, is the message. This idea that you are supposed to be extremely happy 100% of the time in a marriage, which it’s unrealistic. Recently, I have read a few very good second chance romances where people are trying to save their marriages and they put in the work and it’s hard but worth it, and I think this book doesn’t execute that trope that well.

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:

15. Cocaince Blues by Kerry Greenwood (3,5 stars): I started reading this series because I love the tv show based on these books. While so far they are not as good as the adaptation, I still really love the characters in the books, which is why I’ll continue reading the series.

14. Murder in the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood (3,5 stars): This was quick and entertaining. The case was interesting enough, but I have an issue with the writing. I feel like these books need a bit more description, sometimes it’s hard to understand what happened because places and actions are not always described.

13. Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood (3,5 stars): Like all the books in this series, this was quick and entertaining. I love all the characters and that’s what keeps me reading. The two cases in this book were my favorite in the series so far.

12. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (3,5 stars): This book and particularly the main characters are very forgettable. But I didn’t dislike either of them, I even really liked Penny and some of the things she did. Penny and Michael spent way too much time apart and when they are together they had some cute scenes and some steamy scenes that were good, but I feel like I needed a little bit more. I guess I needed a little more from the romance. The concept of The Fallen Angel Club is really cool, I really enjoyed getting to see that world in this book and I did like the side characters a lot.

11. The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss (3,5 stars): The premise of this is interesting, the 12 dates aspect was entertaining and a lot of funny things happened. But the author focuses solely on those dates and not on the actual romance, which left me wanting more romance. Also, the love interest is not that great. (full review)

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:

10. The Gilded Wolves by Roshana Chokshi (3,7 stars): The characters are precious, I love the relationship between them and the found family element. The romances in this are so subtle and angsty, I LOVED THEM. The writing is beautiful and the way it addresses colonialism, colorism, and slavery, without it taking over the story is amazing. My main issues with this is that the magic system isn’t really explained, not even the abilities of some of the main characters that are used often to get them out of trouble.

9. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean (3,7 stars): I liked the main characters and the premise was very unique. The tension and chemistry between the characters were to die for. The romance was angsty and steamy. I also really liked the kids in this book and I think they were an interesting addition to the book, especially because Mara was so committed to ensuring their safety. I think it made her more likable. The one problem I had with Mara was how long it took her to talk to Temple and tell him the truth, I don’t think that would have solved everything but I think it would have made things easier and quicker.

8. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (3,7 stars): I really liked the main characters in this book, Pippa especially was a very unique, interesting, and lovable main character. Their relationship was great, they had a lot of entertaining and funny conversations and banter because of the way Pippa thinks and the way Cross responds to her. The romance took a while to get going because Cross refused to help Pippa for a long time, but I didn’t feel like the book dragged because Pippa was such an entertaining character

7. If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar (4 stars): This is a very powerful poetry collection about . The author manages to say a lot, say it beautifully, and say it clearly.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones that stay with me and that I recommend all the time:

6. An Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (4 stars): This was an emotional and moving novella. I cried from beginning to end, which it’s very uncommon.

5. Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (4 stars): I loved both of the main characters and they were so adorable together. Also, The sex scenes in this book were STEAMY. The complicated relationships that the two main characters had with their families added a lot of depth to the story and it was amazing getting to see them stand up for themselves and set up boundaries. I think this book handles very well the conversation about how we don’t owe anyone a place in our lives, not even our parents, if all they do is hurt us.

4. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur (4 stars): This book includes the fake dating and opposite attract tropes and I loved that about it. The main characters are both so different and each of them is great in their own way. They have so much chemistry and they are so sweet together. (full review)

3. Ever After Alwasy by Chloe Liese (4 stars): This is the first 2021 release that I have read and I’m so glad I loved it! This is a wonderful and emotional second chance romance between two amazing characters. The anxiety representation in this book is incredible. (Full review)

My Favorite Books of the Month

In december, my favorite books of the month were a sequel from a series I love and a book that made me sob:

2. European Travel for the Monstruos Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (4 stars): I really enjoyed this sequel. I still love the main characters, the concept is still fantastic, unique, and entertaining, and the author added so many cool elements to the story (like vampires!) that made it even better. My only little issue with this is that it was a bit longer than it needed to be.

1. Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder (5 stars): This made me sob. As someone whose mom has been very, very ill a few times in my lifetime, this was so scary and sad. I think Tyler Feder did an amazing job of portraining the different feelings and thoughts that she went through in a very honest, relatable and heartbreaking way.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any of them on your tbr?

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Hyped 2020 Releases: Will I read them? should I read them?

Hi everyone! A while back, I posted a first edition of this post with books that came out from March to July, and it was so much fun that I decided to write another one of these posts. This time I took into account books that were released in October or books that are going to be released in November or December, and from those I chose the ones with the most hype within the bookish community.

The idea is that I’ll tell you whether I’m planning to read the books or not, and I’m hoping you’ll tell me if maybe there’s a book that I’m not planning to read but that you think I should. Also, I would love to know if you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy one of the book I’m planning to read.

