Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Today I bring you the last wrap-up of 2020. My plan for this month was to catch up on some books that I had on my currently reading shelf for a while (like Homo Deus) or that I really wanted to get done before the new year starts (Clockwork Princess). But as you’ll see that plan went out the window pretty quick. Instead, I did a bunch of mood reading this month, which meant ROMANCE. I also participated in the Smuttathon hosted by Riley Marie and gingerreadslainey which also fueled my desire to read romances.
Without further ado, here’s what I read this month:
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m so glad I finally got to this stunning novel. I listened to the audiobook and I strongly recommend going that route for this YA-contemporary following a black teen as she is aspiring to become a rapper.
This was such beautifully written. The verses and the way she comes up with them was fascinating to read about. Bri was a fantastic main character to follow, I loved her strong will and her determination, but I also really liked how much room she had to grow and mature as a person. The secondary characters were also really well done, I especially loved the family dynamics and the focus on friendship. The romance was really sweet and the commentary on racial issues was important, very well explained and emotional.
Overall, an incredible book. I cannot recommend it enough.
Neighborly (Erotic Acommodations #2) by Katrina Jackson ⭐⭐⭐’5
This is a smutty novella about two couples who are neighbors, and the woman of each couple are attracted to each other. This was awesome. I really loved the exploration of couples who love and support each other unconditionally, but also like getting involve with people outside of their relationship, always with such a strong base of respect and communication underneath all. It was my first read that explored this and I loved it. It was also really steamy so it’s a great pick for a Smutathon round!
The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1) by Jana Aston ⭐⭐⭐
This was my pick for Smutathon for the seasonal read, it’s also an enemies to lovers romance so it could count for that as well. It’s about this woman who works for a toy company and she hates her boss with a passion. They have to travel together to Germany as a buisness trip and the story unfolds from there. I thought this was alright. It was very Christmassy which I appreciated since I feel like this year I was bearly in a Christmas mood, and I really liked the boss, I thought he was very patient and sweet. However, I didn’t really care for the MC. All her hatred came from misscomunication and her assuming the worst from her boss without any real reason to back her assumptions. Overall, it was fun but I don’t know if I’ll continue on with the rest of the books in the series.
Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was another one I picked up for Smutathon and OH. MY. GOD. I am not the same person after this. This was incredibly steamy and not what I usually read at all, but it was also a lot of fun and I’m now really excited to continue on with the series for the next round of this readathon. It’s a Jafar and Jasmine retelling, with some BDSM thrown in the mix. I loved their dynamic, I loved all of the different side characters that we got to see (like Hades, Meg, Hook..). I don’t really know what else to say except that I loved this a lot.
Flow (Grips #0.5) by Kennedy Ryan ⭐⭐⭐’5
This is a prequel novella from the romance duology Grip. This is the first encounter of our protagonist and the brief but intense romance they have when they were still in college and trying to find who they are. I think this did a really great job at setting the base and background for our protagonists, exploring where they come from and why they behave like they do in the future novels.
Grip (Grip #1) by Kennedt Ryan ⭐⭐⭐⭐’4
This is the first official novel in the duology, and I loved this a lot. This was such an incredibly angsty-romance. Here we know why our protagonists behave how they do, why they are constantly pining and longing but don’t really act on their feelings, and we also know what is holding them back and it was just my kind of angsty. I adored how grown and mature they were, how much they cared for each other even if they couldn’t be together as a couple, they were still there for each other and were so supportive. I also really love that, when they eventually get together, we still have some time to see them interact as a couple and see their dynamic, that’s something I always appreciate and that I don’t come across that often.
I also loved the discussions they had about race. It gave me so much insight into this topic and I really appreciated it.
The only reason this isn’t a 5 star read is because, for me personally, the ending was a bit too much. It was kind of over the top and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the rest of the story, but I can wholeheartedly recommend this and I cannot wait to jump into the next and final book about this two lovebirds.
Lila wrote a post on how she thinks, because turns out not everyone has an internal monologue like I do. Lila doesn’t so it was incredible to learn more about her experience and the way her mind works through her post Thinking Out Loud.
Rhi created The Evermore Book TAG based on Taylor Swift new album and not only did I love the prompts but also her answers.
I would highly recommend Sofia‘s blog in general especially since she did blogmas this December and I’ve loved reading about her posts daily. I especially loved reading her 2021 Reading Goals as it inispired me to do better with my reading and challenge myself.
Rhi was extremelly generous sharing a post about 100+ ideas for End of the Year Book Posts. It offers so manuy concepts to talk about and expand upon. Honestly, a true gift to the blogging community and I think the least I can do is share the post and show some love.
Sophie at Meandink made a list on her 60 most Anticipated 2021 Book Releases and I cannot tell you the amount of books I’m now eagerly awaiting thanks to her list. She included so many diverse books that I hadn’t heard about and I’m so glad I now have an incredible 2021 TBR.
Rums wrote an amazing review on Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko which I still haven’t read but now thanks to this post, I can’t wait to get to.
How was your last month of the year? Are you excited for 2021 or cautiously optimistic? let me know!
Until next time,