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

Reading Wrap Up

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

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

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

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

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

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

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

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ones I Liked

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

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

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

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

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

The Ones I Really Liked

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

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

My Favorite Book of the Month

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

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

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December 2019 Wrap up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROMANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2019 Wrap Up | My Worst Reading Month in Years

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Hi everyone! So July was a bittersweet month for me, full of goodbyes and hellos, ending and beginnings. After living in Spain for almost a year, I’m came back to Colombia (which was always the plan!) and I struggled with leaving my life in Spain a lot more than I thought I would. Because of this huge change in my life, I was pretty busy in July and I was also feeling a bit overwhelmed and so both of those things made me fall into a reading slump that I didn’t get out of until the last week of the month and that’s why I only read 5 books in July and they all were pretty short.

Without further ado, here they are:

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (3,7 stars): This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, so even when I was in the beginning of a reading slump nothing could have prevented me from reading this when it came out.  I loved both of the main characters and their relationship, the whole frenemies to lovers and secret dating storyline was amazing and overall I had a lot of fun with this book.

Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): Agatha Christie coming to my rescue when I’m in a reading slump is nothing new. I’m not sure what is it about her books that restore my desire to read every single time but I’m so grateful. This mystery was interesting and it had fascinating characters, but half of this book passes without Poirot making an appearence and I didn’t like that as much.

Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie (3,7 stars): The mystery in this one was SO GOOD and the whole concept of a game of mock murder gone wrong was a lot of fun. I think I enjoyed it so much because I actually figure out some part of it, which doens’t happen often with Agatha Christie’s book.

The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor  (3,8 stars): This book has a strange tone, because it tries to be a mix between an academic book and a self-help book, which made it hard for me to connect to what it was trying to say. Nonetheless, it’s incredibly thought-provoking.

Your Heart is the Sea by Nikita Hill (3,8 stars): this is a really good poetry collection that has some very relatable, beautiful, heartfelt poems. (Full review coming this week!)

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A Late June 2019 Wrap Up (#Smutathon, #Buzzwordathon, #Romanceathon & #Summerathon)

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! This is really late because July was such a hard month for me and I had to take an unexpected break so I didn’t post anything. I will talk a bit more about it in my July wrap up, but for now I’ll say that june was an amazing month, I defended my thesis which was approved and I officially finished my Master’s degree. It was also a month of pool parties with friends and lots of rest.

I had a chance to read a lot, so I ended up participating in 4 readathons: Smutathon (🔥), Buzzword Readathon (🐝), romanceathon (💓) and summerathon (🌴). If I read a book for one of these readathons, I’ll put a emoji next to it.

Diverse Romance 

🔥 Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron (3,5 stars): This is a really cute story, but the writting isn’t the best and the book needs better editing. (Review)

🔥 Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (3,6 stars): my main issue with this book is the instalove, which made me not be invested in the relationship. (Review)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata (4 stars): I’m a big fan of Mariana Zapata, this is my third book by her and I love it as much as the others. This is a slow (so, so slow) burn romance with complex and captivating characters. Also, the main character is Latinx 🎉 🎉🎉

💓🌴 Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (4 stars): This is an incredible Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Pakistan, that keeps the themes and the general plot of the original, but it includes so many amazing new commentary about colonialism, colorism, sexism and classism in Pakistan.

Romance

🔥 Hard Sell by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): This book has one of my favorite couples in a romance book, the chemestry between them was explosive. (Review)

🔥 Huge Deal by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I loved the female love character in this book and there’s a great slow burn romance that I enjoyed quite a bit. (Review)

🔥 Love Story by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): I enjoyed this second chance romance, but it gets repetitive at points and the miscommunication is a bit frustrating. (Review)

🔥 An Ex For Christmas by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This is one of my least favorite Lauren Layne book. This is a slow burn friends to lovers romance, but the main characters are so  different that sometimes their relationship doesn’t make much sense, not even their friendship. (Review)

🔥 Sustained by Emma Chase (3,7 stars): I LOVED the family aspect of this book, it was so sweet and the romance was really good as well.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker  (4,2 stars): This book is amazing, it’s set in Alaska, which becomes another character of the story, the romance is so sweet, and the development of the father/daugther relationship is amazing. This is definitely a bittersweet book that made me sob.

💓🐝 I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting (3,6 stars): I enjoyed the romantic relationship in this book, but the writing isn’t the best and the ending is kind of rushed.

💓 Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey  (3,7 stars): This is SO STEAMY, my first Tessa Bailey book and I’m a fan. I definitely need to read more of her books.

The Roomate Agreement by Emma Hart (3,5 stars): I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story, which isn’t a surprise since it’s one of my favorite tropes. This is funny, steamy and entertatining.

Desperately Seeking Roomate by Micalea Smeltzer (3,2 stars): This is not terrible but the writing wasn’t for me and the chemestry between the characters wasn’t completely there.

Others 

🐝 Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen (3,8 stars): This is a cute enemies to friends to lovers story and exactly what I needed at the time I read it!

🐝 I See You by Clare Mackintosh (4 stars): I really liked this book, but there were some things at the end that were rushed, one of the detectives makes some guesses that come out of nowhere and that took away a little bit of the enjoyment for me.

🌴 Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (4 stars): I love crime novels and this one is great, I love the cast of charactes and the plot was so good as well. Definitely recommend this one!

🌴 Finders Keepers by Stephen King (3 stars) I was so frustrated while reading this sequel, the main characters of the series didn’t show up until like 60% of the book and I was so bored before that. I’m reading book 3 now and when I’m done I’ll do a series review.

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May 2019 Wrap Up: Romance Books & My Favorite Latinx Book of the Year So Far

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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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A Very Late February 2019 Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! I’m sorry to be posting this so late, but I have been working non stop on my thesis since I’m really behind on it and, because of that, I haven’t had much time to blog.