Without further ado, here are the books:

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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Release date: October 27th 2020

I’m on the fence with this one. This doesn’t sound particulary unique or exciting, but I have really loved the Kerri Maniscalco books I have read, so I’m wondering if I should give it a chance. The fact that this has gotten mostly positive reviews is also making me consider it.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Release date: November 17th 2020

Of course, I’ll read this! I need to read The Dragon Republic first (I’m reading it this month!), but I’ll definitely pick this up soon, hopefully before 2020 ends. I know this book is gonna crush me but I’m ready!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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Release date: November 17th 2020

I’m reading this. The little I know about this sounds cool, but the main reason I’m reading this is because the street team did such an amazing job hyping this book and they made me really excited to read it. The whole fake gang war, they had going on on social media really worked!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

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Release date: November 24th 2020 

I’m not going to read it. I have zero interest in this, prequels are not my thing, the same book told from a different perspective is not my thing and I don’t need any other info about what happens after Queen of Nothing because I’m ok with the way the series ended.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Release date: October 6th 2020

I’ll definitely read this. A fat main character in a romance book? I’m in! We NEED more fat main characters in every genre but I especially would like to see them in romance. This book sounds really cute and I’m excited to read it. And that cover!

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Release date: October 27th 2020

I’m reading this one. It’s a friends to lovers romance and those are my weakness. Also, I loved the first book in the series and, even if the second one didn’t live up to my expectations, I’m hoping this book will redeem the series for me.

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Release date: November 10th 2020

I’m nervious about this one, but I think I’ll give it a chance. It sounds great (I mean it’s inspired by Pride and Prejudice and it’s sapphic), but I have seen some mixed reviews that make me unsure about whether I want to read this or not.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

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Release date: November 10th 2020

I’m not reading this one. I own two books by Jenn Bennett and I have owned them for a while and I haven’t read them, because YA contemporary is not a genre that I read often. Both of the books I own sound more up my alley than this one, so I need to read those first before even considering this one.

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

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Release date: November 10th 2020

If I’m honest, I don’t think I’ll read this. The concept sounds interesting, I’m a huge fan of the fake dating trope and if you add traditional Asian parents to the mix, it sounds really fun. Also, I enjoyed Gloria Chao’s debut, American Panda. But again, I don’t read that many YA contemporary books, so there’s just a slim chance I’ll get to this one.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Release date: November 10th 2020

I’ll read this. The few YA contemporaries that I still read are mostly written by Latinx authors. Honestly, that’s the main reason I want to read this.I mean, it’s a cute, fun, lighthearted book with a Latinx main character, written by a Latinx author and it has gotten great reviews… what else could I ask for?

From the books I’m not planning to read, is there any that I definitely should read? From the books I’m planning on reading, is there any that I should prioritize or maybe one you wouldn’t recommend?
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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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9 Books with Fat Representation

Hi everyone! Today, I bring you a new installment of a series that I write here on my blog. 9 Books Monday is a feature where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences including the experiences of people of the LGBTQIA community, Native people, people of color, people with physical and cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: 

Bisexual female main characters | Latinx main characters | Black main characters | Muslim main characters | Lesbian main characters | Asian main characters | Trans main characters | Anxiety representation | Autism representation | Depression representation

This time I talking about 9 books with Fat Representation:

5 BOOKS I READ AND LOVED

The Summer of Jordi Pérez by Amy Spalding

This book is about Abby, a pink-haired, fat, lesbian girl, who runs a  plus-size style blog. This is a cute story of summer jobs, friendship and first love. An interesting aspect of this book is that, while Abby is confident and comfortable with the way she looks for the most part, she still has her moments of insecurity because she knows how harsh the rest of the world can be. That aspect of the book felt very realistic.

Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes

This is the story of Analee, a fat girl who has self-esteem issues and social anxiety, and who is going through a difficult time dealing with her mother’s death. Throughout the book, Analee learns to appreaciate and love the people she has in her life and she also learns to accept and love herself more. If you like books centered around character development and growth, you will like this one.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This book is about Chloe, a fat, chronically ill, Black computer geek and this is the story of Chloe being brave, loving herself and falling in love. Chloe’s weight is barely even mentioned, it’s not something she wants to change and it’s never presented as something negative. This book includes important discussions about chronic pain and abusive relationships, but it was also adorable, steamy and fun.

Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed

This book tells the love story between two fat, women of color. One of them is a really anxious makeup artist and the other is a model and actress, who is completely comfortable with the way she looks. This is an adorable and short novella, that doesn’t include homophobia or fatphobia. If you are looking for something low on the angst and high on the fluff, you will enjoy this.

b.b. free by Gabby Rivera

This is an amazing comic about a fat, queer, Latinx girl living in a post-apocalyptic world. While there are no comments about b.b. being fat, it’s amazing just to see a fat girl in a comic being brave and smart and fighting against the beliefs and conventions that other people want to imposse on her.

2 BOOKS ON MY TBR

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

This book is about Mila, a fat, Latinx girl, who practices Wicca and who ends up bringing a bunch of murdered teenagers back to life while trying to discover who killed her best friend. While this book has a strange premise, it also portraits some of the real daily microaggressions that fat people have to deal with.

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

This book is about Winnie, a fat, queer, Black girl, who’s trying to win a televised cooking competition to save her grandmother’s dinner. In this book, Winnie doesn’t let anyone make her feel ashamed about her weight, even when people feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for “her own good”

2 UPCOMING RELEASES

I’ll be the One by Lyla Lee

This book is about Skye, who wants to become a K-Pop star, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for fat girls. While Skye is comfortable in her body, the fatphobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry still affect her and she has to deal with that. 

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

This book is about April, who posts a plus-size cosplay of a character from a beloved tv show that goes viral and after that she has to deal with trolls and supporters alike. Thanks to the attention, she gets to go on an unexpected date with the star of the tv show, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.

What books with Fat rep have you read and loved? Which ones are on your tbr?

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