Reading Recaps

A Mid Year Review Part 1: Books 1-25

Hi there. I’ve started to book blog again. It’s been a while and I’ve dabbled on and off in this hobby, but reading has always been a constant in my life. So here I am ready to share my insane reading habits.

What better way to kick off my blog than with a recap of the first 25 books I read this year. I pretty much spent the last 6 months like this…

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and then you know like this because look at these books!!

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Check out below for the first 25 books I’ve read this year!

  1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 4/5 stars
    • This was delightful. I’m a sucker for retellings and good story. This book had it in spades!
  2. Like a Boss by Logan Chance 2/5 stars
    • Meh it was just mediocre. The love/hate thing didn’t exactly work for me.
  3. Love a Boss by Logan Chance 2/5 stars
    • Again mediocre like the last one. Not the worst though just not my thing.
  4. Dom Wars 1 by Lucian Bane 3/5 stars
    • Literally 3/5 just for the insane concept of a ‘reality’ show series about becoming a dom.
  5. Bound by Flames by Jeanine Frost 4/5 stars
    • I love Vlad in this series and in general this series. I think it’s a great piece of writing and romance. It’s got all the parts in the bubbling pot that make me go yes please!
  6. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova 4/5 stars
    • YA Brujas with some love interest twists and turns. Seriously worth the read and can’t recommend enough. I read this with book club so you can watch us talk about it here.
  7. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase 3/5 stars
    • Fun cute story. Loved the plot lines but it isn’t groundbreaking in any way so don’t expect that. Perfectly fun to read though.
  8. Beauty and the Highland Beast 3/5 stars
    • My other booknip is fairytale retellings (especially beauty and the beast) so this was cute. It was interesting and fun. Nothing overly exciting came from it, but Scottish highlands are always fun.
  9. Heartless by Marissa Meyers 3/5 stars
    • I loved Meyers Lunar Chronicles. Like can’t tell enough folks to read them. Heartless was fun well written journey into why the Red Queen turned out so evil. A great audiobook choice.
  10. The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh 4/5 stars
    • I was relieved this duology ended so nicely. I couldn’t have handled a disappointing end after becoming attached to the characters.
  11. Idol by Kristen Callihan 4/5 Stars
    • This was a really good take on the rock star romance. I’m normally not a huge fan of them, but sometimes I find I reach for them. Especially when it involves one recovering from the entire process of being famous.
  12. Lev by Belle Aurora 3/5 stars
    • This was an interesting concept for a story. Aurora always writes really great brooding dude characters.
  13. Indebited #1 by Pepper Winters 2/5 stars
    • Nope. This was an interesting concept. I read it to fit into a challenge and just left thinking I was good with not continuing the series. I enjoyed it overall. The family dynamic stuff was a little weird for me.
  14. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen 4/5 stars
    • Like Hyperbole and a Half this was similar. Enjoyable quick fun read.
  15. Listen to Me by Kristen Proby 3/5 stars
    • Again rock star isn’t my normal thing, but this was definitely an A+ option. While I gave it a 3/5 that really means for me it was good not great or amazing. I would recommend it for something a little different.
  16. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 2/5 stars
    • This book was not for me. It never could have been for me. It is not something I would have ever picked but we read it for book club and you can watch it here. Spoiler it barely redeems itself and I’m not sure how it go so popular still.
  17. Binti by Nnendi Okorafor 4/5 stars
    • Damn! Nnendi Okorafo kills it with Binti. I loved this damn book. It was so unique and interesting. The audiobook was delightful. I really do need to listen to Binti: Home ASAP. I just love the entire story concept.
  18. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott 2/5 stars
    • You know when you need a book for a challenge? This was that book. But man I had a guess on what was happening so quickly. I basically knew the plot way too quickly and thus was bored. Also the ending was awful. Bad people don’t always end up punished which in my fiction is the one place I want that to happen reliably.
  19. Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe 4/5 stars
    • I literally laughed out loud while reading this book. I did the whole guffaw sound. It was good. It was funny it was worth my time to read and extremely enjoyable.
  20. Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters 3/5 stars
    • This was semi predictable and semi great. I just can’t stop myself from trying Winters books. I think it was going a lot of places, but needed more meat and to be a little longer.
  21. Jackaby by William Ritter 2/5 stars
    • Every been pumped for a series? Thought it sounded right up your alley? Jackaby was pitched to me as that, but I just didn’t love it. I may still eventually try book 2 to check if the series gets better with a little more room. It was almost too short.
  22. Bad Neighbor by M. O’Keefe 2/5 stars
    • Predictable in the worst way. I just didn’t love or hate it enough. It was literally okay.
  23. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs 4/5 stars
    • This book is a spin-off series from the Mercy Thompson series. I love that series (so far). I really enjoyed this one and the whole Alpha and Omega concept how it played out. It was cool seeing such a functional werewolf pack situation imagined.
  24. A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean 4/5 stars
    • MacLean is writing an amazing series right now with her modern-day problems taken on via bodice ripper era romances. Seriously so good. I loved this one just as much as the first in the series. Can’t wait for book 3.
  25. Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill 4/5
    • Want to be creeped out? Want to be a little terrified? Then this is for you! I seriously left the book feeling like holy crap this is real? Also just amazed at what some organizations get away with.

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