September 11, 2020

Summer 2020 Wrap Up


    It seems that seasonal wrap ups are becoming my thing instead of monthly wrap ups and that's ok. Honestly I feel like what I read in a season is a better mark for me than what I read in a month because there are months where I read only one book and then the next month I get hooked on a genre and read 6 books back to back within 4 days. So without further ado, here is my wrap up!

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    Ok so like all things considered, I had a great reading summer. I read 14 books, which maybe doesn't seem a lot to some, but I was convinced up to about ten minutes ago that I had only read about 8 books this summer. As you can see, this was a very heavy contemporary summer. Contemporary isn't really my thing most of the time and by far is not my favorite genre, but apparently that was my shit this summer. That being said, I didn't enjoy all the contemporaries that I read this summer, but I enjoyed most of them. 

Favorite book: It's probably a tie between The Hating Game and The V Girl, both which were rereads for me. (I love my rereads.). If I had to choose my favorite new read however, it would be The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. I bought this book on a whim at a bookstore I visited and I'm so glad I did because this book was exactly what I needed in the moment.

Least favorite book: Without a doubt is If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. I don't understand the hype around this book because I did not like it at all. I actually attempted to read this book early in the year but DNFed it because I couldn't get into it. I decided to give it another whirl because so many people enjoyed it and I thought maybe I originally just hadn't been in the right mindset for it, but I was wrong. There was no chemistry between the two main characters which is key when doing a fake relationship to real relationship story. And as for a plot, there literally was none whatsoever. Such a disappointment and waste of my time.

Honorable Mentions: I don't have the time to talk about all the books I read, but I did want to touch on a few of them. I read two books by Chloe Liese and what I really enjoyed about her books is that there is always a main character with some sort of disability, whether it's being deaf, autism, chronic pain, etc. and I thought that kind of representation was incredibly great. I don't often think about how most books portray able-bodied characters so this definitely made me more aware that I should be more diverse with my books in that aspect as well. She is an OWN author, having autism spectrum disorder so I think it's great she is able to write such inclusive books.

Another book that surprised me was Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. I don't know how I came across this book but I expected it to be complete utter trash and it wasn't. It was a nice, quick, feel good read that felt like an aged up book along the same vein of Red, White, and Royal Blue. I'm always happy when I come across LGBT+ books that I can add to my collection.

    So that was what I read this summer. I'm actually pretty proud of all that I was able to read and I can't wait to see what the fall has in store for me.

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