Every Book I've Read Since February 2020 (Wrap Up)

Monday, May 04, 2020

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve updated, hasn’t it? I was alright for about the first month of the year, trying to juggle my first semester of grad school with blogging and other life things. Then after a certain point, I just couldn’t keep up with it all and knew that either my school work would start suffering or my blogging would have to take a backseat. Currently, I’m finishing up the semester and am only taking one class this summer so I intend to fully get back into the swing of things, at least until late August. We shall see, depending on the work load, then. Despite not having time to blog or write reviews, I have been reading (albeit at a slower pace). Here’s every single book I’ve read during the months of February, March, and April:

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (4 stars): I don’t think I’ve read a Judy Blume ever and I know that this one is such a classic so I decided to give it a go. And I understand why it’s such a classic; it definitely gave me nostalgic feels for the 90s.

Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become by Peter Morville (3 stars): I had to read this one for class. Most of the content was interesting but a bit dated.

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige (4 stars): Going in, I thought this was going to be the finale but its just the third in the series. I preferred the first over any of the sequels, thus far, but I did like the introduction of the new characters in this. I can’t wait to see where Paige takes us in the fourth novel.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger (4 stars): Another book for class. I enjoyed this as it discussed different influential marketing strategies and how one can make things go viral.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali (4 stars): I remember very little about this book but I did adore it!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (3 stars): I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in January, and to be honest, I actually preferred that one over this one. However, both classics were just okay for me.

Daylighters by Rachel Caine (5 stars): After all these years, I finally finished the Morganville Vampire series. Concluding a 15-book series must have been difficult so I must applaud Caine here because I was happy by how everything ended.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (5 stars): I’m hearing mixed reviews on this one but I liked it better than the first. With Carry On, I was so annoyed throughout the whole thing that it was basically a rip off of Harry Potter. While enjoying the first one, Rainbow Rowell took the time in this book to flesh out the characters. I admit, the plot isn’t very strong in this but we are able to see where the series may go in the future.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (4 stars): Can you believe this is my very first time reading this? The movie was such a staple in my life growing up that I’m so glad, I picked this one up.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee (4 stars): I usually never read novellas but I was just curious to see what Monty was up to since A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It was a very short, lovely novella that I would definitely reread.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (3 stars): The concept of building a romance based on post-it-notes and two characters that had never met sounds like a recipe of an adorable relationship. How O’Leary went about executing the concept was another matter entirely. I enjoyed it but it didn’t give me the feels, I wasn’t very invested, and the writing was just okay for me.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (4 stars): First Christina Lauren book I’ve ever read, but I’m happy to report that I will be reading more from her in the future. This was great and so much fun!

Breakable by Tammara Webber (3 stars): I’ve been waiting to read this one for a while now. Easy was a favorite of mine a few years ago and when Breakable released, I knew I had to read it. I thought Breakable was going to be a direct sequel but instead it’s Easy but from the male character’s perspective. Instead of a new adult romance (like we got from Easy), this time readers are in for a coming-of-age story and that’s not my jam.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (3.5 stars): Project Runway meets Mulan is spot on for this book. However, I struggled through its incredibly slow pace and it only seemed to pick up at the last 50 pages. So much so that I’m considering reading the sequel.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (4 stars): I know what you’re thinking, “Christmas in spring?” Yes, well, I think we all need a little Christmas after the spring we’ve had. Surprisingly, this is the only Dickens I’ve actually enjoyed.

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (4 stars): Since I’m working my way through some classics, I decided to start The Chronicles of Narnia. There was a time before I had an account on Goodreads, when I read some of this series. However, since I didn’t write which ones I’ve read down, we’re doing a reread/read through of the series. This story was fun and full of whimsy!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (4 stars): Having seen the movie before, it was interesting to finally see how the two differ.

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (3 stars): Knowing how dark Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales can be, it was probably not the best time to read this collection when I was looking for something light and fluffy.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (3 stars): I went into this thinking it was a romance, and it wasn’t. It’s a lovely story that was surprisingly, filled with whimsical characters.

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (3 stars): The story about the four siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—were very strong so to have them take a backseat in this story about a runaway slave seemed like a bad choice here. I wasn’t very invested in the new characters, and I didn’t quite see the point of this one except to introduce readers to the politics in Narnia.

Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 22, 23, 24 by Hiromu Arakawa (4 stars): One last collection remains on my to-read list and then—it’s hard to believe—I finish the entire Fullmetal Alchemist series. I adore these books and the characters are absolutely wonderful!

What books have you loved lately?

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  1. I've only read The Unhoneymooners and The Flat Share from the list and had opposite reactions. I really didn't like the Unhoneymooners but I loved The Flat Share. Glad you found some books you enjoyed!