Without further ado, here’s my february wrap up:

LIFE UPDATE

  • February wasa pretty stressful month for me, I was planning two long trips and while I’m really excited to be going on those trips, all the things related to planning like buying tickets and making reservations made my anxiety get really bad. Also, I’m really behind on my thesis, so that didn’t help the situation with my anxiety.
  • In February. I finished my internship and started my last month of classes, but beyond that not a lot happened.

WHAT I READ 

This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be keeping track of that with some emojis!

                     🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics                                    ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian

 

The Wicked King by Holly Black (5 stars): Just know that I LOVED THIS! Read my full review to know more. – ⭐

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth (3,6 stars): bittersweet, beautiful and touching story with an autistic main character. Check out my full review!

Hi Fi Fight Club # 2 by Carly Usdin (4,3 stars): I love the art and the color palet in this, also the story is endering and entertaining.

 

Baby Maker by P. Dangelico (3,6 stars):  This was fun, but not very memorable. I really like books where strangers make an arrangement to have a baby and end up falling in love, so I enjoyed that aspect of this, but that basic premise is almost all I remember about it.

Dirty Rowdy Things by Christina Lauren (3,4 stars): Fun and steamy, but also a bit frustrating.

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren (3,4 stars): I think this was a case of my expectations being too high. I’m a huge fan of friends to lovers stories and this started in a very promising way but, when they actually got together it felt underwhelming.

 

Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter (3,6 stars): This was hilarious, sexy and sweet. The love interest was so nice, which I loved, and the dynamic between the characters was highly entertaining, especially their text messages. Also, there’s a baby goat in this, what else do you need to know?!

The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan (3,5 stars): The text messages in this were the best part, they felt like real messages between real people and the voices of both of the main characters were so well done. This was really angsty and it uses a trope at the end that I don’t like.

The Risk by Elle Kennedy (3,8 stars): This has fake dating, which is my favorite trope and it was well done. I do think that there was an unnecesary storyline with the main character’s past at the end, but that meant that there was a heartbreaking but beautiful father/daughter scene that I really appreciated.

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (4 stars): Really interesting, thought-provoking book. It explores race and class in a very complex and nuanced way.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (4 stars): This is a book with an important message since it addresses islamophobia. I really enjoyed Maya’s story and her development thorughout the book, even if I felt meh about the romantic relationship. Also, I think the little inserts from random people’s povs didn’t work that well – 🌻

Black Enough by Various Authors (3,7 stars): As with every short story collection, there were some great stories and then there were also a lot of meh stories.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte (3,6 stars): Every character was a dislikeble character and most of them were terrible people, but I still found the story interesting and engaging.🌿

Blog Posts 

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January 2019 Wrap Up (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

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Life Update 

  • I started the month in the best way, traveling through Italy. I went to Rome, Florence and Venice and it was amazing! Venice was so beautiful.
  • Then I got home the 8th of January and I started my internship the next day – after a 20 days trip through France and Italy – and it was exhausting if I’m being honest. The internship has been kind of a disappointment.
  • I also had exams during January, I did really well on those, but with everything that was going on, my anxiety got a bit out of hand after a few months of being in very low levels, which sucks.
  • Still, overall it was a good month, I love the fact that I started the year traveling and I’m so grateful I got that chance!

What I Read 

This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be lkeeping track of that with some emojis!

                     🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics                                    ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (4,3 stars): my favorite book in the series so far! I found the goblin market so interesting and the characters were so complex! This entire book was so bittersweet and I loved it! (review)  – ⭐

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (3 stars): This was disappointing; the writing style wasn’t for me, I didn’t found the case interesting and the only really good thing was the characters. (review) – 🌿

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (5 stars):  Lovely, flawed, amazing characters and a really interesting relationship and dynamic between them.  (review coming this week!) – 🌿🌸

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie (4 stars): This was really good, Thatcher is not my favorite but I love Jane and they work as a couple and I liked that we got to see more of the Cobalts. Honestly,  I can’t wait until we get a Sulli and Akara book. I NEED IT! – 🌸

Hi Fi Fight Club by Carly Usdin (4 stars): I really liked this, I think the characters are amazing and the art and color pallet are so lovely! (review)

Lumberjanes by Various Authors (4 stars): This was so much fun! The perfect amount of spooky and mysterious to make want to continue with the other issues. (review)

Lumberjanes: 2016 Special by Various Authors (3,4 stars): Didn’t really enjoy this story as much, I think it was a little too ridiculous and not spooky enough. But the art was pretty. (review)

Mental Health Book Bingo 

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (4 stars): Beautifully written, I loved the romance and seeing the evolution of the father/daughter relationship. I wasn’t even 10% into this and it had me tearing up. My only problem with this is that it dragged a little. It has depression rep, so trigger warning for that and for suicide.  (review) – 🌻 🌸

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (4,5 stars): I loved all the characters in this book so much and I had a lot of fun reading this story until the moment when my heart was broken. Besides that, I really liked that this was a Fantasy standalone, which we need more of, and it’s a fantasy with anxiety rep, which we need even more –  ⭐

Darius the Great in Not Okay by Adib Khorram (4,5 stars): This was fantastic, the family relationships were the main focus of this book and there were so many complex and interesting characters that even when there’s not much plot, I still found this absolutely compelling. The friendship part of the story was also really sweet and i loved that it was set in Iran and mostt of the main characters were iranies. Also, this was the second book this month that made me tear up, which is so unusual for me! Trigger warnings for depression- 🌻

You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza (3,5 stars): The writing style wasn’t that great, but I really liked the themes this addressed, like depression and  second love, and I found a lot of what the author was trying to say relatable. (review coming this week!)

Blog Posts 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?

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